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Raw Milk 101

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Nutrition | 3 comments

There is a lot of controversy surrounding Raw Milk, and I am passionate about discussing this topic with you! Pasteurized Milk versus Raw Milk The pasteurization process is when the milk is heated to 150 degrees for at least a half hour and then reducing the temperature. This process accomplishes two things; First, it kills the bacteria and nutrients out of the milk, and secondly, it transforms the physical structure of the milk protein to prevent the milk from souring. The pasteurization process destroys good bacteria and digestive enzymes. Because the important nutrients are gone, companies fortify their milk with vitamins and minerals. Another effect of the pasteurization process, is that the milk’s natural sugar, called lactose, turns into beta-lactose. Ever heard of “lactose intolerance”? Someone who is lactose intolerant is unable to digest the beta-lactose found in milk...

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Develop a Strong Core

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Fitness | Comments Off on Develop a Strong Core

Your core provides the foundation for movement throughout your entire body. The core muscles consist of the abdominals, hips, and lower back. Benefits of a Strong Core In addition to having a firm midsection, there are plenty of reasons why you should work on developing your core muscles. Lower back pain affects nearly 80% of the adult population, which often times is a result from having weak core muscles. It makes logical sense to assume that if you strengthen your core muscles, you will decrease back pain. According to researchers at the California State University, people who followed a ten week core workout program experienced 30% less back pain compared to before they started the program. A stronger core means you can lift heavier weights. Your core helps to support your spine, which allows for your entire body to...

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Olive Garden’s Healthy Salmon Dinner

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Favorites | Comments Off on Olive Garden’s Healthy Salmon Dinner

Sometimes, it’s just nice to enjoy a dinner without having to worry about all of the cooking and cleaning. It’s also nice to enjoy a delicious dinner that isn’t full of empty calories and guilt. If you are planning on a dinner at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, you may want to consider trying the Herb-Grilled Salmon. The dinner includes a salmon fillet that is seasoned with Italian herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. It also comes with seasoned broccoli. Calories: 510 Total Fat: 26 g Sodium: 760 mg Carbohydrates: 5 g Fiber: 2 g This is a low calorie dinner, and one of the much healthier options to choose from when eating at the Olive Garden. I am not worried about the fat content, since Salmon and Olive Oil are full of very healthy fats that are actually good for...

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Healthy 72 Hour Backpacks

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Health | Comments Off on Healthy 72 Hour Backpacks

In case of an emergency, it’s smart to plan ahead so you will have some basic supplies available to you and your family. You may decide you want more than just a 72 hour backpack, but the backpack is still a great way to help you get started with some emergency preparedness essentials. You can buy your own 72 hour backpack that has most everything in it, but a lot of them come with unhealthy food (lots of sodium, sugar, etc.), so I have come up with a list of items you may want to include for you and your family. The items listed below are meant for one adult. Water This is one of the most important things you can have in any emergency kit. You can survive up to three weeks without food, but you can only...

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Pedicure, anyone?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Beauty | Comments Off on Pedicure, anyone?

With Spring in full bloom and Summer on it’s way, I think it is about time women take out the nail polish and rock a beautiful pedicure. You deserve it. Nail Polish  Women seem to spend more time picking out the color they want rather than a brand of nail polish that will be safest for them to use. I know I have been guilty of this! Ideally, you should choose an all natural nail polish  is water or mineral based rather than chemical based. This means  you would be buying nail polishes that don’t contain ingredients like dibutyl phthalates (DBP), which is an unhealthy chemical you will want to avoid. Check out the nail polish from Go Natural®, a company that sells chemical free nail polish that is durable and chip-free. If you are looking for a nail...

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Kelly Osbourne’s 50 Pound Weight loss

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Weight Loss | Comments Off on Kelly Osbourne’s 50 Pound Weight loss

Kelly Osbourne lost 20 pounds while filming Dancing With The Stars, another 30 pounds after the show, making that a total of 50 pounds lost since her weight loss journey began. Check out Kelly’s realistic approach to weight loss. Emotional Eating Kelly Osbourne faced drug addictions in the past, and when she cleaned up her life, she ended replacing drugs with food. When people get upset or overly stressed, a common “solution” is eating. Emotional eating is a big reason why people gain weight, and once recognized, can be resolved. When Kelly was on Dancing With The Stars, she realized she needed to change her diet so she can have the energy she needed to rehearse the dance moves for the show. “The three things I did to really change my diet were: Start eating breakfast, drink water instead...

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Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Holiday | Comments Off on Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s easy to be healthy while you “go green” for St. Patrick’s day! I suggest you stay away from the cupcakes with green frosting and stick to the food that is naturally green. Green Snacks: Raw Fruits & Vegetables kiwi cucumber green grapes avocado pear broccoli green apple sugar snap peas Green Meal or Snack Ideas •Make hard boiled eggs and then dye them green. •Celery with spinach dip. •Add Isagenix Greens!™ to your IsaLean® Shake for a deliciously green beverage. •Guacamole with green vegetable chips. •Try the Spinach Pancakes by Dr. Praeger’s, which doesn’t taste like spinach. Either way, it tastes better than it looks! •Avocado sandwich •Zucchini Bread What other healthy green foods do you like to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day? Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel...

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St. Patty’s Breakfast Recipe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Holiday, Recipes | Comments Off on St. Patty’s Breakfast Recipe

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a green breakfast! You can start by ditching the Lucky Charms®, and make yourself a very easy and very green breakfast that your taste buds are sure to love! Ingredients:  •10 large eggs: 2 whole, 8 egg whites •1 cup of fresh spinach •1 teaspoon coconut oil •Pinch of salt and/or pepper Instructions: Step 1) In a blender, mix the eggs and spinach until spinach is blended in thoroughly. Step 2) Warm skillet, and add coconut oil to pan. Spread the oil to evenly distribute on the pan. Step 3) Add egg and spinach mixture along with desired salt and pepper to the warmed skillet. Cook as you would normally cook scrambled eggs. Notes: The reason I choose spinach is because it’s easy to puree and it makes all of the eggs...

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