Smooth Sailing Back to School with The Organic Grocer

Getting ready to get back to the routine that comes with fall around the corner starts us thinking about making healthier How you start your daychoices.  We at the OG are thinking about healthier alternatives as well as our children prep to head back to school.  We’re  starting to  think about getting back to the gym too.  Plus there’s all the new sports teams coming up this year!

Phew!  It can be overwhelming before it even begins!  To help you get organized – and stay calm – we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite Back-to-Routine blogs worth revisiting!

  • Need Energy?  Zip Fuel quickly and safely boosts energy for people of all ages and fitness levels. This tasty beverage boosts the mind, supports the muscles, and provides energy for all those Back to School Activities & Sports (or maybe just getting back to the gym!)  Check out Zip Fuel here.
  • DHA & Fish Oils are essential for Brain & Eye Health as well as for stabilizing mood (Think ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Stress – they all benefit from high quality high dose Omega 3 supplementation).  This is really one of those every day for everyone supplements – because literally every cell in your body is made of Omega 3 oils!  DHA, supports healthy brain, eye and nerve function in all humans so it’s ideal for expecting and nursing mothers, toddlers and anyone who needs extra brain or eye support.   Did you know that over 90% of the omega-3 in the brain and retina is in the form of DHA?
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    fatty acids are crucial for childhood brain development which lays the foundation for learning, behaviour, attention span, mental focus, and mood.  Studies have also shown omega-3 fatty acid to be effective for treatment of childhood ADHD.
  • FMake Spaceood Allergies in the classroom are a daily concern in the modern classroom – and even some work places.  If you have been wondering whether peanut allergies are more common these days, you are indeed correct.  Peanut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 in the U.S, presently affecting more than 400,000 children!  Learn how to prevent food allergies here.
  • Natural Care to get Embarrassing Acne under control before school starts:  Every year all of the normal preparation might not be enough to make some kids feel ready for new friends, memories and adventures.  If they have acne or other skin problems some kids can be really embarrassed and self-conscious!  Learn about the top skin care tips, tricks, and products that can help achieve a clearer complexion in time to head back to school.
  • Keeping Sugar Cravings Under Control and Out of the Classroom:  The problem is that clearly we, here in Canada, are rarely facing famine.  And in fact we often take in a heap more calories than we really need, given the energy we use up (especially sitting quietly at school desks!)  We no longer have to fight or dig for our food. The closest we get to burning up energy running after our food is chasing the ice cream van down the street!  Learn ways to comfortably and healthfully reduce sugar and sugar cravings in this article.
  • Tips for Getting Nourishing Foods into picky eaters:  The summer days of s’mores, endless bKeep Calmarbeques and ice cream cones are quickly fading as autumn ushers in back-to-school as well as intentions for setting good habits for the year ahead. This time of year tends to mean a return to less-frivolous eating and a renewed focus on better nutrition all around.  Even with an apple in every lunch box, a surprising amount of children aren’t hitting their daily requirements for fruit and vegetable consumption!   Get some ideas in this article to sneak a few more fruits and veggies into your kids’ lunches – and maybe you’ll learn a few things for your own lunches!
  • Tips for Enhancing Mindfulness Naturally:  Everyone needs a little calm in their life – children are no different!  Learn the value of mindfulness in this article – and learn to be mindful along side your children.

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OHP_Garcinia_Infograph-01 SUMMARY:  Garcinia Plus provides a great source of Garcinia Cambogia, as well as a combination of other potent weight management ingredients that include:

Bromelain
Apple Cider Vinegar
Chromium
Spirulina

These components provide a great source of antioxidants to reduce oxidative damage to skin and tissues, as well as helping to digest major food elements and regulating glucose metabolism.

As a strong source of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), Garcinia Plus helps to prevent fat storage from accumulating within the body, leaving fatty acids readily available for metabolism as an energy source.

Garcinia Plus supports healthy glucose and metabolism with a combination of Garcinia Cambogia, Bromelain, Chromium, and other components essential to metabolism and weight management.

Benefits:

  • Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fats for better overall health.
  • Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism to help balance energy levels.
  • Moderate appetite suppressant to promote weight loss and better digestive health.

 

Garcinia Plus® for Weight Management and Balanced Healthy Living

When you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, the only honest long term solution is making a lifestyle change. The key to sustainable healthy living is to remember that it’s what you do most of the time that truly counts. Sustainable healthy living should never feel like deprivation; it should however, boost your energy, support healthy weight management and improve mood. This can be easily achieved with a combination of healthy eating habits, exercise and nutrient support, such as Garcinia Plus®. Here are some tips to send you on the right path for your newGarcina 1 healthy lifestyle:

Eating for Health

Eat Clean: Michael Pollen said it best, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The intention should be to eat a clean whole foods-based diet. Simply by eating foods as they are naturally from the earth greatly improves the quality of nutrition you can get from each meal. If the food you’re eating bears little resemblance to its original natural state, you’re likely missing out on important micro-nutrients and phytonutrients you could’ve otherwise been eating.

Control Portions: Eating the right portions of foods is essential for weight management. A good general rule of thumb is that half your plate should be vegetables at every single meal. Make it half a plate of salad, or half a plate of broccoli for example. Your portion of protein is also important to consider. That steak that’s that size of half of your plate at the restaurant, it should actually realistically be about the size of your fist.

Stabilize blood sugar: When blood sugar goes through spikes and drops, it can affect your energy levels. Eating fats and proteins can help to keep blood sugar in balance by reducing the speed at which foods breaks down as glucose in the blood. Eating a diet high in sugars and refined carbohydrates can contribute to insulin resistance, meaning the sugar you eat can’t effectively enter the cell to be used for energy. The body then produces higher amount of insulin to work harder to remove the sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin resistance can contribute to feelings of brain fog and fatigue, as well as cravings for sweets1.

 

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Exercise is important for weight management, heart health, muscle building and metabolism.2 The gym is a great place to go when it’s raining, or to learn new exercises based on your goals if you’re working with a personal trainer, but for some, the gym can be intimidating. Keep in mind, exercise doesn’t have to only be about going to the gym, there are numerous ways you can get out and move your body, the most important part is that you enjoy what you’re doing. Try a yoga class, go for a bike ride, jog outside, go hiking, or take dance classes, or try a few different things to keep things fresh.

 

Nutrient Support

Certain nutrients can help you transition to a healthier lifestyle and assist in weight management.

Organika® Garcinia Plus® contains a combination of 5 ingredients that help to support metabolism and glucose management essential to maintaining a healthy weight:

Garcinia Cambogia: Containing hydroxycitric acid, garcinia cambogia acts as a mild appetite suppressant by temporarily increasing feelings of fullness

Bromelain: Derived from pineapple stem, bromelain aids in the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as helping to relieve symptoms of indigestion

Apple Cider Vinegar: Boosts the metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins

Chromium: Supports healthy glucose metabolism by improving insulin sensitivity

Spirulina: Provides a source of protein to assist in muscle repair and growth

 

 

 

References:

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/research-review-blood-sugar

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

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Over 30 published studies performed at the Virginia Medical School have shown that ChirositolTM, a nutrient derived from carob, is an effective supplement for insulin-resistant conditions including weight gain, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, as well as for excess androgen (male hormone)-related concerns such as PCOS, acne and male facial hair growth in women.
There is a connection between the loss of our waist and changing hormones. The main hormone involved in the development of belly fat is insulin. Insulin is a powerful hormone that, when in excess, also causes an elevation in male hormones, particularly testosterone. Excess male hormones can cause male facial hair growth, acne and PCOS in women. Elevated insulin and blood sugar further leads to weight gain, high cholesterol, high triglycerides,
diabetes and especially belly fat. An early sign of pre-diabetes is skin tags due to higher-than-normal blood sugar and insulin. ChirositolTM normalizes insulin and blood sugar levels, thereby assisting with all of the above conditions.
ChirositolTM mimics insulin’s activity, controlling blood glucose levels, glucose storage and the action of glucose in the cell. It will not, however, cause low blood sugar in those with normal blood sugar levels. ChirositolTM also elevates our happy hormone, serotonin. Reduced serotonin or poor metabolism of serotonin is linked to increased sugar cravings. By balancing serotonin and blood sugar, ChirositolTM also helps to control appetite.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an insulin-resistant disorder with resulting elevated male hormones. Many fluid-filled cysts may be present in the ovaries, but some women do not have multiple cysts. In this disorder, excess circulating insulin and luteinizing hormone increase the production of male hormones that can cause acne and coarse facial hair growth in women. Oily skin may also be evident. Affecting up to 10 percent of the population, PCOS is the most common hormone dysfunction among women in their reproductive years. Symptoms often become apparent in puberty, when menstruation begins. Irregular menstrual periods with excess bleeding may occur, or PCOS can cause a lack of periods altogether. Because eggs are frequently not released, infertility is a major concern of women with PCOS. If pregnancy does occur, it often ends with first trimester miscarriage or is associated with gestational diabetes. If left untreated, PCOS can lead to cancer of the uterine lining. Women with PCOS also are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. PCOS is a very challenging condition to treat and ChirositolTM effectively reduces excess male hormones, reduces weight and appetite, and normalizes ovulation, thereby improving fertility. If you have been battling PCOS, ChirositolTM is the solution.

 

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Healthy Living – 5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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1. High Protein Smoothie

With the right ingredients, smoothies make a healthy and filling breakfast that are convenient to eat on the go. Give this smoothie recipe a try one morning for a delicious breakfast drink complete with  protein, healthy fat, and fibre.

2. Apple With Cottage Cheese and Walnuts

Combining a fresh, crisp apple with creamy, protein-rich cottage cheese makes an ideal sweet and savoury breakfast. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of walnuts for added fibre and the omega-3 fatty acid ALA.

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3. Steel Cut Oats With Berries

If you exercise in the morning, steel cut oats make a fantastic pre-workout fuel. Their low glycemic index, along with the healthy balance of carbohydrates and protein, provides a long-lasting source of energy. To boost the fibre content, sprinkle on *SlimStyles® PGX Granules.

4. Protein Pancakes

Swapping out high-flour pancakes for those made with lentils, additional egg whites, or Greek yogurt will rev-up the protein content, and help stave off hunger during a busy morning.

5. Avocado Egg White Wrap

Healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, and fibre; A satisfying breakfast that’s as simple as wrapping sliced avocado and a cooked egg white in a corn tortilla or low carb cabbage leaf.

*Drink additional water (8 FL. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.

Healthy Living – Why You Crave Sugar

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Practically everybody knows that sugar is bad for our health, so why is it such a challenge to give it up? What is it that makes many of us crave sugar so relentlessly, and how can we conquer those cravings?

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A wealth of research suggests four considerations that may affect sugar cravings:

  1. Stress
  2. PMS or Menopause
  3. Microbial imbalance in the gut
  4. Thyroid health

These issues can all overlap, feed each other and make sugar cravings that much harder to overcome.

1. Stress

Someone who has a diet high in sugar typically has a higher risk of occasional sleep problems, erratic energy levels, and less  concentration. This can make it harder to get through essential tasks and to manage emotions. This then leads to stress, which can prompt sugar cravings, and so on. It’s a cycle that’s all too easy to get stuck in.

According to a study published in the journal Appetite, 77% of women who had high levels of stress reported sugar cravings, compared to just 31% of women who were relaxed. The women who felt stressed also had significantly larger waists and higher levels of leptin, a hormone involved in appetite control.

For some people, finding new ways to relax or allotting for sufficient downtime in their schedule could be key to conquering their sugar cravings. Taking up a new sport, social activity or simply finding the time to take a bath may be just what you need to skip the sugar.

2. PMS or Menopause

PMS and menopause normal life stages can influence the activity of insulin, making cells more resistant to its effects and thereby increasing the likelihood of sugar cravings. Ensuring a healthy, balanced diet that is high in vitamins (especially B vitamins), minerals and healthy fats and protein from fibre-rich plant foods can support hormone levels and stable energy release, helping to combat sugar cravings. Taking a high-fibre supplement such as PGX* can also help with appetite control by slowing down the release of carbohydrates from food and maintaining a feeling of fullness for longer.

Anyone who is having a hard time cutting back on sugar and who is approaching menopause, or who experience alterations in appetite around the time of their period, may find it helpful to talk to a physician or qualified naturopathic doctor. Other signs of PMS or menopause can include mood swings, changes in libido, occasional lack of sleep and fatigue and hot flushes.

3. Gut Bacteria

A high-fibre diet is also a great way to feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut which, in turn, helps reduce the likelihood of yeast overgrowth. Anyone who has recently taken broad spectrum antibiotics or who is on long-term antibiotic therapy is at a higher risk of dysbiosis, a state of microbial imbalance in the gut, where the blanket eradication of bacteria (good and bad) can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria and microbes, like Candida albicans, that cause yeast infections.

An imbalance in gut bacteria has been associated with altered energy metabolism and even alterations in neurotransmitter levels. The microbes in the gut produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin and communicate with the central nervous system through the vagus nerve. Researchers have found that a diet high in processed foods and simple carbohydrates can dramatically reduce biodiversity in the gut, which could have a significant impact on cognitive function and appetite.

A prebiotic diet that includes fibrous foods like asparagus, artichokes and chickpeas can help to feed good bacteria, while a high quality multistrain probiotic formula can replenish lost beneficial bacteria.

4. Thyroid Health

Thyroid health is another  consideration where sugar cravings are concerned, and is best addressed with a qualified health practitioner.

In the meantime, it is important to ensure a good intake of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and lean protein from high fibre plant foods, in addition to cutting back on caffeine and sugar and ensuring you get adequate sleep. Eating sugary foods can increase stress on the body and lead to fluctuating energy levels, so avoid these foods and support your thyroid health.

You may find that simply increasing the level of fibre in your diet, staying hydrated, and getting a good night’s sleep make it much easier to keep those cravings at bay.

*Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.

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