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Easy Meal Replacement Bars Fit The Bill For Travelers

meal replacement barsGreen tea and dark chocolate are two food properties that offer healthful benefits. So, it would make sense that Smart for Life would get smart and add to their cookies and soup offerings, and formulate meal replacement bars packed with protein- keeping green tea and chocolate in mind.

In the past, you’d have to order Smart for Life products online, but today, you can find their newest protein bars in your local supermarket, right next to Slim Fast and South Beach products! I’ve tasted both bars offered: green tea and chocolate — both are delicious!

Especially now — with summer around the corner and every one ready to get their beach bodies ready, these all natural, gluten-free protein bars are healthy and nutritious for the entire family. Perfect for those pre/post workouts and airplane flights to your next destination, these bars pack in 18 grams of protein each and are delicious!

Get Your Meal Replacement Bars From SmartforLife!

These delicious, crispy concoctions may be purchased at Hannaford stores and Shaw’s markets, or purchase online:

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Read more at http://www.examiner.com/city-guide-in-boston/easy-meal-replacement-bars-fit-the-bill-for-travelers-review

HINT Water & Smart for Life Keep Little Athletes Fueled & Focused

Posted by Nikki @ Mommy Factor

Hint Water and Smart for Life

Baseball season has already started getting into full swing, and tee ball season too! When we were kids, our dug out snacks consisted of sugary juice boxes and cookies, but this doesn’t have to be the same for your little athletes. Thanks to HINT water and Smart for Life, your players can stay fueled and focused during their games with refreshing drinks and healthy, good-for-you snacks.

HINT flavored water has no calories, sweeteners or preservatives and is a great alternative to juice and soda. HINT was launched in April 2005 by current CEO Kara Goldin and is now available in all Whole Foods and Starbucks. It is available in Blackberry, Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Raspberry-Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi and sells for $1.79.

Smart for Life Protein Bars and Cookies

Smart for Life has a range of protein filled Chocolate Chip cookies, Cranberry Granola Squares, and Protein Bars that are sure to help your players hit those home runs.

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FDA Considers Warning On Artificially Dyed Foods

Reporting Natalia Zea

MIAMI (CBS4) – Most people don’t read the entire nutrition labels on what they buy. If they did, they might be surprised to see how much of our artificially dyed foods to make it look better.

Blue #1,Yellow #5- it’s all there if you check the label, and it sounds more like a chemistry equation than an ingredients list.

But most of us take home foods containing artificial dyes.

You’ve probably figured out that the fluorescent orange of Cheetos isn’t exactly natural, and something as healthy as juice can have artificial dye, such as yellow #5.

Artificially Dyed Foods Could Get FDA Warnings

Now an FDA panel is considering putting warning labels on some foods with fake color, after studies linked the dyes to hyperactivity and health concerns in kids.

“Would you put gasoline into your children’s body? I mean petroleum that’s where this food coloringArtificially dyed foods comes from, it comes from petroleum products, “weight loss and nutrition doctor with the “Smart For Life” Center,

Dr. Sasson Moulavi told CBS4’s Natalia Zea. Dr. Moulavi has advocated against artificial dyes for years.

“I think it has an effect on everybody, so I would really like to see artificial coloring banned completely,” he said.

Food makers argue the science isn’t proven, and the FDA has long said the dyes are safe.

But parents and grandparents Zea spoke with aren’t taking chances.

“I don’t think the food coloring is good at all,” said grandmother Ilana Levy.

And some say a warning would help them understand that what they think is good for them may not be.

“That would catch my attention,” said Franchelis Rodriguez It’s up to the FDA to decide on the label, and up to you to decide what you want to buy for your family.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/03/30/fda-considers-warning-labels-on-artificially-dyed-food/

The many benefits of drinking water!

Top Benefits Of Drinking Water

Dr. Sass recently read an article that he wanted to share with you.   There has been recent news that 60,000 various chemicals around the country can get into our drinking water.  In order to stay healthy, we need our water to be clean!   If you drink clean and purified water, it can lower your risk of many ailments and unpleasantries.   There are many benefits of drinking water, but here are a few of the ailments and/or symptoms below of what drinking clean water can lessen your chance of getting:

  • Strokes
  • Blood clots
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Cancer
  • Mental fuzziness, crankiness, fatigue and
  • Helps in weight loss!

Bottled water costs 100 times more than tap water, although 25% to 40% of bottled water originates from tap water, some brands of bottled water have 40 times as much oxygen as conventional water.  You may see advertisements that claim oxygen improves your athletic performance, but scientists have found that it does not help your athletic ability.  Drinking a lot of water can promote weight loss, but you can get the same results from ordinary water.

Benefits of Drinking Water: It’s Free

Filtered water can be done at home efficiently and cost effective.   Brita™ is just one of many water filtration systems you can use to improve the taste and remove common contaminants, including Perchlorates and many other toxins.   In addition, whole house water filtration systems can treat all the water in your house and can even target specific contaminants.   We are firm believers in clean water at Smart for Life®, which is why we triple filter all our water coming into our bakery to guarantee our food is clean and pure.

Enjoy Some Of Our Delicious Cookies With Your Water To Shed The Weight

Water Contamination

Environmental Toxicants water contaminationIn a previous blog I explained many of the benefits Smart for Life® provides that other diets do not.  One of those benefits is that we use triple filtered water because most municipal water systems frequently have water contamination in them and sometimes more.

It seems water contamination is in the news every day.  A recent research study shows that an estimated one in 10 Americans have been exposed to drinking water that contains dangerous chemicals.

Because most water pollutants have no scent or taste, many people do not realize they are consuming these chemicals, even after they become sick.

This is why we only use triple filtered water.  We continue to emphasize that the Smart for Life program is based on sound scientific facts and water contamination is one area that has been studied consistently.

The research study also reported that “because it is difficult to determine what causes diseases like cancer, it is impossible to know how many illnesses are the result of water pollution, or contaminants’ role in the health problems of specific individuals”.

That is why Smart for Life provides clients with support and expert guidance because we know that working together with a doctor will help you achieve results faster and with more success.  If you have any health conditions or medications that require close attention, our Smart for Life staff and Medical Director are available to you.

Do You Have Water Contamination At Home?

You can also check your home’s water as well.  To start, check your water utility’s “Consumer Confidence Report,” which it must mail to you each year before July 1 by law.  The report details where your drinking water comes from, what contaminants have been found in it and how contaminant levels compare to national standards.  You can also call your utility and ask for a copy, or visit http://www.epa.gov/safewater to see if it’s online

The Smart for Life team will continue to go above and beyond the usual requirements to provide a safe and effective program that ensures your short and long term success.  Triple filtered water is just one more beneficial step we add to your weight loss journey.

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Cold Weather and Appetite

Cold weather and appetite effects can go hand-in-hand. Hibernating animals tend to store fat before winter by increasing enzymes that increase fat storage (lipoprotein lipase).  In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, this was clearly shown to occur in humans as well.  Humans increased fat storage enzymatic activity just like bears, for example.1

Corisol, a well know fat storing appetite increasing hormone, increases in winter and drops in summer.  You can easily accumulate up to 10 pounds if corisol levels increase by 30%.2

SAD (seasonal affective disorder), a well known winter phenomena that affects many people, affects serotonin levels which control food intake.  People who suffer from SAD have an almost compulsive attraction to carbohydrates.  They are also often isolated at home eating more with less activity.  When I worked in Canada some of my SAD patients would gain 30 pounds over the winter and only lose about 10 pounds over the summer.  In 10 years, that is a 200 pound weight gain.3

Leptin Effects With The Cold Weather And Appetite

Leptin, a well known body weight regulator, has been clearly shown to drop when women were exposed to cold.4   When leptin levels drop, your body thinks you are starving and you eat more.

It has been clearly shown that people who swim in cold water get much hungrier than people who swim in warmer waters.5

In the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was clearly shown that people gained about 1 to 2 pounds per winter and ate an additional 86 calories per day.This might not sound like much but in a 6 month winter, that’s over 15,000 calories or about 4.5 pounds.  Over 10 years that adds up to 45 pounds.  So guess what?  Most people gain their weight over the winter months.

Beside the holidays, which I call the danger zone between Halloween and New Year’s, there are many biological reasons that people gain weight.

References

  1.  Donahoo, W.T., Jensen, D.R., Shepard, T.Y. & Eckel, R.H.  2000.  Seasonal variation in lipoprotein lipase and plasma lipids in physically active, normal weight humans.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 85, 3065-3068.
  2. Walker, B.R., Best, R., Noon, J.P., Watt, G.C. & Webb, D.J.  1997.  Seasonal variation in glucocorticoid activity in healthy men.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 82, 4015-4019.
  3. Krauchi, K., Reich, S., Wirz-Justice, A., Compr. Psychiatry.  1997 Mar-Apr;38(2):80-7.  Eating style in seasonal affective disorder: who will gain weight in winter?  Psychiatric University Clinic, Basel, Switzerland.
  4. Ricci, M.R., et. al.  Acute cold exposure decreases plasma leptin in women.  Metabolism 49(4):421-423.  2000.   Rutgers University, Department of Nutritional Sciences.  New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
  5. White, L.  Increased caloric intake soon after exercise in cold water.  Int J Nutr Exer Metab, 15:38-47, 2005.
  6. Ma, Y., et. al.  Seasonal variation in food intake, physical activity, and body weight in a predominantly overweight population.  European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  April 2006; 60(4):519-528.  University of Massachusetts, Division of Preventive ad Behavioral medicine.

Sugary Drinks Linked to Diabetes

Consumption of at least 1 sugary drinks per day is significantly associated with the development of diabetes, according to a report by Vasanti S. Malik, ScD and his colleagues with the Harvard School of Public Heath, as reported in Diabetes Care.

Sugar-sweetened beverages were defined as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy and vitamin water, sweetened iced tea, punch, cordials, squashes and lemonade.  Not included were 100% fruit juices without added sweeteners.

Dr. Malik notes that although consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has been associated with weight gain, their role in the development of diabetes has not been reviewed.  According to Dr. Malik and the researchers, the high content of rapidly absorbable carbohydrates in sugar-sweetened drinks may increase risk of diabetes not only through obesity, but also by increasing glycemic load, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation.

How About One Sugary Drink?

One single extra sugary drink has about 200 calories.  That is equivalent to a 20 pound weight gain per year.

This study further supports my reasons to stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages and switch to healthy alternatives, such as water. Get started with SmartforLife® today and lose weight fast.

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Poll Shows Obesity Top Threat to Children’s Health

obesityA new poll shows that adults consider obesity the number one threat to children’s health in the United States and many believe the problem is getting worse.

Almost 40% of the adults polled cited obesity as the biggest threat to youngsters and teenagers, followed by drug abuse, smoking, Internet safety and stress.

Dr. Matthews M. David, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll says, “If we’d done this poll four years ago, obesity would not have been at the top of the list.”

Obesity rates among children and teens in the U.S. have skyrocketed in the last 30 years.  A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control showed nearly 1 in 5 children aged 6 to 11 and 18% of 12 to 19 years olds were obese.

Obesity is #1 Concern

The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in 2010 and the percentage of adults who rate each as a “big problem” include:

1.  Childhood obesity – 38%
2.  Drug abuse – 30%
3.  Smoking – 29%
4.  Internet safety – 25%
5.  Stress – 24%
6.  Bullying – 23%
7.  Teen pregnancy – 23%
8.  Child abuse and neglect – 21%
9.  Alcohol abuse – 20%
10. Not enough opportunities for physical activity – 20%

Fifty-seven percent of adults that rate childhood obesity as a big problem for kids say it is “getting worse.”

Let SmartforLife® help you and your children lose weight fast with the healthy nutrition you need.

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Study: Most Obese Moms, and Their Kids, Underestimate Their Weight

They underestimate their weight…With obesity and weight issues affecting nearly 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children in the U.S., it seems to be changing our perception of what’s considered heavy.

Those who are carrying unhealthy extra pounds are more likely to see their weight as normal, and are therefore unlikely to feel the need to drop some of those pounds.

The latest indication for this was presented recently at an American Heart Association conference.  Columbia University researchers reported the preliminary results of a study that found that overweight mothers and children tend to underestimate their own – and each other’s – weight.

“A lot of their misperception has to do with the fact that overweight and obesity is becoming the norm,” says the lead author of the study, Nicole E. Dumas, M.D., an internal medicine resident at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York.

The study included 222 mostly Latino mothers and children who were recruited at a children’s health clinic in an urban setting.  The research team interviewed the participants about their medical history and social background and also measured their height, weight and BMI (body mass index).

Almost 2/3 of the mothers were overweight or obese.  Nearly 40% of the children, who ranged in age from 7 to 13, were also overweight or obese.  The vast majority of the overweight people weighed more than they thought they did — and the heavier they were, the more likely they were to underestimate their weight.

82% of the obese women underestimated their weight, compared with 43% of overweight and 13% of normal-weight women.  Likewise, 86% of overweight or obese children failed to correctly estimate their weight, compared with just 15% of normal-weight children.

“There was a trend that showed that as women became more and more overweight, and then obese, the larger the misperception of true body weight was,” says Dumas. “Unfortunately, we found this was the case with the children as well.”

The participants’ misperceptions were not limited to how they viewed themselves.  Almost ½ of the mothers who had an overweight child believed their child’s weight to be normal.  And even though more than 80% of the women were overweight, only 41% of the children thought their moms needed to lose weight. So you see it was very easy for them to underestimate their weight.

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