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Product Name: Healthy Menu Mailer
Submitted by: Nicole Dean; Pensacola, FL
Rating: 9
Where to buy: Healthy Menu Mailer

Description: Healthy Menu Mailer is a menu planning service for health-conscious people.

What they offer is a weekly email that includes A Healthy Dinner Recipe for each night of the week complete with nutritional information and a corresponding Weekly Shopping List. This allows you to easily plan your weekly meals, print your grocery shopping list, and eat healthier in the process.

Review: The Healthy Menu Mailer is an easy way to eat healthier without adding more stress to your day.

My favorite part of this service is the shopping list. The list is broken down by type of food ” [Fresh Produce] Fruits and Vegetables” and “[Meat / Poultry / Seafood]” for instance. Not only that, but next to each item on the shopping list, you’ll find a letter that corresponds to a recipe in the weekly menu. So, for instance, if I decide not to cook Meal D, I can quickly cross off the items on my grocery list that have a “D” before them and I’m ready to head to the store.

The only criticism that I can come up with for this service is that it may not appeal to picky eaters. The recipes are full of flavor and there is a large variety of foods in each week’s menu. So, if you have a lot of food limitations or are sensitive to certain foods, you may not be able to utilize all the recipes each week.

Healthy Menu Mailer is a great way for Moms to serve a healthy meal to their families without all the leg-work. I definitely recommend this service for anyone who is trying to avoid fast food, but isn’t a Martha Stewart type and needs a bit of help.

Healthy Eating Made Simple - Healthy Menu Mailer

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If you Google “weight loss supplement” you’ll find thousands of products claiming to take 30, 50, or 100 pounds off lightning fast.  The truth is: there’s no pill, machine, cream, or anything else that will take off the pounds magically. The only way to healthily lose weight and keep it off is through exercise and the proper diet.  However, you can enhance your diet and exercise program with a quality supplement. 

So how do you know which supplement to use?  Well, there’s not one that works for everyone, but there are some tips you can use to find the supplement that’s right for you.

The first step in choosing the right weight loss supplement is to choose the kind of supplement appropriate for your eating habits and dieting goals.  There are three main types of weight loss supplements you can use.

  • Appetite suppressant.  If your problem is that you overeat and need to cut back on total calories, you’ll want to take an appetite suppressant so you’re not hungry all the time.
  • Metabolism booster.  If you’ve cut back calories and the pounds aren’t coming off, you may need to boost your metabolism.  With these supplements, you can eat the same number of calories, but you burn more and store less.  These help you lose weight and gain energy.
  • Helps you stick to your diet.  There are tons of diets out there that work great, but are so hard to stick to (i.e. the low carb diet).  You can find supplements that will curb your cravings helping you stick to your diet plans.

You should also take a high quality multivitamin while you are on any diet.  This will make sure you get the nutrients you may be missing out on by cutting back your calories.

Once you’ve picked the right kind of supplement for you, it’s time to pick a quality brand.  Here are a few tips to finding good supplements.

  • Go with familiar names.  While your favorite store’s brand name probably isn’t the best choice, you should still look for products that have been around a while and that you’ve heard of.
  • Do research.  This will take a little detective work.  Go online and find clinical trials that prove the product gives results.  Just make sure you research the information to see if it’s factual.
  • Find out who to call if there’s a problem.  Reputable companies should have contact information on the bottle, in the package insert, or somewhere else you don’t have to search for.
  • Look for a certificate of analysis.  This means that someone has analyzed the product to prove that it is what is says it is. 

With a little research, you can find the supplement that is perfect to help take off those excess pounds.  Remember, as with all weight loss plans that you should talk to your doctor before getting started.

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You are probably fully aware of what kinds of food you SHOULD eat during your pregnancy. But did you also know that what you DON’T eat at this time can be just as important?

Fish

While it’s true that fish is an excellent source for iron, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids, there are some fish that may be dangerous to eat while pregnant because of their high content of mercury. These fish may contain a high amount of mercury:

  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish

The FDA says it is safe to eat 12 ounces a week of the following:

  • Shrimp
  • Canned tuna
  • Salmon
  • Pollock
  • Catfish
  • Albacore tuna and tuna steaks should be limited to 6 oz a
    week.

Avoid eating raw fish to avoid getting bacteria or viruses.

Meat and Poultry

Make sure all your meat and poultry is fully cooked in order to prevent ingesting bacteria like E coli. Cook the meat until the juices are clear, but also use a meat thermometer to make sure. Meat should be cooked to 160 degrees.

Dairy Foods

Eating unpasteurized dairy products is definitely not on your pregnancy diet. Before eating, check the labels on the following list of soft cheeses to make sure they are not made with unpasteurized milk.

  • Brie
  • Feta
  • Camembert
  • Roquefort
  • Mexican cheeses

Caffeine

Drinking too much caffeine daily can affect your baby’s heart rate and breathing, as well as the baby’s weight at birth and the measurement of the head. Your doctor may want to put a limit on your daily caffeine intake.

It has also been suggested that drinking too much herbal tea while pregnant my cause contractions and therefore cause an increase in the risk of miscarriages or premature labor.

Alcohol and Drugs

Because of the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, miscarriage, and stillbirth, there is no tolerance for drinking alcohol while you are pregnant. And, of course, avoid illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medications should be run by your doctor before you take them.

Remember, it is important to know what kinds of foods to avoid while being pregnant. It is just as important as knowing what kinds are good for you.

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One of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world is when you’re bloated, right? Clothes do not fit properly, you become irritable, and pain often accompanies the symptom, especially during PMS. While most people who experience bloating are affected by different foods or drinks, here are some tips to help reduce bloating.

  1. Reduce your sodium intake. Salt is the number one contributor to bloating.
  2. Exercise as much as you can.
  3. Avoid foods which are gassy such as cabbage, beans, milk and other vegetables and foods which contain lactose.
  4. When eating meals, chew slowly. The old adage of chewing 100 times may be true. Lay down your fork between each bite.
  5. Avoid chewing gum to reduce the amount of air you are swallowing.
  6. Avoid powdered milk as it contains salt which increases bloating.
  7. Too many starchy foods combined with protein contribute to bloating.
  8. Try not to drink anything that is very cold, but keep it at room temperature.
  9. Do not eat too much of anything. Portion control can reduce bloating.
  10. Check to determine what condiments may cause your bloating, such as mayonnaise and the like.
  11. Eating processed foods such as mac and cheese can cause bloating due to its high sodium content.
  12. Snacks such as chips and certain types of cheese flavored popcorn have high sodium content.
  13. Avoid diet sodas and candies.
  14. Constipation may also be a factor in bloating. Eat foods rich in fiber.
  15. Drink chamomile tea, which is not only good for the digestive system, but reduces bloating as well.

Finally, and this may be hard to take ladies, but experts suggest that avoiding chocolate during your menstrual period will reduce the bloating as well. The reason is because chocolate contains both sugar and dairy, thus contributing to the bloating problem. However, no one can definitively tell you not to eat chocolate, especially when you are PMSing! Between the water retention and the bloating, denying yourself chocolate can be a lethal request.

These tips to help reduce bloating depend upon what actually causes it in your particular case. Keep track of those foods, drinks, and habits which contribute to it. Once you ascertain the cause, you’ll most likely never have to deal with it again.

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As an expectant mother, your top priority should be healthy eating. Many women use their pregnancy as an excuse to “eat for two.” This is the worst possible thing you could do to yourself and your baby.

Here are a few healthy eating during pregnancy tips:

Healthy Eating Tips for Expecting Moms – The American Dietetic Association says that a pregnant woman needs only 300 calories a day more than she did before she became pregnant. This means, on average, you should consume about 2,500 to 2,700 calories per day.

The best foods for healthy eating are of course fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy products. You should try to include something from each of these food groups in every meal.

Caffeine should be avoided at all costs, as it may have an effect on your unborn child. Junk food like chips and chocolate that will affect your weight gain should be eaten in moderation as well. Some pregnant women keep fresh fruit, like red seedless grapes, on hand. They claim these fruits that are naturally sweet help to curb their sweet-tooth cravings for things like chocolate.

Why Healthy Eating is Important for You – Your body is adjusting to carrying this new life inside you. While you will need extra nutrients, you don’t need to eat double. The best thing you can do is incorporate a pre-natal vitamin regimine into your daily life. Taking vitamins will help precisely feed your body the extra nutrients you need.

All too often, pregnant women pack on pounds unnecessarily. They eat in excess, thinking that after they have their baby, all the weight will magically disappear, too. It doesn’t work that way. If you wouldn’t ordinarily eat fast food five times per week, then don’t assume that kind of lifestyle just because you’re pregnant. Adopt well-rounded and balanced meals instead and treat yourself once a week to that craving you’ve had.

This way you’ll be able to keep your weight gain to a healthy level and also provide your baby with all the nutrients he or she needs for the best start in life.

Want more tips on eating healthy during your pregnancy? The Pregnancy Without Pounds ebook is a great resource to help you gain only the weight you should…the healthy way.

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In the past decade, researchers have been studying fish consumption and the benefits it brings to the body. Fish and fish oils have been shown to decrease the negative effects of cardiovascular disease (CVD) on the human body. The way this has been done is through the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. What are omega-3 fatty acids? You’ll learn that and more on how they help to treat patients with CVD and those without who may be at risk later in life.

CVD is a big problem in this country. With obesity and diabetes amongst the population at staggering highs, it has become more prevalent. Clogged arteries are leading to strokes and death. Plaque riddled coronary arteries are leading to thromboses and heart attacks. Controlling the diet is the major way to reduce a person’s risk for these types of health problems.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in fish, their oils, and plants sources, such as flaxseed, canola, soybeans, and the oils of each. There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and alpha linolenic acid (LNA). The first two mentioned have the most benefit on the heart and its health. The last omega-3 fatty acid is found mainly in plant sources. The first two are found in fish that are have a high fat content, but low saturated fat content. This is important. There are good fats and bad fats. Foods that contain fully saturated fats are worse than those fats are mono- or poly-unsaturated. These fish include: mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna.

The recommended dose of omega-3 fatty acids is at least two to three days a week from natural sources such as those I’ve already named. Consuming fish and plant sources on a regular basis seems to reduce the risk of that person developing the precursors to CVD and its related conditions. Change in diet alone is enough if you have never been diagnosed with any heart related abnormalities.

For those individuals with a history of CVD, fish consumption is also recommended. Depending on how advanced their condition, supplements of DHA and EPA may be prescribed by the doctor. As with any supplements, make sure that you get the doctor’s okay before taking them, because they could do more harm than good if too much is used.

What the research shows to be true is the following:

  • The incidence of blood clots causing sudden heart attacks is decreased
  • Blood pressure lowers
  • Arterial plaque growth is retarded
  • The level of triglycerides in the blood is lowered
  • Decreased level of cardiac arrhythmias

More research still needs to be done to investigate any other properties of omega-3 fatty acids on the body. But, for now, we know that fish and fish oil keep the heart pumping fine.

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Forget about the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Recent studies now confirm that blueberries have far more beneficial effects than apples.

Here are some of the great health benefits of blueberries:

  • Have you become forgetful? You know, misplaced the car keys or can’t remember someone’s name. Well the good news is that blueberries, consumed on a daily basis in a bowl of cereal, for example, can improve memory.
  • Blueberries ranked the highest in antioxidant properties, and have been proven to aid in the anti-aging process. Moreover, blueberries are known to restrict the harmful effects that free radicals can cause. Not all free radicals are considered harmful, but some can cause damage to our cells, as well as cause various types of cancer. The older we become, the more difficult it is to safeguard against these free radicals. By consuming blueberries, we have a better chance of minimizing the damage.
  • Blueberries have also shown to lower cholesterol, which is a major problem among many people today.
  • Research has proven that a specific component in blueberries reduces the chances of urinary tract infections by preventing bacteria from lining the walls of the urinary tract.
  • Blueberries have effective anti-inflammatory, anti-blood clotting, and antibacterial effects. In fact, they have been used in cases of diarrhea and food poisoning.
  • Studies have also shown that blueberries can improve eyesight, and are thought to help in reducing eye fatigue.
  • Researchers feel there is a great chance that blueberries can help in the fight against obesity and heart disease. But the most exciting news is that it may be linked in the fight against cancer.

A half cup of blueberries a day can make all the difference in fighting off potential health problems. The next time you go to your supermarket, pick up a pound of fresh blueberries or a bag of frozen blueberries. You will see remarkable results after a few weeks.

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