Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong

Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong

Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!

And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you.  Right?

Well, maybe…

Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat.  This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of health. 

Let’s focus a bit more on the often overlooked (and proven) benefits of what you eat and drink and how you eat and drink it.

What you eat and drink

The “calories in, calories out” philosophy (i.e. how much you eat) is being drowned out with research on other factors that may be just as important.  Don’t get me wrong limiting calories, carbs or fat can certainly help you lose weight but that’s simply not the only factor for long-term weight loss and maximum energy for everyone. 

When the intense focus on how much we ate didn’t work in the long-run it wasn’t really a surprise. We kinda knew that already, didn’t we?

You can certainly still continue to count your calories, carbs, and fat but don’t forget to also pay attention to what you eat. 

Ideally, you need a varied diet full of minimally-processed foods (i.e. fewer “packaged” “ready-to-eat” foods).  This simple concept is paramount for weight loss, energy, and overall health and wellness.

Every day this is what you should aim for:

  • A colorful array of fruits and veggies at almost every meal and snack.  You need the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Here’s my go-to cheat for better nutrition: Concentrated fruits and veggies!
  • Enough protein.  Making sure you get all of those essential amino acids (bonus: eating protein can increase your metabolism).
  • Healthy fats and oils (never “hydrogenated” ones).  There is a reason some fatty acids are called “essential” – you need them as building blocks for your hormones and brain as well as to be able to absorb essential fat-soluble vitamins from your uber-healthy salads.  Use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, eat your organic egg yolks, and get grass-fed meats when possible.  You don’t need to overdo it here.  Just make sure you’re getting some high-quality fats.

How you eat and drink

Also pay attention to how you eat and drink.

Studies are definitely showing that this has more of an impact than we previously thought.

Are you rushed, not properly chewing your food, and possibly suffering from gastrointestinal issues? Do you drink your food?

When it comes to how you eat let’s first look at “mindful eating”.

Mindful eating means to take smaller bites, eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and savor every bite.  Notice and appreciate the smell, taste and texture.  Breathe.

This gives your digestive system the hint to prepare for digestion and to secrete necessary enzymes.

This can also help with weight loss because eating slower often means eating less.  Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full?

What do you think about that?

We also know that more thoroughly chewed food is easier to digest and it makes it easier to absorb all of those essential nutrients.

And don’t forget about drinking your food. 

Yes, smoothies can be healthy and a fabulously easy and tasty way to get in some fruits and veggies (hello leafy greens!) but drinking too much food can contribute to a weight problem and feelings of sluggishness. 

Don’t get me wrong a green smoothie can make an amazingly nutrient-dense meal and is way better than stopping for convenient junk food – just consider a large smoothie to be a full meal not a snack.  And don’t gulp it down too fast.

If your smoothies don’t fill you up like a full meal does try adding in a spoon of fiber like ground flax, protein powder or chia seeds.  Here’s my favorite protein powder for smoothies.

Summary:

Consider not only how much you eat but also what and how you eat it.

Recipe (Smoothie meal): Chia Peach Green Smoothie

Serves 1

handful spinach or mixed dark greens (kale, spinach, chard)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 banana

1 chopped peach

10 ounces water or coconut water

1 teaspoon almond butter

Add ingredients to blender in order listed (you want your greens on the bottom by the blade so they blend better and have the chia on the bottom to absorb some liquid before you blend).

Wait a couple of minutes for the chia seeds to start soaking up the water.

Blend, Serve and Enjoy!

Tip: Smoothies are the ultimate recipe for substitutions.  Try swapping different greens, fruit or seeds to match your preference.

Bonus: Chia seeds not only have fiber and essential omega-3 fatty acids but they  contain all of the essential amino acids from protein.

References:

http://summertomato.com/wisdom-wednesday-salad-dressing-is-your-friend

https://authoritynutrition.com/20-reasons-you-are-not-losing-weight/

http://summertomato.com/the-science-behind-mindful-eating-what-happens-to-your-body-during-a-mindful-meal

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2

31 Protein Shakes

31 Protein Shakes

31 Flavors of Protein Shakes

Protein is an essential macronutrient for building lean muscle mass and so there’s no disputing the fact that protein shakes are an important tool for fitness gains and fat loss.

Not only does a protein shake meal replacement take only a few minutes to prepare, it keeps you on point with your nutrition while making it easy to avoid unhealthy fast food alternatives for a quick meal. However, blending up the same combination of protein powder, ice and water sure does get boring.

The following 31 Flavors of Protein Shakes will destroy your protein shake boredom once and for all! For each of the recipes below simply combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add extra water, almond, soy or quinoa milk or ice as needed to create your desired consistency. Serve immediately and enjoy! My go-to protein power is organic, vegan and non-GMO and it comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors. Follow this link to order yours.

Oatmeal Shake

  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • handful of ice cubes

Banana Nut Shake

  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • handful of ice cubes

Vanilla Coffee Shake

  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup cold brewed black coffee
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • liquid stevia to taste
  • handful of ice cubes

Café Mocha Shake

  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cold brew black coffee
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • liquid stevia to taste
  • handful of ice cubes

Sunny Morning Shake

  • 1 seedless, peeled orange
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 scoops unflavored protein powder
  • handful of ice cubes

Orange Creamsicle Shake

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • handful of ice cubes

Thin Mint Shake

  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (optional)

Bright Berry Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 8 raspberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 12 blueberries
  • handful of ice cubes

Strawberry Vanilla Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 3 frozen strawberries

Raspberry Cheesecake Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 15 frozen raspberries
  • 2 Tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • liquid stevia to taste

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • handful of ice cubes

Creamy Chocolate Shake

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • liquid stevia to taste

Papaya Ginger Mint Shake

  • ½ cup fresh chopped papaya
  • ½ teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • handful of ice cubes
  • drizzle of honey to taste

Blueberry Mango Shake

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen chopped mango
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Spinach, Kiwi and Chia Seed Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 ripe kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • handful of ice cubes

Oatmeal Cookie Shake

  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of ground ginger, nutmeg and salt

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake

  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • handful of ice cubes

Vanilla Matcha Avocado Shake

  • 1 ½ cups milk or water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ an avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 handful of spinach

Cherry Almond Shake

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen, pitted cherries
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • handful of ice cubes

Honey Banana Shake

  • 1 ½ cups of water or milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • sprinkle of ground nutmeg

Carrot Cake Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg and ground ginger

Key Lim Pie Shake

  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • stevia to taste
  • handful of ice cubes

Peach Oatmeal Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • 1 peach, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • handful of ice cubes
  • ½ frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • stevia to taste

Vanilla Chai Shake

  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup strong brewed, chilled tea
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of ground cinnamon, cloves and cardamom
  • handful of ice cubes
  • sprinkle of chia seeds

Apple Pie a la Mode Shake

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon apple butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground apple pie spice
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • stevia to taste

Cinnamon Roll Shake

  • 1 ½ cups water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • ½ banana, peeled

Hawaiian Sunrise Shake

  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • stevia to taste
  • handful of ice cubes

Snickerdoodle Shake

  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ banana
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake

  • 1 ½ cups milk or water
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • ¼ teaspoon imitation butter flavor
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • stevia to taste

Chocolate Brownie Shake

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Pina Colada Shake

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded, unsweetened coconut

There you go! 31 Flavors of Protein Shakes to keep you happily sipping those fitness friendly macronutrients needed to achieve your big transformation goal. Now your only protein shake dilemma is deciding which of these amazing shakes to try first! Remember my recommendation? Want to give it a try? Follow this link or call me to place an order. For $2/day you could be adding top notch protein to your shakes!