Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Some resources to help you continue eating healthy!

Check out our friend Nick Massie's website for more recipe ideas to continue your new healthy eating lifestyle!

He has great recipes that make large portions and can be frozen so you don't have to worry about cooking meals everyday!

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Here are a few other great sites:

For those who may be interested in how I eat on a regular basis continue reading.

I pretty much eat Zone/Paleo. I measure my food (Zone), but eat Paleo. The main difference between Paleo and Zone is that the Zone allows you to eat processed foods and Paleo is caveman style. With the Zone however, if you choose to eat processed foods the portions are smaller so you may not feel full. If you choose healthy options you are able to eat more.

The Zone can be a little frustrating when you start out because you are measuring all your food, but when you get the hang of it you will be able to pretty much eyeball most things. The main reason I like the Zone is because there is portion control. Paleo is easy to start off with, but the one thing I don’t like about it is that there isn’t specific portion control (Eat as frequently as you want and whatever you want as long as it’s “Paleo”). People trying out the Paleo diet for the first time may also struggle with not knowing how much to eat.

I don’t like to refer to these as “diets” either. A “diet” is a quick fix fad. I think of the Zone and Paleo “diets” more like healthy lifestyles.

By all means I am not expert, but I have done both “diets” and combined the two. When I first did Zone/Paleo I did it super strict for 30 days. I saw results after the first week. I was also working out.* After I did Zone/Paleo strict for 30 days I cut out most of the processed foods I used to eat. i.e. bread, pasta…but that does't mean I don't eat them every once in a while or have "cheat" items.

Below is how you can figure out how many Zone blocks you should eat a day. You can create an account for free.

Zone Tools > Body Fat Calculator

For me I eat 15 blocks per day (15blks of protein, carbs, and fat)

3blk breakfast, lunch and dinner (each meal includes 3blks of protein, 3 blks of carbs, 3blks of fat)
2blk snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon

You can break up your blocks however you want throughout the day. This way just works for me.

1blk of protein = 7grams / 1blk or carbs = 9 grams / 1blk of fat = 1.5 grams

You can look on the ingredient labels to figure out blocks if it is not on the Zone Food Block list.

Zone Tools > Zone Food Blocks 

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