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Is It Possible to Have Too Much Fiber In Your Diet?

The general recommendation for daily fiber intake is 25 to 35 grams, says Sarah Mattison Berndt, R.D., nutrition advisor for Complete Nutrition and owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine in Madison, WI. That may vary depending on your age and gender, though. (Men need more, women need less.) Preferably, those grams are coming from naturally fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and legumes, rather than supplements.

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Why the 80/20 Rule Is the Gold Standard of Dietary Balance

The gist: you eat clean, whole foods for about 80 percent of your calories of the day, and you #treatyoself for about 20 percent of the calories for the day. (ICYMI it’s recommended by health pros like Jillian Michaels and many dietitians as a way to teach moderation.) “The 80/20 rule can be a fantastic way to enjoy the foods you love and keep your weight in check,” says Sarah Berndt, RD for Complete Nutrition and owner of prepared meal plan service Fit Fresh Cuisine in Madison, WI.

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35 Ways Nutritionists Sneak More Protein Into Their Diet

 2017

Your go-to appetizer at your favorite sushi restaurant might be the reason you can only make it through two rolls before maxing out. “Munch on edamame for a low-calorie protein packed snack,” says Sarah Mattison Berndt, MS, RD, CD, registered dietitian. “One half cup contains 9 grams of protein.” Edamame, or soybeans, also deliver 300 mg of heart-healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

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How to Stay Motivated to Keep Fit and Healthy After the Summer

 2017

Don’t ditch your healthy regimen over a slip. Avoid becoming discouraged if you have an off day and miss your usual workout or indulge in an unhealthy meal or two. Keep in mind that such slips happen, but they don’t mean your fitness goals are out of reach and are no reason to relapse into unhealthy habits. “It’s important to recognize that being successful requires flexibility. All-or-nothing thinking is one of the most common pitfalls to straying the course, because one little derailment can send you spinning off into the wrong direction,” says Sarah Mattison-Berndt, a registered dietitian for Complete Nutrition and certified personal trainer based in Madison, Wisconsin. “When you miss a workout or ditch your diet, simply make a plan to get back on track right away and move forward. Telling yourself ‘I’ll start over Monday’ is not a long-term strategy. Instead, eat a little lighter at the next meal and spend an extra 15 minutes on your workouts for the remainder of the week.”

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15 High-Protein Dinners That Can Help You Lose Weight

March 20, 2017

When it comes to supporting weight loss, protein is a macronutrient superhero. This is partially because your body has to expend quite a bit of energy to break it down, making it the macronutrient least likely to be stored as fat when eaten in excess, says Sarah Mattison Berndt, registered dietitian for Complete Nutrition and owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine.

And since muscle loss naturally occurs with weight loss, eating adequate protein can increase the amount of lean mass that stays on your body and boost metabolism.

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In Defense of Post-Workout Pizza and Bagels

ICYMI, Planet Fitness locations give away free pizza on the first Monday of every month and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month—that’s right, a gym that gives away pizza. As wacky as it may sound, it may be responsible for the gym chain’s crazy growth, according to Business Insider, and, well, they have a good reason for it:

“At Planet Fitness we believe it’s realistic and okay for people to enjoy a slice of pizza every once in a while in moderation,” said Brian Zehetner, director of health and fitness at Planet Fitness. “We’re a Judgement Free Zone and community through and through, and we whole-heartedly believe that it’s a-okay to treat yourself in moderation, especially as you’re working toward your individualized health and fitness goals, whatever they might be.”

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Your Guide to Protein Powder: Lose Weight, Build Muscle, Age Better

By K. Aleisha Fetters, Contributor | March 10, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.

If you know anything about protein powder, it’s probably that bodybuilders love it. You wouldn’t be wrong: Protein is vital to building muscle.

But protein and protein powder are good for so much more – improving exercise recovery, promoting weight loss, staying strong into old age and, according to a 2013 review in Nutrition & Metabolism, decreasing inflammation and improving metabolic health to potentially reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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The Best Protein Bars

Healthy, filling snacks don’t need to taste bad

Our goal was to find the best tasting protein bar that still qualifies as a healthy snack. It needed to fill us up and provide enough protein, fiber, and other nutrients our bodies need — all while having as little sugar as possible. After talking to multiple nutritionists and reading the back of 164 ingredient labels closely, we taste-tested the top 25 contenders to find our top picks.

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Executive Q&A: Owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine emphasizes the science of nutrition

By PATRICIA SIMMS

When she graduated from UW-Madison the first time, Sarah Mattison Berndt thought she would be a marine biologist — food and nutrition would be her hobby. That’s not how it worked out for the 34-year-old owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine, Fitchburg.

“I have always had a passion for food and cooking, but I’d started making healthy meals for professional athletes training with my husband, Ryan,” said Berndt, who is also co-owner of Hybrid Athletic Club, a health club.

“Over time, others were learning of the meals and requesting them. A year later when we expanded, Fit Fresh Cuisine was born and has been growing ever since. Now, we provide thousands of meals to customers weekly.”

The health club is also experiencing a lot of growth, she said.

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35 Ways Nutritionists Sneak More Protein Into Their Diet

 2017

Your go-to appetizer at your favorite sushi restaurant might be the reason you can only make it through two rolls before maxing out. “Munch on edamame for a low-calorie protein packed snack,” says Sarah Mattison Berndt, MS, RD, CD, registered dietitian. “One half cup contains 9 grams of protein.” Edamame, or soybeans, also deliver 300 mg of heart-healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

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35 Ways Nutritionists Sneak More Protein Into Their Diet

 2017

Your go-to appetizer at your favorite sushi restaurant might be the reason you can only make it through two rolls before maxing out. “Munch on edamame for a low-calorie protein packed snack,” says Sarah Mattison Berndt, MS, RD, CD, registered dietitian. “One half cup contains 9 grams of protein.” Edamame, or soybeans, also deliver 300 mg of heart-healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

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How to Stay Motivated to Keep Fit and Healthy After the Summer

 2017

Don’t ditch your healthy regimen over a slip. Avoid becoming discouraged if you have an off day and miss your usual workout or indulge in an unhealthy meal or two. Keep in mind that such slips happen, but they don’t mean your fitness goals are out of reach and are no reason to relapse into unhealthy habits. “It’s important to recognize that being successful requires flexibility. All-or-nothing thinking is one of the most common pitfalls to straying the course, because one little derailment can send you spinning off into the wrong direction,” says Sarah Mattison-Berndt, a registered dietitian for Complete Nutrition and certified personal trainer based in Madison, Wisconsin. “When you miss a workout or ditch your diet, simply make a plan to get back on track right away and move forward. Telling yourself ‘I’ll start over Monday’ is not a long-term strategy. Instead, eat a little lighter at the next meal and spend an extra 15 minutes on your workouts for the remainder of the week.”

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15 High-Protein Dinners That Can Help You Lose Weight

March 20, 2017

When it comes to supporting weight loss, protein is a macronutrient superhero. This is partially because your body has to expend quite a bit of energy to break it down, making it the macronutrient least likely to be stored as fat when eaten in excess, says Sarah Mattison Berndt, registered dietitian for Complete Nutrition and owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine.

And since muscle loss naturally occurs with weight loss, eating adequate protein can increase the amount of lean mass that stays on your body and boost metabolism.

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In Defense of Post-Workout Pizza and Bagels

ICYMI, Planet Fitness locations give away free pizza on the first Monday of every month and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month—that’s right, a gym that gives away pizza. As wacky as it may sound, it may be responsible for the gym chain’s crazy growth, according to Business Insider, and, well, they have a good reason for it:

“At Planet Fitness we believe it’s realistic and okay for people to enjoy a slice of pizza every once in a while in moderation,” said Brian Zehetner, director of health and fitness at Planet Fitness. “We’re a Judgement Free Zone and community through and through, and we whole-heartedly believe that it’s a-okay to treat yourself in moderation, especially as you’re working toward your individualized health and fitness goals, whatever they might be.”

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Your Guide to Protein Powder: Lose Weight, Build Muscle, Age Better

By K. Aleisha Fetters, Contributor | March 10, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.

If you know anything about protein powder, it’s probably that bodybuilders love it. You wouldn’t be wrong: Protein is vital to building muscle.

But protein and protein powder are good for so much more – improving exercise recovery, promoting weight loss, staying strong into old age and, according to a 2013 review in Nutrition & Metabolism, decreasing inflammation and improving metabolic health to potentially reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Media

The Best Protein Bars

Healthy, filling snacks don’t need to taste bad

Our goal was to find the best tasting protein bar that still qualifies as a healthy snack. It needed to fill us up and provide enough protein, fiber, and other nutrients our bodies need — all while having as little sugar as possible. After talking to multiple nutritionists and reading the back of 164 ingredient labels closely, we taste-tested the top 25 contenders to find our top picks.

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Executive Q&A: Owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine emphasizes the science of nutrition

By PATRICIA SIMMS

When she graduated from UW-Madison the first time, Sarah Mattison Berndt thought she would be a marine biologist — food and nutrition would be her hobby. That’s not how it worked out for the 34-year-old owner of Fit Fresh Cuisine, Fitchburg.

“I have always had a passion for food and cooking, but I’d started making healthy meals for professional athletes training with my husband, Ryan,” said Berndt, who is also co-owner of Hybrid Athletic Club, a health club.

“Over time, others were learning of the meals and requesting them. A year later when we expanded, Fit Fresh Cuisine was born and has been growing ever since. Now, we provide thousands of meals to customers weekly.”

The health club is also experiencing a lot of growth, she said.

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‘Fit Fresh’ offers all-in-one package

By CHRIS MARTELL

Each day, individuals make hundreds of choices, large and small.

Some decisions seem unimportant, like what we eat and drink on a given day, and how — or if — we exercise. But cumulatively, such choices can have big consequences for our health.

One local couple, Sarah Mattison and Ryan Berndt, is working to help people make good decisions about food and health. Mattison, a personal trainer and registered dietitian, owns two Fit Fresh Cuisine restaurants in Madison and Fitchburg and sells take-home, customized meal plans. Berndt is a personal trainer, too, who specializes in rehabilitation. The couple also owns Hybrid Fitness, located next door to the Fitchburg restaurant.

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Ask the Expert: Lean Machine

By Shayna Miller

&A with Sarah Berndt, Personal trainer, registered dietitian and owner ofHybridFitnessand Fit Fresh Cuisine

Q: Why is nutrition such an overwhelming idea to get our arms around? It seems as if it’s a pretty straightforward topic, yet we have more obesity than ever.A: We have a dichotomy on our hands. People are more overweight than ever and there’s a strong link to what we eat and how we look, our risk of disease and its damaging effects. People aren’t used to putting time toward their nutrition but are more likely to do so with their fitness. They’re not preparing dinner or breakfast—it’s a hassle. When you combine a busy schedule, larger portions and so many others being overweight, we get out of sync with what the behavior should really be. With busy schedules it’s hard to follow through on what [we] should be doing.

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Sarah Mattison Berndt: Sports Nutrition for All

A few years ago, Sarah Mattison Berndt, MS, RD, was working as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletics team sports nutritionist. It was a struggle, she says, for many of the athletes to prepare balanced meals required to support the demands of their training. So Berndt started making them meals.

Berndt, an athlete herself, was very interested in how food and nutrition influenced performance, energy and health. “It seemed natural to put my love for food, nutrition, and athletics together,” she says. So, in 2009, she opened Hybrid Athletic Club, a full service gym, along with Fit Fresh Cuisine, an all-healthy restaurant, under one roof. Her Hybrid Health Plan has helped hundreds of participants dramatically improve their health, not only by dropping significant amounts of weight, but also by reversing risk of diseases such as type two diabetes, and by getting off medications for hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes and depression.

Madison’s Biggest Loser: Hybrid is on a Roll

The team over at Hybrid Fitness is looking to win their third Madison’s Biggest Loser competition in a row! And so far, they’re well on their way to claiming another title.

“You got this, we’ll make sure you get there,” said trainer and owner Ryan Berndt.

Jasmine Christian isn’t just waging war against her weight, she’s also fighting her fear of heights.

“I cant believe I actually did that. The first time I did that I actually cried, I’m really afraid of heights!” said Jasmine about climbing the cargo net.

But her teammates at Hybrid Fitness won’t let her fail.

“It’s a team effort 100 percent,” said contestant Brad Woodill.

As a team, Hybrid has lost more than 250 pounds and won three out of the five weeks. Brad has been the individual champ twice.

Catching up with Sarah Mattison

Sarah Mattison and husband Ryan Berndt own Hybrid Fitness and Fit Fresh Cuisine, two businesses that work in tandem to help clients get in shape. Located under the same roof in Fitchburg, Wis., Hybrid and Fit Fresh combine a workout gym with a restaurant offering locally grown, nutritionally balanced food.

How did you arrive at your profession?

I’ve always loved science, animals and the environment. I’ve also always been really active and enjoyed sports. When I entered UW, zoology seemed the obvious choice, and during that time I studied marine biology on a semester abroad in Australia. But after graduation I felt that marine biology was a better hobby than a career. During a lunch with my sister she casually said, “You’ve always loved cooking and food—why don’t you go into nutrition?” After giving it some thought I realized she was right—I had always been experimenting with food, cooking and nutrition.