Thursday, June 17, 2010

Favorite Products

Hello everyone, so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things:




Kombucha is great for digestion as it has live enzymes and probiotics. My favorites are the Cranberry & Botanic No.7. Be careful when picking them because some have more sugar than others.

As far as protein powders are concerned, I have tried so many different kinds. I use to use Soy protein powder exclusively, but due to all the controversy on soy, I have decided to limit the amount of soy in my diet. If you are not allergic to soy then there is nothing wrong with having it in moderation, as long has you make sure you buy Non-GMO, organic soy. This is because soy, along with corn, are one of the most genetically modified crops. Currently, I stick with Brown Rice Proteins like Rainbow Light's, Jay Robb's and Sunwarrior. I recently bought Garden of Life's Raw Protein which is a raw, sprouted Brown rice blend.





Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Kidney Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Flax Seed Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Chia Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Seed Sprout.
How awesome is that?! Super clean, great amino acid profile and tastes similar to Sunwarrior protein, except is it a little bit more mild.
My next favorite thing of the moment is Amazing Grass' Green Superfood in the chocolate flavor.





Ingredients:

AMAZING GRASS GREEN FOOD BLEND ORGANIC WHEAT GRASS, ORGANIC BARLEY GRASS, ORGANIC ALFALFA, ORGANIC SPIRULINA, ORGANIC SPINACH, CHLORELLA (CRACKED CELL-WALL), ORGANIC BROCCOLI
3252 Mg
CHOCOLATE BLEND (ORGANIC DUTCH COCOA, REDWOOD COCOA, ORGANIC CACAO, NATURAL CHOCOLATE FLAVORING
3068 Mg
ANTIOXIDANT BLEND (ORGANIC ACAI, ORGANIC MACA, ORGANIC CARROT, ORGANIC BEET, RASPBERRY, ROSE HIPS, PINEAPPLE, GREEN TEA, ACEROLA CHERRY)
295 Mg
EFA FIBER BLEND (ORGANIC FLAX SEED POWDER, APPLE PECTIN POWDER)
833 Mg
DIGESTIVE ENZYME & ACTIVE CULTURE PRE & PROBIOTIC (F.O.S (FROM CHICORY ROOT), L. ACIDOPHILUS, ALPHA AND BETA AMYLASE, PROTEASE, LIPASE, LACTASE, CELLULASE)
440 Mg
ENERGIZING HERB BLEND (SIBERIAN ELEUTHERO ROOT, PEPPERMINT)


I have tried my other greens powders and while I don't think this one has as many superfoods as others, I do think it is the best tasting and one of the most reasonably priced.

That's it for now, Enjoy your weekends!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Move over junk food!

I am a firm believer in listening to your body. Our bodies deserve way more credit than we give them. It knows what it likes and what it doesn't. So when you eat, pay attention to how your body feels afterwards. Also, pay attention to cravings because there is a reason behind them. If you are craving spicy foods maybe your body temp. is low and needs a little kick to warm it up. If you are craving sweets and sugars, it could be because your body needs to be cooled down. It important to deconstruct your cravings. Everyone is different, and your body knows better than you, so listen up!



With that said, I think a majority of people will benefit from avoiding or minimizing certain things in their diets, such as: Red meat, Alcohol, Sugars, Refined carbs, Processed foods and Bad fats (trans fat)

This may seem difficult considering a majority of food is the typical supermarket is loaded with junk. However, I find it much less daunting to focus on the good for you foods instead of what you should avoid. So focus on including the following foods into your daily diet:



Eat your veggies!!! So low in calorie, but high in nutrition and volume so they fill you up! They are your natural multivitamin.

Fruits are nature's candy and great for you. I would say about 2 servings a day is fine.

Whole grains like Qunioa, for example, which also has a good amount of protein

Good fats like Flaxseed oil, Olive oil and Avocado

Proteins help stabalize blood sugar levels which is so important for weight loss! Protein can come from animal or plant source. I prefer plant sources (like legumes), but if you eat animal sources choose grass fed, hormone-free and organic.


Start to incorporate these healthy foods into your diet and there will be less and less room for junk!


Summary of healthy weight loss tips:
Tip #1 Eat Breakfast to jump start your metabolism

Tip #2 Eat Clean foods and avoid the naughty stuff I mentioned above

Tip #3 Eat smaller portions, more often. So, have 3 medium sized/small meals and 1-2 small snacks

Tip # 4 Focus on getting the healthier foods in your diet first, before you stress yourself out with cutting out the naughty foods

Tip # 5 Pay attention to your portion sizes, don't eat if your not hungry, stop eating before you are completely full, chew your food well (helps with digestion)

My next two posts will be about the mind/body connection and about fitness. Enjoy your weekends! :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What to Eat

This week I am giving tips for healthy weight loss. Today I will talking about what you should be eating.

Lately, you may have been hearing a lot about "whole foods," "eating clean," and avoiding processed foods. Basically what this means is that you want to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. There for buying a bag of whole oats or steel cut oats is better than buying a box of cold cereal with oats as one of the ingredients. THINK before you buy and READ LABELS! If you do not know what an ingredient is, do not buy it!

The items I always purchase and eat include:
Vegetables & Fruits, preferably organic, seasonal and locally grown
Grains: Brown Rice, Wild rice, Quinoa, Steel cut oats
Legumes: Full of protein & fiber!
Nuts, Seeds and Nut butters: Stick to raw
Oils: Olive, grapeseed, sesame and flax oils

When purchasing packaged foods, there are some brands I trust over others because they have clean ingredients and no extras that I can't pronounce The brands that I stick with are:
Amy's
Eden Foods
Bob's Red Mill
Arrowhead Mills
Nature's Path

Now, lets talk about how often people should be eating. Firstly, everyone is different. I do not know how your body is, what your day is like or your hunger. No one knows you better than yourself, so make a set of guidelines that will work best for you! For me personally, I do best when I eat every 3-4 hours. This breaks down to 3 meals and 1-2 snacks. In my last post I gave examples of what my breakfast looks like.

As for Lunch, its a balanced meal that includes 2 servings of vegetables, whole grains, (1/2 c. quinoa, brown rice, or a brown rice wrap), beans or lentils for protein and 1T. of a healthy fat like olive oil. Simple, easy and clean. Lunch is my biggest meal of the day because it is when my digestion is the strongest.

Dinner is similar to lunch except it is smaller and usually doesn't contain the whole grains. So dinner is mostly vegetables and legumes. I try not to eat dinner past 7pm. This is because I tend to go to bed early and I hate going to sleep on a full stomach.

Snacks should be small and just enough to keep your metabolism going and to hold you over until your next meal. Fresh fruit, small handful of nuts, celery with 1T of peanut butter or carrots with hummus make great snacks. I also like green juice or shakes for snacks.

Drink tons of water throughout the day! Try adding lemon juice to your water. Its a easy way to detoxify your kidneys and liver.

I am not telling you to count calories because that is tedious and unnecessary as long as you are eating clean, whole foods!! However, be aware of your portion sizes. We have been brainwashed to think that super-sized meals are better. You are one person, you don't need an extra large portion size unless you want an extra large behind. Instead of counting calories I use a little trick which allows me to keep my portions in check: I use two cupped hands to measure out vegetables, one cupped hand to measure out grains and the size of my palm to measure out proteins.

Now, go through your fridge and pantry and read labels. Do you recognize all the ingredients? Are the majority of your foods packaged and processed or are you eating whole foods? The more you pay attention, the easier it will become for you to get healthy and feel good!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Healthy Weight loss

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! This week I am going to focus on healthy weightloss tips. Summer is here and that means you want your body to be bikini ready! So I will be giving helpful tips to get your body in shape.

Let me just break the bad news right off the bat: THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL, POWDER, DRINK, FOOD, SUPPLEMENT, ETC! If there was, every one would have killer bodies!! So let me make this simple:

Starvation + Over-training (spending hours a day at the gym) = Unhealthy Weight loss. Not only does this method NOT LAST, it also leads to binge eating, hormonal imbalances and does a number on your metabolism. When you starve yourself your metabolism slows down and your body actually begins to store fat because it needs energy somehow.

Healthy Eating + Portion Control + Exercise = Healthy Weight loss

You can kill yourself at the gym spending hours on the treadmill, but its not going to get you anywhere if your eating habits aren't on point. You need everything to work together harmoniously to see results. Although I will say that what you eat and how much you eat play the biggest role in weight loss. Another part of this equation, which I purposely left out for now, is your mind and your thoughts. I will write a whole post on this later in the week, so look out for it!

Tip# 1 for getting results: Eat Breakfast!!
Get your metabolism going first thing in the morning with a healthy, balanced breakfast. What you eat for breakfast will set the tone for the rest of the day, so make a good investment! You want something with fiber from good carbs and some protein.

To give you a better idea, my breakfast is always one of the following:
-Power shake: the components vary day to day but it almost always includes: Protein Powder (Usually Rice protein), Fruit or 1T Organic Peanut butter, 1tsp Flaxseed oil (for Omega 3 essential fatty acids) and Greens powder or handful of spinach + Ice

-1/2 cup Steel cut oats with Cinnamon, Blueberries, 2T. Almonds, Stevia (or your NATURAL sweetener of choice) and a splash of Almond Milk

-1 slice of Ezekiel brand sprouted toast with 2T. Organic Peanut butter or Raw Almond butter

-Healthy cereal with Almond Milk (When I buy cereal I look for low sugar, high fiber and ingredients you can pronounce and example is Ezekiel brand sprouted cereal or Nature's Path optimum blueberry)

So go jump start your metabolism with a healthy breakfast!