Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!!!

Yes I know I’m early but I want in on your resolutions!

Every year millions of people world wide resolve to make changes to their life styles.  Some personal and some for community.

Here are 5 easy “resolutions” that will improve your life:

1. Drink water – plain filtered water

Our bodies are mostly water and replenishing them is important. So is moderation.  Too much water and you wash nutrients out. Think of yourself as soil and water consciously.  This hydration calculator will help you determine what’s right for you. http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

2. Walking –

Yes it’s exercise but a few extra steps can help you waist away a fey extra inches.  10,000 steps a day is recommended for health by Dr.Oz – Here are his 5 tips for Stress Proofing Your Body.

3. Read the Label and eat with intention

yes again it’s work but you are worth it.  I use the if I can pronounce it and accurately state it’s food qualities don’t eat it rule. Removing a few key ingredients from your diet can make a world of difference.

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiac Surgeon and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” there are 5 ingredients to avoid in order to consume a healthy diet.  ”It’s called the rule of fives,” he says. “When you look on the back of a food label, they have to list the ingredients from the most common to the least common. You want to actually make sure these five ingredients are not in the top five on the food label.”  Dr. Oz call this his “rule of fives.”  You must read the labels of the foods you eat.  If any of the first five ingredients listed is one of the following, don’t eat it.

High fructose corn syrup
“We most commonly get this in soft drinks,” Dr. Oz says. “It’s an inexpensive sugar, which means we’re getting a lot of it in our diet.”

Dr. Oz says when you eat sweets, your brain receives schizophrenic messages. “It says: ‘I got calories, but I didn’t get any nutrients,’” he says. Your body will keep craving food until it gets those nutrients.

Also watch out for products made with “enriched” flour, like white bread. “Why would they take bread and have to enrich it? Because they take all the important vitamins out of it, and they sprinkle just a little bit back in there,” Dr. Oz says.

Trans fat
Also known as hydrogenated fat, these are fats that were once in liquid form but have hydrogen added to make them solid at room temperature. “It extends the shelf life of the product,” Dr. Oz says. “But it shortens the human life.”

Saturated fats
These fats come from four-legged animals like pigs and cows.

Small changes with big results.

4. Add in those fresh fruits and veggies.

Local farmers markets happen year round often with foods changing with the seasons. Eating local has true lifestyle benefits beyond self. Here is the link to finding California Certified Farmer’s Markets

5. Shop Local –

Shopping local keeps between $.25 and $.35 cents of every dollar spent in the community, supports the local labor force and keeps business in your community add in local fresh foods and your health benefits just as much.  By passing larger stores for family owned stores also is a huge benefit to the community especially if they have made a commitment to maintain a large portion of locally produced products.

About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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