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Addressing Visceral Fat

9516E825-425E-4C0A-A72A-909FED0648E6.jpegUnderstanding body composition-lean body mass, skeletal mass, body fat percentage and how it relates to optimal health and disease prevention is a fresh outlook in regards to weight wellness instead of strictly weight loss.

I believe in the importance of having body competition data to be sure we are losing body fat and gaining muscle when we see the scale shifting in either direction.

Let’s talk visceral fat:
First off there are Two types of Abdominal Fat-
Subcutaneous- the fat that is outside of your organs, can pinch with fingers
Visceral- Surrounding the organs, deadly in high amounts

What causes high visceral fat? Poor diet, lack of exercises, stress, aging, hormones and genetics.

BridgeCity Wellness is about creating healthy lifestyle habits and when it comes to Visceral fat loss in particular I’d like to offer some helpful tips about mindful eating and stress management.

Stress Management:
There are many easy activities you can incorporate into your daily life to help shift your focus and your mindset when you begin to feel stress. First, focus on what can you take direct control of: this may be incorporating the use of stress-modulating herbs called adaptogens into your diet, participating in an exercise program you enjoy, a spa treatment, cooking a meal you love, or simply turning off your phone for an hour.

Whatever your stress relieving activity is, schedule it into your calendar at least once a week. It is crucial to make room in your routine for important self-care tasks, like you would with a doctor or dentist appointment. Dedicating time throughout your week to self-care routines will improve the consistency of your actions.

 

Mindful Eating Practices:
Paying attention to the physical feelings of hunger. Are you physiologically hungry and actually in need of nutrition? Or are you psychologically hungry and experiencing cravings of food because your thirsty, stressed or bored?
Identifying cravings. This is your body communicating with you and could be indicating you need a specific nutrient. Example: Craving salty foods like pickles or chips could mean you need to replenish sodium and/or electrolytes. Try adding ConcenTrace Mineral drops to your water, or make your own kale chips for a healthy snack. Craving onions could mean you need more sulfur in your diet for liver function. Chocolate cravings often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. You can try adding mineral drops to your water and if you’re going to eat chocolate try adding cocoa powder to you smoothie, or dark chocolate as your 15% fun.
Sensation of fullness. Also known as satiety. Having fiber, balanced protein and healthy fats as part of your meals and snacks will help you feel full after eating.
Taste satisfaction. Enjoying the food you eat is important for your body to get the most nutrition for your cells. Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring! Explore new spices, fresh herbs and seasonings. New recipes will excite your meal planning.
Gratitude. Take a moment before you consume your meal to think what it took to get from farm to table. It is recommended we chew our food 20-30 times before swallowing. Focus on feeling satisfied about how you have chosen to fuel your body.

 

New findings published in the Journal of Obesity suggest that combining a technique called mindful eating with stress management can help reduce cortisol levels and the resulting belly fat. The most effective mindful eating practices are paying attention to the physical feelings of hunger, identifying cravings, sensation of fullness, and taste satisfaction so you fully enjoy your eating experience and feel satisfied about how you have fueled your body.
Link to the Journal of obesity study: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobe/2011/651936/

TO Read more about stress management: https://bridgecitywellness.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/is-stress-making-us-fat/

To read more about mindful eating and quality foods over quantity: https://bridgecitywellness.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/stop-counting-calories/

 

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Why you should be Protein Pacing

What is Protein-pacing? 

“Protein pacing,” Dr. Arciero defines, “is the scientifically proven combination of eating healthy, lean, protein foods at the right time of day to maximize health and performance.”

As a professor of health and exercise sciences and director of the Human Nutrition and Metabolism laboratory at Skidmore College, Dr. Arciero has been a key figure in research on protein pacing. He was also the lead researcher in a series of recent studies, including those that involved Isagenix products, investigating protein pacing for losing weight, cardiovascular health, and athletic performance. (See references below)

 

 

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The science behind it:

By consuming protein throughout the day, you can maximize muscle maintenance during weight loss and muscle building when combined with exercise. Even more intriguing to those seeking fat loss, recent research suggests that protein pacing could increase your basal metabolic rate and improves body composition regardless of dieting.

Science translation: You can build muscle and burn fat without severely restricting calories.

“When subjects ate a diet higher in protein, specifically from whey protein, and paced their protein intake, they lost more body weight, more body fat, more abdominal fat, and they maintained their lean body mass. Importantly, these beneficial improvements were achieved even though total calories consumed were identical to a normal eating pattern,” Dr. Arciero explained.

Protein intake alone can stimulate a greater thermogenic response (increasing metabolism) compared to carbohydrate and fat, meaning it requires more energy to process. Protein can also increase satiation (sensation of fullness)

So how do you “Protein-pace?” 

Introducing the simple six meal plan ! simple6mealplan

Eat every 2-4 hours be sure there is protein with every meal and/or snack!

Start with 20-24 g Protein per meal and 10-15 g of Protein per snack. (Macro-nutrient number goals will vary depending on several factors age, gender, activity level and specific goals-some may need more.)

 

Here is a photo of a traditional Isagenix 30 day system. We weave in IsaLean Shakes and meal replacement bars for one meal and one snack each day. This provides a minimum of 48 g of Protein from just the shakes, helping obtain your macro-nutrient goals for the day. We balance out the other meals and snacks to fit a 40% carb, 30% pro, 30% fat balance.

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Another quick grab and go Protein Option:

eggwhites

Egg White Scramble Muffins

2 Cup egg whites

1 Cup Diced vegetables 

1 clove garlic (optional)

2 T of Braggs 24 herb seasonings

1 T coconut/avocado oil

Salt and pepper to taste  

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Heat cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir veggies until slightly soft. Remove from heat and cool. If using squeeze spinach to remove excess moisture.
  3. Whisk egg whites and spices together- mix well. Add veggies. Pour egg mixture into the muffin cups almost to the top. Place the muffin tin on a rimmed baking sheet and pour water halfway up the sides of the muffin tin to create a water bath.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are set in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes.

 

Protein rich SNACKS

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

2/3 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed and coated with 1 tsp curry powder and a pinch of salt, roasted at 300 degrees for 20 minutes: 8 grams protein

Edamame Poppers

The only thing more fun than how much protein you can get from a serving of edamame is getting to eat these little beans out of their bright green pods. Buy them fresh and steam, or use the pre-cooked frozen variety and briefly microwave to defrost before chowing down.

1 cup edamame pods sprinkled with sea salt: 15 grams protein

Toasted Quinoa

Try this unconventional way to enjoy the gluten-free superfood: lightly sweetened, and toasted to crunchy perfection. Pack it in a container on top of yogurt, or like we tend to do with our favorite granola, eat it by the handful!

1/3 cup quinoa mixed with ½ tbsp ground flax, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, and 1 tbsp maple syrup, toasted at 425 degrees for 10 minutes: 9.4 grams protein

 

Cheesy Kale chips 2 cups kale leaves coated with 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, baked at 325 degrees for 15 minutes: 9 grams protein

 

Roasted Chickpeas

3/4 cup chickpeas roasted for 20 to 30 minutes with 1 tablespoon each olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper: 9 grams protein

 

REFERENCES:

http://www.drpaulsprotocol.com/index.php/who-is-dr-paul

http://www.isagenixhealth.net/protein-pacing-works-fat-loss/

http://www.isagenixhealth.net/isagenix-improves-body-composition-weight-loss-long-term-weight-maintenance/

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/8/8/476/htm

 

New Awareness brings about a Delicious Discovery

Greetings fitness professionals, foodies, friends, family, and clients! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I plan on keeping this post short and sweet.

Balancing my work life consisting of 5 jobs, healthy snacking on the go is way of life.I used to joke: If you are what you eat-I’m a LARA Bar! Nutty and sweet! 🙂 Until the sugar content came into my focus-28g per bar?!

This inspired my recent new mission for finding a snack bar that is low in sugar, high in protein and healthy fats, NON-gmo & moderate calories- I found this savory bar! And only costing $1.85 each!

Gluten-free, 10g Fat, 17g Carbs, 6g Protein, 6g of Fiber and only 3 g sugar! Total calories 170

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In the Mediterranean their culture is not about restriction. It’s about enjoying all things in moderation. Foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits, leafy greens grow in their fertile lands and they combine these nutrient-dense foods to create delicious balanced meals.

Black olives are rich with Vitamin A and Calcium and Monounsaturated fats which are recommended for consumption in moderation to help reduce risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Walnuts are rich in vitamins A, K, Folate, abundant in mono & polyunsaturated fats and a great source of minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

This bar is crispy, satisfying and best of all SAVORY! Packed with nutrition and not a ton of sugar. Spread the word bird, these are incredible!

Check out their website for more product information and where to purchase yours!

http://mediterranutrition.com/