Coffee and Protein Are Being Paired Together

In the mornings, there isn’t any drink that I crave more than a hot cup of coffee. The fresh aroma, mixed with the caffeine and temperature of this classic drink wakes me up like none other. A legitimate gripe that my love for coffee has given me is that it kills my appetite. Unlike normal people, I don’t just stop at my one cup, in the morning hours. Instead, I will easily drink two to three cups, just to feel like I am able to start my day! Consuming large quantities of caffeine can leave you feeling restless, with no hunger in sight. Being that my love for caffeine can play a part in me being short on protein, it is one of many struggles I face, throughout a given day.

To me, an artificial protein source that is flavored to taste like coffee won’t cut it, I would be needing to get my caffeine in, as well. My letters to a supplement Santa have seemingly been answered, as a quick check of what’s new in the lifting word, I came across a hybrid coffee and protein supplement. Being that this is actual coffee, with protein blending in with it, you get a caffeinated morning, along with a good size serving of protein. Those big cups, heaping over the top with protein powder will usually have me feeling sluggish and ready for a nap. There is something about dense foods that have me needing to sit down, I’ve always been that way. Even though I would consider it to be in the earlier stages of development, there are no shortage of manufacturers willing to slap together a coffee, layered with protein. I even saw there a commercial on, during those nighttime channel surfing sessions, that showed that 5 Hour Energy is set to add protein to their already crazy popular mini-sized drinks.

Double check, in order to realize that you need a base of coffee, not all protein that is coffee flavored, otherwise you won’t have the added energizing bonus of a caffeinated supplement. Whether it be in ice cream, blended with milk and sugar, or just about any other way you could think of, I will always be a huge coffee fan. I’m now even able to cut out certain supplement, as what I need is already in most of the coffee proteins that are available. With the protein being caffeinated, you will need to avoid going over the limit, regarding how much caffeine you are able to handle.

As long as you aren’t scooping out drinks all day, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. If you feel that you are over-caffeinated, pour out your glass and fill it up with water. Scitec Nutrition knows what makes a great combination of protein and coffee, as their aptly named Protein Coffee meets and exceeds all of the marks. I’ve been curiously awaiting what it would be like to combine the caffeine goodness that my favorite cup of joe gives me, when blended so well with protein powder. Taking getting used to, at first, this new protein-filled java has got my blood pumping and is slowly replacing that old standby coffee tin, what can I say? Once you have found that you are adjusted to cold coffee, knowing that your muscles aren’t being starved is a good enough reason to deal with it and down that protein.

Should You Be Jumping More Rope?

Way back in the 80’s, Sylvester Stallone made a jump rope look really cool. You can picture that training vignettes where the Italian Stallion was training like a madman. Part of this training included busting out the good old fashioned rope. After binging these boxing classes, it got me to thinking, how useful is jumping rope, as part of a training regimen. Let’s learn together, as I bring to you the benefits of using a jump rope. Jumping rope is going to be perfect for anyone looking to add more cardio exercises into their routine. If you’ve never witnessed it, you get your work in by jumping repeatedly. I remember having to do some program in school, that required our entire gym class to have a big jump rope competition. Being that I was much skinnier back then, than I am now, I always enjoyed that special week.

If you were to stand two people, one using weights and the other using a jump rope, you would think that it would be safe to assume which one is straining themselves harder, however, looks can be deceiving. With the continued leaping you will be doing, it makes sense to think what toll this exercise is taking on your knees. Although it doesn’t appear so, jumping a rope is a very low-impact exercise for the legs, yet it still is awesome for burning off your caloric intake. As we all worry about how big our muscles are, we forget the main player in keeping us going, the heart.


Being a kind of command center, our hearts need to be exercised to stay in the best condition possible. While the heart is vital, when in our corner, when it isn’t getting treated in a good manner, it will let you know right away. If you are on board with trying some rearranging of your current sets, you’ll help to shock the body into adapting to this new event. Once you have learned how to properly jump rope (not something we all practiced), start out at a slower pace.

Don’t feel embarrassed if you aren’t able to keep that rope going for more than a minute, there is always time to improve and you will. I’ve found that the standard of what a jump rope is has changed, compared to what I grew up with. It’s news to me, but I’ve even seen metal jump ropes. To me, having something tossed around, while jumping in the air, seems like that is an accident waiting to happen. Wouldn’t you be upset if someone whipped a long metal rope into your eye, while you were walking to a juice stand? I rarely run into anyone using a jump rope while I’m visiting my fitness place that I go to, it’s as if the jump rope is from a by gone era.

I have to admit, within the confines of my own garage, I will still proudly jump rope. I don’t have to set aside an hour to get things going, like it would be if I hit the weights. While the rope I have, does collect dust from time to time, I still enjoy hopping up and down, just like my heart does! I’ll be insanely jealous of you if you learn that trick, where the rope goes from side to side, I’ve always found that exercise fascinating!


Reducing HDL and LDL Chloesterol Gradually Today

Recently, I had a big scare happen to me, when I found out that someone I cared for very much had low HDL cholesterol numbers. I had been under the assumption that lower cholesterol numbers were great, incorrect! As it turns out, the bad cholesterol, which is the LDL, is the kind that you want to keep an eye on, making sure it doesn’t get too high. However, there is a good type of cholesterol to be aware of and, as I’ve learned, you can end up needing to add more of it. Freaking out over the weekend, I started to learn about what can be done to raise that good cholesterol. If you are having this happen right now, you do have my utmost respect and sympathy. Seeing the side effects that can be caused by something that seems so treatable has been a grind, to say the least. I wanted to bring you the two main recommendations, when it comes down to getting those HDL numbers where they need to be.

The range for what is considered to be a good HDL number is anywhere from 45, into the thousands. Here are some foods that you implement into your week, all great for increasing your HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Fruits are great for many reasons but for anyone suffering with low HDL, select ones will get those levels back to where they need to be. Apples, namely, are loaded with good sugars and fibers, also. While being great for weightlifters, flax seed is another critical food to include into your diet, if you want to see those that HDL spring up and into action. Besides foods, exercise is usually recommended, to help lower the LDL in your system. The exercises that you do don’t have to be anything that is strenuous, you won’t have to start some ridiculous program that wears you out constantly. If you live in a decent neighborhood, open up that front door, and get to walking.

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It is said that even a small investment of time in aerobic exercise, like starting out for only ten to fifteen minutes will help to get rid of LDL, and bring the better cholesterol into your body. Sadly, there isn’t just one fix-all that will eliminate all of that bad cholesterol, however, there are many options that, when done together, can bring your labs to more normal levels. Not wanting to forget some extra foods that you eat to re-align your cholesterol numbers, now we are getting into the meat of this topic. Sorry for the cheesy and lame pun, let’s cover the meats that you will want to implement, for those with not enough low-density lipoprotein. Fish is great for getting those omega 3 fatty acids, one of the best consumables you could find.

You can still go to the average supermarket and walk away with a nice selection of fish, without having to feel the pain of an empty wallet. If you are in a monetary pinch, check your frozen freezer section for any sales on fish. To me, frozen fish tastes great, just like it would if I were to have purchased it fresh. Although, you may choose to get frozen meats, the essential byproducts of lowering cholesterol will still be contained within the food. Don’t think that this kind of cholesterol issue is your fault, it isn’t. We all have our own battles to fight and this is one that I know you will win. Sure, it will come with some changes but those small inconveniences will be much better than suffering.