Visions of Apples Dancing in my Head

I’m sitting here at work dreaming of an Apple Cider from Tim Hortons. OR call me crazy, the Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks.  I think because it’s a cool autumn like day, I just feel like snuggling up on my couch at home with a hot beverage. But then when I start thinking about the nutritional value of the drinks I am craving, I have to reconsider.  Lets take a look at the nutritional content of my Grande Caramel Apple Spice WITHOUT Whipped Topping:

Caramel Apple Spice
Calories 280
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 20mg
Total Carbohydrate 70g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 65g
Protein 0g

So, if you are a calorie counter (which I am) I could easily sacrifice 280 calories for that.  However, I’m unsure if I want to ingest 65 grams of sugar.  As good as it sounds, I think I will have to pass.. unfortunately.

What are you favourite Autumn drinks?  I know the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a favourite – by the way, I tried it a year ago to find out what all the hype was about.. it was absolutely disgusting!  Lets take a look at some of our favourite Autumn/Winter drinks.  NOT to judge those who drink these drinks, or bash any of these companies; I’m simply just enabling you to be aware of your choices.

Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Calories 380, Calories from Fat 120
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 240mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 49g
Protein 14g

Tim Hortons Medium Chocolate Latte

 

 

Calories 230
Fat 7g
Protein 9g
Carbs 32g
Fibre 0g
Sugar 30g

 

 

Tim Hortons French Vanilla:

 

Calories 310
Fat 10g
Protein 5g
Carbs 52g
Fibre 2g
Sugar 40g

 

 

 

Starbucks Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte:

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

 

Calories 330, Calories from Fat 120
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 140mg
Total Carbohydrate 42g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 40g
Protein 12g

 

These are just a few of many of our Autumn favourite drinks!! I’m not saying not to have them – I just want to stress the importance of moderation!  I know at Starbucks you can also order the “skinny” versions of most drinks and enjoy your favourite drink, minus all the added sugar.

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Drink coffee?

 

Do you love caffeine as much as I do?  I must admit, I not only love coffee…I Love Energy drinks.  I KNOW!!! They are horrible for you.  I try to cover my tracks and ensure I drink the sugar free kind.  However, I know that no energy drinks are good for you.  ANYWHOO… I’m not talking about me..

So.. lets start off with the good things about caffeine.  I’ll give all of you coffee drinkers good news!!!  Caffeine in moderation IS a good thing.  Caffeine improves cognitive functions (What do I mean by that? Cognition is a group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.) Anywhoo… Caffeine also inhibits insulin resistance AND….some wonderful news.. it also speeds up your metabolism!! WAHOOO!!

However, you have to make sure you do not drink too much!! Too much caffeine can actually make us gain weight by burning out our adrenal glands and releasing stress hormones. For this reason, 400 milligrams (mg) a day should be the limit. (That’s the equivalent of one to two large cups of coffee, depending on how strongly it’s brewed.)  SO if you’re looking to watch your weight.. I would recommend not over doing it with the coffee.

Some sources of caffeine are better than others. Organic, filtered coffee (not doctored up with sugar, artificial sweeteners, or cream) is okay. Green tea is a better choice because it promotes fat oxidation and is believed to improve insulin sensitivity. Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages to one or two a day — and because caffeine is a diuretic, you should drink one glass of water for every caffeinated drink. Also, you should have your last caffeinated drink before noon so that it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

So, are you drinking coffee just for the benefit of it’s fat-burning benefits?  I would highly recommend looking into Guarana.  What is that?  Well because of my experience with a certain weight loss company.. I know different products that assist with weight loss.  I always have friends and family asking me different things they can do/take to help with their weight loss journeys.  So what I do is research online about difference OTC products that they can purchase…

So…lets take a little look into Guarana.  First of all, you can ingest this product in pill form OR in a drink.. Guarana is a tropical plant native to the Amazon jungle. It contains caffeine, but instead of producing a sudden energy surge and quick drop-off, guarana is absorbed slowly and therefore produces a more moderate energy boost that escalates gradually. Try 5 mg of guarana per pound of body weight, and take it about 40 minutes before your workout.

So today, before you hit a Starbucks or Tim Hortons… remember don’t over-do it… It may just make you gain back the weight you’ve lost.

Have a wonderful Sunday. 🙂

-Danielle

What do Healthy People Do?

Sometimes when I’m at the gym I find myself wondering how these healthy people get to look like they do and how they do what they do.  Obviously they are in on some sort of secret right?  I know they must all starve themselves, surround themselves with each other so they all can be just as glamorous as the other…

Like how did Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels get to look the way they do?  They’re rich and famous, they obviously have paid for personal trainers, surgeries and botox, right?

I’m constantly in awe of all these healthy people that I see in the media, at the gym and in public.  I’m constantly trying to come up with a new trick or way to lose weight and look good.

So just listen to me when I say this, listen closely… THEY. WORK. HARD.

They eat clean.  These people workout.  These people CARE about their bodies.  They know that this is their only body they’ll live in.. so why not make it the healthiest..

So forget what I said about me being in awe of these people and wondering how they get to their healthy body weights…. Because I KNOW!!! So let’s talk a little…Here’s a few real facts on what exactly these healthy people do —

Numero Uno – Healthy people go to the gym regularly!! YUP! I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to get up and move.  Get off the couch, get out of bed…  It doesn’t matter if it’s a walk around the block, a bike ride to the store or a swim at the local swimming pool (indoor or out).. all that matters is that you get up and move.

Number TWO:  They LIFT!

Yup – move over ARNOLD, Danielle’s in town!!  Healthy individuals lift weights, they run, they go to the local Zumba or Body Pump class.. pretty much – they move their asses and they PUMP IT UP!!!

IMPORTANT NUMBER 3 — THEY DO NOT STARVE THEMSELVES…

That’s right.. you don’t have to live off of crackers and water..

So yes.. the healthy people eat!!!  And guess what?  They actually eat quite a bit.  When you’re working out you’re going to need to eat even more.  You need to eat more to ensure that you replenish your body to help get your muscles sexy and strong!!

Clap, clap QUATTRO!!! I will say this slowly…. they… don’t…eat… PROCESSED foods!!

So when you’re having a sweet craving, I would suggest NOT to reach for the 100 calorie snack pack — Grab a fruit!! Healthy individuals reach for unprocessed, natural foods.  So guess what will be your best friends?  Fruits, veggies and protein!!

Zzzzzzzzzz NUMBER 5: Sleep Sleep Sleeep  – HEALTHY PEOPLE GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP!

So believe it or not eager beavers, your body needs to rest!!!! You need a good solid 6-8 hours of sleep a day – I know, our bodies are needy for rest.. Oh those selfish bastards!!

6. Healthy people do all this stuff consistently.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! Yes, I’m sorry to burst your bubble.  But if you want results, guess what?? WORK HARD EVERYDAY!! Trust me, I am the worst at this.  I will get motivated for a few days and then BOOM! I’m not back at the gym for 2 weeks – Yah, I know I suck. I need to practice what I preach.. but whatever!! I’m trying to make a point.  Healthy individuals eat, sleep, breathe HEALTHY LIVING.  These guys don’t just go to the gym when they’re feeling inspired.

They go when they want to sleep… they go when they would rather be out shopping, partying or watching their favourite shows.  Why the hell do they do this?  Because the view it as something their body needs…

Oh.. and guess what?  They consistently eat well..   their food journals don’t look like a crazy roller coaster of food choices.

7. Healthy people listen to and embrace their body.

This is simple, take care of your damn body.  LOVE your body… love yourself.  Take care of every part of your body and every curve.  Because really, self-loathing is so totally not in right now.  Your body makes you UNIQUE!  And that’s why people love you for YOU!!

#8 – Mmmmmm COOKIES: Yes, healthy individuals TREAT themselves:

My last point I’ll give you the good news…. HAVE A COOKIE!!!! mmmmmm chocolate chip cookies from Tim Hortons…..So these healthy individuals indulge in occasional treats and they DONT feel bad about it.

So… here’s the thing my lovelies, these healthy individuals that you strive to be like IS achievable.  Just fuel your body with healthy choices, get your butt doing squats and go run around the block.  And also, please ensure you give your body the rest it deserves.

You CAN do this, and I know you will!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

-Danielle Michelle