Commandment #10: YOU NEED AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP PER NIGHT Most people know that adequate sleep is necessary for optimal health however; most do not realize that inadequate sleep can cause weight gain. Research shows that the number of hours an individual sleeps influences their risk of obesity. Sleep deprivation can be…

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Commandment #8: YOU NEED TO BE MINDFUL Over the last few weeks of the Prevent the Pudge Challenge, we have covered various nutrition topics from eating clean to macronutrient consumption but little focus has been shed on how we eat! The purpose of mindful eating is to have a reconnection with food and enjoy the…

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Commandment #6: YOU NEED TO EAT HEALTHY FATS Fat is an important part of your diet because it provides energy, helps absorb fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K) found in cell membranes, helps insulates your body and organs among other things. There are three types of dietary fat – unsaturated, saturated and trans fatty acids.…

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Commandment #5: YOU NEED TO EAT QUALITY PROTEIN Protein is the basic building block of a healthy diet. Protein in the body helps build muscles, tendons, skin, enzymes, hormones, bones and other various protein structures in the body. Protein also plays a role in keeping a strong immune system and can be a source of…

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Commandment #4: YOU NEED TO EAT QUALITY CARBOHYDRATES How does eating too many carbohydratess that pass your lips end up on your hips? When you eat carbohydrates, it gets broken down to its simplest form, glucose. Your body can’t tell if the source of glucose came from a complex carbohydrate (ex. sweet potato) or a…

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Commandment #3: You Need To Clean Out Your Pantry Start by going through your pantry, fridge and freezer and read your food labels. Can you pronounce all the ingredients? Notice that the foods that come from the ground do not have an ingredient lists at all! Your goal is to eat foods with 5 to…

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Commandment #2: YOU NEED TO FUEL YOUR BODY We need food for energy – food is what fuels our body.  Conversely, we tend to choose our food choices based on taste and convenience, not necessarily on how good they are for us. Equally important, we need to consider how many calories or “how much fuel”…

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COMMANDMENT #1 YOU NEED TO EAT BREAKFAST I’m sure we have all heard the saying at one time or another that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. We all know that food is fuel and energy for our bodies, right? Without food we would spend the day in a fog, fighting off…

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What you put into your body post workout is just as important as the workout itself. Post exercise nutrients restore energy, repair and protect muscles. The body’s optimal time for refueling is termed the “metabolic window” and falls between 30-45 minutes after exercise. During this time your muscles are in their greatest state for nutrient…

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Looking for something new to add to your grocery list? Try quinoa! Quinoa is a versatile and tasty seed! Quinoa is gluten-free and contains all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Great for those of us who do not eat a lot of animal protein. Quinoa can take the place of any…

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