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When and what should you eat before exercising?

When and what should eat before exercising

Have you ever wondered why do you have much more energy to workout some days than others? This could be due to the time and the type of food you eat before exercising. Let’s see how the food you eat can have an impact on your performance!

Can we get better results if we eat at certain times?

The most important is to control your overall calorie intake (keep an eye on portion sizes) and the quality of your food (eat well throughout the day). But that also depends on your goals. If you are not spending all your time in the gym every day, the nutrient timing (eating a certain amount of nutrients at a certain time) does not have a real importance. Try to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day at a regular time and exercise when it seems the best time for you. Easy!

On the other hand, if your objective is to gain mass and that you are doing intense and long training, the time and the type of food you eat before exercising or after a workout becomes more significant. In this case, you should eat the right balance of carbs, protein, and fat both before and after your workout in order to prevent muscle mass loss and give you more energy.

You just need to consider that macronutrients are absorbed by the body differently. Carbs are ideal to receive a quick dose of energy: sugary carbs are the fastest to digest and complex carbs take a little longer (whole grains or legumes). Protein arrives in the second position and the longest to digest is the fat. The digestion time depends also on the proportion.

In order to increase your performance during your intense workouts, focus more on carbs and protein and limit the amount of fat. 

Our tips:

🔸 Don’t eat protein bars or shake (even less just before your training). Energetic bars often contain a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients.

🔸 Drink a coffee before your workout: some studies demonstrate that caffeine could improve physical performance.

The 6 best foods if you run this summer

 

For most of the runners, summer is a big relief: no more days running in the darkness and icy paths! Let’s enjoy the sunshine and long evening runs.

But just as we change clothes with the seasons, we should adapt our diet too. Eating some specific foods before and after your runs can help you give the best of you even with high temperatures!

1. Coconut water

Regarded as the nature’ sports drink, drinking coconut water is the best way to rehydrate yourself after your long runs (better than any sports drinks). The coconut water is rich in potassium and therefore, in electrolytes (nutrients) that help prevent dehydration, to keep a good blood sugar level and to relax. Coconut water is lower in carbohydrates than normal sports drinks (ideal for people following a low-carb diet).

2. Avocado

Avocados are incredibly rich in nutrients and full of vitamins and minerals (vitamins B and C), which we need every day. Avocados are beneficial for your health and are very useful for runners because they are full of monounsaturated fats which can reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Avocados are also rich in fiber, which gives to your stomach the feeling to be full for a longer time (perfect for the long runs during the morning). This may seem contradictory because the avocado is considered as a fatty food but the fat comes from monounsaturated fats that improve insulin sensitivity and help your body to burn more fat.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are ideal for runners because it contains a high water content so that consuming blueberries before a long run will help you stay hydrated. Moreover, they are high in antioxidants which protect you against numerous chronic diseases.

4. Kefir

The kefir is rich in probiotics which help you to boost your immune system, help improve allergies and maintain a healthy weight.

5. Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein source that provides all the amino acids our body needs. If you don’t eat meat, quinoa is a good alternative to boost your protein intake and it is gluten-free!

6. Spinach

One study discovered that the nitrates, found in the greens like spinach can help you reach better performance during short exercises like sprints or interval running.

Choose the right foods to help you beat the summer heat both before and after your run! Your body will thank you!

 

Which type of milk is the healthiest?

Which type of milk is the healthiest?

Nowadays, cow’s milk is not the only option when it comes to cooking or baking. We can easily choose between different plant-based milk varieties (soy, almond, rice, coconut, cow,..) to complement your coffee or cereals bowl.

All types of milk can be used for a wide range of recipes from sweet to salty. You can, for example, use almond milk to make a delicious curry sauce! But when it comes to nutrition, some kinds of milk are better than others! We will review the most popular kinds of milk and see their benefits and controversies.

Cow’s milk

There are different types of cow’s milk from whole milk to skim milk. The whole milk will contain more calories.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 80-150

Saturated fat: 0.1-4.6 grams

Protein: 8 grams

Sugar: 12 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin A, phosphorus

We can identify some benefits such as the fact that cow’s milk contains a lot of proteins and is cheaper than the other types of milk. It is also rich in calcium which is important for children and seniors  (bones). On the other hand, cow’s milk may increase the risk of prostate, ovarian and breast cancer. Due to its sugar content, it can raise blood glucose levels. The whole milk has been tied to lower weight because it gives the feeling to be fuller and you will snack less than by drinking skim milk.

Soy milk (unsweetened)

Soy milk is produced from the pressed ground and cooked soybeans. It is quite similar to cow’s milk.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 90

Saturated fat: 0.5 grams

Protein: 8 grams

Sugar: 1 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamins D and B12

Unsweetened soy milk is low in calories, high in proteins and omega-3, and low in saturated fat. It may improve bone health and reduce the risk of heart disease. However, you should be careful about the soy products made with estrogen, which could increase the risk of cancer to women. Another inconvenient of soy milk is the fact that it does not work well in baking.

We could say that soy milk is a good option for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. 

Almond milk (unsweetened)

Almond milk is made from ground almonds and water and is ideal for lactose or soy intolerants.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 30

Saturated fat: 0.2 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Sugar: 0 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamins D and B12

Almond milk is low in calories, rich in vitamins A and D, low in saturated fat and can be used in baking. On the other hand, almond milk is low in protein but you still add protein powder to your milk. Some people have difficulties to digest because it may contain carrageenan.

Coconut milk (unsweetened)

The coconut milk is made with filtered water and coconut cream. It is a good alternative for vegans.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 50

Saturated fat: 4 grams

Protein: 0.2 grams

Sugar: <1 gram

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12

It is low in calories (Unsweetened variety. On the other hand, it is low in protein and high in saturated fats, which can increase cholesterol levels (LDL).

After having reviewed the different types of milk, you are now more able to make the difference and to know what is best for you and your health!

 

 

Everything you need to know about avocados

Everything you need to know about avocados

The Avocado belongs to the family of both fruits and vegetables and comes from the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Central America. The best thing with avocados is that you can combine them with any type of food! The avocado tree can grow to 65ft (20m) and doesn’t produce fruits after 4-7 years. This is one of the reasons why avocados are so expensive!

How to know when the avocado is ready to consume?

The avocado is ready to eat if the fruit stone inside moves when you shake it. If you bought an avocado that is not ready yet, wrap it up in a newspaper together with another fruit (for example apple or banana). The avocado will ripen more rapidly (2-3 days). Otherwise, you can let your avocado at room temperature with no direct sunlight and it will ripen in above one week.

If your avocado is already sliced, we recommend to preserve it by tossing it in lemon juice, tomato or orange juice (vinegar can work too).

If you are looking for the opposite effect (to avoid ripening), let the avocado inside the fridge (4-6ºC) or wrapped the avocado in plastic film.

The benefits for the health

Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fatty acid that helps in keeping good cholesterol levels. They also contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women as it prevents fetal malformations.

Avocados are also rich in fibers which give you the sensation to be full, relieve constipation and balance your blood sugar level.

The magnesium and potassium contained in avocados improve the nervous and muscular systems but also the immune system in general.

We can also add that avocados protect your skin and are a good anti-aging method. Moreover, the avocado is the ideal food for those who want to gain some weight. 

 

The health benefits of oats

 

The health benefits of oats

I don’t start my day without eating a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats with coconut milk. Now I know why and I won’t stop.. Did you know that oats are considered as the healthiest grains on earth?

Indeed, different studies prove that oats and oatmeal (porridge) are incredibly nutritious and well-balanced: oats are high in fibers and contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. You can find oats in a lot of ingredients such as cookies, granola bars, muffins, some pastries,…

The types of oats

  • Instant (quick) oats: quick oats are created by rolling the oat flakes thinner or by steaming them longer. The texture changes and sometimes it can be a little mushy if you cook it too long but the nutritional value is the same.
  • Rolled oats: also called old-fashioned oats, these are the result of steamed oat groats rolled into flakes. They stay fresh longer and the cooking time is higher than instant oats because the flakes are thicker.
  • Steel-cut oats: also called Irish oatmeal, steel-cut oats are simply the result of cutting groats in two or three pieces. It takes less time to cook because the pieces are smaller.
  • Scottish oats: These are similar to steel-cut oats but instead of cutting the oats, these are ground and the result is creamier.
  • Whole oat groats: also called “grain kernel”, these are the most intact form of oats. In other words, oat groats are cleaned and harvested oats. People used to eat them less often because the cooking time is about 50-60 minutes.

Rich in fibers

The rich soluble fibers of the oats provide a lot of health benefits. First, they significantly help lowering cholesterol levels and as a consequence, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease but also cardiovascular disease risk.

According to some findings published in BMJ, “a high intake of dietary fiber, in particular, cereal fiber and whole grains, was associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.” 

Oats are also very filling and this is thanks to a powerful soluble fiber called Beta-Glucan. This fiber will give you the sensation to be full and consequently reduce the risk of obesity. You will eat less and later during the day so that it may help you to lose weight. 

The Beta-Glucan also reduces blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity.

The fiber inside the oats is also a good remedy to relieve constipation and allows to have a better intestinal transit by reducing glucose absorption.

Rich in antioxidants

Oats contain a lot of antioxidants (such as polyphenol and avenanthramides), helping lowering blood pressure, leading to better blood flow and acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching if it is applied to the skin (a lot of skin care products contain oats).

In summary, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat.

 

5 things you think are healthy

5 things you think are healthy

With the current trending of eating well, new products hit the market every week pretending to be healthy and nutritious.  But in fact, many food companies are selling products that are actually burst with additives chemicals and other suspicious ingredients that can have bad effects on health.

Which ingredient should you remove from your diet? We have prepared for you a list of 5 foods that you should avoid and other options that you can swap in instead.

  1. ATLANTIC SALMON

Although the fish can be considered as a healthy ingredient with essential micronutrients and numerous health benefits, you should be careful with the farm-raised salmon mainly known under the name of “Atlantic salmon”. Indeed, according to a study led by the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research in Norway, the consumption of farmed salmon containing persistent organic pollutants causes insulin resistance and obesity. 

You can use other types of fish as an alternative, providing you the dose of omega 3 you need in your healthy menus such as the Alaskan wild-caught salmon, the Atlantic mackerel, or Pacific sardines.

  1. STORE-BOUGHT GRANOLA

Even if the granola doesn’t contain as many calories as pancakes with Nutella, we can’t consider it as a healthy breakfast. The high quantity of sugar in granola can lead to a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, and obesity (especially if it is the first thing you eat in the morning). A good alternative will be to cook your own granola at home using oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

  1. FRUIT JUICE

While the fruit juice was recommended over the years thanks to its contribution of vitamin C, nutritionists change their mind. Drinking a fruit juice will bring you the sugar found in the fruit but without the fiber. The fiber plays an important role because it helps slow down the absorption of sugar, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Eating the fruit in itself is a better alternative for your health.

  1. VEGGIE CHIPS

The veggie chips are a new concept consisting of chips being prepared using vegetables. Even if it seems really appealing and guilt-free, the veggie chips are not healthy: high in sodium, fat and artificial ingredients. Marketing strategy again. The best alternative: try to cook your own veggie chips or prefer another snack such as air-popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, or toasted pumpkin seeds.

  1. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

The artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose are actually doing the contrary effect of what you really want. In other words, it, will increase your appetite and might contribute to weight gain. If you like to add a touch of sweetness to your food or drinks, prefer natural ingredients such as fresh fruits, stevia, or raw honey.

 

 

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In the following lines I’ll you will understand why it’s essential for your body.

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