5 Tips for Staying Hydrated this Season

April 14, 2014

While it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, it’s especially important now that the temps are starting to rise. Whether you’re spending Spring Break camping and hiking or just doing more outdoor activities like biking, walking, and swimming, we’ve got some tips for how you can stay hydrated through the warmer months ahead: 

1. Eat Raw Fruit: Chow down on water-filled foods like watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, celery, tomatoes, peaches, and cucumbers. In addition to the vitamins and nutrients they contain, they are also great hydrating snacks.

2. Limit Caffeine Intake: Caffeine and carbonated drinks are not conducive to staying hydrated. We don’t expect everyone to give up their morning coffee, but try to limit your intake as much as you can and follow up your coffee with a glass of water.

3. Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty: Thirst is a sign of dehydration and you don’t have to wait until you get to that point to get some more liquid in your system. There are other indicators it may be time to have some water, such as the color of your urine. If it’s dark with a brown tint, get yourself a glass of water right away!

4. Juicing: Vegetables are another great away to stay hydrated naturally and you should take care to make sure you are getting your daily dose. Blend your favorite veggies together to make a healthy drink that will not only help keep you hydrated, but also provide other health benefits.

Bonus Tip: Drink water! We hate pointing out the obvious, but drinking eight glasses of water a day can get tedious. By just adding some healthy flavored water enhancers, such as True Lemon, True Grapefruit, or True Lime Black Cherry Limeade, water can become much more enjoyable to drink!

It’s April now, but the sizzling summer months are just around the corner. Stick to these basics and you can be confident that your body will have the amount of liquid it needs to stay healthy!



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Lemon Water, Legs Up, and More Ways to Boost Regularity.

April 7, 2014

Like death and money, nobody likes to talk about what’s behind door Number 2. But getting rid of bodily waste is truly a key to health and comfort. The more we go, the better we tend to feel. 

So what can we do to maintain optimal output?

First, there is no “regular”; some people eliminate a few times daily, some people only once every few days. And that’s okay! What might be an issue though, is if:

- “Doing your business” is a major effort.
- You have very hard stools.
- You have fewer than 3 movements per week.
- You feel “blocked up.”

What’s Slowing the Delivery of Your Packages?

Your digestive system pulls nutrients from your food and puts them into your bloodstream. Leftovers travel 20 feet of intestine to the colon, where liquids and solids are separated. When those solids are not given the shove after a day or two, they become compacted and harder to get rid of. 

The top reasons for failure to launch (if you don’t have a more serious medical issue) are:

- Medicines: including anti-depressants, antacids, antihistamines, high blood pressure meds, narcotic and over-the-counter pain-killers, and iron and calcium supplements.
- Not enough exercise.
- Not enough fluids.     
- Not enough fiber.
- Too many laxatives/enemas.

So Where’s the Light at the End of Your (Ahem) Tunnel?

No worries! Here’s 4 natural solutions from True Lemon for getting things moving in the right direction!

1. The Freedom Flush: Lemon Water and More Water

- Grab your box of True Lemon! First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water with a pinch of salt and a packet of True Lemon. (Works with fresh lemon juice too). 

- Drink plenty of water all day - especially if you’re eating more fiber. Begin and end your day with a glass of warm water (might also decrease your appetite!).

2. Food

Try cutting down on:

- Alcohol
- White flour
- Fried food
- Dairy
- Meat

And eating more:

- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains
- Some say instead of tough foods, eat warm, wet, slightly oily foods like soups and cooked veggies. If high fiber isn’t helping, this might be worth a whirl!

3. Move Your Body to Move Your Bowels

- Just about any exercise will help; even a short walk may do the trick.
- Try the “legs up” pose: put a folded blanket 3 inches from a wall and sit on it so that your hip/side touches the wall. Lie down and swing around so your legs are up on the wall. Relax 3 to 5 minutes.
- Loosen your pelvic area with forward bends and side twists.

4. Natural Home Remedies

- Go when you have to. Don’t hold it in  - or you may be stuck for a while!
- Improve digestion by eating less and chewing more.
- Soak a handful of raisins in water overnight and eat in the morning before anything else.
- Boil a few figs in milk and drink warm before bed.  
- Drink a glass of spinach juice and a glass of water.
- Eat an orange in the morning and one at night.
- Grind seeds and nuts (sunflower, almond, flax, sesame, etc.), eat a tablespoon daily for a week.
- Try a tablespoon of Castor oil in warm milk before you go to sleep.
- Take a spoon or two of psyllium (seed husks) in a glass of liquid daily.
- Eat flaxseed in food or with warm water a few times during the day.

Use these tips from True Lemon to up your output from rare to routine, because a happy colon means a happier, healthy you! 



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Healthy Living For Life: A True Lemon Interview with Natalie Hodson

March 31, 2014

This week we had a chance to interview one of our biggest True Lemon advocates. We caught up with Natalie Hodson, a superstar blogger and a mom to two of the cutest kids! Our staff got in contact with Natalie upon finding out that she had given a great review of our products on her blog. So we decided to send her our entire family of True Citrus products and collaborated with Natalie to run one of our biggest giveaways yet! 

TL: As a mother of 2, where do you find the time to run such a successful personal blog and mentor 1200+ people? 

Natalie: It’s been challenging finding a balance, and I’ll be honest that some days I don’t feel like I do a great job.  For me, the key has been to plan my days out, and try to stick to a schedule as best as possible. The baby usually naps from 10:30-11:30am and again from around 3:00-4:00pm.  During that time I let my older son have quiet time (he also goes to preschool two days a week) and I really focus on being as efficient as possible during those two hours.  I can’t stay off Facebook completely, because I run a lot of my businesses through social media, but I limit my online time by sticking to certain rules: don’t typically go through my News Feed, and I only go to posts where I am tagged and need to answer questions.  I have the kids help me when I am cleaning up the house and I use my Ergo carrier all day long so I can hold the baby and get things done.  Some days I feel like I balance things really well, and other days I feel like I’ve accomplished very little, but I’ve just accepted that this will probably be the case most days during this season of life with young kids at home.

TL: You mention in your blog that you have tried for years to get the "toned and fit" look after having your first child, how did you stay motivated in that whole process? 

Natalie: I have been a long distance runner for most of my life.  I ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track on a college scholarship.  I continued marathon training after I graduated from college and during all those years was regularly running 50-80 miles a week.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but with hindsight I have realized that all the running I was doing made it really hard for my body to build muscle.  When I was running, my body was siphoning off the calories I needed for muscle growth and tone to help me in my running.  It wasn’t until I cut my cardio way back, and instead focused on lifting as heavy as possible in the gym, that I was able to see the muscle tone and definition I had always wanted.  Now I just do 1-2 short HIIT sessions a week for about 20 minutes each for my cardio training.  In this blog post here, I show my favorite HIIT workout that I am able to do at home with my kids.

TL: Can you tell us a little more about what specific things worked for you as you were shedding the "baby weight" and getting fit? 

Natalie: I’ve realized that when trying to lose weight and get back in shape, nutrition is by far the main thing you want to focus on.  Your training is important too, but it is second (and I would argue a far second) to nutrition.  You might spend one hour a day working out, but it is what you are doing the remaining 23 hours of the day that is really going to help you with fat loss. Some things that help me are:

- Keeping unhealthy food out of the house. This is a big one for me.  If there are too many snacks at home I have a hard time saying no.  I just stopped buying junk food when I’m at the grocery story which helps me stay on track, our whole family is healthier for it, and it saves a lot of money in our monthly grocery bill.

- On Sundays I prep some food and easy-to-grab snacks for the week.  I cut up veggies and put them in Ziploc bags so they are easy to grab and go (and this way they don’t go bad in the fridge – my pet peeve!), I bake things like sweet potato fries and cook rice in bulk.  I will do things like grill enough chicken for a few days, make a big batch of chili or spaghetti sauce, and bake homemade protein bars.  Having healthy food that is already made is key for me to stay on track (especially when I get hungry and open the fridge looking for something to eat). 

- Lastly, it helps me to plan out my meals the night before.  I will usually just take a plain piece of printer paper, write out my meals for the next day, and tape it to the fridge.  This is a really simple system that works for me, helps me stay on track with my meals, and just the act of writing everything out helps to keep me accountable. Most of my recipes are available on my website for free, and I have also put up a lot of sample meal plans on my site as well.

TL: You also mentioned that you think 80% of your results came from proper nutrition (and might be an area a lot of women overlook). What do you think is a good ratio between nutrition and working out?

Natalie: I think I covered most of this above, but if you had to choose between getting your workout in for the day, or getting your healthy meals in, I would choose the healthy meals every single time. Lifting weights will help to build muscle and get you toned and defined, but what you eat is going to dictate your fat loss.

TL: After trying our line of True Lemon products, which are some of your favorites? Are there reasons why you would prefer our products as opposed to others? 

Natalie: Truthfully I haven’t tried a product yet that I didn’t like.  I love the lemonade products – raspberry lemonade is my favorite.  I feel completely comfortable giving this to my kids instead of juice because they have no artificial sweeteners.  You can add 1-2 packets of the lemonade to my homemade protein bar recipe and it gives it great flavor.  I love the seasonings because, similar to Mrs. Dash, there is no added salt but I feel like the citrus flavor is so much stronger in True Citrus products.  The crystalized grapefruit makes my water taste so refreshing!

TL: Who are some of your biggest motivators (aside from your husband and 3 kids!)? And why? 

Natalie: We have a significant history of cancer in our family (my sister had childhood leukemia, my dad recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my uncle passed away at 36 of melanoma, and all four of my biological grandparents have had cancer).  I believe that the food we fuel our bodies with makes a big difference in how often we get sick and how optimally our bodies perform.  Obviously, healthy people still can and do get sick all the time, but I try to do what I can to keep our family’s diet as full of whole foods as possible, and I try to eliminate processed foods and artificial sweeteners when possible. 

TL: Last but not least, what would be your biggest advice to moms who are struggling to a.) find the time to get fit b.) find the motivation.

Natalie: First, I would let any mom I was talking to know that they aren’t alone.  I remember feeling so overwhelmed and, at times, discouraged while trying to get back in shape.  I think it’s really important to remember a few things: 

- Start small.  Sometimes making a lot of changes all at once can make you feel overwhelmed and lead to failure.  No one wants to feel like a failure!  What worked really well for me was to start with one or two small changes, and once I had mastered that, I would then add on one or two more changes to my diet and workouts.  A great first goal would to aim to drink 8 liters of water a day.  Adding True Lemon to your water can really help with that!  Another goal I like to set for myself is to park in the back of the parking lot each store I go to.  This adds a little bit more walking into my day, which might not seem like much, but a lot of little changes can eventually make a big difference (especially if you are carrying in a car seat and baby with you!).

- In regards to motivation, I think taking progress pictures is a great way to visually see the progress you are making.  It is never fun taking those first progress pictures, and you might feel kind of awkward, but it feels great later when you compare how you look to where you started.  Also, if your husband or family isn’t totally on board, I would encourage you to team up with a friend, neighbor, or online group that has similar goals as you.  Surrounding yourself with people who support your goals is really important to have.

TL: Thanks so much for doing this interview with us and we hope to bring you back on our blog soon! 

You can get in touch with Natalie here and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



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Iron Woman Strong (March 2014)

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The “Just-Got-Home” Danger Zone – 5 Tips to Not Blow Your Whole Day of Dieting

March 24, 2014

What are your thoughts on the drive or ride home? Are they about what you’re going to pop into your mouth the second you cross the threshold? Some of us don’t even make it home - not with all those drive-thrus on the way!

Yes, that “My Reward for a Long Day” pre-dinner-mini-dinner of cookies and leftovers that helps you relax and blow off stress: the Danger Zone.

In the Danger Zone, can anything keep you from eating anything and everything you see, and then dinner too? If you can’t eat your real meal as soon as you get home, here are 5 strategies for changing your grazing ways before they become a habit:

 

1. Drink water to keep your stomach full and your mouth busy (Tastes even better with no-calorie True Citrus!):

• Make a mug of hot tea

• Drink a big glass of water

• Mix up a tall glass of seltzer

2. Snack on the good stuff:

• Keep a bag of carrots at the ready for your re-entry

• Keep a small bag of nuts, dried fruit or veggies in your car for the way home

• Try frozen vegetables or fruit - next to impossible to eat fast!

3. Endorphins to the Rescue: 

• Keep busy with an evening workout, take a walk, go to a Spin class

• Chat with a friend

• Devote an hour to your hobby

4. Kill Cravings with Chores: 

• Write a To-Do list and post it on the door for when you get home to cross off one by one.

• Paint your nails

• Take a hot shower or fragrant, soothing bath

5. Remember you will enjoy your dinner so much more if you wait for it!

Use these tips to stay out of the Danger Zone until reach the dinner table. That way you won’t have to feel bad about a single bite.



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A True Citrus Tip: How to Always Buy the Best Fish

March 14, 2014

Fish is one of those things that tastes better because you know every single bite is good for you. It’s low fat, high protein and packed with super-healthy Omega-3S fatty acids.

But these days, choosing fish is complicated.  When you’re at the fish counter, how can you judge the choices you’re (literally) staring in the eye?

How do you know:

  • What country the fish is from?
  • Is it wild or industrially-raised?
  • Is it overfished?
  • How much mercury is in it?
  • Is it really salmon, snapper, etc.? (Fish fraud is common!)

Worry no more!  From abalone to yellowtail, the Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector has the answers: the Best, OK and Worst choices - even how many monthly servings kids and adults should have to avoid too much mercury.

We especially like the site’s substitution ideas. For instance, the EDF says to choose:

  • Wild Alaskan salmon, rainbow trout or farmed Arctic char instead of farmed salmon. 
  • Domestic shrimp instead of imported shrimp.
  • Farmed striped bass or domestic catfish instead of orange roughy or Chilean seabass. (BTW if you haven’t cooked catfish lately, you’re missing out!)

At the store, use your smart phone or tablet to quickly get the truth about the fish you’re considering.  Or tap through EDF’s fish selector and make a list before you leave home.

Buying healthy fish and shellfish keeps rivers, lakes, oceans and seas healthier.  And healthier fish and water means healthier us!

 

[Image Credits: Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector (http://seafood.edf.org)]



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Simple Side of Life (March 2014)

March 6, 2014

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What’s Cookin’: Zucchini Noodles with True Lemon Pesto

March 4, 2014

For those of you who are late on the zucchini craze, not to worry because we have you covered. This week, we discovered that not only is one of our staff a secret Top Chef (shhh!) but also that zucchini is a great substitute for the heavy carbs that we're used to consuming with regard to traditional pasta. One of the best things about zucchini is that it goes with just about anything and takes on the flavor of all the herbs very nicely. Not to mention, it's light, which means you can have as many servings as you'd like! We think that's reason enough to toast to the new best secret ingredient--zuchinni! Below you'll find one of our favorite zucchini recipes we know you'll enjoy! 

 

Zucchini Noodles with True Lemon Pesto 

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 small zucchini, ends trimmed
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 packets of True Lemon dissolved in 1 tablespoons of water (equivalent to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the tomatoes (optional): 

1 pint grape tomatoes 
Olive oil
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and italian seasoning to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Lightly drizzle grape tomatoes with olive oil; toss well. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and italian seasoning; toss again. Spread seasoned tomatoes evenly onto a cookie sheet covered in non-stick aluminum foil. Once preheated, place in oven on middle rack. Cook for 15-20 minutes (or until tomatoes burst); tossing/flipping the tomatoes frequently so they don't burn on one side. 

3. Meanwhile, use a julienne peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside.

4. Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add True Lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Combine the zucchini noodles and pesto. Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated. 

6. If you want to cook the zucchini noodles (like we did here), you can. Just add the zucchini pesto noodles to a skillet and sauté them up over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes.

7. Top with Parmesan cheese and tomatoes, if using. 

Note: For an even more filling, protein-packed meal, add chicken or shrimp!

 

Now that you know how to make this healthy and delicious dish, we encourage you to have a girls night in and share all of your great pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Looking forward to seeing them all! 

Sincerely,

-True Lemon Staff



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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Charities

February 27, 2014

This week our staff chose 4 favorite charities that are making a difference both globally and in our own local communities. We think that giving back and taking part of something larger helps us see the world a little brighter. That said, below are 4 charities we love!  

 

Feeding America

Charity starts at home and what better way to take part than volunteering/donating to help feed the millions of people who are left hungry every year. We are proud to recognize Feeding America as a charity we support in an effort to wipe out hunger here at home. Interested in volunteering or just finding more about this charity? Go here

Adopt-A-Classroom

This amazing organization helps connect donors with teachers and gives donors a chance to finance the resources needed for classrooms. In addition,100% of donations goes right back to supporting its operations. Donors have an opportunity to fund the program and nurture a lasting relationship between classroom and teachers. Here was a recent blog post we did mentioning this amazing charity! Go here to make a donation. 

Charity: Water 

Scott Harrison, the Founder and CEO, came to an epiphany after taking a trip to West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist taking over 60,000 photos in 13 months. After quitting his job as a club promoter and giving up his lavish lifestyle, his transformative experience in serving underserved communities, he founded a nonprofit that had one mission; bring clean water and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Now, Charity: Water is one of the biggest nonprofit success stories raising over $100 million and funded over 8,000 water projects in 20 countries. 

Toms

We're willing to bet that you own a pair of Toms in your current shoe collection. Blake Mcoskie has found a way to blend charity with style after his inspiring journey to Argentina in 2006. It was there he has seen firsthand the hardships faced by children who grew up without shoes. Since then his mission was to create a for-profit business using the One-to-One model that is now responsible for putting thousands of shoes on the feet of children who need it the most. Today, they've they've branched out to eye wear and successfully established a marketplace that ranges from accessories to apparel. 



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Healthy Living for Life (February 2014)

February 19, 2014

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Your Top 5 Fitness Questions Answered

February 12, 2014

We're joined by Cheri Fogleman, National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Master Coach at CLAY Health Club and Spa: teaching sculpt, core and treadmill classes, and working one-on-one with clients. She has contributed fitness advice to Shape, Metro Source, and Fit Engine Magazines. You've seen Cheri looking fit in Glamour, NY Mag, Tennis Magazine, on an Asics billboard, and in several fun fitness videos. When she's not shooting fitness features or running long distance races, she helps run a comedy web-show, HOT MESS (www.ShesAMess.com) – a reality reenactment comedy series in which seven actresses play out the insane true-life stories of young, single women screwing up, falling down, causing a scene and making a mess. We're big fans of her and hope you enjoy our interview with her as much as we have! (As well as few key fitness takeaways!)

TL: As a Fitness trainer, what is the #1 question you get from women who are trying to get (back) in shape? And what would be your biggest piece of advice? 

CF: Folks want to know how long the prison sentence will be. But, the truth is, for everyone it's different--and maybe it'll be more like a sewing circle than a chain-gang. Aim low. I know that sounds crazy, but setting low expectations and making small changes means that you have a greater chance of reaching those goals. Then, once that change becomes part of your lifestyle, you can celebrate (!) and aim for a different (higher) goal. Maybe you'll reach your goal by making only a small adjustment to your life.

TL: What is the proper ratio between eating right and exercise? Would running on a treadmill for 10 minutes eliminate a bag of chips? 

CF: Running a mile burns around a 100 calories. If you run faster than 6 mph you'll run farther than a mile in that 10 minutes and burn more than 100 calories in 10 minutes. A snack size bag of chips is around 300 calories, but that varies. (So, the answer to your question is...100%, NO!) But, try NOT to think of it as tit for tat. Eating well and getting physical are about two different things: eating well is more important for maintaining/achieving a desired body weight, and working out is more important for getting that strength, muscle tone, flexibility, agility, endurance and cardiovascular health, etc. So, they go hand in hand and contribute to overall health.

TL: What sort of foods do you eat to keep yourself energized without consuming a lot of carbs/fat? Any power foods you'd recommend? 

CF: I actually don't steer clear of fat, and I don't buy "low-fat." Fat is a very satisfying thing to consume, and I feel like when I eat something fatty, I eat less because I feel more satiated. Nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, fish and coconut are all really great sources of fats. But, I'll also eat a beef burger (no bun), chicken, bison and bacon--I keep these portions reasonable! Avoid trans fats like the plague: prepackaged baked goods, snacks, fried foods, candy bars, and (ahem) street hot dogs--these aren't real sources of nutrients--I'll just say it: they are fake foods!  Also, I'm a celiac--hence the no bun--so, when I do eat grains they are rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc. I keep Michael Pollan's "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" philosophy in my head. You can't go wrong with a ton of veggies (get your kale on, girl!) and some small source of protein/fat. Sugar (even natural sugar) seems to de-energize me. Not immediately, but an hour or so later, (it's not pretty) I'll crash and burn. Everyone is different, though, so chatting with a nutritionist is always a good idea. And, beyond food, drinking plenty of water seems to help slow the beast of hunger and curb making poor food choices when I am ravenous enough to rip a street vendor's kebab out of a child's hand and stuff it down my throat.

TL: How important are vitamins/supplements to you? As women get older, we know that we lose a certain amount of daily nutrients, what are your thoughts around that and how can we pre-empt that process? 

CF: Ha-- I'm going to have to ask my nutritionist about that one! I don't know about losing nutrients. Where do I lose them? I'm always misplacing my keys... I take calcium with vitamin D (take note that small-framed Caucasian and Asian women are more prone to develop Osteoporosis). I take a pro-biotic daily, a multivitamin for ladies, and in the winter I take extra Omega oils.

TL: Do you have "cheat" days where you can have whatever you want? If so, what is the appropriate amount of "cheat day(s)" in a week? In a month? 

CF: I don't really believe in "cheat days," because I try to always be happy with what I eat. I'm not depriving myself because I really don't bother eating foods that aren't yummy. When I do have some rich chocolatey goodness I take the time to savor it--and remember that eating two cookies really is plenty...beyond that the happiness level seems to diminish (portion-control really is key). Try rewarding yourself for good work with a mani, a massage or a fabulous new dress.

Connect with Cheri Fogleman on Twitter @CheriPaige 



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Happiness is Homemade: A True Lemon Interview with Kayla Schafer

February 11, 2014

​This week, our team caught up with Kayla Schafer, creator of Bake Me Happy. We’re so excited to share with you our very first blogger interviewee! Read on!

True Lemon: Kayla, great to have you as our guest this week! We first came across your edible Seahawk jerseys on Pinterest for our Super Bowl feature and our staff was absolutely in love! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what got you started in baking these delightful treats?

Kayla: Thank you! I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and started baking before I can remember with my both of my grandmas. I would bake mainly cookies with them, and they are some of my fondest childhood memories. As I got older, and could bake on my own, I would mainly bake from box cake mixes. In high school, I started exploring more with recipes from scratch - simple things, like chocolate mousse, but mainly cookies. Every holiday I would make chocolates for my close girlfriends using holiday-themed chocolate molds. I just loved how much my baking brought happiness and joy. It wasn’t until after I graduated college and got a kitchen of my own that my baking really started making leaps, mainly inspired by things I would find on Pinterest. 

True Lemon: When did you decide that it was time to make baking a full-time gig? Was there an a-ha moment for you?

Kayla:I actually do my baking as a part-time gig. I work full-time as the Marketing Director for my family’s business. But the a-ha moment that I could sell them came from the help and encouragement of my co-workers from my previous job. I love to bake because I myself have a sweet tooth, but I never want to eat ALL of what I baked. So I started bringing in cupcake creations to work and other desserts. My co-workers told me I should open up my own bakery but I didn’t think my treats were THAT good. So instead I decided to start taking some baking classes locally as well as watching YouTube videos to help grow my skill set. I love the challenge of trying something new and even if it doesn’t work out the first time, then I just try and take a class to help me. 

True Lemon: What are your top 3 all time favorite recipes? 

Kayla:My top favorite recipes are Chocolate Ganache CakePumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Apples and Chocolate Dizzle (for Breakfast or dessert!) and Jack and Coke Cupcakes.

True Lemon: What would be your biggest advice to someone who just started turning their baking into a business?

Kayla: Take a picture of everything you make, put it on your own website or blog, and pin it to Pinterest. Best free marketing ever!

Check out some of Kayla’s delightful treats below!

Peppermint Bark Cake Pops

Little Black Dress and Lipstick Tube Cookies

Seahawks Helmet Cookies



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Undressed Skeleton (February 2014)

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February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month

January 30, 2014

February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month

The month of February has long been synonymous with tender heart shapes and the color red—thanks to the annual celebration of Valentine’s Day! But there’s more reason than ever to be “heart conscious” and embrace the color of love this time each year because February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and a major cause of disability in our country. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and not enough exercise are all factors that increase your chances of developing heart disease. However, did you know that True Citrus products can help you cut your risk? 

High Blood Pressure: Researchers have found that lowering salt intake by just three grams per day would cut new cases of heart disease by a third. Eliminate the need for salt without sacrificing flavor by sprinkling 0-calorie True Lemon Pepper, True Lime Garlic & Cilantro, and True Orange Ginger onto your dishes. They’re perfect to use for cooking, baking and seasoning! 

Obesity: Drinking more water has been found to help people lose weight. Try upping your intake by drinking a glass before every meal and adding your favorite True Citrus flavor. We regularly hear from customers who say that using True Citrus products have helped them to more than double their water consumption. And don’t forget to exercise at least three times per week! Choose physical activities that raise your breathing and heart rate and strengthen your muscles. 

Diabetes: The American Diabetes Association published a study which proves that drinking water can help your body regulate its blood sugar and can lower your risk of getting Type II diabetes by as much as 30 percent! Many diabetes educators and dietitians recommend 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, and True Grapefruit, which all fall well below the recommended minimum sugar intake for people with diabetes. 

Unhealthy Diet: Switch to True Citrus products in water or sparkling water instead of high-calorie sodas or diet sodas, which are filled with chemicals and have been linked to strokes and heart attacks. Practice clean eating by getting rid of the junk food, artificial sweeteners (Our beverage mixes are only 5-10 calories and naturally sweetened with Stevia!) and processed foods. Eat a variety of foods from all food groups, focusing on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (nut butters, avocados, olive and coconut oil, raw nuts), wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, lean meats, poultry, eggs, fat-free dairy, and whole grains. A combination of working out and a balanced diet is essential to a healthier life! 

For more ways to stay heart healthy or for more information about heart disease, please visit www.heart.org or www.cdc.gov.

 



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Our Top 5 Picks for Superbowl XLVIII 2014

January 30, 2014

​We’re just around the corner from the biggest day in America, aka the SUPERBOWL. For those of you who are now tuning in, don’t worry there is still plenty of time to fix up a touchdown-worthy snackadiumLet’s be honest, the Superbowl wouldn’t be nearly the same without the company of classics: buffalo wings, nachos, chili dogs, and everything that makes America great. For those of us who won’t be participating in the sub-zero experience and spending the big day inside with the best HD views, we have some killer ideas for this year’s Superbowl festivities. So without further ado, here are our top 5 picks: 

1. Edible Seahawk Jerseys

For those of us who are Seahawks fans, these cookies look like a pretty sweet win. What do you think? (P.S.- if you don’t have time to prepare them yourself, hurry and get in touch with Kayla Shafer herself and maybe you’ll even get a discount if you order a big enough batch!) 

2. Grilled True Orange Ginger Teriyaki Wings

The only way we can see this go wrong is if you accidentally start eating all of them before they get to the table. Unfortunately, this does happen. Remember, you’re the host! Share the love. Get the full recipe here

3. Seven-Layer Dip (the non-guilt version)

We came across this recipe and thought to ourselves how brilliant these individual dips are! It’s the perfect portion and makes for a festive look! We recommend pre-making these and putting it away in the fridge until the guests arrive (it could be tempting otherwise). Get the full recipe here

4. The Man-Mosa

Assuming you’ll be indoors, why not make this summer time classic your drink of choice for the big game (we’re thinking you can skip on the Hawaiian-themed party accessories unless, of course, that was the intended plan).Get Danielle’s Man-Mosa recipe here. You can tweet her @Dee_Huest. (Also, If you’re out of orange juice, we found that using 8 packets of True Orange + 4 oz. of water does the trick!)

5. Snackadium

For those of you who didn’t catch“How To Build A Snackadium”on GMA Tuesday morning, we got you covered. A snackadium is exactly what it sounds like—a mini replica of a football stadium filled with all of your favorite Superbowl snacks in one place! We have high hopes for the snackadium and predict it will bring game changing performances everywhere. 

This wraps up our Top 5 Picks for this year’s Superbowl XLVIII! We’re curious to hear your favorites. Tweet at us or connect with us on Facebook. Looking forward to hearing all of your suggestions! True Lemon Team 

 

 



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Fremont Tribute (January 2014)

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‘Tis The Season Of Giving Back

December 3, 2013

‘Tis The Season Of Giving Back

In the rush-spend-give frenzy of the holidays, here at True Citrus we always try to think about those countless people and organizations that are truly in need. Celebrate the holiday spirit by donating to a charity of your choice! Below is list of charities we support. Give a gift in the name of someone you love (and ask your loved ones to do the same for you!):

Feeding America:1 in 6 Americans go to bed hungry. 1 in 5 American children go to bed hungry. Feeding America is our country’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. 

Adopt-A-Classroom: Connecting donors to classrooms, Adopt-A-Classroom works to help support the teachers who are teaching our children throughout this country. 

Heifer International: Based on the philosophy of teaching a man to fish, Heifer works to end hunger and poverty by providing means to teach self-reliance by bringing sustainable agriculture and business to areas with long histories of poverty. Donate a goat in the name of your favorite niece or a chicken to a close friend. 

UnicefUSA:Unicef works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives by providing healthcare and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

International Rescue Committee:International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope to those in worst need. 

Room to Read:Room to Read believes that one of the best ways we can improve the world is to make sure children receive an education. Working with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa, Room to Read focuses on helping to support the development of literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Humane Society:For your favorite animal lover, support one of the oldest non-profits working to make the lives of the animals we love safer. 

Fisher House:Salute our troops! This charity provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. 

World Wildlife Federation:Working to save endangered species here in the US and around the world, the WWF offers symbolic adoptions of your children’s favorite animals. Your donation helps to save our wildlife and gets your child a stuffed animal and a certificate of adoption. A win for you and the world!



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Sinful Nutrition (November 2013)

November 26, 2013

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Sinful Nutrition (November 2013)

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Keeping Holiday Partying In Check: A Survival Guide

November 25, 2013

Keeping Holiday Partying In Check: A Survival Guide

What would you rather do: spend 2 weeks on a deserted island or eat healthy during the holidays? A majority of us may choose the deserted island since the notion of healthy holiday eating brings feelings of deprivation, temptation and frustration. It does not have to be that way! Change those thoughts to satisfaction, conviction and gratification! With a bit of preparation and planning you can not only survive but enjoy this jovial time. The expectations that many of us have this time of year are unrealistic especially since the holiday season is the toughest time of the year to maintain healthy eating habits. Remember that moderation is the key to avoiding those extra holiday pounds without passing up the festivities. Make weight maintenance your goal and not weight loss at this time. Here’s what YOU can do to stay on track during the holidays and avoid watching January roll around only to make the same old resolutions! 

DITK TOP 10 HEALTHY HOLIDAY HINTS 

1.Stay committed to your training program! Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Physical activity is a wonderful weight management tool at this and every time of the year. Exercise can also help relieve stress, regulate appetite, and burn up extra calories. Our frenzied holiday schedules may tempt us to stray from our exercise regimen but you need to stay active to avoid weight gain. 

2.Try everything, but be aware of portion sizes! Eat small portions of a variety of foods rather than a large portion of one food. When you are eating a food that you know is not the healthiest choice, learn to satisfy yourself with a small portion. Do not feel that you must “clean your plate”. 

3.Eat breakfast every morning and never skip meals! Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. It jump starts your metabolism and helps to stave off hunger and cravings. Skipping meals can easily lead to unhealthy food choices. You never want to leave a meal totally full or enter a meal totally starving. 

4.Limit alcohol consumption! At first, select sparkling water with a citrus wedge which is very refreshing. If you do choose to then imbibe, alternate cocktails with unsweetened iced tea or seltzer to reduce the quantity of alcohol consumed. Drink 1 glass of non alcoholic, unsweetened beverage for each alcoholic beverage consumed. Choose wine, light beer or spirits mixed with no calorie beverages. 

5.Drink lots of water! Drinking water can decrease the chance of overeating by temporarily filling your stomach. Also, caffeine and alcohol can lead to dehydration which increases your need for water. 

6.Choose sensible munchies! When you first arrive to a party, choose mostly fruits and vegetables and dip with veggies instead of chips. Limit fried foods, high fat sauces and gravies and cheese cubes. 

7.Eat slowly and stop when you feel satisfied! Listen to your stomach! It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to signal your stomach that you’ve had enough. Pay attention to what it feels like to be satisfied and not full. 

8.Temptation is everywhere - Don’t let it sneak up on you! Never go to a party or event hungry. Prepare yourself for distractions by eating before you go. Have a small meal or a snack which contains a combination of carbohydrate, protein and a little healthy fat to fend off hunger, such as natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread or low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit. 

9.Visualize success! Make an action plan! Think about where you will be, who you will be with and what foods will be available. It’s much easier to deal with a difficult social eating situation if you’ve already planned for it. Parties are a time to mingle with friends and loved ones. Focus on conversation and nostalgia instead of on the food and drinks. Food very often is center stage of any party but you can guarantee success by visualizing the enjoyment of the company and not just the food and drink. 

10.Deprivation leads to overindulgence! Don’t spend all your time obsessing over the not-so-healthy delicacy that you’re really craving. Instead, allow a small portion and savor every mouthwatering bite so that you do not feel deprived. Eating a bit too much one day is not the end of the world! It takes consecutive days of unhealthy eating to gain weight. If you slip up, put it behind you and return to your healthy eating plan. You are in control of your lifestyle choices so choose wisely. It’s all about lifestyle changes, not diets! 

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Diane Henderiks, R.D., C.P.T.

 



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Thirsty Dudes (November 2013)

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Frontier Airlines Adds True Lemon®, True Lime™ and True Orange™  to In-Flight Beverage Services

November 14, 2013

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BALTIMORE, MD (November 11, 2013) Al Soricelli, CEO of True Citrus Co. announced today, that as of November, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ will be offered with beverage service on all Frontier Airlines flights. 

Frontier Airlines is a low-cost airline headquartered in Denver, Colorado. True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ packets will be added to their complimentary coffee, juices, soda and snack services. Passengers can now enjoy consistent, fresh-squeezed citrus taste from single-serving packets without the logistics, mess and waste involved in storing and serving fresh lemon, lime, and orange wedges. True Citrus products also allow passengers to easily add as much or as little citrus taste as they want to their beverage, making it ideal for water, hot/iced tea, sodas, and more. 

Frontier Airlines is the fourth airline to begin carrying True Citrus products as part of their in-flight beverage services. AirTan Airways, JetBlue Airways, and WestJet currently carry True Citrus products in their in-flight beverage services too.

About Frontier Airlines:Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., has been operating for 20 years, employs more than 4,500 aviation professionals, and operates more than 350 daily flights to over 80 destinations in the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico. When Frontier launched in 1994, they developed a concept that would distinguish them from other airlines and make each aircraft unique to their fleet. They are now universally recognized for their wildlife theme with their proud “spokeanimals” displayed on the tails of their aircrafts. For more information, visit www.flyfrontier.com.

About True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™:Made from 100% natural ingredients, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ provide consistent fresh-squeezed citrus taste and real flavor from real fruit. Created from a unique, patented process that cold-presses and crystallizes the juices and oils of citrus fruits, these products enable citrus to be enjoyed both in familiar and new usages, and are available in over 20,000 major food markets across the country. With 0 calories, 0 carbohydrates, 0g fat, and no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, of sodium, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ are the perfect complement to any balanced diet. For more information, visit www.truelemon.com

About True Citrus:True Citrus Co. is a Baltimore-based food and beverage development, manufacturing, and distribution company founded in 2003. The True Citrus team is both passionate about and dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s consumer by creating innovative food products that offer taste and convenience while complementing a healthy diet and providing a great value.

 



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Family Meal Makeovers: Eat Right. No Excuses.

March 14, 2013

Family Meal Makeovers: Eat Right. No Excuses.

Whether you’re out of “what’s for dinner” ideas or just looking to upgrade your meals, we’ve got a few helpful tips and tricks to help you rethink your shopping list and create easy, nutritious, inexpensive meals for you and your family.

Problem #1: “Healthy foods are more expensive.

Choose organic where it matters the most. Opt for organic foods on the newly extended “Dirty Dozen” (produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue) list only. These include: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, potatoes, green beans, and kale.

Freeze now, enjoy later. Produce is the cheapest when you buy it in season, so pick the ripest fruits and freshest veggies now and freeze them for up to six months. Buying frozen is also a great idea too! Frozen produce is still nutritious and timesaving too – no washing or chopping needed!

Buy in bulk.Save almost 90% on pantry staples by shopping the bulk bins. Lentils, oats, flax seeds, quinoa, nuts, tea, spices, and dried fruits are available in grocery stores like Whole Foods, Wegmans, Fresh Market and more. Just scoop, bag, and buy only what you need to cut down on waste and spend less!Did you know that True Citrus products come in bulk sizes too? Shop online to save 10% or more on your favorite flavors!

Problem #2: “There’s never enough time to cook. Take-out it is!” 

Keep it simple. Start building a recipe collection of 20-minute throw-together meals like stir-fries and salads. Here are some of our favorite time-saver dishes:
Get the kids involved.  Ask them to help out with the easier but sometimes more time-consuming tasks that set you back in the kitchen: washing produce, tossing a salad with dressing, stirring omelets or sauces, and even seasoning vegetables with their favorite True Citrus Spice Blend. (A blessing in disguise:kids become less picky about what they want to eat when they help make it!)

Buy ready-cooked. There’s nothing wrong with a box of easy and convenient one-minute rice! Packaged, precooked sides like rice, lentils, and polenta are all great hearty sides for almost any meal. Need something to wash them down with? Our True Lemonades are also a really fast and delicious accompaniment to every dish! With only 5 calories per serving and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, they’re absolutely perfect for both kids and adults alike. Just simply tear, pour, and stir or shake into water and voila! They’re available in both single-serving and family-friendly sizes.

Problem #3: “I have no idea how much I should or shouldn’t be eating.” 

Follow the rule of palm.Aside from staying full with at least eight glasses of water with delicious, zero-calorie, all-natural True Citrus,here’s another easy way to control what you eat at meals. All you need are your two hands!
  • Vegetables: take a serving that fits in your two open hands
  • Grains: take a serving the size of your closed fist
  • Meat/Proteins: a serving the size of your palm (about the size of a deck of cards)
  • Fruit: your closed fist is plenty for fruit, with or between meals
  • Fats (oils, mayo, etc.): the tip of the thumb (tip to first knuckle)
Size does matter.  You’d be surprised to learn what a cup of cereal, a tablespoon of oil, or an ounce of nuts actually looks like. By not measuring every time you cook, you risk packing on more calories and fat into your meal. Keep your measuring cups and spoons handy at all times!

Problem #4: “Water is my family’s last-choice beverage.”

Add a burst of fresh-squeezed flavor. There are so many drink mixes and water enhancers out there that are loaded with tons of preservatives, artificial ingredients and sweeteners. (Not to mention they’re fake tasting too!) True Citrus products, however, make it easy for you to love your water and feel great about drinking it!  No matter your preference - whether you love just a light, unsweetened fresh-squeezed taste or crave the sweet taste of lemonade - True Citrus has a delicious, 100% natural choice that you and your family will love!

Keep it top of mind. Fill a pitcher with water and store it front and center in the fridge. Staying hydrated with cold water boosts metabolism, and easy access makes it more likely that kids will drink up! The American Association of Pediatrics has given a first-time ever recommendation for kids and teens to drink water and stay away from drinks with carbohydrates, including energy drinks, sports drinks, and caffeinated sodas. Instead, add a packet of 100% natural True Lemon Original Lemonade,True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade, or True Lemon Iced Tea – now available in 2-quart pitcher size packs!

Tote it. Moms should aim for 72 ounces of water daily to help maintain energy since dehydration can lead to fatigue. That might seem like a lot, but if you sip throughout the day, you’ll easily reach your quota. Encourage the habit by keeping a water bottle and your favorite True Citrus products with you at all times. Our True Packet Totes and Caddies make it easy to keep convenient fresh-squeezed citrus taste available anytime, anywhere!

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How do you overcome obstacles to eating right? Let us know in the comments section below or sharing with us by email at [email protected], on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Source: Family Meal Makeovers (www.FamilyCircle.com)

  

 

 



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Learn to Love Your Body, From The Inside Out.

January 29, 2013

Learn to Love Your Body, From The Inside Out.

Here at True Citrus we’re all about staying “True” to our bodies and what we put in them. Unlike other water enhancers and powdered soft drinks, ours are the only products made from the juices and oils of real fruit and 100% natural ingredients. With no artificial colors, sweeteners, sodium or preservatives, you can feel good about adding your favorite True Citrus products to your water because they taste great and they’re good for you!

And while what we drink and eat everyday can impact how we’re feeling about our bodies, it’s important to remember that we are greater than the sum of our individual parts. As women, we know that many of us struggle with our body image and spend too much energy focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves rather than what makes us special. (Thankfully the world is not nearly as critical of us as we often are of ourselves!) Too many of us still diet until we’re dizzy and succumb to society’s false expectations of achieving the so-called “perfect” body. But here at True Citrus, where we all come in different shapes and sizes, we are always complimenting each other and encouraging each other in our efforts to stay healthy or become healthier. We hope that this month (and every day moving forward), you too will focus on LOVING your body (if you don’t already) – for all that it can do and the miracle that it is right this very second.  And if you need some tips and tricks to start to do that, then read below!

  • Start moving – even a little.It’s so easy to reach for food to deal with our emotions – stress, fatigue, worry, and even happiness. Instead try just once - today, this week or this month – to channel those emotions into some sort of movement, whether a total-body workout or getting up from your desk to walk around your office. Whether you need a quick boost, an energy lift, or even a way to celebrate something great in your life, exercise can help you turn your focus from appearance to gratitude for everything your body enables you to do. A moving body is a beautiful body! (And studies show that even the smallest change in the amount of exercise you’re getting can have a big impact on how your body feels and operates.)
  • Step off the scale.When you move away from letting the scale steal your happiness and be a gauge of self-worth, you’ll start to build a truly loving relationship with your body. Learning to love your body and be accepting of everything – strengths and flaws – is a journey, but one well worth it!
  • Dare tonotcompare.Like everything in life, if you’re always comparing yourself to others, you’ll often end up feeling inadequate and unhappy about your body or life. So choose not to do it! No single body (or life!) is perfect, and your body is the only body you will ever have. Accept it. Love it. And try to stop wasting time disliking any single part of it. Feel proud of your body – exactly as it is today.  
  • Focus on what helps you feel good.Taking care of your body shouldn’t be a chore.You should eat healthier because it makes you feel good and keeps you from anything that leaves you feeling guilty or unsatisfied. You should exercise because it energizes you, keeps you focused, and prolongs the quality of your life. Whether or not these things make you thinner is not the point. Eating right and moving your body are essential to your overall well-being.

How have you already learned to love your body? Let us know via [email protected]Facebook or Twitter!



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Make Better Life Resolutions for 2013

January 14, 2013

Make Better Life Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year! Happy 2013!

As the team here at True Citrus is reflecting upon 2012, we’re also thinking about what changes we want to make in 2013. And instead of making the same old New Year’s resolutions year after year (which some of us tend to break before the end of the first month anyway), we’re making some Better Life resolutions.

While traditional New Year’s resolutions are often about the outer us, this year we’re trying some New Year resolutions that focus on the inner us. While we obviously practice these already (since we are a pretty nice group of people!), in 2013 we want to do a better job of embracing and practicing our list below because we think that they can make a big difference not only in our own personal lives, but also to those around us. Here are our Better Life Resolutions:

1.   We’re eating breakfast. Whether it’s a lack of appetite or the result of a hectic schedule, we sometimes skip the most important meal of the day. But we know that it’s true – eating breakfast helps our brain and our metabolism. Therefore, we’re not allowing ourselves any excuses about not eating breakfast. We’re fueling up every morning for a productive day!

2.    We’re practicing kindness more. We’re not going to underestimate the power of a simple gesture – a smile, a held door, a touch on the shoulder, a call to someone who is having a hard time - to change a day and even a life.

3.    We’re giving compliments more often. We’re telling our mom and dad how much we appreciate them, we’re telling our co-workers what a good job they did, we’re telling our children how much we like their painting, and we’re telling our significant other thanks for the great dinner. Whatever the reason, we’re taking the time to recognize those around us because the truth is that one of the greatest human needs is to feel appreciated.

4.    We’re getting better at saying no.  We don’t have to be super women (or super men). We don’t have to do everything for everybody. It’s actually important to set boundaries for ourselves. And while this may be particularly hard for us women, we’re going to try to do this without any guilt!

5.   We’re getting better at finding a balance. We tried in 2012 and, while we made some progress, we’re going to get even better at this big challenge in 2013. Our families and social life are just as important as our work life, so we’re going to try to recognize that we need to make quality time for both.

6.   And with that, we’re going to try to keep our focus in the moment. It’s so easy to think about all we have to do at home when we’re at work and all we have to do at work when we’re at home. However, we’re going to try to remind ourselves to focus on the present. The to-do list isn’t going anywhere whether we’re focusing on the moment or not.

7.  We’re reading more. Expanding our horizons, improving our memory, using our imagination. The power of reading!

8.  We’re smiling.  A genuine smile can brighten any room. And besides increasing happiness, smiling can relieve stress (it’s true according to a study from the University of Kansas!), boost confidence, and even make us look younger!

What are your 2013 Better Life Resolutions? 



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Momgen Reviews (December 2012)

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An Ordinary Housewife (November 2012)

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Bitz ‘N Pieces of My Life (November 2012)

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Couponing For Everyday Living (November 2012)

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Gathering My Roses (November 2012)

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We Like To Party! Stress-Free Strategies For Your Next Holiday Shindig

November 20, 2012

We Like To Party! Stress-Free Strategies For Your Next Holiday Shindig

Many of us look forward to the holiday season for lots of reasons: spending time with friends & family, admiring the beautiful lights & decorations, and consuming copious amounts of delicious food and crafty cocktails. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But, if you want to be sure that you fit into that little black dress that you’ve been waiting all year to flaunt at an upcoming holiday party or festive celebration, make an effort to drop a few pounds and slim down before the feasting season begins. (And then maybe you won’t feel so guilty about indulging in a cookie here or there!)

Listed below are a few calorie-slashing tips for your pre-holiday weight-loss goals. As a reference, new research shows that a 165-pound woman has to pare off 480 calories a day to lose 5 pounds in one month. Heavier (195 pounds)? Cut 515 calories. Lighter (135 calories?) Trim 435. Start dropping!

1. Subtract. Eliminate sugary, artificially sweetened drinks (sodas, energy drinks, and juices) and avoid alcohol, which are full of empty calories and can wreck havoc on your metabolism.Drink water with 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, or True Grapefruit instead.

2. Skip. Pass on fast-food and sit-down meals as they can contain more than half of your daily caloric needs. Even with healthier options, you’d be much better off preparing your own meals.

3. Swap. Every dieter has temptations. Trade your high-calorie picks for skinnier substitutions like these: 

Breakfast

4 French toast sticks vs. 2 whole-grain waffles

You save: 202 calories

Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon vs. egg, cheese, and bacon on an English muffin

You save: 290 calories

Cinnamon raisin bagel vs. 2 mini-cinnamon raisin bagels

You save: 181 calories

Lunch

1 cheese calzone vs. 1 slice of stuffed-crust pizza

You save: 410 calories

Grilled veggie burrito vs. chicken burrito bowl

You save: 160 calories

2 slices of whole wheat bread vs. 1 whole wheat wrap

You save: 70 calories

Dinner

Steak fajitas with flour tortillas vs. shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas

You save: 400 calories

1-cup plain spaghetti vs. 1-cup spaghetti squash

You save: 179 calories

Meat loaf made from 85% lean ground beef vs. meat loaf made with white-meat ground turkey

You save: 100 calories per slice

Sides

1-cup mashed potatoes vs. 1 small baked sweet potato

You save: 183 calories

Condiments

1-tbsp hoisin sauce vs. 1-tbsp soy sauce

You save: 27 calories

1-tbsp light mayo vs. 1-tbsp mustard

You save: 39 calories (80 calories for regular mayo)

2-tbsp coffee creamer vs. 2-tbsp skim milk

You save: 48 calories

2-tbsp sour cream vs. 2-tbsp plain yogurt

You save: 30 calories

Snacks

½-cup raisins vs. 1-cup grapes

You save: 113 calories

Small order of nachos vs. 1-cup chili with 1-tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and 10 tortilla chips

You save: 300 calories

Potato chips vs. plain popcorn sprinkled with True Lime

You save: 50 calories per 25g serving

Beverages

5-oz. glass of wine vs. 6-oz. wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

You save: 50 calories

16-oz. blended coffee drink vs. 16-oz. non-fat latte

You save: 150 calories

1-cup skim milk vs. 1-cup pure almond milk

You save: 30 calories

4. Sweat. Exercise (shopping does count!) can easily help you blast fat and tone up. Aim for at least 20-35 minutes of exercise per day, and opt for interval workouts, which can burn off a quick 350 calories or more! Short on time? Here’s a few quickie workouts we love: Walking outside briskly (30-min; 150 calories burned) Elliptical as a swift walking pace (26-min; 150 calories burned) Jogging on a treadmill at 5mph (9-min; 100 calories burned) Light weight-lifting (13-min; 50 calories burned) Jumping rope (13-min;50 calories burned) It is possible to lose weight before, during, and after the holidays if you are both willing and determined. These are only a few tips that will help you succeed, however you will find there are many other ways to cut calories, while still enjoying the season. Do you have any advice for those about to face the feeding frenzy ahead? Share with us in the comments section below!



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Savor The Flavor (November 2012)

November 19, 2012



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Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

November 9, 2012

Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

Many of us look forward to the holiday season for lots of reasons: spending time with friends & family, admiring the beautiful lights & decorations, and consuming copious amounts of delicious food and crafty cocktails. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But, if you want to be sure that you fit into that little black dress that you’ve been waiting all year to flaunt at an upcoming holiday party or festive celebration, make an effort to drop a few pounds and slim down before the feasting season begins. (And then maybe you won’t feel so guilty about indulging in a cookie here or there!)


Listed below are a few calorie-slashing tips for your pre-holiday weight-loss goals. As a reference, new research shows that a 165-pound woman has to pare off 480 calories a day to lose 5 pounds in one month. Heavier (195 pounds)? Cut 515 calories. Lighter (135 calories?) Trim 435. Start dropping!1. Subtract. Eliminate sugary, artificially sweetened drinks (sodas, energy drinks, and juices) and avoid alcohol, which are full of empty calories and can wreck havoc on your metabolism.Drink water with 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, or True Grapefruit instead.2. Skip. Pass on fast-food and sit-down meals as they can contain more than half of your daily caloric needs. Even with healthier options, you’d be much better off preparing your own meals.3. Swap. Every dieter has temptations. Trade your high-calorie picks for skinnier substitutions like these: 

Breakfast

4 French toast sticks vs. 2 whole-grain waffles

You save: 202 calories

Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon vs. egg, cheese, and bacon on an English muffin

You save: 290 calories

Cinnamon raisin bagel vs. 2 mini-cinnamon raisin bagels

You save: 181 calories

Lunch

1 cheese calzone vs. 1 slice of stuffed-crust pizza

You save: 410 calories

Grilled veggie burrito vs. chicken burrito bowl

You save: 160 calories

2 slices of whole wheat bread vs. 1 whole wheat wrap

You save: 70 calories

Dinner

Steak fajitas with flour tortillas vs. shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas

You save: 400 calories

1-cup plain spaghetti vs. 1-cup spaghetti squash

You save: 179 calories

Meat loaf made from 85% lean ground beef vs. meat loaf made with white-meat ground turkey

You save: 100 calories per slice

Sides

1-cup mashed potatoes vs. 1 small baked sweet potato

You save: 183 calories

Condiments

1-tbsp hoisin sauce vs. 1-tbsp soy sauce

You save: 27 calories

1-tbsp light mayo vs. 1-tbsp mustard

You save: 39 calories (80 calories for regular mayo)

2-tbsp coffee creamer vs. 2-tbsp skim milk

You save: 48 calories

2-tbsp sour cream vs. 2-tbsp plain yogurt

You save: 30 calories

Snacks

½-cup raisins vs. 1-cup grapes

You save: 113 calories

Small order of nachos vs. 1-cup chili with 1-tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and 10 tortilla chips

You save: 300 calories

Potato chips vs. plain popcorn sprinkled with True Lime

You save: 50 calories per 25g serving

Beverages

5-oz. glass of wine vs. 6-oz. wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

You save: 50 calories

16-oz. blended coffee drink vs. 16-oz. non-fat latte

You save: 150 calories

1-cup skim milk vs. 1-cup pure almond milk

You save: 30 calories
4. Sweat. Exercise (shopping does count!) can easily help you blast fat and tone up. Aim for at least 20-35 minutes of exercise per day, and opt for interval workouts, which can burn off a quick 350 calories or more! Short on time? Here’s a few quickie workouts we love: Walking outside briskly                       30-min  150 calories burned Elliptical as a swift walking pace        26-min  150 calories burned Jogging on a treadmill at 5mph        9-min    100 calories burned Light weight-lifting                              13-min  50 calories burned Jumping rope                                     13-min  50 calories burned It is possible to lose weight before, during, and after the holidays if you are both willing and determined. These are only a few tips that will help you succeed, however you will find there are many other ways to cut calories, while still enjoying the season. Do you have any advice for those about to face the feeding frenzy ahead? Share with us in the comments section below!



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Frozen Foods: Making the Healthy Choice

October 23, 2012

Frozen Foods: Making the Healthy Choice

While dietitians, doctors, and nutritionists alike recommend fresh, wholesome foods for a healthy diet, there’s no question that many of us embrace frozen foods as time and budget savers. Whether it’s for convenience, lack of culinary skills, or portion control, frozen meals can be a quick and viable alternative to non-frozen natural foods (as long as you’re making the right choices).

Below are a few guidelines to follow the next time you go to reach for your favorite frozen foods:

    1. Aim for sustainable practices.Choose packaging and trays made of recycled or compostable materials. If an item is organic, check whether it’s made in the United States, as other countries don’t use the same organic standards. 

      2.Select meals with 350-500 calories.While you may be tempted to buy meals that boast less than 200 calories per serving, they won’t provide a substantial amount of energy or the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs from a meal. Plus, you’ll be more tempted to indulge in a high-calorie low-nutrition snack later.

        3. Look for a short list of ingredients and no added sugar.If the ingredient list features more unknown, scientific-sounding words than identifiable wholesome foods, you may be dealing with a highly processed, low-fiber entrée.

          4. Limit unhealthful fats.Choose meals with no more than 2g saturated fat and no trans fat. To determine whether a product truly contains no trans fat (whether or not the label says 0g), be sure to read the ingredient list carefully. If “partially hydrogenated oil” is listed, the product does contain traces of trans fat and therefore, is not the best choice. Instead, opt for frozen entrées that use heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, like olives and olive oil and/or canola oil.

            5. Seek low-sodium or “no sodium added” items.Sodium content is among the worst and most common offenders of frozen foods. The average healthy person should consume no more than 2300mg ofsodiumper day. Many packaged meals exceed this with 1000mg per serving or more in many cases. Be sure to read labels carefully, and select items that contain no more than 600mg of sodium per serving. Need more flavor?Give any fresh or frozen entrée a pop of citrus flavor with a sprinkle of 0-calorie, sodium-free True Lemon, True Lime, or True Orange!

              6. Don’t skimp on the essentials.If you’re going to eat a frozen meal for dinner, make sure it contains all the components of a healthy home-cooked dish! Look for entrées with at least ½ cup of fruits and/or veggies, about ½ to 1 cup of whole grains, 14 to 21 grams of protein, and at least 5 grams of fiber. For any entrée that’s low in fruits and veggies, you can always add a side salad or slice an apple to serve with it.

                 

                Frozen Foods We Love:

                Kashi®Steam Meals Chicken Fettuccine

                Kashi®Sweet & Sour Chicken 

                Kashi®Black Bean Mango

                Organic Bistro Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon

                Cedar Lean All Natural Minestrone Soup and Mediterranean Wrap

                Amy’s®Light in Sodium Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada

                Amy’s®Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna

                Healthy®Choice Lemon Garlic Chicken

                Healthy®Choice Golden Roasted Turkey Breast

                Healthful frozen food options allow you to have your convenience and eat it too with little or no nutrition trade-off. By following the simple guidelines above, you can feel good about your next meal choice – one box at a time. 

                 

                [SOURCE: Healthier Frozen Foods by Maura Keller (Today's Dietitian)]

                 



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                Your Most Common Dinner Challenges - Solved.

                October 18, 2012

                Your Most Common Dinner Challenges - Solved.

                Does getting a meal on the table every night stress you out? Like most parents (especially Moms), figuring out what to cook for both you and your family day after day can be quite the challenge. 

                Whether you’re in a cooking rut, you struggle to find healthy meals (that are also delicious), or you just feel like don’t have the time - we’re here to help you make meal-planning one less thing on your plate!

                Below are three of the most common hurdles faced to getting dinner on the table. And we’re sharing a few smart tips and recipe ideas to help solve those challenges, as well as keep you organized, inspired, and calm in the kitchen.

                Challenge #1: ”I need dinners that are both healthyanddelicious.”The Solutions:1. Balance your diet

                Fill you plate with the following food groups:

                • Lean proteins (chicken breasts, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, tofu)
                • High-fiber or whole-grain carbs (wild rice, lentils, fruit, veggies)
                • Healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, avocados)

                2. Spice up lean proteinsJust using salt and pepper for seasoning can make cooking taste very bland. Give your dishes a zesty kick with these three splice blends using 0-calorie, sodium-free True Citrus flavors:

                3. Go for the greensVitamin-packed veggies are the key to a healthy diet. Here are three lean and green recipes we love:

                4. Bulk up pastas with veggies

                  You can still enjoy pasta as long as you substitute with whole-grain noodles and incorporate a lean protein and/or veggies. Below are three pasta recipes we can’t resist with the added zing of True Lemon:

                  5. Move after meals

                    Enjoy a long, brisk walk after dinner. A walk is a great way to wind down after a big meal instead of flopping on the couch to watch TV. And don’t forget to grab a water bottle with your favorite True Citrus flavor!Challenge #2: ”I don’t have time to cook.”The Solutions:1. Befriend the slow cooker

                      Slow-cooked meals make the best leftovers – and they’re super quick & easy too! Perfect for when you know it’s going to be a long day. Here’s a recipe we really like:Cilantro-Lime Chicken

                      Prep: 10 minutes | Total Time: 4 hours to 8 hours | Serves 6

                      • 1 (16 oz) jar salsa
                      • 1 (1.25 oz) package dry taco seasoning mix
                      • 6 packets True Lime dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
                      • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
                      • 3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

                      Place salsa, taco seasoning, True Lime juice, and cilantro into a slow cooker; stir to combine. Add chicken breasts, and stir to coat with the salsa mixture. Cover the cooker, set to low, and cook 6-8 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks to serve. Serve with rice and veggies.2. Stock up for spur-of-the-moment meals

                        Keep healthy, long-lasting staple grocery items (see below) on hand that can be used to whip up quick, delicious dinners.             Pantry

                        • True Lemon
                        • Pasta
                        • Canned beans
                        • Canned tomatoes
                        • Jarred tomato sauce
                        • Rice, quinoa, couscous, and various grains
                        • Chicken or vegetable broth
                        • Peanut butter
                        • Olive oil
                        • Garlic
                        • Onions
                                     Refrigerator
                        • Eggs
                        • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
                        • Parmesan
                        • Cheddar
                        • Tortillas
                        • Parsley
                        • Dijon mustard
                                     Freezer
                        • Chicken breasts
                        • Sweet Italian sausage
                        • Frozen shrimp
                        • Frozen vegetables (peas, corn, spinach)
                        • Frozen tortellini or ravioli
                        • Frozen pizza dough
                        • Bacon
                        • Nuts (almonds or walnuts)
                        • Bread
                        3. Dress up simple mains with tasty sides

                          Believe it or not, you can throw together a fresh, flavorful side dish loaded with nutritious nuts or veggies in the time that it takes to prepare a box of mac & cheese. These super-fast sides pair perfectly with lean (and easy) proteins:

                          4. Shortcuts are great, but read the fine print

                            A frozen pizza or burrito can be time saver, but be smart about what you buy. A healthy pick should have about 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 18 grams of protein per serving. Pair with a salad or side (like those listed above), and you’ll have yourself a meal! 

                            5. Eat together (when you can)

                              Family time is important time. Make it a priority to have dinner with the kids even if it’s just one night a week. Encourage them to help with the preparations too! 

                              Challenge #3: ”I’m always winging it.”The Solutions:1. Make a flexible shopping list

                              Don’t let your cravings guide your menu planning! Cut down on supermarket trips (without sacrificing spontaneity) by creating weekly flexibleshopping lists.

                              • Create a standing list of staple grocery items that the family uses every week (i.e. milk, cereal, fruit, etc.)
                              • Sit down with your family and decide on one or two recipes that they would like to have that week. (Leave the rest of the meals open). Add the ingredients to your list.
                              • Add one protein and one vegetable for each of the remaining dinners for the week. You can decide on when and how to use them later. The important thing is that you’ll have plenty of options on hand!
                              2. Keep a cache of easy recipes

                                Great food doesn’t have to equate to lots of preparation and cooking time. Here are a few fast dinners that are loaded with flavor (particularly citrus flavor!):

                                3. Teach them the basics

                                  Encourage the kids to help out in the kitchen, and teach them a little Culinary 101: Work Smart

                                  • Before starting a meal, read the recipe all the way through. Then preheat the oven, if necessary.
                                  • Make sure you have all your ingredients and equipment on-hand and pulled out.
                                  • Before you start cooking, prep all the ingredients according to the instructions.
                                  Work Safely
                                  • Position the handles of pots and pans over the counter or the store to prevent accidents.
                                  • Place a damp kitchen towel under your cutting board to prevent the board from slipping.
                                  • Wash your hands and any boards and knives that have come into contact with raw meat immediately to prevent cross contamination.
                                  Work Clean
                                  • Keep a kitchen towel close by for wiping dirty hands and handling hot pans.
                                  • Wipe down cutting boards as you go.
                                  • Work near a trashcan or keep a trashcan in the prep area to dispose of trimmings and peels.

                                  4. Add pizzazz to snack timeTo keep both you and your kids satisfied until supper, prepare some nutritious & delicious snacks to munch on in the meantime. A quick one we love: sprinkling a little True Lime over plain popcorn instead of sodium-laden salt. Here’s a few more to try:

                                  5.    Get inspired

                                    Use cookbooks and photos for inspiration. They can give you ideas for creative combinations! Love cooking and/or baking with all-natural True Lemon, Lime, or Orange? We have hundreds of deliciousrecipesto browse through and try! 

                                    Do you have a dinner challenge you would like solved? Do you have additional solutions of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below!

                                    Source:Take Back Dinnertime(www.realsimple.com)

                                     



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                                    Want Good Health? There’s an App for That! 

                                    October 9, 2012

                                    Want Good Health? There’s an App for That! 

                                    Nowadays cell phones are used for far more than making calls and sending texts. A growing number of experts are saying that mobile devices may be the next big breakthrough in public health.

                                    With thousands of mobile apps readily available for download, they work to provide a level of efficiency in our lives, and help us to better take care of ourselves. From tracking fitness results or diet trends, to managing grocery lists and doctors’ appointments, mobile apps can definitely have a big impact on our health and wellness.

                                    Anyone can download a fitness or health app onto his or her smartphone. However, we’ve got a few tips that will help you make the most of them and keep good health right at your fingertips!

                                    1. Set-up “be healthy” appointments. Use your reminder function to prompt you to take your medication or vitamins, schedule work-outs (so you’ll never have an excuse to miss them), and even put you to bed on time. You can even take your reminders to a whole new level by customizing your alarms with motivating messages like - “Drink more water with True Lemon!”

                                    An app we love: Remember the Milk.

                                    2. Use your timer. Make scheduling tasks and prioritizing activities easier by timing them. Whether it’s brushing your teeth, holding a plank pose, or tracking interval times at the gym, your timer can help to track day-to-day tasks. It’s a great way to polish up on your time-management skills in an effort to finish things more accurately, efficiently and conveniently.  

                                    An app we love: Elapsed.

                                    3. Track your progress. Fitness apps can be used for tracking a variety of workouts, so be sure to make the most of yours. Some features include tracking your speed, distance, route, and calories. Most of these apps allow you to share your progress socially with friends. So, grab a buddy and get moving!

                                    An app we love: Nike+ Running.

                                    4. Eat healthy. Some apps can be used to take the guesswork out of deciphering food labels, evaluating ingredients, and finding healthier alternatives. Some grocery stores even let you download their weekly circulars to stay up-to-date on the freshest food deals!

                                    An app we love: Fooducate.

                                    5. Stay motivated. No matter who you are or what you’re doing, everyone needs a little motivation from time-to-time. Whether it’s personal or professional, there are lots of apps that can help you with motivation, organization, and ultimately just help you get things done!

                                    An app we love: Wonderful Day.

                                    You can also get your dose of motivational quotes, photos and ideas that help to “keep you true” by signing up for our weekly Packetful of Happy email subscription.

                                    Do you have an app(s) that you swear by? Share them with us in the comment section below!

                                     

                                    Source: 6 Clever Ways Your Smartphone Makes You Healthy by: Deborah A. Wilburn (www.realage.com) 



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                                    6 More Reasons to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit to the Curb. 

                                    September 25, 2012

                                    6 More Reasons to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit to the Curb. 

                                     

                                    We know you’ve heard it all before - diet soda is bad news for your body. It’s actually one of the biggest culprits in the national weight gain problem for Americans. (Yikes!)

                                    However, your waistline isn’t the only thing you should worry about the next time you grab a glass of that caramel bubbly. We’ve got a few more reasons why you should ditch the diet soda craze for good.


                                    1. Kidney     Failure. In a recent study, researchers found that diet soda is     associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline in women who     consumed more than two diet sodas per day. That’s bad. So, do something     good for you kidneys instead. Use True Lemon! It’s been proven to not only help you drink more     water,    but also to help prevent kidney     stones too!

                                    2. Metabolism     Meltdown. Studies show that just one diet soda per day may be linked     to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome (the group of symptoms including     belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease). Unlike     diet soda, water with True     Lemon is a great way to help you boost your metabolism.  Researchers have     estimated that increasing daily water consumption by about 6 cups can burn     up to 17,400 calories a year, which equates to 5 pounds per year. Lemon     and Vitamin C  (each serving of True     Lemon has 25% of your RDA) have also been proven to have fat-burning     effects.

                                    3. Weight     Gain. The more diet sodas you drink, the greater your risk of becoming overweight.    Downing just two or more cans per day have been proven to increase     waistlines by a striking 500%. The culprit: artificial sweeteners - they disrupt your     body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake, making you crave more.    The solution: stick with 100%  natural beverages like water with True Lemon Original     or Raspberry Lemonade. They’re naturally sweetened with Stevia     and are only 5 calories per serving! 

                                    4. Horrible     Hangovers. According to a recent hospital study,  cocktails made     with diet soda will get you drunker, faster.  Sugar-free mixers allow     liquor to enter your bloodstream much quicker than those without sugar,    leaving you with a bigger buzz and a killer headache. Whether you’re a happy     hour frequenter or nightclub hopper, stick with vodka, seltzer water     and a packet of 0-calorie True Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Grapefruit instead.

                                    5. Tooth     Decay. With a pH of 3.2,    diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference,  the pH of battery acid     is 1.) Acid dissolves enamel, and in turn,  adults who drink three or more     sodas per day have far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more     fillings. Want to keep your smile as beautiful as ever? With a pH level of     7, stick with water instead. Say, cheese!

                                    6. Reproductive Issues. Just drinking diet     soda alone has its consequences, but have you thought about how what you     drink it out of can affect you too? Soft drink cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor     bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease     to obesity to reproductive problems.  That’s a lot harm packed in one can of     pop!

                                    The moral of this story: If you want to make a big difference in your waistline and your overall health, just say no to soda and stick with water instead. As experts say “the natural choice for hydration is water. Water hydrates better than any other liquid.”

                                     



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                                    How to Have a Healthy Back-to-School Start.

                                    September 12, 2012

                                    How to Have a Healthy Back-to-School Start.

                                    With school starting back up, kids will be far more exposed to sicknesses than they were during the summer months. And that means that the rest of us will also be more prone to illness too. However, there are some easy precautions you and your family can take to help get through the fall and winter to help minimize your chances of getting sick.

                                    Hand washing is the single most important thing any of us can do to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. (Teach your kids that they should wash their hands in warm water for as long as it takes them to sing “Happy Birthday”.) Equally important is to maintain a well-balanced diet. In addition to aiding the immune system fight off germs and viruses, a well-balanced diet also ensures good brain health. A healthy brain helps to stimulate longer attention spans and better retention of information, which are crucial in the classroom and the workplace. 

                                    Below are a few tips to help get your kids and their eating habits back on track this upcoming school season. (And yes, they apply to adults too!)

                                    • Pack water. Kids get dehydrated during the day, and     unlike sugary juices, sodas, and sports drinks, plain water is the best beverage for hydration,    which can help with mental alertness. Because     sporadic trips to the water-fountain are not enough (not to mention it’s a     breeding ground for germs – yuck!), be sure to send a water bottle and     some packets of nutritionist-approved, all-natural True     Citrus flavors along with your kid’s lunchbox or backpack. They     turn water into a healthy and delicious treat that kids love and you can     feel good about giving them!
                                    • Familiarize. Don’t ignore the school lunch program. Learn     what’s on the menu so that you can encourage your kids to make smart     choices when they’re available. Remember, balance is key, so if they’re     reaching for pizza, make sure they grab a side of veggies and fruit too.
                                    • Get them involved. When you’re packing lunches, ask for their     input. By taking trips to the grocery store and creating weekly meal charts together, they’ll be more likely to eat     whatever’s in their bag instead of trading it for chips and cookies.
                                    • Be creative. Just like us, kids get bored of the same-old     things. The more fun the food, the more likely they’ll eat it! Pick a     theme, swap the bread, or mix a snack. Our Avocado, Cucumber & Ham ‘Sushi’    Sandwiches and True Lemon Chex Chow are two     snacks ideas we love. You can even include a few packets of their favorite     True Citrus flavor to enjoy straight up! Have them pour     a packet directly into their mouth for a 0-calorie, sugar-free, yummy     citrus kick!

                                    A great start to the school year also means the healthiest start possible. Keep these tips top of mind as you (and your kids) start to get back into the education groove again! 



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                                    Drive in the “Healthy Lane” During Your Next Road Trip.

                                    August 29, 2012

                                    Drive in the “Healthy Lane” During Your Next Road Trip.

                                    Sweet summer is coming to an end, and if you’re gearing up for a long holiday weekend this Labor Day, don’t let your health take the back seat.

                                    Believe it or not, there’s something about being in a car that makes you want to eat a lot of snacks. (We know the feeling!) Being miles away from your kitchen in addition to driving for hours without seeing anything more nutritionally promising than a gas station can really “crash” your diet. But, with a little smart packing and a good plan, you can eat almost as healthy on the road as you do at home. Here’s a few tips:

                                    Skip the drive-thru. While French fries are easy to eat with one hand, they’ll definitely add more unwanted junk in your trunk. Opt for fresh fruit instead that is low in calories and great for maintaining your electrolytes, which keep your muscles from getting stiff as you drive. Can’t finish it all in one bite? Sprinkle a little True Lemon over your fruit to keep it from browning during the ride.

                                    Pre-pack it. Not only will it help you to save on calories, but cash too! Plus, you’ll be more likely to eat foods that fight fatigue, increase your attention span, and keep you alert. Sandwiches on whole wheat bread will prevent you from feeling sluggish, and peppermints are healthier stimulants than caffeine, which can lead to energy crashes. Here are a few more of our travel food favorites: 

                                    • Homemade trail mix – Easy to make and will help keep you full and energized. Make sure to buy unsalted nuts and dried fruit without added sugar.
                                    • Multi or whole-grain crackers – If you’re craving carbs, these are great to munch on. Drop a few in single serving sized baggies beforehand to keep you from reaching for more.
                                    • String cheese – Cheese is great in moderation and a great source of calcium.
                                    • Popcorn – Opt for plain, unbuttered versions, and swap the salt for a few shakes of True Lime. A great way to add flavor without the added sodium.

                                    BYOW. Bring your own water. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay alert and energized. Aim to drink every hour or two so you don’t feel thirsty. And to help you consume more, flavor it with all natural (and super portable!) True Citrus packets.

                                    Watch your back. Smart snacking is important, but so is your posture when you’re in the car for an extended period of time. By fidgeting a little – gently twisting your torso from side to side when you’re at a red light – can help. Another tip: Make sure your can comfortably reach the pedals while keeping your knees bent and slightly higher than your hips.

                                    Road trips can be both fun and rewarding if you take the time to plan for the road ahead. So pack, prepare, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

                                    Is there a snack that you always pack before taking a trip? Let us know what keeps you out of the fast food joints and roadside convenience stores in the comments section below.



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                                    Can Late Night Munchies Affect Your Weight?

                                    August 15, 2012

                                    Can Late Night Munchies Affect Your Weight?

                                     

                                    When it comes to your waistline - how much you eat isn’t the only thing to be “consumed” with. When you eat can also make a difference in your weight too.

                                    Believe it or not, your body is more prone to burn and store fat at certain times of day. And new studies have shown that to burn the most fat, you need to go 12 hours without eating – say from 8:00pm to 8:00am. So, it’s important to time (literally) your calorie intake accordingly.

                                    Staying up and eating late has become a very recent phenomenon, but our bodies and our metabolisms aren’t hardwired to handle it. Nightly fasts are a crucial time for your body to burn fat, so the midnight rendezvous with your frig are definitely a no-go!

                                    In the habit of munching after dinner? Well, we’ve got a few tips to help you conquer cravings and keep late-night pantry raids under control.   

                                    Don’t Eat After Dark. During the day, your brain and muscles use some of the calories you eat for fuel, and the rest gets stored in your liver in the form of glycogen. At night, your body converts that glycogen into glucose which releases into your blood stream to keep your blood-sugar levels steady while you sleep. Once the stored glycogen is used up, your liver starts burning fat cells for energy. (Yup, you got it – you burn fat while you sleep!) However, it takes a couple of hours to use of a day’s glycogen stores – meaning that if you snack until late, and eat breakfast super early, your body may never have the opportunity to burn any fat before you start reloading your glycogen stores again.

                                    Solution: Snack during the day, then stop 12 hours before you plan to eat breakfast tomorrow. This should give your body enough time to burn all of the stored glycogen plus some fat every night. And remember – drinks count too! That bedtime glass of juice, warm milk, or even a diet soda disrupts you nighttime fast and fat burn. After dinner, stick to water with your favorite True Citrus product instead.

                                    Timing matters. While it’s important to stick to a regular sleep schedule, it’s also imperative that our internal clocks stay in sync too. Our digestive organs, particularly the liver, are programmed to perform most efficiently during the day. When we alternate from day to night job shifts, or week to weekend activities, our internal clocks never have the opportunity to reset themselves, which can set you up for weight gain if you’re eating while your digestive organs are “sleeping”.

                                    Solution: Try to eat your calories at the same time every day. Space meals three to five hours apart and aim for a mix of lean protein, good carbs, and healthy fats every meal. Sticking to a regular meal, sleep, and workout schedule will help keep your metabolism in tip-top shape.   

                                    Eat Breakfast Sooner Than Later. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast weigh less. Chowing down shortly after you wake up in the morning delivers a powerful metabolic jumpstart to your body, helping you to more efficiently use nutrients throughout the day. But, an important rule of thumb: if you eat a big dinner one night, say around 11:00pm, skip the morning meal in order to fit in a 12-hour fast. The idea that we must eat breakfast every day has become to ingrained into people’s minds that for late-night eaters, it means they end up eating around the clock.

                                    Solution: Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up, unless you ate late the night before. And be sure that your morning meal is protein-packed, like our True Orange Coconut Cream Protein Pancakes or our True Lemon Super Anti-Oxidant Smoothie, which will help you feel full and make you less likely to overeat all day – and into the night.

                                    As satisfying as midnight refrigerator raids may be, experts warn that post-dinner snack attacks can signal the start of a vicious cycle of weight gain. So, the next time the sun goes down, fight the nighttime nibbler within and head to bed. Good eating habits equate to a good night’s sleep and a better body. Sweet dreams!



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                                    The Main Squeeze (August 2012): 50% Off Products, In-Season Side Dishes

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                                      Scrumptious In-Season Side Dishes.

                                    If your shopping cart is overflowing with summer produce, we’ve got a few fabulous recipes just for you! Tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and peaches are just a few of our seasonal favorites this month. Stock up and start cookin’ because these scrumptious side dishes are guaranteed to satisfy!

                                    Stuffed Tomatoes with a True Lemon Vinaigrette   True Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes   True Lemon Orzo Salad with Corn & Tomatoes   Fresh Peach Salsa with True Lime
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                                      50% Off All True 30-Count Lemonades 50% Off All True 30-Count Lemonades, 100-count and 500-count Products, and 10.7-Ounce Shakers + $2.95 Shipping

                                    Only a few more weeks of summer remain. And with the sun still beating down on us, it’s absolutely essential to remain cool and hydrated with lots of h20 and your favourite True Citrus products! Now through the end of August, you’ll save BIG (literally) on both bulk and larger quantity sizes.

                                    Receive 50% off 30-count True Original and Raspberry Lemonade; 100-count True Lemon, Lime, and Orange; 500-count True Lemon, Lime, and Grapefruit; 10.7-ounce True Lemon and Lime shakers + $2.95 shipping when you shop online at www.truelemonstore.com or call 1-888-476-0026. Use promo code TRUEAUGUST at checkout. Excludes all multi-packs and cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 08/31/12.

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                                      Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body. Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

                                    Summer’s the time to dodge the gym (Adios treadmill!), but sky-high temps make workouts tougher and potentially more dangerous to your body. While the benefits of exercising outdoors – increased energy, improved mood, and reduced tension – are more than rewarding, the sizzling summer sun can create added stress to your cardiovascular system, which in turn increases your risk for dehydration and dangerous heat-related illnesses. Below are a few tips for how you can help beat the heat and stay hydrated through your next outdoor workout:

                                    1. Tone It Down. Reduce your intensity or duration (or both).
                                    2. Chill Out. “Precooling” like hanging in an air-conditioned room, taking a cold shower, or slurping on a True Citrus slushy before exercising can help to extend the duration of your workout.
                                    3. Drink Up. Consume water throughout the day, not just before your workout. Adding a packet of your favorite all-natural True Citrus flavor is proven to help you drink more.
                                    4. Shield Your Skin. Slather every inch of your skin with SPF or clothing made up of a wicking fabric that’s lightweight and light-colored.
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                                    Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

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                                    Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

                                    Summer’s the time to dodge the gym (Adios treadmill!), but sky-high temps make workouts tougher and potentially more dangerous to your body. While the benefits of exercising outdoors - increased energy, improved mood, and reduced tension - are more than rewarding, the sizzling summer sun can really make you fizzle - literally!

                                    Let’s paint the picture. In hot weather, your heart not only pumps blood to your working muscles but also sends blood to your skin so your body can release internal heat into the environment and help cool itself. Together, they create added stress on your cardiovascular system, which in turn increases your risk for dehydration and dangerous heat-related illnesses.  

                                    Whether you’re spending a vacation camping and hiking, running a 5k, or just doing more fun activities like biking, walking, and swimming, we’ve got some tips for how you can help beat the heat and stay hydrated through your next outdoor workout.

                                    Tone It Down. The best way to avoid overheating is to reduce your intensity or duration (or both). Since heat and dehydration increase your heart rate faster, you’ll reach your usual workout intensity at a slower pace or even after fewer repetitions. Not sure when to slow down or cut back? That’ll depend on:

                                    - Weather conditions: Early morning or evenings are the safest times.
                                    - Your Fitness Level: Beginners should stick to low-intensity exercises like walking.
                                    - How long you’ve been exposed to the heat: It usually takes up to 2 weeks to acclimate fully to hot temps.

                                     Regardless, if you’re hot or tired – take a break or call it quits for the day! Safety first.

                                    Chill Out. Precooling is a tactic used to lower to your core body temperature to increase your endurance in the heat. Hanging in an air-conditioned room, taking a cold shower, or slurping a True Citrus slushy before exercise can help to extend the duration of your workout. And you can also use the same trick mid-workout too by draping a cold towel around your neck during water breaks or even filling a bag with ice and tucking it into your sports bra between your shoulder blades. (Brrr!)

                                    Drink Up! Water is the best way to stay hydrated and healthy. To avoid fatigue during your workout, you should consume water throughout the day, not just before you exercise. (A good way to help you drink more: Add a packet of your favorite all-natural True Citrus flavor, which is proven to boost water consumption.) And just as you’re about to take off, grab a salty snack - like a handful of pretzels – which are packed with dehydration-slowing sodium that can help to retain fluids.

                                    Shield Your Skin. Direct sun exposure on your skin not only increases body temperature, but can also impair your sweat glands, limiting your body’s self-cooling abilities. Before you get moving, be sure to slather every inch of your skin with SPF or clothing made up of a wicking fabric that’s lightweight and light-colored. 

                                    Like we’ve said, outdoor workouts reap a number of both physical and mental benefits, and are a great way to switch-up and maximize your exercise routine. But the next time you hit the concrete (sand, dirt trails, grassy fields, etc.) running, be sure to play it safe, slow down or take a break, drink plenty of water, and stay sun-protected!

                                     

                                     



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                                    A Better World, A Better You. Make the Change.

                                    July 30, 2012

                                     A Better World, A Better You. Make the Change.

                                     

                                     

                                    “You must be the change you wish see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

                                    Becoming more eco-friendly in our everyday lives is not as hard as one would imagine. When thinking about how to become more eco-friendly in your daily life it’s great to remember the three R’s:  reduce, reuse and recycle. For example, when you make those well-deserved weekend trips to the beach take the time to clean out your car and recycle those old water bottles and soda cans that are quickly filling up the backseat.

                                     

                                    Did you know that it’s been estimated that a mere 23% of water bottles used by American’s are recycled? That means an average of 38 billion water bottles are filling up landfills each year instead of being reused! Not only is pollution like this destroying our environment, it is also extremely detrimental to our health. Damaging chemicals are polluting landfills all over our world, which can cause people living nearby to experience severe health problems such as cancer, birth defects, or even genetic mutations. A simple solution: Invest in a BPA-free water bottle. For about $10 you can buy a reusable water bottle that will not only help save the earth but also save you money!

                                    Now’s the time for each of us to make small changes in our lives that can not only protect the world, but our health. Here are some other small and easy contributions that you can easily incorporate into your daily life:

                                    • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! Every bottle tossed into the recycling bin does in fact count. Did you know it only takes 25 two-liter plastic bottles to make one fleece garment?  Recycled plastics are now being used in our clothing, shoes, furniture, and a plethora of other indoor and outdoor accessories. So the next time you run into the grocery store and pick up a pack of water bottles (that one can only assume you are mixing with the delicious True Lemon flavors) remember to recycle because every last bottle counts!
                                    • Stop Into Your Local Best Buy! Expired or used gift cards you received on your birthday are actually made from PVC, one of the most toxic plastics. PVC can bring cancer-causing dioxins into the atmosphere. Research has shown that approximately 75 million pounds of these PVC cards are found within our waste stream every year. Instead of throwing away those expired gift cards, drop them off at your local Best Buy as they voluntarily distribute them to recycling kiosks.
                                    • Green Your Goods! A growing source of landfill waste is our old tech products. Have an old blackberry hiding in your drawer? Or an outdated Ipod hiding in the center console of your car? Well, it’s time to put your old tech gadgets into the hands of someone that could put it to some good use. Groups such as Global Technology Inc. work towards recycling and remanufacturing consumers donated supplies. Visit http://e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler/ to find a nearby e-recycler and send in those old gadgets and put some valuable and charitable use towards that money spent.
                                    • Become an Ecoathlete! Whether they’re old tennis shoes or worn out soccer cleats, they all contain plastic components that can be reused. Visit http://www.nikereuseashoe.com or mail in your athletic products to your local Nike store and support their Re-use a shoe program.

                                    It’s these small contributions we each commit to that can cumulatively make such a positive impact in our perilously polluted world. So take charge and help reduce the trash that is growing around us. And for even more info, visit www.earth911.org, www.reduce.org, and www.mygreenelectronics.org to learn about more effective ways you can contribute.

                                    We’d love to hear from you! What changes have you made to help reduce waste and pollution in your daily life?

                                     



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                                    The Main Squeeze (July 2012): 50% Off Products, Summer Grilling Recipes

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                                    “I’m so obsessed with new True Grapefruit! True Lemon is still my kitchen staple, but True Grapefruit is now eternal best friends with vodka and soda water. Best summer drink – so refreshing!”

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                                    True Citrus Steak  with Special Rub   Grilled True Lemon Zucchini   True Lemon Grilled Cheese Sandwich   Grilled True Citrus Shrimp
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                                    We love our water (and pretty much anything!) with 100% natural True Citrus products! With the temps starting to get super hot, hot, hot, be sure to keep your body cool and hydrated all summer long with fresh-squeezed citrus taste.

                                    Receive 50% off all True 10-count, True 32-count, True 500-count, True 2-quart, and True 2.85oz shaker products + $2.95 shipping when you shop online at www.truelemonstore.com or call 1-888-476-0026. Use discount code TRUEJULY at checkout. Excludes all multi-packs and cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 07/31/12.

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                                      Heat Wave! Heat Wave! Why It’s Cooler to Chillax with True Lemon Instead of Soda.

                                    Summers are super hot in Baltimore (True Citrus’ hometown). But super hot is when True Citrus flavors shine brightest. So to help you chill out – without AC bills going through the roof – we’ve got four fabulous cooling tips:

                                    1. Stay away from juices and sodas with refined sugar which can make your blood sugar levels spike - raising your body temperature and making you feel hotter.
                                    2. Drink water - not sports drinks – to stay hydrated and healthy. Drinking a glass once per hour will keep your body temperature steady. (Don’t forget to add your favorite True Citrus product!)
                                    3. Eat water-rich foods, fruits and vegetables. Summer has lots of in-season goodies and they’re a great way to naturally eat lighter and stay hydrated. Sprinkle on a little True Lemon, Lime or Orange for a burst of citrus taste.
                                    4. Keep your home cool inside naturally by keeping windows open and shades or curtains closed.
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                                    The Main Squeeze (June 2012): 50% Off Products, Cool Summer Recipes

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                                    “I very rarely buy real lemons at the grocery store these days. Since discovering True Lemon’s fresh taste and adaptability in recipes, I make sure that we always have it stocked in our home ... I don’t have to run out and buy a fresh lemon every time a recipe calls for it. It just stays fresh on my shelf and is available when I need it.”

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                                      Cool Comfort Meals for Steamy Summer Days.

                                    Fresh, easy, and delicious! These summertime recipes are the perfect way to stay cool and satisfied as the temps start to rise. Beat the heat with crisp veggies, tropical fruit, and sweet slushies.

                                    True Orange Garden Salsa   True Lemon Zucchini & Tomato Pasta Salad   True Lime-Mint Fruit Salad   True Lemon  Granita
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                                    It’s getting hot outside! Now is a great time to update your beverage selections for a fresh start on weight loss and better health. Sodas and artificially sweetened drinks are a leading cause of obesity, so opt for water with your favorite 0 or 5-calorie True product instead -  the refreshingly healthy way to stay hydrated and beat the summertime heat.

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                                      Use True Lemon to Curb Your Food Appetite, Not Your Food Enthusiasm.

                                    We love food here at True Citrus. We even dream about food. But we also love our health and our figures, and we want to keep both. That’s why we drink! No, we’re not talking about daiquiris instead of dinner. We’re talking about the True Lemon pre-fill. The True Lemon pre-fill is taking in one or two glasses of water (made delicious with your favorite True Citrus flavor) before every meal or snack. It’s the power play for eating whatever you want. But you eat less of it, and lose weight without even noticing. Why does it work when you make the water glass the first thing you grab at the table? Plenty of reasons!

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                                    Kathie Lee Gifford and True Lemon’s True Color

                                    July 19, 2012

                                    Kathie Lee Gifford and True Lemon’s True Color

                                    Last week, True Lemon was included on the TODAY Show in a Joy Fit Club segment with Hoda and Kathie Lee Gifford.

                                    31-year-old Kimberly from Indiana was profiled on the segment. She joined Weight Watchers, exercised, drank lots of water with True Lemon and went from 245 lbs. to 129. YAY Kimberly! 

                                    But we couldn’t help notice how Kathie Lee eyeballed the glass of True Lemon and said, “it doesn’t look so hot.”

                                    That remark gives us an opportunity to point out that True Lemon looks the way it does because there’s nothing artificial in it. True Lemon looks like water with lemon in it. Because that’s what it is.

                                    Take a look at these glasses of water. One with 2 packets of True Lemon. One with the juice of a half a lemon. The color? Cloudy, pale, natural.

                                    Sports drink with artificial chemicals and dyes

                                    And next a sports drink, made with chemicals and dyes. If the color was was wall paint we’d call it Late Night Science Experiment. Unnatural. 

                                    Even though Kathie Lee didn’t like True Lemon’s natural color, she did like its taste. And hopefully she got the important part: True Lemon is a safe, delicious and natural way to drink more water to lose weight

                                    Natural color. Maybe not be as pretty as bright, chemical dyes, but in our eyes, a very beautiful thing.



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                                    Say Si to True Citrus Paletas

                                    July 17, 2012

                                    Say Si to True Citrus Paletas

                                     

                                    Like True Citrus flavors, paletas cool you off and make summer muy fabuloso. In Mexico there’s a dozens of kinds of these luscious, juicy, frozen treats on a stick.

                                    Paletas are easy to make (thanks in part to convenient packets of True Lemon, True Lime and True Grapefruit). Just heat, blend and freeze! 

                                    Try these muy bueno Avocado Ice Pops adapted from Mexican chef Fany Gerson’s fabulous recipe book, “Paletas”. A hint of lime gives this creamy yet non-dairy treat its tang. Makes 6 - 8 paletas. 

                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 cup     water.
                                    • Half     cup sugar (we cut down this amount since we don’t like it too sweet).
                                    • 2 small avocados  
                                    • Pinch     salt
                                    • 2     packets of True Lime in 2 tablespoons water

                                    Directions:

                                    1. Cook water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling     and sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
                                    2. Blend     the avocado flesh with the cooled syrup and the salt (use a blender or by     hand). Add the True Lime in water. 
                                    3. Pour     some blended mix into each ice pop mold. You can also use cups if you     don’t have molds – no problemo! Put     in freezer until set, around 5 hours. If using glasses or cups, freeze     about 45 minutes then put in the sticks and freeze 4 more hours. When     removing from glass, either let the glasses sit out to soften or run warm     water on them.

                                    Stay tuned, we’ll be posting more paletas recipes as we make them!

                                     

                                     



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                                    Exporting Tooth Rot: Cheap Food and Drinks Create an Epidemic in El Salvador

                                    July 12, 2012

                                    Exporting Tooth Rot: Cheap Food and Drinks Create an Epidemic in El Salvador

                                    What’s more delicious and better for you on a hot summer day than a glass of water chock full of ice cubes—and your favorite all naturalTrue Citrusflavor, of course? Actually, nothing!

                                    We’ve already talked about how cold waterboosts exercise. But does just drinking that icy cold water alone help you lose weight?

                                    Here atTrue Citrus, where we make water more magical the natural way with 100% crystallized citrus, we’d like to take a look at whether or not the “Ice Water Diet” really works.

                                    The answer is yes. And also, no.

                                    The ice water theory is that your body burns extra calories as it warms up the chilly water to your body’s temperature. And that’s true. But calculations show that if you drank 8 glasses of ice cold water per day, you’d burn only 70 extra calories.

                                    Of course, those calories add up over time. There are about 3,500 calories in a pound of body fat, so after 50 days of drinking all that cold water, you’d lose about one pound.

                                    But it turns out that’s not why the Ice Water Diet works. It’s not the ice.It’s the water.

                                    It’s been proven that those who drink more waterlose more weightthan those who eat the exact same amount of food. Water suppresses your appetite. In fact, a lot of times when we think we’re hungry, it’s reallydehydrationsignaling you for help. And when you’re dehydrated, your metabolism slows down. Drinking enough water can helpboost your metabolismso you burn more calories all the time.

                                    Another way the diet works is that just by choosing to drink a glass of water once per day instead of a 110-caloriesodameans you’ll lose a pound a month. Choose water over diet sodas, too, because diet drinks are linked toincreased hunger and weight gain! And forget about sugary, chemicallysports drinks– unless you are an elite athlete or doing extremely high energy sports for over an hour, doctors say that water is the best hydration for your body and brain.

                                    So drink that water  –with or without ice! Drink more and you’ll lose more weight. To make drinking water a delicious part of your weight loss, improve the taste with all-natural, 0-5 calorie True Citrusflavors. They areprovento help people drink more water, and enjoy it! 



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                                    Ice Water Equals Weight Loss, But Not the Way You Think

                                    July 10, 2012

                                    Ice Water Equals Weight Loss, But Not the Way You Think

                                    This Fourth of July, 236 years ago, Americans declared their independence from tyranny. Thomas Jefferson wrote:

                                    “WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.”

                                    The Declaration then goes on to state why exactly it was we Americans wanted out from under the thumb of the British Empire.

                                    Here at all natural, all-American True Citrus, we think this holiday is a great time to declare independence from another kind of tyranny. Soft drinks. What causes impel this Separation? Because despite what the commercials want you to believe, instead of “adding life,” sodas and sports drinks take away from it.

                                    Fifty Independence Days ago, Americans were drinkingfour times as much milk as soda. Today, that’s reversed. Andobesityrates are skyrocketing to heights never imagined by our forefathers, who stayed hydrated with milk and water while they built a new nation. (Okay, some ale might have been involved, too.)

                                    Gaining weight isn’t the only problem. Sodas, sports drinks, and even diet beverages are linked todiabetes, hypertension,strokeand heart disease. Just havingoneof these non-natural drinks a day increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes as much as 25 percent compared to drinking one per month.

                                    So let’s get back to basics. Milk is great, butwateris the liquid thatyour body likes best. Probably because it’s the main ingredient in your body’s fluids.Study after study shows that avoiding processed beverages and drinking more water leads to weight loss and better health.

                                    Don’t like the taste of plain water? That’s where True Citrus flavors come in. Delicious True Citrus flavorsare provento help you drink more plain, basic water without adding anything unnatural.

                                    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

                                    Fellow Americans, we wish you a happy July 4th—a great time to make your declaration of independence from the processed beverage empire.



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                                    Heat Wave! Why It’s Cooler to Chillax with True Lemon Instead of Soda

                                    June 28, 2012

                                    Heat Wave! Why It’s Cooler to Chillax with True Lemon Instead of Soda

                                     

                                    Summers are super hot in Baltimore, True Citrus’ hometown. And our humidity takes “big hair” to a whole new level.

                                    But super hot is when True Citrus flavors shine brightest. So to help you chill out without AC bills going through the roof, here’s four cooling tips:

                                    1. When it’s hot, stay away from juices and sodas with refined sugar. Despite those TV ads that make it seem like sodas are SO refreshing, drinking cola can actually make you hotter. Why? When you take in sugar, your blood sugar levels spike, raising your body temperature. Sugar also increases your heart rate by constricting your vascular system.

                                    2. Water is your body’s (and brain’s!) best friend in the heat. Not sports drinks—unless you are doing high-endurance activities for more than an hour.  Water is the best way to stay hydrated and healthy. Try drinking a glass once an hour to keep your temperature steady. Don’t like the taste? All natural True Citrus flavors are proven to boost water consumption without adding artificial ingredients, excess calories or sugars, so pour a packet in every glass!

                                    3. Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. Isn’t it great how you naturally eat lighter when it’s hot outside? Eat plenty of juicy, seasonal goodies like berries, cherries, plums and other stone fruits and melons. True Citrus heat-beating treat: sprinkle your favorite True Citrus flavor(s) over fruit pieces then freeze the fruit in a bag for fabulous icy snacks! 

                                    And pick up water-filled cucumbers, sweet peppers, radishes, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes for meals. Eating your way to hydration is not only healthy in hot weather - it’s delicious.

                                    4. Keep your home cool inside naturally by keeping the windows open but the shades or curtains closed until the sun goes down. At night, open your chimney flue, or try turning on the stove fan to pull hot air up and out.

                                    Have any cool ideas for hot weather? Share them below!

                                     



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                                    This July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Sodas

                                    June 26, 2012

                                    This July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Sodas

                                     

                                    This Fourth of July, 236 years ago, Americans declared their independence from tyranny. Thomas Jefferson wrote:

                                    “WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.”

                                    The Declaration then goes on to state why exactly it was we Americans wanted out from under the thumb of the British Empire.

                                    Here at all natural, all-American True Citrus, we think this holiday is a great time to declare independence from another kind of tyranny. Soft drinks.

                                     



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                                    Appetite for Health (June 2012)

                                    June 21, 2012



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                                    Keeping the Faith and Keeping It Real

                                    June 21, 2012

                                    Keeping the Faith and Keeping It Real

                                     

                                    Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. - Henry Ward Beecher, Social Reformer

                                    Here at True Citrus we’ve blogged about how our all natural flavors can help you with weight loss, better health and exercise.

                                    But today we want to talk about something less tangible that True Citrus flavors can help with. 

                                    That’s faith. Yes, we’re serious. Because losing weight and getting healthier take faith – and quite a lot of it.

                                    It really is about faith and of course about keeping it real. Every time you pour a packet of your favorite True Citrus flavor instead of opening a can of sugary cola, you’re saying you have faith that better food choices will lead to your goal: a slimmer and more chemical-free, healthy body. It takes faith to trust that if you leave the processed drinks behind and eat and drink more naturally, you’ll feel and look better – maybe better than ever before!

                                    And it takes faith to believe that you will be rewarded for making different choices. Not just by weight loss, but also by not having to worry so much about weight-related illnesses like stroke, diabetes and hypertension.

                                    Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. St. Peter Julian Eymard, Catholic Saint

                                    At True Citrus, we believe in having faith.  In fact, the whole reason we’re here because of faith. 

                                    First, it took faith to believe we could do something that had never been done before: turn real citrus fruit into crystals that could be used anywhere, with no spoilage or mess. And created without nasty chemicals or unnecessary sugar. 

                                    And that faith (and blind optimism!) is why today we have not only True Lemon to share, but all natural True Orange, True Lime and True Grapefruit, as well as the True Lemon Iced Tea and True Lemonades.  All recommended by doctors, pediatricians, nutritionists and weight loss experts.

                                    Second, it took faith that people would find out about a small company’s products in the midst of the marketing noise created by huge, multi-national food corporations with huge advertising budgets.

                                    And today, we’re closing in on 75,000 Facebook friends and have national distribution in many major grocery stores. And we just started our first ever TV ad campaign

                                    There’s still a long road ahead for our little company on Yellow Brick Road in Baltimore. Little companies come and go. But we keep trucking because we also have faith that people like you want better options that are kinder to your bodies than sodas and other sugary, artificial drinks can be.

                                    So in closing, thank you! Thank you for sticking with us, for getting the word out about True Citrus’ all natural, chemical-free drink choices, and most of all, for rewarding our faith with yours.   

                                    “As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.” Emmanuel Teney Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan

                                     



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                                    Double Duty Mommy (June 2012)

                                    June 19, 2012



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                                    Our Favorite World Adventurer Takes True Lemon from San Francisco to Hawaii—by Kayak!

                                    June 19, 2012

                                    Our Favorite World Adventurer Takes True Lemon from San Francisco to Hawaii—by Kayak!

                                    We love food here at True Citrus. Love. Love. Love. We even dream about food. But we also love our health and our figures, and we want to keep both.

                                    That’s why we drink!

                                    No, we’re not talking about daiquiris instead of dinner. We’re talking about theTrue Lemon pre-fill. The True Lemon pre-fill is taking in one or two glasses of water (made delicious with your favorite True Citrus flavor) before every meal or snack. It’s the power play for eating whatever you want. But you eat less of it, and losing weight without even noticing.

                                    Why does it work when you make the water glass the first thing you grab at the table? Plenty of reasons!

                                    1. Drinking water before meals has been proven to make you eat an average of 90 calories less per meal—worth about one slice of bread or two teaspoons of peanut butter. Multiply that by 3 or 4 meals a day, and you’ve cut down a lot of food intake!

                                    2. One study showed that pre-fill water drinkers lost aboutfive pounds more on averagethan non-water drinkers. They also lost weight faster over a 12-week period. And, after 12 weeks, those who drank water before meals had lost 15.5 pounds, compared to 11 pounds for the non-water drinkers.

                                    3. Often, when you get hunger pangs,it’s really thirst. So drink water and you are instantly less hungry.  Just one glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100 percent of dieters in one study.

                                    4.  Lemon is a natural solution for weight loss. The Journal ofBiochemical Nutrition published a studythat concluded: “lemon polyphenols suppressed body weight gain and body fat accumulation.” Meaning that a diet supplemented with lemon may prevent obesity and insulin resistance.

                                    So before you pick up the fork or spoon, pick up the water glass and while you’re at it, sprinkle in theTrue Lemon(orTrue Lime, orTrue Orange …). It’s the natural way to enjoy the meal just the same—just less of it.   



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                                    Curb Your Food Appetite, Not Your Food Enthusiasm, with True Lemon

                                    June 14, 2012

                                    Curb Your Food Appetite, Not Your Food Enthusiasm, with True Lemon

                                     

                                    We love food here at True Citrus. Love. Love. Love. We even dream about food. But we also love our health and our figures, and we want to keep both.

                                    That’s why we drink!

                                    No, we’re not talking about daiquiris instead of dinner. We’re talking about the True Lemon pre-fill.



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                                    Belly Itch (June 2012)

                                    June 13, 2012



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                                    How Avoiding “Self” Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

                                    June 12, 2012

                                    How Avoiding “Self” Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

                                     

                                    Here at True Citrus we read an interesting article on how Jenny Craig is doing over in France, where people are still thinner than here, but the obesity rate is growing faster.

                                    The article had a quote from an employee there, who says she knows why more of us are overweight. She says it’s the modern habit of eating alone, and not at a table surrounded by family or friends, that’s the real culprit behind overeating.

                                    “If ... I was in charge of the battle against obesity, the most powerful, brilliant thing I could do would be to communicate this message: let’s not worry too much about what’s on the table. I’d say let’s concern ourselves with sitting at the table together and preparing a meal,” she told the NY Times.

                                    The French lady has a name for how we take in our food. She calls it “Self Eating.”

                                    You know, it’s that rushed way we eat alone at our desks, working through lunch instead of heading home or to the break room. How we each grab whatever we feel like when we finally get home. How each family member picks a different box of cereal in the morning. “Self Eating” is what all those commercials promote, the ones that tell us how wonderful it is to take a yogurt or a chocolate into a dreamy world of our own, and have all that pleasure to ourselves! We here at True Citrus have certainly been guilty of all of the above.

                                    But social scientists say that eating alone was once thought of as weird and bad. As in, “oh dear, what did that person do wrong that he or she can’t eat with the group?” Yes, for most of human history, the only way people ate was with their social groups. As part of a group, it meant we got only a certain amount of food based on whatever was around to share. And it meant others were watching what we ate, so we didn’t take more than our fair portion. Therefore, no overeating.

                                    Eating with others instead of alone means some other things, too. That we learned to fill up when a balanced meal was available. And we knew how to wait for food, until everyone was gathered.What a contrast to today, when instead of having to wait or share, we can just reach over and grab whatever food we want the instant we want it. Without even thinking much about it. (Seriously, can you remember what you had for lunch yesterday or the day before? We can’t!)

                                    So it may pay to try thinking about eating as a Social event. And try to change our solitary pleasures to things like book reading or walks in the park. Eating “Group” instead of “Self” may mean good things might happen to our relationships and our waistlines at the same time!

                                     



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                                    Help Kids Avoid Type 2 Diabetes Now or They Could Be Stuck with it for Life

                                    June 7, 2012

                                     

                                    What’s a great reason to limit sodas and sugary drinks and give your kids waterwith delicious, all- natural True Citrus flavors instead?

                                    Because once kids get Type 2 diabetes, many can’t ever get rid of it - not with drugs, diet or exercise. They’re stuck with it for life.

                                    This scary finding came out recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the first ever large study of Type 2 in children, 700 diabetic kids were followed over 4 years. Every kind of treatment was tried: insulin shots, oral pills and lifestyle changes, but for nearly half the kids, blood sugar levels could not be improved. Nothing helped, not in 4 years of trying!

                                    This means not only do kids get Type 2 diabetes faster than adults, once they get it, they keep it. And that means being more risk for cardiac procedures, hypertension, dialysis for renal failure, sleep apnea, joint diseases, more cancers, more congestive heart failure and eye problems. In short, kids who get Type 2 diabetes will have shorter and worse lives.

                                    The study author Dr. David M. Nathan, who is director of Massachusetts General Hospital diabetes center, told the NY Times: “It’s frightening how severe this metabolic disease is in children. It’s really got a hold on them, and it’s hard to turn around.”

                                    This is the first large study of Type 2 in kids because before the 1990s, Type 2 was extremely rare in children. Now it’s becoming more common since Type 2 diabetes can be triggered by being obese and inactive, and more of today’s kids are overweight.

                                    True Citrus flavors to the rescue! Kids love the taste – we even know kids who eat it straight out of the packet! No chemicals, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, just real, all natural crystallized fruit. 

                                    Pediatrician-approved True Citrus flavors are full of plenty of Vitamin C and all the great, healthy, naturally wonderful things about citrus. It’s not too late to turn your kids’ health around – without making them give up great tasting drinks.

                                     



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                                    The First Lady Versus Teen Heart Disease – Who Will Win?

                                    June 6, 2012

                                    The First Lady Versus Teen Heart Disease – Who Will Win?

                                     

                                    Our First Lady is out there, planting whole foods and showing kids it’s fun to exercise. But it might be too late for many American teenagers today.

                                    Prediabetes and diabetes are on the rise among teens, and that means more teens have a bigger risk of getting heart disease. 

                                    A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that the number of teens who are prediabetic or diabetic more than doubled over the last decade. And since diabetes means an increased risk of cardio-vascular disease (CVD), that means more teens will likely suffer heart disease later in life.

                                    The study said “the results of this national study indicate that U.S. adolescents carry a substantial burden of CVD risk factors, especially those youth who are overweight or obese. Adolescence represents a window of opportunity for assessment of CVD risk factors and the promotion of lifestyles that will affect the development and progression of CVD.”

                                    So getting a message out to kids about eating and drinking better couldn’t be more timely!

                                    Here at True Citrus, we have to toot our horn and tell you that doctors, nutritionists and pediatricians highly recommend True Citrus’ all natural flavors over sodas, sports drinks and other sugary, artificial stuff that kids (and grownups!) don’t need.

                                    We started True Lemon with the idea of making it easier to use the all-natural goodness of lemon. But we quickly realized from our own families that youngsters love our Vitamin C-rich flavors and will very happily use them in water, saving them all kind of health damage from high-fructose drinks!

                                    So if you’ve got teens in your house, give them a True Citrus variety pack (there’s 140 packets for drinks in there!) It just might literally save them from heartache later in life.

                                     



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                                    Lose Weight and Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

                                    May 30, 2012

                                    Lose Weight and Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

                                    May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke happens when one of your brain’s arteries gets blocked or bursts, causing long-term damage or death.

                                    The Stroke Awareness Association wants you to know what you can do about it. First and most importantly, if someone is in distress, you’ve got to act FAST:

                                    • F – look at the person’sface. Does one side droop when you ask them to smile?
                                    • A – ask the person to raise theirarms. Is one arm lower than the other?
                                    • S – tell the person tospeak. Are the words slurred?
                                    • T – if the answers are yes, it’stimeto call 911 because the person probably is having a stroke, and every second counts.

                                    Now, when it comes toprevention, you can’t control stroke risk factors like being over 55 years old, being a woman, being African-American, having a family history of strokes. But you can do something about other risk factors: high blood pressure, being overweight and high cholesterol.

                                    All natural True Citrus flavors can help out with two of those – and two out of three ain’t bad, as Meatloaf says. First, True Lemon is proven to help peopledrink more water, which leads to weight loss. And choosing True Citrus flavors will help you avoid sodas and sports drinks, which are not just linked to weight gain, but also to diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. (And let’s not leave outdiet soda, which is also linked to strokes!)

                                    When it comes to high blood pressure we’ve got it straight from acardiologistthat you should try True Lemon on foods instead of excess salt. “From the cardiac standpoint, lemon is an ideal salt substitute,” said Dr. David Framm. “It’s palatable, and in the case of True Lemon, it’s inexpensive, portable and healthy.” (Thank you doctor!)

                                    So there you have it. Stay TRUE and natural with True Lemon, so you hopefully won’t ever be in a position where someone you’re with has to act FAST.



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                                    4 Steps to Save Someone You Love from Stroke

                                    May 29, 2012

                                    4 Steps to Save Someone You Love from Stroke

                                     

                                    May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke happens when one of your brain’s arteries gets blocked or bursts, causing long-term damage or death.

                                    The Stroke Awareness Association wants you to know what you can do about it. First and most importantly, if someone is in distress, you’ve got to act FAST:

                                    • F –    look at the person’s face. Does     one side droop when you ask them to smile?
                                    • A –    ask the person to raise their arms.    Is one arm lower than the other?
                                    • S –    tell the person to speak. Are the     words slurred?
                                    • T – if     the answers are yes, it’s time to     call 911 because the person probably is having a stroke, and every second counts.

                                     

                                     



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                                    PepsiCo Fines Employees for Weight-Related Health Problems

                                    May 24, 2012

                                    PepsiCo Fines Employees for Weight-Related Health Problems

                                     

                                    In 2008, PepsiCo, makers of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Gatorade, AMP Energy Drink, Cheetos, Doritos and Fritos and other snack foods, began an employee wellness program. 

                                    Sounds good, right? Except the part where employees get a $50 per month fine if they smoke or have diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension.

                                    Workers can skip the fee if they go to stop-smoking classes or lose weight.

                                    Hmm. What’s a major cause for being overweight in America today? Oh, that’s right, soda and other empty calorie snack foods. The Mayo Clinic notes many medical studies that have found a link between Americans’ soda-drinking habits and increasing amounts of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in adults and kids. They also note that soda consumption has grown so much over the last 30 years that soda makers like PepsiCo bottle enough to give every American adult and child 52 gallons a year.

                                    Wow. Here at all-natural True Citrus, we find it amazing (not in a good way) that PepsiCo can profit by pushing empty-calorie, non-nutritious, high-sugar and high-sodium foods (in the first three months of 2012 alone, PepsiCo took in $12.4 billion, an increase from $11.9 billion brought in at the same time last year)  - and then turn around and charge employees for being overweight!!

                                    Hey – we think it’s great to encourage people to get more active. Even if the real reason companies do it is to save on out-of-control health insurance premium costs. But we also think it’s a shame to charge workers for becoming what the products will naturally make you –overweight and unhealthy. Promoting non-nutritious foods on one hand and slapping those who are overweight with the other is a very long way from keeping it real.

                                     



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                                    What Just Happened to Your Good Cholesterol?

                                    May 23, 2012

                                    What Just Happened to Your Good Cholesterol?

                                     

                                    Oh dear! We thought this fact was nailed down: “high HDL cholesterol levels helps fight heart disease.”

                                    But now it seems increasing the  HDL, or “good” cholesterol in your body does not protect against heart disease.

                                    Darn it! Have we been eating all that oatmeal, fish oil and niacin for nothing?

                                    But it’s true, new gene studies show that instead of being the reason for a lower risk of heart disease, high HDL levels may just be a sign that some other unknown thing is at work that’s making heart disease less likely.

                                    In fact, the researchers think that the “bad” cholesterol is just associated with other risk factors that are the real causes. Factors like “obesity, being sedentary, smoking, insulin resistance, having small LDL particles, having increased cholesterol in remnant particles.”

                                    Does this mean we can all chow down on fried doughnuts and skip the salmon? Probably not a great idea. High fat and high-sugar products are still bad for your heart. For instance, we know that drinking one soda a day can increase your chance of heart attack as much as 20 percent!

                                    But for now, we can file “good” cholesterol under “nevermind” as a fad of yesterday we hoped might have been the cure for tomorrow’s heart disease.

                                     



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