November 2017

10 Stress Relieving Super Foods

by Michelle on November 29, 2017

So much is going on this time of year…work, family, shopping mayhem, social engagements…it’s no wonder that the stress we’re under begins to take a physical toll.  Being short on time seems to make it nearly impossible to avoid the drive-thru or difficult to cook healthy food at home, so it’s no wonder pre-packaged items are the easy go-to.  However, if you try to add some of the following items into your daily diet you might notice you’re stress is less noticeable and you’re feeling physically better as well.

Here are some of the best “super foods” to help you feel calm and healthy:

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables: they contain folate, which produces dopamine (a pleasure-inducing brain chemical) which helps you keep calm.
  2. Turkey Breast: contains tryptophan, which may have a calming effect as well as amino acids (found in protein rich foods) and it helps produce serotonin (which regulates hunger & feelings of happiness and well-being).
  3. Oatmeal: a complex carb that won’t contribute to your already potential blood sugar spike in response to stress as well as keeping you full longer.
  4. Yogurt: full of calcium and protein in addition to probiotics that helps restore good gut bacteria (which is reduced when you’re stressed) so your digestive system runs well.
  5. Salmon: the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones such as adrenaline & cortisol.
  6. Blueberries: the antioxidants and phytonutrients in this berry work in your defense, helping improve your body’s response to stress & in fighting stress-related free radicals.
  7. Avocado: might help shut down stress-eating by filling you up and making you feel more satisfied; also a great source of healthy fat.
  8. Pistachios & Cashews: pistachios have heart-health benefits and may reduce acute stress by lowering blood pressure & heart rate, while the zinc content in cashews may help reduce anxiety.
  9. Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are all great sources of magnesium…a mineral that may help regulate emotions and has been shown to help alleviate depression, fatigue, and irritability.
  10. Dark Chocolate: a small piece (about a 1 inch square) has been shown to reduce stress hormones, including cortisol; the antioxidants in cocoa also trigger blood vessel walls to relax, lowering blood pressure & improving circulation.

Try incorporating some of these items into your daily diet and see if you’re feeling calm and healthy soon!

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With all of the overindulgence of the holidays (both in the food & drink categories as well as financially) it’s easy to fall into the trap of drastically cutting out the “bad” while being too strict with the “good”.  But regardless of your good intentions, things seem to go awry before the end of the year…leaving you feeling defeated and hopeless.  Maybe it’s time this year to try a different approach and hopefully get better results.

While it might be a bit easier to just NOT spend too much money by avoiding the shopping temptations, it’s not so easy to avoid eating unhealthy items since you need to eat to survive!  Between holiday parties and decadent treats that abound this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to enjoy the season and stick to a diet without feeling deprived.

Here are some hopefully helpful suggestions to ease you into a healthier mindset now while saving the more aggressive diet and exercise routine for early January:

  1. Plan your eating the day of the event so you fill up on healthy options at home (lean protein, fruits & vegetables, etc.) and you aren’t so hungry at the event which prompts overeating.
  2. Select healthy fare at the gathering and make the heavier foods and treats a small part of your plate (less than 25%) so you can still enjoy everything.
  3. Opt for healthier beverages (sparkling water, still water, coffee, tea, etc.) over the calorie-laden ones like soda, cider, eggnog, hard alcohol, wine, beer, etc.
  4. Try talking to people more than you normally would so you can’t eat so much (you can’t carry on a conversation while chewing!)
  5. Try to work in some extra exercise…take the stairs, park farther from the entrance, walk after meals (especially large ones) more than you normally would and get your heart pumping!
  6. Add in some sort of appetite suppressant or dieting aid to help reduce calorie overload and make healthy choices a bit easier.

Go easy on yourself and slowly work up to a stricter eating regimen and exercise routine…this has been shown to make efforts more successful and long-lasting.

Enjoy the season and everything on the menu with just a little bit more mindfulness towards being healthy overall and by the New Year you will have made a positive lifestyle change that’s permanent and can enhance increased efforts.

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Black Friday Special

by Michelle on November 24, 2017

We hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends with plenty of good food and happy times.  Now that it’s “Black Friday” and many of you have returned from shopping it’s time to relax and think about recovering from the food-fest of yesterday.

We are having a fantastic Black Friday special on our top selling Hcg1234 Drops that can help you lighten up a bit before the next round of Holiday feasting.  By purchasing four bottles you will have enough on-hand to get you started on your healthier “New Year You”!

Click on this link to order:  https://www.hcg1234.com/cart/contest-discount-portal.php?type=discount

You can also call our Support Representatives at 1-877-744-1224 to order and ask about prices on larger quantities or any of our other products.  It’s a great time to take advantage of the savings and plan ahead for a great start to the New Year!

 

 

 

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It might sound impossible, especially if you’re the host, but having a stress-free holiday is something that you should focus on creating for yourself and your guests.  Yes, the meal is a large part of the event, but it’s not more important than the atmosphere of family and friends being thankful for one another and spending time together.  Stress is an inherent part of the day but there are ways to make it better with a little bit of effort.

  1. Ask for help: Have guests bring appetizers, side dishes, pies, rolls, etc. so you’re only doing the turkey, gravy and dressing.
  2. Prepare some items in advance: Fix ahead what you can so Thanksgiving Day is less hectic and you’re not trapped in the kitchen.
  3. Enjoy the company: Visit with your guests…it’s a social occasion, not just a meal.
  4. Eat well, exercise & sleep well: Eat light before the “big event”, take a walk or do some light yoga to stay calm, and get a good night’s sleep so you’re able to enjoy the holiday.
  5. JUST BREATHE: Taking a break to just breathe deeply is both restorative and calming.  (Take a long breath in through your nose for 4 seconds then exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds)

Even if you want to do everything yourself you can still enjoy the day in a stress-free way.  You control how everything going on around you affects you so focus on enjoying the day and you might find your outlook is contagious!

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What holiday doesn’t involve food?  Well, this Thursday is a MAJOR food holiday and with it the potential to really undo any healthy eating plan you’ve diligently devoted yourself to.  There are, however, some simple “swaps” for the common dishes of the Thanksgiving meal that aren’t too difficult to make and still taste delicious.  With a little bit of preparation and some creativity you can lessen the fat and calories you consume and still enjoy all the flavor and variety.

Here are some simple trade-offs to aid in the swap:

Swap This…                                                    For This…

Dark Meat Turkey (fried w/skin)                    White Meat Turkey (baked, skinless)

Traditional Cornbread Stuffing                       Seasoned Bread Stuffing (w/lighter bread & broth)

Sweet Potatoes (w/marshmallows)                Baked Sweet Potatoes (w/pecans)

Green Bean Casserole (w/cream soup)         Sautéed Green Beans (w/fried onions)

Mashed Potatoes (w/heavy dairy)                  “Light” Mash Potatoes (w/lt. dairy & Greek yogurt)

Pre-Made Cranberry Sauce (canned, etc.)     Fresh Cranberry Sauce (w/O.J., zest & min. sugar)

White Dinner Rolls                                          Whole-Wheat Rolls (or rye bread)

Pecan Pie (w/whipped cream)                       Pumpkin Pie (very minimal/no whipped cream)

Wine (red, white, blush, etc.)                         Wine Spritzer (make 1/3 of the glass club soda)

Eggnog (even “light” varieties)                     Cider (seasoned apple juice…beware of sugars)

These are just a few suggestions to help you keep with your commitment to healthy eating and not overloading unnecessarily.  You can always just have different food selections all together (Brussels sprouts for green beans, mashed cauliflower for potatoes, no stuffing, no rolls, no dessert, water only, etc.) but if you don’t wish to go that extreme I hope the above list helps make things a bit healthier.

As always, portion control is crucial and drinking plenty of water can help with overeating.  Remember to not drink too many calories (soda, juice, or alcohol) and be aware of any appetizers (chips, dips, finger foods, etc.) that add to the calorie count.  Also, watch out for sauces, toppings, and gravies that can easily derail your best efforts in other areas.

If you have any questions or need more suggestions please contact our Support Department either by phone at 1-877-744-1224 or by email at support@creativebioscience.com for assistance.

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving “Cleanse”

by Michelle on November 17, 2017

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, many wonder how to prevent the inevitable over-eating and subsequent guilt over a ruined diet.  There is really no way to avoid the overload unless you are VERY disciplined and just don’t eat too much to begin with, but there is a way to lessen the damage with a little bit of preparation.

Many advocate for a “cleanse” of various types to get rid of toxins in the body as a way of counteracting any damage done by eating poorly.  This is usually done AFTER a slip-up and with the aid of various products, but there is an easier way to deal with the holiday “stuff” that you can do BEFORE the big event.  This can help your intestines, liver, and kidneys all function better and keep things running smoothly.

Here are some suggestions to do a 3-4 day “Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanse” of your body by eating healthy and hopefully allowing you to enjoy the holiday while not having too much of a diet derailment:

Our diet is a good example of what to eat:  http://creativebioscience.com/1234-diet-protocol

  1. Skip the calorie-laden and fatty beverages like alcohol, beer, soda, lattes, ciders, etc. and opt for water (still or sparkling), tea, and black coffee. Many wasted calories come from poor beverage choices.  Even “sugar free” options present a problem since artificial sweeteners can cause cravings for more sugar.
  2. Cook at home more and avoid eating out or picking up take-out. This way you have complete control over not only the foods you eat but also how they’re prepared.
  3. Avoid processed foods. The sodium content is usually very high leading to bloating and many times the fat content is high as well.
  4. Load up on fruits (apples, blueberries, strawberries), lean proteins (chicken, fish), and low starch vegetables since they’re nutrient dense and many are low in calories for the serving size. Watch out for the starchy ones (potatoes, corn, peas, beans, squash, etc.) and instead try low carb selections like various lettuces, spinach, cucumber, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans.
  5. Avoid most grains (especially white flour), pasta, and rice.
  6. Get a bit more exercise to burn through some stored fat and help your digestive system work more efficiently. This is a good idea in general and especially after eating a large meal.
  7. Try having some Warm Lemon Water first thing each morning (6-8 oz. warm water + juice ½ lemon) on an empty stomach. This gets the digestive system working well along with aiding the liver and kidneys in the detoxification process.

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