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What are plant proteins and what are the benefits?

 

What are plant proteins and what are the benefits?

Many types of foods include plant proteins. For example: beans, avocados, nuts and seeds such as flax seeds just to name a few. There are many health benefits for consuming plant based proteins and here are a few*:

- better assimilation both in the digestive system and at the cellular level

- causes less inflammation compared to animal protein.

It is important to remember that proteins provide amino acids to the human body and that plant based proteins do not provide a ''complete form'' of protein.  For that reason, it is important to make sure that you incorporate a variety of plant based proteins in each meal.  For example, mix beans with avocados**

*and** sources: Institute of Functional Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health.

EnerJizing smoothy

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other unsweetened

nut milks)

1/2 cup water

Plant protein (a portion with 10-18 gr of protein) We use Usana My Smart Skae plant protein powder

Handful of organic baby spinach

1 tablespoon of organic chia seads

1/2 cup frozen fruit (I like mango or rasberries)

Cacao and cinnamon to your liking 🙂

Healthy breakfast on the go!

Jessica and Bruno

Healthy Resolutions Helper

#1 Do not make New Years Resolutions!

Instead...

Think less about EATING LESS

Think more about the QUALITY of the food you eat and NOURISHING yourself

 

Think less about how much you want to weigh

Think more about how you want to FEEL in your body

 

Be less BUSY

Be more PRESENT

 

Think less about what you DO NOT want!

Think more about what YOU DO want!

 

#2 Envision the 2017 that you would love to live

Take the time to think about the following questions and write down your answers

-Healthy weight, optimal body image, how you want to feel inside and out

-Perfect job, optimal job conditions, business outcomes...

-Ideal relationships with lovers, friends and family

-All the fun and inspiring activities that you would love to do

Happy and Healthy new Year to you and your family

Jessica xxx

5 Simples ways to keep a Flat Belly….even during the Holidays!

5 Simples ways to keep a Flat Belly....even during the Holidays! From :''The Belly Flat Diet''.

1-Eat low glycemic foods. 

These foods will help reduce hormonal imbalances that can lead to an increase in fatty tissues around your hips and thighs.

2-Consume an optimal amount of insoluble fibers.

These foods can help with elimination and prevent constipation and bloating.

ex.Whole grain and sprouted foods, vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, beans (chick peas, black beans, kidney beans...)

3-Move Daily

Ideally a mix or aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises.  This will help you burn calories, it will get your digestive system moving and will also increase your mood 🙂

4-Eat good FATS

Good Fats can actually help us lose weight!  Omega 9 fatty acids found in olive oil, avocados, almonds and other nuts can be beneficial in weight management.

 5- Replace your coffee and sugary drinks with....WATER!

Yes, water!  Drink 1,5L per day for women and 2L per day for men.  Add in 500ml for every hour of physical activity.  This will help you use your fats more efficiently and increase your  metabolism.

Happy and Healthy Holidays!

Bruno

 

Why Coconut Oil helps you loose weight

When you think about weight loss, you might think you should minimize fat consumption. This type of thinking may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Instead, think about consuming the right types of fat. One of the fats that has been found to be beneficial for weight loss is coconut oil.

Consuming coconut oil is very different than consuming other types of fat, because it reacts differently within your body. Most types of dietary fats contain long-chain fatty acids, but coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized in a unique way.

When you consume the MCTs in coconut oil, they move from the digestive tract to the liver. Since the MCTs in coconut oil are "thermogenic," meaning that they require a higher amount of energy to digest and metabolize, they help to boost your metabolism and provide you with additional energy throughout the day.

Since the body processes MCTs in this way, they increase the energy that is expended (compared with other types of fats). When energy is used at higher levels, fat loss occurs.​

Researchers at the University of Geneva found that when 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is consumed each day, energy expenditure increases by about 120 calories each day.

Tips for Buying Coconut Oil

Since coconut oil is becoming more popular, you can find it at most grocery stores. Not all coconut oil is created equal, so you’ll want to be selective about the type you purchase.

When you are shopping, you will see two main categories of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. The refined coconut oil will not have the coconut taste, but it has been altered from its original form.

For the best health benefits, purchase unrefined coconut oil and organic. Since it hasn’t been processed, it contains more antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to combat free-radical activity within the body. Look for labels with words such as "virgin" or "extra-virgin" to make sure that you are buying unrefined coconut oil.

How to Use Coconut Oil

You can start using coconut oil where you might usually use canola oil or butter. For example, if you are using a recipe that calls for 3 tablespoons of canola oil, try using 3 tablespoons of coconut oil instead.

Here are a few ideas of how we like to incorporate coconut oil into our diet:

· Stir fry vegetables in coconut oil

· Add a tablespoon of coconut oil into a smoothie

· Spread coconut oil on your toast instead of butter

· Use coconut oil as a butter substitute in baking

· Fry eggs in coconut oil

and Bruno's favorite...Make popcorn with coconut oil

We hope that this helped demystify the trending topic around coconut oil.  If you want to know more of our tip and tricks to eating healthy and having amazing EnerJ all day....                         Join us on our next webinar ''Spring into SHAPE and HEALTH''  Tuesday May 10th at 8h30pm in the confort of your home.

Click here to register and secure your spot 




Healthy food shopping simplified!

''If you don't buy food that is bad for you, you won't eat food that is bad for you''                        Wise words by Dr. Oz

His recipe for perfecting grocery store trips: Have a pre-shop snack ex. a handfull of nuts and dried fruit, a piece of fresh fruit and cheese 

Shop the perimeter: 

-Pile on the fruits and veggies; 7 servings of colorful veggies and 2 pieces of fresh fruit / day, organic when available 

-Hook fatty fish; look for fish high in omega 3 fatty acids and low in contaminants like mercury, such as wild salmon and ocean trout. Consume at least one 4-oz serving a week for maximum benefits. Or take a high quality Omega 3 supplement (Usana's Biomega fish oil capsules or Optomega seed and olive oil) - discuss with your coach

Center aisles:

-Visit the veggie freezer; better than no veggies at all, they can be cheaper than fresh veggies and still have some nutrients.

-Befriend the grain and bean aisle; look for high-fiber, nutrient rich beans and grains. They help to keep your digestive tract healthy and help you feel full longer.

Thanks Dr Oz

Want to know more about how you can add more nutrient dense foods into your lifestyle and the impact that it will have on your overall energy and health...

Join our FREE Live Webinar on Tuesday May 10th, 8h30pm to find the answers to these questions. EnerJize Your Life- Spring into SHAPE and HEALTH

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Spring into Shape with more EnerJ!

10 things to do to help you Re-EnerJize yourself this Spring

1- Drink lots of purified water with fresh lemon juice for your digestive health

2- Get a good massage to activate your lymphatic system

3- Include curry to your food for its antioxydant benefits

4- have a Green smoothie with Kale & Spinach for a boost in minerals

5- Alternate between Sauna and cold water for increased blood circulation

6- include cabbage to your next meal for its diuretic benefits

7- Have some pineapple for a snack to increase your levels of maganese which helps for PMS symptoms

8- add some Chlorophylle to a glass of water to help cleanse your blood

9- Sign-up for a Hot Yoga class to sweat off the toxines in your body

10- Enjoy a Green tea sitting in the Sun during your lunch break​

Bonus tip: include probiotics and digestive enzymes to your daily diet to activate your digestive system

You would like to know more about this topic?  Join us on our next free webinar-conference Tuesday, April 19th 8h30pm

Contact us to know how you can join our webinar: jessica@enerj.ca

Jessica & Bruno

March – Nutrition Month – Part 3

We heard many times in the last decade that lowering our meat intake has great benefits on someone's overall health.  *Benefits such as:

- Lowering your chances of developing colon cancer

- Lowering your chances of developing high blood pressure

- Lowering your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease

- Lowering your chances of developing type II diabetes

- Lowering your chances of having a stroke

* World Health Organization, Meat consumption and health perspectives, October 2015.

But did you know that lowering your meat consumption can also have a significant positive effect on the health of our planet and our environment ?  According to a new study conducted by a group of researchers from Oxford University, shifting diets toward eating more plant-based foods on a global scale could reduce between 6 and 10 percent of mortality — saving millions of lives and billions of dollars — even as it also cuts out 29 to 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions linked to food by the year 2050. ** 

WOW! Those are impressive numbers!!

How can you lower your meat intake and still have a healthy, well balanced diet?

That's what we will share with you during our next free webinar-conference on April 5th at 8:30pm in english and 7:30pm in french.

If you would like to join us, RSVP at jessica@enerj.ca

To your health!

Bruno & Jessica

March – Nutrition Month Part 2

In our Month of nutrition series, we would like to share a few interesting statistics from the Ricardo/Leger Marketing 2016 survey on the eating habits of Canadians untitled "How do you eat?" The survey was done during the Fall of 2015. We hope that you will enjoy reading a few interesting facts about how we perceive that daily activity and like us, you might even find them funny.

- 72% of Canadians eat breakfast everyday or almost. This means that 28% so over 1/4 of Canadians don't eat breakfast!

- 65% of the Canadian households plan their dinner on the day of.

- 79% said that they either watch tv, send text messages, spend time on social media or the Internet while eating.

- The meat eaters are in Alberta

- The environment conscious are in British Colombia

- The ones in a hurry are in Ontario

- The ones that like to save are in the Maritimes

- and the ones that enjoy spending more time a the dinner table and drink wine are from Quebec.

At EnerJ Optimal Health our best wishes for you is to help you eat well and simplify that daily human activity so you can enjoy a healthy life for many years to come.

Free conferences

So for that reason, we would like to invite you to our next free webinar-conferences EnerJize your Life on Tuesday, March 22nd at 8:30pm in English and 7:30pm in French where we will share with you simple strategies to help you eat well so you can keep both your taste buds and your cells happy. RSVP for our conference via:

jessica@enerj.ca