By Sara Browning
Just Right Eating in Springfield, Illinois, is helping people enhance their nutrition intake and improve their eating habits, setting them on the road to a better quality of life.
Whether picking up a nutritious pre-made snack, side, entrée, or dessert or purchasing meals for home delivery, clients who take advantage of the myriad services and healthy food products Just Right Eating has to offer will taste the advantages of a healthy diet. Just Right Eating is a nutritional meal service and food service store.
Harboring a wide selection of food products carefully chosen and created by founder Stephanie Johnson, MS, a fitness professional and sport nutrition expert, Just Right Eating’s selection of goods encompasses heart-healthy, well-balanced, and proportioned meals that are low-glycemic and created from whole foods. Ninety percent of meals are naturally gluten-free. Stephanie is always available to coach Just Right Eating shoppers on how to increase their consumption of nutritious foods as well as offer advice on weight loss, diabetes, heart health, athletic performance, and nutritional balance.
“The different options clients have to choose from in the store are based on healthy eating principles,” says Stephanie. “The goal is to provide people with convenience and nutrition to get them on the path to living well.”
In addition to teaching clients the basics of healthy eating, Stephanie combines nutrition with fitness expertise to help clients achieve their optimal fitness level. “I combine both fitness and nutrition methodologies to help clients lose weight and get healthy. My program combines the nutrition found at Just Right Eating with personal training services for sport, fitness, and weight loss. I promise to take my clients on a journey that will mentally, physically, and emotionally change their life for the better.”
Centered on Fitness
Having actively pursued her passion for fitness and nutrition for over 20 years, Stephanie’s expertise in exercise and fitness as well as her education, experience, and philosophy set her apart from other fitness trainers.
“I’ve been studying exercise and nutrition since I was 16 years old,” she says, “educating myself on the relationship between nutrition and human performance and how it deeply affects our quality of life.”
Beginning Just Right Eating in 2011, Stephanie’s professional and personal life is centered on fitness and nutrition. In addition to managing Just Right Eating and meeting with clients for personal training, Stephanie studies the latest journals on fitness and nutrition, applying science and logic to better enhance her clients’ and athletes’ fitness programs. Her book, Just Right Eating, explains the principles and methods for healthy eating and includes over 170 recipes and principles to help her clients achieve a balanced lifestyle.
Good Nutrition and CD
Stephanie’s involvement in the health and wellness field derives from more than a passion for helping others achieve a healthier life. Her own personal experience with celiac disease, an autoimmune system disease that causes a person’s body to reject the protein gluten, helped her understand the challenges that individuals face.
Celiac disease (CD) is a multi-symptom, multi-system, lifelong genetic disorder that attacks the small intestine so that the intestine has difficulty absorbing nutrients from food. Lack of absorption causes a person to become malnourished. When individuals with CD consume foods that contain gluten, including wheat, rye, barley, and oats, their bodies’ immune system responds with a toxic reaction. Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, gas/bloating, nausea, nutritional deficiencies, irritability, depression, fatigue, and weight loss.
“I’ve had celiac disease my entire life, but I just never thought to seek a diagnosis for it until it became prevalent, and I was diagnosed in 2008,” Stephanie says. “I had all the classic symptoms — I was miserable. After researching the disease, I am now acutely aware of how it can affect a person’s lifestyle and have developed effective solutions and delicious food alternatives to help myself and my clients.”
Stephanie offers her clients one-on-one nutrition consultations to help them identify gluten in foods and change the way they eat. She also has a line of delicious specialty products on the market that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. All her products are healthy, natural, balanced, and low-glycemic except for her delicious gluten-free, dairy-free cupcakes for the indulgences.
Healthy, Convenient Options
At Just Right Eating, shoppers will find a selection of low-sodium, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian meals. All meals are made fresh daily in the kitchen and contain a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Protein may consist of white turkey, eggs, edamame, soy, chicken, fish, tuna, and shrimp while carbohydrates can take the form of slow-digesting, low-glycemic whole-grain pastas, brown rice pastas, vegetables, wild rice, quinoa, couscous, and fresh fruit. Coconut, olive, canola, or nut oils help supply daily fat intake.
“We have our own crew and make about six thousand meals per week,” says Stephanie. “Our meals assist with disease management and prevention, athletics, and weight loss. When shoppers are too busy to cook, our meals provide a nutritious, convenient option.”
Whether her clients decide to purchase meals through the store or have them home delivered, Stephanie provides a variety of options. Just Right Eating Complete Meal Delivery is a 5–7 day lifestyle perfect for those who desire both nutrition and convenience to help them lose weight, eat healthy, build muscle, or increase sport performance. The Just Right Eating Storefront option allows shoppers to come into the store and choose meals: either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. The Athletes Menu is designed around athletes’ and active individuals’ daily workouts and activity and ensures individuals are receiving the correct balance of nutrients to perform to their best potential.
Just Right Eating menus, which vary from week to week, include a wide range of choices for different occasions. Grab ‘n’ Go Meals come in several calorie and macronutrient portions. Breakfasts combine high-quality protein and complex carbs with healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients. Always combining fresh ingredients, salads include berry chicken, buffalo chicken, Cobb salad, and more, while dinner may feature chicken, fish, pork, sirloin, tuna casserole, Mexican dishes, or pastas.
“Fun” foods, such as pizza, burgers, and wraps, are made with gluten-free breads, 96/4 lean ground beef and whole-grain, low-carb, gluten-free tortillas. Wraps may be skinny, spicy tuna, veggie, BBQ, chicken, or southwest style, while pizzas come in skinny Italian, chicken bacon ranch, mediterranean, or marguerite, to name a few. Healthy snacks are also an option. Some gluten-free foods include banana bread, pumpkin muffins, almond butter cookies, fruit and yogurt, and mint patties.
Clients who would like to have meals delivered to their home should fill out the health form and the order form by logging onto www.justrighteating.com and clicking on the Just Right Eating link on the toolbar and then clicking Meal Packages and Pricing. Once Stephanie receives the forms, she contacts her client via email or phone to discuss any logistics and answer any questions. She then sends her clients an email with all the important information they will want to reference, a copy of their calories, a calorie deficit they should anticipate, and how Stephanie calculated the deficit.
The Best of Both Worlds
Co-joining the benefits of good nutrition and fitness into the everyday lives of her clients, Stephanie gets results. “Whether my clients’ goals are to lose weight, become stronger athletes, be in the best shape of their lives, improve their golf game, or look and feel better about themselves, I will work with them to help transform their bodies and minds to lead a healthier lifestyle.”
Through her fitness program, SJ Fitness & Performance, Stephanie designs safe and effective workouts tailored specifically to meet clients’ goals by improving their lifestyles and fitness habits. Dependent on a client’s fitness level, Stephanie designs challenging, but fun, workouts to help her client achieve her greatest transformation. Each training session builds on the progress of the previous session. Programs are designed to be performed both indoors and outdoors to keep routines fresh and new while helping her clients stay motivated. Stephanie works with clients in the environments where they are most comfortable — even their own home.
“I am daily rewarded by the individuals that I work with,” Stephanie says. “It is satisfying to watch them progress and then maintain a lifestyle that is balanced, healthy, and active.”
Stephanie Johnson, MS, Exercise Physiology, is an exercise physiologist, Sport & Fitness certified nutrition specialist, personal trainer, YogaFit instructor, and sports conditioning professional with nearly two decades of experience. She holds multiple certifications from various accredited associations and keeps up with the latest research. She is a member of the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Sports Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP).
For more information on Just Right Eating, visit www.justrighteating.com or call 217-827-2669. Just Right Eating is located at 3047 Hedley Road, Springfield, Illinois.
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