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    5 Quick Tips To Stay Motivated While Stuck At Home with Team ICON Meals Athlete Scott Herman

    5 Quick Tips To Stay Motivated While Stuck At Home with Team ICON Meals Athlete Scott Herman

    When you are STUCK at home, staying motivated to do ANYTHING starts to become an intense game of MENTAL WAREFARE. It is SO EASY to slack off and fall into REALLY BAD HABITS and I am talking from experience. I’ve been working from home for years and growing up I always thought it would be the MOST AMAZING thing ever. And don’t get me wrong, it certainly has its perks, but after a while the lines start to blur between “work time” and “relax time”. It’s almost like when you leave the house you compartmentalize different parts of your life and certain surroundings stimulate different outcomes.

    For example, when you get to your job, your brain KNOWS it’s time to WORK. When you get to the gym your brain KNOWS it’s time to LIFT. Then when you get home, your brain knows it’s time to RELAX. But now, all that’s out the window and I know A LOT of you are already starting to experience a bit of depression, cabin fever and demotivation. Whatever the case may be, if you don’t put an end to it NOW, it will continue to go downhill FAST! So here are my 5 tips to stay motivated to keep training while you are stuck at home.

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    How To Sleep Better? Tips/Tricks/Supplements

    How To Sleep Better? Tips/Tricks/Supplements

    Struggle sleeping through the night? Or maybe, even getting to sleep is a challenge?

    With so much emphasis on morning routines, I’ll be the first to say a bedtime routine is even more important to ensure great sleep. 

    You need around 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Any less than 6 and fat loss becomes harder, cravings increase and your brain feels foggy, leading to impulsive decisions, like running through the McDonald’s drive-thru instead of packing a wholesome breakfast.  

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    Adventures In RV Living! Julie and Blake Johnson's ICON Meals Lifestyle

    Adventures In RV Living! Julie and Blake Johnson's ICON Meals Lifestyle

    Don't Just Take Our Word! Read How Julie and Blake Rely On ICON Meals!👇👇

    My name is Julie Johnson. My husband Blake and I have been full time RVer’s for over 2 years now. We travel with our two cats in a 27 foot travel trailer. Even though it is a tiny living space, we believe that “home is where you park it.”  We love the full time RV lifestyle and don’t see ourselves stopping anytime soon.

    Our passion is to travel. We love seeing and experiencing new things as much as possible. We have come to find that making memories are a lot more important to us than having “stuff.”  Tiny living has its sacrifices, however the rewards definitely outweigh them.

    Our friends, “The Homeless Millionaires,” introduced us to ICON Meals. I was hesitant at first, because I thought the company was only for athletes, fitness competitors and bodybuilders. I am definitely none of those things, so I was a little intimidated. Besides that, I figured the food would be bland and I’d have to eat the same thing everyday. Disclaimer… I have a ton of respect for anyone who has the discipline to eat a strict meal plan in order to accomplish a goal.  

    I’ve gone through phases of meal prepping healthier options myself just to be bored with the lack of variety and taste as well as how time consuming it can be. In addition to that, living in a small space has made it more challenging. The constant grocery shopping and dishwashing due to a small refrigerator and small sink were also frustrating. Don’t even get me started on the lack of counter space in a tiny house on wheels.

    Now please don’t get it twisted. A person certainly can eat healthy while living a nomadic lifestyle. We have a refrigerator, oven, stove and microwave; our home is comparable to a studio apartment. It’s possible, but that’s not my point…

    I’m thankful we were introduced to ICON Meals. I can put less energy into grocery shopping and meal prepping dishes and more energy into exploring, new experiences and adventures. I like that you can order customized meals, snacks and bulk protein. I found that the Chef’s Sampler Box was a great introductory way for me to give the company a fair chance. It did not disappoint. It gave me variety, convenience, flavor and most importantly time.

    After a long travel day of driving our rig to a new location, it’s wonderful to not have to worry about groceries, preparing a meal and doing dishes. Another perk is that ICON Meals delivers directly to our RV doorstep no matter what city we are in on a date that we choose. We sometimes don’t know where we are headed next, so to have that ability is very beneficial. The convenience is the best part!

    On top of that, I thought it would cost us more money but I was wrong. Before ICON Meals:

    1. We would buy things we didn’t need at the store simply because they looked good at the time.
    2. Our fresh food would go bad because we didn’t eat it soon enough.
    3. We would eat out more often because we didn’t want to have to cook something.

    Overall, I am very pleased with ICON Meals; they will be a staple in our lifestyle from now on. There are a lot more Adventures in RV living to be had. On to the next one…

    Julie Johnson
    ICON Meals Contributor

     

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    What Is The Difference Between Keto And Low Carb? By Shawn Wells

    What Is The Difference Between Keto And Low Carb? By Shawn Wells

    Simply put, all ketogenic diets are, by nature, low-carb diets. However, not all low-carb diets are keto. You see, while keto is very well defined by its carbohydrate constraints (i.e., < 30 grams of carbs per day), when it comes to low-carb diets, the lines are about as clear as mud (even among the scientific community).

    NOT ALL LOW-CARB DIETS ARE KETO

    For example, some consider anything less than 40% of calories from carbohydrates as low-carb diets. (1) Still others have set the low-carb bar as high as 45% of calories. (2) Let’s be honest: That’s not low-carb; at best, it’s moderate-carb. My opinion aside, you can see how this could raise some eyebrows, but there’s more to add to the confusion.

    On the other hand, some have set the cutoff definition for a low-carb diet at 26% of calories, or less than 130 grams of carbohydrate per day. (3) While that line is a bit more reasonable, that’s still 4 – 5 times what’s considered standard for keto.

    In other words, there’s very little consensus when it comes to answering the question, “What is low carb anyway?” And there are still other noteworthy differences between Keto and low-carb diets.

    ICON Meals - Keto Box

    For instance, a true ketogenic diet usually provides an only an adequate amount of protein; on the other hand, low-carb diets are almost exclusively higher in protein. What’s more, while a hallmark of keto is its relatively high concentration of fat, low-carb diets tend to be more moderate when it comes to fats.

    Practically speaking, while the physiological aim of a ketogenic diet is to achieve nutritional ketosis, it’s absolutely possible to be on a low-carb diet and not be in ketosis. In fact, without counting carbs, fats, or proteins, that’s arguably the defining characteristic between keto and low carb: Are you in (nutritional ketosis), or are you out?

    Have you tried the NEW Keto Box from ICON Meals? Click here!

    Original blog may be found directly on Shawn's site here!  

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    • Accurso A, Bernstein RK, Dahlqvist A, Draznin B, Feinman RD, Fine EJ, et al. Dietary carbohydrate restriction in type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome: time for a critical appraisal. Nutr Metab. 2008;5:9.