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3 Reasons to Incorporate Elk & Bison Into Your Diet

IMG_2750Getting tired of the traditional proteins? Try mixing it up with our elk and bison options. While traditional meats can offer plenty of protein and essential vitamins, elk and bison pack a huge punch that can take your diet to the next level. There are three reasons why you should try elk and bison.

 

All the protein, plus the vitamins.

While traditional meats like chicken and beef contain plenty of protein to go around, they don’t always replace those essential vitamins and minerals one can lose during the day. Elk and bison refill your vitamins lost and then some. Elk includes over 100% of your recommended dose of vitamin B-12, plus 15% of iron. While bison meat offers the same in protein, it adds niacin, the vitamin that plays a large role in energy building and fat breakdown. In short, not only do you get the protein, you get the vitamins your body craves.

 

Food Fatigue

Eating the same type of meat and veggie combinations can not only get old, but it can also lead to a halt in energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter production and other deficiencies. Eating just a small range of food sources causes the body to lose out on essential vitamins and minerals. This can be avoided by mixing up your diet with new and healthy foods. Like elk and bison!

 

Surprising Taste

Elk and bison can get a bad rap of being “too gamey or tough,” but it’s all in the preparation. Our menu features not only the healthiest and freshly produced meats, but features these exotic meats in a fun and interesting way. Check out our elk Swedish meatballs or the bison stuffed peppers, expertly prepared by Bleu Events chefs, delivered to your doorstep or available for pick up at Grindstone GNC.

 

In short, whether you’re a longtime lover of elk or bison, or simply want to try something new – give our PureFit options a try. At only 10.50 per meal ($12.50 for extra protein) and delivery available, there’s nothing to lose.

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What I Eat In A Day – Angela Huhman

angela-01Angela Huhman, 45, is the owner of Relocating in Columbia Magazine & Columbia Welcome Small business owner and mother of three with an active lifestyle.

BREAKFAST
My favorite breakfast is Siggi’s Vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. In the winter, I switch it up with steel cut oats and fresh blackberries or blueberries.

LUNCH
I purposely make extra food in the evening, so that I have extras for lunch the next day. I stop by Columbia Strength & Conditioning 2 days each week for my PureFit meals to break up the monotony. It’s easy and a great way to add variety to my diet. PureFit meals come in stackable, microwaveable containers that make it easy to heat up and have a nutritious meal on the go. I will often use the gas station microwave while on the road instead of fast food or drive through.

DINNER
I keep dinner simple with grilled meat and vegetables. Growing up on a farm with a huge garden made me love vegetables. I grill fajitas, pork loin, shrimp, and almost any vegetable you can imagine.

SNACKS
Almonds, bananas, and plenty of water for the day’s activities.

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Save Time, Money & Your Health

purefit-time-infographicAccording to the Time Use Institute, the average shopping trip takes 41 minutes. If you multiply that by the 1.5-trip per week average, that’s over 53 hours per year you’re spending in the grocery store. After grocery shopping, the average US household spends nearly 6 hours cooking each week.

 

In addition to home cooked meals, American consumers are spending nearly $3,000 on midday meals each year according to Visa. With 50 workweeks in a year (or 250 work days in a year) and an average cost of $12 per meal, consumers are spending a lot of money dining out. Another study, published May 24 in BMJ, found the meals ordered by adults contained an average of 836 calories. This means, not only are consumers eating out during the day, they are also consuming unhealthy foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients.

 

PureFit Meals are only $10.50 and can be delivered to your doorstep. Chefs using locally sourced ingredients prepare all of our meals, without the extra calories and preservatives – which will meet all of your nutritional needs. Stop wasting time and money – and get back to what is most important to you.

Eating Intentionally

A lot of people come to me frustrated and discouraged. They’ve been making better choices, eating less and exercising more, but they still aren’t losing weight.

Eating less, though, isn’t necessarily the trick.

A protein bar may seem like a better option than cookies, but some protein bars have just as much sugar.

The trick is eating intentionally.

One of the first steps I take when getting my clients on the path to proper nutrition is having them track their food in MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal allows them input their food’s nutritional information and see how it compares to their daily goals. It seems really simple, but there is something really powerful about seeing what you’re eating.

It’s amazing how surprised people are when they see exactly how much sugar is in that protein bar.

After my clients have a grasp on what types of food they should be eating I help them make a nutrition plan outlining how much fat, protein and carbs to have each day.

But I’m just the guide.

The clients who are most successful are the ones who use MyFitnessPal like a map to navigate their daily meals. What I mean by that is they make their food in advance and put all their meal’s nutritional information into MyFitnessPal either the day before or the morning of.

This is one of the most difficult lifestyle changes to make because being proactive about food preparation can be time consuming. A lot of my clients are busy professionals and put their health on the back burner for the sake of family time.

That’s why I started Purefit Meals. Purefit Meals takes the guess work out of food prep by delivering healthy, fresh meals to your front door. It also allows my clients to get the results they want without sacrificing time with their families.

Finding a system that works best for my clients is key, whether that be Purefit Meals or allocating a certain day each week to prepare their food.

The goal is to get them to a place where they know what’s in the food they’re eating so they can take proactive steps to intentionally eat the right food and live leaner, healthier and happier lives.

If you’re having trouble making your meal map, give Columbia Strength and Conditioning a call. We have the trainers and expertise to guide you towards your fitness goals.

What Can 12 Weeks of Eating Right Do For You?

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Steven Stuckenschneider
Age: 35
Occupation: Director of Tennis for Mizzou 

Stephen Stuckenschneider grew up playing tennis, which evolved into a constant theme throughout his life. After a short stint in Florida, he ended up close to his home town of Mexico, Missouri as the Director of Tennis for Mizzou. “I knew I wanted to make a career out of tennis,” reflected Stuckenschneider, and while leading an active lifestyle and looking for a change, Stephen was referred to Columbia Strength and Conditioning in Columbia, Missouri by a friend.

 

 

Why did you decided to change your health?

It was December 30, 2014 when I first walked into Columbia Strength and Conditioning, and with no experience as a gym member or even a trainer, I have to admit I was a little intimidated. 

I came to a point in my life where the tactics I’d taught myself to manage my life stress in my 20’s wasn’t working for me in my 30’s.

Life just seemed to keep adding on challenges, and I needed a change. For me, I was already leading an active lifestyle with my job, playing tennis about 8 hours a week, and running. I knew I needed to get my nutrition in check. I didn’t arrive that day with a goal to lose weight or with any goal in mind, really. What I found here at Columbia Strength and Conditioning after 3 months was more than I anticipated.  

Starting out is always the hardest. How did your fitness and health routine start and change? 

My biggest challenge was my nutrition. I would eat like a bird all day and then by the time I got home, I would order out or pick something convenient to eat because I hadn’t been to the grocery store. I had an “awakening experience” about what I was eating. I logged…and still do…all my food choices each day into My Fitness Pal and Scott Schutte began working with me on my nutrition. 

Because my work week is 7 days a week with long hours each day, I needed something that was convenient and easy.

I started with Pure Fit meals before training with Scott and felt it was a custom solution for me. The biggest change for me was realizing I needed to plan my food choices. I also started training with Scott Schutte twice per week and got to know the other trainers. I watched what they did, what they ate, and just followed the plan. 

How’s the plan working for you now?

At this point in my life, I have such a good energy. I have my stress in check and better nutrition has led to feeling better, sleeping better, resulting in an overall increase in my health and wellness. My new lifestyle is something that I’ve been very consistent with and I plan to keep it that way for a long time. 

I have more confidence and all my closest friends and family have noticed the positive change.

Even my neighbors are running out in the street jogging along side of me wanting to know what I’m doing!

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So what’s next for you?

I don’t want to regress. I feel so great that I want to stay disciplined with what’s working in my life. I just need to make sure to find a healthy balance, which is tough for an extreme guy like me.

 

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