Back To School Means…BTY Time!

This time of year, as we get fall back into routines of school, work, and life, is the perfect time to make lifestyle changes.  Changes that will get results and are long lasting and focused on you.

Time to bring the focus Back To You (BTY)

Introducing

 BTY: Small Group Coaching from eatlivefit.net

As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I will provide online support through weekly conference calls, videos, a private social media group, and motivational texts.  Topics include:

  • Eating real food, limiting additives

  • How to balance the right fats, protein and carbohydrates

  • Keys to avoiding sugar and cravings

  • Helpful hints to make every meal simple and nutrient dense

  • and much more…

Cost: $85 per person for 4 weeks of coaching

Back To School price $69 per person

Interested? Contact me at eatlivefit@hotmail.com

or at (707) 408-3359

Sessions beginning soon! September 2016

Summer Fuss-Less Salad

Ran across this recipe this week and had to share.  As the author states, anytime I can spend less time and add less heat to my kitchen these summer days, I am all in!!  Thank you veggiezest.

Chick peas are your protein source, so a great evening meal.  This would also be a great leftover lunch in a jar..just load in this order, chick peas, dressing, onions, tomatoes, etc..with lettuce at top of jar.  Will stay fresh for a week in fridge.

With the summer at its peak – its being a challenge stepping into the kitchen cooking with heat these days. I want quick meals where I don’t have to spend too much time to stand in front of the heat stirring and mixing. I have been making a lot more things like salads, popsicles and […]

via Fattoush Salad {vegan} — veggiezest

Black Rice, Salmon , and Mango Salad

Anytime I can make dinner without turning on the oven and with little effort, I’m in!  This recipe was shared with me by a friend as a easy weeknight dish.  Enjoy.

Black Rice, Spinach, Salmon, and Mango Salad

Ingredients

1½ cups black rice
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) salmon fillet (about ½ inch thick)
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
2½ tablespoons canola oil
3 cups diced peeled mango (about 2 medium)
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

Rinse rice, and drain well . Cook rice in boiling water 35 minutes or until al dente; drain. Cool. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salmon; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of done¬ness. Cool; break into bite-sized pieces. Combine juice and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add oil to juice mixture, stirring constantly. Add rice, mango, tomatoes, onions, pepper, and spinach; toss gently. Place 1 cup rice mixture in each of 6 bowls; top each with 1 ounce salmon.

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?  Share your easy summer recipe.

courtesy of keyingredient.com/recipes shared by J. E.

 

How much sugar is hiding in your favorites?

Had to share this article forward, since it speaks to a topic near and dear to my heart, sugar.  It is a love/hate relationship, mostly love.  Isn’t it with most of us?

Mindfulness is what I encourage.  Be aware of the bazillion sources of sugar in your food and be consumer savvy when it comes to reading the labels (misleading, see below).   Take a peek at some recent examples sent in by readers of That Sugar Film Blog….

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“We recently reached out to you all, asking for pictures of labels on food packaging you have found to be misleading regarding health claims and sugar content.

And what a response!

Thank you to all who contributed – you have been amazing!

Here are some examples of what was found:

Product: Tropicana Trop50 Orange fruit drink
Claim: 50% less sugar & calories than the leading orange juice.
Sugar content: 10g / 250ml serve
The concern: Firstly, what is the ‘leading orange juice’? And do fewer calories necessarily mean it is better for us?

The amount of sugar in a standard Tropicana OJ has been partly replaced in this healthified offering from PepsiCo by stevia and maltodextrin. Even so, 1 cup of Trop50 provides 2.5tsp of added sugar – over a third of the recommended limit (for health benefits).

The ingredient list includes added sweeteners and flavours, which seem at odds with the idea this product is better for you (and will help you “make friends with your miniskirt”). At least the premium Tropicana OJ is only orange juice!

Despite promoting itself as the healthier juice cousin you’d be better off eating an orange. At least an orange doesn’t need corn maltodextrin to make it palatable.

Product: Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins
Claim: 50% less sugar; Excellent fibre source; One serve of Reduced Sugar Craisins meets 50% of you daily recommended fruit needs.
Sugar content: 14g sugar/40g serve.
The concern: Okay – the added sugar content is less than regular Craisins, but 3.5 tsp are delivered in one serve, and artificial sweeteners have been added into the mix.

The fibre content has gone up…because a soluble fibre has been added to mix. It isn’t like the naturally occurring stuff from the fruit managed to explode in quantity.

Finally, to claim it is suitable as one of the two serves of fruit is dangerous. A fresh piece of fruit contains water, which leave you fuller and eating less fruit sugar overall. Additionally, fresh fruit does not contain added sugars. Not – I repeat – not a good alternative to a handful of berries or an apple.

Product: Pop Tops
Claim: 30% less sugar; No artificial sweeteners, No artificial colours, No artificial flavours.
Sugar content: 15.3g/250ml serve
The concern: Sure it may have less sugar than its old school sugared up formula, but this still packs an added sugar punch with nearly 4tsp per serve – the maximum of what we want our littlies to consume in a day. Not ideal considering our kids are most likely to be consuming such beverages.

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Product: Uncle Tobies Roll Ups
Claim: No artificial colours or flavours; Made with real fruit, 3 Star health rating.
Sugar content: 2.8g/15.6.g serve.
The concern: The overall sugar content isn’t horrific. However, sugar has been added, but why considering the concentrated fruit paste rammed in? Fruit straps when made at home can be nothing but fruit.

Looking closely at the ingredient list, one of the final ingredients is ‘Vegetables and Plants’. I suppose that is meant to make us feel better!

Roll Ups also contain an array of highly processed wheat, corn and oil in amongst the sticky fruit mess, which is not ideal. And this stuff can get firmly wedged into the teeth wreaking all kinds of dental havoc!

Product: Nakd Crunch Mix wholefood bars
Claim: Protein packed; Filling and yummy; No added sugar; Wheat, gluten & dairy free; 100% natural ingredients.
Sugar content: 13.4g/30g bar
The concern: The sugar content from this product is mostly from the dried fruit such as dates and raisins, with a little added sugar from apple juice concentrate.

Whilst technically not an added sugar, fructose and glucose from dried fruits can easily be consumed in high amounts due to the lack of water content provided in the fresh fruit. Fortunately, this product does contain some healthy protein and fat from nuts, which can help mitigate the influx of simple sugar into the blood stream.

One bar provides 8-10% of recommended daily protein intake. I would think this is more fruit packed than protein packed.

Holy wow! Overall, I am bothered. Are you bothered?

Scientifically supported

Studies have found that the food industry can quite easily obscure the not-so-great elements of our pre-made foods with claims of being ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’.1 The consequence is we unknowingly over consume excess added, refined, nutritionally devoid foods and sugars.

How confusing! And kind of mean, don’t you think?

Always look beneath the surface

We believe we are doing the right thing, and place faith in the manufacturers. The reality is we need to educate ourselves, and dig only just below the surface to get a real indication of what we are shoving in our gobs.

Ultimately, as we always bang on about here at that sugar, if you can focus our purchasing and munching efforts on real whole fresh foods, then you are onto the best thing!

By Angela Johnson (BHSc Nut. Med.)”

Clean Eating Basics

Clean Eating in the Tub

AHHH NOPE!!!  Here are the basics of a clean eating lifestyle:

 

What Exactly Is “Clean Eating?”
For the most part, clean eaters subscribe to these general guidelines:

  1. Eat plenty of vegetables, both raw and cooked.
  2. Eat unprocessed lean meats that have not had anything added. This includes fresh chicken and fish and even lean, humanely raised beef and game.
  3. Enjoy whole grains instead of the processed or refined variety.
  4. Eat smaller, more frequent meals about every 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
  5. Reduce or Eliminate Processed, artificial, preservative laden foods with fresh real food.

Most of the recipes I use and include in this website abide by these rules.  “What about all the treats I love,” you ask?  I am a big proponent of not going cold turkey but to rely on the 80/20 rule.  Eighty percent of the time follow these rules strictly.  Twenty percent of the time, have the burger and fries, or the milkshake, or the glass of wine.  Eat to live, not live to eat.

I am here to help, let me know how…eatlivefit@hotmail.com.

“Eggs”planation: Demystifying the Labeling

Have you noticed that the egg section of the dairy isle has grown tremendously larger in America.  The selection is mind boggling now right along with the rise in price.  Here is a little help when it comes to selecting the best eggs to add to your cart depending on your preferences.

Organic – the hens typically receive organic feed and are not raised in cages.  The feed cannot contain animal byproducts, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, most pesticides and other unsavory ingredients.  Although antibiotics are rarely used int eh egg industry, it is POSSIBLE that organic eggs could come from hens that were given antibiotics ( a slight loophole in the regulation system).  An organic label does not cover humane treatment of the animals.

Free-Range – the hens producing these eggs were raised or are allowed outdoors.  In addition to grains, these hens may eat wild plants, and insects.  The quality of the outdoor area, and how often the hens have access to it are not addressed.

Cage-Free –  Hens are not bound to cages and have unlimited access to food and water.  Conditions vary per facility whether they are outside or inside housing.

Animal Welfare Approved – (AWA) these are from family owned farms that live up to the strictest criteria for hens’ ability to live in their natural state.  This label covers both organic feeding and humane living conditions.

Don’t be fooled by the added ingredients and supplements in eggs either.  “Enriched” eggs are not necessary unless you know you are deficient it a certain nutrient (i.e. omega 3 enriched, or protein enhanced).  By now, you know these marketing labels are often a way to hike up the price or to entice buyers to pick one brand over another.  A diet with a variety of foods is the best approach when you are low in one nutrient or another, not an “enriched” or “enhanced” version of a food.

Learn more about the real you.

 

Did you read the title and think, what the heck, I already know the “real” me so why do I need to read this article?  Let me tell you.

Time and time again, I can tell you that a struggle with food is less with food and more with YOU.  Being aware of the excuses you spout out for not following a nutrition plan is the first step.  This means listening to the voice inside your head.  Getting it down on paper is huge!  First, because it gets it out of your head.  Second, because you then can put a bit of perspective on it when you re-read it a few days or weeks later.  STOP making excuses for yourself and start becoming self-aware.

Get to know yourself, because you are changing everyday. Not the dark voice in your head, the REAL you.  Pick up a new notebook and a pen and start to peel back the layers of your own story, and get to know you.

 

Stuck?

 

If you are staring at a blank page and not sure how to start, here’s a “gimme topic” to get you writing:  Who are 5 people you can call when you want to vent, rather than picking up a bag of chips.  Why do you feel comfortable calling them?  GO!!!

This is what is important