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Metabolic Rage

25 Mar

Hi Lifters!

This week I learnt that my metabolism has significantly slowed down L. Talking to my doctor (who actually knows about this stuff, unlike many) she was shocked at my currently daily caloric intake and suggested that by continuing this over a long period of time it has resulted in my metabolism adapting and subsequently slowing.

Your metabolism refers to the chemical processes that occur within your body enabling regular everyday actions to occur, such as bowel movement, muscle repair, and temperature regulation. This also includes rate of fuel breakdown to provide the body with energy, also known as Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Basically, this determines how many calories/kilojoules our bodies should be consuming each day. If a person has a high BMR, calories/fuel stores (e.g. fat) will be burned up faster.  BMR is influenced by several factors, some of which we can modify to increase (or decrease) the BMR.

Non-modifiable factors:

  •          Age: BMR slows down with increased age
  •          Gender: males have higher BMR than females
  •          Genetic predisposition
  •          Infection/illness: increases BMR
  •          Environment temperature: extremes of temperature (really hot and really cold) increase BMR

Modifiable factors:

  •          Lean muscle mass: increases BMR
  •          Body fat percentage: fat cells slow BMR
  •          Drugs (e.g. caffeine, nicotine)
  •          Diet
  •          Physical activity

Here is a really basic guide as to the recommended caloric intake to maintain a healthy weight range. Please keep in mind that this is only to give you an idea, and the recommended intake varies depending on all of the factors mentioned above. To accurately calculate individual energy intake you should consult with a dietitian.

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It makes sense that to lose weight you should eat less than the maintenance energy requirement; and similarly if you wish to gain weight you should eat more. However, when aiming to lose weight and going to the extreme for a prolonged period of time will cause the metabolism to slow down. The body is smart – it wants to keep you alive. If you’re not providing your body with enough fuel, it will slow the chemical processes down so that you aren’t burning your energy stores too quickly. I have been eating between 1,200-1,500 calories for about 2 years now and hadn’t thought about how it could be affecting my metabolism. It has causes my weight to plateau, I get tired easily, and my body has stopped responding to different exercises. I want to make you aware that this can happen so hopefully it doesn’t happen to you. As I’m young, it should be easy to speed my metabolism back up by making slow modifications to my diet. I’ll be seeing a dietitian in several weeks and will let you know how it goes :). I’m annoyed that I’ve done this to my body, but I’m glad I’ve found out now and can make the necessary changes to get back on track. If sufficient damage is made to metabolism it becomes more difficult to repair, resulting in a permanent low BMR.

Zucchini and Walnut Protein Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

 

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This tastes way better than it sounds haha it’s a beautiful dense cake perfect with a cup of tea. Plus it gets in a cheeky serve of vegies 😉

Ingredients:

Cake

½ cup oat flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

20 serves stevia

25g pea protein

25g whey protein

123g zucchini – grated

3/4 cup fat free Greek yoghurt

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

38g walnuts – chopped

Frosting

125g light Philadelphia cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 serves Stevia

 

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. Combine dry ingredients (except walnuts)

3. Add in zucchini and yoghurt

4. Whisk eggs with vanilla essence, then add to mixture

5. Taste mixture and add cinnamon/nutmeg/sweetener to taste

6. Fold in walnuts

7. Line cake tin with baking paper (this won’t rise much, so keep this in mind when choosing a tin)

8. Pour in mixture and bake for ~30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

9. Whisk together ingredients for frosting and, once cake is cooled, layer on top

 

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Learn constantly, Love your body, Lift yourself higher x

 
References:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/healthy-eating-calculator
http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/n6
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Beautiful Blueberry Pie

27 Jun

Another week another recipe!! I’m stressing out today because I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled out tomorrow :S I’m going to be living off protein shakes for a while I think!! Any ideas healthy low sugar high protein smoothies feel free to let me know :). I’ve been smashing out week 1 of Ashley Conrad’s Clutch Cut program and it’s pretty good!! It involves a lot more cardio than my usual workouts and I think it’s good to shock my body by getting out of routine.

 

Motivation: Dana Linn Bailey

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This recipe was inspired by Protein Pow(d)er – Blueberry Protein Pie

Yum. Yum yum yum yum yum

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Serves 8

Pastry:

1/2 cup egg whites

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup vanilla pea protein powder

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1 tbsp coconut flour

Filling:

1 packet of unflavoured powdered gelatine

2 scoops berry flavoured BCAA (I used raspberry blue)

2 cups of blueberries (I used frozen)

(Instead of gelatine + BCAA you can substitute sugar-free jelly powder)

 

Blend the pastry ingredients together until it resembles a sort of dough

Press the dough into a greased small spring-form pan, covering the bottom and as much of the sides as you can (I saved some and sprinkled it on top as well)

Put this to the side

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celcius

Put the blueberries in a saucepan and bring to the boil

Once the blueberries have started to disintegrate a little, add the gelatin and the BCAA and mix until the gelatin is well combined

Pour the filling into the prepared  pastry base

Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the sides and top look and feel cooked

Allow to cool before serving with a big dollop of fat free Greek yoghurt 🙂

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Nutritional info: per serve (without yoghurt)

Calories: 173

Total fat: 7.9g (1g sat)

Total carbs: 11.2g

Sugar: 4.2g

Protein: 12.4g

 

Yours Always in Health & Fitness x

Hot Hot Hot

8 Mar

It is sooooo hot in Australia right now!! Makes getting into the kitchen a bit less appealing haha. I’ve had a really good week in regards to staying on target with my eating, although I skipped leg day on Wednesday because I was so exhausted – my brain has been feeling really drained from being used so much. I’m going to make up my missed day on the weekend though!!

Motivation:

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My recipes are really piling up now so I need to start putting more into my posts!! Sorry if this is an overload :S

 

Roo Meatball Casserole – I think these are really yum!! My boyfriend refuses to eat kangaroo but I love it haha

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Serves 6

Meatballs:

500g kangaroo mince

1 clove garlic – minced

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1/3 cup egg whites

1 cup oat flour

Casserole:

370g passata

2 tomatoes – diced

3 mushrooms – sliced

Handful of fresh basil

Tiny bit of low fat cheese

Make the meatballs first. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Combine all of the meatball ingredients and mix well (I found it easier with my hands)

Roll mixture into small balls (I made about 20 but totally up to you) and place meatball on a baking tray (covered in baking paper)

Bake for 15-20 minutes, shake tray occasionally

Once cooked, remove meatballs from oven and place into a casserole dish

Pour over the passata, tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil, and gently stir through

Sprinkle some cheese over top, then put back in the oven to cook for 15 minutes

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 179.1

Total fat: 3.4g (1.0g sat)

Total carbs: 12.8g

Sugar: 4.0g

Protein: 22.2g

 

Low Carb Protein Pizza Base from proteinpow.com

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Serves 1-2

1 cup liquid egg whites

1/3 cup psyllium husks

1/2 cup pea protein powder

Herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley)

Garlic salt and onion granules

Whisk all of the ingredients and you will get a sticky mixture

Dollop onto a hot hot hot nonstick frying pan and spread with a spoon to give it as flat a shape as possible

Once cooked on one side, flip it

Remove from the pan and place on a grill/baking tray

Top with whatever you want – I decided to break up some of my kangaroo meatballs and scatter them on top with a little bit of low fat cheese

Grill for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts and sides are brown

NB to make it breadier (but higher carb) add oat flour

Nutritional info: per serve (just the base, without the toppings)

Calories: 192.7

Total fat: 0.5g

Total carbs: 10.4g (10.2g dietary fiber)

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 34.9g!!

 

Angel Food Cake from dessertswithbenefits.com

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Serves 8

3/4 cup oat flour

1/4 cup arrowroot starch

1&1/2 cup egg whites (fresh, not from a carton)

1&1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond flavour (I decided to sub this for lemon extract because I don’t like almond extract..)

1&1/2 cups Stevia (not the concentrated stuff!!)

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

In a small bowl, mix oat flour and arrowroot

In a large bowl, add egg whites, cream of tartar, salt and extracts. Whisk until stiff peaks form (~5 minutes)

Slowly add the sweetener whilst continuing to whisk on a low speed

Slowly and gently fold in the oat flour and arrowroot mixture, one scoop at a time – be careful not to deflate the egg whites

Scoop the batter in a cake pan and flatten the surface with a spoon

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown and springs back when tapped

Cool the cake upside down so that the cake doesn’t deflate

Once cool, remove from the pan and serve! I chose to sprinkle with coconut milk flour 🙂

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 80.6

Total fat: 1.0g

Total carbs: 10.3g

Sugar: 0.3g

Protein: 6.1g

 

BBQ Chicken Bolognaise from No Cheating! Clean Recipes for Lean Bodies

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Serves 8

1kg chicken mince

2 large onions – diced

3 medium zucchini – diced

1 broccoli – finely chopped

Barbeque sauce:

3 tbsp reduced salt tomato paste

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

3 tbsp worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 cup passata

Salt and pepper to taste

Add diced vegetables to a hot, non stick pot and cook until beginning to sweat and soften

Add chicken to the vegetables and stir occasionally until cooked through

Combine the sauce ingredients together before pouring over the chicken and vegetables, then add water until there is just enough to cover the mixture and mix well

Continue to cook on a low heat on the stove for up to 3 hours, or until the chicken mixture has caramlised and lost most of its moisture. If using a slow cooker you can leave for up to 6 hours on the lowest setting

Nutritional info: per serve

Calories: 219.3

Total fat: 7.9g (2.3g sat)

Total carbs: 11.2g

Sugar: 6.8g

Protein: 27.3g

Sodium: 258.6mg

 

Omega-3 Protein Bread from chcolatechillimango.com – YUM!

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Serves 8 slices

2/3 cup quinoa flour (can substitute with basically any other flour)

2/3 cup ground flaxseed meal

2/3 cup pea protein (I used vanilla flavour because I don’t have plain..)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup egg whites

1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Grease a loaf tin lightly with olive oil spray/line with baking paper

Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl

Whisk together the egg whites, oil and water, then add to the dry mixture and mix until you get a sticky batter (may need to add a little extra water)

Pour the batter into the loaf tin

You can bake this freeform, but let the dough sit for 5 minutes before turning it out on the baking tray so that it will thicken up slightly

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden and rise

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before turning out of the tin

I chose to slice mine in big chunks, because I wanted to have ‘rolls’

Between two slices I had smoked salmon, avocado, and rocket 🙂 yum!!

Nutritional info: per slice

Calories: 151.5

Total fat: 7.9g (0.9g sat)

Total carbs: 9.2g

Sugar: 0.2g

Protein: 11.4g

 

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Hope you’re all having a great week, and for those in Australia, I hope you’re keeping cool!!! x