Friday, August 28, 2015

How Healthy Is Organic Food?

Ever since I can remember, we have always had a garden in my family. So I have continued the time-honored practice with my own family.

I enjoy everything from getting the garden ready and being outside on a daily basis to harvesting the food and collecting the seeds for next year. 

Recently, my brother and I were having a discussion about organic products. As we began debating the subject, we both begin to realize that we had different ideas on what we thought made a product organic.

So what is the definition of organic? 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines organic as “grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals.”

Simple right? Not quite.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

USANA MySmartFoods

The USANA MySmartFoods.

USANA announced August, 20, 2015 MySmartFoods. Exciting news.

My, because it is a personalized system and as easy as 1-2-3. (smile).

Simple and Pure
Macronutrients Balance
Advanced Fats
Research validated
Totally personalized

3 Steps to personalized smart foods

Step 1. Choose your protein base

Soy,Whey or Plant based.

18 grams protein
150 calories
No added sugar
Soluble/insoluble fibre
Sea salt

Step 2.  Pick a flavour optimizer

Dark chocolate, Peach-mango, Banana and Cappuccino.

Under 10 calories
Natural flavours

Step 3. Add a Booster

Protein plus contains: 10 grams whey protein
Fibre plus contains: 12 grams fibre

To this you can add your favourite veges or fruit.

Finally MySmartBars.

Dark chocolate, Peanut Butter, Coconut cashew.

Protein Bars contain:
150 calories or less
Whey and/or milk protein
Prebiotic tapioca fibre
Sea salt
Organic chocolate
Raw cashews
Dry roasted peanuts

I tried a shake this morning and extra protein with cappuccino flavour...YUM!
28 g protein and low sugar. Then I went to the gym an did  BODYPUMP...a weight class, a very strenuous workout. My energy during the class was high,my blood sugar felt stable and I had great focus. Normally after that I would have been feeling hungry. In fact, I didn't feel hungry until 1pm...5 hours after my morning shake. Awesome! I followed up in the afternoon with a MySmartBar, again I did not feel hungry for longer than usual. One of the secrets is coconut oil.

What's your unique lifestyle? What combination would you choose?
Everyone is an individual, has different needs, goals and are at various stages of their life.
With MySmartFoods you can customize them to fit in with your life. What are your unique needs?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Let the Sun Shine In!


     If you are not sunbathing on a regular basis, you are probably not as healthy as you could be.

  I bet that got your attention!  Yeah, I know.  I've heard all the reports and seen all the headlines too. 

 For as long as I can remember, we have been told, through blaring headlines or news reports, to avoid the sun at all cost.  Never go out in the sun without suncreen of at least SPF15.  Wear long sleeves, hats protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  We are led to believe that we are all a sunny day away from dying of skin cancer.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

USANA Announces MySmartFoods System

What is MySmartFoods and what does the stand for?

MySmartFoods is a new line of foods created by USANA Health Sciences that helps your make smart, healthy food choices. This system is made of shakes, bars and flavor optimizers.

Here is an easy way to remember what SMART stands for:

Simple and Pure
Macronutrient Balance
Advanced Fats
Research Validated
Totally Personalized

What I like about this is that you can build the perfect shake for you.

By following the numbers on the package you have the ability to customized your shake.

  1. Choose your protein base-plant, soy or whey
  2. Choose your Flavor Optimizer-dark chocolate, cappuccino, peach mango, banana, orange cream or use the mild vanilla flavor of the base.
  3. Need more protein, add in the Protein Plus as a booster.

So you're on the run and need a snack but want to make the right choice.

How about a bar made with simple, pure ingredients that tastes great and is good for you. Each bar is packed with protein and healthy fat - mainly coconut oil. 

Coconut Cashew
Raw cashews, coconut oil, cashew butter, coconut flakes and an organic chocolate drizzle.
  • 130 calories
  • 10 grams protein
  • 6 grams fat
  • 1 gram sugar
  • 9 grams fiber
  • 13 grams carbs
Dark Chocolate
Organic chocolate and dark cocoa powder
  • 150 Calories
  • 9 grams protein
  • 7 grams fat
  • 5 grams sugar
  • 6 grams fiber
  • 15 grams carbs
Peanut Butter
Dry roasted peanuts, natural peanut butter and organic chocolate.
  • 150 Calories
  • 11 grams protein
  • 7 grams fat
  • 3 grams sugar
  • 6 grams fiber
  • 13 grams carbs
MySmartFoods weren't designed with a certain type of customer in mind. They were made to work with your dietary needs and to support your goals.

To your creatively, healthy life!

USANA Announces New Food Line: MySmartFoods

August 20, 2015
USANA International Convention
Salt Lake City, Utah

As part of their ongoing effort to stay on the cutting edge of the current health revolution, USANA Health Sciences just announced their latest contribution to the health and nutrition world: MySmartFoods.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Quick Tips For Teachers To Avoid Getting Sick

You’re standing in front of approximately 20 people all ready to give you a cold, the flu, pink eye or sore throat.

Doesn’t sound like the ideal place to be. Yet each year, this is exactly what teachers go up against. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Technicolor Dreamers and the Rest of Us

I don't know if
 I am weird or not, but I can literally go to sleep just about anytime and anyplace simply by closing 
my eyes and usually, in less than 5 minutes.  I mean, deep, rafter rocking snoring, rapid eye movement, slobber down the chin sleep in less than 5 minutes just by closing my eyes.  My wife, on the other hand, has the hardest time getting to sleep, even when it is well past our bed time, and she is exhausted.

But when she does get to sleep, she tells me that she has the most vivid dreams in full and glorious technicolor.  I rarely remember a dream, and if I do, they are always in, Andy Griffith show, black and white.

How about you?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Portion Distortion

Have you ever seen street art like this?

Artist: Julian Beever

This artwork was created using chalk, a wide-lens camera and a sidewalk. 

By looking through a wide-lens camera he has set up, the artist is able to create the illusion that the drawing is 3-D on a flat surface. 

Here is the same art viewed at the “wrong angle" - what a difference

Artist: Julian Beever

Quite different looking at it this way! The drawing is warped, stretched and actually 3 times the size.

The artist “tricks” your eye and mind into perceiving that the picture is something different than what it really appears to be.

This is exactly what happens with our eating habits. This phenomenon is called portion distortion. You can bet that restaurants are aware exactly what this is.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vampires, College Students and the Graveyard Shift

Kind of sounds like the title of a bad horror flick.

Have you guessed what all three have in common?

That’s right, they like or need to stay up during the night.

Now the only way vampires can survive is to sleep during the day so they don’t need our help with this.

What about the other two? Let’s find out why third shift and college students are up until the wee hours of the morning.

Living in an Instant World

Sir James Murray/Original Editor Oxford English Dict.
 I just finished reading a book in which was described the process that was followed to complete the 600,000 words, 3 million quotations and a 1000 years of English contained in the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language.

  There were some really fascinating (I know some of you find that hard to believe.) and amazing things to do with the people and processes they used to complete it, but one thing stood out to me more than any other:  It took over 70 years to complete.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Want a fun way to improve your health

Use your pet! He’s a natural health coach.

Don’t believe me? Look at this picture and try to tell me that this dog isn’t cute. 
Of course, your first reaction is to go…AWWW!

(Yes, he's my dog!)

It’s a natural response that most people have so why not use it to your advantage.