9 Best New Proteins for Weight Loss

It burns fat. It builds muscle. And it tastes awesome.

It’s easy to love protein. All of our favorite foods — burgers, steaks, pork chops, bacon — are  packed with it. And with the ever-growing popularity of whey-protein shakes, we’re taking in more of this essential muscle maker than ever before.

But are we eating the right kind?

Source: 9 Best New Proteins for Weight Loss

The article mentions a “complete protein”, which I understood to have been debunked.  Much as I love hummus, it is high in calories.  I did hemp seeds for a while, but trendy stuff costs.  You can get as much by combining sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds…

Make Root Vegetables Last Longer by Removing the Tops

Vegetables do inherently warrant some sense of urgency. They are fresh ingredients and only have so much time to live after harvest. However, there are many factors that affect a vegetable’s life, from the time you get it into your kitchen to the time you prepare it. You can extend its shelf life longer than you think. The right storage conditions play a big role, but there are other ways that you can preserve produce longer, and make the most out of your produce purchases.

Source: 10 Tips to Give Your Vegetables a Long and Happy Shelf Life

Root vegetables leaves keep pulling water from their roots even after they’ve been harvested, which is why removing the tops ASAP helps keep your veggies plump and tasty for longer.

You can use the tops to make things like pesto, but these are generally high in vitamin K so I would only recommend serving to others if you have INR concerns.

The Only Three Things Everybody Agrees on When It Comes to Nutrition

There’s not much agreement about nutrition. On many topics—fat, salt, and carbs to name a few—government guidelines will say one thing, but fans of paleo or vegan or fad diets will insist that the opposite is true. Pretty soon you just don’t know what to think about eggs or white bread or low-fat salad dressing.

But there’s at least a little good news. Most people agree on three basic things: sugar, trans fat, and vegetables. From stodgy mainstream government guidelines, to sometimes-controversial movements like Paleo, to decidedly non-scientific folks like the Food Babe, these are the things almost everyone’s on board with. While I’m sure there is somebody out there who will disagree (and they will probably show up in the comments of this post), these three statements are as close to consensus as you can hope to get.

Source: The Only Three Things Everybody Agrees on When It Comes to Nutrition

Eat High Cellulose Vegetables to Suppress Hunger and Stay Full

Eating at a caloric deficit for extended periods isn’t just physically difficult, but also mentally. Battling hunger cravings can be frustrating because you’re often fighting both brain and body, trying to convince them that no, you don’t actually want to eat that brownie.

Luckily there are several methods, backed by scientific evidence, that can help curb hunger cravings.

Source: 3 Science-based steps to curbing your appetite

Foods such as broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, collard greens, kale, cauliflower will work to satiate your hunger.  However, broccoli and cauliflower are the the least concerning (only in comparison to the other options listed – there’s still lots of vitamin K) if you have blood thinner/vitamin K concerns.

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

Source: Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Drink more water?  There are some things to consider about what some would suggest is the proper amount of water to be drinking.  But substituting water for other beverages would be a good idea, and likely cheaper…

The plating idea is interesting, but I fear most will think they have to buy new stuff to make it work.

Alcohol is empty calories.  Lots are very surprised how much weight they drop when they minimize how much beer/etc they consume.

As always, figure out what works for you.

How To Eat More (And Better) Fruits And Vegetables So You Don’t Die

I live in Boston, which is to say that over the course of the past month or so I, along with millions of disgruntled others, have on more than one occasion found myself snowbound without proper provisions. I went to my local grocer in anticipation of an impending storm—this sounds a lot nicer than it truthfully is, as if I were going to an actual market peddling fresh, not-flaccid produce that hasn’t just been offloaded from the back of a tractor trailer by a driver whose sole objective while on the road is to see how many times he can jack off between Duluth and the nearest Springfield, and who definitely didn’t wash his hands before unloading the kale I’ll eventually pop into my mouth—and panicked.

Source: How To Eat More (And Better) Fruits And Vegetables So You Don’t Die

Juicing Unlocks More Vitamins, But Also Calories and Sugar

We all could probably eat more fruits and vegetables. But if forced to choose between whole fruit or a glass of juice, which one seems more healthful?

The general advice is to opt for the fruit, since juices are stripped of the fiber – which most us don’t get enough of — in whole fruit. And let’s face it: Most juice contains a lot of sugar, which most of us consume too much of.

So our interest was piqued when we spotted a study suggesting that, when it comes to oranges, juice might actually unlock more carotenoids and flavonoids – both beneficial phytonutrients — than an equivalent amount of fruit.

Source: What’s More Nutritious, Orange Juice Or An Orange? It’s Complicated

Fruit juice has also been criticized as a sugary, fiberless drink no better for you than cola. The study shows that orange juice does make certain nutrients more accessible to your body, but not enough to recommend juice over whole fruit.  Keep in mind that a home juicer is not going to pasteurize your OJ. It is well known (or not) that pasteurizing sweetens juices quite dramatically. And since this was done is a test tube (in vitro), actual blood sugar spikes to a cohort population was not even tested.

So is orange juice healthy? That depends on whether it helps you meet your goals. If you’re trying to reduce the sugar in your diet (as many of us should), the sugar concerns may outweigh the benefits you get from the extra micronutrients.  For those who must maintain a very low fiber (low residue) diet, juicing is a great alternative to otherwise problematic fruits and veggies.

What about blending the whole fruit into smoothies instead of just juicing?  In the study, the puree’s nutrients were less bioavailable than the juice.

11 Ways to Eat More Healthy – Without Ruining your Life

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not,” Mark Twain once wrote, predating the concerns of a generation of 5:2 dieters by a good century. It’s a common fear: that any attempt to eat better means somehow downgrading your quality of life, spending hours cramming steamed chicken into endless Tupperware containers and maybe – just maybe – never being able to have a Belgian bun again. But that’s not really true. You can improve your diet without sacrificing everything you hold dear.

Source: 11 ways to eat more healthily – without ruining your life

First time I’ve seen it suggested to eat more butter.  So much for the lactose intolerant…

They suggest getting a slow cooker, but no recipes.  I’ve yet to encounter something I’d need one for, myself.  Most of my stuff is a couple of sides/garnish (navy beans, mashed sweet potato, sauteed mushroom & onion…) I can use throughout the week with a variety of combinations (cod, salmon, steak, eggs).  This way I can have something prepared quickly after training and it’s late.

Most diets boil down to: eat more vegetables®