My Top Picks for Protein Bars

With so many protein bars on the market, it can be hard to pick which one you think will be a great one for you.  Questions such as: Do I go with plant-based or whey? Is 10g enough or do I really need 16-20 g?  So many different questions  I’m going to help you to decipher which protein bar is worth the money.

First, I would like to start off by saying… not everyone needs to go with a bar that has a lot of protein.  If your diet has enough protein in it already a bar that has 20 g of protein may not be your suitable choice.  Why?  Because even though our bodies need protein too much protein isn’t a good thing.  Here’s what happens when your body gets too much protein:

  • Dehydration – Your kidneys are working overtime to remove excess protein which makes you thirsty
  • Kidney problems – Apparently, when we take in protein we’re also taking in nitrogen. When we take in a lot of nitrogen through protein our kidneys have to work harder to remove the extra nitrogen.
  • Nauseous – Eating or drinking too much protein sometimes means our digestive system can’t keep up and causes us to feel nauseated.

The key to incorporating protein into your diet is to first know how much you’re getting on a daily basis and pick the bars that are right for you.   I will enclose links to sites that will tell you how you can know if you’re protein deficient or if you’re getting too much protein.

However, in regards to the types of protein I prefer, I like plant-based protein bars.  Those include:

  • Aloha
  • Think Thin
  • Orgain Organic Protein Bars
  • GoMacro Bars, and
  • Kind Bars

just to name a few.  So, remember, when it comes to protein bars more is not always better because it depends on how much protein you’re already getting.  Click the links below to find out if your protein levels are too high or too low.  However, the only true way to find out is to take the medical plasma protein test but these links can probably give you an idea.

Tests: 
https://www.healthline.com/health/plasma-protein-tests
https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/too-much-protein

I hope this article sheds some light on the good and the bad of protein. 🙂

 

With Love,

Nakesha 

 

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Cool Apps

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It’s no secret that people like to save money and I came across a few apps and two phenomenal websites that I believe will help you do just that.  🙂 From groceries to health and beauty items; here are a few sites that will help you save your dollars.

BRANDLESS – Everything at https://brandless.com is just $3! The reason why they can sell everything so cheap is due to the fact that it doesn’t have a brand name.  Normally, when we purchase products we’re not just paying for the quality of that product, we’re paying for the name.  So Brandless gives you wallet friendly products that perform well but without a brand name.

When you try it out let me know how you like it. ❤

THRIVE MARKET – Like Brandless, Thrive Market also has food and beauty items for less. The difference?  Thrive sells name-brand items.  You will be able to find foods and beauty products such as, Larabar, Vega One,  Acure face wash, Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap and many other great products.

DOSH – It’s almost like Ebates but with the exception that you immediately get cash back  when you sign up.  How cool is THAT?!  So how is Dosh different from Ebates? Well, besides just getting cash back from retail stores, Dosh allows you to get money back for your travel on hotels and restaurants as well. Just link your card and every time you spend or refer someone to the app you accrue money in your account.

GROVE COLLABORATIVE – I cannot tell you how much I absolutely LOVE Grove.  With the world being conscious about the environment and wanting to use safe green products without harsh chemicals, Grove Collaborative delivers.  Safe green cleaning and beauty products all under one roof.

INFLUENSTER – Would you like free stuff? Of course!  Who wouldn’t? Well, if you’re a beauty blogger or Youtuber you can win free things by just doing a few reviews. Don’t miss out on this deal; you can score great things that are sold at department stores as well as high end retail stores.

COUPONS –  Yes, there’s an app for that.  😀  Literally, it’s called “Coupons” and the name says it all.  Get coupons to many department and grocery stores that aren’t in your daily inserts and sale papers.

 

 

Don’t Stress Yourself

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The new thing now-a-days are ways to de-stress, and yes,  I’m all about that life 🙂  No one wants to be stressed out or having feelings of anxiety or nervousness when a person can have calm and peace in their life.

SOooo… I found a drink I think helps to bring a little piece of heaven into your busy day that I feel just soothes the mind and body and it’s Simply Balanced Cucumber Mint Sparkling Water.  I just love, love, love, this sparkling water.  It just puts me in a good place when I drink it and I feel like all my cares just float away.   I usually have one after work but today, I decided to bring a can with me to work just because we know how some mornings can be and I wanted to stay in my “happy” place. 🙂

 

With Love,

Nakesha   

Let’s WEIGH in on the TRUTH.

It’s here.  Summer! And, you know what that means? Plans for going to the gym, sad faces as we look through the magazines and see infomercials of beach ready bodies and women with tight form fitting dresses and halter tops. Oh,  I wish that was me.  **sigh**  However, I’m claiming this year to be my year to wear those tight form fitting dresses, swimsuits that are sexy and halter tops that show off my belly button. 🙂

But am I going to get it by eating what I want, when I want?  No! And even though I know that fact, I took that realization in this morning as I sat there on my couch, wishing I was a smaller size, regretting what I ate the night before.  “I’m not going to let myself go down hill.” I said to myself.  I sat there thinking, “How can I get a hold of myself and take control?”  I can’t keep doing this to myself and I finally came up with a solution. To take responsibility for myself and believe in the truth(s).  The truth that says:

  You’re not going to lose weight if you keep making up excuses as to why you don’t
     exercise.
     You’re not going to lose weight if you eat a heavy meal late at night and then go to
     bed.  
     You’re also not going to lose weight if you don’t have a plan to do so.

Wow! They say “sometimes the truth hurts” and in some instances it’s true. Boy! I’m not going to get the body I want unless I do something about it and now is the time. No more losing then gaining it back. No more binge eating. No more irresponsible eating!

I sat there on my sofa and wrote down these truths and processed them. I CAN DO THIS and not only am I able to accomplish this goal at hand but I WILL!  I will plan! I will eat sensibly and healthy and I WILL exercise and lose this weight!

Why do some people let things linger?  Especially, when we have the power to change ourselves and our life.  We want to be better and have better but the truth of the matter is, you have to put in the work.

So as I go about my weight loss journey, I hope this story encourages someone to know that if you feel stuck… you have the power to get out of the rut you’re in with hard work, determination and perseverance.

 

The Best and Worst in Bottled Juices

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Many of us have purchased these juices at one time or another thinking that we’re doing a healthy thing for our body.  With the popularity of so many “detox” diets we quickly pick up a bottled smoothie or thick juice to replace a meal or to get the recommended dosage of our vitamins and minerals that we otherwise don’t get from food at times. But are there dangers hiding in these popular beverages?

As a fan of detoxing and healthy beverages,  I wanted to know if what I was putting in my body from these so called “healthy drinks” were really doing me any good or is it just bunch of hype loaded with sugar that’ll have me bouncing off the walls with no vitamin nutrient benefit whatsoever.

Normally, I like to start my day with a bowl of fruit for breakfast followed by a cup of green tea or a homemade nutritious smoothie or nutrient packed juice.  I know it may not seem like much but I usually don’t crave breakfast. However,  if I don’t have time to make my own healthy smoothie loaded with fresh and organic goodness and if I’m desperate for time, I usually tend to grab a store bought smoothie o juice out of the of the fridge and bolt out the door.

Like most people; I’m sure.  I prefer to have a nice smoothie in the morning along with my supplements to help jump start my day to make sure I’m getting the vital nutrients I need and with our schedules sometimes being  pretty hectic, it can be easy for us to neglect our bodies and not feed ourselves what is strongly needed for us to be healthy, vibrant and energized.  So there we go to grab a green juice or another type of healthy smoothie or beverage but are these store bought juices really helping us or hurting us?  Some juices and smoothies are loaded with sugar, synthetic ingredients and GMOs that according to researchers and scientist can be harmful to our body.  I was shocked when I heard this and even more shocked that some of the brands I drink, that “I” thought were good for me, made the list of ones to avoid.  Enclosed is a chart from Food Babe’s blog that list the good and the bad juices and smoothies.

So if you don’t think you have the time to make your nutritious juice or smoothie in the morning in order for you to get your vital nutrients, please, please, please make sure you read the juice label on the back to avoid high sugar content, GMOs and synthetic ingredients that can cause harm to your body.  There are some good, healthy and nutritious juices out there so don’t be fooled by fakes.

Be well friends <3,

Nakesha

Juice Chart

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For more information on this topic, please visit Food Babe’s blog at: http://foodbabe.com/2013/11/10/juice-labels/