Summer is rapidly approaching which seems to be the biggest season for hosting dinner parties, especially barbecues. Even though summer is a more laid-back season for entertaining, there are still important dinnerware pieces you’re guests will notice but you will most likely miss. In order to keep up your fab style at your next party, I’m letting you in on some hosting secrets to make sure your dinner table looks as chic as you do (even if it’s just the patio picnic table!)
I’ve never been one to eat much protein and after becoming vegetarian about 8 years back, I ate even less of it. What I found is that when you don’t eat enough, you start eating everything in sight in order to fill the void your body is trying to fill, only to find you never actually fill up! Protein is a must, the body needs it to be strong and healthy. Your body uses it to repair tissue (which is why it is so important athletes and body builders get plenty of it). The body also uses it to make enzymes, hormones, and other chemicals the body needs in order to maintain proper functioning. Protein is also necessary in order to strengthen bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, and even the skin. Being a beauty blogger, I can’t tell you how important it is for healthy, strong, shiny hair too!
When you don’t get enough protein, the body’s metabolism slows down and is sluggish. You find it harder to lose weight. Your immune system is weakened. You may even experience mood swings, joint or muscle pain, and have a harder time concentrating. Women should instead be aiming to get 46 grams of protein a day, (or about .5 x your body weight) and men should be getting about 56. If you’re not getting much protein in your diet, it might be time to explore some more nutritious options to help your body stay strong and healthy.
Luckily, being a non-meat eater, I’m not out of options when it comes to getting my protein. Apart from meat, dairy, and eggs, Protein can be found in many plant-based foods, even in spinach! I eat a diet full of beans, legumes, lentils, tofu, quinoa, oatmeal, hummus, peanut butter, nuts, and seeds. I also love to start my day out with a protein shake or smoothie and add some protein-rich superfoods such as unsweetened cocoa powder, flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, and spirulina. In fact, if like me, you’ve never been much of a big meat-eater, to begin with, there are still lots of ways you can still get that 46 grams of protein in a day!
A yummy protein powder I have been drinking and loving lately is Ascent Native Fuel Micellar Casein and Native Fuel Whey powders. Ascent Native Fuel is made with native whey, the new benchmark in whey protein purity. Native whey is the least processed protein available today because it’s filtered directly from high-quality milk. Native whey also contains naturally higher levels of leucine, the key amino acid for stimulating muscle protein synthesis.
In a weight-obsessed world, it’s no wonder many go to extreme measures to lose those few extra pounds, often times risking their own health in the process. As any doctor will tell you, being overweight has it’s own significant health risks. How then do we find a balance, and with so many supplements out there to help in weight loss, how in the world do we know what to safely and properly take?
For many, limiting calories, eating smaller meals more often, making better food choices, and working out regularly is enough to help shed that weight, although oftentimes, not fast as this can be a very slow process, but generally a more healthy one with few health and safety risks. Still, only losing about 2 pounds a week (on a good week) is about as good as you will do, at least for most of us (especially women, as men are able to lose weight quicker).
Sometimes though, some of us find ourselves in situations where no matter how well we eat and how regularly we work out, those pounds are just not coming off. In which case, seeing your doctor will most likely benefit you best, as trouble losing weight can often be associated with health issues such as an underactive thyroid, and your doctor can help you rule this out or any other issues that may be keeping the weight stuck to you. Your Doctor can also help aid you in finding supplements that can be beneficial to your weight loss
Over the years we’ve seen many drugs and supplements come on the market that are able to do just that, but oftentimes may not be found safe for most users. One such drug is Phentermine. Phentermine is a psychostimulant drug of the substituted amphetamine chemical class. Similar to amphetamine, it helps raise energy and suppresses the appetite, but should only be taken short-term, and with the recommendation and watchful eye of your doctor, as Phentermine can produce cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and CNS side effects, as well as rare cases of pulmonary hypertension and cardiac valvular disease.
I’ve been eating and loving my Chia Seeds regularly for the last few years, ever since I Heard Dr. Oz talk about what a good superfood they are. Being vegetarian, and upon hearing how they’re packed with protein, has had me adding these yummy seeds to my salads, cereal, and oatmeal almost daily!
Today, March 23rd, we celebrate National Chia Seeds Day! Here are just a few fun facts on these yummy, nutritious seeds that might have you eating them daily in the near future too!
DID YOU KNOW?
Chia seeds are a complete protein, a rich plant-based source of Omega-3s providing fiber, antioxidants, minerals and more. Mamma Chia’s top-four favorite benefits of chia seeds include:
- Rich Nutritional Value: Gram per gram, chia has 8x more Omega-3s than salmon, 25 percent more fiber than flaxseed, 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, 2x more potassium than bananas, 70 percent more protein than soy beans, and 2x more calcium than milk.
- Satiety: Chia is a complete protein, which can help you feel more satisfied after a meal.
- Digestion: Chia seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can aid in digestion.
- Plant Protein: Chia has more than 4g of vegetarian protein per one ounce, and unlike flaxseed, chia does not have to be ground to reap its benefits.
Bikini Season is coming! Yay! But also.. Yikes! Winter eating has totally caught up with me and I’ve been scurrying to shed some of those winter pounds I collected while splurging on those warm comfort foods and yummy Holiday Treats!
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