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Happy Pets…Happy Holidays!

by Michelle on December 4, 2019

If you’re like me you just can’t believe it’s already the first week of December!  Maybe you’ve waited until now to put up your decorations or perhaps they’ve been up for a while.  Whichever applies, if you have pets this means there is some important information you need to be aware of.

Pets of all types need to be considered both for safety as well as comfort when it comes to the holidays.  Here is a list of the main items to be aware of as well as some treats that we might love but must be kept away from our pets:

  1. Christmas Trees: Cats can climb up the trunk of the tree and dogs might try to jump up and get ornaments (or the climbing cat), knocking over the tree and injuring themselves.  Also, if you have a live tree the water basin it sits in poses another hazard.  Many times adding a preservative to the water keeps the tree fresh longer but is poisonous to pets who might drink it.
  2. Imitation Snow: Also called “flocking”…is poisonous and can flake off, falling to the floor where it’s easily ingested.
  3. Edible Ornaments: Cookies, cranberry and/or popcorn garlands, candy canes, etc. all are alluring to pets and pose a possible toxic problem.  Be sure to put them high up on the tree (out of reach) if you do wish to use them.
  4. Tinsel: Whether you like the single shiny strands or a garland it needs to be kept far away from pets.  It’s toxic and can clog their intestines and lead to poisoning.
  5. Light Strands: Keep lights out of reach since both cats and dogs might love to chew on the cords, posing an electrocution problem as well as a toxic hazard.
  6. Plants/Flowers: Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Christmas Cactus, English Ivy, and Amaryllis are considered toxic and result in gastrointestinal irritation & depression of the central nervous system.  They can even cause death.
  7. Foods: Chocolate, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, most nuts (especially macadamia nuts), and dairy can cause everything from mild irritation to a fatal toxic reaction.

Our pets, like small children, are naturally curious and tend to put everything into their mouths.  Keeping them safe needs to be a priority and keeping them stress-free is also important.  This time of year there is more clutter in the house with the decorations and sometimes extra people so be aware of the stress that the altered surroundings and visitors can pose.  Pets can stay safe with some planning and hopefully stay calm when they’re needs are considered.  These things can make them more pleasant when socializing with house guests and save you from some stress as well.

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10 Stress Relieving Super Foods

by Michelle on November 27, 2019

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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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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Everyone knows all too well that the key to weight loss and weight maintenance is not eating too much…easier said than done!  So, appetite suppression is vital to keep the pounds from piling on, especially when tempted to overindulge.  Whether it’s a special occasion, the holidays, or just needing that comfort food to soothe your soul, controlling your appetite is very important but usually difficult.

Well, I might have something that could make appetite suppression easier than exercising a lot of willpower.  We have our diet drops…hcg1234, 1234 Diet Drops, and Diet Drops Extreme to the rescue!  Yes, all three of these are diet products that do require adherence to a specific diet to see surprising weight loss, but they all have a very strong appetite suppressive quality that curbs the appetite and allows you to eat less…especially Extreme.

So, if you’re looking to lose a good amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time be sure to strictly follow the protocol and diet outlined on our website for these products.  www.creativebioscience.com However, if you need something that really suppresses your appetite no matter what diet you’re doing, or even if you’re not dieting at all, give any of our drops a try and see how easy it is to refrain.  The Extreme in particular, with a sweeter glycerin base and three times the ingredients, can help you control your hunger to the point that you might even forget to eat sometimes!

As always, please review the ingredients with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it’s advisable for you to use our products and enjoy eating healthy foods and being active for the healthiest you!

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Here is a list of some popular Halloween candy that outlines the calories and sugar content to “hopefully” help you mitigate any damage you might do tomorrow night…and the coming days of candy overload!

  • Almond Joy, Snack Size – 80 calories, 8 g sugar
  • Butterfinger, Fun Size – 100 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Gummie Bears (Haribo) – 8 pieces, around 65 calories, 21 g sugar, and make sure to brush teeth well after gummy bears.
  • Heath Bar, Snack Size – 76 calories, and 9 g sugar
  • Hershey Kisses – Average 25 calories and 2 – 3 g sugar each kiss
  • Hershey’s Miniature Bars – Average  42 calories and 4 g sugar each bar
  • Jolly Rancher – For the kids who like candy with pucker power, a serving of three Jolly Ranchers is only 70 calories, 0 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Kit Kat, Fun size – 60 calories and 6 g sugar
  • Peanut M & Ms – Speaking of chocolate morsels, a fun size pouch comes in at 93 calories, but the kiddos are getting some protein here. The serving has 5 g of fat and 9 g of sugar.
  • Peeps – No, we’re not talking leftover chicks here. Halloween brings out the pumpkin variety. They come in way low on the calorie counter, but they’re basically a handful of sugar. One peep has just 16 calories, no fat and 3.5 calories.
  • Pixie Sticks vs. Candy Corn – Almost equal calories, 0 calories from fat, but 7 pixie sticks is healthier than 20 pieces of candy corn which weigh in at 147 calories.
  • Pop Rocks vs. Almond Joy – A package of Pop Rocks has just 25 calories compared to 80 calories for a mini-Almond Joy or Mounds.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Snack Size – 110 calories, 11 g sugar per peanut butter cup
  • Skittles, Fun Size – 60 calories, 11 g sugar
  • Smarties – 1 roll, 25 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Snickers, Fun Size – 80 calories, 4 g of fat and 8 g of sugar
  • Sour Patch Kids, Mini Bag – 50 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Starburst, Fun Size – 2 candies, 40 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Three Musketeers Minis – The fun size bar has less calories and fat than many other chocolate bars, just 64 calories, 2 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Pops & Charms Blow Pops – The treat has lasting value—if you don’t bite into it, that is. The pops have 60 calories, 0 g of fat, but 10 – 13 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Roll Midgee – This chocolaty treat comes in at 23 calories. At 3 g of fat and 20 g of sugar, six Tootsie Roll Midgees have a few less calories than 8 Starbursts.
  • Twix Minis –1 bar, 50 calories, 5 g sugar
  • Twizzlers (Strawberry Twists) – 2 pieces, 50 calories and 6 g sugar
  • York Peppermint Patty – If the minty taste is too much for your kids, you may be tempted to snitch this one from the goody bag. Watch the calories, though—all 140 of them in a full-size patty. It has 3 g of fat and 25 g of sugar. Jr. Mints, Snack Size are a better choice at 80 calories and 14 g sugar.

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Herbs for Weight Loss

by Michelle on October 23, 2019

Today there are a lot of “gimmicks” that try to convince you that with no effort at all you can lose weight and keep it off.  Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just NOT THE CASE!  While the body is a very complex collection of systems that are designed to work together and the same in everyone…there are countless factors that make weight loss more difficult for some than others.  This is why eating your way to weight loss is the best way!

It’s not a big secret that what you eat plays a central role in weight loss, but what you use as spices in your foods may be just as important.  Many herbs and spices have been shown to help fight cravings, boost fat burning and contribute to weight loss.  Here are 12 that may help you lose weight:

Fenugreek – A spice derived from a plant in the legume family, Fenugreek has been found to possibly help control appetite and reduce food intake to support weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper – A type of chili pepper used to bring a spicy dose of flavor to foods. It contains capsaicin which provides the heat along with numerous health benefits.  It can slightly boost metabolism to help increase calorie burning throughout the day plus it may also reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness.

Ginger – A spice often used in folk medicine as a natural remedy for many ailments, some research shows it could aid in weight loss as well…especially reducing belly fat. It may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning while decreasing fat absorption and appetite.

Oregano – This herb is in the same plant family as mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage and it contains carvacrol, a powerful compound that may help boost weight loss.

Ginseng – A staple in traditional Chinese medicine this plant has many health-promoting properties. Many studies have suggested this powerful plant could aid in weight loss as well as changes in gut microbiota composition.  It can also possibly alter fat formation and delay intestinal fat absorption.

Caralluma Fimbriata – Often found in many diet products, studies have found that it decreases belly fat and body weight while also helping to reduce hunger.

Turmeric – This spice is revered for its flavor, vibrant color, and potent medicinal properties. Most of the health benefits are due to curcumin, a chemical that has been extensively studied for its effects on everything from inflammation to weight loss.  One study showed its effectiveness on enhancing fat loss, decreasing belly fat, and increasing weight loss.  Turmeric’s beneficial properties are enhanced when used with black pepper.

Black Pepper – A common household spice that contains a powerful compound called piperine which supplies both the pungent flavor and potential weight-lowering effects. Black pepper shows the potential to effectively inhibit fat cell formation and reduce body weight.

Cinnamon – This aromatic spice is rich in antioxidants and offers several health benefits including increased weight loss. It’s especially effective in stabilizing blood sugar, which may help reduce appetite and hunger.

Green Coffee Bean Extract – Another extract commonly found in many weight-loss products it’s made from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted so they’re high in chlorogenic acid, which is thought to account for its weight lowering effects.

Cumin – A spice made from the dried and ground seeds of Cuminum cyminum, a flowering plant in the parsley family. Cumin is well known for its nutty flavor but it’s also packed with health benefits, including the potential to increase weight loss and fat burning.

Cardamom – This highly prized spice is made from the seeds of a plant in the ginger family and is used worldwide in both cooking and baking but may also support weight loss.

When used as seasoning for foods these herbs and spices can provide a burst of health benefits with minimal risk of side effects…just don’t go overboard.  Stick to about one tablespoon per day and be sure to pair them with nutrient-rich whole foods to help boost weight loss even more.  If you take herbs in supplement form it’s important to not take too much with foods to prevent adverse effects.  Also, if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications be sure to talk to your doctor and pharmacist before starting any supplement or using these herbs and spices in your diet.

Besides adding a lot of flavor to your favorite foods, many herbs and spices have been shown to increase metabolism, enhance fat burning, and promote feelings of fullness to aid in appetite reduction.  Utilizing these herbs and spices is a simple and easy way to help increase weight loss with minimal effort.  Be sure to combine them with a well-rounded, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of their weight loss benefits.

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Recipe Highlight…Chili

by Michelle on October 9, 2019

The weather here in Utah has turned a bit colder (at least for a few days) and since it’s “technically” Fall our chili recipe seems like a good choice for an easy weeknight dinner.  This recipe is acceptable for use on the drops protocol (or any time you wish) and is for one serving…but you can double or triple the recipe for leftovers.  If you do, be sure to accurately measure the proper portion for one if you alone with be eating this recipe.  Maybe dividing it into equal portions and storing it that way would made for easy reheating.

 Ingredients:

100 grams lean ground beef (less than 7% fat) 1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup water
1 tablespoon minced onion
2 cloves garlic crushed and minced
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of onion powder
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of oregano
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

 *  Brown ground beef in small frying pan, add onions and garlic.

*  Stir in tomatoes and water.

*  Add spices and simmer slowly until liquid is reduced.

*  The longer it cooks the more tender and flavorful.

*  Add a little water as needed to prevent burning.

*  Serve with chopped green onion or tomato garnish and salt & pepper to taste.

*  Makes 1 serving (counts as 1 protein & 1 vegetable)

Phase 3 Modification:  Top with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

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Herbs for Weight Loss

by Michelle on September 11, 2019

Today there are a lot of “gimmicks” that try to convince you that with no effort at all you can lose weight and keep it off.  Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just NOT THE CASE!  While the body is a very complex collection of systems that are designed to work together and the same in everyone…there are countless factors that make weight loss more difficult for some than others.  This is why eating your way to weight loss is the best way!

It’s not a big secret that what you eat plays a central role in weight loss, but what you use as spices in your foods may be just as important.  Many herbs and spices have been shown to help fight cravings, boost fat burning and contribute to weight loss.  Here are 12 that may help you lose weight:

  1. Fenugreek – A spice derived from a plant in the legume family, Fenugreek has been found to possibly help control appetite and reduce food intake to support weight loss.
  2. Cayenne Pepper – A type of chili pepper used to bring a spicy dose of flavor to foods. It contains capsaicin which provides the heat along with numerous health benefits.  It can slightly boost metabolism to help increase calorie burning throughout the day plus it may also reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness.
  3. Ginger – A spice often used in folk medicine as a natural remedy for many ailments, some research shows it could aid in weight loss as well…especially reducing belly fat. It may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning while decreasing fat absorption and appetite.
  4. Oregano – This herb is in the same plant family as mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage and it contains carvacrol, a powerful compound that may help boost weight loss.
  5. Ginseng – A staple in traditional Chinese medicine this plant has many health-promoting properties. Many studies have suggested this powerful plant could aid in weight loss as well as changes in gut microbiota composition.  It can also possibly alter fat formation and delay intestinal fat absorption.
  6. Caralluma Fimbriata – Often found in many diet products, studies have found that it decreases belly fat and body weight while also helping to reduce hunger.
  7. Turmeric – This spice is revered for its flavor, vibrant color, and potent medicinal properties. Most of the health benefits are due to curcumin, a chemical that has been extensively studied for its effects on everything from inflammation to weight loss.  One study showed its effectiveness on enhancing fat loss, decreasing belly fat, and increasing weight loss.  Turmeric’s beneficial properties are enhanced when used with black pepper.
  8. Black Pepper – A common household spice that contains a powerful compound called piperine which supplies both the pungent flavor and potential weight-lowering effects. Black pepper shows the potential to effectively inhibit fat cell formation and reduce body weight.
  9. Cinnamon – This aromatic spice is rich in antioxidants and offers several health benefits including increased weight loss. It’s especially effective in stabilizing blood sugar, which may help reduce appetite and hunger.
  10. Green Coffee Bean Extract – Another extract commonly found in many weight-loss products it’s made from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted so they’re high in chlorogenic acid, which is thought to account for its weight lowering effects.
  11. Cumin – A spice made from the dried and ground seeds of Cuminum cyminum, a flowering plant in the parsley family. Cumin is well known for its nutty flavor but it’s also packed with health benefits, including the potential to increase weight loss and fat burning.
  12. Cardamom – This highly prized spice is made from the seeds of a plant in the ginger family and is used worldwide in both cooking and baking but may also support weight loss.

When used as seasoning for foods these herbs and spices can provide a burst of health benefits with minimal risk of side effects…just don’t go overboard.  Stick to about one tablespoon per day and be sure to pair them with nutrient-rich whole foods to help boost weight loss even more.  If you take herbs in supplement form it’s important to not take too much with foods to prevent adverse effects.  Also, if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications be sure to talk to your doctor and pharmacist before starting any supplement or using these herbs and spices in your diet.

Besides adding a lot of flavor to your favorite foods, many herbs and spices have been shown to increase metabolism, enhance fat burning, and promote feelings of fullness to aid in appetite reduction.  Utilizing these herbs and spices is a simple and easy way to help increase weight loss with minimal effort.  Be sure to combine them with a well-rounded, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of their weight loss benefits.

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Healthy Packable Lunches

by Michelle on August 28, 2019

With school back in session everyone seems to be in the frame of mind to try taking a packed lunch to either work or school…and making healthy ones isn’t always easy.  Here are some references that might help you get started making healthy packable lunches so the temptation of a quick take-out lunch is less appealing:

https://tasty.co/article/michelleno/easy-healthy-lunch-ideas-to-bring-to-work-school

https://www.theleangreenbean.com/50-packable-lunch-ideas/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/131965-16-healthy-lunches-to-bring-to-work-in-2016

https://communitytable.parade.com/562221/jessicawellington/15-delicious-healthy-packable-lunches-that-will-fill-you-up/

https://www.eatthis.com/low-calorie-lunch/

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290606/the-best-lunch-foods-for-weight-loss/

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-quick-and-healthy-brown-bag-lunches

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19990069/lunches-for-weight-loss/

https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/g19532954/easy-lunches-for-weight-loss/

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/lunch/lose-weight-lunches/

With a little bit of forethought and preparation you can bring along a healthy and satisfying lunch to enjoy on the go.

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