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    Nutrition & Performance - by Isabelle Huot, Nutritionist

    #2 Aliments anti-stress - www.isabellehuot.com

    Les sources de stress sont courantes : examens, compétitions sportives, nouveau travail, etc. Le corps voit le stress comme un danger à combattre, ce qui accélère notre organisme et épuise nos réserves d'énergie et d'éléments nutritifs. Pour mieux combattre le stress, on doit faire le plein de nutriments.

    Aliments à intégrer quotidiennement :

    1. Des produits céréaliers comme les céréales et les pâtes qui augmentent la sérotonine (hormone du bien-être) en circulation. Augmenter la sérotonine permet de mieux se sentir et de réduire l'angoisse!
    2. Des sources de magnésium comme des produits céréaliers, des légumineuses (pois chiches, lentilles, haricots rouges, etc.), des noix et des graines. En période de stress, le magnésium s'élimine davantage dans l'urine. En plus, des carences en magnésium nuisent aux contractions musculaires et à l'utilisation de l'énergie!
    3. Des probiotiques et des sources de vitamines A et C pour donner un coup de pouce à notre système immunitaire fragilisé. En plus de ne pas être agréable, les différentes infections qu'on peut développer, comme le rhume, nuisent à la pratique d'activité en diminuant la performance.
    4. Des omégas 3 pour stabiliser l'humeur. En période de stress, la déprime est plus fréquente, voilà pourquoi on conseille 2 portions de poissons gras par semaine comme le saumon, le thon et le maquereau.

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    Nutrition & Performance - by Isabelle Huot, Nutritionist

    On surveille les aliments qui accentuent les effets du stress :

    1. Les aliments très sucrés comme les biscuits et les barres de chocolat. Leur effet énergisant ne dure pas et s'accompagne d'une baisse d'énergie rapide.
    2. Une consommation de caféine importante (plus de 3 tasses de café ou boisson énergisante) accentue l'anxiété et les insomnies.

    La pratique d'activité physique quotidienne est une des meilleures stratégies de gestion de stress.

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    Nutrition & Performance - by Isabelle Huot, Nutritionist

    #1 Healthy Snacks - www.isabellehuot.com

    Snacks provide the body with a quick fix for energy and help you to avoid over eating at your next planned meal. During periods of excess growth, it is more than normal to be hungry throughout the entire day, in the event of exercise during such periods; your body will require more food to respond to the level of energy output. Nutritious snacks help with concentration and overall performance whether it is in school or the office. If you notice that commercial muffins, oatmeal cookies, cakes, croissants, chips and chocolate bars are making you tired during the day, there are better choices that will provide you with the energy your body lacks.

    The best choices are glucose and protein based snacks. Glucose is the gas the runs the body, it rapidly turns food into energy. Proteins slow down the absorption of glucose allowing your body to maintain a more equilibrated level of energy over a longer period of time. We find glucose in fruits, granola bars, rice and dairy products with the exception of cheese. On the other hand, proteins are found primarily in meats and meat substitutes (soy-based products, eggs, fish, nuts, grains and milk products.) By combining a strong glucose and protein intake, snacks will be beneficial to not only your health but also your overall energy levels.

    Examples of healthy snacks: Granola & Yogurt based bars, fresh fruits and low fat cheeses, protein based smoothie with fresh fruits & yogurt, drinkable yogurt (Yop), mini pita's with hummus spread, natural fruit based bars with sunflower seeds and other nuts, soy based beverages, chocolate milk, home made muffins and milk

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    ON YOUR MARKS, SET, HEALTH!

    As we often say, a healthy mind, a healthy body, but it's rarely exercised.

    As many of you may know, promoting a healthy lifestyle full of physical exercise is something I hold close to the heart, and I have set a goal to reach out to as many people as possible with this message.

    In the majority of cases, the problem is linked to a lack of discipline teamed up with a busy schedule.  By carefully managing your time effectively, physical activity will not be on the backburner as it so often is.

     

    This reality affects the North American society, as we see more than two thirds of the population suffering from health related problems such as respiratory and diseases like diabetes.  Both of which can be avoided and regulated by exercising and eating well.

    Modernized lifestyles have directly influenced our bodies relationship at managing all levels of stress, for such reasons I cannot stress the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle.

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    ON YOUR MARKS, SET, HEALTH!

    Here are 6 reasons that underline the importance of maintaining a healthy weight:

    1. Reduced risk of diseases
    2. Improved blood circulation
    3. More effective oxygenation of blood within the muscles and organs
    4. Stronger heart
    5. Stronger resistance of muscles for physical effort
    6. Higher resistance to stress and improvement of overall health
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    WEIGHT LOSS

    There is more to weight loss than losing weight, other elements include toning muscles by regular exercise and proper supplementation.

    Why is it important to have a healthy weight?

    The expression sums it up, your weight directly influences your state of mine and health. By having a surplus of weight enhances your chances to develop diabetes, cardiovascular problems and poor circulation of blood that brings forth arthritis among other things.

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    ON YOUR MARKS, SET, HEALTH!

    How do fats form?

    A large majority of the fats we consume are used by our body as a source of energy in our day-to-day lives. It is evident that I am speaking on behalf of saturated fats found primarily in beef, however we can find good fats in fish, olives, grains, and oils. Where does the fat come from you may ask? They come from an excess consumption of glucose. Glucose is something most people consume for the most part without even knowing.

    They are found in pastas, desserts, potatoes and breads, these forms of glucose are used by our bodies like gas for a car, the excess is then transformed by our body into fat. Therefore to eliminate the first step to effective weight loss is to decrease your quantities of daily intake of glucose based products. I suggest you all for your resolutions this new year season is to take your measurements and to set goals and objectives accordingly.

    During your journey to your goals, I highly suggest my clothing line available at Aubainerie within Quebec for both men and women. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best sporting good companies in the world and know a good quality product when I see it. I am very proud of my brand and urge you all to support it at a fraction of the cost of other competitors.

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