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Get Your Nutrition in Color!

Get Your Nutrition in Color

Spring is ready to burst on the scene in all its Technicolor glory. For better health, you should duplicate this happy color scheme on your plate.

According to a new study, America’s Phytonutrient Report, 80 percent of Americans are putting their health at risk by failing to eat a diet rich in specific colorful fruits and vegetables.

The colors of fruits and vegetables are a clue to the important phytonutrients each contains. Phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that can help fight the damage caused to the body’s cells over time that can lead to premature aging and disease. Phytonutrients offer a wide range of health benefits from promoting eye, bone and heart health to supporting immune and brain function.

While health experts recommend you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you should also aim to eat two fruits or vegetables from each of the five color categories, too. The phytonutrient study showed the biggest deficit is in the white category where 88 percent of American’s fall short. Another 80 percent don’t eat enough fruits or vegetables in the yellow/orange category.

Phytonutrient Color Categories:

Green: Dark green leafy vegetables are rich in lutein, among other phytochemicals. Others in this family are green beans, avocados, kiwi fruit, green peppers and honeydew melon.

Red: Tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, which studies have shown reduces the risk of several types of cancer.

White: Onions (all kinds, including green onions), garlic, leeks, shallots, and chives contain compounds that protect DNA.

Blue/purple: Most of the berries, especially blueberries, as well as plums, red grapes, cranberries, and pomegranates are in this family that contain some of the most powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and recent studies show positive effects in eyes, arteries, and brains.

Yellow/orange: Citrus fruits as well as peaches, nectarines, pineapple, and papaya are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, another group of antioxidants that supports the immune system. Other foods rich in carotenes include carrots, pumpkin, mangos, apricots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes. Carotenes help improve communication between cells as well as performing many of the same functions as other antioxidants.

Not all vegetables and fruits fit easily into families. Just look for the color. Other plant foods rich in various types of phytonutrients are nuts, seeds, and grains, beans, tea and dark chocolate.

All in all, good nutrition is all about colorful choices!

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Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | children, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Trying to Lose Weight? Don’t Miss a Meal!

Trying to Lose Weight? Don’t Miss A Meal!

Hi Friends and Fans!

I know you are not going to believe this but it is true. When I started snacking more on veggies and fruit I found that I was loosing weight faster. Taking Slimplicity took it over the wall.

When you’re trying to lose weight, being told you should eat more seems counter-productive. But it’s really the frequency you need to increase, not the calories.

For example, a recent Harvard study found that those who ate breakfast regularly were less likely to become obese, compared to those who skipped it.

Rather than cutting calories from your day, meal skipping tends to lead to binging later. A grumbling stomach can make you lose control by late afternoon, bulldozing over any will power as you dive into that bag of chips. And do I know this feeling. Girl Scout Cookies are banned from the house. LOL!

Meal skipping also can slow down your metabolism — so you’re doing double damage when you do binge. Your body needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients each day for normal function. Denying the body these essential elements throws the system into survival mode, slowing metabolism and encouraging the storage of fat.

Snack to Boost Metabolism

Another way to keep your metabolism humming is by eating every three to four hours during the day. This isn’t a license to eat full-blown meals every few hours, though. Instead, you should slip a healthy snack in between lunch and dinner. But watch portion size and the type of food you eat. Aim for less than 200 calories. Try low-fat string cheese, cut-up vegetables with low-cal ranch dressing, peanut butter on apple slices, a handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt to satisfy your hunger. With a snack to tide you over, you’re less likely to overeat at your next meal.

A quick meal or snack idea is a Slimplicity® shake. While it’s an ideal meal replacement, you can also use it between meals to satisfy your hunger and keep your metabolism on track. In addition, Accelerator capsules, part of the Slimplicity Weight Loss System, can help control your appetite and guide you to better food choices all day long. And boy do these really work. I haven’t found a tastier shake.

Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, weight loss | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Struggle with finding time to exercise?

Little Time? Little Bits of Exercise Still Pay Off

I know I struggle with finding time to exercise. It is hard for me to find time and I am training to run a marathon. But I find that when I schedule it in my day it does become easier. Here is a great article I found and wanted to share with you.

Probably the biggest hurdle to exercising for most people is time. We’re always on the go (behind the wheel), then once we meet all our daily responsibilities, it seems there’s no time left for exercise. But researchers from Indiana University say “snippets” of walking may be just as good, if not better, than one long exercise session.

On one day, study participants who all had somewhat elevated blood pressure walked 40 minutes on a treadmill without stopping. Another day, they walked four times for 10 minutes each time. All participants lowered their blood pressure the same amount after exercise. But surprisingly, the lowered-pressure effect lasted four hours longer after the series of short walks. So grabbing 10 minutes here and there four times a day to walk could be just the time-challenged trick to keep you healthier and your blood pressure in check.

Other research shows short bursts of exercises may keep your metabolism raised, to help your body burn calories more steadily throughout the day, too. And that means a slimmer you in less time.

So say so long to the “no time” exercise excuse. Seize your next 10 minutes!

Next, try this for a two-minute metabolism-boosting lunch to add to your 10-minute workout: a Slimplicity® meal replacement shake. Quick, easy and delicious, the shakes are part of Reliv’s breakthrough Slimplicity Weight Loss System. Muscle-building protein and fat burners in the shake, combined with Accelerator capsules and diet and exercise support, give your metabolism and weight loss efforts speedier results.

Cheers to your health!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, weight loss | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Child Nutrition: Let them Drink Shakes

Child Nutrition: Let them Drink Shakes!

Diets loaded with convenience and fast foods are depriving our children of the very nutrients their growing bodies crave.

According to the Federal Intragency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 8 of 10 U.S. children do not have a healthy diet. Poor diets can impair a child’s growth and cognitive development, as well as put them at an even higher risk for obesity.

Many American kids get their biggest nutritional boost from sugary fortified breakfast cereals or a daily chewable vitamin. Yet even with these added vitamins and minerals, they’re still missing key nutrients like healthy protein, pro-biotics, Omega 3s, antioxidants and more.

A nutrient-packed, great tasting smoothie or shake is the perfect way to give your kids the nutritional building blocks their bodies need to grow strong. A smoothie for breakfast gets them ready to meet the day, while an after school smoothie will give them the energy they need to power through sports, homework and everything else in their active lives. Plus, a healthy shake will help fill them up, replacing empty-calorie snacks that serve only to pack-on pounds.

Fresh or frozen fruits, low fat soy milk or fruit juice provide a great foundation for a tasty smoothie. From there, let your imagination soar!

What are your kids’ favorite shake or smoothie combination?

Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

P.S. Just found a great blog that talks about Childhood Obesity from an RN perspective. Thank you for writing this article.

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | children, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Power of Optimal Nutrition

Hi friends and fans.

Today I was cruising along a facebook feed when I came across a video post. I have tell you, I was inspired. I have run marathons for the past 3 years and I know what optimal nutrition can do for you because I have seen the benefits myself. I suffered from low back pain for many years. I injured it early in my volleyball career but still continued to play.When I started the challenge of running marathons I knew the impact on my lower back could be painful. I was not looking forward to the aftermath of running 26.2 miles.

I am excited to tell you that I don’t know what lower back pain is anymore. Since I started taking optimal nutrition many of the aches and pains have just gone away. I feel better now then I did at the height of my volleyball career. I am also excited because I will be running again this year with “team in training.” I will share will you how that journey goes.

As for this inspiring video… I can’t say enough and I will just have to share… Cheers, love, and health to you all.
http://www.youtube.com/user/RelivInternational#p/u/9/TCiKustX1VU

We wish Greg James “Good Luck” on his training for the Olympics in 2016.

Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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