There is a great variety of protein sources available these days. We can eat animals, plants, or a derivative of these in powders, bars, and shakes.
When we are in a hurry or do not have the time to cook and pack good protein snacks, it is perfectly ok to bring a can of sugar free protein drink. The bars without sugar and artificial flavors are good too. I love Quest protein bars for their flavor profiles and protein content per gram. We can add gelatin powder to almost any soup, stew, or smoothie for the collagen and protein benefits.
By far, the protein sources that are the most natural to humans come from animals. There is a complete protein source with all the essential amino acids when it comes from animals. Some plants, like hemp, have a high rate of bio-availability to the body. That means the body can absorb and use the protein hemp provides.
Really, it comes down to flavor. I have bought and tasted all sorts of yucky protein bars and powders. I have spent lots of money on healthful, organic, grass fed, nasty tasting stuff. When choosing, go with what you usually like, in terms of flavor. If you don't like peanut butter, don't choose peanut butter chocolate protein bars. You will be disappointed, no matter how many great ingredients are inside.
The highest portion of your protein consumption should come from land and sea animals, grass fed and wild caught, of course! Happy eating!
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Sometimes we just cannot afford organic produce and meats. I get it, I totally do. I am a server in a restaurant relying on the generous tips to provide for my family's needs.
When we are making changes from processed, refined foods to a more natural and healthy eating protocol, keep in mind that the best quality food that you can afford is what counts. You do not have to give up your goals if you cannot buy butter that is raw, organic, and $18.99 for a tub. It is far healthier to buy veggies, fruits, meats, and seafood within your budget, than the former Standard American Diet.
So, we can let go of the guilt that we cannot afford all organic all the time. There are many farmers who grow organic and sell at farmers markets, but they cannot afford the organic stamp on their products. Ask around the next time you go to a farmers market.
Make small steps. Perhaps the focus for your shopping will be non-GMO foods. When we stop buying packaged, processed, refined foods, we may find ourselves with more money to buy some things organic. After all, when cereal is $5.00 or more a box, and it lasts less than a week, we can see how processed food costs can add up very quickly, even if we buy in bulk.
Swap out unhealthy oils for one healthy oil. For example, stop buying peanut oil, canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, regular butter, etc. Then replace those with one super food, like coconut oil. Coconut oil has medium chain triglycerides for fuel (and fat burning!), can handle high heat, mixes well with vinegar for dressings, and is very inexpensive, even at the raw, organic level. That's one oil replacing many, therefore saving you money in the long run.
Sit down for a minute and list five types of foods that you want to swap out. Research local grocery stores, food co-ops, and the internet for cheaper, but healthier alternatives. Believe me, if I can do this on a server's salary, then anyone can do this!
Write to me! Tell me one thing that you did to shift into a more healthy lifestyle, and how long it has been assisting you on your journey.
It takes great courage to voice an unpopular opinion. Even if we have succeeded with our goals and are passionate about sharing those blessings with others, we may be rejected or ignored.
That is ok, really. Every human must process things in their own unique way, and go on their personal journey. We cannot speed up understanding. We cannot speed up the understanding of our own journey or the journeys of others. Sometimes the best we can hope for is that they acknowledge we even have an opinion!
Many great thinkers and doers in our history started out as outcasts in society. The world was believed to be flat at one time, remember?
What do you have the courage to speak up about that may be against the norm? My whole wellness journey has had people laughing at me, contradicting my methods, worried for my quick weight loss, saying I was flat out crazy! Then there's the folks who try and sabotage my efforts daily. I use these conversations as fuel to get my mind right, and to spur me on toward more research in the scientific nutrition community.
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We all have made resolutions over the years, for New Year's Eve or for the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. What usually happens is that we hold tight to our dreams and focus for a little while, but then life gets in the way. We slip and err, forget, or just don't care anymore because we are too stressed out, too busy, too whatever.
This past year I have tried a promise to myself rather than a resolution. the word promise means to me that I value myself so much that I will keep my word, just as if I made a promise to another person that I care about. My experience shows me that I can keep my promise without feeling like a failure. I can err and still get back up and continue on my path without self degradation.
Make a list of some new action you would like to do, some old habits you would like to forget about. Rather than say, "I'm going to give up cupcakes forever," think about promising to make a swap out for a week or a month. "I promise to swap out cupcakes with home made coconut flour cupcakes with a full-fat, creamy butter icing." If out and about when the craving hits you, promise to hit a gluten free-sugar free bakery or store. Remember the promise is to yourself. You do not have to announce it to others unless you want their help in keeping on track.
The promises are not for eating and exercising only. The promises are for whatever you desire deeply that will enhance your experience in this lifetime.
I promised to try new fitness activities this summer. I did bungee jumping on a trampoline and did the trampoline fitness jumping for an hour at the House of Air a few times. When I get some money saved I am intent on joining cross fit. It is way out of my budget right now. But, I do have a plan! That is key to any promise made to oneself.
What promise do you want to make to yourself? How will you make that happen? Let's start a conversation!
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Coconut oil and MCT oil are especially good at burning excess body fat as they fuel us for our active lives.
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