Meal kit delivery services are a fantastic development in the ever-increasing health conscious trend that has taken up everyone’s lives by storm in their quest for a perfectly chiselled and toned physique.
There are numerous meal kit delivery services all across the UAE, but for this story we will be focusing completely on Right Bite and their nutrition plan ‘Fuel Up’.
Right Bite is a specialised centre for expert nutritional consultation and bespoke gourmet healthy meal delivery service that caters to a wide variety of body types and needs.
‘Fuel Up’ is a meal plan, specially designed for people who are always on the go, and given my recent venture into the world of fitness and athletics, I completely fit the bill to act as a right bite guinea pig.
The two-week meal plan consisted of breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with side dishes and four post and pre-work out snacks.
Along with a hectic job that keeps me on my toes at all times, the meal plan was meant to give my body enough nutrition for my fitness adventures, or rather misadventures.
The meal plan is optimised further by Right Bite’s expert nutritionists, following a one-on-one session, where they try to get insight into one’s existing nutritional habits and will help set up the online account for Right Bite.
The website interface is super easy to navigate through and with just a few clicks of the button you can choose your menu for the whole week from an eclectic range of dishes and finally be well away on your diet.
Having always had a skinny frame, gaining weight had always been a struggle and was more the result of my genetics than anything else.
Therefore, going on a diet came somewhat as a shock to many, mostly because of the widespread presumption that dieting is solely for the purpose of weight loss.
A diet can be followed as much for weight loss as it can be for weight gain, depending on the body type of the dieter.
In my case, Fuel Up was meant to ensure a balanced intake of essential nutrients to give me sufficient energy to go through a hectic, fitness-fuelled day.
My fitness regime consisted of daily pole fitness, aerial silk and acrobatics lessons for the sake of muscle building that is often documented on my social media.
I undertook the diet with my weight standing at 95lbs, with a BMI (body mass index) of 17.3, with a lean mass weight of 83lbs.
The meal kits were delivered right to my doorstep very early in the morning, with the daily menu inside.
All items are carefully labelled and also include the exact amount of calories and all the necessary nutrition facts.
The meals were perfectly portioned and were flavourful for most part, even though some items were a little bland for my taste and needed a little getting used to, but that was mostly because of my usual consumption of extremely spicy food.
The meals were light and fresh, and were packed with just the right amount of nutrition that kept me energetic throughout the whole day.
The most outstanding part of the plan was the wide array of choices in the menu that went from baked tandoori fish with garlicky eggplant and potato for lunch to Szechuan beef salad for dinner.
The banana pancakes for breakfast were a delight, whereas their spaghetti bolognaise is the best I have had in a long while.
The snacks were the absolute highlight of my days, with a diverse selection of delicious bite size portions that left me craving for more.
Their chocolate brownie was dense and fudgy, and honestly my all time favourite, but their other snacks were just as good.
Some of the items that deserve an honourable mention were the American chocolate cheesecake, chocolate éclairs, meat and mushroom pies, and the pineapple upside down cake.
The meal plan was ideal in sating my otherwise insufferable sweet tooth, but some of the things that I couldn’t really acquire a taste for were the smoothies.
The soups and salads were quite average, but then again, nothing was too unbearable as the portions were absolutely adequate.
By the end of my two weeks, my weight had gone up by two kilos and stood at 99lbs, with a BMI of 18.1 and lean mass weight of 85lbs.
My fat percentage went up from 20 to 21 per cent, which was a major development in my case as now I fell in the range that was ideal for athletic body types.
All in all, Fuel Up was a boost to my fitness regimen and really amplified the effects of my aerial fitness lessons that helped me build my strength.
Fuel Up is ideal for bulking up or getting lean; it is just one of the many amazing dietary plans that are offered by Right Bite that caters to all body types and needs.
Whether you’re a new mum wanting to get back in shape or just want a diet for weight management, Right Bite has it all and it is easy to customise a meal plan as per your liking after just one session with the nutritionist.
You can also sign up to Right Bite’s 20-day full Fuel Up plan, quote coupon code RBFUEL360 and get four bonus days for free. The code is only valid for one month.
We’re over half way through 2017 and as always the months continue to pass by quicker than the last.
When reflecting on the year so far, are you content with what you’ve achieved, or are you yet to accomplish short term goals you set back in January?
Don’t let 2017 be the year when you’re looking back complaining about not achieving certain goals or trying something new.
To help, here are three targets we’ve set to make a happier finish to 2017.
Being part of a sports club is the best way to keep fit and make friends. Spending one to two evenings a week with a team is a great method of socialising, keeping fit in a fun environment, and most importantly, taking your mind off the stressful demands of the working week.
Whether you’re in a new country or looking for a lifestyle change at home, being part of a team is one of the best ways to boost happiness and stay healthy.
Every year more and more people run marathons for either charities or to achieve a personal goal. There are many half and full marathons to choose from throughout the year, from the RAK Half Marathon to Abu Dhabi Striders and Dubai Marathon.
Take the training one step at a time and don’t be worried about setting course records, just yet! The main thing is to develop a suitable training programme and enjoy challenging your body in a healthy manner.
Don’t put it off for another year. The longer you leave it off, the less motivation you’ll have to ever do one!
We’re spoilt with the many activities to choose from in the UAE. And with busy working schedules to balance, it’s never going to be possible to try everything.
From paddle boarding near the Palm to a walk in the mountains in Ras Al Khaimah to a bungee jump at Dubai Autodrome, there are plenty of exciting activities to try within a short vicinity of your home.
Why not set a target of trying at least one new activity every month? It might be out of your comfort zone but think of how you’ll feel once you’ve accomplished your target.
Feeling positive on a daily basis isn’t always easy and there are many factors that can influence your mood.
Fuelling your body with the correct food is something that can impact how you feel and look.
If you want to feel sharper and maximise your productivity levels on a daily basis, here are five foods to include on your shopping list.
A fruit rich in antioxidants, blueberries help protect the brain from stress and balance blood sugar.
They are one of the best brain foods and an easy mid-morning snack to include in your daily food plan.
Not only are berries high in fibre but they are also pure in minerals which helps protect the immune system.
KEY BENEFITS: They increase the production of dopamine which promotes energy and motivation.
Blueberries are high in fibre and rich in minerals.
Another food type that helps improve brain cell communication, walnuts are high in Vitamin E and a powerful food due to their high amounts of fatty acids.
Swapping the work hunger for some healthy fats will promote a slow release of energy and an improved ability to retain information.
KEY BENEFITS: Walnuts have been linked to lower cholesterol and even lowering the risk of cancer, making you feel healthier and more active.
Perhaps the best commonly known superfood, fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and keeps the heart and brain healthy.
Salmon, tuna and sardines are examples of fish that are easy to cook and can be added to a salad to help make a simple nutritious meal.
Another benefit of eating fish is its quick production of collagen in the skin, leading to a reduction in wrinkles.
KEY BENEFITS: The omega-3 helps brain power, making you feel confident and alert during your daily routine.
Greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli are essential in providing a high level of iron to the body.
In addition, they help slow down memory loss and maintain a balance between immunity and inflammation to maximise your overall energy.
KEY BENEFITS: The antioxidants in greens are highly nourishing and improve brain health.
Brown rice and oats are great examples of whole grains that improve the flow of blood to the brain.
They include a high level of Vitamin E and fibre, helping the maintenance of valuable nutrients.
Eating whole grains help distribute healthy fats around the body, keeping cholesterol levels and blood sugar down.
KEY BENEFITS: Whole grains include plenty of fibre to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol – helping to improve your overall health.
Whole Grains help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.