Nutritional Value

TOXIN DANGER

Just like proper hygiene on the outside, we must have proper hygiene on the inside.  How do you know you are in toxic overload?

When we talk about toxins in the body, most people first identify the chemicals and contaminants they have been taught are harmful. These can include things like cigarette smoke, pollution and other environmental toxins, but the substances that can create toxic buildups within the body go far beyond these dangerous pollutants.

Did you know that even the water you drink can deposit toxins in the body?  Processed food, undigested fats and impure water can create a toxic buildup within the body over the course of several years. This inner pollution can become harmful to your body’s lymphatic system, blood and nervous system. Reducing the buildup of toxins in the lungs, heart and vascular system and removing waste is the equivalent to washing your face or combing your hair each day. Taking care of what’s on the inside is just as important as practicing hygiene for what’s on the outside.

To keep your health in check and your body systems operating properly, make it a habit to remove toxins regularly. Consider the following:

Alkaline Water

Here at Wheatgrass, it is important that we serve and offer the best water in town!  Our Kangen Water machine produces not only filtered water but 9.5 Alkaline Ionized Mineral water to help not only hydrate you but reduce the acid which reduces inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers and rheumatoid arthritis.  Did you know you need to drink half your body weight in ounces as a rule of minimum when it comes to water.

Increase Nutrients
While detoxifying the body of harmful waste is important, increasing your nutritional intake is just as critical. This is best accomplished by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet with a vegan lifestyle or simply a 1-3 day JUICE CLEANSE. This can help you consume and retain the nutrients vital to energizing, nourishing, strengthening and healing.

Replenishing the body with nutrients is a key part of removing toxins.

Consuming raw fruit and veggies is the most effective way to get these nutrients back and juicing can also give your digestive system a break. Flushing out the poison is more effective when your body is getting all of the vital minerals and vitamins it requires.

We also offer the Activated Charcoal drink to help flush out toxins, however we advise not to take with medicine several hours before or after taking.  It has a light refreshing lemon taste so don’t let the black color fool you.

Vitamins to The Rescue

As part of our core routine, our Pure Organic Vitamins called Daily Build are the best. In fact it is featured in the 2018 Physician Desk Reference as a top choice!  Choose from liquid or in Capsule form supplement, most people see their cravings for food disappear and lose weight once they start feeding their body with nutrition. Our Daily Build will do just that!

Regulate
Regulating your digestive system is one of the most effective ways that you can promote your body’s detoxifying process. Moreover, healthy and regular bowel movements – between two and three times per day – are important for the overall health of your body. If you have trouble managing, our supplemental Cleanse or Detox has been shown to improve regulation. These may be beneficial for you.

Focus on Fiber 
Did you know that dietary fiber is the No. 1 tool used by the body for removing toxins and heavy metals effectively and naturally. Proper detoxification is done with healthy amounts of fiber, which most people on the Standard American Diet fail to acquire. Natural options for upping your fiber intake include beans, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and lentils. (We have a great Lentil soup and Taco soup, Power Balls and Mila (organic micro sliced chia seeds can be added to your smoothie) all served from our menu to help you focus on your fiber!

Exercise
Can you remember the last time you were sweating excessively from a workout or physical activity? If so, that’s great because that means you were simultaneously ridding the body of toxins through the skin. Not only were you getting your regular exercise, but detoxifying the body as well. Sweating is one best ways to eliminate the toxic buildup of contaminants in the body.  Best of all, exercising is something you may already be doing anyway, making it a win-win.

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PREVENT Heart Attack and Have More Energy

I recently had a customer come in around a month ago to tell me that he was searching for a resturant that served not only healthy food but vegan food.  He was on his 5th day of eating the Vegan lifestyle, no dairy and no meat.  He smiled and told me he was really wanting a huge steak and then laughed.  That was over a month ago.  He now states that he feels much better, has more energy and has lost over 25 pounds.  Each week he comes in to tell me his progress and that he no longer “wants” the unhealthy foods or meat.

We must remember it takes 90 days to break a habit but only 21 to form a new one.  This is why many diets are only fads and don’t last long term because people tend to revert back to lifestyle.

Eating plant-based is the new “Heart Attack Proof Diet” and studies show it can reverse Heart Disease!  I would rather be proactive than reactive, wouldn’t you?

Not only do we have access to high fat foods, but we have become dependent on a sedentary lifestyle, leaving our arteries clogged and hearts out of shape.

Much of heart disease happens in your arteries – the little pipes that feed nutrients and toxins to each and every organ – rather than in the heart itself. This is where “healthy” or HDL, and “unhealthy” or LDL cholesterol form – your arteries. The smooth lining of your arteries is made weaker by a poor diet. In North America, we have access to foods that are rich in fat, sugar and loaded with toxins. In fact, heart disease is rarely seen in the world’s poorer nations, which subsist on a primarily plant-based diet.

If you are thinking about wanting to change to a Plant Base Lifestyle, come in and chat with us!  Let’s work on getting you heart attack proof with joining millions of others who know and feel the difference with the vegan lifestyle!

WHERE DO WE START?

Soup, smoothies and juices are also a great way to pack in nutrition as you transition to a new lifestyle.  Smoothies are fast, and can be prepared in the morning for an easy breakfast that will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day. Juices are also wonderful, especially for maximizing nutrient absorption and to help clear your arteries and lymphatic system from toxic build-up and mucus coatings (from dairy and gluten).

If you are interested in boosting your energy levels, as well as help clean out your veins and arteries, going on a high raw plant-based diet will do you even more wonders than a cooked plant-based diet.

Eating raw until dinner time is an incredibly easy way to get lots of raw produce into your body. Most people find it easiest to drink a large morning smoothie, a couple fresh green juices throughout the day, and mono-fruit meals before dinner. Dinner time is associated with comfort and relaxation, and sometimes a warm meal is something that can be greatly looked forward to. Supper is the one meal that most people put a lot of thought into, so being able to have this level of flexibility, while still eating raw throughout the day, will help give your body the energy it requires when most active.

Do you think you can work on a more vegan lifestyle?  It is easier than you think when you put your mind to it, plus your body and your heart will thank you for it!

As always, be healthy and stay healthy.

Melissa

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IS OUR WATER TOXIC?

Chromium-6 is the carcinogenic chemical that was featured in the popular 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts as the titular activist.  Data from nationwide tests show it’s still in our water, YES DAVIESS COUNTY!

READ THE ARTICLE FROM WBKR HERE.
There is scientific uncertainty regarding safe levels of this chemical in drinking water and possible long-term consequences of ingestion. But this new analysis from the Environmental Working Group, an independent advocacy group, examines evidence from water systems throughout the nation and concludes that the tap water of 218 million Americans contains levels of chromium-6 that the group considers dangerous.

In 2008, a two-year study by the National Toxicology Program found that drinking water with Chromium 6 caused cancer in laboratory rats and mice. The U.S. EPA subsequently ordered utilities to test drinking water.

  READ MORE HERE  

What is chromium-6?

Chromium is a naturally occurring element found in rocks, animals, plants, soil and volcanic dust and gases, according to the National Toxicology Program.
It comes in several forms, including what is commonly called chromium-3, an essential nutrient for the body. Chromium-6, which is rare in nature, is produced by industrial processes. Chromium-6 is used in electroplating, stainless steel production, leather tanning, textile manufacturing and wood preservation, according to the National Toxicology Program (PDF). Chromium-6 is also found in the ash from coal-burning power plants and used to lower the temperature of water in the cooling towers of power plants.
Scientific reports have indicated that breathing in airborne chromium-6 particles can cause lung cancer too.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES?

Do I need to take special precautions?  THIS IS IN OMU 2014 REPORT

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek the advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

So the question is….. how do we protect our family.  FILTERATION!

We know that bottled water in once factor is not good for you because it is acidic.  If you are going to drink bottled water, then make sure you are drinking a spring water.  The more alkaline, the better it is for your body.  We also know that our tap water is not as safe as it should be.  What should we drink?

Here at Wheatgrass we care about your health and offer the best water in town (we have tested others).

Drinking OUR KANGEN water is not only healthier because it is filtered twice, but also gives you the antioxidants you need PLUS reduces the acid in your body to make it more alkaline.  It is also Micro Clustered which hydrates your body so much more.    You can read more here. 

Come in and get your first gallon FREE! (We serve it in bottles too)  You are going to LOVE the clean smooth taste!  We have gallons for $2 each or $1.50 for refill, or you can bring your own jugs in for fill up at the same price. We also offer monthly membership for $30 a month for up to 40 gallons and you can fill up weekly at our filling station.

Want a Kangen water machine for your home?  We can order one for you and it will arrive in about 7 days.  Call for more information on how to get started at home in providing a more healthy option.

As always, be healthy and be the best version of yourself!

Melissa Phillips HC BCBC

www.coachmelissaphillips.com

 

 

Am I Emotional Eating

Working with women in my holistic lifestyle coaching business, I’ve discovered there is a lot of confusion when it comes to eating and the signs of true hunger. Many of my clients say, “I feel like I am trying to fill a hole in myself” or “I wonder if I am emotionally eating”.

Today I want to share with you how to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger

But first, why am I talking about emotional hunger vs physical hunger and what’s the difference?

Emotional hunger means you turn to food either to avoid uncomfortable emotions or to heighten pleasurable ones. It means you eat based on how you feel instead of what your body needs.

Examples of emotional hunger (FEELINGS):

  • Eating for comfort or out of loneliness or sadness
  • Eating from boredom
  • Eating because it is the right “time” to eat
  • Eating to try to soothe anxious or depressed feelings
  • Eating to fill an aching heart

Whereas physical hunger means you eat when your body signals to you that you are in fact, hungry. And it means that you stop eating when you are satisfied and before you are uncomfortably full.

Examples of physical hunger (SENSATIONS):

  • Stomach growls and gets that hollow hungry sensation
  • Body feels weak and energy goes down
  • Blood sugar gets low and you feel shaky
  • You feel light headed or faint

If you think you may be emotionally eating and you don’t know how to change it, then contact me to schedule a time to talk with me today:

Book Appointment  

So what will learning to listen to your body do for you?

It will free you from being a slave to food!

What that means for you is that you’ll feel more in control of your eating and less dependent on food to “help” your moods and emotions.

By listening to your physical hunger signals, you can determine how hungry or full you really are. With practice, you’ll be able to pinpoint where your body is at any given moment.

By doing so, you will train yourself to stop eating BEFORE you are too full and to not turn to food when you are not actually hungry but are in fact bored, upset, anxious or depressed.

Because everyone knows that’s a vicious cycle….so let me show you how to end that cycle and have some fun while doing it!

Here’s how you play the Hunger Game:

  • See if you can be the slowest eater at the table — no one has to know you’re playing or that you’re trying to win the Hunger Game
  • Periodically check in with yourself throughout your meal and honor when you’re energized and satiated by completing the meal
  • Use an end-of-meal ritual, like putting your napkin over your plate or ordering hot tea and fresh fruit to symbolize completion of the meal

What do I do now?

In my private coaching practice, I help my clients learn to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Together, we come up with a plan to help you keep identifying the difference so you can feel satiated, as well as nourished, while doubling your energy.

If you think you may be emotionally eating and you don’t know how to change it, then click the link below now to schedule a time to talk with me today:

Book Appointment

To your health!

Melissa Phillips HC BCBC

Transformation Starts Now


What’s new at Wheatgrass this month?  We are offering more variety of our soups and plate lunches!  Our Soup in a Jar is going over well for families who want to grab and go, no cooking, just heat and serve!  To finish out this week, our special is Soup in a Jar is on sale!  Now available at checkout with the $4 Savings off regular price if you say the magic words of  “I LOVE THIS SOUP” at checkout!  Mention you read this article and the savings is yours!

Benefits of a Smoothie and Why You Must Drink Weekly

Everyone loves a smoothie!  WHY?  There are many benefits of a smoothie and our Incredible Hulk still rates number one followed by our Funky Monkey.  I listed only a few benefits…. believe me there are numerous ones!  Getting in a smoothie weekly can really boost your healthy lifestyle!

Blending our fruits into a smoothie, preserves fiber—and can deliver an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals because it often includes fruit skins and pith.  We use Mango and Pineapple in most of our Smoothies.

What other benefits does this smoothie have?

  • Potassium to improve nutrient absorption and waste removal from cells
  • Antioxidants to eradicate free radicals
  • Vitamin C and A to boost the immune system
  • Beta-carotene to reduce risk of cancer
  • Vitamin K to improve bone density
  • Fiber to reduce cholesterol levels and slow down glucose absorption
  • Ethanol extract to protect lining of the digestive tract from ulcers
  • High water content to flush out toxins and hydrate

Smoothies Prevents Disease!

Now onto some of the really big plus points for developing a regular smoothie habit – the chance to stay healthier for longer!  One of the benefits of consuming lots of fruit and vegetables is the reduced risk of heart disease, which has been strongly suggested by several studies.​

Here’s another reason to love smoothies – they can make you less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Studies have suggested that consuming lots of different types of fruit and vegetables can reduce your risk factor for diabetes – particularly dark leafy green veg.

And here’s one of the real biggies – the nutrients in fruit and veg packed smoothies can prevent your risk of getting cancer. Studies have suggested that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale have potential to protect against cancer.​

 

Fat Busting!

Did you know that it is suspected that blueberries can actually stop fat cells from developing? Did you know for burning extra calories you should include green vegetables like kale, broccoli and even red peppers with your smoothie?

To get the most fat burning potential from your smoothies, be sure to include protein which will sustain your energy!  We do have a selection of Hemp Protein we use in most smoothies, however you can also add Vega Pea Protein with Green Veggies Vanilla flavor for a sweeter taste or the 360 Whey protein.

Reduce Cravings!

Smoothies can reduce cravings but if you make smoothies at home and add an half a Avocado, it will leave you sated until lunchtime and curb your urge to snack.  You’ll get a deliciously thick and creamy smoothie that’s full of healthy fats, fiber and protein. The end result? You’ll be full all morning!

Feel Happier!

You’ll often hear people say that they feel much happier and energetic while drinking smoothies and this can be the same for you too.  (less prone to depression too)

Getting lots of portions of fruit and veggies into your day makes you feel good and makes you more positive about your life – that’s proven scientifically!

Why Drink Green Smoothies?

It’s a sad fact: most Americans are not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether it be a lack of time, convenience, availability, nutritional education, cooking expertise or simply because they prefer processed foods, a large percentage of the population is starving for whole food nutrients. And thanks to the addition of artificial and natural flavors, people’s bodies think processed and overcooked foods contain vitamins and minerals they are actually void of.

Smoothies are an easy solution to add a ton of fruits and vegetables to your diet without much work. You can buy them frozen or fresh and blend them up into delicious recipes within minutes. They are great for busy moms, working couples, kids or anyone!  We here at Wheatgrass provide “real food” without added sugars, preservatives, to provide you to be the best version of yourself!

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WHATS COMING UP?

Come and meet Pam Hemmersbach, the owner of Natures Fuel and learn about exercise, relationship with food, and simply, healthy cooking that fuels the body to perform as well as everyday activities.
There will be testimonials from clients. Door prizes given away every hour.
Opportunity to win free training session, nutrition consultation and a mini cook book!
There will be a sign up sheet for her Cooking Class at 1/2 price!

Smoothies and Succulents Event! March 31st: 12-3   The Sunroom – Plants & Aquatics

Please join us Saturday, March 31st anytime between 12pm-3pm at Wheatgrass Juice Bar to create your own beautiful spring Succulent arrangement!! AND enjoy the abundance of delicious & nutritious smoothies and juices they have to choose from!
All ages welcome! Anytime between 12pm & 3pm!
We will have plenty of information about how to care for your succulent, as well as the many different types!

We will have 25 spots available, and will have a variety of unique planters to choose from!
$25.00 – pick your pot, pick 2 plants, and pick your decor!
$5.00 – additional plants!

Joint Pain Help – Reduce Inflammation

 As some of us began to age our joints don’t always seem to work well.  This is why flexibility and exercise can help, as well as maintain a healthy weight.

If you have joint pain, or inflammation, there are several things we can do for you at Wheatgrass Juice Bar is serving you food, smoothies and supplements that help reduce inflammation.

Foods such as our Power Balls contain Flax as well as we offer MIA – a micro sliced Chia Seed to add to cereals, smoothies, sprinkle on food, to give you your omegas you need which reduce inflammation.  Our Cauliflower Curry contains Sweet Potatoes, Garlic as well as Turmeric.  Our Matcha Smoothie contains the ceremonial matcha tea.  Our Berry Salad as well as our Tropical Salad contains berries, fruit and walnuts.  Our Smoothies contain Kale and Berries.  Our raw and cold pressed juices contain Lemons.  Our famous GINGER SHOT gives you a boost of ginger, lemon and apples!  Our sides in our Plate Lunch often contain green veggies, broccoli or other healthy foods without processed ingredients.  Our supplements such as Sulfur and Mangosteen Juice also reduce inflammation!  Kangen 9.5 Alkaline Water with Antioxidants is another way to reduce inflammation and hydrate your body and don’t forget your first gallon is free.  So if you have joint pain, come in for a free consultation with Melissa.

Foods We Shouldn’t Eat

An estimated eight million people died from cancer. Heart disease and cancer, the deadly manifestation of “chronic inflammation” are expected to remain as the leading causes of death in developed countries for many years to come.

 Study after study shows that the risk of heart disease and cancer are modifiable by our lifestyle choices which include the food we choose to eat each day.

To shift the balance to your favor, other than incorporating more natural anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, it is also equally important to avoid or cut down on foods which are known to promote inflammation.

Here, we look at the top foods which set the stage for inflammatory diseases. 

Stay clear of these inflammation causing foods to instantly upgrade your health:

Sugars

Excessive sugar intake has been linked to increased risks of obesity, inflammation and chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Recently, it has also finally been proven that sugar, as well as dairy, are the causes of acne.

And when you are looking out for sugar in the ingredients list, note that sugar has many names:
  • corn syrup
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • golden syrup
  • maltose
  • sorghum syrup
  • and sucrose are some of the creative names used

Common Cooking Oils

Common vegetable cooking oils used in many homes and restaurants have very high omega-6 fatty acids and dismally low omega-3 fats. A diet consisting of a highly imbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio promotes inflammation and breeds inflammatory diseases like heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

Find them in:
 Polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as:

  • grapeseed
  • cottonseed
  • safflower
  • corn and sunflower oils
These industrial vegetable oils are also commonly used to prepare most processed foods and takeaways.

Substitute: Replace your omega-6-saturated cooking oils with macadamia oil, extra virgin olive oil, or other edible oils with a more balanced omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ratio.

Trans Fats

Trans fatty acids are notorious for their double whammy effect – they increase the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, while lowering levels of the ‘good’ cholesterol. But that is not all they can do. They have also been found to promote inflammation, obesity and resistance to insulin, laying the ground for degenerative illnesses to take place.

Find them in:

  • deep-fried foods
  • fast foods
  • commercially baked goods
  • foods prepared with partially hydrogenated oil
  • margarine and/or vegetable shortening
Substitute: Look for alternative products that contain no trans fats, and that do not have partially hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening in the ingredients list. When in doubt, assume that all commercially prepared foods contain trans fats unless stated otherwise.
Dairy ProductsAs much as 60% of the world’s population cannot digest milk.

Milk is also a common allergen that can trigger inflammatory responses, such as:
  • stomach distress
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • skin rashes
  • acne
  • hives
  • breathing difficulties in susceptible people
Find them in: Milk and dairy products are as pervasive as foods containing partially hydrogenated oil or omega-3-deficient vegetable oil.

 

Feedlot Raised Meat

Commercially produced meats are feed with grains like soy beans and corn, a diet that is high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. Due to the small and tight living environment, these animals also gain excess fat and end up with high saturated fats.
Worse, to make them grow faster and prevent them from getting sick, they are also injected with hormones and fed with antibiotics. The result is one piece of meat which you and I shouldn’t be eating.
 

Find them in: Unless otherwise stated, most, if not all, beef, pork and poultry you can find in the supermarkets and restaurants come from feedlot farms.

Substitute: Organic, free-range animals that are fed a natural diet such as grasses instead of grains and hormones contain more omega-3 fats. Having more room to roam freely, they are also leaner and contain less saturated fats.

Alcohol

Regular high consumption of alcohol has been known to cause irritation and inflammation of the esophagus, larynx (voice box) and liver. Over time, the chronic inflammation promotes tumor growth and gives rise to cancer at the sites of repeated irritation.

Find them in:

  • beers
  • ciders
  • liquors
  • liqueurs
  • wines

Substitute: A refreshing and thirst-quenching glass of pure, filtered water, anyone?  How about a cup of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory jasmine green tea? If you find the idea of swapping ethanol for water or tea implausible, at least limit your consumption to no more than one drink a day.

Refined Grains  

A lot of the grains we eat nowadays are refined. They are devoid of fiber and vitamin B compared to unpolished and unrefined grains that still have the bran, germ and the aleurone layer intact. This makes refined grains as good as refined sugars, which are practically empty calories. And like refined sugars, refined grains have a higher glycemic index than unprocessed grains and when they are consistently consumed, can hasten the onset of degenerative diseases like cancer, coronary disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Find them in:
 Products made from refined grains are almost everywhere.
The common ones are:
  • white rice
  • white flour
  • white bread
  • noodles
  • pasta
  • biscuits
  • pastries

To make things worse, many products with refined grains undergo further processing to enhance their taste and look, and are often loaded with excess sugar, salt, artificial flavors and/or partially hydrogenated oil in the process. A prime example is boxed cereals which contain substantial amounts of added sugar and flavorings.

Substitute: Go for minimally processed grains if you are not gluten intolerant or allergic to grains. If you are an avid bread or pastry maker, invest in a grain mill to produce your own flour. It will be much fresher than the stale grain found in stores.

When buying cereals or other products made from grains, don’t take the words on the packaging for granted. Just because the box says whole grains, it does not mean the grains inside are 100% intact. The problem is due to a lack of an internationally accepted definition for the word ‘whole grain’. When in doubt, if it does not look close to its natural state, don’t buy it.

Artificial Food Additives

Some artificial food additives like aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) reportedly trigger inflammatory responses, especially in people who are already suffering from inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Find them in: Only packaged foods contain artificial food additives. If you need to buy them, read the labels carefully and weigh your risks. If you order Chinese takeaways, make sure you have the option to ask for no MSG. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Substitute: Besides limiting the consumption of processed foods, use anti-inflammatory herbs, spices or natural sweeteners to add flavor to your dishes instead of relying on food additives. 

Allergies
 Common food allergens are:
  • gluten
  • milk
  • nuts
  • eggs
  • nightshade vegetables

Contrary to common belief, it is possible to develop an allergy to the foods that you eat often.

Substitute: If you suspect that a particular food may be responsible for your food intolerant response, try avoiding it completely for about two weeks and monitor your reaction. At the end of the abstinence period, re-introduce the food back into your diet. If you are in fact incompatible with it, you should be able to notice the difference in how you feel easily.
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If you are ready to finally detox from sugar, check out our 7 DAY SUGAR DETOX Program that is fun and easy as well as giving you Coaching Sessions for accountability.  You will feel super charged with energy and your inflammation will be reduced.  We focus on what you can eat, not what you can’t eat and believe me giving up sugar is easier than you think!

BEST TIME To Drink A Smoothie

People come in and ask me all the time, “Should I have a protein smoothie before or after a workout?”  Well, a great question deserves a fantastic answer, and the simple one is… ANYTIME IS GREAT FOR A SMOOTHIE!  Truly, there is not a single bad time of the day to drink a smoothie as a healthy way to curb cravings, and enjoy a delicious treat that truly nourishes and gives you a boost of nutrition as well as energy.  If we have the ingredients, we don’t mind to play a little and tweak our recipes to your liking but I guarantee you won’t regret having a smoothie anytime of the day….plus if you take one home and freeze it, makes a great snack later in the day.

Before/After Exercise

One of the most common times to enjoy a smoothie is either before or after working out. If you’re looking to amp up your workout game, we have got you covered in terms of what to drink in these posts about pre- and post-workout smoothies!  Our Green Banana Recovery Smoothie is perfect to deliver not only carbs for energy but also great nutrition to keep you going for the rest of the day and the citrus flavor with vitamin C is a boost.  If you like chocolate, our Funky Monkey has protein but gives you the healthy milkshake version!

In the morning

Those early smoothies are a great time for higher carbohydrate smoothies, because they function as quick energy for the body, which you’ll have all day to burn off. By adding a bit of protein it helps to make that energy last more evenly and long-term. So, this time of day is great to create smoothies that are largely fruit, with a scoop of protein powder to round out the nutrition.

We have hemp protein or choose our Vegan Pea Vanilla Protein for a sweeter taste.  We do offer our 360 Complete  protein to add to your smoothie, fruit or we can mix with ice and almond milk. (360 is listed in the 2018 Physician Desk Reference Book).

360 Complete Shake contains a unique potato extract and fiber blend that helps the body control feelings of hunger. Whey and pea proteins also contribute to the robust 21g of protein. This is also an excellent source of fiber which helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and supports weight management.

  • A unique potato extract helps to promote healthy weight loss by releasing Cholecystokinin (CCK), a natural peptide in the stomach that induces feelings of fullness.
  • Protease Inhibitor 2 (PI-2), derived from potato, helps to reduce appetite.
  • Contains 21g of protein
  • Nineteen essential vitamins and minerals; excellent source of antioxidants
  • Excellent source of fiber and vitamins B6, biotin, and pantothenic acid
  • Excellent source of vitamin D, calcium, chromium and copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iodine and selenium
  • Good source of iron
  • Delicious cacao  or vanilla flavor
  • Boosts energy with guarana seed, a natural source of caffeine (33mg)
  • Provides probiotics and digestive enzymes that help promote digestive health*
  • Sweetened with stevia; no artificial coloring, sweeteners or flavors

For lunch

Some of us use smoothies as a healthy meal replacement – one that’s lower in calories and yet much higher in nutrition than many traditional meals. A smoothie meal is a fantastic way to energize! Lunchtime smoothies are a great time to do green smoothies – smoothies that are particularly balanced in terms of macro and micronutrients. Several handfuls of baby spinach or even a little bit of a “stronger” green like kale can easily be packed into the blender or juiced which is in our Incredible Hulk (most popular) or you can even add our Vios Phyte Mix for more nutritional organic greens.  What about our Premium, ceremonial Matcha Smoothie?  Our Matcha Smoothie is not on the menu board but we have it available as a smoothie!  Just look what it can do for you:

  • Naturally supports fat metabolism, which may help curb feelings of hunger
  • Aids in healthy digestion and cleansing
  • Superior antioxidant content. An independent study shows that matcha has over 100 times more antioxidants than traditionally brewed green tea

Sacha inchi complete protein

  • Contains 19 grams of protein per serving
  • Helps support blood glucose levels already in normal range*
  • Protein-rich sacha inchi contains omega fatty acids and all essential amino acids for sustained energy.
  • Naturally occurring tryptophan in sacha inchi helps serotonin production for elevated mood.

Nutrient-dense chlorella

  • A great source of nutrients and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll.
  • Naturally found in teas, theanine helps elevate mood, reduce stress, and enhance mental focus and clarity.

As a snack

Whether it’s mid-morning or mid-afternoon, satisfying a hunger urge with a smoothie is always a smart move. Smoothies that are smaller in size and/or lower in calories here (between 200-300 calories) are ideal, and since deficiencies in minerals and amino acids are the source of many hunger cravings.

For dessert

Several people rely on smoothies to satisfy their sweet tooth in a guilt-free way, and what a great idea for the chocolate version with our Funky Monkey or even our Smoothie Bowl made with our Incredible Hulk layered between granola and topped off with fruit and agave or local honey sprinkled with chia…. now that is a treat!

Whatever you do, feel confident any smoothie, any time of the day is always a great choice!

Loyal Membership Special:  

VALENTINE’S DAY Cupid SMOOTHIE:  Pink Cadillac with a swirl of cocoa chocolate syrup on top sprinkled with dark chocolate vegan chips!

By saying “HAPPY VALENTINES WEEK” upon checkout, you get 10% savings on our Pink Cadillac Smoothie, our Valentine’s Day Cupid Smoothie or any of our red juices! 

This savings will last all week!  Expires 2/17/18

Detox Your Liver

Want to improve the health and proper function of your liver? Nearly all the foods we consume are associated with the health of the liver.  Taking small steps in substituting some foods, or changing eating habits can go a long way in ensuring that your liver functions at its highest possible level.  

Juicing is your next best bet and is much easy to consume!  Have you tried our Juice Cleanse yet? Our raw juice is easier to digest, which makes it easier for the body to absorb and assimilate. The fiber content hastens the elimination of toxins in the body, while providing support to the digestive tract. It’s important to note that the vegetable juice has to be raw in order to be effective, as processing can destroy some of the essential vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.  LOYAL MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL THIS WEEK ONLY –  Savings on our Juice Cleanse!  Buy 1,2,3 Day and get a Ginger Shot Bottle per day!  That is a $24 Value for the 3 day! Expires 2/10/18

Symptoms of Impaired Liver Function

If you’ve noticed any or a combination of the symptoms listed below, you may be suffering from impaired liver function.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Rosacea
  • Dark urine

What Foods to Eat

Vegetables to include in your liver detox juice are: Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, beets, carrots and other greens. You can also add mint, parsley, lemon and lime for flavor.  Throw in a banana a day too!


Lemon water can provide support to the liver and has been shown to reduce inflammation, DNA fragmentation, brain lipid peroxidation, and liver damage. (ginger shot is an excellent choice as well as a gallon of our Kangen 9.5 water!)

This natural remedy is a good line of defense against increased reactive oxygen species and free radicals due to the presence of citric acid in lemon juice. Citric acid was associated with antioxidant effects in the liver and brain!  Did you know most of our raw juices contain lemons!

 

Supplements to Take

Vitamins B and C. You can also take digestive enzymes with meals such as our Digestive Health Capsules.

AVOID

The best and easiest way to give your liver a break is to avoid any refined sugars and processed foods for a time. These foods contain preservatives, synthetic ingredients and chemicals that can overwhelm your system, making it progressively harder to function properly. Simply eliminating nutrient-devoid foods from your diet will offer your liver immediate relief.

 

A Detox Liver Juice You Can MAKE AT HOME

Ingredients: Beet, Carrot, and Orange

  • Benefits of Beets

Beets help the natural detoxifying process in the body due to the abundant in antioxidants and nutrients, such as betaine, for example. The betaine is helping in removing toxins from the liver, while the fiber called pectin helps flush out the toxins that have been eliminated.

In addition, the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the pigments called betalains enhance the detox process and improve the blood flow, energy levels, brain function, and help regulate the blood pressure.

  • Benefits of Carrots

Due to the containment of vitamin A, which is crucial for the conversion of light into a signal sent to the brain, it is an important ingredient for good vision.

  • Benefits of Oranges

Detox of your liver is enhanced with the vitamin C and antioxidants received from the oranges. The other components, such as the choline, potassium, and fiber protect the heart from cardiovascular disease.

Ingredients:

–           1 organic beet

–           4 organic oranges

–           2 organic carrots

Peel oranges, and toss all ingredients in juicer including beet top.  Consume within 3 days but drink immediately for optimal detox and nutrition.

NEW LOYAL MEMBERSHIP CHECK IN!
Have you seen our new loyalty check in service?!  We are so excited to offer this and you don’t have to keep up with your card!  Come and check it out!  We will add your previous punched cards into the system too!  We have special birthday offers, text alerts on freebies and discounts as well as other promotions you can receive by our opt in text.  Be sure to use our friendly kiosk every time you visit our store! 

Has always, be healthy, feel great and love life.

Melissa Phillips HC BCBC

HELP ME LOSE Weight

Here we are with January almost over and the dreaded snow kept us indoors for a few weeks with the kiddos.  Who went stir crazy being cooped up indoors?  Although we were open, few ventured out but nevertheless we try to keep our doors open to provide healthy opportunities to our customers.  Now it seems this week we may be facing more snow again! 

How many of you decided to lose weight for the new year?  How is your new year resolution going?  Did you make one?  Some people fast the first of the year, or choose to not to eat as many sweets or want to give up something.  Statics prove most people don’t stick with it.

“As a Certified Health Coach, I help busy people like yourself get unstuck with your goals, whether it is weight loss or other life issues, I am here to help.”  

Weight loss is a topic discussed by more than 90% of people in the world, people looking for “fast” and effective ways to lose weight. Many try to find the right weight loss center, the right diet, or the right diet supplements,  to have the ultimate weight loss control.  Did you know there are over 100 different diet theories out there and what works for one person, may not be the best choice for others.

The most common method people use is diet pills, but in my experience with people diet pills don’t really work, because they work if you are taking them and once you stop the pounds return. Diet pills may help you lose the unwanted weight quickly but could damage your heart or your other organs without even realizing it.  Nobody wants to take pills for the rest of their life or have surgery for the last resort.

In fact, do you know that 98% of people who lose weight will gain it back within two years if there is not a lifestyle change!  This is where you need the right system, the right accountability and the right support.

What is weight loss?  Good weight loss is the loss of body mass in an effort to improve once fitness, appearance and health.  It is not starving yourself to lose weight or muscle mass.  Why do we think we can lose quickly?  It takes months and even years to pack on the pounds and the most healthy way to lose weight is 2-4 pounds a week, however most men do lose faster than women as well as the obese lose faster, so don’t beat yourself up for 1 pound a week.  I love to celebrate the wins when working with a client.

The first step in weight loss is to educate yourself about yourself, know your body and your mind. These are a few things for you to think about before you start your weight loss journey.

1.    How much weight do you need to loss?

2.    Why do you need to loss that amount of weight?

3.    Have you tried to loss weight before?  If so, how did you do it?

4.    What stopped you or prevent you to continue?

5.    Do you want a quick fix or a life long fix?

6.    Do you eat healthy meals or drink healthy drinks/water?

7.    Do you exercise or do any physical activities?

These questions form the foundation to you reaching your weight loss goal, let me explain.

1. Knowing how much weight you need to loss and why you need to loss it gives you a goal.

2. If you have tried losing the weight before and it never work then there might be some thing you missing out.

3. The quick fix or life long fix is the commitment you are willing to put into losing the unwanted weight.

When it comes to losing weight you need to plan a program and a lifestyle change to help you accomplish your goals.  This is where I come in.  As a Transformational Coach in Health and Life, CLICK HERE FOR A FREE breakthrough Discovery Session to help you discover several things… remember it is free with no obligation!  

  1.  What may be stopping you or holding you back.
  2. Get a clear vision of where you want to go.
  3. Set short-term goals with some great tips on how to start.

The key is to commit to a healthy diet (increase fruit and vegetable intake) and a good daily exercise plan. Planning your daily meals and physical activity are the best ways to keep your calories in control and before you know, it will be a way of life and you won’t need to plan every meal and activity it will be a normal part of your day just like reading a book or watching television.

The experience of reaching your goals is priceless and exciting. Whether it is for the 7 day Sugar Detox or the 90 Day program:  CLICK HERE to see some testimonies of some of my clients. 

I am always here to help, so feel free to swing by to ask questions or give us a call!

SPECIAL LOYAL CUSTOMER SAVINGS!

Thank you for being a loyal customer!  Our special for the week through Saturday is 10% discount on the Scurvy Blaster Smoothie so we can boost your Immune System to wipe out this nasty flu going around!   Just say the words “Boost my Immune System with the Scurvy” upon checkout to receive your special SAVINGS!  

Wait, we have another special!  On Friday is “National Red Day”, so everyone who comes in to purchase a red drink and wears red, get 10% SAVINGS!  

 Our KANGEN 9.5 Alkaline Water is great for hydration and losing weight!  We now have more gallon jugs available for grab and go!

As every week, be healthy, feel great and love life!

Melissa

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY

 

My friend Kim Bassin will be coming in on Saturday displaying quite a few all natural items for skin and hair care.  Kim suffered hair loss a few years ago due to a Thyroid condition and searched for answers for her thinning hair.  She wanted all natural products without all the toxins, and she found was an incredible product in which she wants to share with you!

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She was attending an expo for Spas with her office at the time and someone gave her samples of Monat to try.  Within one shampoo, she loved the shine and how her hair felt.  Within 90 days, she had so much thickness and new hair growth, it was as if she had a new head of hair!  Monat, the only natural-based, anti-aging hair care product will be something you will want to check out. They are chemical free and botanical based, so that would go hand in hand with your lifestyle of getting healthier in the new year!   Want to see all the products and learn more?  CLICK HERE

We will be giving several product giveaways along with drawings for free smoothies and juices! FACEBOOK giveaway is also posted for the event and if you can’t come but SHARE the post on our page, you can also WIN!  Hope to see you there…and don’t forget …. KIDS GET FREE JUICE OR SMOOTHIE WITH ADULT PURCHASE ON SATURDAYS!