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Be Well

{Video} Pack These Snacks

I’m absolutely BEAMING with excitement this week! With so much help from my amazing cameraman-extraordinaire, Andrew Dorn, I’m elated to announce the launch of my new online show, Stay Stacked, based on an article series I’ve been writing on PokerNews!

I’ve never felt so in-line with my purpose, and seeing the way the universe has just opened up and thrown endless amounts of opportunities into my lap this week, has blown my mind. Not a single speed hump has gotten in our way. In fact, miracles have happened multiple times per day. The sun has peeked through the clouds when we needed it to, people have freed up their schedules to take part, and I’ve met some amazing experts along the way. All week I’ve been jumping out of bed with excitement as I watch the project unfold and expand by the minute, knowing that I’ve found what truly makes my heart sing: living and sharing, the “LG: Life’s Good” kinda life 

I will be covering a wide range of wellbeing topics, as broad as drinking water, to meditating, to strategic mental routines. While the series is aimed at poker players, all of the information can be applied to everyday life, whether you’re a poker player or not, and I’m just so excited to share it with you.

To kick off the series, I decided to open up my own bag to share some of the snacks I like to keep with me whilst working. I am not a dietician, and this is certainly not a set meal plan, it’s just some suggested options to pack in your back to help deter from eating lesser-quality foods or drinks between meals, to help your body maintain the energy and focus it needs throughout the day.

Some of the products I mentioned in the video include:

Green Nutritionals Superfoods 

Imagine if you could take a quick shot of a pleasant-tasting, miracle liquid each day, to be able to give your body a healthy boost to sharpen your mind, energize and detoxify your body, while strengthening your immune system? Well, you can.

Superfoods by Green Nutritionals is a unique blend of the five most nutrient-rich superfoods: Hawaiian Spirulina, Yaeyama Chlorella, Australian Organic Alfalfa and Barleygrass, and Organic Marine Plant Minerals. These products are the kings of “green superfoods”, including powerful plant pigments and carotenoids, plant enzymes, complete plant protein, organic vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

In short, it’s a shot of amazingness that will load your body with more goodness than you could imagine, giving you a brilliant kick-start to your day, removing the need to turn to that morning coffee to wake up, which will likely make you crash shortly after – and reach for more.

Particularly when traveling, it’s hard to eat well, so taking something like Green Superfoods is a brilliant way to take care of yourself.

If you live in Australia, you can find Green Nutritionals products in health food stores, or if you’re from elsewhere then you can order online! Click here for stockist and shipping info.

Loving Earth’s Raw Cacao 

Oh my… Loving Earth makes some of the most DELICIOUS products that my stomach has ever made love to. Whether it’s fairly-traded, single-origin, organic fruits, nuts and seeds, superfood powders to add to your green smoothies, or delicious raw cacao treats (like the Coconut Mylk Chocolate I had in this video – YUM!), Loving Earth has got you covered.

Raw cacao beans contain 10% flavonol antioxidants, which has set the world record for the highest antioxidant percentage in any food in the world – it’s four times higher than goji berries!

Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. Both PEA and Anandamide (the bliss chemical) are found in abundance in the brains of happy people and are particularly released when we are feeling happy. Both of these neurotransmitters are present in raw cacao in large enough quanitities to affect the brain and lift our moods.

Raw cacao is the primary dietary source of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in western civilisation, yet the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. It also plays a key role in producing energy for the neurons in the brain from glucose. So when there is an abundance of magnesium the brain works with clarity and focus.

So, now you know where all those theories come from that “chocolate makes you feel better”. It does, just in its raw, nutritious form without being processed with mass amounts of sugar and dairy, which blocks all the positive effects.

If you’re from outside Australia, then unfortunately you cannot order this particular brand online, but they are working on a solution for international exports, so sit tight! However, it’s really easy to find raw cacao options at your local health food store across the globe. For those in this fabulous country, I’d be surprised if you haven’t already seen these luscious products grace store shelves Australia-wide, but if not, then check this out to order online.

Beyond Coconut Water

I’m nuts over coconuts – whether I’m frying my food in it, using it as a moisturiser on my skin, chomping on the flesh inside a freshly cracked shell, or drinking the delicious liquid center for a hydrating, body-nourishing treat – coconuts are simply amazing, and described by Beyond as a “nutritional goldmine”.

Coconut water is a natural isotonic which hydrates your body faster than water. Modern science has validated its effectiveness, especially as an all-natural sports drink, without the added sugar, flavours or colours, like some of those awful sports drinks have. It contains the five essential electrolytes that gives your body everything it needs to stay hydrated, including sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and more potassium than you’ll get from a banana!

Beyond Coconut Water is available in Australia and the US, here is all your stockist details.

Other

Blueberries have been labeled a “brain food” because they are packed with antioxidants that help protect the brain and skin. Studies have shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved the learning capacity of aging rats. (Source: Blueberries and Brain Health) On top of that, they taste great. So try to snack on a handful of blueberries while you grind.

In the above video, I mixed some blueberries with raw nuts and seeds, which are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins E and A, all which are known as “brain food”. Keep in mind that with everything we eat, it’s all about balance. So while these pack a powerful punch, you don’t want to overload on them either, so try to limit yourself to a handful per day.

Pick up a banana for a quick hunger fix and energy boost thanks to its high dose of potassium, “an essential mineral present in large concentrations inside every cell in the body. In the brain, potassium builds the electrical potential inside brain cells required for electrical signaling between cells. Depletion of potassium from the body decreases the amount of electrical signaling in the brain, resulting in lethargy.” (Source: LiveStrong.com)

Do you have a favourite snack that you can’t leave the house with? Or perhaps a question about something I’ve spoken about? I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

LG x

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