Thursday, June 2, 2016

Protein without Meat

When you're trying to lose weight or build muscle, protein is essential!  They're the building blocks of your body and they fuel metabolic activities!  It helps cells grow and repair, so if you eat or drink protein after a workout it will help you not feel sore later on and it will help strengthen your muscles so you don't injure yourself.

It's also responsible for:

  • Maintaining the fluid balance in your body along with controlling the movement of fluids in your cells
  • Helping to transport nutrients to various organs and regulate the flow of nutrients in your cells
  • Helps to build defense
  • Regulating and initiating metabolic activities
  • They support all of your body's tissues which in turn will allow you to stand up and move around (kinda important)
  • Giving your body a small amount of energy (natural energy!)

My favorite ways to get protein in my diet are fish (especially salmon,) a juicy steak, and shakeology!  But it's not always good to eat a ton of meat and you can't survive on shakeology alone.  Here is a list of great alternatives for protein!

1. Green peas; 7.9 grams in 1 cup
2. Ezekiel Bread; 4 grams per slice
3. Nuts; 1 oz in 5-6 grams
4. Chickpeas; 7.3 grams ½ cups
5. Peanut Butter; 7 grams per 2 tablespoons
6. Edamame; 8.4 grams ½ cup, boiled
7. Broccoli; 8 grams in 1 cup chopped
8. Quinoa; 8 grams in 1 cup
9. Chia Seeds; 4.7 grams in 2 tablespoons
10. Unsweetened cocoa powder; 1 gram in 1 tablespoons

How do you like to get your protein?

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Month- New Goals!

Happy 1st day of June- personally the best month of the year since it's my birthday month & is usually the last month of school, remember how exciting the end of the year was?
Here are some great suggestions for how to get the best start to a new month:
1. Kick butt work out, done thanks to Shaun T
2. Week long goal- mine is to eat as clean as I possibly can!
3. Month long goal- keep up with ‪#‎insanitymax30‬ and lose another 10 lbs
4. What am I thankful for so far this year? Lets see... The chance to go to Nashville this summer with my fellow ‪#‎teamarise‬ ‪#‎beachbody‬ coaches and getting to learn, grow, abd build a business with them every day, moving in with Eric, getting to see my family on a way more regular basis than I have since I was 8 years old!
5. So proud of myself for pushing through my workouts even when I want to stop and deciding to tackle beachbody with everything I've got. That smile may look weak because it's right after my workout but there is so much strength behind it!

What's on your list? 
What are you going to make happen this month?

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