Tracking Your Fitness – At Home or When You Travel

fitness-tracker-walkingMore than 1.4 billion dollars have been invested in fitness wearables since 2009. It’s become a huge and growing trend for individuals, as well as companies hoping to promote greater wellness in the workplace. For example, to promote wellness, Ikea gave all 14,000 of its U.S. employees, from executives to part-time cashiers, an UP fitness wristband from Jawbone. And while the corporate market is huge, the biggest market is still individuals who are on the lookout for the wearable that best suits their individual tastes, budget, needs and preferences.

Looking to find the perfect fitness tracker to track your steps, routes, swim laps, sleep, and so much more? Better yet, ready to stay on track with your fitness goals while you travel? Here are some of the most popular, the most accurate, the most techy, and the most futuristic devices for tracking your fitness.

We’ll start with Fitbit, because in all of the research I’ve done, the Fitbit tends to rate very well. From least to most expensive, here are a few options to consider, with prices included: Continue reading “Tracking Your Fitness – At Home or When You Travel”

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The Gut-Mind Connection: Can Food Affect Mood?

yogurtCan food affect mood? In a recent study, published in Psychiatry Research, a group of psychologists asked 710 college students about what they normally ate, their personalities, their exercise habits, and any social anxiety symptoms they experienced. The results showed that people who ate more fermented foods (yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir) were less likely to experience social anxiety.

This was an observational study, which means that it is unknown if it was the probiotics in the fermented foods that caused the reduction in anxiety symptoms – however, animal studies suggest that probiotics can help stimulate the release of important mood-related neurotransmitters. Probiotic supplements have also been shown to change how we respond to stress and sadness.

This may be more proof that there is a gut-mind connection, that the health of your gut may be linked to your mental health. In 2011, a study out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario also found that the balance of bacteria in your gut may have more to do with your mood than any other contributing factors.

Here are some common factors affecting the bacteria balance in our gut: Continue reading “The Gut-Mind Connection: Can Food Affect Mood?”

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5 Tips for Sticking to Your Healthy Eating Plan While Eating Out

restaurant-mealHaving just returned from traveling, I know that vacations can easily sabotage healthy eating habits. Restaurants work hard to entice you with over-the-top food and drink options. Complimentary bread baskets, rolls, and tortilla chips as well as large portion sizes are just some of the obstacles that can derail your diet plan. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help you stay on track with your healthy eating plan while eating out.

1. If you know you are going out for dinner, prepare! Eat carefully during the day. Have vegetable soup or a big salad for lunch. About an hour or two before you leave for dinner, have a protein shake, fruit and nuts, or yogurt so that you don’t arrive too hungry. It is important that you don’t starve yourself during the day or skip meals, as this can lead to overeating at dinner.

2. Select restaurants that offer plenty of choices. Review their menu before you go and plan ahead what you will order. Make sure the restaurant offers fresh vegetables and salads, and is willing to make menu substitutions. Continue reading “5 Tips for Sticking to Your Healthy Eating Plan While Eating Out”

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Village Green’s BIG SUMMER SALE + 4 Questions to Ask About Supplements

Summer Sale postcard frontVillage Green’s Summer Sale is going strong. If you haven’t taken advantage of the great deals yet, you have until July 18th. Pathway products are currently 30% off, many other practitioner brands are 25% off, and our hand and body care products are 20% off.

This is a great opportunity for you to get your multivitamins, omega-3s, natural sunscreens and any of your natural healthcare needs. And  If you have never taken a supplement and do not know where to start, we can help.

When it comes to choosing the most beneficial products, there are four important things to look for:

1. Quality ingredients: Look for patented, trademarked ingredients (examples: Ester-C®, Suntheanine®) as well as vitamin and mineral forms that are highly absorbable (examples: calcium hydroxyapatite or calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate). Continue reading “Village Green’s BIG SUMMER SALE + 4 Questions to Ask About Supplements”

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New Product: SophytoPRO® Skin Care Line

sophytopro_logo1Ortho Molecular Products is a company that focuses on supplements that work. Their commitment to efficacy produces highest levels of patient wellness. They combine evidence-based formulations and superior raw ingredients to develop supplements that noticeably enhance patient health.

Now they have formed a partnership with skin care pioneer SophytoPRO®, a skincare system available exclusively through Ortho Molecular Products. This new partnership brings together the best of nutritional supplementation with all natural, organic skin care products to help patients achieve health and beauty inside and out.

SophytoPRO® is gluten free, whole-food based and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin’s natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Continue reading “New Product: SophytoPRO® Skin Care Line”

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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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