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Why Protein Powders Made from Peas Have the Most Health Benefits

Why you should add a Pea Based Protein Powder to your diet?.

Proteins powders have a lot of great benefits. They are appetite suppressants, energy boosters, and provide multiple nutrients your diet may be lacking.

Does walking down the grocery aisle looking for protein powder leave you feeling anxious? There are so many to choose from, it’s hard to know which ones perform the best.

Protein powders comprised of a pea and rice blend such as Metagenics UltraInflamX Plus 360 are the ones we recommend to most of our clients.


Metagenics Pea Based Protein Powder

Metagenics Pea Based Protein Powder

Metagenics UltraInflamX Plus is a medical food formulated specifically for those people with compromised gut function resulting from ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel disorders. This formula contains pea protein along with rice protein to provide all the macro and micro nutrients your body needs.

Pea Protein is a great alternative to whey protein. Not only is it hypoallergenic but it also has one of the best plant-based amino acid profiles. The amino acid profiles of pea and rice complement each other making a very powerful nutrient dense protein powder, far healthier than any single blend of milk-based protein like whey.

Pea Protein offers numerous health benefits:

  • Pea protein contains an excellent profile of both essential and non-essential amino acids.
  • Pea protein is a particularly good source of arginine which sends signals to your muscle cells, encouraging them to grow
  • Pea protein helps promote fat metabolism.
  • Pea protein is pure, no chemicals are used during the making of pea protein, only water.
  • Doesn’t increase cholesterol levels like animal proteins which can cause heart problems over long-term consumption.
  • Pea protein is free from lactose and gluten making it a great protein powder for people with food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Pea Protein is rich in Iron

Just a few more reasons to try Metagenics pea based protein powder:

It’s NON-GMO, costs less than all animal proteins and is gentle on the planet.

To maximize the use of your new protein powder, you can adding it to your smoothie at different times throughout the day. We recommend:

  • Consuming 45 minutes before workouts, and within 15 minutes after workouts. This gives your body the nutrients it needs to build muscle, burn fat, and recover.
  • Take 1 serving upon waking up each day and right before going to bed. Aside from increasing your protein intake, this will help curb hunger pains and give your body very high quality nutrients to function properly.
  • Take pea protein powder between regular meals to help reach your daily protein intake.

Whether you are using protein powder as a meal replacement, snack, or a post-workout drink, adding a high-quality protein supplement will help meet your daily protein, vitamin and nutrient needs.

Bright Line Eating Program

Jane Rosen tells us about Bright Line Eating BLE

Jane Rosen advocate for Bright Line EatingThis fall Pamela and I didn’t try out any new recipes during our week-long vacation retreat near Minneapolis.

We had a well-equipped kitchen where we prepared most of the twenty-odd meals we ate that week.  We enjoyed most of our meals there or packed them to take on the road.

This year, we were more concerned about what we did not eat, and balancing the quantities and proportions of the foods we did eat.

In October of 2015, I began following the food plan of the new Bright Line Eating program, brainchild of neuroscientist Susan Peirce Thompson of Rochester University, based on principles developed in Twelve Step food addiction programs over many decades.

I had been a repeat customer of Weight Watchers since 2012, losing the same fifteen pounds each spring and summer for three years, and then gaining it back during the following fall and winter.

When I heard about the Bright Line Eating of BLE, I knew they would help me to structure my food for success.  Since then, I have lost an additional fifteen pounds and kept all that weight off for more than a year.

A “bright line” rule or test is a legal term, meaning a clearly defined standard that leaves no room for varying interpretation, leading to predictable and consistent results.

Applied to eating, it means that I honor bright lines for sugar and flour.

I don’t eat them.

Through years of trial and error, I’ve discovered that these highly processed non-foods do not have a place in my diet.  They do not nourish or satisfy me, but rather trigger my highly susceptible brain to want more and more of them.  It is far better for me to avoid them completely, to draw a bright line excluding them from my life, my kitchen, my plate, my food plan.

I stopped eating gluten in 2006 after I discovered, with a two-week exclusion experiment, that taking gluten off my plate removed a whole array of unpleasant abdominal symptoms.

A few years later, I went on a 90-day grain fast and found a major reduction in inflammation in my joints and throughout my body.

I’ve been grain-free for several years already.

Two more bright lines complete the BLE food regimen:

1 no eating outside of meal times, and
2 weighing and measuring portions.

When I eliminated snacking between meals two years ago, I was surprised to learn how much I had been grazing throughout the day.  Any moment when I was awake, chances were good that I was eating, had just finished, or was about to enjoy a nutritious snack.

On the Bright Line Eating BLE food plan, I waited four to six hours between meals, and I was sometimes tempted to reach for a bite of something.

In those moments, I heard the voice of my long-dead mother saying to me, “Don’t eat that, Jane.  It will spoil your dinner.”  I realized that I was brought up with a bright line around meals.  Meals were times for us to gather as a family at the beginning and end of our busy days, share food, leisure, and our daily experiences and thoughts.

After dinner and cleanup, the kitchen was dark and closed until morning.  After-dinner hours were full of homework and school projects, reading, music, conversation, and games.

I wanted to reclaim that for myself, along with the many benefits of not eating between meals:  long stretches of time when I was not thinking about food, planning or preparing it, or cleaning up after eating it.

All of a sudden, with Bright Line Eating, I had more time for my work, my hobbies, my play, my friends, even time to rest.  By weighing and measuring my portions at meals, I drew clear boundaries around the amounts of food I ate, and made sure I was eating enough vegetables.

I was eating two and one-half pounds of fruits and vegetables every day, ample food to nourish my body and keep me feeling full and stable.  Even with these ample portions, I sometimes railed against the end of a meal.

With practice, I learned to appreciate the extra time my body had to process my food and empty before I began filling it again.  I slept better, I enjoyed the gift of extra discretionary time, I lost weight, and I kept it off.

In preparing for this trip, grocery shopping began via email before we left home.  I arrived at the airport several hours before Pamela, so I had time to drive to the nearby Trader Joe’s to stock up for our week’s meals.

Our separate shopping lists were surprisingly similar.  Added to the “do not eat” list this year were onions, tomatoes, garlic, and nuts, except for blanched almonds, due to Pamela’s concerns about inflammation suggested to her by her Ayurvedic endocrinologist.

Squash with Spices on Bright Line EatingTo counteract the absence of these important flavor-givers, I packed several small bags of herbs and spices, including za’atar, a blend of Palestinian spices that adds flavor to chicken, fish, or vegetables.  Other bags held thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil, red chili flakes, and cinnamon.

Food preparation was not for any one meal, but rather to stock the kitchen with components that could be measured out and assembled into meals, or snacks for Pamela.

Each meal included one generously measured portion of protein, for example, four ounces of chicken or fish, two eggs, two ounces of cheese, nuts, or seeds, six ounces of beans, eight ounces of yogurt or milk, or some combination of the above.

Cooked vegetables, roasted, sautéed or steamed, were part of every lunch and dinner, plus a generous salad of raw vegetables at dinner.

Each meal also included a portion of healthy fat, such as avocado, olive oil, or butter.  For me, the fruit at the end of lunch and dinner is like dessert.

The natural sugar in fruit is permitted in Bright Line Eating because it is consumed with enough fiber to slow down its delivery to the body and brain.

All fruits have natural sugar, with apples and berries on the low end of the glycemic index, and grapes and bananas on the high end.  They all taste sweeter after removing processed sugar from the diet.

Vegetable Soup on Bright Line EatingOne night we made a pot of soup.  I was worried that the flavor would suffer without onions and tomatoes in the soup, but we experimented with sautéing some of the longer-cooking vegetables like carrots and parsnips with marjoram and thyme for several minutes, and then adding more delicate vegetables near the end of the cooking time.  It was so delicious.

Our vegetable choices were varied, with many colors, textures, flavors, shapes and sizes.  Some were sliced; others were quartered or grated, minced, cubed, julienned, or chopped.

During the week, following Bright Line Eating, we ate broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, fennel, radishes, celery, squash, corn, beets, jicama, green beans, sugar snap peas, and spinach.

This way of eating puts the emphasis on the quality of whole, nourishing foods, with the simplest possible preparations and the great privilege of sharing a meal with a beloved friend and colleague.

If you’re interested in hearing more about BLE or have any questions, please email help@goodgutsolution.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

Jane Rosen.


Heal Your Body With a Healthy Diet

Read Breaking The Vicious Cycle and Find Out How You Can Feel Better. Diet Works – Heal Your Body With The Foods You Eat.

Breaking The Vicious Cycle

What If I told You There Was A Diet That Could Help Chronic Digestive Symptoms, Reduce Inflammation and Heal Your Gut?

Breaking the Vicious Cycle was written by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and cell biologist to provide an alternative way to treat digestive disorders using dietary changes.

What’s the SCD Diet?

Elaine Gottschall’s Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates need minimal digestive processing. These select carbs are well absorbed and do not encourage microbial overgrowth in the GI tract.

Elaine’s book talks about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to help reduce inflammation and heal the gut.

What Are the Digestive Conditions Healed by the Right Diet?

Elaine Gottschall -Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD

Elaine Gottschall -Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD

This book gives  practical recipes that address the problems of intestinal conditions such as:

Celiac Disease
Crohn’s Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Diarrhea

How Does The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Work to Heal?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), is outlined in her book with easy to follow recipes. It’s a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan.

The SCD works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. This is important because of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes (yeast and bacteria), which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders. Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy.

Click Here to read more on the science behind the SCD Diet, which foods you can eat and which foods to avoid.

Looking for MORE RECIPES to create delicious meals to heal your gut and fight Inflammation?

Ecology Health Center Cookbook

Delicious recipes to lower inflammation

Reduce Inflammation in your body through diet. Start creating healing meals right in your own home today.

The Ecology Health Center Cookbook is designed to meet the specific needs of people who have modified their diets due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s, Chronic Candida and other challenging digestive symptoms.

The recipes in this book were created to limit foods that are common allergens, and those which grow and support yeast, also known as Candida. The recipes are sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and yeast free.

This book was created for those rebuilding their immune systems and trying to reduce inflammation in the body.

Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn’s and IBS

Healing Foods Recipes for Crohn's Colitis and Digestive Conditions

This cookbook was created specifically to heal injured intestinal tracts. It contains over 200 recipes and over 100 full-page color photos.

This book strictly adheres to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free dietary regimen intended for those suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Here’s what you need to know about Men’s Multi-Vitamins


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Men and women have different requirements when it comes to nutritional support. Vitamin Code Men’s Formula is a comprehensive multi-vitamin with specific nutrients to support prostrate health, mental and physical energy and heart health.

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Are you too Acidic? Here’s why balancing your pH is important.

Your pH can affect every system in your body

What is the Importance of pH Levels?

You probably know that your body is made up of mostly fluids; water and blood. These fluids have an acid/alkaline balance, which is measured by the pH factor (potential hydrogen). This pH scale is used to determine if the levels are more acidic or more alkaline. Research has shown that it’s important for your body to maintain a neutral pH. For better health and well being there are many reasons why you want your bodies pH to be as close to neutral as possible.

How Does the pH Scale Work?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14.  A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.

An imbalanced pH may affect all your bodies major functions and systems such as breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production and proper blood flow. Inversely, when you improve the acid/alkaline balance of the body, you improve every other system in the body at the same time.

How is Your Bodies pH Level Determined?

The biggest contributors to your bodies pH levels is through what you eat and drink and how you react to stress. That’s right, there are certain foods which are alkaline and certain foods which are acidic. It’s important to take note what these foods are and try to balance it out throughout the day. One example that illustrates this is to drink an 8 oz. glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before your daily dose of coffee or tea. The reasoning behind this is that lemon water is very alkaline in the body and coffee and tea are both very acidic. This balances the two out.

How Are the Health Benefits of Maintaining Proper pH Levels?

When we maintain proper pH levels, injuries heal faster and health challenges improve more quickly because the body is oxygenated and therefore can detoxify and heal itself. If cells are energized in this way, we develop a stronger immune system and a lower propensity to develop diseases and cancer. Click here to read what Dr. Axe has to say on how improper pH levels negatively affect your health.

Which Foods are Alkaline and Which are Acidic?

Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic. It’s a good idea to keep acidic foods to a minimum of about 20% of your daily intake. The remaining 80% should be alkaline foods.

Acidic Foods-try to keep these to a minimum

  • All Meats
  • Grains – white flour products,  wheat, corn, barley, oats and rye
  • Dairy – milk, butter, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream and milk
  • Fruits – cranberries and pomegranates
  • Veggies – artichokes, asparagus and garbanzo beans
  • Caffeinated drinks –  coffee, chocolate drinks and colas
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts – peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts
  • Other factors that can effect your bodies acidity are lack of sleep, stress and anxiety

Alkaline Foods-These should make up majority of your daily intake

  • Kefir and minimally processed yogurt products
  • Most fruits
  • Veggies – green beans, lima beans, string beans, sprouts, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, chives, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, garlic, leeks, legumes, lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, sweet potato, bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, turnips and watercress
  • Seaweed, kelp and sea veggies
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds
  • Nuts –  almonds, chestnuts and coconuts

How Can you Test Your Bodies pH Level?

By using litmus paper you can adjust your diet on a regular basis to continue to maintain your bodies proper pH level.  This easy to do, at home test is taken with your first urine in the morning. The farther from perfect balance your pH travels, the more serious health problems may develop and the more difficult it may be to maintain a strong immune system.

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