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Top tips for eating out…

Top Tips for eating out plus a couple more. Eating out has become a major reason for pitfalls in nutritional planning. Often times a person is left thinking, what should I eat? It can be even worse here in Asia where eating is a communal thing and food is ordered and shared by everyone at the table. Essentially, you have no choice to what is available sometimes as one person has done all the ordering of a variety of things he or she thinks is best.

What do we do when faced with these sorts of situations? Well, these top tips address Western methods of dealing with eating out, but what about while in Asia? So here are a few tips that you can try in order to still eat with friends in Asia.

1. Make sure the person ordering simply says “no msg”. Easy to do and will save your body loads in health. For more information on MSG have a look at my article, “Thai Food is Healthy Right? So Why Am I Gaining Weight?”

2. Ask the person to order more vegetables. Typically in Thailand for example there are more “other” things on the plate than vegetables and often times rice is the dominant item on the plate. In Korea, just keep asking for more side dishes.

Want more tips? I’ve got three words for you “Buy My Book”. Just kidding. I got that line from “Wall Street 2” yesterday. But there is always a little truth to every joke =)

Enjoy…

Top tips for eating out... 1.     Eat your calories and drink water. The first question you are always asked upon being seated in a restaurant is what you would like to drink. Choose water and pass on the high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar, preservatives, caffeine and extra    calories found in most beverages. 2. Take half home. We are annoyed when restaurants don’t over serve us and restaurants have responded accordingly by over supplying huge portions. Italian Restau … Read More

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Flatten your Tummy with these 4 Foods

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Everyone is looking for the miracle product that will flatten out their stomach. Diets and supplements promise you a flatter tummy and often leave you feeling like you wasted your money and time. In the end it’s really about lifestyle. It’s about how you fuel your body that will translate into your body’s overall performance. If you drive a Ferrari, would you put the lowest grade of gasoline in it? I don’t think so, so if you want your body to look and feel like the body you’ve always dreamed of, then why are you filling it with low grade food fuels? For a little upgrade in your body’s fuel source, try out these four foods to help you get that flat tummy. Read more of this post

Why You Should Choose Cottage Cheese over Cream Cheese?

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Why choose cottage cheese over cream cheese you ask? Well I’ve put together the chart below to show you the clear differences between the two. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a world of difference in our goals to lose body fat or maintain weight. As a Health & Performance Coach it is my job to find solutions. Read more of this post

Pomegranate Fruit Salad Recipe Prep Video

Welcome back for another visit. Today I felt it necessary to share with you a video from a former University professor of mine.  The video provides a recipe that is great for vegetarians, people trying to lose weight or body fat and the ingredients are globally available and Asia friendly. Susan Bowerman MS, RD, CSSD who is featured in this video was my professor of Nutrition while I attended UCLA.

“Susan Bowerman is the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She graduated with Distinction in Biology from the University of Colorado, and received her Master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. During her clinical training, she taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in areas of health promotion and self-care, women’s health, cardiac health and weight management.” Read more of this post

Carbs Don’t Make You Fat

The media as told us to throw out carbs; that carbs are bad for you and that they will make you fat. What the media and most fad diet programs out there have not done is defined carbs. Carb is the abbreviated version of the full word Carbohydrate. Can carbohydrates make you fat? Yes of course, but so can sitting around doing nothing all day. To understand how carbohydrates work we have to first understand what carbohydrates are. Read more of this post

Shake Up Your Morning with a Protein Shake

Often times my personal training clients ask me what to have for a snack. When most people think snacks, they think some form of packaged bar or worse, chips or cookies. If you’re looking to keep healthy and fit, or maybe lose body fat and trim up that waistline, then chips and cookies are out. So what to do when your eating schedule says that it’s time for a snack?

Blend up a shake!  As time is usually a factor, I prepare my shakes before work and pop them in the fridge for a mid morning boost between clients.

Here are a couple of my favorite shakes. Read more of this post

Protein Sources for Vegetarians Trying to Lose Body Fat

As a personal trainer and fitness coach, there are a wide variety of clients with different cultural eating habits and choice habits that we come into contact with. I have a fair bit of Indian clients and due to certain religious practices, many are vegetarian; Not only that, but often times eggs are even ruled out as a part of the diet. So what do I recommend as a source of protein to this type of personal training client when they’ve just taken on an exercise regimen that has food limitations or restrictions?

There are many sources of protein available for vegetarians who do not consume eggs if you know where to look. A few Good sources of protein for vegetarians are Read more of this post

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