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Healthy Habits for Weight Loss: How-to Eat Less
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Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated thing, and it doesn’t have to be unpleasant either. Here are 5 easy tips you can use to help you cut portions, (and your appetite). Eat Whole Grains – Whole grains contain large amount of healthy nutrients, like healthy fats and fiber. Fiber can help you feel fuller longer, to reduce snacking for weight loss success. You may find that you eat less when you add whole grains to your meal because fiber expands in the digestive tract, making you fell fuller from less food. Drink Plenty of Water – Many people eat when they are really just thirsty. Drinking up to ten glasses of water a day, or other liquids can help improve digestion, and reduce snacking. It’s easy to put something in your mouth to fill your tummy but if your digestion is regular, you may just need water. Don’t confuse hunger for thirst. Your body needs tons of fluids so if you are giving your body adequate amounts you might notice less hunger, and eat fewer meals. Keep Moving – Regular exercise routines burn calories and are great for weight loss, and overall health. Any kind of movement is considered exercise though, so don’t wait to get to the gym to get moving. Even small efforts like parking further from the door of your grocery store, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can increase your metabolism, improve your mood and much more! Eat Slower – Mindless eating habits Read More »

Keeping Your Energy Needs Full This Summer
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  Lots To Do During This Summer, Where’s your Energy? With the summer in full swing we often find our attention pulled in more directions than usual. There’s summer activities, the kids are out of school, summer sports and not to mention the heat, which can leave us needing more energy than usual. You might find yourself eating more than usual too. With this in mind there are a few things you can do to fight that  ”drained” feeling and get your energy back.  Give yourself nutrients that give your body lasting energy to get you through, and try to reduce the amount of foods you eat that can deplete your energy. Natural Energy: If you’re like most people, you have more things than usual to do during the summer months. There are fun events and people in town but with that comes a longer list of things comes an increased task load. Along the way there are people to see and way too much BBQ to eat. Instead of eating all of it though, try to find ways to keep your tummy from being too hungry, don’t eat everything.  Remember, going out to accomplish everything on an empty stomach can have you grabbing for anything, which usually leaves a hand full of junk food, no energy, and added weight. Stick to eating something that leaves you full, with natural energy so you don’t eat sugary, tasty treats all season long. Some favorites are energy bars and protein bars coated Read More »

Gluten Free Baking: An Intro To Gluten-Free Flours
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The world of Gluten Free baking is rapidly expanding. There are a variety of gluten free products to choose from and each has a special quality and can inspire different recipes. You can get pretty creative when substituting all-purpose flour with gluten free alternatives. There are all-purpose gluten free flour mixes you can purchase that won’t change the flavor of your favorites. All-purpose flour goes cup for cup with wheat-based flours and makes great tasting goodies that don’t crumble. You can keep it simple but if you’re new to gluten free baking you’ll need to know that gluten free baking requires a mix of flours. Starting From Scratch: Gluten is what helps doughs rise, adds texture and is responsible for leavening in baking. Cooking without it can get tricky- you have to be somewhat of a chemist to figure out what you need to get your desired results, but for the wonderful taste and healthy results, it sure is worth it. We’ll start from the beginning. All-Purpose: Standard Blend: 1/2 cup rice flour 1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour 1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch You can adjust your standard blend to accommodate tastes and nutrient needs but this will substitute an all-purpose flour to get going. Adding Nutrients and Customizing your Cookies Stone Ground Whole Grain: These flours include wheat-free stone ground whole grains, they add nutritional value to your baking and are also functional. The health benefits of whole grains are commonly known and support everything from cardiovascular health to Read More »

Everyday benefits from Pumpkin
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  Pumpkin is not just a fun fall decoration and there’s a reason mama said to eat your vegetables. Most veggies are full of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients but pumpkin has a great seasonal flavor and also provides essential nutrients that can help keep you healthy through out the year. The bright color of orange pumpkin is caused by unique compounds called Carotenoids. These also help protect the body from harmful oxygen molecules known as free radicals. Pumpkins contain other carotenoid antioxidants including beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These free radical scavengers offer specific benefits. Studies suggest that beta carotene can help prevent macular degeneration. Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over that age of 60. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see detail. A recent age-related eye disease study showed that participants who received antioxidants including beta carotene showed a delayed progression of age related macular degeneration and vision loss. In addition to beta-carotene, pumpkins contain high levels of minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and zinc. These minerals can help support the body in a number of ways. They are needed by every organ in the body including the heart. They contribute to the formation and maintenance of strong and healthy teeth and bones. Magnesium is involved in the activation of enzymes, energy production and the regulation of other minerals and nutrients in the body. Manganese and zinc are trace minerals, Read More »

Monsanto & Your Food: Godsend or Playing God?
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Whether or not you know it, your health and wellness has probably been affected by the monstrous Monsanto, and your future may depend on it! Monsanto is an active volcano of controversy in the food-o-sphere right now. They are the largest US-based multinational biotechnology corporation. They are also the leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, or “Round Up,” and provide the technology for 90% of genetically engineered seeds in the US. In essence, they are responsible for feeding most of us, while also messing with our food to uncertain ends, à la Dr. Frankenstein. It’s inevitable that Round Up’s Ringleader and general puppet master of America’s food-scape is going to find itself “rounded up” in some controversy from time to time. Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs play a number of roles in food and animal rearing in our era. Like any capitalistic endeavor, their end game is to make more, stronger, quickly cultivated products at as low of a cost as possible. While there’s nothing wrong with inherently trying to optimize one’s business, Monsanto certainly seems to have earned their share of demerits. The GMO Elevator Summary: Since GM foods were introduced into our diets about 15 years ago, numerous studies have “proven” both the safety and potential risks of GM foods. Like any great debate- both sides of the argument are up in arms over the relative safety/danger this food poses. I took a gander at educating myself on both ends of the spectrum, which turned out to be Read More »

Bioflavonoids: Helping Your Skin Look & Feel More Healthy
Posted By on July 23rd, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 3
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Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you and Bioflavonoids can mask skin age and overall health.  We spend billions of dollars a year stitching, ripping apart and trying to cover up wear & tear on our skin, but often to no avail. In order to maximize the beauty and health of your skin, it’s important to learn how your skin works, what makes it better and what makes it worse- from the inside out! Toxins are a major factor in skin care, a factor we can’t do much about. They are assaulting our air and damaging our skin. Chemicals are escaping into our water. Hoards of pesticides and preservatives are being thrust mercilessly into everything from tomatoes to shampoo. Yet, while our bodies readily absorb toxins every day, our ears often fall short of absorbing their impact on our health. In the US alone there are over 70,000 skin-ravaging toxic chemicals in use, and 2,000 new compounds being introduced every year. From the air we breathe to the food we eat, escaping the effects of abrasive toxins is no easy feat. Even if you decide to live completely au naturel, making all your clothing and household supplies out of organic home grown buckwheat fiber and beets . . . you’d still be exposed to the harsh toxins. Even the most vigilant of chemical-combatants still test positive for many dangerous toxins. Enter: Bioflavonoids, Mother Nature’s answer to preventing skin cancer. Bioflavonoids are found in fruit Read More »

Gluten Free Diets and Meals Have Many Benefits
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If you don’t have wheat allergies, you might not be acquainted with the meaning of the term Gluten Free. Gluten free diets exclude all foods containing this special type of protein found in cereals, certain grains, and wheats. Gluten is found in so many foods because it helps keep the elasticity of foods during the fermentation process, it gives breads texture and prevents other foods from being sticky. It’s also an additive, flavoring and thickening agent. People tend to exclude gluten from their diets because it can cause a reaction that irritates the intestines, can cause stomach upset, abdominal pain, irritability or even depression. Many people don’t even know they are having a reaction and only find out when they have excluded some of these foods from their diet and notice the benefits. Others suffer serious reactions and have to remove these proteins from their diets because gluten causes an immune response that damages the small intestine. This condition of gluten intolerance, known as celiac disease affects 1 in about 130 Americans and even the slightest amount of gluten can cause a serious reaction. If you are accommodating a guest with celiac disease or just trying to find new ways to adjust your diet, trying gluten free or low-gluten recipes is easier to do when you have a large meal to prepare. You can try new things without drawing too much attention and sneak in a dish that isn’t fine-tuned yet. There are ways to adjust your favorite recipes with Read More »

Burts Bees: Wonderful All Natural Products
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Burts Bees have been buzzing since 1984. Burts Bees made their name with beeswax candles, becoming a household name when their lip balm became a best-selling product. You don’t have to do much exploring to figure out why. Their line ranges from the original lip and face products to body, hair and baby products. If you can’t afford to stock your shelves with every gold infused diamond-dipped body care product (yep, it exists) out there, it can pay to know which au-naturale products offer the best in beautifying and protecting your skin. Here at VitaminFix Think, we’re big fans of Burts Bees products; at any given time you’ll find our pockets and purses packed with Burts lip balms and lotions. I’ve been using various Burts Bees products, off-and-on for over a decade now and have generated some solid favorites. First and foremost, the original Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, but a close second is their shampoos. Lip Balm, not Embalm: Have you checked the ingredients in your lip balm lately? I’d venture to say most of us do not, and even more of us would have no idea what half of the 26-lettered, crazy ingredients really are. We blindly keep slathering our chops with the stuff all year long, needing more and more it seems. There are even online support groups devoted to balm fiends, like the appropriately titled Lip Balm Anonymous. Most of us can relate a little bit, especially if you live in a colder area that gets dry Read More »

Tryptophan- Why wait til November to enjoy Turkey?
Posted By on July 23rd, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 3
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There’s a good chance your Thanksgiving traditions involve gobbling up a plateful of turkey and ingesting a healthy dose of Tryptophan. If you’re like me turkey is a part of your everyday diet and in no way is restricted to one meal a year in November. While there are undoubtedly some good turkey recipes out there, many don’t address some of the most foundationally healthy aspects of a hearty turkey meal.  For example, you may have heard of the essential amino acid Tryptophan, found in turkey and other meats proteins, often associated with making you feel sleepy. At a closer glance, it’s an almost miraculous prerequisite for a slew of healthy body functions. Without tryptophan you’d be hard-pressed to experience things like pleasure, sleep and self-control. What a world that would be! Tryptophan is as fascinating as it is complex, and provides essential functions for many living organisms, you being one of them. Tryptophan is called an essential fatty acid, and unlike some, our bodies are incapable of synthesizing it.  So, we have to get it from food. Why is it super cool? It might sound like some chemistry-type mumbo jumbo at first, but tryptophan absorption is probably just as responsible for your brain feeling happy as the tropical vacation or promotion you’re dreaming about. Tryptophan is something worth paying attention to, and if you can’t properly absorb it, it can lead to serious depression, among other unpleasant symptoms. Tryptophan allows your brain to complete protein synthesis, which in turn Read More »