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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 »

Refrigerator Makeover: 5 Things to Say “Buh-Bye” To
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Your refrigerator is home to many of the healthy nutrients you put into you body, but it’s also the starting point to your sexy physique. A great looking body is 80% and 20% exercise so no matter how many hours you’re clocking in the gym, on the treadmill or on the mat doing yoga, you can’t burn off a bad diet. Give your refrigerator the makeover your body desires and start by kicking the following foods to the curb: 1. Processed Foods Foods that are brightly colored, or contain ingredients you can’t pronounce need to go. Processed foods often are that way to extend their shelf life, and this means that many of the nutrients you want to get from foods that you eat, aren’t in there any more. That goes for anything that keeps for years at a time in the refrigerator, processed lunch meats and anything that is bright red and “berry” flavored. Toss these first. 2. Sugary Sauces BBQ, catsup and those salad dressings make some foods easier to swallow but they also add tons of calories to your refrigerator. And they take away from all of the natural cooking flavors that blend together when you make a meal. Try adding fresh herbs and spices to your favorite recipes and go easy on those sauces. They sugars they contain not only add calories, but they also cause blood sugar spikes that can be easily avoided. 3. Soda and Pasteurized Juices It’s tough to get the recommended amounts 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 »

Most Common Food Allergies You Didn’t Know You Had
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It’s estimated that about 1 in every 5 Americans suffers from some kind of food allergy. They are a common cause of a variety of symptoms that often go unnoticed. But if you find that you aren’t feeling your best, try eliminating some of the following foods for a few days and if you start to feel better you may want to eliminate them completely. Here are the top 4 most common foods that cause allergies: Coffee allergies are usually caused by the amounts of caffeine contained in this popular beverage. They can be difficult to detect because the stimulating effects of coffee often mask the symptoms. Common symptoms including itchiness of the mouth and throat, skin discoloration, and sensitivity to light can occur along with restlessness, nervousness and even mood swings. Milk allergy is usually caused by cows milk but can also occur with sheep, or goats milk. This is an easy allergy to avoid with all of the milk substitutes out there like soy, and almond mil. Common symptoms range from mild to sever and can include everything from wheezing, to vomiting hives and digestive problems. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, but they are also among the top foods for allergies, especially in children Symptoms usually occur just a few minutes after eating foods that contain eggs and range minor skin rashes, to nasal inflammation and sever digestive problems. Wheat allergies are very common and going gluten-free ahs become popular because many people have Read More »

Wondrous Warm-Ups for Any Exercise
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Warm up exercises are an important part of your workout. They can help improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury during aerobic workouts or weight training routines. Since the warm up portion of your workout prepares your body for what is ahead, you’ll need to fit your routine to the upcoming activity. Here are a few warm ups for daily workouts you can use before you hit the treadmill, the trail or the weights. Cardiovascular Warm Up: Use this warm up routine before you do aerobic activity to loosen major muscle groups, tendons and ligaments. Prior to a longer run or aerobic activity take a 5 minute walk and to get your blood pumping and to slowly ramp up cardiovascular functioning. You can perform arm circles, use high knees or any other body movement you’ll need during your workout during the walk to prep your body. Weight Training Warm Up: For different muscle groups and different weight training exercises you need to work the same muscle group. Get the blood pumping to biceps, triceps, and shoulders on arm day, quadriceps, buttocks and hamstrings on leg day and obliques, lower abdominals and upper abs on core workout days. Do this series of movements before working arms. Perform small, medium and large arm circles if you are planning to work your arms in the gym Simply reach both arms out to the sides of your body and make the circles. Start slowly with small circles, and increase the rate and size Read More »

3 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes
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Thanksgiving is this week! But no need to stress. Sweet potatoes add tons of nutrients to your holiday meal including fiber, and beta-carotene (an anti-aging antioxidant) to support your health and ease of digestion. Add one (or maybe all) of these recipes to your Thanksgiving menu. Guests are sure to ask for seconds. Here are 3 delicious, and easy sweet potato recipes you can make without much fuss. Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes They’ll melt in your mouth and after all of the flavors combined meet your palette you’ll be wondering why you never made them before. Add these as a side dish this Thanksgiving. Ingredients: 4-5 medium sweet potatoes ½ cup cranberry relish (see recipe below) ½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries ½ cup pecans (optional)  Directions: Bake sweet potatoes until tender. Cool and then cut in half.  Scoop pulp from each potato half leaving ¼” border so potato will stand up and can be filled. Mash sweet potatoes and add cranberry relish and dried cranberries. Mix well and combine. Scoop potato mixture into potato shells. Sprinkle with pecans if desired. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish Ingredients: 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries 2 large peeled oranges Dates, to taste 2 Tbsp psyllium husk (optional) Directions: Use your food processor’s “S” blade and combine all ingredients until a chunky texture is reached. You can always add a little bit of fresh ginger and lime juice for added zest! Thanksgiving  Sweet Potato, Apple Read More »

15 Lifestyle Quotes for Makeover Motivation
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Making a change in your lifestyle may require a little extra motivation. If you want to eat lees, exercise more, cut out unhealthy foods, or just make a few positive changes in your lifestyle please remember that it’s a process. It takes time and support to make a personal evolution happen. So start with a few small goals, and only try to change one behavior at a time. Include the people that you love and ask for support when you need it to strengthen your commitment. It’s always a good idea to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind in order to achieve them, large or small. So here are 15 quotes about change to help you stay focused. 1. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu 2. A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often. – Oliver Herford 3. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. – Anatole France 4. Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time. – Miguel Angel Ruiz 5. I don’t need a friend who Read More »

Live Fearless: 6 Common Gym Fears, and How to Get Passed Them
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Get past your fears and get the body you’ve been wanting.  There are tons of reasons you tell yourself you don’t want to go to the gym tonight, but one really good reason you know you do. That body, and the health you want are right at your fingertips but getting past the fears of germs, bodybuilders and your lack of experience is standing in your way. We get it. Here are a few common gym fears, and how to get through them so you can start enjoying your time in the gym and get the healthy and sexy body you want. 1. You don’t want to mess up your body shape. Ladies fear getting bulky, guys may fear too much weight loss. And when you start working specific muscle groups you may notice a change in the shape of your body. But the good news is, if you start to see results you aren’t happy with your body is able to change pretty quickly. So if you find that you are getting slimmer than you want, cut back on the cardio. Too bulky? Ditch the free weights. You get the idea. 2. You’re fear the germs. So the guy before you on the Stairmaster was dripping sweat. Not just on the controls, but all over the machine and you’re wondering if you really need to work your glutes today. Stash a travel-size hand sanitizer along in your gym bag for times like this. Just add a squirt to an Read More »