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    How To Eat Healthy In College

    How To Eat Healthy In College

    From Michael Mastrucci (@themacrodiabetic)

    College students are no strangers to full class loads that include cramming for exams, late-night studying, and regular assignments or projects. Many students take on part-time (and some even full-time) jobs to keep some money in their pocket, be it for course materials they may need, some weekend spending money, or trying to get ahead on their savings. While everyone works for that end-goal or "light at the end of the tunnel" there's no doubt things can be hectic and feel like they might never let up.

    But amidst the chaos in trying to keep the pace going and not fall short on whatever deadlines you may face, it's of the utmost importance to NEVER neglect your health.

    Sometimes it seems like all you have time for between classes and studying is to reach for a pack of ramen, an energy drink, or some fast food on the corner. And while all food is sustenance in some way, WHAT you put in your body determines just how far and well you'll be able to perform both physically and mentally.

    While I'm not here to bore you with a word problem, assuming you hear enough of those in math class already, think of your body and mind as a car. You have a long trip ahead of you and need to ensure your car doesn't just drive as long as you need, but that you won't have any permanent breakdowns along the way. Knowing your car runs on a certain type of fuel, ask yourself: what would putting the WRONG fuel in my car do for my journey? Would it be able to function optimally to get me where I need to go?

    You see, food is the same.

    By choosing relatively unprocessed, whole-food sources you're providing your body with the ability to remain healthy and your mind the opportunity to remain focused on the demands placed on it. Of course, this can be easier said than done, as those quick grab-and-go types of foods aren't just convenient (and often cheaper than the healthy stuff), they tend to taste better too. But the keyword here is "cheap" and opting for foods that give you the RIGHT nutrients offer you more than just "growing big and strong.”

    Back in my college days, I put a lot of the wrong fuel in my body. Sleepless nights studying were often fueled by too much caffeine and convenience store snacks. This often came at the cost of lethargy, low energy throughout the day, and just feeling like I was in a constant mental fog no matter how much I slept or tried to get into a studying groove during my classes.

    How I wish I had ICON Meals then!

    What I enjoy most about them is how they don't just give healthy options to choose from (be it their weekly Signature Menu or their custom meal options) but they all taste great. These days my routine stays just as busy between auditing classes from my degree as well as running my own web development company. This keeps me extremely busy and I don't have time to stop what I'm doing to cook every single meal, much less spend my weekend grocery shopping, cooking, and prepping the following week's meals in advance.

    ICON Meals doesn't just take the guess-work out of what I'm going to eat, they save me massive amounts of time I wouldn't have otherwise, allowing me to grab a healthy meal and keep grinding away at everything on my plate (pun intended).

    Even when I DID start taking care of myself with a proper fitness and nutritional routine I never considered a meal-prep/delivery service before. But if I'm going to spend the money grocery shopping just to spend chunks of time weighing and cooking the food only to package it up for when I need it, why not just have ICON Meals do the majority of it for me?

    All the food is properly weighed out and comes from REAL food that isn't processed. It's minimally seasoned (especially the custom meals) so I can spice dishes up a different way if I want to. They have options for protein, carb, and vegetable sources I enjoy having regardless of whether I made them myself or used them!

    Treat your body right by feeding it right. Remember that good practices make good habits and that even after your time at school, things stay busy. For that reason alone, while your education sets your career up for success, ICON Meals sets your nutrition, body, and mind up to keep you going.

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    Mark Bell's Carnivore Diet

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    Throughout Mark's inspiring journey of self mastery he has lost 100lb. Over time, Mark has entertained various diets, although Mark's current diet has become his favorite! 

    Mark says, "I’m working on being in the best shape of my life while creating some semblance of a life and balance." Watch the video to see what Mark is eating (and doing) on a daily basis to stay in shape. 

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    Stop Stressing: Control What You Can by Katia Machiz

    Stop Stressing: Control What You Can by Katia Machiz

    It’s 2021- a BRAND NEW YEAR to set the bar high for ourselves and attain the goals that are NEVER too far out of reach! This past year was a wild one, sending all of us on an emotional roller coaster. To be quite honest, 2021 is on par to be just as brutal as 2020. If you were one of those people who chalked up last year as a “loss”, threw in the towel on your goals and expected 2021 to be something completely different when the clock struck midnight, this is for you. 

    It’s time to stop limiting ourselves and what we are capable of based on a timeline or what’s going on in the world around us.

    We are living in a time period where so many things are out of our control, but I’m here to tell you not EVERYTHING has to be that way! It’s time to start controlling the controllable, beginning with our health and how we nourish our bodies. Eating delicious, healthy meals to achieve these goals we’ve set for ourselves is something that we DO have control over, and it begins by making the conscious decision that you DO want to become better! 

    Short on time? Not very creative in the kitchen and stuck rotating the same 4 meals every week? I’ve got a solution for you! Meal prep companies are here to save the day, and ICON Meals is the best meal prep company in the game! My family, to include my picky 3 year old, absolutely love Icon Meals! They have meals that cater to everyone! 

    “But Katia, I don’t have the extra money to spend on a meal company every week...”

    Well, Joe Shmoe, let’s pull up that bank statement of yours and see how much money you’re truly spending on eating out; be it DoorDash, UberEats, or the multiple drive-thru trips you’ve made this week - those add up quickly and I can guarantee if you cut all of that extra spending out, there would be no reason you can’t afford perfectly balanced, macro friendly meals delivered right to your door every week! I would bet you’d actually realize by investing your money where your HEALTH is, you’d begin to SAVE your money while simultaneously properly nourishing your body AND reaching your fitness goals! Now that’s what you call a WIN-WIN! 

    It’s time to spend this year focusing on the right things, let ICON Meals take all the thinking out the equation and do the work for you!

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