Go Loco for Cocos!

You’ve heard it time and time again, coconut water is good for you. But don’t get confused between coconut water, and coconut milk – they have different benefits for you!

Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories, and it has a great source of potassium. It’s also lactose free, so if you’re not a fan of dairy or are lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a great substitute. With this substitute, you can also further eliminate dairy from your diet by implementing the use of coconut milk into your preparation of meals.

And maybe you’re sitting there worried that just because coconut milk has roughly 552 calories per serving , I’m here to remind you that it’s okay!

According to research done by Dr. Bruce Fife, “those who get an adequate amount of fat in their diets generally eat less than those to try to reduce fat intake”. In other words, it’s okay to include some fatty nutrients in your diet, because it will ultimately balance out your diet and make you feel better.

Some other benefits of coconut milk include protection of the immune system, prevention of heart disease, and healthier skin and hair.

If you aren’t convinced yet, try it out yourself. If it tastes good, and you’re still skeptical, do some more research on your own. But don’t be afraid to give coconut milk a try, especially if you are already loco for coco water!

The Power of Choice

We all have choices to make, whether its which outfit to wear to work the next morning, what plans to make with friends for the weekend, or which classes to take the following semester. Choices affect us in every way, shape or form – with some choices having a greater impact on our lives. Picking out an outfit for work will probably have less of an impact on our day than deciding on what to eat throughout the day.

Eating healthy is not a chore, nor should it be viewed as one. It is simply a choice, and an impactful one (if I may add). But eating healthy is hard, I can’t lie about that one. If I don’t have a set plan of the meals and snacks I want to have throughout my day, I’m more likely to either binge eat or treat myself to something I normally wouldn’t choose if I planned it.

Now, I’m not advocating against indulging in life’s treats and eating a burger or cupcake once in a while. Hell, go to an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi restaurant and stuff your face until you can feel your stomach about the burst (okay, maybe I’d advise against this one, but I’m only mentioning it because I’ve been there, done that).

I’m simply suggesting that planning your meals is the proper way to make choices about what food you are going to eat throughout your day. There are plenty of benefits that come with planning your meals and snacks before your day starts. Of course, most importantly, you will eat healthier  – because you will avoid the many unhealthy options thrown at you when you’re forced to buy food.

Planning your meals may be difficult if you’re a traveler or you’re planning a vacation. But bringing snacks with you like the RXBAR or Greek yogurt can help eliminate purchasing unhealthy snacks, and it will allow you to focus on choosing the right breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Say to yourself before you start your day, – “OK – for breakfast I’m going to have an egg omelet, and for lunch I’ll have a salad with chicken/fish/tofu, and for dinner I’ll make sure to include some complex carbs & some more protein”. It is ultimately up to you to decide how you want to plan your meals, and if you need assistance – contact a nutritionist.

But to make life easier & more healthy, plan your meals & figure out some snacks in between! You will feel a whole lot better about your choices, and maybe even make some better ones in other aspects of your life!

2am nourishment

We all fall victim to it. Late night snacking is by far everyone’s favorite activity to do when they are bored. Whether we wake up in the middle of our sleep, or we’re up watching Shameless all hours of the night, we participate in the fool’s sin. Late night snacking is bad, and there is research behind it to prove it. According to a study, researchers found that metabolism is linked to the time of day.  Our metabolisms are working and active throughout the day, but it is the night time when we stuff our faces with food that disrupts the normal feeding cycle. So, although your parents or siblings may not necessarily see you eating the leftover lasagna or ice cream in the middle of the night (eating in private), your bad habits will eventually catch up to you (and you’ll be wearing it like a skirt and a shirt to your favorite bar).

Clio Greek Yogurt Bars

So while there is some sugar in this yummy yogurt bar, it doesn’t seem to be half bad. I’m still a little skeptical because it’s a business’ job to twist the truth to get you to purchase their products. However, with 110 calories, 4g of fat, 11g of carbs, and 8g of protein, nothing other than the sugar sounds alarming. One thing to note aside from the nutritional value, – whenever you’re deciding on food to snack on throughout the day or to give you a little boost, check out the ingredients. If you see an ingredient you can’t pronounce, that is generally a sign you shouldn’t be consuming it (for your own health reasons, of course). 

Hydration is key 

Don’t forget to hydrate before, during and after your workout. Dehydration leads to muscle fatigue and loss of coordination, and the last thing we want when we’re exercising is to lose the ability to perform. It is recommended to drink 7-10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise. Some symptoms to look out for if you’re not hydrating properly are tiredness, muscle cramps and dizziness. Basically, drink your fluids, whether that’s a sports drink or water, and don’t be stubborn about water weight – its VERY normal.