The other day my client Jeri e-mailed asking a great question about cholesterol.
I’m just curious to ask you about the amount of cholesterol in protein shakes. A couple of the guys in my spinning class this morning were saying that their doctors told them to stay away from the shakes because they have a lot of cholesterol. Have you ever heard this? Per the label, each protein shake is about 22% of your RDA.
Thanks for your input. See you soon.
I can’t think of a more appropriate question since February is recognized as Heart Health Awareness Month -
First let me throw some information out there about cholesterol – most of us are either misinformed about it or not informed at all.
1. What is Cholesterol?
A fat like substance that is found in all your cells and blood it is used for creating new cell membranes and some hormones. A healthy person needs some cholesterol – Your body actually makes it how much is determined by your genetics.
Healthy “Total Blood Cholesterol” should be less than 200mg/dl for men and women.
2. Now let’s talk about LDL& HDL what are they?
LDL and HDL are lipoproteins they act like cars inside your body taking the cholesterol from location to location since it can’t be absorbed by your blood. The difference between the two is that LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein is the car that when you drive it too much (i.e.-you eat too many Trans fats and high cholesterol foods) will pollute and clog your arteries. HDL – is the car your body produces to drive all the bad cholesterol away from your arteries.
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. On their site they have dietary recommendations for a low cholesterol lifestyle.
3. How does this all come back to the protein shakes?
Well that particular shake has 2 grams less of cholesterol than a 6 oz Foster Farms boneless skinless chicken breast! The Specific numbers respectively are 65 and 67. So I would say that if you are leading a healthy lifestyle with at least 30 minutes of cardio vascular exercise a day and watching what you eat I would worry more about the fries at Mc Donald’s than a protein shake! Something else that might interest you is that women actually produce more of the good stuff “HDL” than do men which puts us at a lower risk for developing heart disease but again genetics and how you treat your body are the ultimate determining factors there.
My advice is everyone should get their cholesterol tested, know your family history and know your numbers. Going forward from there you can make smart decisions. Not drinking a protein shake as a cure all for cholesterol when it has the same amount as chicken doesn’t make sense – Did the doctor say don’t eat chicken any more either? Probably not!
3-4oz is a portion size of protein – most cholesterol is found in the fatty tissues of animal proteins so the leaner the protein the better off you are. Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber which is also said to help lower cholesterol. The American Heart Association also recommends eating fish at least twice a week; fish contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids or Efra’s. This is actually a good source of fat that does not contain cholesterol. Another good source of Efra’s is found in Flaxseed Oil. In addition to keeping you Heart Healthy these “Good Fats” are also good for your brain, joints, skin, hair, nails and my mother in law swears they help with her hot flashes. Like any supplement always read the label and take only the recommended daily allowance. For more information on Heart Healthy Facts visit the link above to the American Heart Association.
I hope this answers your question Jeri!
Super setting exercises is one of my favorite ways to train when I need to get my workout in but am short on time. Between juggling the house, kids, business, school, 2nd job and volunteering to be chaufers and coaches to our kid’s soccer, football teams act. Who has extra time? It is hard with all this extra stuff going on to make it in for a workout – if not from sheer exhaustion alone!
So what I do is superset! Basically what a Super Set Does is pair up two exercises for the same body part like a Push Up and Bench Press for chest or; for directly opposing muscle groups like the biceps and triceps. The two exercises are to be performed one right after the other with no rest in between. So essentially you are cramming two different exercises into one set!
Not only does this give you a great pump in your muscles but it also gets your heart rate up a bit and incorporates a little more cardio into your workout – Who couldn’t use more cardio? Well I guess there are some of us who don’t have to do cardio – but that’s just wrong and disgusting alright. I was talking to this guy at the gym the other day who said he had such a hard time gaining weight that he would be picking up and eating extra calories off the floor if he could. Boy I wish I had that problem – Don’t you?
So if you’re short on time but need a great explosive workout try Super Setting your next workout! Here are some examples of workouts I like to do for myself and my clients.
Okay so this is what my husband calls being painted orange so you can stand on stage! I could have been a little darker…… okay who am I kidding a lot darker! Orange not quite…..but I’ll settle for Sienna? This is one of my favorite pictures though – I wasn’t the best poser on stage still have so much to learn………. But who knows another show may be in the future………..We’ll see.
Want a roasted chicken that doesn’t taste like its full of salt? Well they are extremely easy to make and really don’t take all day to cook. One 2-3lb chicken only takes and hour and half to cook! Whats more is the prep time is like almost none! Make sure you get your chicken out the night before to defrost.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
remove neck and bag of parts from inside your bird
stuff your bird with aromatics you like – I stuff mine with 1-2 sliced lemons, a couple fresh sprigs of Rosemarry, Sage, and 1whole head of garlic with just the top chopped off as if you were to roast it.
Next rub your bird with Olive Oil 1-2 Tbsp is enough – you want to be thorough but don’t overdo it or your chicken will be greasy. This makes it turn a nice golden brown color.
You want to put your chicken in the oven on the lowest rack so you may need to remove one of the racks – roast the chicken uncovered for an 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer stuck in the side reads 165 degress. I also will periodically bast the outside for some extra color. If you have extra time you can also turn your oven all the way down to 200 at the end of 1 1/2 hours and just leave the bird there for another 30 minutes – the meat just falls off its wonderful!
If you prefer a milder tasting fish Tilapia is it. I usually buy it in bags at Costco they come in pre wrapped individual filets which makes them an extremely fresh and fast meal. I think it takes maybe 15 minutes to cook – Tops. In this recipe I usually grill it but in cases when it was raining or I couldn’t use my grill I have tried it in the oven and baked or broiled it comes out great. George Forman Grills are also a great alternative if you don’t have an outdoor grill.
4 Tilapia Loins
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
4-6 Large Fresh Basil Leaves
9-12 Grape Tomatoes or Little Cherry Tomatoes
Pinch Salt and Pepper
Before starting pre heat your grill
If using oven pre heat to 375
Broil is just broil but make sure you watch it!
1. Defrost fish sprinkle with lemon juice to your liking
2. Sprinkle fish with a pinch of salt and pepper
3. Grill on preheated grill over direct heat for 5-7 minutes per side, fish is done when it is no longer opaque but solid white all the way through.
Lemon Basil Vinagrette to put over Grilled Fish
Chiffonad or cut basil into thin ribbons
Whisk together Olive Oil, Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Basil
Cut Tomatoes into halves add to vinegrette
Each Loin should get about 3 – 4 little tomatoe halves and a couple tablespoons of the the vinegrette served over the top.
Serve with steamed Asparagus
Okay you guys its a new year and I know you guys are getting a little bored of the same old same old so here is one of my own favorite ‘s very simple and quick.
Miss M’s Favorite Chicken Salad
2 Handfulls of Pre-Washed Mixed Baby Greens Salad Mix
3oz of Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1/4 of a Red Bell Pepper Sliced
6 Thin Slices of English Cucumber
5-6 Marie Callendars Herb and Butter Croutons ( each one is worth 1 carbohydrate)
2 Tablespoons Trader Joes Balsamic Vineger
1 Tablespoon Star Olive Oil
This makes a single serving
For most people the new year comes with a new promise to ourselves to actually do what we wanted to last year and the year before that, but for some reason or another ( Usually I call these reasons Life Stuff or just plain Procrastination) we haven’t done it yet or we started it but didn’t stick with it.
I think the first problem is simple we are waiting until the end of the year to make these decisions about what it is we want to do – How silly is that? How many people out there know what there New Years resolution is before New Years? Right. Most of us do – so why wait until New Years? If there is something you want to make happen stop waiting and well like Nike says JUST DO IT!
Okay so now you are doing it like Nike says but what is going to keep you doing it on the days when nothing is going your way, its cold outside and that cinnamon roll is looking like a better breakfast than your eggs and oatmeal? What is it that is going to keep you at your desk finishing all that paperwork when the only thing you want to do is be at the gym or go outside and play? The Answer: Think about why we get up every morning at the crack of dawn to make ourselves a healthy breakfast and hit the gym, think about why it is so important to get that paperwork on our desks processed and out of the way. Break it down a level – why is because we want to be fit and healthy, why is because we want to have our financial houses in order. Break it down even further – why is because you want to run and complete your first 1/2 marathon, why is because you want to have money for your Childs education. We do what we do because we have goals and as long as we can see them clearly nothing stands in our way. “Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take your eyes off your goal”, Henry Ford. Point is that when you really truly want something you will find a way to get there and make it happen. So what is it that you really want? Find it? Good. Now go and get it!
Eating Better = Feeling Better
As most of you know two weeks ago I competed in my first figure competition and well after the show and a lot of hard dieting and cardio I decided to take a break and pretty much eat what ever it was my mouth thought I should have even though my brain was telling me “you know this isn’t going to make you feel good” but I let my taste buds have control and somehow my hand kept making it to my mouth….. I am sure you get the picture!
Anyhow it had been a while since I put my body through that type of abuse! Thank God! I don’t think it could’ve taken another truffle from See’s Candies so we finished the box and we are now done! Besides letting you all know what a naughty girl I was, I wanted to share with you my feelings about this and see if you can relate to it also: When I eat good things for my insides I am a much happier person inside and out, physically I feel better and In general emotionally I am just happier with myself. By taking good care of myself and eating good nutritious food for my body I am sending back a positive affirmation that says I am worth taking care of. Just like when we exercise we are worth taking care of that way, nutrition is just that Nourishment for your whole being. Having goals and taking each step toward them, making the choices that are going to take you to your dream is one of the most positive things you can do for your sense of self worth and place in the world. Moving through life with a direction and a purpose is what makes me feel beautiful on the inside, and you have no idea how happy I am when I hear someone I have helped reach one of their personal goals – It literally makes my day! When you’re feeling good on the inside some of its bound to come out and show! Nourish your body with exercise and good nutrition; and nourish your soul. Reinforce yourself and make your workouts work for you with the right nutrition – you deserve to achieve the level of fitness you desire you just have to make the decision to let yourself have it.
Whatever your fitness goal is there is a plan and a step by step way to get there, you can do it. It’s just making the decision to stick with it and follow through. Sometimes I talk to people who want to improve this or that about their bodies – yet when I explain to them the work that is required to get there they often whine or express unhappiness. Unfortunately these people really aren’t ready to help themselves to happiness because the really don’t want to put the time or effort into achieving what it is they say they want. Wake up there is no magic pill! It’s called hard work, determination and consistency – and that my friend is what yields results!
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