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Your true health, how’s yours and what could you do about it?

Your true health, how's yours and what could you do about it?

Your true health is not determined by how you feel. You can feel mighty fine while deadly diseases are just around the corner. Think about a high blood pressure or deviating cholesterol values. Neither have real physical complications but can be precursors of deadly illnesses (diabetes, heart issues, cancer, etc.). In order to measure the true health of your body objectively you can use the ‘metabolic health scale’ made by the WHO (World Health Organisation). This scale uses five measurable characteristics: blood pressure, waist circumference, fasting glucose levels and cholesterol values in your blood (glucose, HDL and TG). Is one of 5 diverging from the standard? This makes you metabolically unhealthy. Are three of 5 diverging from the standard? This means you have a metabolic syndrome. 75% of the people in the world, who are older than 40 years of age, are classified as metabolically unhealthy and this’ll only get worse when they get older!

So, what’s the cause of our deteriorating metabolic health? It seems that both our nutrition and our intensity of daily exercise are the bad guys in this story. In our nutrition it’s mostly the overload in carbohydrates and cheap plant-based oils that contain way too many omega-6’s. If you’d ban the carbohydrates, such as sugars, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and even some fruits – and you’d also ban the cheap plant-based oils, such as sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil, etc., from your life and you increase your exercise (in particular: muscle growth), than your metabolic state will soon see better figures.

Changing your food pattern isn’t easy. The best thing would be to completely switch your energy/fuel source of your body. This means switching from a carbohydrate-dependant burn to a full on fats based burn. This fat burning will produce ketones as fuel. When your body is fully powered by ketones, you reach ketosis. Hence the name Keto, for Jake their Keto-shake. This refers to the state of your body when you are in full fat burning mode!

Yes, you can leave your potatoes or replace them with broccoli-rice or mushrooms. However, the trickiest part will be replacing your breakfast, lunch and snacks in between. How do you find tasty products that are low in carbs and have the right omega 3 to 6 ratio? I recommend Jake to all my clients and patients. Their vegan shakes contain very little carbohydrates but still have a solid amount of calories. So the shake contains a lot of energy, delivered through MCT-oils (among others). MCT, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, are a special form of fats that can be immediately used as energy, in contrary to most fats. It can even beat sugar when it comes to the time it needs to be processed by the body. Besides that, the omega 3 and 6 ratio is far beneath the maximum value of 1 to 4 (the ratio in these shakes is currently even 1 to 0,3). And you have a nature-friendly, tasty shake that gives you energy super quickly – without a lot of carbs and unhealthy fats.

Did we awaken your curiosity? Than perhaps a Keto lifestyle could be the solution for you. Discover more about the Keto shakes by Jake to help you get started.

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A healthy lifestyle – top 5 biggest pitfalls

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A healthy lifestyle - top 5 biggest pitfalls

There’s libraries full of literature about it: living a healthy lifestyle. As well as the internet, where there are thousands of lists and tips to living healthy. Even though this information can be very valuable, we have to admit we already know a lot about it. Just like us, you know very well that daily exercise and eating fruit is healthy – whereas smoking and going to the local kebab shop is not. We figured it would be smart to find out where things tend to go wrong. Therefore we created a list of the 5 most common pitfalls to living a healthy life, that way you can prevent falling into them.

Why wait until tomorrow, when you can start today with Jake

1. Getting too ambitious

It’s not a rare occasion that people decide to completely change their lifestyle overnight. They wake up and decide to head to the gym every day from now on, only eat cucumbers and to run 10 kilometres – untrained. After a few weeks they ‘crash’ down on the couch: “It’s impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” If you recognize this part, then you’ve probably – together with many others – planned your lifestyle a little too ambitious. Becoming healthy, fit and strong starts with baby steps.

2. The ‘unhealthy-domino’

When people make one unhealthy decision, there’s often more that follow: it’s a domino effect. You wanted to work out this morning, but did not feel like it at all. In the afternoon one of your colleagues offers you a slice of cake, that you can not say no to. Then when you come home at night, the lights of the local kebab shop shine brightly and you simply can not resist. A lot of people that are experiencing this unhealthy-domino will often use the same excuse: ‘today was a failure anyway’, resulting in one unhealthy choice after another. Rather, after an unhealthy choice – which occasionally is okay – try getting a grip again on your (new) healthy lifestyle.

3. Poor choice of nutrition

Making the right choice when it comes to nutrition is not easy. A common mistake people make is eating too little or eating too little healthy variety foods. In order for your body and mind to stay healthy, you need a lot of different nutrients. If you have trouble doing so, consider trying the meal replacement shakes we make. Our shakes contain the exact amount of nutrients your body needs, like: protein, minerals and essential fats such as omega 3 and 6. And they’re tasty!

4. Taking on more than you can handle

There’s people who are always ‘busy bees’. Of course there is nothing wrong with an active lifestyle, but there are limits. In order to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is of high importance to set and stick to your personal boundaries. And if you don’t? Well, stress is out there looking for you and it will find you. In the long run it can bring you nasty affixes like insomnia, mental health issues, and in the worst case: heart and vascular diseases. So listen to your body, and take a step back when you notice you’re under a lot of stress.

5. Make a routine out of it

A healthy lifestyle is not achieved in a day – and you do not have to. Rather, try going step by step choosing the healthy option in life, whenever you can. Go to work by bike instead of car, grab some fruit during lunch and meet up with a friend every week to do some exercises or work out. When you stick to this routine for a longer period of time, you’ll notice that you start making the healthy choices subconsciously: it’s now part of your routine and lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes a lot easier using this approach – even for you!

Jake makes complete food, like healthy meal replacement shakes. Our products contain all the nutrients your body needs – easy and quick, in one meal. Want to try Jake? Click here
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The Vitaminbar: Everything You Need to Know

We love food that’s easy, healthy and sustainable. Every meal replacement shake we make meets these three requirements. And yet, when it comes to ‘easy’, we know all too well that it means different things in different situations. Sometimes even pouring water into a shaker can be too much work. That’s where the Vitaminbar comes in.

The Vitaminbar is a 330-calorie snack that is ready to eat and easy to bring with you wherever you go. You can use it as a light breakfast, a 4pm snack or just anytime you get the munchies.

What’s inside?

Let’s start with what’s not inside. The Vitaminbar is completely soy-free, nuts-free, lactose-free and animal-free. As for the rest, it’s packed with nutrients.

Macronutrients

Each Vitaminbar contains 19-20g protein and has a complete amino acid profile. It’s all about the right combination of protein sources. The protein in the Vitaminbar comes from peas, oats and rice. Pea protein lacks the sulphur-containing amino acids cysteine and methionine, whereas oats and rice protein provide a surplus of them. Together, they make for a complete amino acid profile.

At 12-14g sugar per bar, the Vitaminbar packs less sugar than a banana and twice the amount of dietary fibre, at about6g). Fibre is important for the normal functioning of your digestive system and it helps lower your blood pressure.

There’s fat in there, too. The good kind. The Vitaminbar is a good source of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. At the same time, we’ve kept saturated fat to a minimum, at 1.6-2.2g per bar.

Vitamins and minerals

With each bar you’re getting at least 25% of the recommended daily amounts of every vitamin and mineral. For particular vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, phosphorus and iron, you’re even getting more than that. Here’s why.

Vitamin D and iron deficiencies are among the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies worldwide. By increasing the amounts you get with each Vitaminbar, we’re minimising the risk that you don’t get enough of them.

At the same time, we always consider the absorption rate of different nutrients. Just like the rest of our ingredients, the iron we use in the Vitaminbars comes from plant sources. Its absorption rate is about 10%, which is rather low compared to the 25% absorption rate of iron from animal sources. To compensate for this difference without involving animals in the process, we’ve boosted the amount of iron per bar.

Vitaminbar flavours

The Vitaminbar is available in two flavours, Forest Fruit and Coffee Cacao:

Forest Fruit is a tight mess full of nutrients, whole grain oats and fruity bits. It tends to make a good first impression with its fruity scent and a flavour that’s just the right level of sweet.

Coffee Cacao is a chunky bar with a mild cacao flavour and an extra kick: it contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. You can trust Coffee Cacao to wake you up and get you going.

Want to take a closer look at the Vitaminbars’ nutritional info? All details are here. For the closest look possible, order a box of Vitaminbars here.