SO, having coffee with a friend today and she said to me: “I know you aren’t going to like this; BUT, I really think I can’t eat gluten!” Well, to be honest when I typically hear this comment out of nowhere my hair does stand on end! However, this time it really didn’t! You see, it wasn’t out of no where; this particular friend has made this comment to me more than once before. Yes, I admit the first time I was like “REALLY????”. We have covered all the bases together. In other words: What are her symptoms? Is she eating overall healthy or lots of junk? Has she tried eliminating other foods, i.e. dairy? How’s her sleep, exercise? Did she want to get tested for celiac disease? (Answer no: she thinks its an intolerance!) Hey, I am never a fan of eliminating a food or food group, but sometimes it does need to be done. She admits to feeling better without it, so at the end of the day how can I argue with that.
In this week’s The Keri Report:
- You Ask: I Answer: “What are the benefits of protein shakes and bars versus the concerns?”
- Does Eating Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?
- Jennifer Lopez’s 10-Day Challenge: No Carbs, No Sugar
You Ask: I Answer: “What are the benefits of protein shakes and bars versus the concerns?”
First off, the average person does NOT need a protein shake or protein bar in their diet to begin with for EXTRA protein. You see, that’s because most people are already getting enough protein in their diet. Hello chicken, eggs, legumes, dairy, red meat, fish, nuts, etc. And secondly, if a person has a healthy appetite and no problems chewing, I would be encouraging these types of whole foods instead of a shake to begin with.
However, there are circumstance where a protein shake or bar can come in handy. For example, you are following a vegan diet and adding some protein powder into your morning smoothie could really help to balance out your breakfast. Or you are looking for an easy grab and go snack while on the run, a protein bar can fill that need. Typically when I do recommend a bar I suggest one with as little added sugar as possible, at least 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and no more than 200 calories.
I looked through past interviews that I have given on this subject and recommend reading these:
Do I Need Protein Powder Supplements?
The Five Best Protein Bars, According To Top Nutritionists
Hope this helps Lee!!!
Does Eating Breakfast Help You Lose Weight? – U.S. News Eat + Run
OR, is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Wait a minute…..have we been misguided by the media and our moms all these years? Truthfully, the answer is not a simple yes or no!!! Personally, I have ALWAYS been a breakfast eater; can’t imagine starting my day without it. But then there are those that struggle with eating anything in the morning. I think reading this article that I wrote for my U.S. News blog can definitely help put a new perspective on breakfast! Would love to hear your thoughts.
Ohhhhhh, J. Lo……how you disappoint me!!! AND if you were to really think about it, your fans! No carbs? No sugar? I have a secret to share, almost everything we eat has carbs in it. Guess what, all those veggies you are crunching on, have carbs!!!! When oh when will celebrities realize they are not nutrition experts and perhaps promote a 10-day challenge to eat more fruits and veggies? #OneCanDream