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JUST ADDED: Healthy Holiday Eating SeminarHealthy Holiday Seminar, Helping Hands, and other News

 

Join Amy and Megan at our most helpful Healthy Holiday Eating Seminar. Head into this bountiful season with less stress, and more control and balance over the endless buffets, parties and temptations!
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
54 Garden Center, Broomfield
Must register to hold your space, or call 303-466-3232 to sign up.
Lending a Helping Hand

In the spirit of giving, here’s how you can help a precious child this holiday season. We are honored to have sponsored the wonderful organization A Precious Child through the last 6 years. Please consider donating toys/gifts at our clinic in our bin, or click here to learn more about how to help.

 

Boost your Immunity (no flu shot necessary)Healthy Holiday Seminar, Helping Hands, and other News

Did you know that we can minimize allergy and unwanted health symptoms with non-invasive laser treatments, and without medication?  Inflammation, poor diet, stress, dehydration, and overall imbalance in the body and pH cause viruses and bacterial infections (including flu) to come on more readily and more severely. Our laser along with minimal supplements can help you and your family avoid the seasonal sicknesses going around altogether!
Living Well Immunity Boost Special:  3 immune-boosting laser treatments, one-hour nutrition consult, and 2 immune boosting supplements at more than HALF-off for only $118 total (over $300 normally).
Must book nutrition consult and first laser treatment together by calling 303-466-3232before Dec. 1st.
Boost your BodyHealthy Holiday Seminar, Helping Hands, and other News
Beat that holiday weight gain before the holidays commence!
Whether you have an extra 5 or 50 pounds to lose, we can help.
Take advantage of our one-hour nutrition evaluation, plus a one-hour skin-tightening, detoxifying body wrap for only $89 ($215 value).
Need a quick clean-up to help cut cravings? Our 10-day detox complete with real-food menu, supplements, and instructions is available for $149.

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Packing the Perfect Picnic Basket

The weather is great and picnic season is upon us. What’s not to love about eating a plate of delicious food while basking in nature’s beauty?

Whether you’re planning to stage your next outdoor meal on the beach or in the park, you have to make sure that everything is packed. That lovely bottle of wine won’t get opened if you don’t have a corkscrew. And once you arrive at your picnic spot, what you have in your picnic basket is what you’ve got.

Tote your picnic lunch with ease by following these simple tips.

Ground cloth

Bring an old blanket or a washable cloth that you don’t mind ruining. Even if you have a picnic table or clean rocks to sit in, bringing a blanket will up the coziness factor of eating outside.

Main dishes

Choose dishes that can be transported easily, easy to eat with your hands and do not spoil quickly.

Since you need everything to be portable and light, sandwiches and finger foods are a great option. They are easy to prepare, filling and can be packed individually for your convenience.

Side dishes

A picnic will never be complete without scrumptious sides. You can prepare your favorite pasta salad the night before the picnic and add in some roasted chicken and chopped vegetables. Since these dishes usually contain mayo, it would be best to keep it chilled.

Desserts

While a picnic is not the perfect place to get into a cake or pie, that doesn’t mean that you should skip the dessert. Choose a selection of pastries like cupcakes, fruit tarts or éclairs. They’re good on the go and are so irresistible.

Plates and utensils

Use lightweight reusable like acrylic instead of glassware. Cloth napkins can also make the picnic feel a little more special.

Drinks

As for drinks, you can bring bottles of your favorite soda or water – be sure to bring plenty of water.

 

Surprising Salad Facts

Most people think that salads are a safe choice since the main ingredients of this dish are nutritious and low-calorie veggies. Your greens might be healthy, but once you add a bottle of store-bought dressing into the equation, everything seems to change.

We’ve discovered a few surprising salad facts that we’d like to share with you. Next time you prepare a salad, be cautious on what you’re using to top off that salad.

It’s loaded with untested “Franken” ingredients

If you are to check the labels of some of the most popular salad dressing in the market, you’ll then realize that oil is one of the top ingredients.

Unfortunately, the oils that are used in non-organic salad dressings are from genetically engineered canola or soy. This is quite disturbing as these crops are grown using large amounts of pesticides. So, next time you’re buying a salad dressing, opt for organic ones.

Popular salad dressing has high fructose content

Studies revealed that consuming a high amount of fructose in as little as 6 weeks can make you less smart. You might be surprised to know that high-fructose corn syrup can be found in many salad dressings, including the popular ones.

Beware of salad dressings with too much regular sugar. Most fruit-based dressings like raspberry vinaigrette contain massive amounts of sweeteners.

Iceberg lettuce

A lot of pre-made salads are made with tons of iceberg lettuce. Mind you, they offer very few nutrients and aren’t that tasty either. For an extra good-for-me punch, you might want to use darker leafy greens like romaine, arugula and spinach.

Salad dressings contain Titanium Oxide

Titanium oxide is a go-to substance in the paint industry as it makes the color fresher and brighter. Unfortunately, this substance is also present in most salad dressings. To make matters worse, this substance is often contaminated with lead. We bet you don’t want that on your plate.

Make sure to check the label before buying. In most cases, Titanium oxide itself is listed as an ingredient, but sometimes it’s listed under some vague terms.

They’re also loaded with trans fats

Your taste buds may love them, but your body hates it. This is because it tends to promote heart diseases. Trans fats are present in salad dressings since they are used to extend the shelf life of the said product.

Trans fats should be listed under nutrition facts, but some manufacturers are trying to conceal. Ingredient listings like shortening or partially hydrogenated are some of the things you should look out for.

For most people, smell is not just a fragrance. Rather, it’s a memory. This is because our memory is linked directly to the emotional center of our brain. With a simple whiff, it causes a flood of warm and fuzzy memories.

Aside from its memory-inducing powers, some scents can also do wonders for our mind and body. From relieving headache to reducing stress, some scents have a way of making us feel better. Here are some of the many scents that can do amazing things for you.

Pine can alleviate stress

Scents That Can Do Wonder For Your Well-Being

Aside from bringing us joy during the holiday season, pine scent is also effective in reducing one’s anxiety and stress level.

Recent study revealed that participants who walked through pine forests reported a decrease in stress levels and depression. Researchers also found out that anxious participants felt more relaxed after indulging in the scent.

Cinnamon can boost your brain power

Scents That Can Do Wonder For Your Well-Being

This sweet-smelling spice can sharpen your mind. One study revealed that participants who took a whiff of cinnamon showed an improvement in cognitive functions like attention span, working memory and visual-motor response.

Lavender can help you sleep better

Scents That Can Do Wonder For Your Well-Being

Lavender is considered as a go-to scent when it comes to relaxation as it is capable of relaxing the mind and body in an instant. But its most sought after benefit is its ability to help people sleep better, especially those who are suffering from insomnia. So, if you are having trouble sleeping at night, you might want to try turning on this scent for a little help.

Citrus can help you feel more energized

Scents That Can Do Wonder For Your Well-Being

If you are in need of an energy booster, you might want to opt for citrus instead of reaching for a cup of coffee. Scents like orange and lemon are not only known for its high vitamin C content, it can also keep you alert and energized.

Olive oil can satisfy your appetite

You have heard the numerous benefits of using olive oil in our dishes, but the benefits don’t just stop there. Research revealed that olive oil can also help a person’s cravings just by smelling it. Here, they have also discovered that compared to other oils and fats, olive oil is more likely to make a person feel satisfied after a meal.

 

Smoothies are a refreshing way of pumping you full of nutritious fruits and vegetables. However, if done wrong, it will surely pad your waistline with fats, excess sugar and other artificial ingredients.

In an attempt to help you upgrade your favorite frozen drink, we’ll give you a list of a few smoothie-making secrets that will help you whip up the tastiest and most refreshing drink that would flood your body with nutrients minus the added fats.

Choose your liquid

Tricks for a Healthier Smoothie

If you want a low-calorie smoothie, it would be best to use tap or purified water as your liquid base. For a more flavorful smoothie, opt for fresh fruit juice, green tea or coconut water. If you want a creamy smoothie, milk shall be your best option.

Go frozen

Gather all your ingredients and freeze them all together in a plastic bag. This is beneficial as it will give your smoothie a healthy boost without the added work. Plus, it will reduce your prep time in half.

Use plenty of ice

Tricks for a Healthier Smoothie

Research shows that people who drink dense smoothies tend to feel fuller compared to those who drink thinner versions. The best way of coming up with a thicker smoothie without the added calories is by using plenty of ice.

Use healthy fats

Unsaturated fat is an important ingredient as it will help keep you full. Here, moderation is the key. Or else, you’ll be turning your frozen drink into a diet disaster. Try adding avocado or nut butter. It will not only make you fuller, it will also increase the creaminess of your smoothie.

Sweeten it the healthy way

Tricks for a Healthier Smoothie

If your smoothie does not taste good, then you won’t enjoy drinking it. Fruit juices can make your smoothie sweeter but it contains added sugar. You can achieve that sweet sensation by using a teaspoon or two of honey, a little cinnamon, cocoa powder or vanilla extract.

 

If working out seems unappealing to you, feel free to go for the alternatives. You don’t have to train like an athlete in order to stay fit.

There are a lot of ways to get in shape and keep your body toned without going to the gym. In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of a few activities that will help you burn serious calories. The best part is, you may actually enjoy these activities while shedding those excess calories.

Walking

5 Ways to Burn Calories without Working Out

 

Walking is one of the simplest activities that can help you burn calories while getting you to your desired destination. Walk to the market, the grocery store or even to work. Take every opportunity you have to walk and breathe some fresh air. In order to burn more calories, you have to pick up the pace when walking.

Biking

Biking is a great way of going around and toning your hamstrings and quads. It’s a more intense form of exercise and can help you burn more calories than walking – 204 calories in 30 minutes. Plus, you’ll get to your desired destination faster.

Dancing

Dancing is a fun activity that you can enjoy with your family or friends. Choose a good song and groove to the beat. You may not realize it, but you’ll actually be shedding around 165 calories in 30 minutes. It is indeed a fun and calorie-burning activity.

Gardening

5 Ways to Burn Calories without Working Out

If you have a green thumb, this could be the perfect activity for you. Make your yard more beautiful while burning those calories. Constant squatting and bending is great for your glutes. Most importantly, you’ll be losing a total of 136 calories in the process.

Tennis

Pick up your racquet and invite your spouse, friend or siblings to a game of tennis. During the game, you’ll be running around the court and sweating it out. Plus, constantly swinging and hitting the ball will help you achieve toned arms.

 

We all know that yoga helps reduce stress and increases a person’s flexibility. However, this could bring about a variety of benefits aside from finding inner peace and allowing you to twist your body into pretzel shapes. This activity could be done in your living room, bedroom or even in the office. So, here are a few reasons why you should participate in yoga sessions more often.

Boost immunity


A Norwegian study revealed that yoga results in changes in gene expression. As a result, it boosts a person’s immunity at a cellular level. Researchers also believed that these changes are immediate as it occurs while the participants are still on the mat.
Yoga helps boost immunity by increasing a person’s overall health. As you move better and breathe better, all other organs function better.

Eases migraine

Yoga and Its Surprising Health Benefits
Research showed that people who are suffering from migraine have shown less frequent and less painful migraine episodes. While the cause of migraine is idiopathic, experts believe that it could be a combination of physical misalignment and mental stressors.

Improved sleep quality

Yoga and Its Surprising Health Benefits
A group of Harvard researchers discovered that 8 weeks of daily yoga could significantly improve a person’s sleep quality. This is especially true for those who are suffering from insomnia. Another study showed that participating in yoga sessions for at least twice a week helps a cancer patient sleep better and feel less fatigued. This may be attributed to yoga’s ability in helping people deal with stress. Yoga includes breathing and mental exercises that allows our mind to slow down. This helps you relax and sleep better.

Fight food cravings
A group of researchers from the University of Washington revealed that mindful eating could be achieved through regular yoga practice. This is because yoga helps strengthen our mind-body connection. When cravings strike, feel free to perform yoga breathing exercises. This will help you slow down and make better choices.

Foods You Should Eat When You’re Sick

Fuelling a sick body is an important part of getting better. When we’re sick, our body is in need of additional calories in order to function normally. In these cases, our bodies need to work harder than usual to ward off infections, especially when fever is present. Consuming lesser calories, on the other hand, could restrict the body’s ability to heal.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the best foods you should eat when you’re sick. Read on and munch on these immunity-boosting foods for a speedy recovery.

Hot beverages 
Warm beverages like tea could help alleviate congestion and soothe sore throat. Green tea is rich in anti-oxidant and helps boost our immune system. Hot water with lemon, on the other hand, is great in keeping you hydrated while relieving that stuffy nose.

Crackers and toast 
Toasts or plain and unsalted crackers are simple foods that are easy on the stomach. Also, these foods will help stabilize digestion and won’t aggravate the stomach. This is also recommended for people who are suffering from nausea and vomiting.

Citrus fruits 
While there isn’t much scientific evidence to prove that Vitamin C can cure common colds, the soft white layer which is found in the skin of limes, grapefruits, lemons and oranges contain flavonoids, which helps boost the immune system; thus, resulting to the patient’s speedy recovery.

Ginger 
Research has proven that ginger is effective in soothing nausea and other gastric disorders such as vomiting, bloating and constipation. Drinking ginger tea is recommended in soothing tummy troubles while keeping you hydrated.

Bananas 
Bananas are a great source of Potassium. This mineral is mostly depleted during bouts of diarrhea, vomiting and sweating. Additionally, it can help in lowering body temperature and replenishing.

Electrolytes
Ice pops Staying hydrated while sick is important as it helps lessen congestion and keeps the mucus thin. While eating fruits may bring about better results than drinking it, ice pops are a great way of keeping you hydrated. Plus, it’s easy on the throat.

Eating healthy and nutritious foods is beneficial for your body. This does not only
help you achieve a slimmer body, it helps you save money too.
One study revealed that people are more likely to save at least $550 a year by
eating healthy and nutritious foods. However, eating better does not mean that you
have to do away from sweets and junk foods. Moderation is the key.
Listed below are some ways to help you eat better for less. Read on and try to
gradually incorporate these tips into your food planning.

Create a shopping list
Before you head out, try to create a shopping list and a menu plan. This way, you’ll
know exactly what you need as you start shopping for groceries. This is especially
beneficial for impulse buyers as it would help you avoid buying things that you don’t
need. Thus, your food won’t be spoiled and end up in the trash can.

Prepare your own food
Eating Better for LessInstead of buying pre-cut fruits and vegetables, try to spare a few minutes of your
time and prepare your own food. If you are on a budget, this will work for you. But if
you don’t have time to prepare your food during the week, consider setting aside a
few hours during the weekend to prepare a week’s worth of meals.

Avoid processed snacks
A can of soda and a bag of chips may be your best buddy during a late night movie.
However, a hard-boiled egg and a glass of water would be a better choice. Mind
you, processed foods are packed with simple carbohydrates that would drive your
energy levels down and leave you hungry for more.

Cut down on meat
Meat is considered as the most expensive part of the meal. One survey revealed
that you can actually save about $210 by buying tofu instead of grabbing a pound
of sirloin once a week for a year. You can save even more by buying beans.
If a meatless dish doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you might want to look for
recipes where meat takes a back seat and vegetables are the starring role.

7 Benefits of Drinking Water You Probably Didn't KnowFact: The human body consists of 70 percent of water. Hence, water plays a vital role in our existence. When we have a sufficient supply of water in our body it makes us feel comfortable and healthy.

Without water, parts of our body cannot function correctly. Water is an element that has a dynamic function not just for the human body but also for the ecosystem. What are the benefits of drinking water? There are a lot of benefits that you can obtain from drinking water. However, let me simplify them into seven categories.

Brain Stimulation

The Brain is part of the nervous system and is the main basis of our movements. It consists of about 90 percent water. When water is sufficient in our brain, it can function easily, sharply and be alert. If it lacks water, our minds can be as slow as a turtle.

Stronger Stamina

Water helps our muscles work. It produces oxygen for muscles to endure longer workouts and other physical activities. During exercise, it is important to drink water to maintain the muscle cells’ strength. It keeps our muscles and joints lubricated. Because of this, you are able to protect yourself from cramps, strains or sprains.

Body Temperature Regulation

Through water, our body temperature becomes regulated or balanced. Through perspiration, our body’s temperature is lowered which makes us feel cool and fresh. When we produce a lot of energy through a lot of movements such as exercise, our sweat glands produce perspiration to cool off our bodies. Hence, a need for regular water intake is necessary.

Active Nerves

Nerve cells send messages to and from the brain through the use of electrolytes. Water takes a crucial role in maintaining electrolytes at the normal level for nerve functions. Through water, nutrients and other elements are being transported all throughout the body system.

Stomach and Intestinal Tract

Water is used also for digestion. With only a small amount of water in the digestive system it can cause constipation and other stomach disorders. It also cleanses our body for nutrient absorption.

To Beautify and Clean

To be hydrated is to keep our body moisturised and that helps keep our skin healthier and smoother. Also, it detoxifies our system by flushing out body fats and other body toxins which in turn help us lose weight. Water supports our body’s metabolism. Moreover, through constant drinking of water, our eyes and mouths are moisturized, too. Water cleanses them through taking away the dirt and dust. Drinking water has also been proven to prevent halitosis or bad breath.

Protects our Organs

Water protects our vital organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. These organs play a major role in our overall well-being. Individuals who drink at least 8 glasses of water a day are less likely to experience heart attack or stroke.

By drinking water, we’re protected from head to toe. The above mentioned benefits simply prove that we can’t live without water. It’s one of our ultimate sources for a healthier and happier living!

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