Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pouring on Extra Pounds?

So, you've got the exercise part down and have cleaned up your food choices. With Spring upon us this is the time the liquids can be a problem - from the fruit punch at the bridal shower to the booze at the BBQ those empty calories can pack on the fat and the pounds.

Beverages should be calorie free except for the fortified versions that are aimed to keep your nurished, energized and alkalized!

Fortify Your Fluids

Protein and grains are acid-forming foods; they cause the pH of the blood to rise. While this may not sound serious, it has a myriad of negative consequences on our health — not the least of which is an increased release of the stress hormone cortisol.

The process of buffering the acids of acid-forming foods results in a decrease in lean mass (both muscle--through the action of cortisol--and bone, through the calcium buffering action of neutralizing the acid) along with an increase in fat storage, particularly in the abdominal wall.

When you eat an acid-forming food, you must neutralize the acid. This can happen in one of two ways: Either your body will neutralize the acid on its own, using the mechanisms summarized above, or you can help your body neutralize the acid by producing an alkaline or basic load.

For obvious reasons, the second option is a better choice. Fortunately, alkalinizing your intake is easier than you might suspect!

Here are a few ideas:

• Eat several servings of vegetables or fruit at each meal (you're all doing that already, right?).

• Add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to the water that you drink.

• Drink more various teas.

• Take in at least one serving of a Green or Red food supplement each day. It actually has all of the fruits, vegetables, and green tea packed into one supercharged drink!

• Aim to include some of these powerfoods in your Metabolic Drive protein shakes. Give this recipe a shot:

Forified & Fueled - Power Shake

1 cup chilled pomegranate green tea
½ cup hemp milk, unsweetened
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
½ packet frozen acia pulp
1 tsp ground flax & chia seed blend
1 scoop Poliquin Primal Meal, berry
½ scoop Poliquin Primal Reds
Ice cubes (optional)

Combine in a blender and enjoy.

Time to get your liquid lunches working FOR you and your waistline, not against you.

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