Why Protein?

Why Protein?

If you have been doing any research at all on the topic of dieting and what to eat to get fit, you have likely heard the word protein over and over ad nauseam. Though health information can sometimes be confusing and advice all over the board, one thing every expert and authority in the industry does seem to agree on is the value of having ample protein in your diet.

You need protein in your diet in order to build muscle and solid cellular structure – along with the other two key component macronutrients of carbohydrates and fats, these three key items in the proper amounts and combinations allow your body to function properly and reach top metabolism performance.

Top 5 Protein Facts Most People Do Not Know

  1. Protein is utilized as a major source of energy.
  2. Protein is used for the creation and regulation of hormones and regular bodily functions (like digestion.)
  3. Protein is used for transportation of certain molecules throughout the body.
  4. Protein forms antibodies that help prevent infection, illness, and disease.
  5. Protein is vital for the repair and maintenance of body tissues like muscles, skin, bones, hair, and nails.

Although protein can be found in meat, dairy, poultry, seafood, eggs, and many plant-based foods, here is a list of some of the best sources:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Steak
  • Ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Beans
  • Pork
  • Green Vegetables

Many people will supplement their protein intake by drinking shakes. There are a lot of good solid nutritional protein shakes on the market, but they should be used as supplementation only. The majority of your protein should be coming from real whole foods.

How much protein do you need daily?

The rule of thumb is that for every 1 lb. of body weight you should take in 1 gram of protein. So if you are, for example, 150 lbs. you would require 150 grams of protein per day total.

When athletes diet they weigh all of their food. Accuracy is key. As close as we think eyeballing an amount can be it is often surprising just how off we all can be. It may seem small, but over time a little here and a little there can add up to a lot and throw off your hard worked for results.

At Superfit Foods, we prepare each meal with a protein, carb and veggie source. Everything is measured and weighed to get you just the right blend of macronutrients your body needs to kick start the results you are looking for. They are then packaged fresh and made ready for you to pick up at your earliest convenience.

If you are ready to get your protein intake on track – give Superfit Foods a try!

 

SOURCES:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/good-protein-sources

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/6-primary-functions-proteins-5372.html

Originally published: http://www.superfitfoods.co/why-protein/

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How to Get the Beach Body Everyone Wants

How to Get the Beach Body Everyone Wants

Summer sneaks up on us every single year and most of us, simply are not ready for it.

With its hot sun and warm breezes, we declare summer the new stepsister of New Year’s Eve. That’ right – It is time for Summer Resolutions! Decide what you want and go for it.

If you are like most people, feeling confident in a bathing suit is a challenge. We are here to make that challenge less daunting and show you how to reach your goals the right way.

Any time you decide you would like to make a change in your life it is incredibly helpful to have a clear idea of not only what you don’t want, but also exactly what you are aiming for. Visualize the perfect healthy version of you that you could be. Once you have that image clearly defined, it’s time to set the goals to get you there.

If you are looking to get the beach body that everyone wants – Look no further.

How to get beach ready:

Goal Step 1: Get Up and Move

Exercise is vital to health overall as well as for leaning down, sustaining, or building up. Body transformation requires motivation and stick-to-itiveness. Muscle doesn’t build overnight nor does fat shed. It takes time, but if you put in the work and just keep at it, it will happen. Working with a personal trainer who can set a workout plan for you and your body type and goals can help get you to your goals.

Goal Step 2: Hydrate

Water is vital for every cell in your body and when you are dieting and working out, even more so. It is recommended to drink a gallon of water per day over the course of the day

Goal Step 3: Get Your Diet Right

Summer is a great time to boost your nutrition. Hotter weather is a natural match for lighter meals. Fresh vegetables, lean meats, and wonderful side dishes along with refreshing beverages can satisfy your body while building and sustaining it; getting you lean and beach ready.

It may seem counter-intuitive thanks to our yo-yo diet culture here in America, but one of the biggest obstacles to obtaining and maintaining a proper weight is that we simply do not eat often enough. The standard 3 meals a day can actually cause your metabolism to slow down, especially if you are eating the wrong things. Eating the proper mix of protein and carbohydrates along with fruits and vegetables in the right portions 4-5 times a day will boost your metabolism and never leave you feeling hungry.

You do not have to starve yourself to lose or maintain weight.

No matter what your objective is, Superfit Foods is happy to help. We take the work out of eating healthy – trying to calculate your macros and decide what to eat and when, shopping, lugging groceries home, cooking, weighing out food – all of it takes up a great deal of time!

Why do it when you don’t have to?

Check it out: No matter what your goal, we have you covered.

If your goal is to LEAN DOWN http://www.superfitfoods.co/product/lean-down/

Lose weight and shed fat.

If your goal is to SUSTAIN http://www.superfitfoods.co/product/sustain/

Happy where you are and just looking to keep the momentum going!

If your goal is to BUILD UP http://www.superfitfoods.co/product/build-up/

Grow and make gains, the healthy way.

Summer can be a tempting time

We want you to enjoy the barbecues and occasional beer – we just want you to look good while you’re doing it! Make sure to keep these tips handy to help you out this summer:

Summer Dieting Tip 1: If you are headed out to a social event where you know you are going to be tempted, either eat first or bring food with you. You may feel odd about that at first but we guarantee no one has ever held it against someone for sticking to their plan and getting in shape… mostly what you will get in response is the envy at your resolve.

Summer Dieting Tip 2: Cheat Meal. Allow yourself one cheat meal a week. You are human and dieting isn’t a punishment. Reward yourself for sticking to it and believing in yourself enough to achieve your dreams. Just one cheat meal a week can also work in your favor, confusing your body and actually ramping up your metabolism.

Making the decision to get in shape is a healthy choice for both mind and body. When you look good, you feel good!

 

Thanks for reading our blog. Wishing you a warm, wonderful transformative summer – See you at the beach!

From Your Meal Prep Company, Superfitfoods

Originally Published: http://www.superfitfoods.co/how-to-get-the-beach-body-everyone-wants/

Lean Down to Shed Excess Baby Weight

Let’s face it. As much as we love our newborn bundles of joy, what we don’t love is the excess baby weight that gets left behind. On average it is recommended for expectant mothers to be to gain between 15-40 lbs. depending on the size of their frame.

Now subtract from that the average baby’s weight at the time of birth which is 7.5lbs (though of course, that can vary). At minimum, you are left with 7.5lbs and top end 32.5lbs or more of extra unwanted weight that you are currently carrying around.

The human female body is designed to carry children, to grow in order to support a new life and to contract once that new life is brought forth. That post baby shrink down can be helped along by making sure that the weight loss is done in the healthiest form possible to support the bodily changes and allowing it to adjust back to normal.

Diet and exercise are key to getting back in shape – But so is rest!

Giving birth, though a natural process, is traumatic to the body. Rest and recuperation are needed postpartum. On top of that, you now have a new baby who isn’t regulated by your time clock. You may not get much sleep. Feeling sleep deprived, overwhelmed, and exhausted usually decreases your motivation to hit the gym and plan out a diet.

That is where SuperFit Foods comes in. We can take some of the weight off your shoulders by preparing all of your meals for you so you can focus on your new son or daughter while still getting all of the exact nutrition your body needs to make a full recovery.

How the Lean Down Plan can help

With all of your food fresh cooked and pre-made all you have to go is grab and go!

We make eating simple.
With the Lean Down Plan, you will get a selection of:
– Main meals
– Boost meals
– Breakfast meals
– Health Snacks

These selections are a macro mix of pure lean proteins, carbohydrates, and fresh nutritious vegetables. You don’t have to give up sweets either – Peanut Butter Protein Balls and Crunchy Granola Bars kill the sweet tooth while keeping you on track.

All you have to do is – place your order – everything is made fresh for you, ready to grab and go.

This is the new clean approach to eating right that will free up your time and release those extra pounds the right way. To take the first step towards shedding that excess baby weight, please visit www.superfitfoods.co to learn more or place your first order.

Take control of your mental health through nutrition!

The importance of the mind | body | spirit connection has been touted by health and fitness leaders for decades. Only now is the full potential impact of that oh so vital trifecta beginning to really take hold in the population at large.

Fitness is becoming a way of life for many. Society is starting to come around and wake up to healthier lifestyle choices but, at the very same time, we have become the number one prescription country in the world for anti-depressants as well as anti-anxiety medications.

There is a disconnect.

Our food choices, be it restaurant outings, grocery store trips, school lunch programs, or our very own garden, have a very real impact on our health – not only physically in how we feel and how our bodies are able to operate, but in quality of thought and emotion as affected by hormone variances, nutritional deficiencies, and toxicity levels.

We literally are what we eat.

Our bodies are constantly creating new cells and shedding old dying cells. What we choose to eat becomes the very foundation – the building blocks for the new and upcoming version of us.

Eating processed foods filled with chemicals and food like substances will never create a strong and healthy body. Over time it can actually lead to breakdown and illness. When your body does not receive the nutrition it needs, it can become deficient. Adequate nutrition is needed for body and brain function.

Poor quality diet puts you at risk for depression.

That is a major statement made publicly by Biological Psychiatry. Vitamin B9 (folate) found in many vegetables and legumes, has been deemed critical in brain metabolic pathway function. Lack of folate has been linked to a multitude of mental health disorders including depression and low mood. [2] Additionally the role of carbohydrates, tryptophan and vitamins in promoting positive overall mental wellbeing had been correlated in numerous scholarly studies. [3] There are countless studies proving the link time and time again between mental illness and inadequate nutritional intake.

the proper nutrition than you can with any pharmaceutical, without the dangerous side effects.

Tweet: The truth is you can better balance your body and brain chemistry with proper nutrition than you can with any pharmaceutical, without the dangerous side effects.

The biggest excuse we all tend to use when it comes to putting off straightening out our diets is “I’m just too busy”.

Life today is incredibly busy. The majority of us are always on the go and the truth of it is – you aren’t wrong. That is where we come in. Superfit Food’s goal is to do the work for you.

“Our customized plans allow you to pick your goal
Lean Down
Sustain
Build up

We make eating simple.
For every plan, you will get a selection of:
– Main meals
– Boost meals
– Breakfast meals
– Health Snacks

All you have to do is – place your order – everything is made fresh for you, ready to grab and go.

This is the new clean approach to eating right that will not take up your time or break your budget! To take the first step to getting in the physical and mental health of your life please visit www.superfitfoods.co to learn more or place your first order.


References:
[1] Biological Psychiatry in Volume 58, issue 9 November of 2005.
[2] Nutrition and Depression: The Role of Folate – Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., PhD; Maurizio Fava, M.D. Sept. 29, 2014.
[3] Nutrition and Depression: Larry Christiansen 1996 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/10192-006

Originally Published: https://www.superfitfoods.co/take-control-mental-health-nutrition/

Artificial Sweeteners, the Ugly Truth

We have been duped. Somehow, we have all gotten it in our minds that calories are the enemy. Calories are not the enemy. They are simply a unit of energy contained in food which we, as humans, need to power our bodies.

Because of this, the food and drug industry has created their very own niche market and category. Artificial chemical sweeteners. While sugar rings in at only 16 calories per teaspoon, all its artificial counterparts come in at zero or nearly zero.

The question becomes: Is that small of a number of extra calories added to your diet worth the exchange?

Let’s compare.

FDA has recognized artificial sweeteners saccharin, aspartame, sucralose as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). But are they?

While it is difficult to lump these substances into one group because they are scientifically each their own compound, all artificial sweeteners are created in a lab and are man made. They trick your brain and induce the same metabolic response as sugar. They can be up to 600 times sweeter than sugar itself which makes them addicting.

Despite studies over the years naming them as cell growth inhibitors and possible carcinogenics they have been marked as safe for consumption by the National Cancer Institute. Artificial sweeteners have had numerous complaints lodged against them and been investigated as a possible cause of brain tumors, mental retardation, birth defects, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes. So far, the FDA has made no move towards regulation despite having the studies to back up the toxicity levels. http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/jan03/012203/02p-0317_emc-000199.txt

Outside of the safety question. Do they benefit a low-calorie diet?

Although zero calorie studies have shown that increased appetite is often a side effect of consuming these sweeteners. This can up the overall food intake and negate the calories saved through the low or no calories foods or drinks.

Consuming excess sugar can lead to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic issues, however, it is made in nature and derived from the sugar cane plant. According to a 1973 study done by Loma Linda University, when you consume 100 grams of sugar, equivalent to a one-liter bottle of soda, your white blood cells are 40% less effective at killing germs. This can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours after eating sugar!

The best answer is to eliminate sugar both artificial and natural it all together. If you must sweeten, all natural Stevia is a natural herb which does not negatively affect health in small quantities. Make sure to read the ingredients. While it would seem that Stevia would be the only single ingredient that is not always the case. Look for pure Stevia as a standalone ingredient.

Nutrition Specialists of Florida would love to help you create a lifestyle change and boost your health. We can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_75913_artificial_sweeteners_the_ugly_truth.html

Holding on to excess weight

Yo-Yo dieting has become almost the norm for American society. We go on a diet, lose some weight and get into a “health kick”. We feel good! It is hard to maintain, though due to restrictions, time and life in general. Many of us slide back into old routines and eventually back to our old weight if not even gaining a little more than where we first started. It can be a frustrating experience.

Excess weight can be influenced by a number of factors including nutrition, environment, lifestyle, hormone levels and even by inner beliefs we may or may not know we hold. According to world-renowned author Louise L. Hay and her book “You Can Heal Your Life”, Fat and excess weight on a root metaphysical level, stem from a need to protect the self. From what can vary from person to person.

How do you find out what is blocking you and allow that release so you can get past this barrier in your own life?

You don’t have to go it alone.

Anna Noble, LMFT offers a Weight Release Program through Monarch Wellness here in Naples, FL. The TRIM-LIFE® program uses the power of the mind, both conscious and subconscious to change eating patterns as well as uncover and heal emotional issues related to weight. The TRIM-LIFE® Program is specifically designed for people who have tried many diet programs and have discovered that diets don’t work, only real life changes do.

For questions about hypnosis or this program, ask to talk with Anna directly. She can be reached by calling (239) 231-3208 www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Published: http://monarchwellness.net/2016/12/holding-on-to-excess-weight/