“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you just might miss it.” For those of you that aren’t fans of cult films of the 80’s, it was Ferris Bueller that gave us that little nugget of wisdom way back in 1986 in the hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Thirty years later (wow) this is so much more true than our dear Ferris could have ever predicted. It seems to be the norm that we are all juggling a million things at once. I can definitely relate - with a busy (and recently freelance) career in media and as a fitness instructor, I’m all about that hustle. Every day there are classes to teach, meetings and events to attend or emcee, workouts to be done, hopefully spend time with family and friends….and more. Add to that the fact that I am a relatively new mama, and you get the whirlwind picture. Somedays it seems like I am always on the move, and there isn’t a moment to spare.
The thing is, as much gratitude I have for how full my life is, I really dislike the culture of busy-ness. The whole “I’m so busy I don’t have time for anything meaningful or to take care of myself” kind of thing. We shouldn’t be patting ourselves on the back for having no time, ideally we should practice being in the moment and finding ways to nurture and nourish ourselves. There is nothing more important.
Taking the time to eat properly is a huge part of that. I know, it may seem like a total challenge, but it makes a huge difference in how we end up feeling and performing. Whether I have a day on camera or am teaching Pilates, if I don’t get the proper nutrition I need, forget it! Protein is a huge priority for me. Years ago, when I studied nutrition in university, I learned just how key protein is for our bodies to function. Consider it the our “building blocks” that are essential for our immune system, cellular repair, and of course - building muscle! Once I made sure that I was getting enough protein in my diet, it made a huge difference in the results I saw from whatever training I was doing. Let’s just say I’m not 18 anymore, but I am far fitter now than I was then. It’s hard to build lean muscle if you’re not eating the right food. Period.
So here’s the dilemma: how to get enough of the proper nutrition that we need when we are all so crazy busy. Not to mention that a lot of foods of convenience aren’t the best for us. At least - there was a time that was true. But now, there are great options. My favourite way of making sure that I have the right kind of fuel on the go is to stash a package of KRAVE Gourmet Jerky in my gym bag. I actually discovered it a few years ago when I was training to be a Pilates instructor and was spending long days in the studio working out, and it immediately became my go-to snack. Now it’s available across Canada, so it’s as easy to find as it is to enjoy. It’s a good source of that all-essential protein, has 30 percent less sodium than other jerky products, has only 90 calories per serving, and comes in four amazing flavours. Lately, I’m particularly partial to the Chili Lime Beef and Black Cherry Barbecue Pork flavours. It is the perfect thing for pre or post-workout refuel.
Along with my latest playlist on my iPhone, my water bottle (MUST stay hydrated!), dry shampoo, and my favourite workout gear, KRAVE Gourmet Jerky is a total gym-bag essential. Never mind being delicious, it’s also very portable and the package is even resealable. Plus - unlike with other snacks on the go, it doesn’t feel like a meal replacement or some kind of fake food that I am making a sacrifice by eating it. Totally yummy, totally real food. Now, I can focus on other things and not worry about getting hangry. Because no one wants to see that, trust me.
You can find Krave Gourmet Jerky in Canada at the following retailers: Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Sobeys, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Overwaitea Foods and Federated Coop. It retails from $7.49 - $8.99. Available in four delicious flavours: Sweet Chipotle Beef, Chili Lime Beef, Black Cherry Barbecue Pork and Grilled Sweet Teriyaki Pork.
This post was generously sponsored by Krave Jerky, but all opinions are, as always, my own.