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.
''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
-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
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
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Jessica & Bruno
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To your health!
Bruno & Jessica
Happy Nutrition Month!
Yes it is, March is the month of nutrition and if you are familiar with our services at EnerJ Optimal Health, you already know that nutrition plays a very important role in the services we offer you; our clients and how passionate we are about this topic.
Today, more and more people are confused with the overwhelming amount of information on nutrition available and how difficult it is to make healthy food choices that are both simple and will help sustain short and long term health.
That being said, we also live in a period of so much variety and abundance in foods from all different countries and cultures.
If you are amongst individuals for whom eating well is more of a challenge than a pleasant experience, we would like to invite you to our next free webinar-conferences 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.
To celebrate the month of nutrition, we would like to suggest you to embark on a health-adventure in your kitchen.
- Identify one country that you would really like to visit
- Find-out a typical meal (ideally healthy) from that country.
Ex. Greek Horiatiki salad
- Add this recipe to your menu this week and while you are savoring this exquisite meal, imagine yourself traveling this amazing country.
By the way, if you like the idea of Greece and Greek salad, tell yourself that on top of helping you dream about the warm Greek sunshine, this recipe is loaded with healthy essential fats (Omega 3) that are good for your heart, your brain, your skin, etc., etc., etc.
To your health and happy National Nutrition Month.