The Benefits of Protein

Proteins are used to make bone, skin, nails, hair, muscle, cells, and play a role in the production and action of enzymes, which are involved in nearly every function in the body. 10 Reasons to eat more Protein Greater muscle mass and lean tissue. Eating protein stimulates an increase in muscle protein synthesis and suppresses protein breakdown for several hours meaning you end up with more lean tissue. Less hunger and lower calorie intake. High protein diets are known for their fat-reducing benefits. One reason is that eating a lot of protein reduces hunger. Protein is filling and when people eat more of it they are more quickly satisfied and eat fewer calories. Easier fat loss on a calorie-restricted diet. A high protein intake not only keeps hunger at bay when trying to lose fat, it has the effect of increasing the amount of calories your body burns to digest it. Less belly fat. A high quality protein intake of at least 10 grams of essential amino acids at every meal is associated with less belly fat. Greater muscle development when supplementing with protein. Both strength training and consuming protein build muscle when done separately. Pairing them has a synergistic effect producing superior muscle growth. Better brain function. Protein is a vital brain food. Eating protein that includes a variety of foods from animal sources provides the building blocks to make chemical messengers involved in energy production, wakefulness, hunger, motivation and cognition. Better Sleep. High protein diets have been found to allow people to sleep better and wake up less frequently during the night compared to high carb diets....

HALT!

H.A.L.T! Have you heard of the HALT method of decision making? H.A.L.T, is an acronym that stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired.  When we are in any one of these conditions we are vulnerable to making decisions that may not be in our best interest.  It is best to wait until we overcome these circumstances before making important decisions. Try...

Nothing is forever…it’s just for now.

When I am facing some type of adversity or challenge, it helps for me to remember that the pressing issue is just for a period of time. Looking at a problem that is all consuming can be overwhelming, but if you put it into the perspective that it will somehow fit into the grand scheme of your life it makes it a little easier to accept. Then, you can take steps to either weather it or make it your shining example of...

We hold the Key to our Success

Setting goals and working toward them day by day and ultimately achieving them is the key to happiness in life.  There is no greater guarantee of a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life than for you to be continually working on achieving what you want. Clear goals allow you to release your full potential for personal professional...

What are your goals for 2015?

Set SMART Goals   Specific – In order to be effective, goals must be precise. “I want to lose weight” is not as effective as “I want to weigh 135 pounds”. With the first statement, if you lose one pound, have your reached your goal? Probably not. The second statement is much more powerful. Measurable – Establish concrete dates of when you want to achieve your goal. “I will weigh 135 by June 30, 2015” It helps to set short term goals as well to experience a sense of achievement that will spur you on. Attainable – When you identify goals that are important to you, you start to figure out ways you can make them come true. You will develop skills, abilities and financial capacities to reach them. You start to see opportunities that you may have missed before. You will see yourself as worthy of these goals and develop the traits that allow you to attain them. Realistic – In order to be realistic, a goal must be something that you are able and willing to work toward.  Only you can decide what this will be, but be sure to include a goal that will stretch you – one that will require you go grow to achieve. Timely – A goal must be grounded within a time frame. If it isn’t there is no urgency. “Someday” is not adequate.   So be certain to include a definite time...

Passion!

Love this word! Webster’s describes the word passion as having intense emotional excitement, the object of any strong desire.  When was the last time you experienced that strong emotion toward anything in your life? Are you following your passion? Are you living your passion through your career? Stress comes from working in a job that you don’t love. When you love what you do and believe that you were intended to be in the field or job that you are working in you experience fulfillment. So, think about where you are….where you want to be….and how to make it...