Last time I checked, protein was a naturally present food compound, a macronutrient to be precise, and not a food ingredient. Apparently I haven’t checked in a while. A recent Wall Street Journal article (non-subscribers read here) details a race in the food industry to create high-protein versions of all our favorite packaged products – from cereals, to bars, to beverages – by adding (as an ingredient) concentrated sources of protein.
According to the article, the word “protein” on the packaging has what researchers call a “health halo effect.” That is, the food is interpreted as healthy by different types of shoppers for different reasons. Nine-to-fivers see an energizing post-lunch snack. Dieters see prolonged satiety for easier weight loss. Weight lifters see muscle recovery and synthesis.
Do we really need all this protein? Continue reading “Is Added Protein An Added Bonus?”
For many of us, travel often means putting our healthy eating and exercise routine on hold until we’re back from our trip and back into our familiar routine. This can also mean that because of this vacation from our healthy habits, we have a few extra pounds to deal with, along with the need to reignite our fitness motivation once we’re back home. Is there a way to keep those healthy habits working for you while you’re away? Of course! So I created the healthy eating and exercise travel kit.
This “kit” was developed when I realized that whenever I travel, I always packed my food, snacks and workout gear before I packed anything else. It was as if, as long as those items were with me, I could make do with anything else and clearly showed me what my priorities were. I also noticed that when others came back from a trip and complained about the need to lose the pounds gained while away or the need to get back on track with their fitness, it was never something I needed to do because those habits were deeply ingrained and planned for while at home and when away.
So with that in mind, the following list is meant for you to print out and keep in your suitcase or travel bag. This way, when you take out your bag and begin to pack, you’ll see this list and be reminded to pack your healthy eating and exercise travel kit first. Continue reading “Healthy Eating and Exercise Travel Kit”