"Progress is rarely a straight line." -Kara Goucher
September is here which gives me a glimpse of hope that cooler days are ahead! The hot and humid days of summer can bring about challenges of staying hydrated and properly fueled so that we feel our best and have energy to get through the day.
As a sports nutritionist and health coach, I'm asked about supplements all the time. I even used to debate myself on whether or not supplements were necessary. After extensive research I learned that they are ABSOLUTELY necessary, even when we eat well. When it comes to obtaining the micronutrients your body needs, your best possible source is food, especially fruits and vegetables. But circumstances may prevent you from eating optimally every day. While it's of the utmost importance that we eat well, it's equally important to supplement our nutrient levels with high-quality supplements to fill in the gaps in our diet. We can get loads of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from food, but it's nearly impossible to get 100% of optimal levels of what we need every single day.
Some research shows that you'd have to eat 22,000 calories per day and spend more than $33 per day on food just to get the optimal levels of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants each day. For example, almonds are widely known to be an excellent food source of Vitamin E. But did you know that you'd need to eat 3.3 pounds of almonds every single day to get the optimal levels of Vitamin E??!!!
Here are just a few of the reasons why supplements are so necessary:
Modern farming methods have depleted our soil of nutrients, if the nutrients aren't in the soil, they don't get into the food, and in turn don't get into us.
Environmental pollution exposes us to more toxins and radiation than ever before.
Everyday stressors (work, career, schedules, etc.) create even more free-radicals in our bodies.
A high-quality multivitamin and a few other key supplements help us combat nasty toxins, radiation and free radicals and allow our cells to thrive and perform at optimal levels.
September - Recipe of the Month
White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds
(Serves 4) - Ingredients: 1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons slivered almonds 2 large English cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped 3 slices bread, crusts removed 1/2 cup warm water 3 cloves garlic, peeled 6 scallions (whites only) thinly sliced 1/4 white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar (plus more to taste) 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (plus more to taste) 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup green grapes, cut in half
Instructions: Set aside 1 cup of chopped cucumber for a garnish. Soak the bread in water until soft, about 2 minutes. Place soaked bread, the rest of the cucumber, garlic, 3 of the scallions, vinegar, lemon juice, 1/4 cup of the almonds, salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and process until cucumbers are completely blended and liquid and almonds are almost completely invisible, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and vinegar, if desired.
To serve, ladle 1 cup gazpacho into a bowl. Mound 1/4 cup reserved chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon scallions, 2 tablespoons grapes and 1 teaspoon almonds in the center of the soup.
Source: Adapted from The Food You Crave
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Gut Health & Probiotics
A healthy digestive system is critical to optimal health.
It allows you to absorb nutrients (which provide energy), keep your immune system up and active (preventing illness), and get rid of toxic waste that's dragging you down (weight loss).
Treat your digestive system with intense love & care and you will have huge amounts of energy, lose weight easily, and never get sick!
Probiotics: Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria called your gut flora. In fact, you have more bacteria in your belly than you have cells in your body. These little guys are responsible for making vitamin K and some B vitamins, breaking down fiber and producing enzymes, hormones and antibodies our bodies need. The good bacteria in your gut feed on fiber, while the bad guts feed on sugar, yeast and stress. Eating a healthy diet and taking your probiotic supplement will help you maintain a healthy balance of your gut flora.
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