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Valentine’s Day: A Gentlemen’s Guide
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s day is almost here, again! And guys if you are wondering what you should do to celebrate this year, try to be a gentleman. Here are a few of the top supplements, and romantic products to help warm things up a bit, and maybe even spark something more. Top Valentine’s Day must-haves for gentlemen: Maca: Derived from a root herb, maca also comes in powdered form and adds easily to baked goods. Slip this sup into a sensual smoothie to heat things up. Used by ancient Aztec warriors to boot energy, stamina and libido, maca is effective for both men and women and also contain large amounts of amino acids, B vitamins, minerals and enzymes for a feeling of virility and vitality. L-Dopa: Also known as mucuna pruriens, this testosterone booster also improves mood. If you’re looking for a way to get through Valentine’s Day, dinner and stay in the mood with increased sexual capacity though the evening, L-dopa might just do the trick. L-dopa is a precursor to feel-good brain chemicals including dopamine to help keep a healthy libido all through the day, and night. Ginseng: This well-known adaptogen is known to boost natural energy levels, stamina and reduce stress. Used in China as a tonic, a cup of ginseng tea may also boost testosterone production, moot, stamina and strength. Ginko: Another remedy used in traditionally Chinese herbal medicine, this libido booster helps to increase blood flow to brain, and other important body organs. Gingko also aids in the production Read More »

21 Valentine’s Day Quotes You Can Use
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s Day offers the opportunity to share your loving feelings with a special someone. But sometimes the words are hard to find. Here are 21 quotes that you can use this year to express love, affection and other feelings that sometimes your own words just don’t do justice. “No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.” –Defiance by C.J. Redwine “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” –Across the Universe by Beth Revis “I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.” –The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson “I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” –Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl “I am catastrophically in love with you.” –Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it” –Delirium by Lauren Oliver “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” –The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing, how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -The Essential Rumi “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love Read More »

3 Chocolate Cake Recipes You Can Make for Valentine’s Day
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Chocolate is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your overall health. Cocoa contains healthful antioxidants and also boosts the production of important brain chemicals involved in maintaining your good mood. So as one of the sweetest of holidays approaches, get your apron on and try some of these decedent chocolate cakes out. You can always make another one for your Valentine. 1. Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake This cake is Mexican in origin and is loaded with nutrients. Full of zucchini, it also has a delicious glaze on top, and satisfies chocolate, and veggie cravings. Soooo good! Ingredients: For the Cake 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup butter 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk 3 cups grated zucchini 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup chopped walnuts For the Glaze: 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: The Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter mixture. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt Read More »

15 Jokes to Tell to Keep Holiday Spirits Bright
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Kids need to feel noticed, included and engaged and during the holidays it can get pretty lonely at the kids table. Parents get busy planning parties, managing to-do’s lists and end up entertaining guests. This can make it difficult to manage the kid’s changing schedules. But it’s not all that easy on kids either. They need to feel that they are a part of things but that can become a task in itself for busy parents. So to keep kids engaged, and their holiday spirits warm and bright tell these simple jokes. Share them with young party guests, or your own children to keep them feeling included during the fast paced hustle of the holiday season. 1. Question: What do you do when a teacher rolls her eyes at you? Answer: Pick them up and roll them back to her! 2. Question: What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow? Answer: Milk of Amnesia. 3. Question: Why don’t bananas snore? Answer: Because they don’t want to wake up the rest of the bunch. 4. Knock knock, Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you! 5. Question: Why was the strawberry sad? Answer: His mother got into a JAM! 6. Question: Why do pandas like old movies? Answer: Because they are black and white. 7. Question: What did the pencil say to the sharpener? Answer: Stop going in circles and get to the point! 8. Question: What is a cat’s favorite breakfast? Answer: Mice krispies 9. Question: Which day do fish Read More »

11 Things You Don’t Need to Forgive
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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Forgive and forget right? WRONG! There are somethings that are simply unforgivable. And at some point you just need to say to yourself, “It is what it is” and know there’s no need to look back. Here are 11 things you don’t need to forgive a mate, or a date for: 1. Not telling you upfront that they are separated or not actually divorced. This really just means they are still married. That’s a no go. If they cheat on this one, they will cheat on you. Maybe not with another, but in some significant way. This isn’t something to fib about. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 2. Not changing their choines (that’s underpants) every day. Keep it clean! You go to great lengths to stay presentable for them, the least they can do is maintain a clean daily wardrobe. Maybe he wore that t-shirt yesterday, but those boxers? Ew! 3. Trying to tongue kiss you with morning breath. That’s just not the time for a passionate kiss. If they haven’t considered that you may not like the taste of what lingered in their mouth all night, they may not be the type of guy to hold the door open for you, or girl that attends to any other things you may need her further into the relationship. Ask them not to and if they continue, see if this lack of consideration extends beyond the bedroom. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 4. Falling asleep while you are talking. Listening is a Read More »

3 Ways Nature Acts as Inspiration
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Nature is what connects us to other people, our pets and our  deeper selves. Ever do your Yoga routine on the top of a mountain, in the grass or on the beach? Sinking your hands into the ground and feeling the earth beneath you in it’s many forms has a way of creating a connection that eases tension in every day life, and lasts much longer than the time you spend out there in the elements. But it’s so easy to get caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle and start to worry more about whether you have toothpaste than your connection with nature. So here are a few things to remember so you don’t neglect your time with Mother Earth: 1. Nature inspires you imagination. Wondering how to handle the holidays this year? How do you get that perfect gift for the special people in your life? Set aside an hour or two this week to get away from magazines, catalogs, the television and other things that can get in the way of your imagination. Get out and do your cardio in the park instead of on the treadmill and see what comes to mind. Handmade gifts that celebrate your memories with that person like a custom painted flower pot or picture frame might be better than anything you can find in the stores. So let those creative juices flow, and see what you come up with. 2. Nature enriches your life. When you stand and gaze at a beautiful Read More »

How To Do an Online Personality Overhaul
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Your online life may have more to do with your day-to-day than you realize. If you’re ready to make some healthy changes in your lifestyle, don’t leave out your internet presence. Your online personality may include social media, online dating, professional network sites, fitness or weight loss communities and more. If your personal lifestyle and wellness include reducing stress, making a better connection with the important people in your life and tuning back into your natural state of health here are a few things to consider when it comes to your online life. Email Is a great way to communicate, but there is a lot lost in translation so to speak. You can improve your online experience by learning how to communicate better in your emails. There is much to be misunderstood when you can’t read facial expressions, or physical cues. So when sending an email to friends, family, co workers, health care providers or anyone else you need to send important messages to, try to communicate as clearly as you can. Here are a few e-mail etiquette rules to follow: It’s ok to be informal, but use proper grammar and punctuation, or your message can get lost. Keep your messages brief. So many people have tons of emails to weed through, so getting to the point can be helpful. Don’t use all caps unless you want to highlight a point. Otherwise, people feel like you’re yelling. Be courteous. Eventhough they can’t see you, they can deficiently perceive manners. So Read More »

50 Things Kids Love
Posted By on November 3rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60
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Kids really aren’t all that different from adults. We all need to play, rest, be loved and supported and have people in our lives that recognize our strengths along with our weaknesses. Parents, we know you get busy but there are tons of things that kids want to do, need to do and wish you would do that you may be overlooking. Print this list out and keep it handy whenever you feel like the little ones aren’t on the top of your priority list. You can put a smile on small faces with any one of these. Kids love it when… 1. You ask them about their favorite part of the day. 2. You remember details that are important to them. 3. They hear “I love you. 4. They feel respected. 5. You hang their artwork. 6. You point out a success instead of a failure. 7. You say “please. 8. They know they are good at something. 9. You listen. 10. You laugh at their jokes. 11. You ask about their friends. 12. They get to pick out an outfit. 13. It’s ok to make a mistake. 14. You don’t yell. 15. They get to play. 16. They don’t have to worry. 17. You forgive them. 18. You laugh with them. 19. They get a compliment. 20. They get to help. 21. You watch a movie with them. 22. They get to lick the spoon. 23. You let them pay for something. 24. They don’t have to be Read More »

40 Relationship Questions to Find Out if You’re Wasting Your Time
Posted By on October 20th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 58
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What’s the difference between relationships built on common interests and goals, and those built on mere attraction? A lot! Here are 40 questions you should ask your significant other to find out what you need to know to build a happy, healthy relationship based on the real person. Not just what they want you to see. So jot these down on your palm, or upload this list to your smartphone before your next night out. But go easy… just a few of these in one sitting is probably enough. 1. What is your 5 -year goal? 2. Do you have long-term future plans? What are they? 3. What is your most cherished childhood memory? 4. Is there a favorite food your mom used to make? Does she still have the recipe? 5. Are you a dog, or cat person? 6. What was the first thing you noticed about me? 7. What is the most important thing in a relationship, to you? 8. Are you religious? 9. What is something that you find attractive about me? 10. Is physical or mental/emotional attraction more important to you? 11. Describe yourself to me, as you would to another person. 12. In a relationship, do you prefer to make the first move? 13. What’s one thing you are self conscious about? 14. Do you want to get married, ever? 15. Is money an important part of your lifestyle? 16. Name someone you admire. 17. What are your relationship deal-breakers? 18. Do you have any strong political opinions? 19. Name Read More »

25 Random Acts of Kindness That Cleanse Your Karma
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Random Acts (of Kindness) is a non-profit organization that aims to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time. Dedicated to inspire other acts of kindness around the world, this organization has public online forums, social media channels and runs events throughout the year that give you the opportunity to share your random acts with others who share your same passions. Get involved and visit the www.therandomact.org. In the meantime you can cleanse your karma with these 25 random acts of kindness: 1. Pick up the tab. 2. By a magazine for a friend, or coworker that you know will interest them. It’s true that some of the greatest connections are built on simply caring for anther person. Show someone you notice what they care about, as your act of kindness today. 3. Call an old friend, an acquaintance or ask a co-worker out for a meal. Listen to them talk about what’s important to them, and find out what’s new. 4. Resist the urge to criticize. 5. Wrap your spouse in a robe after their evening shower. You might get an act of kindness back. 6. Offer a recommendation on something you’re educated about. 7. Let someone cut ahead of you in line at the store. 8. Throw out trash that isn’t yours. The Earth itself with thank you for this random act. 9. Give 5 compliments, in one day. 10. Give a stranger a lottery ticket. 11. Send someone a loving note, or card in the mail. Read More »