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4 Foods To Steer Clear of Pre Workout

Fueling your body properly to crush your workout is crucial to the end result. If you’ve ever ‘felt heavy’ on a run, or got super nauseous after running hills, it’s most likely your pre workout diet that may come back up to say hi. Take a look at these foods below to avoid before your next workout so your not the one lagging behind in the back of the workout group:

LEAFY GREENS

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While a diet rich in salads and veggies is normally freakin’ awesome, raw greens like kale, spinach and broccoli can cause serious discomfort when you’re on the move. “Thanks to their high-fiber content, leafy green vegetables are almost guaranteed to cause abdominal distention—a.k.a. gas and bloating,” says Philip Goglia, Ph.D., author of Turn Up The Heat: Unlock the Fat-Burning Power of Your Metabolism. “If you’re in the mood for something light before your workout, swap a green salad for a green smoothie,” says Katie Serbinski, registered dietitian and founder of Mom to Mom Nutrition. “Just mix your favorite fruit with a half a cup of greens, water, and some dried oats or granola.” It’ll go down way easier.

SPORTS DRINKS

Your favorite athlete might hawk bottles of the latest muscle juice, but most brands on the market offer little nutrition—and way too much sugar. “Sports drinks can offer some vitamins and electrolytes, but the high sugar content goes right through your system in the blink of an eye causing you to crash later on,” says Serbinksi.

“Instead, opt for a lower sodium tomato juice, which provides potassium, promotes healthy blood pressure, and may even help you stay hydrated thanks to its low-sodium content,” says Nancy Teeter, registered dietitian.

HUMMAS OR BEAN DIP

There’s no doubt that beans are a great source of protein. But prepackaged hummus and bean dips often contain lots of added oils—and are also prone to molding. “If you’ve personally soaked the beans prior to cooking them, then you’re releasing the mold from them, but if not…you run the risk of consuming a high-mold food that can lead to inflammation and reduction of oxygen consumption,” says Goglia. “Most athletes distance themselves from prepackaged dips of this sort for that very reason.” Fuel up with a few bites of low-fat cottage cheese, instead—it’s light, satisfying, and protein-rich, without all the oil.

WHOLE GRAIN BREADS AND MUFFINS

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While ordering the whole-grain version of just about anything is usually a good move, it’s not when you’re about to work out. “Carbs in general that are yeast-, mold-, and gluten-bound are inflammatory, meaning they hold water and cause bloating,” says Goglia. “They’re providing you with energy because they’re a sugar, but the side effects far outweigh the benefits.” Instead, opt for a plain, white tortilla that has less fiber, and top it with a little nut butter and sliced banana for an extra kick of energy, suggests Serbinski

 

 


 

Original Source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/worst-pre-workout-food/whole-grain-breads-and-muffins

5 Foods That Cause Inflammation and What To Replace Them With

These days our grocery stores are packed with foods that will make you the complete opposite of Happy Healthy and Wealthy – depressed, unhealthy and leave you with zero motivation! Our bodies were designed to gain energy from sources directly from the earth and natural resources… not from processed packaged food that is the direct cause of inflammation in the body that leads to those negative effects. Below are 5 foods to avoid and what to replace them with so you can be inspired, Happy and Healthy!

1. Processed Sugar

Swap out processed sugars for raw honey, organic maple syrup, liquid stevia or fruit.

2. Sodium

Swap out table salt for sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. By eliminating processed and packaged foods, you will significantly eliminate the amount of daily sodium intake.

3. Wheat Flour

Swap out wheat for almond flour or coconut flour. While these two flours do come in a bag (unless you make them on your own with a food processor), they are minimally processed are a great substitute for baking many foods that typically contain wheat.

4. Certain Oils

Swap out highly processed oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower oil, partially hydrogenated oil (just to mention a few) for high-quality omega-6 and omega-3 oils. The best source for oils are from extra-virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados or avocado oils.

5. Alcohol

Swap out alcohol for water, bubbly water, Kombucha drinks (without added sugar), tea or cold pressed juices. Alcohol tops the list of most inflammatory and toxic foods, and with a pause from the holidays, it seems like a reasonable time to take a break in order to regain and experience the most optimal and vibrant health.

Related Article: How She Gave Up The Food That Slowly Kills


 

Original Source:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16860/the-top-6-inflammatory-foods-how-to-detox-from-them.html

Foods To Avoid Like The Plague According to a Food-Safety Expert…

Food-borne illnesses affect millions of Americans each year with sickness and sometimes even death; so being aware of what you consume should be a top priority (think recent Chipotle incident). Bill Marler is the most prominent food-safety lawyer in the US and he recommended 6 foods that he avoids at all cost, so we listened up and took some notes:

1. Unpasteurized (“raw”) milk and packaged juices.

Unpasteurized milk, sometimes called “raw” milk, can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses and parasites. Between 1998 and 2011, there were 148 food poisoning outbreaks linked to raw milk and raw milk products in the US—and keep in mind that comparatively few people in the country ever consume these products, so 148 outbreaks is nothing to ignore

2. Raw sprouts.

Uncooked and lightly cooked sprouts have been linked to more than 30 bacterial outbreaks (mostly ofsalmonella and E. coli) in the US since mid-1990s. As recently as 2014, salmonella from bean sprouts sent 19 people to the hospital.

3. Meat that isn’t well-done.

Marler orders his burgers well-done. “The reason ground products are more problematic and need to be cooked more thoroughly is that any bacteria that’s on the surface of the meat can be ground inside of it,” Marler says. “If it’s not cooked thoroughly to 160°F throughout, it can cause poisoning by E. coli and salmonella and other bacterial illnesses.”

4. Prewashed or precut fruits and vegetables.


I avoid these like the plague,” Marler says. Why? The more a food is handled and processed, the more likely it is to become tainted

5. Raw or undercooked eggs.

You may remember the salmonella epidemic of the 1980s and early ’90s that was linked mainly to eggs. If you swore off raw eggs back then, you might as well stick with it. The most recent salmonella outbreak from eggs, in 2010, caused roughly 2,000 reported cases of illness.

6. Raw oysters and other raw shellfish.

Marler says that raw shellfish—especially oysters—have been causing more foodborne illness lately. He links this to warming waters, which produce more microbial growth.

 


 

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Source: Bill Marler, managing partner, Marler Clark, Seattle. Mr. Marler is a prominent foodborne-illness lawyer and a major force in food policy in the US and around the world. For the last 20 years, he has represented victims of nearly every large foodborne illness outbreak in the US.  MarlerClark.com