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Some Zumba choreography routines that get me moving

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Some are taught in my classes, some are not and I learn them anyway because they’re fun. And then there are some that I have to learn 3 or 4 different routines for because all the instructors love to play them. Win win all around for me 🙂

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Product Review: EAS Complete Protein (your choice of flavors) and why strength training is great for women

October 5, 2015 Leave a comment

EAS Complete Vanilla Protein Powder

As women get older, our nutritional needs change. The doctor starts to say things like “you need more Vitamin this this and this. Oh and don’t eat too much salt, drink more water, and exercise.” That’s when you know that you’ve reached the dreaded “adult” stage. How am I an adult when feel like I was 12 like 2 weeks ago???

Recently I decided to incorporate more strength training into my regular routine of Zumba, Yoga, and whatever else catches my interest on a particular day. Strength training has so many benefits for women, including:

  • Lose more body fat (everyone’s favorite, right?)
  • More strength without bulk – women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy compared to men. That means that except in extreme circumstances, women won’t bulk.
  • Risk of osteoporosis decreases – This is on my mind because in my family history, some females do develop that condition. I also broke a toe not too long ago and realized that breaking things is not a remote possibility anymore
  • Athletic performance improves – I love this bit. I feel stronger in the other types of exercise I do like Yoga and more able to do the poses that require a lot of upper body strength
  • Physical strength! – Carry more of those grocery bags in with more confidence because you got strength, girl!
  • Reduce risk of injury, back pain & arthritis – I have back issues stemming from my years of running, and lifting is definitely getting my lower back stronger.
  • It’s never too late to start – Whether you’re 40, 50 or 60, it’s never too late to start

Anyway, getting into strength meant I had to change up how I ate, and in particular how much protein I consumed. To that end, it was time to select a protein powder to help get me to the levels I needed. And boy, talk about differing price points and reviews. In the end I picked the EAS Complete Protein Powder in Vanilla for a few reasons:

  1. Fairly inexpensive. 1 2-lb tub of powder comes in under 20 dollars and oftentimes there are online coupons specifically for it. And I don’t have to go all the way across town to my hoity toity vitamin store for it; it’s literally down the block from my house at my local supermarket.
  2. The vanilla flavor tastes like melted vanilla ice cream when combined with nonfat milk in a shake. I’m not kidding, that’s exactly what it tastes like.
  3. You can use the powder in tons of different recipes. I like using a scoop in the morning with my oatmeal instead of sugar. Tastes great and it’s sweetened nicely with a hint of vanilla.
  4. At 150 calories for a 2-scoop serving, it packs a 25 gram protein punch, along with other vitamins and minerals including those for bone and digestive health.

So there you go, high protein, great flavor, and a low price. Works for me 🙂

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