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Pregnancy.org, a company dedicated to the lives of women trying to conceive, pregnant or whom have kids already, has released a study with alarming results. The survey, which interviewed over 400 pregnant women, revealed that 78% admit to a poor diet, inadequate exercise or not taking a prenatal vitamin daily. The survey also showed:

  • 61% don’t take a pre-natal vitamin daily as they feel it makes them more nauseous
  • 55% did not seek expert advice on which pre-natal vitamin was suitable for them
  • Over 25% of respondents admitted to consuming alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine
  • Folate and Iron are the most sought after vitamins/minerals in a pre-natal vitamin but over 50% respondents don’t know what foods naturally contain them
  • When asked what they look for in a pre-natal vitamin price was considered more important than absorption rates or ingredient quality
  • 80% don’t change their pre-natal vitamin formula from pre-conception to breastfeeding Founder and General

Manager of Pregnancy.org, LLC, Mollee Bauer, said “Our community boards are always buzzing about how pregnant moms struggle with diet, exercise and taking their daily pregnancy or prenatal vitamin and much of it can be attributed to feeling nauseas. In response we have created the first ever prenatal vitamin with a 100% anti-nausea GUARANTEE and an online nutrition clinic.”

Many women don’t realize that their vitamins may be making them feel unwell, adding to typical morning sickness symptoms. Typically, prenatal vitamins include iron, an essential nutrient during pregnancy, but when taken with other vitamins and minerals it can be hard to absorb and cause an upset stomach. The new anti-nausea formula allows moms to take a separate, highly absorbent iron + Vitamin C capsule and a prenatal multivitamin with B12, which has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with morning sickness.

The company enlisted the help of Beverly Hills Registered Dietitian, Deborah Klein, to develop the new anti-nausea vitamin. “In the last fifteen years of practice I’ve worked with thousands of moms-to be and as a mom myself I know the importance of getting enough nutrients and choosing the right prenatal supplement. Our aim was to create a pre-natal vitamin with everything a mom and baby needs that could help alleviate nausea not create it. If mom’s try any of the products and it doesn’t help we offer a 100% anti-nausea money back guarantee!!”

The new range of prenatal and pregnancy vitamins are exclusively available through Pregnancy.org. The clinic also provides information on how to eat right during pregnancy and online consultations with Registered Dietitians.

gluten free dietEydi Bauer suffered from undiagnosed chronic health problems for over 20 years. She experienced joint pain, fatigue, bloating and intestinal problems, menstrual irregularities, depression and anxiety. It took a serious health crisis before she got to the cause of her problems. At the age of 34, after years of working with all types of doctors with no success, she was finally diagnosed correctly with celiac disease.
 
As soon as she went gluten free, her health was restored.
 
Gluten is the protein commonly found in wheat flour and it’s in most popular foods in the all American diet. One person in every hundred has celiac disease. One out of three will show antibodies against gluten, indicating their immune system is reacting to wheat and flour products. Gluten intolerance can cause serious damage to the human body.
 
More and more people are waking up to the fact that some of the most common foods we eat can be hazardous to our health. Even Oprah went on a gluten free diet this past year.
 
But is it the right thing for you to do?
 
Dr. Eydi Bauer, now a holistic doctor and chiropractor for 14 years in Mendocino, California, is author of the new book Life After Bread. She says, “Gluten intolerance is a serious and widespread nutritional problem that is causing an incredible array of health problems in America. It is also largely unrecognized by the Western medical establishment.”
 
Dr. Bauer says that people with gluten sensitivity can experience a wide range of symptoms of pain and inflammation. Gluten intolerance can cause back and joint pain, stiffness, headache, fatigue, digestive distress, arthritis, skin disorders and itchiness, anxiety, depression and other psychological problems.
 
But simply going on a gluten free diet may not be the right course of action.
 
“The critical step,” she recommends, “is to order a stool sample, deliver it to Enterolab (Enterolab.com), and find out if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.”
 
If you do have celiac disease, then going gluten free is now easier than it has ever been before. Over 1,300 gluten free products are now available on supermarket shelves in the United States. There are alternatives to most common favorite foods including breads, bagels, beer, pasta, cereals, and even cakes, and other mainstay foods you are accustomed to.
 
You do need to make sure that you maintain proper nutrition but you will quickly find that becoming gluten free may give you relief from pain and discomfort, increase your strength and restore your vitality.

To get  Eydi Bauer’s book Life After Bread, click here.

asparagus_mainThe “negative calorie” food list is in high demand, but what are they and how do they work?  Don’t be fooled by the name, these foods aren’t really zero calories.  They get their name from the fact that your body burns more calories to digest the food then they actually contain:

– Asparagus      
– Apple       
– Beet        
– Cranberries
– Broccoli          
– Grapefruit      
– Cabbage          
– Lemons
– Carrot            
– Mango        
– Cauliflower      
– Orange
– Celery            
– Papaya        
– Chili Peppers    
– Pineapple    
– Cucumber        
– Raspberries    
– Strawberries   
– Endive
– Tangerine       
– Garlic   
– Green Beans   
– Lettuce  
– Onion        
– Radishes   
– Spinach    
– Turnip       
– Zucchini

The trick is to eat the foods plain, without dressings, butter, dips or sugar. The foods have a high fiber content and fill you up quickly, but be sure to watch portion sizes and keep bread, pasta and protein in moderation.  If you do these things, you’re not dieting…you’re eating healthy.

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Cherry red summer apple isolated on whiteIn a perfect world, we’d lose weight by eating red velvet cupcakes while sitting in a tub of crème brulee.   Unfortunately we don’t live in that world, but there is a book that makes dieting a game of fun: Krista Vernoff (producer and writer for Grey’s Anatomy) and Az Ferguson (Body-For-Life Million Dollar Champion) challenge people to the ultimate fitness game in THE GAME ON! DIET.
 
In the book, Krista shares the diet that helped her lose more than 40 lbs of post-baby weight.  By taking the focus off the deprivation of “dieting” and putting it on the excitement of kicking your friends’ collective butts, THE GAME ON! DIET helps people get fit in a unique way that brings people together and produces tangible results.  Here’s how THE GAME ON! DIET works.  You play for four weeks. During those four weeks, you earn points by:

-Eating five small, balanced meals a day (30 points per day)
-Drinking three liters of water a day (10 points per day)
-Sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night (15 points per day)
-Exercising for a minimum of 20 minutes a day (20 points per day)
-Changing an unhealthy habit into a healthy one (i.e.: giving up TV and taking up reading, or giving up computer games and taking up meditation.) (20 points per day)
-Being in contact with at one teammate and one opponent a day (5 points per day)

If you add up the points from a perfect day, they will equal 100 points. If you have a perfect week your score will be 7 days x 100 points = 700 points.

However, having a perfect week is something to aspire to, as you LOSE points by snacking, eating “unsanctioned foods” such as sugar and fried foods and drinking alcohol (though, you do get one full day off a week to indulge without penalty!).

If you’re a true game super star, you can receive bonus points for turning your weekly scores in on time (10 extra points per week) or for losing at least 1 percent of your weekly starting body weight (extra points equal to 20 percent of your weekly score: if you have a perfect week the bonus will be 20 percent of 700 points = 140 points).

A perfect score week equals seven 100-point days + the 10-point scorekeeping bonus + the 20 percent weight loss bonus: 700 + 10 + 140 = 850

You can play by yourself, one on one, or on a team.  If you’re on a team, the scorekeeper tallies up the points after four weeks and divides by the number of team members.

For more information on the THE GAME ON! DIET, visit http://www.thegameondiet.com/.

 

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Photo by FreeStockPhoto.com

For millions of Americans now in hot pursuit of super foods that improve health and longevity, the latest research results on strawberries are right on time. A new study published in the scientific journal, Metabolism, found that antioxidants in strawberries help lower “bad” cholesterol.

The study, conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, backs existing evidence that touts strawberries as one of the world’s most nutrient-rich foods. It showed that the antioxidant power in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. High cholesterol is known to contribute to heart disease which is the leading cause of death for women and men.

Antioxidants Review

Antioxidants are the body’s internal heroes that go to battle with harmful “free radicals” known to contribute to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to a US Department of Agriculture study, strawberries rank third when compared to the top fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Ultimate “Super Fruit

The good news from this study adds to the growing body of research that supports the importance of strawberries as a “super fruit.” California strawberries are grown and available year-round in supermarkets across the country. Below are a few more reasons to say yes to the red berries:

  • Strawberries contain a powerful mix of antioxidants which are critical to warding off chronic diseases and promoting optimum health.
  • They are low in sugar, containing only eight grams per serving. One serving, about eight strawberries (or one cup), has only 50 calories.
  • An excellent source of vitamin C, one serving of strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange!
Tastybaby - 100% certified organic baby food

Tastybaby - 100% certified organic baby food

Every parent wants their baby to have the best start.  That’s why two Malibu moms, Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson, started a certified organic food line called Tastybaby.

 

Tastybaby products are frozen, unlike jarred baby foods which are generally more processed.  Packaged in biodegradable cardboard, the products have quirky names like “Squash ‘Em” and “Life’s A Peach.”

 

These products  are available at Whole Foods, Kroger, D’agostino, Bristol Farms, The Food Emporium and more.   Tastybaby products are $5.99 for a 10.5 oz-ounce three pack.