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Not All Proteins Are Created Equal, Part Three (Choose Your Protein Wisely)

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By: Lucho Crisalle Finally, Part Three in the Protein Series addresses utilization of the protein sources.  So, what does all this knowledge mean to you and how can you apply it to choose your protein wisely? Unless you are sick, the human body should be in a state of “homeostasis” or balance, which means that proteins are being broken down at … Continue reading

Not All Proteins Are Created Equal, Part Two (Soy Proteins –The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)

Not All Proteins Are Created Equal, Part II

Before discussing which proteins to use, when, and why, let’s take a look at soy protein and its benefits. Studies show that soy offers benefits that casein and whey don’t provide. This is one of the reasons why many supplement manufacturers now combine all three proteins as a means of harvesting the benefits associated with each one. Soy Protein Isolates … Continue reading

Not All Proteins Are Created Equal, Part One

Not All Proteins Are Created Equal, Part One

Protein, protein, protein: Believe it or not, all proteins are NOT created equal!  Since this subject is pretty extensive, we have broken this article up into three parts. Part I addresses the different qualities and benefits of protein; Part II addresses Soy Protein specifically (its controversial shortfalls and benefits); and Part III addresses the best time to use each protein source. … Continue reading

Fructose and “Natural” is Not Always Good For You!

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Natural is Not Always Good For You! A favorite saying of mine is “just because its ‘natural’ doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Actually tobacco is ‘natural,’ yet Not Good! Arsenic is also natural, and definitely Not Good!” It is obvious that these things are not good for us (yet some people still choose to smoke). What may not … Continue reading

Why Your Kitchen Should Be Stocked with Bamboo, NOT Plastic

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This year alone, the human population has dumped nearly 2 billion tons of plastic into the world’s oceans. We’re practically drowning in plastic pollution. There is a sustainable alternative. The twist? It’s made in China. Bamboo is considered the symbol of fertility in Chinese cultures and friendship in India. For one Portland- and Shanghai-based home goods brand, however, it’s the “poster child for renewable material,” and a universal symbol of … Continue reading

Are Calories Just Calories?

Bad Calories Good Calories

If you have been or are currently a student of our Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist™ program, you have heard me teach that our system is not based on outdated ideas that are a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach to nutrition such as “calories in, calories out, 40-30-30 or 60-20-20.” When I hear so called “experts” emphasizing the calories of a meal … Continue reading

What Are Ketones? How Can They Help Me Burn Fat? And Why Should I Care?

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If you were to Google “what are ketones” you will most likely find quite a bit of information on ketones, ketosis, etc. from diabetes sources, and at the top of the page you will find this: “For a person with diabetes, ketones are often the result of prolonged high blood sugar and insulin deficiency. Without the right amount of insulin, … Continue reading

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