Fall speaks to sitting in front of a warm fire with a mug of warm tea or cider. Unfortunately, it is often paired with calorie dense foods that pack the pounds on and make you want to wear giant sweaters. Continue reading
At Paula’s Healthy Living we often discuss the health and weight benefits to cooking and eating whole foods versus processed foods. Processed foods are loaded with fillers, salt, sugar and hydrogenated fats to add flavor and extend shelf life. Continue reading
When I was growing up in the 70s, the United States saw peanut butter as the solution for farmers’ money issues, and the nutritional cure for all grade school kids. Fast forward to today and nut butters are not what they used to be, but are they better? Continue reading
You’re trying to make all the best choices which will lead to more energy, better health and achieving the weight goals you have in mind for yourself. You choose whole foods over processed. You drive past the carry-out window to make your meals at home. You give up or reduce soda and designer calorie-bomb coffee drinks for green tea, flavor-infused water or plain water. You add high quality dairy products as well as whole grain carbohydrates. But wait! Your Greek yogurt choice may not be the protein-rich, high quality product it’s advertised to be. This is where a bit of research and due diligence comes in handy. Continue reading
For many years, sports science studies have stressed that varying amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates are the key to weight loss. A January, 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal challenges those long standing beliefs. Continue reading
Whey protein is an important way to stimulate the way cells build proteins as you age.
According to the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism (Feb., 2012), whey protein helps increase muscle mass after exercise, but it also helps with sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is the decrease in muscle mass that comes with age. This process can create a decrease in quality of life, and even premature death. Whey protein stimulates the protein synthesis that helps to preserve muscle mass. According to the study, daily consumption of at least 35-50 grams of whey protein will prevent muscle loss. Continue reading