Benefits of Cucumbers

Since I’m eating an entire cucumber right now… lets talk about the benefits =P

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  • Very high in water. (95% water actually) So they are good for hydration and eliminating toxins that are in your body.
  • High in vitamins, and almost all vitamins that you need for the day. Remember to eat the skin (which is high in vitamin C)
  • Since its high in vitamins (Including vitamin B) they can be eaten as a snack to help pick you up when you’re body starts to feel tiered. . . . (any food will do this that has a good source of vitamin B by the way…. vitamin b is a mood and energy lifter!)
  • Good for you party people out there. . . eat a few cucumber slices before you go to bed after a night of partying and since it has a good source of water, vitamins and electrolytes …. its none to help with hangovers… (haven’t tried this, just heard about it.)
  • Can be used as a skin soother for sunburns… like aloe does.

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  • Not only on the outside does it help with burns though, its a natural heartburn reliever too.
  • Good source of silica which can help with joint pain.
  • High in fiber so helps aid digestion and keeps ya regular ūüėČ
  • Helps with bags under your eyes. (eat it or put slices on your eyes like they do in the movies… )
  • cancer fighting food. YAY
  • Helps with weight loss because since its a super food (very high-density, high vitamin, and full of fiber and nutrients) you’ll actually feel fuller and wont eat as much.

 

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UPDATE: OMG Life is Hectic!

Hey guys! Just a little update because I feel like I’ve been slacking on my blog (sorry about that). . . . But A LOT has been happening! In the midst of all the holidays to boot, here is what’s been going on ….. about a month ago I got a part time job at The Vitamin Shoppe (whooo! right up my ally right?!?) Super excited about that. And within that first month I got promoted to a full time position and as a mini manager basically. (go me)…

So I’m in the middle of leaving/ or basically stepping down at my other job¬†(Bath and Body Works)¬† and still holding 2 jobs without driving myself nuts and wearing myself out.¬† With 12 hour days sometimes, 45- 55 hours a week can kill ya when you don’t¬†have a day off¬†for 2 weeks straight and¬†your trying to keep a gym and blog schedule in tact.. as you can see a few things may have fallen off the wagon. . .

ALSO…..my trainer got transferred to another location, so therefore I have no trainer anymore and have been trying to do this competition training on my own. (been slacking at making it to the gym all the time … not even going to lie) Just the exhaustion from both jobs and running back and forth to the both of them has messed up my gym schedule for sure. I didn’t completely fall off the wagon with this but I have definitely pushed snooze a few times when my alarm goes off for me to go to the gym … haha. But another exciting thing … haven’t messed up on my eating and diet plans…¬†…¬†I¬†actually decided to¬†try out veganism for a while, and so far I feel amazing! I fall asleep better, wake up easier (usually right before my alarm now), my skin is practically clear again, my hair is shinier, my nails are actually growing?!?! (they never grow!) So that’s an awesome thing in my opinion. Cant wait to see how I feel after a month…

Evan (my boyfriend) is a hunter and eats meat like its his job.. haha but he is very supportive and is supportive of me with whatever I decide to do, which is helpful. I’m lucky to have him… =) We kinda complete each other with¬†his manly man grilling¬†and I’m over here with my “hippy salad” as he would call it hahah.¬† But all in all things are going good, just SUUUUUUUUUUPER BUSY!

So with that said, Ill try to get back to posting as often as I was. and I hope ya’ll are doing good as well!

Sunwarrior Protein Powder Review

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So, I love protein powders, they keep you full for a long time, they are easy to make and take with you when you’re in a rush and they usually are very easy to drink pretty fast if you have somewhere to be. And they aren’t just for bodybuilders or gym goers, anyone can use them and reap from the benefits.

Protein in general is important to have in your diet because it helps with hunger (you stay fuller longer), energy, getting vital nutrients, helps with insulin control, helps form muscle and lean out, digestion and can also help with weight management.

So Sunwarrior is the brand I’m going to talk about today. The company has many other products like multi vitamins for him and her, a green mix, immunity boosters and of course protein.

The two proteins I have personally tried were the warrior blend chocolate and vanilla flavor. I am lactose intolerant and I have a hard time finding protein powders in general so when I saw that this was vegan I was all over it. The only problem with vegan protein powders is that they either have a shit ton of sugar in it, or they taste like dirt. . . .

When I tried this, I’m not gonna lie, I was scared, I’m always kinda nervous/excited to try new things. But surprisingly it wasn’t bad ! YAY!!

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So here is why I love it!

  • Organic, Gluten free, dairy free, Non-GMO, Hypo-allergenic, Soy free, Vegan.
  • Its a raw protein (not heated over 90 degrees)
  • Not grainy or chalky
  • Since its made out of with rice protein, pea, hemp seed and cranberry seed protein, its very easily digested and absorbed through the body .
  • Naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium and more.
  • No artificial crap! … and I mean nothing!!!
  • Grain free so people with a ¬†gluten intolerance can have this.
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Improves cardiovascular functions
  • Increases metabolism
  • Builds muscle/ helps with weight loss
  • Great energy source
  • Helps with kidney functions
  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol ) and raises HDL (good cholesterol)

*Note: Make sure you mix this with milk, or a milk substitute, not very tasty when mixed with water. (learned that that hard way)

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Healthy Nut Butters!

I love nut butters! Especially almond butter (if you cant tell haha). Nut butters are a great way to get protein too!

When looking for nut butters, look for more natural ones that contain less sugar. Ones that have sugar listed as the 2nd or 3rd ingredient- put it back on the shelf and find a different one! Also try to avoid partially hydrogenated oils – they are high in trans fats!!

*the top two are my personal favorites! *

So which are some good picks?

  • Earth Balance – Most of their stuff is vegan, 100% natural, Gluten-free, Non- GMO.

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  • Justin’s- Most of their stuff is vegan, gluten-free, kosher, Non-GMO, and Organic. (its also made in Colorado ;))

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  • Teddie All- High Protein, low carb, no cholesterol, all natural.

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  • Barney Bare- ¬†Doesn’t use sugar or salt. They have different flavors too. . .

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  • Smuckers Organic Natural- Natural, low sugar, high protein.

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Protein Powder! (How to Pick the Best One)

protein 3  So.. Protein powders are everywhere. Its most commonly known to be a building block for building long, lean muscles but they have all different kinds out there. Ones made specially for men and women, ones geared toward building muscle, meal replacements, nutrition, and ones for people with food intolerances. So how do you know which one to buy? Realistically to build muscle or even loose body fat you need to ideally keep protein intake high. Whether your consuming foods that are naturally high in protein (i.e. meats, dairy, eggs and even things like potatoes and rice) or your getting a lot of your protein from powders the good thing is that your getting a good amount and from a good source. Here are some things to look for when purchasing protein powders:

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  • Is it a “Protein Powder” or is it a “Mass Grainer” – a Mass Grainer is a protein powder that also contains carbs, fats and protein. Whereas, Protein Powders are just strictly protein. And even though you want those nutrients in your diet, if you’re just shooting for more protein than the powders are the way to go that way you avoid unwanted calories and any weight gain. If your looking for more of¬†a meal replacement or to add weight…the Mass Grainer is a way to go.

When picking out a powder look for:

  • High Protein (around 20-30 or more grams)
  • Low Carb – (no more than 5 grams)
  • Low Fat – (No more than 5 grams)
  • Shoot for the lowest sugar you can find.
  • Look for Quality-¬†Always look at the label when picking out a protein and look for ones with the fewest amount of ingredients (this ideally goes for any food too)¬† Also look for ones with natural ingredients too. . . if you cant pronounce it… its probably not the best bet… just saying.
  • Don’t get suckered in – Don’t believe everything it says on the bottle. Do your own research. Just because one says “Build maximum Muscle with this!” doesn’t mean its the one to choose. Companies like to put things on products so you buy them (this also goes for foods). Look at the brand, its it one that’s popular? What are they known for ? How reliable are they? Have you had success with any of their other products? Compare ingredients to another Protein powder. And look at the companies track record, how long have they been in business? Do they have good reviews?
  • Concentrate, Isolate or casein. – Concentrate is absorbed at a slower pace. This type is good to have in between meals. Isolate- Whey) ¬†Is pretty much absorbed right away, good for right after a workout. Casein – takes longer to digest and has a constant flow of amino acids.

Some of the most popular include:

Syntha- 6

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Myotein

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Sunwarrior (Vegan)

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Gold Standard Whey

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Vega Protein (Vegan)

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Zero Carb Isopure

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Jay Robb ( I like the egg white kind- but he has a whey one too)

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BSN True-Mass

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Plant Fusion (Vegan)

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* If ya’ll find another good one, feel free to add on comments below. =)

Skinny Bitch (Book review)

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So I was actually in a thrift store when I stumbled upon this book, thinking it was another book on health and fitness. I bought it right away! ….

When you look at the book, it doesn’t really clarify what kind of diet it actually is. it just says “a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savey girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” …. sounds alright so far.. ok

Let me start by saying this… Skinny Bitch is not a diet book, its not your typical high protein low carb mumbo jumbo we always hear about. Its a vegan way of living and how to do so guide. I however didn’t realize this until I got into the book about¬†3 to 4 chapters when they start talking about dairy, eggs and meat. It doesn’t clarify anything about being a veganism book in the description, nor on the front of back. So if I was totally against being vegetarian or vegan, this book probably would have pissed me off. lol.

With that being said, I’m not against it at all and I love hearing other peoples views on nutrition always so I kept reading.

I think my favorite part of this book was the no bullshit way they lay it out. Now, being the potty mouth that I can be, I loved her tone she had throughout the entire book, very trucker like. This book is full of a-holes, f-bombs and much, much more. So if you’re not really into all that, this book would probably be very offensive to some. . . .

So all in all, here are some pro’s and con’s of what I thought of the book.

PROS:

  1. The direct way they deliver things. They have no shame in saying it like it is.
  2. Their credibility, they cite everything they say with being prepared to back up their info.
  3. I’m not a fan of Adkins diet already, so they totally explain why this diet isn’t the best….. oh because your body needs CARBS lol.
  4. They do have a love for the environment, love for animals, and being healthy (which most vegans do)
  5. It exploits the government and how they have shaped our food to benefit themselves rather than our wellbeing. In Chapter 9 it gives some pretty good information about how dairy and meat farms really are which I think everyone should read whether or not you eat meat. Along with the cruelty that goes behind the slaughter houses and how your food really is treated before its “your food” I was just baffled about how things go down…..
  6. Its not just about no meat, no dairy yada-yada. They go into detail about sugar, fake sugar, caffeine, getting your body in the right pH levels and even pooping .. yes pooping… they cover it all baby!
  7. At the end, you actually start thinking about what you eat, where it came from, how its prepared … and all the above.. I don’t know if its the way they phrased it that made it so blunt .. but it worked for me.
  8. Oh! and if you were thinking … what the hell kind of butter is vegan? They give you a list of alternatives that can help with finding your “milk, cheese and burgers” that are all vegan friendly so you’re not totally in the dark.

CONS:

  1. It can get a tad bit repetitive ..
  2. It talks about being prefect and perfection…. which isn’t possible and has taken me personally a while to learn.
  3. They seem to favor “vegan” articles and books when it comes to citing, which who blames them , it makes it easier to agree with someone who already agrees with you, but it would be nice to hear something from the other party too.
  4. It can be offensive to some with the language. With the .. ‚ÄúCaffeine is for pussies‚ÄĚ p.15. ‚ÄúBecause we are having so much fun let‚Äôs bash the shit out of Splenda‚ÄĚ p.35.. “You need to exercise you lazy shit‚ÄĚ p.20… so needless to say it can be a bit overboard and demeaning… but personally cried to¬†myself in laughter.
  5. I love chicken, I can enjoy a nice steak…but I usually eat bison and wild game meat…. do I want it 24/7 now, not really, but yea I’ll probably continue to eat it every so now and then…. I also live with a few guys who hunt, so therefore, I get the” cream of the crop” because usually all the meat I eat is grass fed, in its natural environment,¬†and /or killed at the very spot, non of this slaughter house, trapped in cages, beaten to death kind of crap.
  6. If you want to learn more about slaughterhouses.. watch meet your meat… its disgusting! and lets just say I found that movie right after I read this book.. lovely combo .. NOT. I was slightly mortified after that….

 

They also have a few more books too.

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