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Merry Christmas and How to Survive The Festive Season

Merry Christmas! From all of us here at ProZone we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Christmas can make it hard to stay in the Zone, so we’ve included some tips below to help you survive the holidays. Healthy Holiday Tips  Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread festive cheer. They also bring lots of opportunities for socialising, eating and drinking. For some people the festive season can provide a temporary challenge to their Zone nutrition lifestyle. To help you survive the parties without going off the Zone we wanted to share a few
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A Question of Couscous

A frequently asked question is what about couscous? Couscous is a grain and is counted as a carbohydrate and not a particularly favourable carb at that. In 1 cup (157 g) of cooked couscous there is Protein 6 g (less than 1 block) Carbohydrate 36 g (more than 5 blocks) Fat 0 Rather than using couscous, use cauliflower rice with lots of favourable vegetables like spinach, broccoli, some carrot and add fresh nuts, avocado or a good kiwi olive oil for fat.    
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Satay Chicken

Makes four 3 block meals of protein 360 gm      Chicken Breast 1               Large onion 1               Garlic (I use fresh crushed garlic) 1               Ginger (optional – fresh crushed) 1               Red capsicum Soy sauce (I use lite soy sauce) 2 tsp          Curry powder 2 tbsb        Peanut butter (I use Pic’s crunchy peanut butter) 2 tsp          Worcester sauce 1 tsp        Sweet thai chilli sauce 165ml tin   Lite coconut milk Using a
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ProZone Certification Course

Would you like to have your own nutrition business?  Do you want to learn more about the science behind the Zone? Following our successful course last year we are going to run another certification course on 19 & 20th August. We are looking for appropriate candidates that would like to be certified to teach Zone nutrition. The cost is $850. Early bird registration is $500 if paid by July 15th. Candidates should ideally have a background in health or sports. The first day covers the science behind the Zone, Zone balance, carbohydrates, protein, fat, insulin/glycogen axis, eicosanoids as well as discussion about the
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Categories: Announcements.

ProZone Protein Powder & Alternatives

Protein Powder There are all sorts of protein powders available out there.  At ProZone we pride ourselves on only selling top quality products. ProZone Protein powder now sports our lovely new branding thanks to the talented team at Creative Mouse Design.  ProZone Protein powder is purely casein based, lightly vanilla flavoured and slightly sweetened with stevia.  Calcium caseinate is digested more slowly than whey protein which makes it perfect for the Zone. It is ideal for use in smoothies, shakes and porridge and I add a scoop to the mixture when I make my yogurt which gives it a nice vanilla flavour.  $75
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PureFit Bars

ProZone is very happy to announce it is now the New Zealand distributor of PureFit® bars.  Our first shipment has landed and is flying out the door. We have seven delicious flavours including the new Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch and I am happy to supply boxes mixed with all flavours or just your favourites if you specify them when you place your order. Go to our shop and order online now or, if you are in Wellington, pop into the office to collect them.  Please text or phone first to make sure that I am in the office. The bars are
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Fish Parcels

These are so easy and quick to make as well as being tasty & healthy. 4 x 120g (3 block) or 160g (4 block) boneless skinless fish fillets such as gurnard, terakihi, snapper, hoki 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use salt reduced) 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce 1 clove minced garlic 1 red chilli, finely chopped 2cm piece of ginger, peeled & grated fresh coriander (use the stems and save the leaves for garnish)   Preheat the oven to 180C Lay 4 large rectangles of tinfoil on an oven tray and place a fish fillet in the centre of
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The Continuing Obesity Debate

Wallace Chapman’s Sunday Morning programme of 2/11/14 also included an interview with Dr Peter Gluckman who is scientific adviser to the NZ Government generally but with particular emphasis on the growing obesity problem. Dr Gluckman who continually referred to himself as “fat” quoted the latest science on obesity but unfortunately did not come up with any useful practical information for the listeners except his support for banning fizzy drinks in schools. Dr Gluckman emphasized that we are genetically programmed for obesity starting with the dietary behaviour of our mothers and fathers prior to our conception and particularly while our mother
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Categories: Comments and Science.

Some Alternative Ideas for Cheese and Potatoes

Some convenient products to consider for easy and interesting Zoning   Say “Cheese” and smile Most people love cheese and it is a versatile and convenient food that is high in protein with virtually no carbohydrate, unfortunately hard cheese is also high in unhealthy saturated fat and this is why we recommend limiting consumption. When buying cheese we have recommended choosing Edam cheese for its lower total, and therefore saturated, fat content compared to other varieties. Unfortunately Edam tends to be a bit bland and uninteresting. The good news is that Mainland have produced a tasty cheddar cheese they call
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Guilt Free Chocolate Drink and Flavouring

              Contributed by Kevin Bateman   The last time you read something like that heading it was probably a low fat but very high carbohydrate product.  Not so a new New Zealand made product that is very low in fat and carbohydrate yet is deliciously rich and chocolaty.  Avalanche Sugar Free Cocoa Chocolate Drinking Mix is supposed to be a kids’ product but it is way too good to be reserved for children only. It contains no artificial sweeteners and appears to be flavoured cocoa that is sweetened with the natural sweeteners erythritol and stevia. These sweeteners have negligible
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Gestational Diabetes

I recently had a visit from a friend who was 33 weeks pregnant with her first baby.  She was told that she had gestational diabetes and because of that she was going to need to be on medication, was probably going to have a large baby that would need to be delivered by caesarian section and that she was at a high risk for developing diabetes later in life.  She was horrified that the diabetic clinic had not even asked her to keep a food diary.  Fortunately she knew about my services and came to see me.  Fortunately too she had
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The Right amount of Protein is Important

Zone nutrition is usually mislabeled as a “high protein” diet. It is in fact “protein adequate” in that we work out how much protein you need to eat each day to maintain your muscle mass.  Once you reach 30 you start to lose muscle and eating in the Zone protects your muscle mass so while you may lose weight you do not lose muscle. We had one client who went from a size 16 to a 10 but only lost one kilo on the scales.  Her body shape changed completely but she lost fat but not muscle. The other important factor
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“Healthy Drinks”

There was an article in the DomPost on Saturday about so-called healthy drinks.  It opens with “Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain”. While there is very little dispute over the amount of sugar and dangers in soft drinks it is enlightening that so called “healthy drinks” are finally being recognized for what they are.  A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice may contain up to 6 oranges or 12 blocks of carbohydrate.  I have had people come to see me who say “I have
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Categories: Products, Recipes, and Science.

Protein Powder

ProZone Protein powder is made specifically for ProZone from casein , not whey, so is not involved in the scare over contaminated protein. Protein powder is a wonderful source of protein for making quick easy snacks/meals like smoothies and porridge.  ProZone protein is 91% pure protein and is still on special at $75 a kilo.  Go to the shop to order it now.
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Quinoa

We are frequently asked about this grain that is promoted as high in protein. It is high in protein for a grain but 50g quinoa contains 1 block of protein and almost 4 blocks of carbohydrate so it should really be treated as a carbohydrate rather than protein. The other limitation of grains as protein is that because they are high in fibre you don’t tend to absorb a lot of the protein from them.  The only vegetable that is truly high is protein is soy. Quinoa is low glycaemic so small amounts could be used to supplement lots of favourable
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Ricotta vs Cottage Cheese

I was asked the question about the difference between ricotta cheese and cottage cheese.  Ricotta is more pleasant than cottage cheese but ricotta, although relatively low in fat (saturated) compared to hard cheese, it is a lot higher in fat than cottage cheese.  This is the big advantage of cottage cheese: convenient protein with relatively low fat.
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Categories: Client questions answered and Other.

I’m Angry at McDonalds

Contributed by Kevin Bateman One of the perks of the Gold Card is free coffee at McDonalds® and an occasional coffee won’t do me any harm, especially a free one. With this incentive I checked out Mackers for a quick cheap lunch option and I discovered a reasonable choice that would be OK now and then to have with my now and then coffee. The McD Chicken Caesar Wrap. The cover on the seared (grilled) version showed per serving, protein 30.8g (4 blocks), fat 14.7g (5 blocks) and carbohydrate 29.3 (3.25 blocks). I discarded some of the wrap and enjoyed
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Why Do We Tend To Overeat?

Contributed by Kevin Bateman  The only processed breakfast cereal that I eat is small amounts of Kelloggs® All Bran that I add to my home-made muesli mix. There is a recipe in the ProZone book. All Bran has 45.4g carbohydrate per 100g, which is very moderate for a refined cereal, and it  has 29.5g fibre per 100g. This high fibre content helps slow sugar absorption into the bloodstream. So we can use a little All Bran and still maintain healthy blood sugar levels. I am referring to All Bran Original, the squiggly stuff, as there are several other varieties of Kelloggs®
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Categories: Science.

Opening Special

A reminder that we have an opening special on our top selling ProZone Protein powder of $75 a kilo (usually $79.50).  Just go to the shop to order. Prozone’s own brand made exclusively for us is made in New Zealand from milk casein protein.  It is 91% protein with just 1% fat and carbohydrate.  Casein has minimal insulin stimulating effect compare to whey protein so is perfect for Zone nutrition.  It also stays in the stomach longer so is more satisfying.
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