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MiraVita Transformation Specialist Denise Coventry helped Ms. Anita lose 23 pounds in just 7 weeks…at 56 years of age! Are you ready for your transformation? Call 844.MV4.LIFE today!

 

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March is National Nutrition Month

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The theme for National Nutrition Month 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. 

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Making sure to enjoy the sight, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan.

Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, while also taking the time to enjoy everything that a healthful and tasty meal brings with it. That’s the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

It is possible to enjoy the taste and flavor of food while still maintaining a healthy diet. Take time to enjoy food traditions and find creative, healthful and nutritious ways to add flavor to food.

Information and graphics courtesy of EatRight.org.

 

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Your 2016 Health Goals

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If you are like most Americans, your New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight, eating better and getting healthy. If you’re not thinking about your eating habits, here’s some food for thought:

The average American is 36.6 years old and eats 1,996.3 lbs. of food per year – an average of 2,700 calories each day. That includes: 29 lbs. of French fries. 23 lbs. of pizza. 24 lbs. of ice cream. 53 gallons of soda, averaging about one gallon each week! Now add in 24 lbs. of artificial sweeteners and 2.736 lbs. of sodium, which is 47 percent more than recommended.  

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Now imagine that you replace those 29 pounds of fries and 23 pounds of pizza with fresh, whole foods and lean proteins. What difference would that make to your weight and your overall health? A huge one. Not only will you improve your heart health and reduce your risk for obesity and developing chronic health conditions, you’ll likely trim your waistline.

Need help with creating a healthier, fitter and happier you? Call us at 844.MV4.LIFE.

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New Year’s Simple Detox Program

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As the New Year rolls in, it’s the perfect time for making lifestyle changes that can greatly improve your health and well-being. If you’re planning to lose weight and get healthy (and let’s face it –  we could all use a little help in this area) it’s good to begin with a simple detox before dieting.
Here are some simple steps you can take on your own:

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Refined “fast” carbs: white flour, sugar, white bread, chips, pastries, cookies, bagels, and high-sugar cereals – they trigger hunger and cravings and have little nutritional value.

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Slow carbs: Whole foods & grains; fresh leafy greens, whole fruits and veggies – they’ll keep you feeling full longer and provide the vitamins and nutrients your body is craving.

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Caffeine, sugary sodas, diet sodas, artificial sweeteners, fruit juices, alcohol, cigarettes

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Green tea (iced or hot), lemon water, spa water (add sliced citrus, cucumber and/or berries for refreshing infused flavor), seltzer (plain or flavored; no sugar)

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Stress – while we can’t always remove all stress, we can change how we deal with it.

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Take a few minutes each day to simply relax and shake off the stress: deep breathing, meditation, yoga, a walk outside, or a quick nap can do wonders to reduce stress levels.

Each of these simple detox moves will take you one step further down the path towards better health and losing the excess weight. Need help? Give us a call. 844.MV4.LIFE.

 

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How to Avoid the Holiday Gift of Flab

Holiday TemptationsYou made a commitment to yourself and your health; honored it by making smart food choices, getting regular exercise and plenty of rest and you lost weight. Keeping it off is another story, especially during the holiday season. Holiday gatherings usually mean people indulging in mountains of food and treats; gravy and alcohol flow like rivers; carrot sticks are reindeer food. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare, or a free-for-all binge that will leave you feeling bloated and discouraged. Here’s how to avoid sabotaging yourself, without depriving yourself.

Eat breakfast packed with protein and “slow carbs” with a low glycemic index – they don’t cause blood sugar spikes. In a hurry? A smoothie made with a low glycemic index protein powder will help curb sugar cravings and keep your blood sugar steady all day. Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. If you’re going to a special event you know will be full of temptations, eat some raw veggies or a protein bar before you leave to curb hunger.

Get some exercise. Yes, it’s a busy time of year, so try parking further from your destination so you can get in extra steps. Take the stairs whenever possible. At work, take 5-10 minute every couple of hours to get up, stretch, breath deeply or take a mini-walk. Schedule workouts or give yourself the gift of a personal trainer.

When drinking alcohol, choose mixers like sparkling water or club soda. Better yet, stick to wine, offers health benefits in moderation. Red wine is best. We tend to drink it slower, plus it contains the antioxidant resveratrol that offers heart healthy effects. Watch your servings  – a typical glass of wine has 150 calories, so they can add up quickly and leave you feeling awful the next morning. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or club soda. Finally, if you slip up and overindulge, don’t give up. Commit to getting right back on track. Good luck and happy holidays!

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