Best sources of protein.

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With a protein to fat ratio of 60:1, egg whites are unquestionably one of the purest forms of protein in the world. –Bodybuilding.com

I’m really amping up my workouts lately. My goal is to not only tone but build muscle. In order to build muscle it’s crucial to consume the right amount of protein and the right kind. Protein is known as the building blocks for bodily function and maintainance. It is necessary for the development and repair of hair, skin, eyes, muscles and organs.

Protein as Energy

Protein is used as energy when your body has used all of the carbohydrates and fats that you’ve consumed. I’ve read that using protein in this way is actually not good because your body needs protein for more important purposes, like rebuilding muscle tissue. However if you consume protein in excess your body will store it as fat and too much of it is harmful to your organs. So a healthy balance is vital.

3 Great Sources of Protein

  1. Egg whites. Everywhere I go I read that eggs are the perfect protein for a fit physique. They contain all of the essential amino acids needed to rebuild muscle and are one of the most efficient proteins in that they are readily used by your body for protein synthesis. Egg yolks have great nutritional value as well, but are high in cholesterol so keep the use of them down as much as possible.
  2. Chicken and Turkey breast. These low fat options are packed with protein. I suggest cooking enough at the beggening of the week to easily use on salads, in brown rice or for a healthy sandwich made with whole wheat bread. They are a great, easy way to add protein to so many dishes.
  3. Beans and Legumes. These are high in protein AND fiber. Fiber is a wonderful source of carbohydrates that helps keep you fuller longer and assists in regulating blood sugar. Kidney beans are a popular options for fitness enthusiasts as they contain 14 g or protein and fiber per serving.

What’s your favorite protein source?

Thanks for reading!

xo,

Hilary

8 to Great slim down challenge: Week 4

running buddy

Spring is finally here! I hope you are starting to see results from the weekly diet and workout challenges I’ve been posting. If you are genuinely following along and doing the workout at least 3 times a week you will see results.

Here’s this weeks challenge:

1) Find a workout buddy. Studies show that people who have friends they workout with are much more likely to get themselves to the gym or go for that jog then those who don’t. I even found a couple of applications that helps you find someone in your area with similar workout interests to partner with.

1) SportPartner.com

2) ExerciseFriends.com

If you use one of these sites or have used them please let me know if you had any success and if you have advice or tips on how to get the most out of using these sites.

2) Bag you snacks. Get a box of zip lock bags and portion out your snacks for the day / week. I suggested planning your meals ahead of time, this is a great way to plan your snacks and make sure you aren’t over doing it and a good way to make sure you’re not buying to many packaged good that are full of preservatives and other junk that isn’t good for you. If you are having trouble thinking of healthy snacks here are 100 ideas I found…

100 Healthy Snack Ideas

3) Workout. Here’s this weeks challenge. Again, this is an HIIT workout in Tabata format (2o seconds on, 10 seconds rest for for reps each exercise)

Round 1

1)Squat with medicine ball (if you don’t have a medicine ball substitute with some dumbbells or a few books). For this exercise you are going to squat down as far as you can, holding the medicine ball with both hand in between your legs, arms straight. Come up and swing your arms up over head ball in hands.

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2) Plank with leg raise. Get into standard plank position and raise one leg off the ground then switch. If this is too difficult, knees on the floor and raise.

plank with side taps

Rest for one minute.

Round 2

1) Box jumps. Modification: Step ups.

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2) Planks with side taps. Again, in standard plank position, tap one foot out then switch. Modification: Bring it to your knees.

plank with taps

And relax…

Repeat this series at least once more, maximum 3 reps.

Let me know how you like this weeks workout and if you would like me to include anything for next weeks workout. I’m open to suggestions so please send them in!

Stay motivated, summers almost here!

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

8 to Great Slim Down Challenge: Week 3

How was this week for everyone? Have you been tracking your calories, working out, eating a healthy breakfast, meditating and finding ways to fit exercise in your day besides your scheduled workout?

Do you notice that these activities are all healthy habits that you are building upon each week? What healthy habits should we create this week?

1) Think of the world as a gym. For example, I must have run up and down my stairs 15 times this morning getting my children and myself ready for our day. Some might find this incredibly frustrating but if you think of all of the exercise you’re getting it makes it quite fulfilling! Try making this thought process a habit, whenever you are “forced” to do  more physical activity to accomplish anything in your day, don’t get angry or annoyed be happy that you are getting more of a workout, burning more calories and doing something really good for your heart.

It’s proven that those who have stairs in their house live longer. And you don’t have to have a house, there are stairs everywhere! Find some and start climbing! If you live in an apartment building take the stairs instead of the elevator. I used to live in a 5 story walk up in Boston’s South End. No elevator. I would walk 2 miles to work and still go to the gym. I didn’t complain about it, I loved it because I was in great shape!

2) Sign up for a local race for charity. Isn’t it great that you can be fit and philanthropic at the same time? Find a local race that you can commit to training for and will help motivate you in your goal to get healthy. If you’re not a runner there is walking, cycling and swimming races you can train for.

3) Workout! I’ve been giving you HIIT workouts to perform, but I simply ask that you get at least 30 minutes of real deal, concentrated exercise a week. Walking, running, yoga, pilates, cycling, swimming, Barre, hiking, whatever! I don’t care, just get of your behind and commit.

Here’s this weeks HIIT. (Tabata Format, download an application on your smartphone to keep time) I will also be posting a great abdominal exercise for you to perform at least twice this week.

 Squat hop. (20 seconds on 10 second break 4 intervals) Modifications: Add weights to intensify or simply squat without the hop for less intensity.

Bicycles. (20 seconds on 10 seconds off 4 intervals)

Take a 1 minute break.

Front and back lunges. (20 seconds on 10 seconds off for 4 intervals)

Step ups. (20 Seconds) Modification: Add weights for more intensity.

Repeat this workout up to 3 times. Once or twice will still give you a great workout so don’t be discouraged if you can only get through it once! It’s tough, that’s why it burns so many calories. You are building muscle with these workouts too which heightens your metabolism and keeps it going all day long, even when you are sleeping!! That’s why building muscle is so KEY to losing weight and keeping it off.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on how to live a healthier / happier lifestyle.

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Eating and exercise, how to get the most out of both…

Eating and exercise, key ingredients to being healthy and fit but if you don’t do it right you’re not going to get the most out of either. I asked Lisa Caldwell, Nutritionist for Whole Foods Market and Kitchen Confidant, to give us a few pointers on how to get the most out of our food.balancing-diet-and-exercise

Food, glorious FOOD!  By Lisa Caldwell

Real food, not the “hey, you’re looking pretty, sitting there in that package on that shelf, bet your tasty!” I am talking about real food, with nutrients, required by the body for function, energy and regulation.  The type that helps us get closer to our ideal selves no matter how we work out.

Let’s take a brief look at what is going on with real, whole foods, what they can do for us and some simple foods that can easily be incorporated into to our lives.

NutrientsCarbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Vitamins, Minerals and Water. Our body requires these six nutrients to function.  Real Food has nutrients, so we want them in our bodies to help us function properly.  Fortunately we can find them in a variety of different foods.

Technically, there are three energy-yielding nutrients.  Energy, fuel, gas… the food world calls it a Calorie! Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats all supply our bodies with calories or energy.   Our bodies desperately need them so we can do Zumba, pick up our kids or get through our day without “crashing”.  The other side to supplying us with energy is if they have vitamins and minerals naturally present with them, then our bodies have an easier time taking care of us and doing what we need it to do!  For Example: Vitamin C makes it easier for Iron to get into our cells, and therefore use the Oxygen that comes along with it.  The B Vitamins are crucial in the conversion of Carbohydrates into Energy and Vitamin E helps out with Protein to protect our skin and fight free radicals.

So how does all of this come together with working out?

Most seem to equate working out and eating “right” with being “good”.  It beats the alternative with being “bad”, right?

After the short, snarky paragraph on calories…. How about taking a look at combining real food with working out as plain old “this is just how it works”?  After looking in on the cellular level, what each “system” needs to make you feel like the 200 hours you have spent away from your bed was worth it… could you remove the concept of “good” or “bad”?   Because honestly, no one food makes you good or bad, it just may not do anything for your hard-at-work body, period.

Therefore, you are having to work twice as hard…..  and who wants to do that?!

Here are some simple foods and combinations to consider having at different times of the day.  They are made with real, whole foods, supply quality calories, are nutrient dense (so vitamins and minerals are present), are familiar and they can be “cross utilized” in another meal.

Breakfast – as stated in the previous article, the most important meal of the day.  Rolled Oatmeal with dried or fresh fruits, Almond Milk or Coconut Milk.  Breakfast Burritos – fresh eggs, scrambled with some spinach, garlic and shredded cheese.  A frittata that you have sliced and placed in a tortilla wrap. Breakfast smoothie- fruit and vegetable combo with a twist!  Check out the recipe attached!

** Breakfast can be hard to put together in the mornings, however, all the items that I have mentioned can be made up ahead of time.  Yes, you read that right… you can make it all 2-3 days before and just grab and go!

Lunch – Spicy Fiesta Chicken – frozen brown rice, pulled rotisserie chicken, salsa and shredded cheese.  Combine in a bowl, place into a microwaveable container and heat before serving.  Options : add spinach, black beans, corn and guacamole to liven it up or put it in a wrap!  White Bean Salad with Shrimp, Kale and a Dijon Tarragon Dressing… see the attached recipe. Three Bean Chili, or last night’s beef chili over brown rice instead ?

Snacks – the standard staple – Natural Peanut Butter and Fruit Preserve Spread on Whole Grain Bread.  Boring? Consider this: The Fruit Spread is a simple carbohydrate, bread is a complex carbohydrate with fiber and the peanut butter is a high quality protein with healthy fats! All in one sandwich!  Yogurt parfait – whole fruit, plain yogurt (no sugar) and granola or trail mix.  Smoked Black Bean dip with baked, lightly salted Tortilla Chips or vegetable sticks.

Dinner –  Dark Leafy Green Salads with pulled chicken, sirloin or fish.  Asian Style Chicken Wraps, food and fun – see recipe on our new Recipes page.  Fish Tacos!  Everyone loves fish tacos! Sweet Potato Salad – roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, mangoes and red peppers.  Add your favorite Lime vinaigrette and voila! You have a new go to favorite!

If you have questions as to how this can all be done within a short period of time, quick tips, techniques and or products that can be utilized to implement some of these items into your life, let us know!  All of these foods are real, whole and only want to contribute to all that you already do!

How do I get started with a healthy eating lifestyle?

How do I get started with a Healthy Eating Lifestyle?

By: Lisa Caldwell, Nutrition Consult for U GO Baby Fitness

Consider the question’s,”What is food to me?”  “What is my eating style?”  Once you have taken a look at what role food plays in your lifestyle, then you will be able to make adjustments that will be easier to adopt and enjoy.

Changing your eating style is going to be as positive or as negative as you would like it to be. This is crucial to have with you along the way.  Your view on change is going to help you see it through or not at all.

Be patient with yourself.  It is easier to create a habit than to break one.  You can train your brain, cells and synaptic pathways to do anything. Give yourself time and be “aware” of what you are eating…. and why!

Understand that many will call you and your decisions into question.  Taking stock in our own lives and how one goes about it is something not many do. It is a tough question and GOOD FOR YOU for doing it!

Establish an understanding of Nutrition, just the basics.   Being able to identify the two types of carbohydrates, different fats, quality proteins and food sources of vitamins and minerals will help you in any situation.

Understand that there is a lot of misinformation out there.  Find sources (i.e. specialists, literature, research, people) you can trust, rely on a series of methods that work for you and the plan that you have designed.

Food Labels: the Nutrition Facts are confusing, but the ingredient listing is the real deal.  This is where you are going to learn the sources of those carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If you can’t identify them or cannot imagine them on a tree, in the ground or on a bush then consider another choice.

One way to start eating with health in mind is to just ADD whole foods into your day.  There is no rule that says you have to take anything away from your daily eating habits.  This could be an additional salad, fruit or whole grains to your regular meal.

Look at the world of whole foods as an endless adventure.  Wouldn’t you love to learn about something else that makes you enjoy life more than you already do?

Lastly, but most importantly…..eat breakfast.  It is literally just that, you are “breaking the fast” that your body is going through from the night before.  If it doesn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the next meal instead of using it right away.