The lazy, hot and hazy days of summer seem like a distant memory now that fall is here in full force. If your wellness routine took a hit this summer, now is the time to get back on track. Here are some products and solutions that are on my wellness radar this month:
Linwoods Super Foods (Pictured in slideshow)
Linwoods Ground Organic Flaxseed – Described as having a nutty taste, most people will choose to sprinkle or blend this ground meal of the flaxseed into their favorite foods like oatmeal, smoothies, cereals or casseroles. Flaxseed contains Omega 3 fatty acids, filling fiber and iron. Linwoods Super Foods also carries flaxseed blends – like flaxseed, cocoa, strawberries and blueberries – to add flavor and super nutrients to your favorite foods.
Arctic Zero (Pictured in slideshow)
My family was more than happy to help me test the cooler full of ice cream products from Arctic Zero. They didn’t care that there are only 150 calories per pint, no sugar alcohols and that the product is all natural. All they cared about was that we had treats in the house and they tasted good!
My husband and son were fans of the chocolate dipped bars, pictured at left (85 calories, 4 varieties). Allow all the products to soften a bit before enjoying for best texture and flavor. The pints come in 8 flavors – I liked the seasonal pumpkin spice and coffee varieties – that are fat free, gluten free and contain 8 grams of fiber per pint. How does Arctic Zero do it? Instead of using artificial sweeteners that can be tough on digestion, Arctic Zero is sweetened with organic cane sugar and monk fruit – the sweetest melon in the world. Don’t expect the richness and creaminess that is found in high fat/high calorie premium ice creams – Arctic Zero products are frozen desserts, not ice cream – but do expect a treat that satisfies a sweet tooth with low sugar and few calories.
SeabuckWonders (Pictured in slideshow)
In my neck of the woods, the kids have barely been back to school for a month and yet bacterial and viral infections are rampant through our local schools and workplaces – kids out sick, teachers out sick, co-workers out sick – and it isn’t even flu season yet! So what’s a parent to do to keep their kids (and themselves) healthy amidst all the germs?
Give your kids’ immune systems a boost with the miracle berry sea buckthorn, a tiny berry that packs a punch in terms of health benefits and will give your kids immune system protection when they are exposed to the many illnesses and germs found in the classroom.
Touted on the Dr. Oz show for studies that show how sea buckthorn has been shown to improve the appearance of skin, aid in digestion and even influence weight management. SeabuckWonders offers a line of USDA certified-organic nutrient-rich sea buckthorn berry products bursting with the family of Omegas (3, 6, 7 and 9), a host of vitamins and minerals, super-charged anti-oxidants, and over 190 phytonutrients! These products come in gel tabs or oils so they can easily be added to juices, salads or cereal.
The brand also offers Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, Facial Cream, Deep Hydrating Serum and Body Lotion.
‘Make Weight Loss LAST – 10 Solutions That Nourish Body, Mind, and Soul’ by Deborah Kesten, M.P.H. and Larry Scherwitz, Ph. D.
As someone who has routinely gained and lost weight my entire adult life – most recently a 25 pound loss in the past 16 months – this book delivers a powerful message. More than the usual simplistic eat less/move more advice, the authors get to the science behind why we overeat or make poor nutritional choices so we can alter the areas of our lifestyle causing us to overindulge and avoid engagement in adequate physical activity. For example – social eating, engaging the senses and viewing exercise as a mind/body connection rather than just physical movement. Traveling this fall? Grab a copy and tuck it in your carry-on to help you make sound nutritional choices.
‘The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging’ by Dr. Mike Moreno
Dr. Moreno is no stranger to New York Times #1bestselling books. His popular title ‘The 17 Day Diet’ remained on the prominent list for over a year with 900,000 copies in print. Now the author is back offering education and advice behind the science of aging and the five main factors that determine how you will age: inflammation, oxidative stress, glycation, methylation and immune impairment. Don’t worry if some of these terms are unfamiliar to you – Dr. Moreno covers them in depth but with an easy, conversational style. It’s technical in a way that the average reader can understand.
What I learned: We’ve always known to control portions, but I didn’t know that managing portion sizes can help us avoid insulin problems as our pancreas ages.
Advice a spa girl can live with: A lymphatic drainage massage can clear the sinuses, revitalize skin and get your immune system working.