FAQ's

Are your products Gluten-Free?
Our Porridges and Soups are NOT Gluten Free, however our snack bars are free from gluten. As we extend the Eimele product offering, will look to introduce more Gluten Free meal alternatives.  Stay tuned.

Are all of your products plant-based/vegan?
Yes, all of the Eimele products are 100% plant-based. As a company our ethos is to eat as close to nature as possible to maximise the amount of plant-based, high fibre foods in your diet. Our Recipes section includes lots of plant-based meals and snacks as well as a range of non-vegetarian recipes for anyone wanting to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet.

Are your products safe for people of all ages?
Yes, the ingredients in our products are safe for people of all ages however we do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 consume our products for the purpose of weight loss. If you are enjoying Eimele meals as a snack and maintaining your calories at a safe level for your age, weight and exercise levels then yes, the Eimele products are completely fine. After all, they are made from real food ingredients. We don’t use any medicinal, nasty fillers or any sort of chemical ‘fat burning’ type ingredients because ultimately we understand that weight loss is about being in a calorie deficit and our real food products are simply designed to help you achieve that.

Are your products safe during pregnancy?
If you are eating our products and maintaining a healthy amount of calories then yes they are safe to consume while pregnant, however, we do not recommend doing any sort of weight loss program or detox while pregnant. Please make sure you discuss any change to your diet with your health practitioner before commencing.

Are your products safe while breastfeeding?
Our products are certainly safe to use during pregnancy. Keep in mind when breastfeeding you essentially need to eat for two people so it’s not necessarily the best time to restrict calories and do any form of weight loss or detox program. If you want to lose weight while breastfeeding, it’s best to speak to a Qualified Nutritionist, Dietician or Doctor so they can help you set up a healthy food plan for your circumstances. Feel free to take our products along to your consultation and go through the ingredient list with your health practitioner.

Can I travel with your products overseas?

Yes, our products are of food origin and are absolutely fine to be taken overseas. Usually when traveling you are only asked to declare open or fresh fruit and vegetables, however, if you are asked to declare all food then you should of course declare your Eimele products for their routine inspection.


Why do Eimele’s products have a high fibre content? How is this good for weight loss?
A recent study found that people lose as much weight by making one simple dietary change alone than by following these complicated diets. That dietary change? Eating more fibre from wholefood. What are wholefoods? These are natural foods that are not heavily processed, this means they are whole, unrefined or minimally refined ingredients.

Using a randomized controlled trial including 240 participants with metabolic syndrome, researchers found that eating more fibre alone resulted in equivalent kilograms lost over a year’s time when compared to a more strict diet regimen (1). If you’re looking to lose weight, try increasing your fiber intake first. And don’t be shy! Populations with some of the most diverse gut microbiota eat as much as 100 grams of fibre daily. A great way to begin is to track your current daily fibre intake, then increase it by 5 to 10 grams each week (and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep things moving in the bathroom!). The best fibre comes from whole foods, so avoid packaged fiber and opt for veggies and fruits, with some nuts, seeds, and gluten-free whole grains.

 

This comes back to the fact that fibre keeps you fuller for longer and will help reduce food cravings - thus a high fibre diet can makes it easier to lose weight.


Are Eimele products Carbohydrate Free or Fat Free?
Eimele follows a principle of 50% Carbohydrates/30% Protein/20% Fat, meaning our Eimele meals have been formulated to this macronutrient breakdown, which is considered a healthy balanced diet. Following a 50% Carbohydrates/30% Protein/20% Fat principle has been shown to be the most effective in sustainable weight loss, for long-term results.

We use unrefined carbohydrates from plant-based foods in our formulation to achieve 50% Carbohydrate breakdown. This is food in its natural or unprocessed state and is not stripped of certain nutrients which include unrefined whole grains, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and nuts.

How many Eimele meals and my ‘own’ meals do I consume on the Eimele 14 Day Moderate Program? What meal of the day should I make on my ‘own’ meal?
The 14 Day Moderate Program gives you the flexibility to enjoy your ‘own’ meal for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We want you to personalise your Eimele journey, incorporating Eimele into your lifestyle. You may have busy mornings and days at work so so you may choose to utilise Eimele for those breakfast and lunch meals. Then at night you can choose to cook your own healthy meal for dinner. Or you might find that after a bus day at work, preparing an Eimele soup for dinner works perfectly for you so you would have your ‘own’ meal for lunch. Check out our Recipes section for lots of healthy suggestions to have for your ‘own’ meal.

Do certain meals in the Eimele range offer different nutrition?
As we all have different tastes, the Eimele meals have been designed to offer a variety of different flavours to suits different palates. Each Eimele meal has been formulated to offer complete nutrition, each variety will contain very similar amounts of macro and micronutrients in each Eimele meal.

Why may I be experiencing gas and bloating when consuming Eimele products?
Don’t worry it is completely normal to experience bloating when you make a change to your diet. When you transition from a heavily processed diet or a diet that isn't as focused on plant-based foods to a more plant-based diet, you will be consuming much more fibre than you used to. This is a tremendous thing as it is a sign that the good bacteria is breaking down the fibre. Over time your stomach will adjust and you may experience lots of additional health benefits. We encourage you to read Dr Will Bulsiewicz (Eimele Expert Panel Member) blog post for more valuable information.

When should I ‘boost’ my meals?
If your finding your total calories for the day are below your Daily Calorie Intake Goal and you are feeling tired and lethargic than we recommend boost your Eimele Porridge and/or Soup to make sure you are achieving your Daily Calorie Intake Goal. The Recipes section includes lots of ‘Boost’ recipes for you try.

How much weight should I expect to lose using your products?
Weight loss will be individual depending on your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) as outlined in on our Weight Loss Principles Page on the Eimele website. 

 

If you are following the:

- Eimele 14 Day Rapid Program you can expect to see a weight reduction of 2-4 kg in 14 days.

- Eimele 14 Day Moderate Program you can expect to see a weight reduction of 1 - 3 kg in 14 days.

- Eimele Monthly Weight Management Program you can expect to see a weight reduction of 1-3 kg in 28 days.

This is in alignment with our recommended 25% Calorie Deficit. However we do not recommend the Eimele 14 Day Rapid Program to be consumed consecutively.

Obviously, any increase in exercise above your starting point, will place you in a larger caloric deficit and will promote further weight loss. We believe this is a healthy, sustainable and scientific way to lose weight without depleting your body of the vital nutrition it needs.

How can I calculate the amount of calories I should consume per day?

Your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) is made up of your Basal Metabolic Rate (Gender, height, weight) and your Daily Activity Level. Use our purpose-built TDEE Calculator on the Eimele website to calculate your personal TDEE and your customised Daily Calorie Intake Goal. Your Daily Calorie Intake Goal is your TDEE minus our recommended 25% calorie deficit. This will provide you with the number of calories to consume daily for healthy, sustainable weight loss.


How often should I weigh myself?

You can weigh yourself daily but we recommend you weigh yourself once a week as your weight can fluctuate very easily within hours and days from excess water retention, how active you may have been that day. If you do weigh yourself daily we advise to look at your weekly weight loss trend.

Why are plant-based wholefoods healthy?
Plant-based foods are inherently high in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and phytochemicals. They’re also low on calories, so what you get is maximum nutrition packed into minimal calories. Animal foods and processed foods are very calorie dense and are much lower in fibre. Naturally people eating a wholefood plant-based diet have lower BMI’s (Body Max Index), less fat percentage and less risk of major chronic diseases.

A plant based diet is completely safe, besides Vitamin B12 (which can be supplemented with a Cyanocobalamin spray), you can get every macronutrient and micronutrient safely from eating a wholefood plant-based diet unless you have a certain illness/disorder which prevents you from eating certain food groups or absorbing certain nutrients well.

Plant-Based Athletes and Advocates:

- Sjana Elise (Yoga & Wellness Advocate): “I eat an abundance of whole foods. We are living organisms, therefore to thrive we need to fuel ourselves with other living cells - mostly plant-based whole foods. Food that is as natural and unprocessed as possible.”(2)

- Rich Roll (Athlete): “ As long as you’re eating whole foods in their natural state, you;ll be able to fill yourself up. You can fill your stomach and feel satiated without eating the refined grains and sugary things that tend to pack the extra kilograms on.”(3)

- Alana Blanchard (Professional Surfer): “I love health food and stick to a plant-based diet. I have learnt that I feel so much better when I eat lean, clean foods”(4)

What is a wholefood and plant-based diet?
Wholefood - describes natural foods that are not heavily processed. That means whole, unrefined or minimally refined ingredients.

Plant-based - means food that comes from plants that do not contain animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs or honey.

A wholefood plant-based diet allows you to meet your nutritional needs by only consuming natural, minimally processed foods where none of the ingredients are derived from animals.

What is Wholefood with Complete Nutrition? How does this impact weight loss?
Calorie deficit aside a very important part of weight loss is developing a healthy metabolism, or 'metabolic state'.  What does this mean? It means creating a body that is primed for fat burning rather than fat storage. And this all starts with complete nutrition from wholefoods.

Complete Nutrition

- In this modern world we are overfed but undernourished. Eating too many calories from foods that are not nutrient dense. These nutritional deficiencies directly affect our metabolism.

- Specifically B vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin D have all been shown to help control blood sugar, reduce inflammation and encourage improved metabolism/energy production and less fat storage.

- 9/10 people are deficient in Omega-3 fat which are important in controlling blood sugar levels. Foods that contain Omega-3 fats include: Chia Seeds, Brussel Sprouts, Hemp Seeds, Walnuts and Flaxseeds. Omega-3 plays a vital role in maintaining heart health and can help the cholesterol balance in your blood.(5)

- Nutritional deficiencies increase food cravings - your body is essentially going into survival mode in order to get the nutrients it needs and when this happens the body switches from one optimised for weight loss/maintenance to a body optimised for fat storage and weight gain.

Wholefood

- In comparison to processed foods our products are derived from wholefoods.

- This means they are high in dietary fibre, plant protein, unrefined carbohydrates and an abundance of micronutrients.

- Dietary fibre and plant protein lowers sugar cravings and keeps you fuller for longer.

- Unrefined carbohydrates are slowly released into the blood compared with refined sugars which cause blood sugar spikes and the subsequent 'crash' where you start craving food and are more likely to binge eat (vicious cycle of over consuming nutrient poor refined foods)

Together Complete Nutrition from wholefoods promote a metabolic state optimal for fat burning and weight loss rather than fat storage and weight gain.  



References:

  1. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Wang J, Persuitte GM, Li W, Fang H, et al. Single-Component Versus Multicomponent Dietary Goals for the Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Feb 17;162(4):248–57.
  2. My Diet - What Do I Eat? [Internet]. sjana-smyle. [cited 2019 May 22]. Available from: https://sjana.com.au/blogs/about/my-diet-what-do-i-eat
  3. Lelinwalla M. What the World’s Fittest Vegan Eats for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner [Internet]. Men’s Health. Men’s Health; 2018 [cited 2019 May 22]. Available from: https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a19513749/rich-roll-vegan-diet/
  4. Exclusive: Q+A with pro surfer & IG star Alana Blanchard - Sporteluxe [Internet]. Sporteluxe. 2016 [cited 2019 May 22]. Available from: https://sporteluxe.com/exclusive-qa-with-pro-surfer-ig-star-alana-blanchard/
  5. The Heart Foundation. Healthy fat choices [Internet]. The Heart Foundation. [cited 2019 May 22]. Available from: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/food-and-nutrition/fats-and-cholesterol/monounsaturated-and-polyunsaturated-omega-3-and-omega-6-fats