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5 Foods to Eat for Weight Loss
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Weight loss doesn’t have to mean deprivation and hunger. You just need to know what to eat, when to eat it and what not to eat. So if you have a weight loss goal in mind for after the holidays, or right now. Here are 5 foods to eat for weight loss to help you get there: 1. Apples: These sweet fruits keep more than the doctor away, they also keep extra pounds from your waist line. That’s because the peels of apples contain a fiber called pectin that not only helps you feel fuller longer, but also helps flush out toxins from your body. Studies have shown that people who ate an apple before their larges meal of the day consumed fewer calories than those who had a different pre-meal snack. And the antioxidants in apples also help support a healthy metabolic rate. Ideal for an on-the-go snack option, apples can help keep you from reaching for unhealthy options and keep hunger at bay. 2. Kale: A well-known Superfood, kale is a leafy green veggie that when chopped up contains only 34 calories per cup. But it also offers about 1.3 grams of fiber for the same serving. That’s the same nutrient that has been shown to support weight loss efforts by improving satiety, and promoting body detoxification. Cook it up and add kale to recipes for a good dose of iron and calcium too. 3. Oats: They’re healthful and make a delicious hot cereal. Steal-cut or rolled varieties Read More »

Core Workouts That Take You From Fit to Tight
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Core workouts can take your fit body to a tight body. Your core muscles are working all day, overtime to maintain good posture, and support every other muscle system in your body. When you lift something, push a grocery cart, or even sit at a desk your core muscles are in action. And if you maintain a regular exercise regimen you probably have a fit body, but if you are ready to take fit to another level these core workouts can get you tightened up. That little extra bulge right at your waistline can go from flab to flat in no time. Really all you need is a few hard core workouts, like these. Knee Fold Tuck  (A) Sit tall, hands on floor, knees bent, squeezing a playground ball between them. (B) Lift knees so shins are about parallel to the floor; extend arms. Pull knees toward shoulders, keeping upper body still. Bring knees back to starting position. Repeat 15 to 20 times. Climbing Rope (A) Sit with legs extended, feet turned out in a V position, toes pointed. Contract core muscles and roll spine into a C-curve. (B) Lift arms and move them as if you were climbing a rope. Twist slightly with each reach. Do 20 reaches with each arm. Side Balance Crunch (A) Begin with left knee and left hand on the floor, right arm straight up. Extend right leg so your body forms a straight line. (B) Pull right knee toward torso and right elbow toward Read More »

Pet Care Products for Optimal Health and Longevity
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Living with pets is a wonderful thing – most of the time. But during the holidays as family and friends come to visit, bad breath, dirty paws and flaking pet dander can dampen spirits. To keep those four-legged (and very loved) members of the family, clean, happy and healthy all year, check out these great pet care companies.    Ark Naturals: With a variety of pet care products for cats & dogs Ark Naturals offers everything to keep your pet healthy and groomed over the holidays. Choose from supplements, flea & tick formulas, treats, shampoos and dental products to keep all aspects of your pets in tip-top shape. Dancing Paws: Your pets are a part of the family and deserve only the highest-quality products that don’t compromise when it comes to their nutrition. Dancing paws pet foods include ingredients designed to maintain the optimal health of your pet for their longevity. Dedicated to providing only the most safe & effective products that include the same ingredients you’d put into your own body, Dancing Paws offers a unique line of herbal formulas for their good health, and behavior.   Pet Naturals: Dogs & cats have distinctive needs and while you do everything you can to feed them nutritional foods, they may still need an extra boost from supplements just like we do to maintain their health. Fill nutritional gaps with any combination of dietary supplements for your dog, cat or rabbit with Pet Naturals formulas designed to offer everything needed to 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 »

Tea Time: Varieties of the Mighty Leaf for 5 Common Ailments
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Tea lovers know that there are many ways to make a cup. And just as every person takes their coffee differently, tea can be prepared to please each palette. You can steam sweetened milk and serve it as a latte, or have it straight up with a touch of lemon to enliven the senses. But tea doesn’t just taste great, it also offers an herbal option to support many of your body processes. Here are 5 common ways tea can improve your healthy lifestyle: Boost Energy: Waking up in the morning without a cup of freshly brewed coffee waiting can be daunting. But many people are ready to make the switch from coffee to other alternative beverages to cut down on caffeine consumption. If you are one of the many people who needs that extra energy boost they get form coffee in the morning, mid-afternoon and even evenings you may benefit from switching over to tea to keep energy levels up. Try matcha, peppermint, mint and green tea verities to boost energy without the coffee. Relax & Sleep: Winding down at the end of a long day is esier with a hot cup of soothing herbal tea. Ancient cultures often used the simple act of drinking tea as a meditation, and while you might not have the time for a traditional tea ceremony you can sip away the stresses and troubles of your day with a warm cup of lavender or ginseng tea, and ease into restful dreams with a Read More »

5 Foods for Strong Winter Bones
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Keeping your bones strong and healthy during the winter season is important, as many injuries occur as a result of icy temperatures and conditions. Many people suffer falls, twists and sprains due to seasonal weather. And if you suffer from a fracture due to bone brittleness, this may be a sign of decreasing bone mass and fragility. To keep you your bones strong this year and reduce your risk of injury, try adding these five foods to your menu. 1. Seeds & Nuts It’s easy to add these bone-strengthening foods to your diet. You can eat walnuts, peanuts, and pistachios by the handful or add them to your favorite recipes. They lend themselves well to salads, and baked goods and add a healthy dose of calcium and magnesium to your diet. Seeds like hemp and chia also contain the same minerals as nuts, which work together to help bones from becoming fragile. Especially important later in life, seeds and nuts offer these nutrients to keep bones from becoming fragile. 2. Fish Fatty fish like sardines and salmon contain essential fatty acids called omega-3’s. Shown in clinical studies to help maintain strong bones and flexible joints, tendons and connective tissues, these healthy fats also support a variety of other body systems including your brain. They also offer significant amounts of vitamin D, known to promote strong bones especially during the winter months. 3. Leafy Green Vegetables Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce and other leafy greens offer your body bone supporting nutrients including Read More »

Happy Hour Re-thought: 4 Virgin Drink Recipes
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Happy hour doesn’t have to include alcohol to be cheerful. Rethink what happy hour really means, and include all the members of your family with these drinks. Boost your good mood with deliciously virgin beverages made with a blend of well-known good mood foods to keep spirits up this season and all year long. Happy Hour Recipe #1 This sparkling fruit juice is loaded with immune boosting antioxidants to help keep you healthy through the holiday season. Toast to family and friends with this bubbly beverage and wake up the next day bright-eyed, and busy tailed. Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Cooler Ingredients: 5 cups pomegranate juice 1 cup orange juice 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 2 1/2 cups chilled ginger ale Directions: In a pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, and fresh lime juice. Cover and chill until very cold, at least 1 hour. Just before serving stir in ginger ale. Pour into ice-filled glasses. If desired, garnish glasses with thin orange slices. Happy Hour Recipe #2 This blend of traditional & seasonal flavors makes a refreshing drink for any time of the day. A great choice for holiday parties, this candy cane cooler is also safe for diabetics and easy on blood sugar levels. Candy Cane Cooler Ingredients: 3/4 cup vanilla frozen yogurt 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk, or almond milk 2-3 peppermint candy canes 1/2 ice cubes Directions: Process first 3 ingredients in an electric blender until smooth. Scrape down sides and add 1-3 ice cubes to bring mixture Read More »

How To Build a Strong Support System
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Having a good support system is an important part of reaching your health, fitness or weight loss goals especially during the holiday season. If you don’t already have a support system in place, getting past all of the temptations that the season brings with it may just set you back. But stay on schedule for reaching your ultimate goals by creating relationships with people around you that understand what it takes to reach them. Developing a support system takes a little time, planning and effort but that pays off just as much as your time in the gym for long-term success. Here’s how to build a strong support system so you can have the success you’ve got your eye on. Tell Your Family and Friends: If the people who are already close to you don’t know about your goals, they can’t help you reach them. And in fact, may become your worst enemy in achieving what you set out to do. There are plenty of nay-sayers out there but your family and friends already love and care about your happiness and success. So tell them what you are trying to do so they don’t become another obstacle and can become part of your support system. Make New Friends: Have you ever thought to ask the person who sells you your produce what they eat? You may find that striking up conversations at the places you go to stay on track can end up creating supportive relationships to help keep your Read More »