Kelly Nardo

Nutrition Coach & Healthy Meal Prep

@EATTHEGAINS

Follow @eatthegains on Instagram

Follow @eatthegains on Instagram

Q&A

Can you share your journey to becoming an advocate for health and wellness, and what initially inspired you to start that journey?

Can you share your journey to becoming an advocate for health and wellness, and what initially inspired you to start that journey?

I was always interested in health and wellness, but it wasn't until I found CrossFit in 2012 that I really started diving into how I could live my best life. I was working out regularly but wasn't eating the best. I was also in a place of working out really hard during the week with restrictive eating and then binging on the weekends.

 

I started to learn how to cook and over the years learned what works best for my body. It wasn't until I really changed my diet that I could really benefit from feeling my best and performing my best in the gym. I am now pretty in tune with my body, and while I love all things healthy, I'm a huge advocate of balance and moderation.

How do you incorporate Ka'Chava into your daily life?

How do you incorporate Ka'Chava into your daily life?

I usually take my Ka’Chava blended in a smoothie, I LOVE LOVE LOVE adding Ka’Chava to my morning post-workout smoothie.

My favorite go-to recipe uses Ka’Chava Vanilla as the base, then I add frozen spinach, frozen cauliflower rice, frozen pineapple, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, cinnamon, maca, and almond milk.

I also love to blend Ka’Chava into my protein pancakes and energy balls or add it to overnight oats.

How do you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

How do you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

I feel the best when I get in some daily movement and fuel my body with healthy foods. I don't always want to go to the gym, but I know getting there is half the battle. Just knowing how much better I will feel helps keep me going. I also want to live a long and healthy life and be around for a while with my loved ones.

How do you hope to motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle?

How do you hope to motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle?

I hope to inspire people to get in the kitchen and get moving.

Even if you just make little changes - going for a walk after dinner or adding spinach to your omelet - you are moving in the right direction. These little changes add up and can have a huge impact on your life. I was also in a place of over exercise and under-eating for a long time, and hope to help people get out of the mindset and mentality.

Busy schedule? Share your tips for finding the time to eat healthy meals!

Busy schedule? Share your tips for finding the time to eat healthy meals!

Meal prep!

I'm a huge advocate of meal prep during the week. It doesn't have to take your whole weekend away either. I love making a few staples during the week (shredded chicken, quinoa, rice, chia pudding, roasted sweet potatoes...) and then I turn it into an easy meal by adding some veggies. I also love making bigger batches for dinners so we have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Are you a label reader?

Are you a label reader?

Yes and no. I used to be a huge label reader, but now I am a little more relaxed as I know the brands and products I like. When buying something new, I check to make sure it doesn't have any added sugar, additives, or things I can't pronounce.

What fitness or health apps are you using and why?

What fitness or health apps are you using and why?

I have a Garmin watch and use that to watch my steps, sleep, heart rate, and more. I also use My Fitness Pal to track what I am eating to make sure I am getting enough food.

What three changes can someone make to their daily lives to improve their health?

What three changes can someone make to their daily lives to improve their health?

Get more sleep, include more daily movement in your life (by walking or taking the stairs), and eat more vegetables.


 

You can follow Kelly on Instagram, or visit her website, eatthegains.com! Kelly also recommended the following Instagram accounts to help you live a balanced and healthy lifestyle, check them out, too!

 

For Simple & Healthy Recipes, Alex of @thedefineddish
Dietetics Expert, Laurie of @lauriechristineking
Whole30 Co-Founder, Melissa Hartwig @melissa_hartwig