I’m no athlete, why should I worry about protein?

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Why?  Because even if your favorite exercise is holding down the recliner, one thing leads to another:  Less protein means less muscle mass, means lower metabolic rate, means more fat, means lower energy level, means less physical activity… and the cycle continues downhill, ultimately leading to poor health outcomes.

We all need lean meat or plant protein to provide a quality resource for our bodies to build up quality muscle.  No surprise, the RDA is way too low:   0.8 Gm per kg, or roughly 45-75 Gm protein/ day.  That’s about half of what we actually need– women and elderly especially need to take note, since these 2 groups traditionally eat less protein than they should.

How?  Eat 3 moderate meals and 2 to 3 snacks/ day, AND include protein with each snack/ meal.  If you’re trying to lose weight on celery sticks and carrots, you’re in for an uphill battle… simply add some turkey or boiled eggs to your vegi break, and watch your results improve!   Include undenatured whey protein shakes**– this is the best protein source not only for improved absorption and usage within the body, but also because it provides large amounts of protein in a smaller volume, and is easily consumed.

What else?  Exercise… yep, no getting around the fact that light to moderate exercise every day is the secret to longer, higher quality life.  Fortunately, having better muscle tone and energy will pick up your mood and desire to get up and move more!

Just being real… the more time you spend here:  frog-1073356_1920

the more you’ll be training to live here: wheelchair

 

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24 Grams Protein

**Undenatured whey sources are becoming a little easier to find in stores, but for uncompromised quality, amount of protein and price, this is my go-to:  (Click image or HERE to go to my website)

 

Your health is your wealth, make protein a central focus in your meal planning!

 

Want results? Quit sabotaging yourself!

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If you’ve ever felt like your body just won’t cooperate with your weight loss efforts, take a second look at your refrigerator before blaming your genetics.  How much processed and sugary food is there compared to fresh and preservative-free options?  Each time we eat “food” that has little nutritional value and even worse, contains poisons that disrupt the body’s ability to function smoothly, we add stress.  Instead of being angry and frustrated, shouldn’t we actually be amazed and grateful that our bodies continue to work at all?

Give your body a break.  Start incorporating clean eating habits into your daily life, and you may just find that the weight will start dropping off without you having to try so hard!

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Imperfect and Unpolished

Being real is so much easier than being perfect!

The Chatter Blog

There is a recurring theme in my thoughts.

I’m not perfect.

I’m not exact.

I’m not polished.

I never feel fully accomplished in anything I do.

This isn’t self deprecating.   It’s self awareness.

In this regard I feel the same way I did as a younger version of me, and have consistently felt this way all of my life.

But the interesting thing is that as I’ve grown my feelings towards this recurring theme have changed.

I’m not perfect.

I’m not exact.

I’m not polished.

I never feel fully accomplished in anything I do.

These things aren’t bad things.  They just are.

They don’t stop me.  They may have paused me a time or two in my life.  But stop me?  No.

These things are truths.  These truths aren’t bad.

I’ve kind of grown fond of being Imperfect.  Inexact.  And unpolished.

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Reducing Agricultural Pesticides Has No Adverse Effects on Profits

A new study finds that farms could significantly reduce their use of pesticides without any adverse effects on production or profits.

Source: Reducing Agricultural Pesticides Has No Adverse Effects on Profits

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And who is worried that decreasing the use of pesticides will hurt their profits?  Big chemical companies (Dow), of course!  They’re not as concerned about the environmental pollution to the soil, or the food, or the farmers who work so closely with all the pesticides.  bones-1294357_640

Source: Organic Authority

Anyone bothered by the fact that Europe has much stricter standards regarding pesticide use than the US?  In fact, we’re the #2 top pesticide consuming country in the world.  It does affect our health, and the health of our children.  What’s more, the EPA just took a step backwards regarding Chlorpyrifos.

Source: Pesticide Action Network

We need to pay close attention to what’s going on, and not blindly trust our regulatory administrations to keep us safe.

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Mind over Heart

What we think, what we feel–  can absolutely affect our hearts

From Everyday Health:

Mind-Body Connection: How the Brain Can Protect the Heart

Related Links:

Mayo Clinic, “Broken Heart Syndrome”-> Click

Mental Health Daily, increase your BDNF level -> Click

“Miracle-Gro for the Brain: why increased exercise, omega-3, socializing/ decreased sugar, processed food/ and intermittent fasting matter->  Click

Isagenix is a no-compromise solution to maintain optimal brain and body health-> Click

Across From A Century

Our thoughts and experiences make us unique. Fight to keep your brain healthy!
#ExerciseYourMind
#WakeUpYourBody

The Chatter Blog

I sat across from almost a century.

A century embedded into one reality.

He was small in stature.

I felt at once

That I towered over him

And yet

Was dwarfed by his existence.

He lived life through things we will never understand

Or know.

I am in awe of the life

And the age.

Then

He said

There’s nothing that makes an old man feel older than not knowing what’s going on in the world.

I hate dementia.

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Why the Number on the Scale Does NOT Matter

Keep up with your waistline, not your weight!

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In one of my posts from yesterday, I spoke about worry. Well, I know a worry we all have is one about our health. Sometimes, people get caught up on focusing on how much they weigh. I went through it, and sometimes I still think about it. What I have found though through research, and following some empowering, & beautiful women on social media is that it is more important how you feel than what that scale says.

A few of the fitness accounts I follow feature women who weigh a certain amount in a before picture, and then in their after picture, they weigh more than the first picture, but they are more toned, and look healthier. The reason behind these phenomenon is the fact that muscle is denser than fat, but it is much more compact. A pound is a pound, but a pound of muscle looks much…

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