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Summer 2016 Nutrition Tips –

Neat Cleanse Tips and Tricks 

A cleanse is a popular term many use for a time period of nutritional change in which one would like to clean out their intestinal track. Many would also like to see benefits such as: improved cognitive state, decreased body fat, weight loss, and appearance. A cleanse can be as simple as a shot of wheat grass or can be as complex or as prolonged as a seven to twenty four day challenge. NX Level offers a system using Advocare and Standard Process supplements to help restore the function of hormonal and intestinal health. However, simple foods and habits can be used be anyone to cleanse and increase their health. Here is our top five:

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  1. Upon Rising Drink 16 ounces of water with a shot of lime to speed metabolism, improve soft tissue quality and alkalize your body  
  2. Reduce processed food and grain intake. Many processed foods/grains not only spike ones insulin causing fat storage but also lead to sodium retention. The more “crap” we eat the worse our soft tissue quality becomes and the more we fill our intestinal tracks and bloodstream with metabolic waste.
  3. Eat Gut healthy foods. Chia seeds, avocados, greek yogurt with probiotic, fatty wild caught fish, greens, berries and even sauerkraut are all examples of healthy foods that will create a stronger system.
  4. Remove coffee, sodas, cheese and any high carbonated energy drinks.
  5. Exercise! The best way to improve blood flow, increase circulation, release positive mood enhancing endorphins and create better hormonal outputs is to get 15 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Get sweaty!

Whey To Go

One of the most asked questions of our strength staff is “What should I consume postworkout? After ones body undergoes breakdown from training or exercise, research shows one needs to combat the catabolic affect with amino acids. A whey isolate is the most common and possibly most efficient approach to speeding up the recovery process and rebuilding muscle. Whey is derived from the milk and cheese making process. Whey peptides in the form of isolate are absorbed faster and used to stimulate protein synthesis. We recommend Respect, by Pride Nutrition. Pride takes satisfaction in where they get their whey and how this product is made.


Spring 2015 Nutrition Tip –

The Wonder Seasoning

Not only does it improve the taste of meats and meals but more importantly it serves as a natural boost to your health for these reasons:  

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  • Creates an electrolyte balance
  • Increases hydration
  • Regulates water content both inside and outside cells
  • Balances pH and helps reduce acid/reflux
  • Prevents muscle cramping
  • Aids in metabolism function
  • Strengthens bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents Goiters
  • Helps breakdown Toxins

September 2014 –

NX Food Drive

October Food of the Month “Badger Red.”
Bring in any canned or non perishable fruit or vegetable that is bright in the color red.


September 2014 Nutrition Tip –

Coconut:

Coconuts! They’re making a comeback in every which way. Along with every health benefit to imagine they actually are a short term substitute for blood plasma, were used in gas mask creation and help with creating some variations of petroleum oil.

coconut-water-splash.jpg Coconuts are actually categorized as a nut and its health benefits are endless. Coconuts are high in medium chain triglycerides. This oil is also a great source of quick energy and a great tool to kick start ones metabolism. Coconut water is an electrolyte filled rehydrating agent that has greater benefits than Gatorade and more potassium than a banana. Last but not least, coconut oil is a great skin and hair product for its beautifying properties.

August 2014 Nutrition Tip –

Easy Healthy Hash Swap Out

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shredded Red Cabbage, Shredded Brocolli, Shredded Carrots, Eggs, Your Favorite Salts or Hot Sauce
Serving Suggestions: 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1/2 cup shredded brocolli, 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage, 1/2 cup shredded carrots, 4 eggs

hashsummer.jpg Directions: Saute vegetables in coconut oil for 3 to 4 minutes at high temperature. Turn heat to a mid-range setting and crack the eggs over the top. Scramble or slow cook to your liking and remove from heat. Add desired spice or hot sauce to finish.

May 2014 Nutrition Tip –

Healthy Summer Snack Swap Outs

Sweet Potato Chips  – This summer we can all make the guarantee we will over indulge at a few barbeques. Brats, burgers, macaroni salad, and chips of every sort will heavily fill our bellies during gatherings with family and friends. You’re a human and definitely not perfect. In light of this, NX Level’s May tip is going to recognize this fact and not leave you deprived of a happy belly and the sure fire good time a bag of Doritos can bring. However, our tip and recommendation is to choose wisely in that potato chip category. Swap out your Ruffles for the new kid at the party... The Sweet Potato Chip!  

519L2dZG8-L.jpg The standard sweet potato chip can be found at many grocery stores. Trader Joes’s has a fantastic selection that boasts some healthier benefits. The carbohydrate content of most every potato chip will indeed trigger an insulin spike. However, in comparison to your standard Lay’s chips the sweet potato chip carries three grams of fiber, twenty-five percent of your daily value for Vitamin A, ten percent of your daily value for Vitamin C and also has less sugar to boot! Make that swap!

April 2014 Nutrition Tip –

Post Workout Fruits

Spring is finally here and with summer just around the corner many of our favorite fruits are ripe and "in-season." Consuming carbohydrates is a post workout must to restore glycogen to depleted muscles. Fruits provide the necessary carbs and also give you added nutrients that can help you recover and improve your immune system. 

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Here are five musts and a few unknown characteristics they possess: 

  • Oranges – Provide a daily dose of vitamin C and a solid helping of fiber, Vitamin A and calcium.
  • Bananas – Packed with potassium, vitamin B6 and pectin, which aids in digestion.
  • Pineapples – Tons of vitamin C and manganese to keep bones dense and strong. Pineapple- also contains bromelain to aid in reduction of inflammation and swelling.
  • Kiwis – Vitamin K, potassium, fiber and folate make this a winner and help this fruit generate red blood cells. 
  • Cherries – From sleep aid, to inflammation reduction to burning fat this fruit is last on our list but definitely not least.

January Nutrition Recipe of the Month: SUPERBOWL –

SUPERBOWL SNACKS – Dare to dip.

Make your Superbowl Sunday phytoestrogen free!

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Winter / New Year's Nutrition Recipe of the Month –

Christmas Snack Bites Recipe

Everyone will love this colorful FAT BURNING recipe!!!

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November 2013 Nutrition Article of the Month –

TOP FIT FOR FALL QUESTION ANSWERED...
Is your pumpkin latte, scotch and bourbon gluten free?

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Pumpkin is popping up everywhere you look as we head into the time of year when it seems the perfect flavor for the season.

And that means our attention and our taste buds are turning to pumpkin spice lattes.

On the gluten-free diet, these aromatic drinks present challenges because none of the three big national chains that brew the lattes will say their concoctions are safe....

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October 2013 Nutrition Article of the Month –

7 Surprising Ways Junk Food Can Make You Miserable and my #1 SUPERFOOD to make you look and feel GLORIOUS!

You already knew junk food was bad for you, but here are a few reasons it's even worse than you thought...Sugar, bad fats, processed carbohydrates. These dietary devils are what make up the bulk of all junk food-and bulk isn't the only thing they cause.

Foods like processed "white" carbs, packaged cookies, potato chips, sugary sodas, and high-fat burgers and fries not only pack on pounds, they can cause physical symptoms and conditions that make you look and feel like, well, crap.

Download the article to read the seven potential side effects of a diet high in junk food just might inspire you to make a beeline for the nearest Whole Foods.

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September 2013 Nutrition Article of the Month –

5 Healthy Substitutes for Guilt-Free Baking

I love something sweet after a dinner -- it lets my palate, and my mind, know that eating for the day is over; however, my body gets very upset with me if I try to sneak in a delicious bowl of Kopp’s Custard or a comforting chocolate lava cake. I took this challenge into my own hands because I LOVE chocolate, so decided to start making my own desserts, so I could indulge and not worry about how much fat, calories and sugar were in each bite.

Here are some healthy substitutes for guilt-free baking:

  1. Butter/Oil – Try replacing half (yes half) of the butter in cookies, or half of the oil in cakes, with applesauce. The substitution will maintain the moisture and provide natural sweetness. Bonus: it's even better if you can make your own applesauce. Don't add any sugar or extra flavors to your applesauce – reserve that for your baking.

  2. Sugar – Coconut sugar, sugar cane and even honey can be used to replace white refined sugar in most recipes. Even with the substitution, try cutting the sugar in half. Coconut sugar can be found in natural food stores in a powdered form which will easily replace sugar in any recipe. Honey, on the other hand, will make your baked goods denser, and is naturally much sweeter than refined sugar, so a small amount goes a long way.  If you are used to eating very sweet desserts, it may taste a little strange at first to cut the sugar, so take it in steps.

  3. Eggs – Eggs act as a combining agent, but they are heavy in un-necessary fat and cholesterol. Try using only the egg-whites. Egg-whites can be bought on their own in cartons, so you don't have to waste the yolk. Another suggestion, a personal favorite of mine, is to replace the egg replace the egg with a water and ground flax seed mixture (three tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon flax seed, and let sit to thicken). Usually, this mixture will replace one egg.

  4. Flour – The gluten from flour can leave us feeling bloated, especially after a meal. So try experimenting with gluten-free flours such as buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, etc. You can replace up to half of the required flour with gluten-free flour in muffins, cookies, waffles, Bundt cakes, etc.

  5. Chocolate – Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, but store bought chocolate chips add extra sugar, fat and calories. To cut the sugar, try using dark chocolate chips, or replace them altogether (I know this is hard sometimes) with raisins, dried cranberries, nuts or fresh fruit.

These tips can be applied to almost any baking recipe. I am constantly experimenting with my own recipes – a batch of my cookies never come out the same way twice.

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Let yourself be creative, enjoy!


August 2013 Nutrition Article of the Month –

The #1 reason people are not losing fat:

Misconception: Skipping meals means less calories which means losing weight – WRONG!

Burning fat does not mean skipping meals or starving yourself. Starvation will cause your body to burn muscle and actually store more fat. 

How To Burn Fat: 
Eat 5-6 meals a day including the 6 foods to burn fat. This way your body will be brimmed for fat burning ALL DAY LONG.

Fat burning foods:
1. High-fiber vegetables: – eat them to burn fat
2. Non-farmed fish – Potent for burning fat 
3. Egg whites – best protein for burning fat.
4. Berries – high fiber alternative to vegetables
5. Protein bars/shakes – burn fat with a busy schedule
6. Extra virgin olive oil – best source of monounsaturated fat, essential for fat burning 

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Ginger
Used for centuries to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances, ginger can also help reduce inflammation, boost blood flow to muscles and aid muscle recovery. It has also has been shown to boost calorie burn when eaten.

Green Tea
Several studies suggest green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn abdominal fat. Green tea contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that may briefly affect the metabolism. To get the most benefit, you may need to drink green tea several times a day. Take your tea hot because it takes longer to drink, slowing your calorie intake and providing a soothing, mindful experience.

Honey
Yes, it's a sugar, but it's fairly low on the glycemic index. Keeping insulin levels low and steady is critical for maintaining a fat-burning environment in your body. Honey is also a rich source of nitric oxide (NO) metabolites; ultimately, that means it actually encourages fat release from the body's fat cells.

Asparagus
Asparagus is another great fat-burning food. I use it quite a bit when I need a natural diuretic to rid the last water deposits from my body before a photo shoot or competition. Asparagus contains the chemical asparagine, and it is an alkaloid that directly affects the cells and breaks down fat. It also contains a chemical that helps remove waste from the body, which in turns helps reduce fat level.

Garlic
Garlic is another great food that adds flavor to your meals and is a proven fat burner. Alicin, a component of garlic, does a great job helping to flush fat from the body.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are great oxidizers of body fat and are very efficient at metabolizing fat. Tomatoes also help lower blood pressure and fight certain types of cancer. If you can add tomatoes or tomato sauce to your diet, you'll reap health benefits.

Avocado
The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel during exercise and actually encourage fat burning. Avocados also contain a very interesting carb called mannoheptulose, a sugar that actually blunts insulin release and enhances calcium absorption, both of which are critical for encouraging fat loss.

Vinegar
If you dress your salad with oil and vinegar, you may get another fat-fighting benefit.  More research is needed, but some studies suggest vinegar may help the body break down fat. Whether or not this effect pans out, vinegar is a good choice. It's full of flavor that can make salad more satisfying -- and it has no calories

All of these foods will help you melt away the fat, but they need help from other sources, too. These will work with a good support system of water, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Keeping your food choices high in protein and fiber and water will keep you full, which means you’re eating meals less often, and what you are eating you’re storing as useable fat and energy! 

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