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🍰 Weight Loss Tips and Strategies for Diet and Nutrition Alexandria VA

Sand & Steel’s latest nutrition tips and strategies.  This blog post is dynamically updated as we discuss new nutrition tips and strategies based on the nutrition consultations our clients have at Sand & Steel (so bookmark it with CTRL D).  We cover topics like how much soy is too much?  Is artificial sugar really that bad?  Does the kind of tea I drink affect weight loss?  How to balance macros for improving body composition, etc.  With over 8 years of nutrition and weight loss in Alexandria VA, you’ll this is a very long post.

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Nutrition Coaching and Nutrition Counseling

Healthy Food List for Nutritionists Dietitians

Origin Nutrition’s Healthy Food List has arrived. View the 75 most common foods we see with our advice as to whether you should eat it. Plus you’ll get a handy diet cheat sheet as to what kind of calories (fat, carbs, or protein it contains.)

Looking for a food not on our list (e.g. tofu, coconut water, etc.) Post a comment and we’ll add it to the list complete with our recommendation. Eat Smart — Get Strong!

Oat Builder Recipe

Bold flavors combining bursts of citrus, hard and soft textures, the Oat Builder is a simple but amazing tasting breakfast. Almond creme, raspberry, pistachios, and more. Piping hot cereal threatens heats your mouth as the cool almond creme rushes in save it at the last second. This is a “Five Star” recipe all the way, and took months of practice to perfect!

Healthy Coconut Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry From Scratch
(with available Shortcuts)

Chicken breast is an excellent food because it’s low in fat, and high in protein.  But seared chicken can get a little repetitive.  Chicken Curry to the rescue!  This recipe contains no sweeteners other than coconut milk.  The only added fat is a mere 2 TBL of butter per serving.

Summary:

Coconut Chicken Curry is essentially Ghee, Garam Marsala, tomatoes, coconut milk, chicken stock, and aromatics.  Healthy right?  Not quite, your typical restaurant will pour in about a pound of butter for 6 chicken breasts.  Considering most athletes might eat 1.5 pieces of chicken, that’s one stick of butter per serving!  And you wonder why Indian and Thai food will make you gain weight.  Truth be told, 1/4 stick of Ghee is enough, and that’s what we’ll base the following recipe on.

How bad is one stick of butter anyway?  Very.  It’s worth 840 calories and 58 grams of saturated fat which is about 300% over your daily recommended allowance.

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Late Night Snacks

Origin Nutrition Topic 41: Late Night Snacks?  Good or Bad?

The Broscience:

No Carbs after 7:00, because your metabolism slows down.  Take this Article by Dirk’s health with recommends not eating late at night because your metabolism slows down.1  Notice the lack of citations to authority.

The Truth:

The premise behind this broscience is false.  Metabolism during the REM cycle in healthy individuals is often higher than resting metabolism.2  Plus, it has been clinically demonstrated that eating carbs before going to bed helps people fall asleep.3

“Carbs at Night Help with Weight Loss?”

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Protein and BCAA

Protein and BCAA Broken Down

Talk to any bodybuilder about supplements and the topic of BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and Protein will come up very quickly… but what do they do and how do they work?

  1. Should women take protein and BCAAs?
  2. What are BCAA’s and why are they important to take?
  3. What about other amino acids like glutamine and citrulline malate?
  4. What about Vegan protein?
  5. Isn’t eating chicken good enough?
  6. Can I have too much protein?
  7. Is soy protein bad for me?
  8. What is the difference between Whey, Whey Isolated, and Whey Hydrolized
  9. What are essential amino acids?
  10. What are difference between brands? (taste, toxins, dissolvability, cramping.) We only sell two brands of protein Metrx and Sunwarrior.  Vastly different proteins, but both represent two of the best protein you can buy in their respective markets.

Metrx

These questions and more were discussed during the Old Town Strength Club For Women meeting.  Click below to see the footage:

 

Caffeine and Muscle Cramps

Coffee Expresso

 

 

Curing Cramping Through Caffeine Regulation

By Paul Roberts
Sand&Steel Fitness

There are many causes for cramps:

  1. Lack of conditioning;
  2. Dehydration; and
  3. Electrolyte deficiency (Calcium, Chlorine, Potassium, Sodium)

Are some of the most frequently blamed items.  I train hard everyday and maintain a clean diet, and still I suffer from the onset of cramps in my calves and stomach.  They are painful, and worse then that when my muscles seize up my soccer game, skiing venture, or exercise bout is over.

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