Vegan Magazine: Meet Joanne Rose, Maui Wellness Coach

Joanne Rose

Joanne was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years but in 2018 big city life no longer appealed to her, so she gave up the city for simplicity by moving to Maui, Hawaii. She says it was the best decision she ever made because she wakes up everyday to endless sunshine, the fragrance of plumerias, lush green nature, and pristine beaches.  She believes nature is a great teacher and healer and she has been vegan since 1994.

When she was living in LA as a screenwriter, she was told that in order to be a successful screenwriter, she would need to write 4-5 screenplays per year. But to her, creativity can’t be forced, so now she writes when she feels like it. She formed her own production company so she could write strong roles for women. She says she loves to write all-female comedies for fellow Gen X women.

Vegan Vision Productions was the first Los Angeles film production company she started in 2008, which focuses on web series and unscripted programs for TV. She opened her second production company Sweetest Pit Bull Productions in 2015, which focuses on female-driven comedies and options for film books.

The very first show she wrote, produced and performed in, was the multi-award winning sketch comedy web series, Vegan 101. The series launched online in 2009 and ran for 3 Seasons, ending in 2012. Season 2 guest-starred Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts with music by Keaton Simons.

Her TV pilot script, Life of Groupies, won an award as an official finalist at the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. She also wrote a romantic-comedy feature film called You Had Me At Aloha™ which was a 2017 Screenplay Award-Winner at the Honolulu Film Awards.

Joanne had visited Maui a few times before she made the decision to move. She says that being a natural born city girl, adjusting to island life wasn’t easy. She still had many city girl traits and expectations and couldn’t get her head around the slower pace. She used her time to meditate more, connect with nature and slow down. She says it was like shedding the ego and reconnecting to her authentic self.

Now she helps women transform themselves to create a life of freedom, fulfillment, and happiness. As a wellness coach, she wants to make a difference.

She works with clients to achieve optimal health by providing support that will positively transform your life through positive psychology, improving your mindset, discovering your strengths, goal-setting and developing strategies to overcome obstacles.

When it comes to wellness, she says we need to look at a holistic approach through the mind-body connection. Good nutrition can improve mental health. A whole food plant-based lifestyle is good for your mood, heart, and increases blood flow to the brain. Joanne has been vegan since 1994 and can help people smoothly transition to plant-based foods, so you can nourish your body and thrive.

Each of her coaching sessions is tailored to your goals and vision to help you flourish and live your best life ever because now is all there is. You’ll be given the necessary tools to help restore your mind, body, and spirit to become the best version of yourself.

Many people from all over the world visit to Maui to heal. Healing comes from the earth, the water, the people and the surroundings. For those who come to Hawaii, the ocean “calls” to them and helps them heal.

Joanne offers one-on-one coaching in-person, Skype or phone, so no matter where you are, she can help you on your journey.

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This interview originally appeared in Vegan Magazine

How To Heal Your Body With Whole Foods

Every day we make choices that will either support or worsen our health and wellbeing. The food you eat today impacts how you’ll live tomorrow. Food is supposed to be nourishing and pleasurable. Every time you eat, it’s an act of self-care but everything you put into your body is a choice you make and will have a direct impact on your mood, energy and health.

While eating on the go can seem like a time saver for busy people, it can actually have a detrimental effect on your digestive system leading to an upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. A healthy gut is the foundation for optimal health and wellbeing.

Thankfully a whole food plant-based diet helps your body receive the right nutrition through adsorption, digestion and elimination.

By adding a few small changes one step at a time, you can help improve your health right now. Start by replacing unhealthy foods with healthy whole food alternatives.

13 Healthy Food Swaps

  • Avocado or apple sauce instead of butter
  • Whole fruit instead of juice or smoothie
  • Plant milk instead of dairy
  • Cinnamon instead of sugar
  • Veggie bowls instead of burritos
  • Garden salad with walnuts instead of fries
  • Popcorn (plain)  instead of chips
  • Trail mix instead of candy
  • Brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice
  • Almond yogurt (unsweetened) instead of Greek yogurt
  • Frozen bananas instead of ice-cream
  • Cacao instead of cocoa
  • Energy balls instead of cookies

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The Fit Mom: Working Out Strategies with Kids

In today’s busy world, trying to find the perfect work-life balance can be a huge challenge for many moms. Trying to meet the needs of your family and the demands of your job means putting your own needs on the back burner most of the time, especially when it comes to finding time to exercise for the working mom. Exercise releases serotonin, a feel-good chemical in the brain that is related to influencing moods and decreasing depression and anxiety. Exercising also boosts energy, which is exactly what moms need; and it leads to a healthier and happier life overall.

Before kids, your workouts may have involved an hour-long session at the gym, but with playtime and mealtime added to the mix, you will need to get creative and rethink what your workouts will look like. I’ve put together some realistic tools and tips to help you with your busy schedule workout plan.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

First of all, plan out when you’ll workout each week. If you feel stressed about the lack of time in your schedule, add exercise to your calendar. Ensuring that a workout is part of your daily routine will help to create more balance. You wouldn’t skip a meeting at your child’s school, so treat exercise with the same importance.

Trying setting aside 10-15 minutes in your day to do something active. When you have a plan, you’ll know exactly what you could do in a given timeframe. Squeezing in 10-15 minute sessions per week is just as effective as getting to the gym for an hour once a week.

Find a gym with a great day-care center. Most day-care centers at the gym will only take kids up to two hours. You can use this time to do a combination of 30 minutes each of cardio and strength training, with time to cool down, stretch, and shower before picking up your kids. You will feel completely refreshed and ready to roll.

How Do I Exercise Everyday?

You can combine playtime and exercise by riding a bike with your kids or by jogging along as they ride their bikes. Jump rope offers a great cardio work out and you can alternate with your kids by doing 5 or 10 jumps each. If you want to be the coolest mom around, get a scooter and a helmet and scooter around the neighborhood with your kids after school.

Build exercise into daily chores by doing squats while folding laundry or doing lunges from one room to the next.

With Fitness apps growing in popularity, they are much cheaper than a gym membership but just as effective while working out in the comfort of your own home. Fitness apps can be instantly downloaded on your smartphone, which makes it a very ideal form of exercise for a busy person.

Try Virtual Trainer apps, which are perfect for moms as it allows you to easily create your own routine. They have multiple programs and divided by indoor, outdoor or equipment based activities. Also, specific exercises can be looked up through a muscle group. A picture with information on the specifics of the exercise is also available to guide you.

How Do You Incorporate Fitness In Your Life?

Weekends are a great time to fit in fun with the whole family. Use this time for longer workouts by taking a 45-minute walk with the kids or stroller runs to the park. It helps you get in some cardio activity while you both get fresh air.

Try to make exercising together a regular part of your family life. Come up with physical activities your family loves to do together, such as hiking, skiing, bike riding, rollerblading, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, skating, playing golf or tennis and ice skating. Consider joining a community center or gym where the whole family can swim, exercise or take different classes.

Gardening is also a great form of exercise as it involves squatting, lifting, digging, bending, and pulling yard waste bags.

Consider calling a friend and going for a jog or meet at the gym for a class after dropping the kids at school. You can even trade off babysitting to make time for each other’s workouts. Always park at furthest end of the parking lot and walk to get more steps for the day.

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The Fit Student: Keeping Active While Studying Hard

If being a college student isn’t hard enough these days, wondering how to find time to workout in college, can feel like a difficult task in itself. Having to dedicate countless hours a week to classes, homework, studying, exams, extracurricular activities and perhaps even a part-time job – doesn’t give you much room in terms of how to find time to workout in college. Just the idea of having another thing on your plate is enough to make you want to stay home and order take-out instead.

One of the reasons why a lot of students find it difficult to balance school and exercise is because they don’t know where to start. By trying these useful tips and tools, you’ll never have to wonder “how to fit in exercise with school” again. Having a busy schedule workout plan that you can turn to at anytime, makes life a little easier no matter how busy you are.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

If you’re fortunate enough to have a gym on campus, make the most of it. It’ll save you time and money. Whether its lifting weights, running on the treadmill or hitting up a punching bag, there is something for every type of workout at the college gym. Students who are motivated by exercise tend to have better time management skills too.

You can also find out if your college offers any free or discounted fitness classes and take as many as you can. Most college gyms will offer a variety of options, ranging from karate and kickboxing to yoga. Having a fitness class in your schedule will encourage you to visit the gym more regularly.

Look for recreation center bulletin boards, which often include flyers for anyone who wants to join cycling clubs, swim teams or rock-climbing crews.

Try taking a walk or bike to classes and around campus. During a study session, take a break every 30 minutes to walk a few laps around the library or climb a set of stairs in your building.

How Do I Exercise Everyday?

It is recommended that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. You’ll get there by exercising for just 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Add some fun into your workout time by listening to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks. By making your workouts something you’ll actually look forward to doing, you’ll be more likely to do them.

If your schedule simply won’t allow you to join a sport’s team or visit the gym, consider using your dorm room. Clear a spot on the floor for jogging on the spot, doing jumping jacks, or for strength training exercises such as chair dips, push-ups, squats and lunges – next time you’re watching Netflix. That way you’ll look forward to exercising at the end of a long day or make it a great way to kick-start your morning.

There are many great fitness apps available on the market today with a workout plan for everyone. Look for apps with a personalized workout that allows you to set how long you want to exercise. Then follow the video trainer shown onscreen and start working out. It’s great for someone looking for variety in his or her workout routine. Most of the workouts don’t require equipment but offer countless different exercises. They’re great for full-body workouts too, since you can look for ones that offer strength, cardio, stretching, and yoga.

How Do You Incorporate Fitness In Your Life?

It’s important to make sure you find an exercise routine that you’ll actually look forward to doing everyday. But first you’ll need to schedule it. Once you put it on the calendar, all you have to do is make sure your workout is enjoyable enough that you’ll want to it, or social enough that you have a reason to go. Before you know it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t find the time to exercise sooner.

Use the weekend to schedule longer workouts. We often have more time on the weekends and more energy.

You may want to consider joining your college’s Ultimate Frisbee team, which is a great way to meet new people and get a full body workout. You will be working your legs and hips by squatting, throwing and jumping to catch a frisbee. While there is a lot of legwork, your arms will feel it too, especially if you play a handler role in offense.

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The Fit 9-to-5er: Working Out While Working Hard

When life gets busy, exercise for a busy person always seems to go on the back burner. Between meetings, deadlines, emails and phone calls; the only thing you wind up getting is an emotional workout instead.

But if you’re serious about making exercise a part of your life, you’ll need a step-by-step guide to create a busy schedule workout plan, that you can realistically stick to no matter how busy life gets.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

If no time to exercise work too much is a recurring thought in your head, having a job that keeps you chained to your desk certainly makes it hard to meet your fitness goals; but it’s not impossible. Keep a pair of dumbbells in your drawer or under your desk to sneak in a set or two of arm exercises while watching a webinar.

Doing calf raises will strengthen your lower legs.  There are a lot of different ways to do calf raises, but one of the easiest and most effective is doing the standing raise.

Lunges strengthen your lower body and increase overall flexibility.  Lunges can be done anywhere. You can even lunge when you walk from your desk to the water cooler at work.

Squats are one of the most effective full body exercises around because they simultaneously work to build muscle and burn fat.

If you have a corporate office gym, make the most out of equipment you have access to. Take a moment away from your desk to do a workout. Employees who find time to exercise improve their health and wellbeing, which can have significant benefits for your business, such as increased productivity. Constant work stress and frustration can lower productivity.

 How Do I Exercise Everyday?

Even if your day is busy with meetings and commitments, finding just 15 minutes to exercise is enough to do your body good. It’s important to keep in mind that any form of exercise is better than none, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not clocking in one hour of exercise a day.

Regular exercise promotes the release of mood boosting endorphins. Exercise also helps you sleep better, giving you more energy throughout the day.

The goal is to increase your overall fitness levels through movement. Try rallying up your co-workers during your coffee or lunch break and aim for a brisk 15 minute walk. Set an alarm on your computer or phone to remind you.

Next time you have a conference call or a few calls to return, consider picking up your phone and going for a walk. Strive to walk whenever you’re on the phone.

Walking has proven be extremely beneficial for health. It improves fitness, strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol levels and body fat.  The fresh air and endorphins will spark more creative ideas. You’ll also feel more enthusiastic, less tense, and generally more relaxed and able to cope during the afternoons.

How Do You Incorporate Fitness In Your Life?

You will need to make time for exercise so first of all you to need assess how many days per week you would like to work out. Try scheduling the majority of your workouts for Monday through Friday. That way if you miss one or two days you can schedule sessions on the weekends.

Typically weekends work best for longer workouts. Even if you visit friends and family and have activities planned, aim to include at least 30-minutes of exercise, which could be a brisk walk around your local park or weather permitting, a walk along the beach. Your goal should be to maintain 10,000 steps a day. The best way to do that is to get a pedometer at your local sporting store, or download an app that converts your phone to a pedometer. Those wearing pedometers tend to walk more because they’re more conscious of their steps. Climbing a flight of stairs is the equivalent of walking 100 steps.

Find work out buddies by joining a walking or hiking group. It’s a great way to get out and make new friends while improving your health all at the same time.

To beat boredom, do activities you actually enjoy. Try new activities such as yoga or a Spinning class to add variety to your workouts. Find a local fitness studio that offers strength and cardio classes at convenient times. Putting a class on your calendar is like having an appointment you won’t forget.

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3 Healthy Travel Hacks For Women

No More Airplane Nausea

Nothing says vacation buzz kill quite like feeling nauseas on an airplane and especially during a long-haul flight. If motion sickness meds aren’t your thing, I’ve got the next best thing that is sure to keep you calm and relaxed during your flight minus the drowsiness. I knew you’d be excited.

It is well known that peppermint essential oil is one of nature’s healing gifts -giving a cooling sensation and having a calming effect on the body to reduce stress, mental exhaustion and depression. It is also recommended for its anti nausea benefits, which makes it ideal for motion sickness.

Even with restrictions placed on carrying liquids on the plane, the easiest way to take aromatherapy with you on-board a flight is to just take essential oils that have already been absorbed into a tissue, handkerchief, and cotton ball or roll on essential oils. Since there isn’t any restrictions for the amount of liquid packed in a checked bag, you can still take your oils with you to have after you land.

Try condensing liquids in order to maximize the variety of liquid items you can carry with you. Place essential oils in smaller 5ml glass vials. Like peppermint, ginger and spearmint can also be applied to pressure points, rubbed gently over the stomach and intestinal area to bring relief for nausea.

Do Free Activities 

They say the best things in life are free, and for every fun-loving traveller out there, it’s an idea worth keeping in mind. Imagine seeing famous paintings, entertaining your kids with activities, going for a hike while overlooking waterfalls and seeing gorgeous views of sunset from the mountain. Now imagine doing it all for free. For free? That’s right!

Tourism websites are an awesome way to seek out free sights, events and activities happening in and around town. Try taking a walking tour and get a free history lesson at the same time; go to a music festival in the park; stop by cultural center; check out a farmer’s market; sample local food; stroll through the botanical garden or visit a museum. It’s a fun way to navigate your way through a new city and see all kinds of cool things you wouldn’t usually see if you were sitting on a tour bus or on an airplane. 

Healthy Instant Airplane Breakfast Ideas

The worst thing about flights is without doubt, the food. Airline food is jam-packed with 20-30% more sugar and salt to bring out the flavor. Calories in airplane meals are pretty high – between 255 and 360 per food item. 

Whether you’re sitting in first class or coach, all the food comes from the same place: An industrial kitchen near the airport, where it’s cooked before departure and then reheated on board. Usually the meals are made between 12 and 72 hours in advance. It’s enough to make your stomach churn.

Why not take your own breakfast and make it a healthy one? Put some quinoa flakes in a baggie along with your favorite toppings (dried fruit and nuts). During the meal service, ask your flight attendant for hot water and prepare your healthy breakfast in a coffee cup. You can also take a spread like almond butter and some rice cakes. People tend to eat out of boredom and especially on long-haul flights. Plan ahead of time so you’ll be prepared to reach for something healthy when hunger strikes. By the time you reach your destination, you will feel better for it. It’s time to leave those nasty sky-high-calories behind.

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How to Work Out With A Busy Schedule

These days, finding the time to exercise for a busy person can be a challenge. With so many work demands and family responsibilities, the thought of having to go to the gym can feel like just another thing on your to-do list.

While it seems like everyone and everything needs your attention, truthfully nothing needs your attention for every single minute of every day. What if you could find easy and enjoyable ways to incorporate exercise as part of your important me-time? There’s no need to limit your idea of exercise to just going to the gym. It’s important to carve out special time for yourself. When you put yourself first, you maintain both your mental and physical health, giving you more energy and enthusiasm in other areas of your life.

It’s easy to feel motivated about the idea of exercising but when it comes to the crunch, we often lose motivation when we try to do too much too soon. What’s most important for motivation is accomplishing and completing a task on a consistent basis, not the size of the task itself.

Let’s consider breaking it down into achievable steps so that you can find fun ways to include more movement and exercise into your busy schedule to get your heart pumping and muscles working everyday, no matter how busy life gets.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

While you don’t need an hour or even half an hour a day to lose weight or get into great shape, doing 15-20 minutes of exercise a day may be enough exercise for a busy person.

Going for a walk around the neighborhood, not only burns calories but the fresh air and sunshine are mood boosters as well. It’s okay to break things up. Try doing two 10-minute walks. Walk over to co-workers, rather than phoning or sending an email or IM. Take a walk during your coffee and lunch breaks. Walk while you’re talking on the phone. Bike to work, get off your bus or train a few stops earlier, or park the car further away to extend your walking time.

 How Do I Exercise Everyday?

A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine is all it takes.

Expecting too much only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t do or how far you have to go to reach your fitness goals. Instead of worrying over results, the key is to focus on consistency.

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25 Travel Nutrition Tips to Help You Eat Healthy While Traveling

Whether you’re heading out on a business trip or taking a vacation, being away from home and routine can throw many of us off our nutrition game. A long flight or car trip can mean being stuck in your seat for hours on end but that doesn’t mean letting boredom give in to temptation. Believe it or not, many of the unhealthy cravings we experience on the road can be satisfied with a refreshing drink of pure water. Besides, staying hydrated, water helps you eat less by staying full and energized.

With so many fast food chains and large food portions served in restaurants, being too casual and having a mindset of, “I can eat whatever I want”, can actually wind up working against you, leaving you bloated, irritable and tired. Therefore, the phrase “If you don’t have your health, you’ve got nothing”, rings true.

Make eating healthy while on vacation a goal by sticking to a normal eating routine as much as possible. When you go for long periods of time without eating, you’re far more likely to pick up something unhealthy. Live by the golden rule of eating something every 2-3 hours. It doesn’t have to be much, just a handful of nuts or a small tub of unsweetened non-dairy yogurt to keep your hunger at bay.

Being prepared is your first step. You can still indulge in a nutritious diet while on the go. Here are 25 nutrition tips to help you eat healthy while traveling so you can plan accordingly and stay happy, healthy and energized while you’re on the road.

In The Car

By the time you’ve hit the road everyone in the car has a ravenous appetite. The last thing you want is to have an endless supply of junk food. Instead, pack a few snacks and easy meals. To keep things fresh, bring some airtight containers and a cooler along. Here are some foods to eat while traveling in a car:

  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus with baby carrots
  • Gluten-free vegan sandwiches
  • Quinoa black bean salad
  • Celery stuffed with almond butter

On The Plane

While most airlines don’t provide healthy food choices, you can still plan ahead so that you can stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Instead of spending money on fast food at the airport or junk food on board, you can save time and money by being prepared. Traveling with some protein sources and a full litre of water can help prevent dehydration and fatigue, as well as excessive hunger and overeating later. Consider these healthy options next time you travel so when the flight attendant comes around passing out bags of pretzels, you’ll be able to reach for a healthy snack alternative.

  • Rice cakes with almond butter
  • Home-made hummus
  • Homemade trail mix (raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts)
  • Larabar’s
  • Whole fruit

At The Hotel

Find out ahead of time if there is a supermarket nearby. The good news is there is supermarkets pretty much everywhere. Ask hotel staff for recommendations. You can also request a refrigerator or microwave in your room to keep anything that you’ve purchased from going bad. Stock your hotel refrigerator so you have snacks on hand if you get the late-night munchies.

  • Non-dairy milk
  • Pre-cut veggies (carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery)
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Nut butter
  • Brown paper bags and popcorn kernels to pop in the microwave

By The Shore

When you need energy for a long hike, a long drive, or a day at the beach, stick with high-quality plant-based protein. It’s important to eat balanced meals throughout the day and to include a plant-based protein, such as tempeh, nuts or legumes and add some veggies to your plate. Be sure to include some of these healthy foods choices:

  • Collard Green wraps
  • Brown rice salad
  • Rice cakes with avocado
  • Homemade vegan sushi
  • Homemade energy bars

Dining

Depending on your accommodation, having access to a kitchen at an Airbnb as well as other vacation rental services, can set you up with all the amenities of home and are usually the least expensive option compared to a hotel. This means you can buy and cook your own food, which can save you money on a trip. Or search out healthy restaurant options close to the hotel you will be staying in. Here are some smart healthy choices:

  • Steamed vegetables
  • Brown rice
  • Legumes
  • Tempeh
  • Quinoa salad

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7 Ingredients to Avoid When Choosing Your Protein Bars

Protein bars are a perfect snack for people who simply don’t have the time to sit down for a complete meal and who are looking for a quick, nourishing and convenient snack on the go. But how healthy are these protein bars? Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s actually in them?

While the very mention of a protein bar can conjure up an image of perfect health in one’s mind, it is extremely important to choose your protein bars very carefully, since they can truly make or break your health. Many protein bars vary from being healthy and nutritious to being completely loaded with harmful ingredients such as: hydrogenated oils, sugars, chemicals, additives and fillers, as well as preservatives. If you’ve ever wondered do protein bars make you put on weight? In truth, the answer is yes. These harmful ingredients can actually lead to stomach problems and weight gain.

Perhaps you’ve even asked yourself, are protein bars good to eat for breakfast? While starting your day with a delicious high protein breakfast does keep you satisfied all day, it’s important to opt for whole foods over protein bars. However, by choosing high protein bars made with real ingredients, most will range anywhere from 3 – 20 grams of protein per serve but you’ll want to pay attention to good sources of fat, carbs and fiber. The amount of protein you need depends on your needs and your activity levels. A bar with 6 grams of protein would be ideal.

What To Look For

Before you buy another protein bar, you’ll need to educate yourself on the seven most common unhealthy protein bar ingredients, along with what makes them the worst protein bars and why you should avoid them.

Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)

While all soy is not created equally, soy protein isolate is processed as unhealthy soy. The process of “isolating” the soy protein can leave behind traces of the neurotoxins hexane and aluminium and even cause digestive issues due to higher concentrations of trypsin inhibitors that could block the digestion of plant protein. If it isn’t organic, you can count on it containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Look for soy free protein bars.

Carrageenan

A seaweed derivative that’s used as an emulsifier in many products, carrageenan is often found in protein bars. It has been known to cause intestinal irritation in many people. Always check the label for this ingredient if you suspect that it’s a problem for you.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Made by adding enzymes to corn syrup to convert its glucose into fructose, HFCS is a chemically made sweetener that studies have linked to weight gain, increased abdominal fat and insulin resistance thanks to the high fructose content. Choose low sugar protein bars.

Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is a cheap and unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can’t be obtained organically. Instead the oil must be extracted from the pit with gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractionated form is the most processed.

Sugar Alcohols

This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness, especially in low carb protein bars. Sugar alcohol doesn’t impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they’re not well absorbed in the digestive tract.

Artificial Sweeteners

One of the most harmful ingredients commonly found in protein bars is artificial sweeteners, which can lead to severe insulin imbalances in the body and which, in turn, can lead to blood-sugar spikes that will increase cravings for sweet foods. Some research even suggests that these artificial compounds may hinder your body’s natural ability to produce a hormone responsible for controlling the feeling of satiety and blood-sugar levels – a hormone called GLP-1 – which makes you feel even hungrier after consuming the protein bar, instead of satisfied. Artificial sweeteners not only make you overeat, but they can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Inulin                                                                                                                      

A type of soluble fiber found in asparagus, onions and artichokes, works as a prebiotic to promote digestion and good gut bacteria. However, the inulin found in most protein bars is extracted from chicory root to raise the fiber count. When consumed in large amounts, it can actually do the opposite to promote healthy digestion leading to an upset stomach, diarrhoea, gas, bloating or constipation.

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