Health & Lifestyle

2 PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON


With the holiday season, along comes cold and flu season. Take charge and boost your immune system with Vital Proteins’ Beef and Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Powders. Your family will thank you!

What is Bone Broth Collagen Powder?

Vital Proteins’ Bone Broth Collagen Powder is crafted with USDA Organic bones that are simmered slowly to extract the maximum amount of nutrients. The bones are either sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle or free-range chickens, and offer 9g of protein. Vital Proteins Beef and Chicken Bone Broth Collagen powders are the first of their kind.

  • USDA Organic
  • Grass fed/free-range
  • Dehydrated using low temperature, patented technology
  • Naturally occurring chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid
  • Rich in glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline – the building blocks for collagen formation
  • Beef Bone Broth Collagen contains 9g protein and 9g collagen per serving

What are the benefits of Bone Broth Collagen?

  • Improve gut lining, joint health, and moisture/texture of skin
  • Boost immune system & detoxification
  • Maintain healthy skin
  • Encourages a positive inflammatory response
  • Promotes healthy metabolism

Because bone broth contributes to gut health restoration, it also promotes a healthy immune system due to an extensive amino acid profile that includes proline, glutamine and arginine, all of which help to encourage a healthy gut lining (1).

How do I use Bone Broth Collagen Powder?

Recipe: Bone Broth Tea with Ginger, Turmeric, Black Pepper, and Lemon

Ingredients
3 cups water
2 servings Bone Broth Collagen Powder
2 slices fresh lemon
1 teaspoon black pepper
Ginger
Turmeric

Instructions
Add all ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil. Remove liquid from heat. Strain. Sip and savor.

Sources:
(1) Rennard, Barbara O., Ronald F. Ertl, Gail L. Gossman, Richard A. Robbins, and Stephen I. Rennard. “Chicken Soup Inhibits Neutrophil Chemotaxis In Vitro.” Chest118.4 (2000): 1150-157. Web.

Benefits of Vitamin D and Deficiency


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Vitamin D deficiency is high, especially in the winter months. It is estimated 50% of people are deficient. I have my vitamin D levels tested every year. There are three ways to get vitamin D…..UV light (sunlight), food, and supplements. My levels go up during the Summer, because I am outdoors so much, and they also gets very low in the winter months, so my doctor has me take a supplement. It is a good idea to get your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor, include foods rich in Vitamin D in your diet, and supplement if needed with Vitamin D3. You should not do this on your own, because you can get too much Vitamin D. Vitamin D is supportive to our immune systems, aids calcium absorption, and cardiovascular health. It is a hormone, not a vitamin, and is necessary for our immune systems to function properly. The top food sources in order are, maitake mushrooms, swordfish, sockeye salmon, chanterelle mushrooms, canned tuna fish, fortified orange juice, milk and egg yolks. Learn more in this detailed research article on the best Vitamin D supplements by reviews.com here. Reviews.com gives you information on how to get tested, the importance of third party testing when choosing a supplement, and their top picks.

Here are some recipes to get in some Vitamin D rich foods as well!

Greek Salad with Salmon Skewers

Honey Drizzled Wild Salmon on a Bed of Butternut Topped with Spinach

Egg, Parsnip and Celeriac Hash Brown Skillet

Pumpkin Creme Brulee


Happy Healthy Winter!
Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach 

I do not get paid to give this advice on Vitamin D.

Disclaimer: This medical information is not advice and should not be treated as such. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements or vitamins.   The medical information on this website is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied. You must not rely on the information on my website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

How I Save on Healthy Groceries at Thrive Market Online


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One of the things I hear often as a health coach is how expensive it is to eat healthy and organic good. It is true that the food isles are full of cheap food that is not good for our health but is easier on the pocketbook. I used to eat that way too, but I literally changed my life, health and energy by choosing to change my diet, because the cost down the road was going to be much greater than spending more of my budget on healthy food, plus I get to feel amazing now and hopefully prevent the diseases later that are afflicting so many people eating the SAD Diet (aka standard American diet).

I haven’t written a blog post about how I save money and feed myself, kids and husband delicious healthy food and afford the better household cleaners, skin care products and supplements. I shop at Thrive Market! It is a membership online health food store, and there are no strings to try it out. They let you shop and save 25% to 50% off retail for 30 days, like members, to try them out at no charge! That’s a lot of cold hard cash! If you like them, and they have thousands of products to choose from that I was buying all the time at the store, you can join for $59.95 a year, and believe me, you will save that in your first purchase if you have a couple people in your household, and in the first month if you are single. Thrive cuts out the middle man and they negotiate with the manufacturers so they can offer products to us cheaper than retail. I am on my second year of membership and have saved just under $1,500. each year! Wow!

Another thing I just love about Thrive is for every membership someone signs up for, they give one to a needy family for free. I also never pay shipping, because any purchase over $49. is free shipping.

Thrive has the brands I am always talking about here and so much more. It is an online grocery store, less the perishable items like fresh produce and meat,  since they don’t ship cold things, except they will ice your chocolate bars in the hot months! My favorite chocolate bars (Alter Eco 85% Dark Chocolate) are $1.50 less at Thrive than my local store.

The link to check out Thrive is below. I hope you give them a try. They also have many items I can’t get unless I order online. Yesterday I saved $94.40 off retail and purchased items like coconut oil, coffee, laundry detergent, canned salmon, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut milk (the Thrive Brand is awesome!), olive oil, vanilla extract, 85% dark chocolate bars, Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo, back to school kids snacks, etc. I really love this company! The link is right below.

http://thrv.me/RWjucz

Thrive Market

Enjoy your day and Thrive! 🙂

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Eat Seven Servings Plus of Vegetables a Day and Notice the Difference!


Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Good Morning Everyone!
Are you getting your veggies in every day? I challenge you to eat at least seven servings of vegetables daily! Yes, at least seven, and I prefer eleven. It isn’t as hard as you think! A serving is roughly 1 cup of raw vegetables, 1/2 cup of cooked, or 2 cups of raw, leafy greens. If the leafy greens are cooked, such as spinach, chard and kale, it shrinks considerably! The average person eats less than three servings daily of vegetables. That’s not enough nutrients for your body, and vitamin pills have their place, but they are never the same as real food working synergistically with your miraculous machine (your body). Look at all the benefits of broccoli alone! Here’s an example of getting those vegetables into your day in a variety of colors.
Breakfast – Throw some leafy greens into a fruit smoothie or the eggs you are scrambling. Be generous, and that’s two servings to jump start your day! Make a vegetable omelet. Add some vegetables from last night’s dinner to your breakfast on the side.
Lunch – Include a salad with your meal. It is filling, and you can get in at least three servings of vegetables. Think Tomatoes, Romaine, Shredded Carrot, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers, Scallions, and how about some Basil?
Dinner – Make a deliberate decision to always serve three vegetables at dinner. This is easy in a stir fry, or a vegetable medley. Last night I made a quinoa shrimp bowl for the whole family. It had carrots, scallions, basil, broccoli, and zucchini in it. We also had a salad.

Here are a few recipes from my blog that are vegetable forward main dishes, and there are many more in the recipe index.

Bacon, Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash Lasagna

English Cottage Pie

Grilled Vegetables and Shrimp Toss

Below, I have a handy free Seasonal Produce Guide to help you out!

Seasonal Produce Guide


Find ways you like to cook and eat vegetables, and just do it! Over time, you will notice a huge difference in how you look and feel! Summer is one of the best times to meet this challenge. There is an abundance of fresh, local vegetables available. I want you to feel your best! So, I’m curious, how many servings are you guys getting on average a day? How do you eat them?
Enjoy your Wednesday!
Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Self Improvement


What are you working on in your life? Are you better than you were yesterday? We all have areas in our lives we work on no matter our age.

Improvement

Enjoy your day!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Free Printable Farmer’s Market Guide!


Farmer's Market Shopping

Good Morning!

Did you have a fun Memorial Day weekend? I had a blast! It was so nice to relax and play, with no obligations or “to do” list!  We visited our farmer’s market this weekend. I love the beginning of growing season and all the local produce bursting with nutrition and so fresh! It is also a great outing and sense of community while you support local growers. Here is your free guide! Compliments of me and Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the school where I graduated as a Health Coach!

Just click the guide below, and you will have a free PDF printout you can take with you and refer to! There is also a free recipe and other health tips using Farm Market finds!

Farmers Market Guide

Enjoy your day!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

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