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Daily Grind

Daily Grind


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How Whey Protein and Casein Made the Weight Loss Difference


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Though they tell you not to give up all of your secrets at the very start when you’re writing your story (because you want someone to read the whole thing and not stop at the first line) I’m going to tell you my weight loss secrets right now, anyway. My diet was quite simple, actually. At least, it was when I learned about the protein from whey and casein.

What does that mean? What do whey protein and casein have to do with weight loss? Well that’s why you have to keep reading! See! I had a strategy after all.

When I was in college, I was in great shape. Weight loss – according to my know-it-all self of the time – was for people who just didn’t care about themselves. After all, if I could eat whatever I wanted (in enormous portions, no doubt), cook it all in butter, and exercise only when I felt like it, and yet still look fit, then it must mean that anyone who was overweight just wasn’t trying to lose weight. Right?

Then I graduated. It was after graduation that I actually learned something useful. I had been living in a lucky bubble experienced by only a small part of the population for a tiny fraction of their lives, and that bubble had just burst. Every time I stepped on the scale, I saw a higher number. It was time to diet. No problem! I used to drop 5 pounds in a week without breaking a sweat. The thing was, it didn’t seem to be working anymore.

I tried everything from the cabbage soup fad diet to cutting (my favorite!) carbs. Nothing worked. I could drop a pound or two, but then it would come rushing back; and it brought friends! I was miserable. I felt ugly and my health suffered. The only thing that was shrinking was my wallet, since I had to replace my entire wardrobe every time I gained more weight.

Ten years passed and I decided to put my education to good use. I started some research. Lots of it. The latest science showed me that everything I’d been doing was wrong. It was slowing down my metabolism!

The solution was to pay attention to my macronutrients. Specifically, to boost lean protein while eating healthy fats and eating fewer carbs. I started including whey protein shakes into my routine and taking casein supplements.

The protein in the whey shakes let me get through the day without feeling hungry, and the casein protein boost gave me the long-lasting energy I needed to get through my exercise routine without suffering from fatigue.

With hunger and fatigue under control, and my metabolism running at its best, I finally lost the weight. I have my youthful college figure back again but without the youthful ignorance that kept me from maintaining in the first place. Talk to your doctor about protein from whey and casein to try it for yourself.


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Shake Weight Review


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Shake Weight

My only New Year’s goal is to add exercise to my daily routine. So, a couple month’s back I received a Shake Weight thingy.
It’s been laying in the corner gathering dust since it came into my house.

I’m going to start using the Shake Weight today – as instructed and I will give a full review in one week. I’m told I only have to use it for 6 minutes a day – I think I can even handle that! I just did it for about 1 minute and I can definitely feel it already.


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Eating through the Holidays


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Those little indulgences are key to surviving the holidays, at least they are for me. If I completely restricted what I could eat, I think I would end up giving up and eating anything and everything in sight. But, because I let myself have an occasional indulgence or an entire day of indulging – I can make it through the holidays without too much trouble.

There really are too many days that revolve around food this time of year. Really when I think about it, everything starts at Halloween. That’s when the candy comes into the house. Then Thanksgiving, tons of Christmas parties and then Christmas. And to top things off – three of my four kids have birthdays in October, November and December – each needing their own party.

I have no doubt that I will gain a pound or two during all the festivities – but the days/meals that we are not celebrating anything – I will continue to eat as I should – no sugar, no dairy.

How do you survive the holidays?


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Healthy Bagels


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I’m a huge fan of the bagel – always have been, but they are so high in carbs. Now that I’m all about the Mediterranean diet, I occasionally will have a whole wheat or multi-grain bagel. But I miss the flavors – sesame, poppy, onion, everything!

I have not been able to find whole wheat and multi-grain bagels that are “flavored” other than being whole wheat or multi-grain. Does anyone know where you can find a great whole wheat sesame bagel? or any other flavor that’s also whole wheat???


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More Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet


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I’ve seen the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in my cholesterol, weight and general well-being. But, I just found an article that shows this lifestyle may even help reduce depression. A Spanish study followed 11,000 people who followed the Mediterranean diet closely and found that these people had a 30% reduction in the risk of depression than those whose diet had few of the crucial Mediterranean elements.

There was a whole host of positive benefits that have been found by following the Mediterranean-style diet, including “the diet may improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation and repair oxygen-related cell damage – all of which could reduce the chances of developing depression.” – according to the study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal.

From what I read, it is beneficial to those who MOST closely follow the diet. So, it seems as if you can’t just take some aspects of the diet and enjoy all the benefits, but you must really adhere to the plan to reap all the health rewards.


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My Favorite Part of the Mediterranean Diet


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I recently wrote a post on what I miss most since I started the Mediterranean Diet (ice cream for those who missed that post). But there are many things and foods that I really enjoy since following the Mediterranean Diet.

First and foremost – I love the way I feel, I love the fact that the weight is coming off so easily and I love that my health continues to improve. But there are foods that I love too. These are some of the new foods (new to me) that I really like -

1. Hummus, and I like the Tribe Brand the best. I like the red pepper, garlic and the 40 spices flavors.

2. Black bean & corn salad (see past post)

3. Whole grain, multi-grain breads – they’re so good

4. FISH – who knew I could love fish???

5. Finally, the thing I love the most about the Mediterranean Diet – RED WINE! My doctor says I need to have one glass of red wine every day. I love that!


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Mediterranean Diet – What I Miss the Most…


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It’s been almost two months since I started the Mediterranean Diet in which I gave up sugar, dairy and white flour. I admit that I feel great, I’ve lost at least 10 lbs, my cholesterol has dropped a significant amount, and I miss ice cream most of all.

Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae  It was easy to give up white flour, white rice, white pasta. Much of the change was very easy for me – it was a new and different mind-set – but from the get-go I never felt like I was “dieting”. There was never a date a weight or an event where this was all coming to an end. This was my new life. Any time that I felt tempted to go back to my old ways – I would remind myself that if I continued down that path – I would surely die (at least sooner than later). But, all that being said – the one food that I miss most of all – ICE CREAM. Wonderful, chocolate ice cream! From Bryers to Ben & Jerry’s – I love it all. I miss Dairy Queen Blizzards made with chocolate soft-serve, Snickers, Butterfingers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I miss hot fudge sundae’s from Courtney’s Sundae Shoppe. I miss Breuster’s – Peanut Butter Cup Sundaes. I even miss the little Weight Watchers DIET sundaes and ice cream treats.

Now, I feel better than ever and I’m not going back there… and my doctor has even said that an occasional indulgence is fine – it just can’t be a way-of-life anymore. And it’s not.