Protein Protein-y Protein from Rivalus

I generally try to stick to the Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” philosophy, however there is one food I just can’t let go of: protein powder. Yes, I know, it was made in a plant and is not, in fact, a plant,  but I really feel that adding a scoop of protein to my shake in the morning keeps me more full and adds some extra nutrients that I might not get otherwise. As an added bonus, it also adds a light, fluffy texture to my smoothies that I love. Plus, science has come a long way and there are some pretty amazing products out there now! (Check out my previous recommendations here.)

My newest find is the Rivalus Naturally Flavored Promasil. Hey, when this guy tells you to try his favorite protein, you don’t say no! (He also happens to be my future brother-in-law.)

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Today was my first time trying it and I must say, I’m impressed! Here’s why Steven recommended this particular formula for me:

While you might like some of the others as well, Promasil is a time release formula, where you’ll get the fast acting protein to help you recover quickly and also casein for a slow release over hours and hours for better recovery and repair.

I mean, how can you argue with that? Each scoop has 120 calories, 24g of protein, and only 3g of carbs. I also love that it’s naturally sweetened with stevia! I haven’t tried it plain or simply shaken with water yet (since I don’t typically drink my protein that way), but I can tell you that in my usual morning blend of almond milk, frozen berries, banana, and spinach it tastes wonderful!

The other amazing thing is that with Steven’s discount code, my total came to just $35, which is amazing fora 2lb container of super high quality protein (under $1.17 per serving). They also sent a FULL SIZE bottle of their men’s multi-vitamin for Josh and a sample of their cookies and cream flavored why protein which I’m excited to try. Two thumbs up on the customer service!

If you want to try Rivalus yourself, you can use Steven’s code too! Just use “606FIT” at checkout to get free shipping and a 15% discount. (PS make sure to capitalize the code and that you are on the US site, not the Canadian site. Not that I’ve done either of those things…)

(“Protein protein-y protein” reference here. Good marketing, Yoplait. I now say this every time I talk about protein.)

The Alkaline/pH Diet

Last year when my mom was in town she was reading The pH Miracle and asked me if I would eat an alkaline diet with her. Since she also offered to prepare all of our food and I was already familiar with the concept from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (see her video on being pH-abulous below) of course I agreed!

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Use BurnThis to Burn Through Your Goals

I recently posted about starting a Mind/Body/Spirit Challenge, and obviously that includes a fitness goal. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stick to my healthy eating routine because my fiancé has the metabolism of a 12 year old – and the palate of one too. When I’m cooking him up a big plate of spaghetti, it’s sometimes hard to stick to a salad. That’s where BurnThis comes in!

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Touted as “a pinstagram just for fitness,” this awesome app will leave you feeling excited to continue towards you goals. You can share your own pictures and add a caption like “Pumped on Pilates” or “#fitfam,” follow your favorite users, and even complete challenges to win prizes! The best part is that it’s an incredibly positive and diverse group of people who you can rely on to keep you on track. Whether you’re looking to gain muscle or lose weight – or want to join me on my mission to see my abs! – there’s motivation for you on BurnThis. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the App Store to see why I am so happy to be a BurnThis Ambassador!

Sugar Addiction & Artificial Sweeteners

Day three of #TGPE (The Gwyneth Paltrow Experiment) and going strong! Except for one little thing: artificial sweetener.

Today while arranging lunch for a special guest speaker we had in the office, I decided to pick up a Diet Coke. I’m not much of a soda drinker and I pretty much exclusively use stevia at home, so I’m not really sure why I grabbed it. While sipping from the can two things dawned on me: one, is this GP-approved? And two, did I make this decision subconsciously because I’m still addicted to sugar? Some research was needed.

WHEN RATS (WHO METABOLIZE SUGAR MUCH LIKE WE DO) WERE GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN WATER SWEETENED WITH SACCHARIN AND INTRAVENOUS COCAINE, 94% CHOSE THE SACCHARIN WATER.

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Healthy Holidays: Article Round Up

Every year I make myself sick on candy on Halloween, and every year I swear that I’m going on a health kick until Thanksgiving. And it never happens. But not this year! I’m DETERMINED to stay healthy through the holidays and have embarked on a 5 week journey to clean out my system (minus Thanksgiving, of course), fit back into my skinniest jeans, and get back into a rhythm (10pm bed time, here I come).

To kick everything off, here’s some of my favorite health articles of late!

Almond milk versus soy? Vodka soda or agave margarita? The girls from Sakara Life break it all down.

1. The Easiest Healthy Living Swaps Ever via The Coveteur. I seriously ask myself the majority of these questions every time I go to the grocery store. The “Almond Milk vs. Soy Milk vs. Non-Fat Milk” debate is always particularly confusing…

More great reads after the jump!

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Get Fit for Summer: Two Week Challenge

Guys! Summer is in exactly two weeks! Can you believe it? It seriously feels like just yesterday I was scraping the ice off of my windshield. But with lots of life changes happening in our household, I’ve uncharacteristically let some of my health and fitness goals fall by the wayside. So I thought, what better way to head into summer than to embark on a two week get fit challenge!

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While I was working in fashion a few years ago, I was always so impressed with the approach the models took in regard to their diet and exercise routines. Yes, some were healthier than others, but there is a general misconception that these girls aren’t treating their bodies right. The vast majority of the top models I was working with had clear skin, shiny hair, and long, lean muscles because they listened to their bodies and worked with the best trainers and nutritionists in the world.

As a former DI collegiate athlete, I’ve always been intrigued by this type of training. I’m used to hard workouts as a way of achieving a certain performance goal. Jump higher, run faster, but never to necessarily sculpt my body in a certain way. Even now, several years removed from competitive athletics, it’s hard for me to go to the gym and workout moderately. And to be honest it’s also a struggle sometimes to remember that I can’t eat the way I used to when I was following two hours of lifting in the morning with a four hour technical track practice of a jump, throw, and sprint workout in the evening. After Saturday morning practice, my teammates and I would go to one of the dining halls for brunch where I would regularly eat waffles, eggs benedict, and maybe a donut or two in one sitting. It’s actually kind of impressive when I look back on it…

The point is, I’ve always wanted to try strictly eating and training like some of the models I would often see roaming through the agency. And what better time to try than now! Will my skin be softer? Will my mind be clearer? Will I suddenly look like Gisele? Eh, probably not, but in lieu of having any personal records to best, trying to eat and train like a top model for two weeks actually sounds like a fun goal! No really, it does (I’m weird I know).

On to the plan…

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Quitting Sugar

One thing I’ve known for a while – and rediscovered during my short cleanse – is that mentally and physically I feel much better when I don’t eat sugar. However I have yet to figure out how to keep it out of my diet.

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Click for Marie Claire’s take on shunning sugar.

Now I know people will say, “But no! Everything in moderation!” Yes, yes. That’s true too. Just not for me. I can’t just have three bites, I have to eat the whole thing (as just demonstrated by my polishing off a pint of ice cream tonight). Not that I’ll never eat sugar again, but I would like to make a big effort to save the sweet stuff for special occasions. This also includes foods that are easily converted to sugar in the body, like white flour. So, starting right now, I’m officially off sugar.

Here are three reasons you might want to consider kicking the sugar habit too:

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