Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healthy Tips for the Holidays!

Lights on Main Street, Salt Lake City
Starting this week, the holidays will be in full swing. This means a frantic time for millions of Americans with shopping, travel, holiday parties, and family get-togethers. It is also a time in which most Americans gain weight that is called holiday weight creep.

The average American gains between 5 to 10 pounds during the holiday season and very seldom loses it during the rest of the year. Why do we gain so much weight during the holidays? How can people enjoy the holiday treats and parties and not gain the extra weight?

Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and author of the book, The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, prepared the following list of tips that can help us avoid the dreaded weight creep of the holidays yet still enjoy the parties and treats.

  1. Cut down on saturated fat in creamy dressings by mixing in yogurt instead.
  2. For a wonderful flavor enhancer, sprinkle roasted vegetables with vinegar or citrus juice. Add it at the last minute so the flavor is at its strongest.
  3. Substitute chopped vegetables for some of the bread in your stuffing recipe, this will reduce the amount of carbohydrates in the stuffing therefore reducing the glycemic load.
  4. Don’t starve yourself the day of the party so you can fill up on food that evening. If you eat healthy normal meals throughout the day, you’re much less likely to overeat at the party.
  5. Remember: The point of holiday gatherings is to celebrate, not to eat. Mingle with friends and loved ones instead of hovering around the buffet table, grab a plate and walk away.
  6. Don’t load up at the buffet table. Keep portion sizes small by putting your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limiting your trips to the buffet.
  7. Prioritize your food choices, if you love sweet potato casserole take a serving of that but skip the stuffing if it is something that you don’t have to have.
  8. Present food in various locations all over your home to encourage activities and mingling not just eating.
  9. If you are going to drink alcohol alternate the beverages with water, this will keep you hydrated and may curb the increase in appetite from excessive alcohol.  
  10. Make sure you include protein and vegetables as your appetizers and throughout the main meal.  The protein from meat and fiber from the vegetables will keep you feeling full and avoid bingeing on excessive sugars and carbohydrates.
  11. When choosing cocktails, aim for non-calorie mixers like sparkling water with the juice or limes or lemons, rather than heavily sweetened juices or syrup based mixers.  
  12. Remain active throughout the holidays, maintaining lean muscle mass from strength training and cardiovascular activity will help keep your metabolic rate (calories burned at rest) high to offset the extra calories from the holiday treats.
Dr. Keith Kantor

About Dr. Keith Kantor

Dr. Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 27 years.  In 1994 he was appointed CEO of Service Foods, Inc., the largest all natural food company of its kind in the United States.

He has a Master Degree in Nutrition Science and a Master in Business Administration; Ph.D. graduate of Corllins University, Nutritional Science; Doctorate of Science graduate of Corllins University, Naturopathic Medicine.  He also holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry.

Dr. Kantor has been married for 37 years to Karen DeFiore Kantor. Karen is a registered nurse and is Director of Nursing for Services Foods, Green Box Foods, Blue Ribbon Foods and Southern Foods At Home. They have two children, Kimberly is the Director of Personal Training for Lifetime Fitness. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his Master degree from the University of Georgia. He is currently employed with Bellomy Research in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a research manager.

For more information go to http://www.drkeithkantor.com/

Monday, November 24, 2014

Young woman puts art skills to work to raise money for surgery

The high cost of surgery has one young woman working her creative juices to pay the bills.

Annelise Woodward will be having surgery December 1st and has been looking for innovative ways to pay her share of the surgery which will be amost $10,000. She is making and selling holiday greeting cards, which she hopes will raise about $1000. In addition, she has been putting her skills as a professional photographer to work to raise additional funds.

Friends and family have also been helping her out. An Internet friend Mandee held an online auction of handmade jewelry and art and crafts and was able to donate close to $600 for the surgery.  Mandee uses Instagram and Etsy to market her work under the name of cloudninedesignz.

Boyd and Annelise
Annelise's sister, Heather, set up an online fundraising page with the goal of raising $2000. To date people have contributed $1060.

Heather writes: "A few years ago Annelise and Boyd discovered they weren't able to conceive and/or maintain a pregnancy. This has been an extremely trying and harrowing experience for them both."

"After many tests," she continues, "fertility specialists have been able to discover that part of the problem is within Annelise's uterus. In order that she may be able to have a successful pregnancy she requires an operation, which has finally been booked for December 1st, this year."

"Although Annelise and Boyd have been working hard to save the money to pay down the deductible," she explains, "this is still an enormous financial burden -- especially for them both being recent graduates with the expense of student loans."

Annelise graduated from Boise State University in December 2013 and Boyd recently graduated with an accounting degree this summer. Boyd is taking the CPA exams and working part-time for Olive Gardens Restaurant.

Annelise got the idea for the greeting cards from an experience she had last February. "I did something special for my husband for Valentines. I made 14 cards."

"Each day from the 1st to the 14th I gave him a different card," she said. "I personalized them with things I love about him as well as things that are special to both of us. I then placed them in a different spot each day, for him to find before leaving for work. With each card I left a small gift or suggested a fun activity for us to do that evening. It made for a very enjoyable February."

"I did something similar for the holiday greeting cards," she said. "I designed the cards with the thought in mind that they could each be given to a different person or to one specific person for 12 days during the holiday season."

"My hope as I made these cards was that it would provide others a way of do the same thing for someone they love and in turn help me in my efforts to pay for some of my surgery."

With each pack of cards she is supplying a list of gifts and activity ideas that can be given with the cards.

While the many of the cards can be used for any religious celebration, others have a Christmas theme. Inside the cards are left blank so a person can write his or her own message. Each pack contains 12 different handmade cards and sells for $30 plus shipping of $5.50.

The cards can be ordered by contacting Annelise at her photography website at http://www.annelisewoodward.com/. Add to her fundraising page by clicking here.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Product Review: Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos

Nursing Mothers, Say Goodbye to Boring Color and Cutesy Baby Prints!
Get the Nursing Poncho that’s Functional and Fashionable with Hip Baby Wrap—Amazingly stylish nursing ponchos that are breathable, soft and beautiful!
Nursing is an important mother-baby bonding experience, but you shouldn’t feel trapped in boring, colorless or cutesy nursing ponchos day after day.  Connect with baby and rock amazing personal style with Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos.

Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos are beautifully woven, light weight ponchos that provide breathable and soft comfort for both baby and parent. Individually handmade of 100% cotton and non-toxic dyes, these wonderfully vibrant and stylish ponchos provide quality strength and durability, but with more air flow, more stunning color and less bulk than other ponchos or covers on the market.  Plus, with a variety of color options to choose from, and a reasonable price point, stylish moms can look and feel beautiful with a poncho to coordinate with every outfit.

Product details: Offering comfort, style and privacy while on-the-go with baby, Hip Baby Wrap’s chic nursing poncho is the ultimate necessity for any fashionable, nursing mother. Featuring six fun and modern color options, amazingly soft woven cotton, and light-weight breathability, this stylish poncho not only brings a stunning pop of color, but keeps mom and baby cool and comfy.  And because it slips over the head and rests on the shoulders like a poncho, there’s no fumbling around or shifting to ensure adequate privacy.
With a strong belief in the benefits of babywearing, raising happy, connected babies is the Hip Baby Wrap goal.  Both the wraps and ponchos are easy to use, fashionable and extremely comfortable while helping promote positive physical, mental and emotional development for baby.  

A busy mother herself, founder Jeannie Levedahl knows how convenient and meaningful a baby wrap can be.  However, constantly wearing the same wrap left her searching for beautiful and more affordable wraps without success.  Loving to coordinate her baby wrap with her outfits, Jeannie began making her own and soon received requests for orders—Hip Baby Wrap was born.  Now parents and caregivers can enjoy beautiful, fashionable, fun and quality woven wraps at an affordable price.

Product review: Pura Naturals household, personal, and baby products

BeBetterFoam Sponge
By Angelene 

With the holidays coming and with family and friends celebrating with us we many times forget about how much preparation and cleaning has to take place.. Pura Naturals, a new, California-based company, offers an earth-friendly alternative: plant-based sponges featuring the same durable and absorbing technology used to clean up sensitive waterways. Is this something you would be interested in trying?

Pura Naturals has created a new line of personal care and household cleaning products.  Pura Naturals has products for all of your every day needs.   The company makes personal care products for your face, body and when active. Products for babies are infused with natural lavender to help promote sleep.  

Pura Naturals has harnessed the cleaning power of BeBetterFoam™, an innovation that was first invented to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. The unique foam is oleophilic and hydrophobic, meaning it lifts oil, grease and grime like a magnet while resisting water, naturally inhibiting bacteria growth, odor and other issues often associated with household sponges.

What’s more, the sponges are made with a scrubber pad crafted from walnut shells and recycled materials, ideal for difficult counter-top stains while safe on appliances prone to scratches. Each sponge available in the household line is free of petroleum by-products, parabens and synthetic ingredients.  Not only are Pura Naturals products better for you and your family but they are better for the enviroment.   The BeBetterFoams helps wipe and clean up things up easily but absorbing oil, fats, fuels and other contaminents.  It can also be used again and again with out breaking down.   There is a 30 day gaurantee on their products.  

All of Pura Naturals products are infused with Level Naturals milled soap.  Every bar is 100% vegan, gluten-free.  All of Pura Naturals products are made in the USA. 

Pura Naturals cleaning products are made for the entire home.  They have a kitchen line of scrubbers and sponges that work for cleaning every part of the kitchen including hard baked food on your dishes.

Pura Naturals household and personal care products will change the way you clean. They’ll help you to “live better and be better™." These pads are like no other sponges you have ever used. They are highly effective at absorbing oils, fuels, fats, and a wealth of other contaminants.

The Science Behind Pure Naturals 

Pura Naturals™ products are made from BeBetterFoam™, which was created by Advanced Innovative Recovery Technology, Inc. (AIRTech). AIRTech was created in response to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010 — one of the worst oil disasters in history. The immediate impact on the environment and wildlife was devastating; to make matters worse, many of the conventional cleanup methods were also damaging to the ecosystem.

AIRTech's solution, BeBetterFoam™, is a non-toxic plant-based foam that repels water while absorbing oil and silicone.  In fact, BeBetterFoam™ will pick up virtually all hydrocarbons, making it a unique and ultra-effective material for cleanup. It’s also EPA-approved for use in all waterways, including rivers, lakes, and oceans. In addition to being highly absorbent, it is so resilient that it can be used again and again without breaking down.

Scientific Highlights

Pura Naturals’™ personal care and kitchen products are:

  • Oleophilic
  • Absorb oil, grease, and grime
  • Clean deeply to lift oil and grease from pots and pans
  • Cleanse skin gently and thoroughly (removing makeup)
  • Hydrophobic
  • Resist and do not support bacteria
  • Have a long-lasting, fresh scent
  • Environmentally safe
  • Made from plant-based/renewable resources
  • Carbon-negative footprint (removes more carbon than is created)
  • Free from petroleum by-products, adhesives, and glues
  • Nontoxic
  • Made with revolutionary 3P Technology™
  • Created with a unique, proprietary polymer process technology that is protected by a trade secret, owned by AIRTech, and incapable of being reverse engineered
  • Super durable: up to 25 times stronger than the leading household sponge brand (UL Testing)
  • Highly chemical resistant (won’t break down when absorbing other chemicals)
  • Latex-free