What are the benefits of drinking Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water?
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water is 100% natural and is never from concentrate. It contains naturally occurring electrolytes, which are essential for hydration of your body. This makes it ideal to be used as a sports drink. Also, when you compare this with all the other sports drinks on the market (which are all usually from concentrate with high sugar contents), it has much less sodium and has a higher potassium content per serving. For those of you who are following the rugby world cup at the moment you may be interested to know that coconut water is the sports drink of choice for the Samoan national rugby union team. They drink it because as they say it has everything in it they need without having the things they don’t.
I have also heard that coconut water can be a very good hangover cure due to its hydrating properties…but obviously I would not know this from personal experience…
In addition to its hydration properties, Vita Coco is 100% fat free and contains less than 1% natural fruit sugar. This means that there is only 60 calories per serving! It can also aid with digestion due to its concentrated source of fiber.
Why the Natural Sugar? Variables like harvest, time of year, or country of origin (or all of them put together!) can cause changes in look or taste of coconut water. Vita Coco have added less than 1% natural fruit sugar (sugar that you can find in fruits like apples and pears), which allows Vita Coco to standardize the sweetness level of their beverages regardless of these variables. This doesn’t affect the nutritional fact panel at all.
why do i choose vita coco?
We live in an age where a lot of our food and drinks are heavily processed with lots of unnatural additives. So it is refreshing to find a product which I can trust as being a 100% natural, which is also good for me!
Unlike other brands, Vita Coco package their product in exactly one serving. You know that it's all you really need then and most of us tend to drink more than what is needed, when it comes in a bigger packaging. Its small compact size means that i can also bring it everywhere with me! Not that its goes many places with me that is because once i open it, it doesn't last long because it tastes so good!
coconut water in my shakes!
Believe it or not i love having coconut water as my base for my protein shake, as coconut is compatible with protein powder in almost any form. Coconut water has a sweet taste that enhances the flavour. You can also make a great cocktail with it and imagine that your on a tropical holiday!
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The 330ml Vita Coco Tetrapak retails at $1.90 and the 1l Vita Coco retails at $4.95. Available at all major supermarkets and convenience stores and even at Golden Village! More reason to make better choices of drink while visiting the cinema.
Food challenge at Meat Liquor made Sam have a very spicy bum bum the next day. So the deal is to finish a chilli cheese fries, chilli hot dog and a cheese burger under 10 min and guess what you get a belly ache and multiple trips to the toilet, oh and yes you don't need to pay for your food so unfortunately Sam failed not only did he have to pay for his food, he also damaged the toilet.
I still am struggling to cut out chocolate and bread from my daily meals, i have no idea why i'm so full but i still have space for junk food, maybe its just physiological or maybe i'm just greedy, i am sure you go through this phrase to right?
Just got back from Singapore Power Invitational 2015 and the scene have been growing i must say , everyone seem to be into power lifting, even i want one of those belts just for fun sake maybe it will make my waist smaller,haha okay maybe not.
So the weather aye! The pollution should never stop you from being active indoors,Be creative, pick 5 exercise or do them all at once, set your timer at 1 min and do as many reps, repeat as many sets as you wish. Feel free to add jump ropes or high knees in between your exercises. Believe me there's no right or wrong exercises, even jumping on the spot for a minute is pretty much a movement.
knees to elbow
single leg lunges
single leg touch
seated boat twist
seated boat crunch
close-wide stance squat
plank to push up
Besides the haze and countless outdoor activities, which I have had to cancel, September has been an eventful month.
From fund raising for the Rainbow Center, to a friends 30th boat party, the launch of KFIT, the Formula 1, Bridal Couture at Chijmes, the Lorna Jane Active National Day and 2015 Muscle Mania, it has had it all going on! Some of which I do not recall, but I am sure you can find a photo or two on my Instagram account.
Bring on October! I am going to make sure I add in some adventure next month as I miss clear blue skies and the smell of fresh air to honest i just want Sam's arms:)
8 weeks out
I only decided to compete 7-8 weeks before the competition without fantastic condition to begin with, my bestfriend Edwin gave me hope that i could do it and he was there all the way through my prep, i don't give him enough credit but he listen to my complain and listen to me being self conscious about myself and how i was always hungry after I've just eaten. Edwin was brutal and honest at the same time he cared for me and i can't wait to see him on stage tomorrow!
My next prep i am going to take slightly longer maybe from a range of 10 weeks or so but at the same time be in a better condition that i do not need 12 weeks, i find that taking 12 weeks of dieting would probably kill my soul.
not cheating on my diet and eating so much almond
I was eating 4-6 meals a day which consisted of
breakfast: WHEY AND OATS
2/3/4 Meal:Chicken /fish with rice or sweet potato or quinoa
5th meal :protein shake and oats
And GUESS WHAT! i ate way to much almond i was bored i was just eating them because i had free time and though i was hungry, i ate about 100-150gram of almonds a day. Yes it was healthy fats but not when your competing, i was eating way more calories than needed.
drinking to much protein shakes and protein bars
Some days i was tired of chewing my food or eating or had no time because i did not plan my day properly and would have to eat protein bars instead, not that i am complaining they taste like heaven on earth! ( only some ) and food that are highly process make you retain more water, also eating real food is the best !
training to long
Training in between my session are exhausting but i find it to be more efficient because at times when i have no work and would have a 5 hours gap in between i would take my time training and realised i could have train harder but i had so much time i was taking longer break than needed , once i took 3 hours to finish shoulders and cardio after which is was way to hungry and tired and felt like crap after.
take progress photos
Sometimes you train so hard but do not see minor changes unless you take progress photo every 2 weeks, it helps keep you motivated when you see changes on your body, waking up everyday is like a surprise on how tight my body is going to be.
You can look the best on stage but if you didn't not put in the work to practice posing to show the judges your full package, its like half of the battle lost! My next prep i am going to pose every day and i would get people to watch me, i was to shy to get anyone to critic my posing and basically pose in my room, almost broke my ankle prancing in such a small space with my 5 inch heels.
I did have fun throughout the entire prep and also learn so much about myself and how i help myself to be a stronger person than i was before, everything is possible if you put your mind to it with proper planning and dedication. I Cant wait to walk the stage again in time to come!
Article taken from bodybuilding.com
Think you can't heat protein and still reap all the benefits? Think again. Learn the truth behind this nutrition-based myth.
If there's one thing that, in the words of Peter Griffin, "grinds my gears," it's hearing that you can't heat up protein powder because it's "ruined" in the process.
The argument goes something like this: "If you cook protein powder, the protein becomes denatured. If the protein denatures, your body won't be able to absorb it!"
Over the years, I've gotten dozens of questions from readers alluding to this argument. People traveling to the Caribbean have wondered if the climate will denature their protein, travelers packing protein on flights have been concerned that the heat of the cargo hold will affect their powder, and the flames of the stove have been avoided at all cost. After all, "Heating is the worst idea. It denatures protein!" Right?
In a word: no.
The idea that heat ruins protein has kept hundreds (if not thousands) of people from enjoying protein cake, protein muffins, and protein cheesecake. I'm issuing a call to action: It's time we come together and actively put a stop to this nonsense by learning and educating others about what denaturing actually is.
DEFINING DENATURINGIn simple terms, denaturing happens when the structure of the amino acids found in protein change shape after cooking. The protein molecule, which you can imagine as being naturally wound-up in coils, uncoils when cooked.
This doesn't damage the protein, though. Our bodies absorb the exact same amino acids from the protein whether we cook it or not.
"OUR BODIES ABSORB THE EXACT SAME AMINO ACIDS FROM THE PROTEIN WHEATHER WE COOK IT OR NOT."
Think about when you cook an egg; the protein becomes denatured. Does that mean the protein gets ruined and your body can't absorb it? Certainly not. Otherwise, we'd all be downing raw eggs like Rocky Balboa. This also applies to meat. In fact, it applies to pretty much all proteins we cook.
You see, when we consume these denatured proteins, their molecules are broken down into individual amino acids that are then brought together in our cells to become a source of dietary protein.
Cooked or uncooked, our body absorbs the same essential amino acids, and the nutritional content of the protein remains unchanged.
So, why deprive yourself of delicious protein cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, or, dare I say, pancakes? Put the rumors about denatured protein to shame with this take on a breakfast classic. It will be sure to give you a jump start into the delicious land of protein-powder cooking. Just grab a fork and dig in. I promise you'll never turn back.
I somehow manage to remain “lean” pretty much year round, even if I were to put on weight it wont stay for too long. Well this is also due to the fact I’m vain and my workout clothes aren’t the most baggiest of them all to hide all my dough in places.
How do I do this besides just working out? Mind you I only work out 3-5x per week and if I body need rest I give it and I stretch or just play around. Some days my workouts are child’s play some days I go all out. I do not have a set routine that i follow I just do what I think I need to do along the way, so sometimes I do cherry pick my exercise just because I like it. That also explain why my back has more definitions than my shoulders.. hmm
Do I eat junk food and cakes occasionally? For sure more than I actually require sometimes, my friends could validate my ferocious appetite, it also helps I am only 26 and trust me when I was younger I could eat like a grasshopper and still manage to look like those lalangs ( those coarse thin weedy grass swaying with the wind) Being lean and healthy is a lifestyle and should continue as such even after you've achieved the weight you want.
3 TIPS TO REMAIN LEAN
1)Monitor what you eat
2)Try new activities
3)Use the mirror and a Food diary
How am I always happy and positive? I get that question a lot. I have always been a happy pooper since a kid and to be honest nothing can put me down for a long time, okay maybe if I drop a chunk of my ice cream.Well some days I have to fake it, most days is a choice. Yes I do get sad and sleep my way through sadness but hey once I wake up I put it all aside or I just forgot about it!
Here’s what makes me happy.
1) MAKE TIME FOR PEOPLE THAT MATTER
2) HANG OUT WITH YOURSELF
3) PEOPLE WHO YOU HANG OUT WITH MAKES WHO YOU ARE SO CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY.
4) DO WHAT YOU LOVE
5) EAT WELL AND EXERCISE
6) SPEND MONEY ON EXPERIENCE
7) GIVE WHAT YOU CAN
8) BE YOU