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Meal Bars Recipes That Support Weight Loss
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Meal bars are a great snack to help keep you from skipping meals. You may think that by cutting meals, you’re cutting calories but really you’re just telling your body to store away more of those calories for later use. This increases fat storage, and can slow your metabolism leading to unwanted weight gain. You need to consume a combination of nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, essential fats and fiber every few hours to keep on track, but that can be challenging and expensive when you’re on the move. With today’s busy lifestyles, you can’t always grab what’s in front of you and expect to reach your body shaping goals. So here are a few meal bars you can make at home to keep at work, or in the fridge for those grab ‘n go days. They contain natural sugars, for a fast burst of energy, antioxidants, whole grains, protein, fiber and other essentials to keep your body burning calories, and you feeling energized all day. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars satisfy cravings and offer a nutrient-dense snack or meal replacement option any time of the day. Make ‘em at home with this simple recipe. Ingredients: 2 ¼ cup crisp rice cereal ¾ cup rolled oats 1 cup natural peanut butter (or other nut butter) 1 cup honey 1 ½ Tbs cocoa powder 1 6 oz dark chocolate baking bar Directions: 1. Line a square 8×8 or 9×9 cake pan with wax paper and set aside 2. Mix together cereal, oats, and Read More »

Everyday Getaways You Can Take Close to Home
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Getaways don’t have to take you so far from home that you don’t get through the laundry, miss the kid’s game, or forget to stock the fridge. You can break away from hectic schedules and your everyday lifestyle, even for a few minutes a day and feel like you’ve been away all weekend even if you can’t afford to go too far from home by taking a mini getaway. Try these simple “getaways,” this week to break free from the grind, without going far from home: Try Mind/Body Exercise: You may fee like you’re on another planet the first time you hear someone say “breathe in happiness, and breathe out anger.” But the truth is, group meditations and mind/body classes that challenge your comfort zone really can take you away. The combination of calming and invigorating fragrances, people that may, or may not have anything in common with you and a new ideas for your mind to process can help you break away from those day-to-day habits that can leave you feeling stuck. So grab some free flowing clothes and give Yoga, Tai Chi or group mediation and take a getaway! Go Where Your Pet Would Go: If you have a four-legged friend, imagine where they would go if they stepped out your door for a getaway. Take them along with you to a nearby park, or natural reserve and just play. Walk, run, skip, toss a ball around, and bring along a set of headphones if you want. Make Read More »

Performance Enhancing Fitness Gadgets to Try
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Fitness goals, whether they’re long-tern or short term can be easier to reach if you are able to track your progress. There’s no better motivation than beating your own time, and improving your won performance, but how can you do that if you aren’t able to record your stats? Here are a few of the hottest new fitness trackers to try that can amp up your performance: Amiigo Fitness Bracelet synchs with iPhone and Android so you can measure all your exercise stats and see results immediately. Get data including reps, sets, heart rate, calories and more with a comfortable bracelet that automatically differentiates which exercise you’re doing. You’ll be able to stay motivated by sharing the results of your latest workout with friends and workout buddies on your favorite social networks. Engage with others online and store results right on your PC, laptop or smartphone to compare results over time. The Amiigo system is designed to customize your fitness experience, and even suggests personalized workouts based on past training sessions. Make fitness more fun, with Amiigo! Tinké Fitness Monitor is a device that measures your heart rate, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels in the blood, and also provides detailed information on heart rate variability to indicate your relaxation levels. Tinké synchs with your iPhone to maximize your workout performance and helps you understand the physiological parameters the exercises you do so you can reach fitness goals! This ultra-compact mobile fitness monitor comes in a variety of colors and Read More »

4 Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle Karma
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A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen over night. It takes time to make lifestyle habits stick, and it can be difficult to develop new dietary plans, fitness regimens and an overall outlook that helps you reach your goals. So how do you keep going in the face of nay-sayers, and temptations that pull at you from all directions towards your old not-so-healthy lifestyle habits? Here are 4 ways to help make your healthy habits last, and improve your lifestyle karma: 1. Repeat a Mantra: Your life is filled with infinite possibilities, and YOU are the creator of your own destiny. The more aware of this simple fact you become, the easier it will be for you to reach your ultimate health, fitness and healthy lifestyle goals. Since long-term goals are achieved by reaching small goals one at a time, repeating a simple mantra that reminds you that you can do it, can really help. Whenever you feel that your thoughts are puling you towards those old patters, simply repeat this mantra “I am a powerful creator.” No matter how many times a day you need to repeat it, making it part of your consciousness is key to getting healthy habits to stick for good. 2. Developing Earth Consciousness: Yes, you are a powerful creator but so is everyone else. And not only that, but the planet itself and everything involved in the global system also works to create the wonderful harmony that is life. So, as you create your diet, Read More »

40 Ways to Burn Calories, Whenever & Wherever!
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Burning calories doesn’t always fit into your daily routine, and sometimes you can go days without squeaking one in. If you’re like most people, a hectic lifestyle gets in the way of burning calories day to day. So here are 40 ways (weird, wild and wonderful) you can burn calories. Try any of them, so skipping a workout doesn’t bum you out. 1. Do 15-20 jumping jacks while the water boils for your tea. 2. Do crunches for one, (or all) of the commercial breaks during one 30-minute tv show. 3. Walk with high knees to the mailbox, and continue around the block. 4. Make out with your partner for 5 minutes. 5. Use a handcart at the market, not a push cart. 6. Walk the dog. 7. Do the dishes by hand. 8. Go to the laundry mat instead of doing laundry at home. 9. Park in the spot farthest from the door. 10. Take the stairs. 11. Pick your own fruit. 12. Push the stroller for a friend. 13. Rearrange your furniture. 14. Mop the floor by hand. 15. Pace while you talk on the phone. 16. Get away from your desk at lunch. 17. Iron your clothes. 18. Play fetch with the dog. 19. Ride your bike to the corner store for necessities. 20. Pop in a comedy stand-up routine, and laugh for 30 minutes. 21. Play air guitar to your favorite songs. 22. Do wall-sits while you do your hair in the bathroom. 23. Stretch before Read More »

4 Weekend Workouts That Preserve Your Free Time
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Weekend workouts don’t have to take up your precious R & R time. You can blend together recreation, and calorie burn with these weekend workouts that are fun, and also tone that physique you work so hard to maintain. 1. Group Fitness Classes Weekends are a great time to try something new. Use your weekend freedom to head to your local gym, or community fitness center and try a group exercise class. There are tons of options and while Zumba or Yoga classes may not be your cup of tea, there are dance classes, mind/body workouts, spinning and more options to choose from. The key to maintain your sexy, fit body is to keep your body guessing. So if you are looking to burn some calories over the weekend, have fun doing it! Try a few group fitness classes while you have the chance, and beat that fitness plateau with a smile on your face. 2. Hit the Road No matter where you live, you can take a short day-trip and find a hiking trail that can help you build that mind/body connection. Get out and take an hour or two on the road to find those special places to do your yoga routine, or cardio. While you increase your endurance in the gym Monday through Friday, you can really put it to the test on a weekend trip. Improve your overall physical performance by taking a hike this weekend! 3. Make it Play Time Your furry friend is loyally Read More »

3 Chocolate Recipes for Holiday Entertaining
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Dark chocolate and other varieties have been shown to offer a variety of health benefits. Due to the unique compounds found in this natural sweet treat, you may notice a better mood, lower blood pressure and a boost in immune function. It’s the perfect option for deserts during the holiday season, so make these classics and share your favorite chocolate recipes with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what you’re cooking up in the kitchen this season! Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds and Cranberries This sweet, antioxidant-rich recipe works as a great gift throughout the holiday season. With the added health benefits form the almonds and cranberries, this is a welcomed favorite at family get-togethers, parties, or a as a topper on sparkling wrapped boxes with bows. Ingredients: 12 ounces dark chocolate (bar or chips) 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup unsalted almonds, coarsely chopped (substitue with pistachios, walnuts or any other favorite) Directions: 1. Line baking pan with parchment paper. 2. Place chocolate in medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving on medium in 15-second intervals, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. 3. Set aside about 3 tablespoons of cranberries and 3 tablespoons of almonds; stir remaining almonds and cranberries into melted chocolate. Pour mixture onto pan; spread to about 1/2-inch thickness. Sprinkle remaining cranberries and almond pieces over the mixture. Tap pan on the counter until bark is desired thickness. 4. Read More »

Nature’s Bounty Organic Flax Seeds May Improve Weight Loss Efforts by 37%
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Flax seeds have recently been shown to improve weight loss efforts up to 37%. The study conducted at Harvard University indicated that these tiny seeds offer a superior boost to weight loss as case participants lost 37% more weight than non-flax eating counterparts. How Do Flax Seeds Support My Weight Loss Goals? The nutritional profile of flax seeds is impressive and includes filling fiber, muscle-building protein, essential fats along with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients all promote weight loss in a different way. Here’s a quick breakdown of how each nutrient works in your body to support your body shaping goals. Fiber is a nutrient that helps the body feel fuller, longer. This compound passes through the digestive system untouched, so it also supports regular digestion and detoxification of the body to reduce unwanted weight gain. Since fiber also absorbs water in the intestinal tract, it helps you feel full with just a small amount of fiber-filled foods. Protein feeds muscle. It’s a fact that bodies with higher percentages of muscle burn more calories, even at rest. So if you’re looking to shed pounds building muscle is a great way to do it. Essential Fats found in flax seeds include Omega-3 and Omega-6, and Omega-9 fatty acids. These fatty acids are used in the body within cells, soft tissues and even the brain to improve your overall health. These fats have specifically been shown to improve brain function, skin health and weight loss efforts when consumed together. Vitamins, Minerals Read More »