Archive for August, 2011

August 12, 2011

Investing in your health

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about what it means to invest in your health, and invest in yourself. When I talk with people, one of the first things that comes up about eating balanced and healthy is that its expensive, and I get that, especially in this economy, but I often wonder if there are things we can adjust in our budgets to make eating health more financially feasible. In many other countries, people spend a large percentage of their money on buying food. Food in this country is produced and sold pretty cheaply, but we are quickly learning that the majority of food sold in the U.S. comes at much greater cost. If we spent less money on “things” like clothes, electronics, gadgets, entertainment and eating out, I think many would be able to fit shopping weekly at whole foods, or other better food stores, into our budgets. Recently I’ve been adjusting my own shopping habits and have been able to afford buying more organic produce and meat, and let me tell you, it is SO worth it. (The taste difference alone is worth it!) Some of the items that I try to always ¬†buy organic are, eggs, milk, yogurt, chicken, fish, vegetables and fruits. Organic and local can be expensive, but think about how much you pay for prescriptions (in 08′ Americans spent 234 ¬†billion on pharmaceutical drugs), or how much you would pay to ensure your life is safe, because eating healthy is protecting your body.

Below is the link to an interesting video I just watched of John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods) speaking about the state of nutrition in this country. It’s pretty eye opening and also carries some very unfortunate news. The thing about health in this country is it is one problem that CAN BE CHANGED, and relatively quickly if we strive to live this lifestyle, support and educate one another. The human body is an amazing machine that can be transformed very fast when given the fuel it needs to run efficiently.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, discussing food in America

So watch, listen, discuss, and self-reflect! Our bodies will always be with us, so treat your body right!

Gnash On!

-Michelle

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August 3, 2011

Protein Power Shake

I’ve been seeing a nutritionist and one of her first suggestions was adding protein to my diet. I think I’m pretty knowledgeable about what I eat, but this protein shake is rocking my world. I usually have a huge gap between lunch and dinner, which leaves me starved by the time dinner comes around. Instead of snacking all afternoon, or overeating at dinner, I have this protein shake. At first, I was weary of this protein shake idea because I had tried a few powders and recipes, and honestly, they were nasty. This shake is great and is actually desirable, which makes the power you get from it even better.

What you’ll need:

1 Scoop Rainbow Light Protein Powder

1 Banana

1 cup Almond Milk

1 tsp Peanut or Almond Butter

A Handful of Ice Cubes

Combine and Blend. I use my immersion blender for smoothies because I don’t have a blender, but either method will work great.