Little secret. Those of you that read my blog don’t always watch my videos on YouTube and many of my YouTube subscribers never come over to SarahFit.com. I feel like I have two children who I love dearly. You guys here on the blog tend to be more health conscious and aware of the latest trends. You know what chia seeds are and maybe have even tried a 3 day juice cleanse despite all those pesky nutrition experts telling you not to.

Did you know however that legally a nutrition label can be 20% off? So even if you count calories religiously, you may be 400 calories over or under at the end of the day if you aim to eat 2000 calories a day.

If that was not news to you, you probably won’t learn anything jaw dropping in my newest video. But for those of you that are new to the “know what you put in your body” thing, I think you will enjoy it. Watch the video below if you are confused by nutrition labels.

5 things everyone should know about nutrition labels

A couple questions from YouTube:

If you are trying to figure out how many calories, grams of fat, protein and carbs, use this helpful calculator that lets you choose from a variety of diets. I like the IIFYM breakdown which is based on your body weight and ideal body weight.  But you may prefer a low carb or 50/25/25 breakdown. Whatever you choose, there are really helpful numbers on that site.

I do NOT count calories because most of the foods I eat do not have nutrition labels. I find it annoying to have to figure out how many are in a salad that I prepare at home. I know everything in my meal is nutritious and clean, I don’t feel the need to know the exact macro-nutrient breakdown at this point. I know if I have enough fat and protein by looking at my plate. To maintain my weight this method is sufficient. If I want to lose a couple pounds for an upcoming shoot or something, I do count a couple times a week to keep me on track.

How much is too much sugar?

Well, I don’t think anyone ever got fat from eating fruit. If you eat a lot of fruit, it will look like you eat a ton of sugar. I believe that you should keep your ADDED SUGAR intake, i.e. white sugar, agave nectar, honey, etc to 25 grams. This number does not include naturally occurring sugar in things like fruit. This number is equivalent to 100 calories. The grey area included dried fruit like raisins and dates. These can spike your blood sugar like white sugar can and may be addictive. These should be limited and included in the 25 grams in my opinion. MyFitnessPal unfortunately does not know the difference so you must use your brain and not rely on technology here. To learn sneaky names for added sugars, check out this article from Mind Body Green.

Leave any additional questions below and I’ll do my best to answer them as always!

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Last night, I did something I usually never do! I went to a healthy vegan restaurant in BOSTON and I forgot to take a single picture I was so caught up talking to my friends Lucie and Jenn. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it that our dinner at True Bistro in Medford was delicious. Finding healthy places locally is tough. Vegetarian restaurants are every where in California and NYC but in Boston, they remain rare. The city has been doing a better job at making menus more allergy friendly.

Last week, I visited Wink and Nod in the South End for a gluten free tasting. Wink and Nod is located at the corner of Appleton and Tremont. They feature different chefs every few months who curate the menu and completely change it up. This summer, they are featuring a pop up menu from Chef Patrick Enage’s Akinto which features many gluten free, vegetarian and pescatarian options! 

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The menu features items inspired by Thailand, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

I ordered a virgin Akinto because I could only stay for an hour before leaving to go teach my 7:15pm class at Burn Fitness Studios. I’ve taught after 2 glasses of wine before, and it is not fun. I’m not sure how the bartender made it but the combination of the lemon, Thai basil and soda water was super refreshing and something I am going to try making at home this summer.

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Since I had to eat quick, I only got to try a few of the dishes but all were flavorful, delicious and filling without feeling heavy.

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The chilled cucumber salad might have been one of my favorites and so simple. They tasted like Asian pickles and I easily could have eaten the entire bowl myself. While the soy sauce technically means it is not gluten free, I’m curious if the chef used tamari instead. I did not ask though. I personally try to eat a naturally gluten free diet so I’m picky about something like soy sauce where it is naturally occurring. I do buy tamari to use with my sushi at home however. 

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The pork hash with qual egg and calamari tasted like a hipster brunch menu item I could eat all day but the shrimp were my favorite seafood dish. They were not on the menu but a special the chef prepared for us. They tasted slightly like a more Indian/Philippines version of garlicky shrimp that you order at Spanish tapas restaurants. If this is a special you should order it!

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I’m not a huge pork belly person but these pork bellies had more meat than most i’ve tried. The flavorful layer of fat on top was smaller than usual making me feel like guilty about eating them. 

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I loved the pineapple fried rice with the whole fried egg! This is a must order in my opinion. It was really flavorful and didn’t feel greasy like this dish often does. 

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The last dish I took a picture of but did not try was the kabachi glazed swordfish belly. I had to dash out to teach my Power Burn class sadly. It looked similar to the pork belly, but I doubt they tasted similar.

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I cannot wait to go back and actually enjoy eating slowly and not have to keep looking my watch and making I wasn’t eating to much to go teach a bootcamp class.

I love how Boston is changing to have a more health conscious restaurant scene. If you are a gluten free guy or gal, definitely check out the new menu at Akinto while it is still available! Not everything is gluten free but many of the menu items, naturally are. You can check out the full menu here. 

Also new on the scene in my neck of the foods is Freshii on Stuart Street (between Clarendon and Dartmouth). Yes, it’s been around for awhile in other neighborhoods in Boston, the new location means I’ll actually visit the “light and lean” lunch scene. 

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The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, wraps, bowls, burritos, fro yo, juices and more. I ordered the same salad twice because I’m adventurous like that. The Metaboost comes with field greens and spinach, kale, mangoes, carrots, edamame, almonds, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and I added chicken. They scoop up the ingredients into a big plastic bag and then shake it up real good to make sure it’s all evenly dressed and then empty it out into a bowl or wrap.  

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I will admit I like Sweetgreen better BUT that line is obnoxious and sometimes you do not have 30 minutes to wait in it so Freshii is another alternative if you want a big salad or other healthy lunch. You can also order to go and avoid any wait at all. I didn’t try the juices so I cannot say if they are good or bad. One Instagrammer said she was not a fan but apparently, the staff offered her another flavor that she might like better. 

What is your favorite “healthy” places to grab a bite to eat in Boston? 

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Sailing In Newport With Team SCA Was Out of My Comfort Zone

Last week, I got to go down to Newport, RI to hang out with Team SCA, the only all women’s team competing in the sailing race across the world, the Volvo Ocean Race Series. Along with Nicole of Pumps and Iron, we were put to the test to see if we had what it took […]

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The Only Ab Exercise You Need For Summer

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Every fitness magazine and trainer, tries to reinvent the wheel to keep things new and interesting. Well, I’ve got news for you… No matter how many variations you can come up with to do a squat or a lunge or a crunch, the original more often than not is the most effective! We just are […]

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Central/Eastern European Vacation: Budapest

This is my last little blog post from my vacation last month, I promise! If you hate, they are gone. If you love them, enjoy the last one. Budapest was never on my list of places to visit until Roomie suggested it. After researching it for 6-months, I could not wait to go. It is […]

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LG G4 Preview and Giveaway Opportunity

I’ve had the exact same phone number since I turned 16 years old. I’m not one for change. In college, my phone was a flip made by LG. I loved it, and used T9 to text… remember T9?!  I never owned a blackberry and I waited to buy a smart phone until the iPhone was […]

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Giveaway: Personalized Marathon Race Day Prints

Commemorating life milestones is something we all do. From pictures or artwork to jewelry, we like to have memories of our greatest accomplishments in clear view. I have my college diploma framed somewhere. I have a bracelet my mom got me for my 30th birthday that I wear every day. And now I have this… […]

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The #1 Thing You Need To Do Every Morning

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Central/Eastern Europe Vacation: Vienna

Prague was amazing but we were even more excited to visit the grandiose Vienna. Our first impression was less than stellar. We took a cab waiting at the train station to our hotel which was a 7 minute ride according to Google Maps. The driver charged us 26 Euros! They say not to get into […]

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Refreshing Green Smoothie For Summer – Vegan & Banana Free

As soon as I turn off the heat at home, my body immediately starts craving smoothies in the morning. I want something hydrating, crisp and refreshing, preferably with something green. Today, I am sharing one of my favorite smoothies that I make without bananas or protein powder. There is nothing wrong with either one, but […]

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