January 2020

Healthy Super Bowl Treats?

by Michelle on January 31, 2020

This Sunday is more than just a big football game…it’s potentially the derailment of all your hard work getting healthy.  Diets tend to fall by the wayside on Super Bowl Sunday but they don’t necessarily have to; and you don’t need to be a rabbit snacking on just veggies!  Here are some recipes on our website that can help you stay on track while enjoying good snacks:

https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipes/

Boneless Hot Wings:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/boneless-hot-wings/

Fried Chicken Tenders:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/fried-chicken-tenders/

Baked Italian Meatballs:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/baked-italian-meatballs/

Ground Beef Tacos:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/ground-beef-tacos/

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/baked-stuffed-tomatoes/

Hamburgers:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/hamburgers/

Chili:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/chili/

Crab Cakes:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/crab-cakes/

Black Pepper Shrimp:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/black-pepper-sauteed-shrimp/

Dark Chocolate Fruit Slices:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-fruit-slices/

Homemade Diet Soda:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/homemade-diet-soda/

Bloody Hot Thin Mary:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/bloody-hot-thin-mary/

There are many options out there that go beyond the typical Super Bowl fare that not only will keep you on track but taste great as well!  ENJOY!!!

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It happens to us all at one time or another, and colder weather seems to bring it on even more.  Helping your body fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold and even influenza is easier when you eat items that aid your immune system…and can even make your symptoms better.

Here are some of the beneficial foods that can get you on the path to beating that bacteria and even in overcoming whatever virus plagues you:

Garlic:  Allicin, garlic’s major active component, is responsible for its antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.  Garlic helps promote healthy gut flora which rids the body of toxins, bacteria, and viruses.  Eating garlic is the best way to reap the benefits but you can also take a garlic supplement.

Beef:  An immune system booster and a good source of zinc (important in the development of white blood cells…the body’s defenders).  The extra protein in beef also supports the body in building antibodies & fighting off infection.

Sweet Potato:  A great source of vitamin A which plays a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces (inside the nose, in the gastrointestinal tract, and your skin).  Keeping these mucus membranes healthy is key to keeping infections at bay.

Turmeric:  A superfood that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for a myriad of applications.  It’s high in antioxidants and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory that when taken on a daily basis is known to relieve the body of toxins.  People who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds, coughs, and congestion.

Dark Leafy Greens:  Items like spinach, kale, Swiss chard & arugula are great sources of vitamin C (a cold-fighting powerhouse).  Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold.

Wild Salmon:  This food item is rich in not only healthy omega-3 fatty acids but also Vitamin D, which is critical or fending off colds and flu.  It’s been shown that healthy levels of Vitamin D helped people have fewer respiratory tract infections and aided in helping you feel better faster after getting sick.

Chicken Soup:  The hot broth raises the temperature in the body and airways, loosening mucus secretions.  The amino acid cysteine in chicken resembles a medication that’s used to treat bronchitis (keeping the lungs clear) while the protein and vegetables give your body a “super-vitamin” of sorts to aid in getting better.

What to Avoid:  Dairy (tends to promote mucus production), fatty foods (may cause stomach upset), sweets (sugar can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation), spicy foods (may cause stomach upset).

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Dieting myths to ditch!

by Michelle on January 15, 2020

With the “new year new you” craze in full swing there are a lot of things you’re going to be hearing about what you “should” be doing, eating, thinking, etc. but here are some things that aren’t worth much when it comes to dropping pounds, getting healthy, and just feeling better in general.

Myth #1

You can eat whatever you want if you workout

Weight loss requires fewer calories eaten than burned…that’s it!  You must work out AND eat smart/healthy to see results.

Myth #2

You’ll burn more calories/fat if you don’t eat before a workout

You have to properly fuel your body in order for it to garner the benefits of a workout.  Also, if you’re overly hungry afterwards you run the high risk of eating more calories than you just burned…undoing everything!

Myth #3

All calories are created equally

Eating 300 calories of chicken is NOT the same as eating 300 calories of cake!  The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients that each food is comprised of.

Myth #4

You can’t eat at night if you want to lose weight

Eating too many calories all day long is what causes weight issues…not just at night.  Although, eating too late at night can interrupt quality sleep and/or cause digestive problems.

Myth #5

You can eat as much as you want as long as it’s healthy

While healthy food options contain very beneficial elements they also contain calories…some more than others.  Be sure to keep track of not only the portion size of healthy fare but ALSO the calories!

Slow and steady wins the race is the best approach to permanent weight loss!  Eat better, eat less, and move more…that’s what works every time!

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