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Positive thinking focuses your mental and emotional attitude on the bright side of life and expects positive results.  Keeping a positive mindset will affect your health as well as your overall state of wellbeing.  When you experience pleasant and happy feelings your eyes become brighter, you have more energy, and happiness becomes contagious. Your voice is also more powerful, you walk taller, and display positive body language. Negative thoughts, words and attitude create negative and unhappy feelings, moods and behavior. This leads to toxins being released into your blood stream causing more imbalance and negativity.  So it is important to keep everything positive in your life.

 

16 ways to help you keep a positive mindset

1). Ignore negative people, and what they say about you. Only focus on the positive aspects of yourself.

2). Use your imagination and visualize positive and beneficial things happening in your life.

3). Focus on using positive words when speaking with others and your inner dialogue.

4). Smile more

5). If you start thinking negatively quickly replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

6). Start living in the moment instead of the past or future. You can’t change the past, and if you are happy now, your future will tend to be happy also.

7). Read positive thinking books to help you with your transition to a more positive way of life.

8). Believe you can succeed.

9). Engage in physical activity.

10). Watch a funny movie.

11). Surround yourself with people who are positive and happy.

12). Believe you deserve good things in your life.

13). Find beauty in everything.

14). Be OK with change.

15). Meditate. Meditation will help your mind become clear which encourages positive thought.

16). Create a vision board. This will help you concentrate and maintain focus on the good things you want in your life.

The Laws of attraction state that positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.

We all have things that we need to get done but can’t stand doing, but maybe knowing that you can count everyday household chores as a workout you might think twice. Vacuuming, dusting, cooking, washing windows, these all add up to calorie burners. So take your daily dose of NADH energy booster and get to working!



Sweeping or Mopping
Sweeping or mopping requires some physical effort, can help you burn a fair amount of calories as well. While sweeping and mopping, you’ll likely burn between 200 and 300 calories and get a pretty good upper and lower body workout at the same time. Sweeping your floors before you mop will burn even more calories.

Dusting
Dust accumulates in everybody’s home and if you’re like most; you probably don’t dust more than once a week. However, dusting a little more often won’t just be good for your health, it will also be good for your waistline. Depending on your weight, you could burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories per hour while dusting. If you spend just one hour dusting, twice a week, your house is going to be pretty clean and your waistline, trimmer.

Mowing the lawn
Use a manual or push mower for maximum calorie burn. Expect to burn about 325 calories per hour.

Cooking
You can actually burn several hundred calories during the process of cooking a meal. Putting a frozen dinner in the microwave doesn’t count – but, even preparing a simple meal that takes an hour of preparation can help you burn approximately 200 calories.

Washing Your Windows
Window washing is a good exercise for your upper body and core muscles since you’ll likely be reaching and stretching with your arms in an upward motion to clean the tops of windows. Spending only half an hour window washing could easily burn 200 calories, depending on your weight.

Gardening
Working in your vegetable and flower garden will help you burn about 250 calories per hour. Enjoy the added bonus of fresh vegetables from your garden, which will benefit your wallet and your waistline.

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March 13, 2014

Sleepy Times



We have been told since we were children that we need to get our sleep, but just how important is sleeping for our health? 


A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss, which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system.Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Here are some reasons why you should be catching those Zzz’s! 

1. Learning and memory:
Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

2. Cardiovascular health: 

Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

Disease:

Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer 




3. Steer clear of depression:

A lack of sleep can contribute to depression. A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.If you think the long hours put in during the week are the cause of your anxiety or impatience, sleep cannot necessarily be made up during the weekend. It’s all about finding a balance. Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

4. Lower stress:

When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same, and both can affect cardiovascular health. Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.



5. Have a healthy weight: 

If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat, 56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.) Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.

Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.


6. Curb inflammation: 

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep, six or fewer hours a night, have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.



7. Makes Us More Active:

A good night’s sleep will make us feel more active and alert on the following day. Energy levels after a good sleep are higher, your mental awareness is more acute and you are more likely to smile more. A restful sleep session not only feels great, but it increases our chances for another good night’s sleep next time we go to bed. 


It is hard in a busy world to get what you need to do done and then get to sleep at a decent time. Our energy products are natural, they will give you the boost and mental clarity you need to have energy through out the day but still be able to fall sleep at night. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
March 6, 2014

Secretly Healthy!



With so many snacks in the world today it is hard to have the will power to always go with the healthy options. Don’t be discouraged, it happens to everyone, but you can still win by modifying your recipes. Here are some tips on how to still eat what you love, but with a healthy twist that will secretly make them better for you and your family! 


1.Guac-KALE-mole! 



You might have seen this popping up in whole foods stores and recipes online and we love it! All you need to do is take your favorite guacamole recipe and cut it in half so you don’t have as big of a portion size. Then you take kale leaves, with stems removed, and finely chop about 3 leaves and add it into the guacamole, you wont even taste the difference and it is now packed with the amazing health benefits kale provides. 

2. Portobello Burgers

If you are a fan of mushrooms your are gonna love this one. If you have heard of or wanted to participate in the meatless Monday movement this is a great one! You put the same seasonings as you would a hamburger patty, and you grill it up just the same. The mushroom gets charred and juicy and delicious! Pile it high with veggies and goat cheese and you wont even notice there is no meat! 

3. No Mayo Tuna Salad

Tuna is a great lunch but it can also be a great snack. Next time you are wanting some dip or a tuna fish sandwich ditch the mayo. There are almost one hundred calories in ONE tablespoon of mayonnaise and most use a lot more than a tablespoon. Cut the calories by instead using mustard, balsamic vinegar, or plain Greek yogurt. Add pickles, chilies, tomatoes, onions and whatever else you like! Substitute the bread for rice or nut crackers and you have a protein packed, low calorie snack or lunch!   

4. Carrot Fries

These are great! You thinly slice carrots and season them just like you would a potato. Bake them at 425F for 10 min on each side. They come out crunchy and delicious just like fries, just serve with your favorite sauce.

5. Zucchini and Chocolate

Did you know that zucchini and chocolate go together! Next time you are making chocolate cake or cupcakes add in about 3 cups of shredded zucchini. When you add zucchini to chocolate cake you can’t even taste it, and it makes it so moist and dense! You can also substitute your oils and butters with apple sauce or avocado!

6. Make it Mini

 If you are going to make a dessert, like a cheese cake for example. Use low fat options and make them mini! Its all about portion control here, you can trick people into not eating as much as they would if they just had a slice.