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Behold: The Greatness of Brown Rice Four

Hey guys! Peyton again!

Today I’m going to do a continuation of my podcast from last week and explain another part of my diet that keeps me going during athletic season.

As I’ve mentioned before, yeast-free living is a high protein diet, but that in no way means that I have completely given up carbs. That would be impossible, considering that I sometimes spend up to six hours a day on an athletic field. I often need something to keep me going, and a product I lean heavily upon is Brown Rice Flour.

Made out of natural, organic brown rice, Brown Rice Flour serves as a healthy substitute for white flour in many of my recipes. Although it does contain yeast, this product falls into the category of “Beyond Yeast-free” living: something that is allowed from time-to-time when living yeast-free.

Brown Rice Flour fits into my lifestyle because of its numerous health benefits:

  • Naturally gluten-free and high in protein, iron, fiber, and vitamin B
  • High in manganese which helps develop cartilage and bones properly
  • Helps the body absorb calcium
  • Supplies 20% of the recommended amount of magnesium, phosphorus, and copper
  • Contains 9% of the daily recommended amount of iron for women

Even with its health benefits, Brown Rice Flour should be used sparingly. In order to stay true to my body and lifestyle, I only consume Brown Rice Flour right before an athletic activity. It is the perfect product for keeping me going at my highest level of performance.

I’d like to rap-up my post today with a link to this awesome Brown Rice Flour Biscuit recipe that I make all the time, courtesy of Simply Gluten Free, found here. I usually eat them by themselves, but they can also be used to make a healthier version of a chicken and biscuit breakfast sandwich!

Enjoy! And have a great rest of the week!

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Coconut: Beautiful Inside and Out

It’s finally Wednesday!

Today, I want to talk to you about one of my favorite parts of my yeast-free diet: Coconut.

Coconut is the key ingredient in a variety of products, both for cooking and beauty, and it is a must when it comes to healthy living!

Coconut Nutrition

Coconut Overview:

Even though it is called a coconut, it is actually a fruit. Made up of three layers, one coconut can produce meat, water, juice, milk, or oil—basically every food group that makes up a healthy diet. For this reason, it’s no wonder that the coconut is a staple in over 1/3 of the entire world’s population.

Coconut Products:

Coconut is used to make thousands of baking and beauty products. It is sweet, hydrating, and incredibly good for you, no matter where it’s used. These are some of the products that come directly out of a coconut:

  • Coconut oil: unique from any other oil or fat because it protects against heart disease
  • Coconut meat: fresh or dried flakes are commonly used in cooking
  • Coconut milk: naturally lactose free, and can be substituted for milk in any recipe
  • Coconut flour: replaces regular flour as a lower calorie option
  • Coconut water: natural source of sugar, fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes

Coconut Benefits:

Coconut is most commonly known for its medical uses. It is great for strengthening a person’s immune system, as well as upping a person’s metabolism. When applied to the skin, it is known to treat a variety of skin diseases like eczema or acne. It is also a great tool for strengthening and promoting hair growth.

When consumed, coconut is one of the healthiest items a body can digest. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, plus tons of fiber. Coconut oils promote weight loss, and coconut water is often used as a sports drink because of its high amounts of electrolytes.

In either case, I absolutely recommend adding Coconut into your health regimen! Check out this coconut crusted chicken recipe for a great and easy coconut filled meal!

Well, that’s all I have for you guys! Stay joyful!

Behind The Scenes Health Benefits

Hey hey! It’s Peyton again, so it must be Wednesday!

Now, if you’re like me, then some aspects of the health world are completely foreign to you. Things such as antioxidants, fiber, and protein—you know they are important, but you don’t know why that is.

Well today, I’m here to tell you why!

First up, Antioxidants!

As oxygen interacts with the cells of your body, they change, die, and are naturally replaced. However, sometimes cells are damaged and they become harmful to the body, causing a variety of health problems such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or even Parkinson’s disease.

This is where Antioxidants come in!

Antioxidants work to stop the damaged cells’ chain reactions that lead to disease. Vitamins C, E, and A are common Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, as well as Dark Chocolate and Almonds! So eat up, and know you’re helping your body with every bite!

Next—Fiber!

Fiber is a carbohydrate, but unlike other carbs, your body doesn’t break it down into sugar. Instead, it passes through the body undigested, helping to regulate its use of sugars, keep your blood sugar normal, and your hunger levels down. It also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even…. constipation. Yikes.

Most adults need 20-30 grams of fiber a day, and they are most commonly found in vegetables, fruits, and beans! So herbivore it up, and your body will thank you for it!

Last, but not least, Protein!

Protein within our consumed foods is digested, becoming amino acids that replace the natural proteins of our bodies. It is essential in the body’s natural repair and maintenance functions. 8 grams per 20 pounds of body weight is the recommended amount of protein per day!

Meats are the easiest way to get the most protein, but fish is also a great source due to its high amounts of protein, but low amounts of fat. However, protein is also found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts—especially almonds!

Well guys, that’s all I have for you! Remember to get your daily dose of fiber, protein, and antioxidants today!