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TRAINING TIP: Protein Intake for Women

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TRAINING TIP: Protein Intake for Women
Should you down egg whites all day or do you even need to pay attention to eating protein?
Each time you complete a workout, you break down muscle fibers just a little bit. To recover requires proper recovery and refueling!
Muscle needs protein (amino acids) to repair, and needs a daily supply of it as it isn’t stored in the body for when you need it.
Women are no different! Increasing your protein intake won’t start bulking you up when you lift weights. You’ll bulk up when you lift weights when your diet isn’t on point and you start adding fat all while you build muscle OR you are taking some extra hormones.
Some benefits of eating enough protein are:
1_ Controls your Appetite
2_ Burns More Calories
3_ Boost Your Immunity
4_ Aids in Muscle Recovery
So how much protein do women need to eat each day? The average amount of protein for women who workout is typically 3/4-1 gram of protein per body weight.
Where can you find protein sources so you aren’t downing egg whites, chicken, tuna, and powders?
1_ Protein Powders are a great quick portable, saving the day, way to get a heavy dose of quality protein in 1 shot.
2_ Lean Meats (Fish, pork, Flank Steak (limited amounts per week), Chicken, Turkey
3_ Greek Yogurt (if you eat dairy)
4_ Egg Whites
5_ Nuts
6_ Quinoa
7_ Beans
I’m not an expert in Vegan lifestyle, but there are a lot more sources of protein available.
Best tip is to consume protein each time you eat. Plan a balance meal each time you eat of Carbs, Protein, and Fats. Work to eat your starchy carbs in the first meals of your day and replace with fibrous carbs towards the end of the day.
If you are trying to reset your leptin levels having protein within 3 minutes of waking can help reset them.
Does this help? Any other questions about this?
If you need a sample 7 day meal plan to follow so you can see how to pair up the right foods for a meal plan- go download my free one at https://anitakellam.leadpages.net/healthyeating/
Photo Credit: Huffington Post.

Insulin…a wonderful little hormone or fat storing machine?

Most of you know that I am a complete nerd and have been hacking my body for years. That means that I have worked hard to figure out how “MY” body reacts to specific foods and have made healthy changes. We all respond differently to certain food groups so it’s important for you to do the same thing. But, lets start with the basic stuff.

Insulin is a wonderful little hormone that regulates how our body uses and stores glucose and fat. Our cells rely on it for energy and it has an important role in the body. If we don’t have enough or can’t respond to insulin then we become resistant or diabetic. But, all of us are on a mission to avoid that, right?

Insulin signals the liver, muscle and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood and use it for energy. If we have enough insulin on board from food then insulin signals the liver to take that extra glucose and store it as glycogen for future use. Did you know the liver can store up to 5% of it’s mass as glycogen? Once that capacity is full then insulin signals fat cells to take that extra glucose and store it in fat as triglycerides and make it harder for our body to breakdown fats.

Without insulin our cells cannot take glucose from the blood and use it for energy.

With insulin resistance our body is less able to take up glucose from the blood.

What you eat and drink play a key role in controlling this process. Anyone can be insulin resistant. Refined carbohydrates found in processed foods, white breads, bagels, pasta, sodas, sugary sweets, and many other things on the Standard American Diet (SAD) contribute to this. When we eat processed foods, our body requires more insulin to metabolize it and our cells become less responsive. As we get older we become less sensitive to these changes.

To help balance insulin, consider a whole foods diet with fresh vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats. Limit fruit to no more than 2 a day. Veggies are free foods, fruits aren’t. That apple is like an intravenous injection of fructose that takes a b-line to the liver telling your body to store fat!!

You CAN get enough healthy carbs from non-grain sources like vegetables.

Healthy fats are important to help insulin resistance. These fats include tuna, salmon, cold-water fish, eggs, avocado, grass-fed butter, and flaxseed.

Exercise will help insulin levels stay normal, maintain hormonal balance, and regulate metabolism.

Consider limiting your eating window to an 8 hour period. This will give your body time to look to fat stores for energy instead of continually suppling it with glucose from food. If you don’t eat your blood glucose levels will take a chill pill and then your insulin levels will decrease. There are tons of studies supporting this. Hit me up if you want the references. In order to burn body fat your insulin levels need to be very low. You can get there with short term fasting (eat in an 8 hour window and fast the other 16).

If you want to use your body fat as fuel you need to challenge the FDA and media with all this eat every 2 hours to maintain your metabolism garbage that is out there. Do a little test run yourself and see how you do.

For more information and support check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/homefitnessjunky or http://www.anitakellam.com_6454

What’s your excuse??

What’s your excuse??

I already know all the excuses because I was the queen of them for years… It’s raining out, it’s too nice out, my workout clothes are dirty, I forgot my headphones at home, I don’t have time, I don’t want to get bulky, I’m too tired…blah blah blah. The real question to ask should be what’s your REASON?

My before picture is just after finishing my doctorate. I did not regularly exercise. I held baby weight after each pregnancy. I was constantly exhausted and used the excuse that chasing the children around was enough exercise. I came down with every cold and virus that could fester and spread on the grocery cart handle. I was miserable and avoided any pictures with my children – which now in hindsight is just plain sad for them and me. I went to bed miserable every night because I failed at what I had sworn that morning I would do – which was to make better food choices and get to the gym. It was an ugly vicious cycle and the effects of my misery did not go unnoticed by my family. 

Finally, one morning I woke up and said I am done talking about it -(I felt my back fat jiggle) and from that day on I started living it and being about it. There have been setbacks, struggles and tears but the truth is, once I started getting up and consistently working out in the mornings, it made me want to make better choices all through the day, including in the kitchen. My energy levels became increasingly better and I slept like a rock all night. My moods were much happier and instantly improved my family life and relationships. It would be a straight up lie if I said I wasn’t motivated to rock a bikini at my age but I also realized these kids in my life really were MY WHY and they needed and deserved a happy, healthy, active mom who could step up and be their healthy role model. When I found my reasons why, I simply lost all of my excuses.

My decision to coach keeps pushing me further, keeps me motivated and providing goals but it is very far from my reason why I continue to live this lifestyle.

So instead of looking for your excuse, are you able to dig deep and find YOUR reasons WHY? When you do find your why and your passion, your results will follow. Message me for help.11042942_947364438631658_7105274840541815394_n

Work for It!!!

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The fall is the perfect time to buckle down, get serious, and get into shape. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is my favorite time of the year! But during the holidays many of us over indulge and thus gain weight due to Christmas parties, tasty cookies your mom makes, and poor eating choices. But NOT this year!!

Join me for my Fall Challenge!

Begins on October 27th
It runs for 21 days
You’ll tips on eating clean
TONS of support & accountability
Healthy recipes for the holidays
Workout ideas
prizes at the end.

Who’s in?? If you’re in the United States or Canada, and you’re not a coach or currently working with a coach I would love to have you! Message me at Facebook.com/homefitnessjunky For the details!!

Fat free isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Just because it says fat free doesn’t mean that it is good for you. Sometimes there is extra sugar added to improve the taste. Make sure that you read the labels and make sure that it is low calorie, too!Imagefat


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