Special Guest Interview with Don Arnold of Fit Eats!

 

 

 

Don Arnold is the founder of Fit Eats, a healthy and fresh pre-made meal delivery company in Sacramento and Roseville, CA. A young entrepreneur with a business background and passion in health and fitness, Arnold molded Fit Eats out of a small, local firm, and expanded it to deliver tasty, restaurant grade, healthy meals to a customer base of about 18,000 – mainly in the Sacramento area. Fit Eats offers only the highest quality and locally grown ingredients, with zero processed additives or GMOs, plus Paleo as well as plant-based options to satisfy all kinds of diets and lifestyles. The company changes up its menus week to week, offering a choice of about 40 different breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Fit Eats promises healthy, wholesome meals that are readily available – no cooking, no cleaning, no mess! To learn more about Don, his business, and their relationship with Vibe, read on!

 What is the Fit Eats story? How did you get started?

I have no history in food service, however I’ve always been in the health food industry in some way. In college, I was a personal trainer, and then I opened a chain of nutrition stores shortly after. I started this company in January of 2014, drawing inspiration from a similar company in Austin, Texas. I felt their “meal prep” style concept was an idea that would thrive in the Sacramento area, with an added layer of offering delivery (the Austin company did not include delivery in their services). I thought delivery was an especially important element for convenience, so I actually started Fit Eats as just a delivery service, and then later moved into a retail store in Sacramento about a couple months after opening – in April of 2014.

What makes you different than other restaurants, grocery stores, or delivery services?

The main difference between Fit Eats and other meal prep and convenience meal companies is that our menu changes weekly. Every Thursday at noon, we take down four items and add four new ones. This keeps it fresh and exciting and makes so that customers do not get tired of eating the same thing week after week.
Additionally, we are not just a meal prep company but a real, healthy, wholesome food company, preparing healthful meals for the masses. I always want to focus on how we can contribute good, nutritious food to a large range of people. So instead of limiting our focus to bodybuilders, or fitness guru’s following the rigid “one carb, one veggie, one protein” meal plan, we offer tasty, restaurant experience food made with healthy, quality ingredients.

What is the inspiration behind Fit Eats?

I just found a need for it. There are not a lot of places [in Sac] offering exactly what we do. I mean, everyone’s idea of healthy is different, but I wanted to create a place that everyone would be able to find something. Something easy and healthy for all to enjoy – not just hard core body builder “high protein, low carb” meals, or vegans and vegetarians serving exclusively plant based meals. I wanted to be able to offer as many choices as possible to please the majority of my community with healthy, delicious, and convenient options. Many of our meals do cater to plant based, or diet sensitive lifestyles such as Paleo, gluten free, or vegetarian, but the idea is to provide good nutritious food for the entire community.

How long have you been a wholesale partner with Vibe Health Bar?

Pretty much right when they started their wholesale program. About 6 or 7 months I would say.

What do you think makes the partnership work?

Well, cold pressed juice goes hand in hand with what we offer, as a nutrient dense, whole food, meal outlet and delivery service. The juice trend is growing fast, so why not jump on board? Plus, it is a lot easier to outsource the juice because we want to focus on what we do best – prep whole meals for customers who are on the go – and let the professionals stick to the juice. Vibe Health Bar with Liquidology has such a good reputation for quality juices in the Sacramento area, so it just makes sense.

What is the reaction customers have when they see cold pressed juice sold along with your healthy pre prepared meals?

I think they’re pretty excited about the juices. I mean, when it’s hotter out, we sell more juice because of how refreshing it is.

What is your favorite Vibe/Liquidology juice and why?

Bottle rocket – I really like the watermelon

Where are you located?

We have two locations:
One in Roseville at 1455 Eureka road, and another in Midtown Sac at 1420 16th Street.

For more information, visit their website at https://www.fiteats.com/ and be sure to stop in for a healthy meal and a cold pressed juice!

Why our “Cognitive Coffee” should be part of your morning routine…

What is Cog Coffee anyway?

Our Cognitive Coffee blend contains a mix of local Chocolate Fish coffee grounds, MCT Oil, grass-fed butter, our 3 Mushroom Blend, and your choice of either vanilla or cacao flavor! All blended up to create a frothy, rich, mood enhancing beverage to boost your energy and heighten your focus without the mid-afternoon coffee crash – hence the name “Cognitive Coffee.” Get it?!

MCT Oil

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are a type of fat found in coconut oil that is easy for your body to digest. MCTs do not need to be broken down the way other fats do, and instead are sent straight to the liver where they get turned into fuel for your body. Here, the MCTs are immediately turned to ketones, which are primary fuel for brain and muscles. They are not stored as fat, but are actually used to help speed up your metabolism, aiding in digestive health, weight loss, and hunger satisfaction. When combined with coffee, the ingredients work together to keep your energy levels sustained without the usual coffee crash. The best part? You can’t even taste it! So you are getting all these benefits without affecting your coffee experience. In fact, it actually enhances your morning coffee by making it even more thick and frothy – not to mention all the positive side effects going on inside your body.

3 Species Mushroom Blend

Our special mushroom blend helps to boost cognitive function by providing a huge dose of mental clarity to clear the brain fog, and thus adding a sustained level of focus for your day! Not to mention, it is extremely high in antioxidants, it helps to combat stress and lower anxiety, and even regulates your blood sugar. Caffeine + focus? Too good to be true!

Grass-fed Butter

Pairing grass-fed butter (a healthy fat) with coffee helps to trigger the body to go into fat burning mode, as it metabolizes the caffeine more slowly and fights against the caffeine crash and coffee jitters later in the day. It is also high in omega 3, an essential fatty acid, and includes many important vitamins such as vitamin A (essential for normal vision, a healthy immune system, and reproduction), D (fights disease, reduces depression, boosts weight loss), E (acts as an antioxidant, protects against toxins in the environment), and K (builds strong bones, prevents against heart disease). The butter gives the coffee a rich and full flavor that may take a bit of getting used to, but will leave you coming back for more.

 

Other benefits of our Cog Coffee?

 

-Your choice of Mocha (we add in a tablespoon of organic Cacao powder) or Vanilla flavor (just a shot of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon)

-No added sugar!

-All organic, local, and quality ingredients.

 

Introducing Nutritionist – Roxanna Torres!

We are so excited to announce a brand new position here at Vibe Health Bar – our very own nutritionist and consultant, Roxanna Torres!

Roxanna has been working at Vibe Health Bar since we began and is the creator of our special Unicorn Bowl. She will be on call to consult, educate, and customize programs for YOUR health. As the certified nutritionist on staff, she will be on site at our Oak Park location on Thursdays 11am-6pm, and our East Sac location on Tuesdays 11am-6pm. You can come in and ask questions, talk cleanses, or inquire about specific items on the menu. If she’s not in the shop she will be on call through e-mail. She can help clients formulate realistic goals for their health, fitness, and nutrition, as well as consult with them on picking a customized cleanse to fit their lifestyle. Read on to learn more about Roxanna!!

 


Where are you from?

I grew up in South Sacramento, went to high school in the Elk Grove area and now live and work in Sacramento!

Which University did you attend and what was your degree in?

I went to Sacramento State and pursued a bachelor’s in Family And Consumer Science, or FACS, with a concentration in nutritional sciences. As I began learning more about nutrition and a well balanced diet, I was led to switch my major during my 3rd year at Sac State. I realized that my passion really was in health and wellness and I ended up switching my major to food and nutrition. I absolutely fell in love with it.

What got you interested in the health and wellness community/what was your biggest influence?

Growing up, I was not very aware of nutrition and eating a well balanced diet. I was raised eating a traditional Mexican cuisine, even though my sister had dietary restrictions and ate a diet much different than the rest of the family. I always wondered why we didn’t just all eat the healthy, well rounded meals that she did. In high school and college I went through some health issues which led me to eat and cook according to my body’s need. I realized that if I could do that for myself, I could also bring awareness to those who don’t have access to nutritional education, and/or to healthy foods. In the community I grew up in, there were no healthy alternatives in school lunches, which baffled me. As an athlete, I felt it was imperative to have access to healthy, nutrient dense food, as well as supplementing with nutrients to enhance performance.

When did you begin working at Vibe and why?

I started working at Vibe within the month after they opened…so, since the beginning of March or so. It’s funny, but something drew me to this specific shop. The owners shared my vision for health and wellness, it was a local shop centered in community, and it had a commitment to bringing the education of healthy living to the community.

What is the biggest nutrition myth you’ve heard that you are determined to combat?

I think people get so caught up on making sure they don’t eat carbs, staying away from fat, or forcing themselves to do tons of cardio, even when they don’t feel like it. For me, as an athlete, I know my body needs a lot of carbs in order for me to function. They are actually good and healthy for you – essential to a well balanced diet. But so many people become easily influenced by the trends that come out on a daily basis telling you to be scared of certain foods. Everyone has a different metabolism and it is all about balance in order to be healthy. I can’t stick to a strict clean eating diet. I really don’t think diets work at all…in a lot of cases they actually hinder your health. A balanced lifestyle is what truly works to maintain an overall healthy life. I encourage people to get educated on what they are eating and really take a look at what works for YOU.

What is your favorite food?

Oh my gosh, I love food haha. I usually eat a lot of Mexican food, as that is what my family generally cooks, and is what I grew up on. My ideal plate or dish, though, would have to be a lean meat (probably carne asada), tortillas, guacamole and a salad.

What is your favorite thing on the Vibe menu – to eat as well as make?

To eat, it would definitely have to be the Cacao Town with kale. It’s a guilty pleasure but then the added kale makes it healthier, and it’s actually really good. 

To make: hmmm, it depends if it’s busy or not haha. If it’s slow, the Unicorn Bowl is my favorite thing to make because it’s super creative. Most of us love to decorate and really take our time with the food art, so if we have time, the bowls are generally the most enjoyable. 

When do you feel best in your body?

For me, it’s when I exercise. I definitely have to make sure I eat enough during the week when I exercise though, as my metabolism. It’s hard for me to keep weight on, so it’s better for me to exercise and eat enough to maintain my weight. One of the most important meals for me is my recovery meal, and making sure I eat in the time span optimal for my body to absorb the most nutritional benefits after exercising. My ideal post workout meal is a lean protein with fast digesting starchy carbs (grilled chicken with potatoes and veggies). If I don’t have time to cook, I love the Purple Butter smoothie we make at Vibe, with added hemp protein + a We Got the Beet or Vitality juice for hydration and energy. 

Guilty pleasure meal?

Oh, for sure an In n Out double double cheeseburger protein style with chile’s, and fries.

What inspires you?

In my overall life, my sister inspires me, as she was born with special needs and was given a life she didn’t choose but had to adapt her lifestyle and abilities to do the things that most of us find simple and unimportant. She is just the happiest girl ever, even with all of her challenges. I think some people are given all of these opportunities that they just take advantage of and don’t appreciate the things that they have just handed to them. My sister has so many abilities that are yet to be discovered and developed. She can’t talk, but she knows how to eat on her own, and her social skills have really improved over the years. Additionally, she plays soccer and goes swimming and does tons of normal things on a daily basis! We are really close. She’s my anchor.

On the nutritional side, I am so inspired to educate people on their health options and give them the tools to make the best health decisions for themselves. I always look at my sister, who didn’t choose her lifestyle or circumstance, and think how I can influence those who CAN choose, to lead their most fulfilling and healthy life. 

If you could tell our Vibe customers anything about their health journey, what would it be?

I want people to actually realize and understand that everyone’s journey is different and their bodies react differently to foods. They do not and should not have the same goals or ideals as other people. They don’t have to follow the trends to be healthy or copy the health and fitness models and gurus to have a happy life. That path may not work for them. Patience is key. Finding a way to stay motivated is one of the hardest parts on a fitness and health food journey. It is essential that we have long term goals that are reachable and achieve a balanced journey. Even though you may take longer than someone else, you will get there!

 

What is your email/contact info?

I am in the shops about 3 times a week as the nutritionist on staff. If a consultation in the shop doesn’t work according to your needs please feel free to email me at roxanna@vibehealthbar.com.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be selfish and indulge in your own self care!

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Meet Your Matcha

THE GREEN TEA THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Matcha is the ‘new’ trend making waves in the food world for its incredible health benefits and its delicious flavor, but this ancient drink has been enhancing lives in Japan for over 1000 years, where it is revered for its mental & medical remedies. It may have taken a while, but the power of matcha is finally becoming known all across the world and is changing the way people fuel their lives.

WHAT IS MATCHA?

Matcha is a fine powder of ground whole green tea leaves. Unique from other teas, it is the only tea where the entire leaf is consumed. Only the strongest growing green tea leaves are selected for matcha production. They are then shade grown for the last three weeks before harvesting and the stems are removed before the leaves are ground into a fine powder. Matcha is traditionally prepared by whisking a scoop of powder with hot water until frothy.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

Before tea was considered a casual beverage, it was considered a medicine. Of all the teas on earth, matcha is the ultimate medicine.

  • ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE
    -Matcha is the highest source of antioxidants per gram (ORAC=1573) with the next highest source being goji berries (ORAC=253).
    -One serving of matcha has the equivalent amount of antioxidants contained in 10 cups of normal brewed green tea
    -Matcha is bursting with catechins, particularly EGCG, which is the most potent & beneficial antioxidant- known to prevent cancer & heart disease and is effective in reducing inflammation & slowing cartilage breakdown
  • ALKALIZING & DETOXIFYING
    -With its incredibly high levels of chlorophyll, matcha provides oxygen to the tissues, detoxifying & creating a healthy alkaline pH in the body
  • STIMULATES METABOLISM & BURNS FAT
    -The catechin EGCG in matcha has been found to raise the body’s thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from 8-10% of daily expenditure to between 35-43% of daily expenditure
    -At the same time it oxidates fat & limits intestinal absorption of fat, all while not raising blood pressure or heart rate
  • PROTECTS SKIN
    -EGCG is proven to fight skin aging, reduce inflammation caused by UV radiation & suppress acne
  • INCREASES FOCUS & CALMS MIND
    -The shade growing of matcha elevates the L-theanine content, an amino acid that induces alpha frequency brain waves, resulting in mental calmness, improved concentration & memory, and relaxed alertness
  • ENERGY BOOSTING
    -It naturally contains only 1/2 the caffeine of coffee
    -The unique properties of matcha result in a calm energy that lasts for 5.5 hours on average, with no jitters, crash, or nervous energy

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MATCHA & LIQUIDOLOGY

Matcha is clearly one of the healthiest foods in the world, so it naturally fits into the vision of Liquidology Bar. Local food blog ful-filled.com joined in collaboration to bring the best organic matcha on the market to Liquidology’s premium line of fresh pressed drinks. Serving organic foods & knowing their source is a top priority at Liquidolgy, so using direct from the farm organic ENCHA matcha was the perfect match.
Combining matcha with Liquidology’s ‘Coco Bomb’ makes for the ultimate healthy energy drink: with electrolytes from the fresh young thai coconut water, medium chain fatty acids from the pressed coconut meat & the calming energy of matcha.

MORE THAN A DRINK

With such a vast array of physical & mental benefits, matcha is so much more than a drink. Matcha is a way of living. It nurtures the body & calms the mind- a retreat from the hectic, grounding us in the midst of our over-stimulated modern lives. Energizing yet relaxing, nourishing & protecting, matcha is the drink that keeps on giving…

WHEN WILL YOU MEET YOUR MATCHA?

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The Juice Retreat ~ A liquid only juice cleanse.

ARE YOU READY FOR A JUICE RETREAT ~ A liquid only juice cleanse?

 If you are interested a juice cleanse, and I know you are if you’re reading this, let me help you avoid the mistakes people make when it comes to participating in a cleanse (the same mistakes I made when I first started out).

Unfortunately, many of us are coming from the mindset that we have no willpower, we deserve punishment for what happened on National Donut Day, or we’re convinced that losing weight is when we can really live. So naturally when the “juice cleanse” is over all of that negative self talk is gonna make it really hard to feel like you DESERVE to take care of yourself and you’ll spiral at the first whiff of pizza.

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Here are 4 mindsets to get into to create a positive juice retreat experience:

  • Think of it as a retreat & opportunity for you to reconnect to your body. Calling it a juice cleanse or detox might keep you in a restrictive mindset and if you have any tendency towards being rebellious, you’ll be fighting yourself the whole time. Prep yourself for an ENJOYABLE, well deserved retreat.
  • You get to spend your hard earned money taking care of yourself – lucky you! Do you know how many people don’t give themselves permission to FEEL GOOD? Not to mention a very small price to pay for your health.
  • Your body, mind & soul is ready to receive tons of nutrition, rest, ease & vitality.
  • There is nothing wrong with you. You are already an amazing human & this juice retreat is the perfect opportunity for you to remember that and treat yourself with loads of respect, self love, & yummy juice.

I’m here to highlight what the Juice Retreat (juice cleanse) and Juice Feast (more on that shortly) offer. Liquidologists, Jules & Jeff want to spread juicy wellbeing while keeping their smart, savvy customers educated & empowered. That’s why I love them. They’ve invited me here to give you the 411 on the juices, on how to get yourself in the cleanse mindset & share my expertise on creating a healthy lifestyle to support you during this juice adventure.

 

WHAT IS A JUICE RETREAT // JUICE FEAST?

  • Organic, raw, cold pressed fruit & vegetable juices to supplement 1, 3 or 5 days of food. Or juice along with raw, vegan meals.
  • An opportunity for the digestive organs to rest & rejuvenate.
  • A party for your cells – they will be flooded with high-quality vitamins & nutrients as the cold press process breaks down the cell walls of the plant to extract the essentials nutrition.
  • Most importantly, a chance for your body to do what it does best, which is to achieve a state of balance.
  • The perfect way to curb any allergen & food cravings. Often we start to crave the very things that are not serving our best self like excess sugar, flour, alcohol, coffee drinks, dead food and reacquaint our taste buds with pure, organic, raw, earthy nutrients.
  • Time for YOU. Let’s face it, you don’t really have to worry about what to eat. It is a really intentional, respectful act of self-care for your mind, body & soul. Who doesn’t need some of that?

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JUICE RETREAT & A JUICE FEAST?

The Juice Retreat (juice cleanse) is juice only for 1, 3 or 5 days. See below for a sample day of juice.

A Juice Feast is for newbie juice cleansers. Man, I wish I had this option back when I was searching for better health. If you want to do a juice retreat but are totally nervous about committing to liquid only meals this option includes some seriously delicious raw food meals prepared by local raw, vegan restaurant The Green Boheme.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE LIQUIDOLOGY JUICE RETREAT:

  • The most unique, brilliant part of this juice retreat (in addition to the self-care aspect) is the 2 servings of Sweetgrass, wheat grass and pineapple, each day. This gives you plant-based protein to keep you feeling more satisfied than most of juice “cleanses” you find.
  • Each cleansing day begins with a Sante, which is a cultured drink, giving your guts a dose of good bacteria to get things moving. Like I said, 3 servings of Sweet Grass as your protein source to keep your energy from crashing & blood sugar from spiking.
  • Two of Liquidology’s green juices, Vitality & Greenie in a Bottle are surprising & refreshingly delicious. Greenie is literally chock full of toxin neutralizing veggies, including the super herb parsley.
  • The coconut & turmeric in The Alchemist helps decrease inflammation & heal the intestinal tract. It’s a bonus that it tastes amazing!
  • The beautiful beet juice of We Got the Beet (or Bottoms Up!) will cleanse the blood & liver, while orange juice offers up the antioxidant punch of vitamin C.
  • The signature City Scout blend this summer, Summer Scout, is filled with blackberries and burdock root, which is another blood cleanser.
  • On the final day of the juice cleanse you’ll get the ultimate in detoxification from About Last Night, which contains activated coconut charcoal. This has been used for years to rid the body of chemical toxicity & poison. It’s the perfect way to end your cleansing before you transition to a whole foods diet (because you’re not going to ruin all the goodness you just created by taking down a pizza)
  • And if you’re beginning with a Juice Feast, you will get some delicious, surprisingly satisfying raw food meals too.

 

This is a day 1 sample of juices…

Sante (probiotic tea)

Sweet Grass

Vitality

The Alchemist

Sweet Grass

Greenie in a Bottle

Bottle Rocket

City Scout

Cinnamon Coconut Water

About Last Night

 

HOW TO GET YOUR JUICE CLEANSE:

Just give Liquidology a call at 916-970-5102 to order your choice of 1, 3 or 5 days for a Juice Retreat or a Juice Feast & to schedule pick-up at 4601 H Street in East Sacramento or at 1611 Lead Hill Blvd in Roseville.

They would just love it if you gave at least 48 hours notice before picking up your juicy goodness. This gives them time to get you the highest quality juice.

It also gives you an opportunity to prepare yourself for your personal health retreat by hydrating, phasing out food that you know doesn’t make you feel your best & making some space for taking fabulous care of yourself.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR JUICY RETREAT OR JUICE FEAST:

Keep drinking water: Juice is not meant to replace regular hydration. Keeping your water intake up between juices (and especially in the days leading up to your Juice Feast) will enhance the effects of all that nutrition while keeping your organs & tissues really happy.

Dry brushing: This is my favorite, especially during bathing suit season. Using a dry bristle brush, beginning at the feet, brush in strokes towards your heart. You can stop at your neck and avoid breasts. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which acts like a drain for your body’s detoxifying processes. It’s easiest to do before you take a shower or bath and it also exfoliates the skin and can help with cellulite.

Gentle, cleansing exercise: This is probably not a great time to run or do really strenuous exercise. The goal of a juice retreat is for the body to rejuvenate & balance without enduring much stress. The best types of exercise while you’re in retreat is yoga, walking, Pilates, tai chi, or swimming.

Meditation: Think of it as a cleanse for your emotional body. Meditation is giving yourself space to just be. It’s not intended to make you stop thinking, it’s to help you look at all of those thoughts passing through and noticing them. It actually changes the brain + starts to turn the voice in your head to a much nicer, more compassionate one.

Journaling: When we write we can begin to figure ourselves out. So whether you just free write whatever pops in your head or you answer a question, it will lead you to learning something new, letting go of thoughts or feelings that you don’t need or just clearing the clutter hanging around in your head.

De-clutter: Find a drawer, a closet, a table, a room or your whole house and clean it out. Get rid of things you haven’t used in the last year, doesn’t fit or that has expired, organize what you do have. The state of our space is often a reflection of how we are feeling and cleaning it out feels pretty grounding.

 

Lastly, if you are looking for more ways to take the very best care of yourself & your health, I’d love to support you. Liquidology juice retreaters get $50 off a coaching session where we work to bring more lightness, vibrance & energy to your life through nutrition, mindset, movement & more.

Find more of Nikki’s musings, coaching & courses:

www.nikki-stern.com

Instagram: @nikkistern_healthcoach

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