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This is NOT your average scale

 

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Do you have a bathroom scale? Do you use it often? Or are you like me and shove it into the back of the closet to forget it even exists?

I have a love/hate relationship with our bathroom scale. Mostly I hate it but occasionally I’ll find a reason to love it. Like recently when I realized I lost about 15+ pounds without really trying (just eating less junk and moving more). For that moment in time I loved my scale. Now I don’t like it again because it looks like I gained back 2 pounds. Sigh…

A scale is just a scale – or is it?

With most scales you step on it and pray for the final resting spot (number) is something you hoping it will be. Once you get your weight you step off and that is that. But what if your scale could tell you much more than just your weight?

The 1byone Digital Smart Wireless Body Fat Scale with advanced Bluetooth technology  can help you monitor your weight and diet unlike any other scale I have seen before. It doesn’t just tell you your current weight, it also tells you about Body Water, Body Fat, BMI, BMR, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass and Visceral Fat using and advance algorithm.

In addition to telling you this vital information, the accompanying app also tells you what is considered to be in a healthy range so you can see where you are and where you should be.

1ByOne Scale

You’ll need to download the FREE app to truly take advantage of all the important information the scale can tell you.

There is nothing really to set up. Once you download the FREE app simply create an account and you are ready to go.

You sync the app with your scale via Bluetooth.

Whenever you step on the scale you’ll need to open the app FIRST so that it can receive the data from the scale. Once the app is open simply step on the scale and wait for the countdown before stepping off. Once the countdown is reached the information will be instantly sent to the app on your phone where you can analyze the data.

The data is saved on the app too so that you can track your progress and share with your doctor.

Here is a screen shot of a random weigh in using the scale and app. I covered up the results because I rather not share with the world how much I weigh and my body fat amount.

Scale App Screen Shot

I did lose 2.4 pounds in between the time I weighed myself (above) the the time prior to that. I like that the scale and app tell you how much you lost/gained since your last weigh in.

I like seeing the Target Weight displayed too. It’s a good motivation tool.

My immediate goal is to get from “obese” to “overweight” on the BMI scale. I don’t know how much weight I need to lose to accomplish that, but I am going to do my best to reach that target range.

Anyone can use the scale. All family members could download the app and use it whenever they step on the scale. Or you can use it as a regular scale without knowing the additional information.

The scale it’s self is really nice. It’s thin and lightweight. It’s made out of some kind of tempered glass making have a sleek, modern look to it.

The scale runs on 4 AA batteries which are included.

Scale Screen Shot

This scale can hold up to 400 pounds. You can also get your weight in pounds of KG.

The display is big and bright, making it easy to read. It’s a digital display so you don’t have to guess what weight the arrow is pointing at like you would with older types of scales.

Currently this scale has a 4.2 rating out of a possible 5 on Amazon. I gave it a 5 star rating on Amazon because I really like this scale. I wish I had it sooner when I was on a weight loss program. I think it would have given me the extra boost and motivation that I needed.

You can find the 1byone Digital Smart Wireless Body Fat Scale on Amazon. You can also learn more about this and other products from 1ByOne by visiting the brand online at 1ByOne.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their website.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Make your health treatment personalized and get results!

 

By Matt Riemann, ph360 founder, entrepreneur, changemaker

Women

The modern medical industry focuses mainly on cures for existing diseases based on generic protocols that are meant to work for everyone, but where is the logic in that when everyone is so different from one another?

Imagine you have two women, Andrea and Francesca, both of whom are 33 years of age and suffering from minor cardiovascular issues. Both have higher than normal cholesterol levels and blood pressure, so many doctors would prescribe a similar treatment of a low saturated fat and low salt diet as a way to prevent future problems. But good health should go far beyond that.

Imagine you got deeper insights into the form and structure of their body and the natural way their body is at its strongest or weakest based on their genetic predisposition and years of habits and tendencies that contributed to the health conditions they now have. This is where you’d learn that Andrea has a mesomorph biotrend.   You would also know her ancestry, genetic tendency and predisposition to disease, including liver issues. This information indicates that a liver cleanse may be the best initial treatment to give Andrea, since it’s her sluggish liver that is most likely causing high cholesterol flowing through her veins and arteries. Her type A personality traits contribute to her high blood pressure when under stress, which she often creates herself. Teaching her about her natural tendencies, as well as approaches and environments that work well for her can reduce her stress levels can ultimately contribute to helping her regulate her blood pressure.

Diabetes

On the other hand, Francesca’s body has an endomorph biotrend with a predisposition to obesity and diabetes. Francesca’s cause for high cholesterol and blood pressure is most likely related to a risk of diabetic dyslipidemia. Her body isn’t turning food into energy properly and tends to store resources. Her tendency for insulin resistance is resulting in higher blood glucose and triglycerides. So modifying Francesca’s eating habits with a focus on healthy foods that have a low glycemic index and encouraging daily moderate exercise for 45-60 minutes at a time would be the best approach for her.

But this is just skimming the surface. Both Andrea and Francesca have different needs and personalities, so different approaches need to be used to help them achieve their goals. Andrea’s go-getter attitude and keep-busy approach to life is best suited for a structured approach in which she can wake up early, have lemon-water 30 mins before her morning porridge (part of her liver cleanse diet), do some super intense exercise for 20 minutes in the morning before accomplishing her tasks throughout the day and go to bed by 10 or 11 PM.

Francesca, however, needs to take her time in the morning and not stress herself too much so she can enjoy her morning routine with her egg white omelette breakfast, prepare a healthy lunch that contains plenty of vegetables, workout for 60 minutes at a moderate intensity in the early afternoon, and enjoy a relaxing family meal in the evening. Low-stress conditions help Francesca prevent stress-eating, yet being surrounded by loved ones and meaningful activities helps her prevent eating from boredom.

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So it turns out that two women of the same age, racial background and health concerns would benefit most from very different approaches to health and well being. The modern medical system has taught us many things about health and disease but it’s time to take it one step further and integrate a more holistic approach. Applying what’s best for one’s body composition and individual needs is the best way for both Andrea and Francesca to achieve their health goals in a way that suits them best personally.  ph360 calculates all this with an online platform that uses more than 10,000 data points and 500 ratios to determine personalized recommendations.  Andrea and Francesca have each taken 20 minutes to do the online questionnaire and they now have health-altering food, fitness and lifestyle advice customized specifically for each of them.

To learn more about exactly what kinds of fitness, foods and environments are good for your body, what to avoid, and how they can best help you reach your health and wellness goals, please visit us at www.ph360.me. Right now, ph360 is introducing its next generation technology.  Shae™,  a mobile virtual health assistant, will be available soon and you can find out more here.

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*This is a guest post. The opinions of the author do not necessarily reflect my own. 

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The Top Health Benefits of Pilates

 

Pilates

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only around 20 percent of the adults in this country meet physical activity guidelines for aerobic and strengthening activity. The key to meeting this requirement, many agree, is for people to find something they enjoy doing. When they can find an activity that they not only enjoy, but that they get health benefits from, too, it’s a win-win situation all the way around. Today, many people are finding that Pilates is the type of activity that keeps them active and healthier.

“Many people are not familiar with Pilates, but once they get started and see what a difference it can make in their health and well being they become hooked,” explains Maria Sison-Wright, a physical therapist, and Pilates and Melt Method instructor as well as the owner of Inner Core Wellness, located in Vienna, Virginia. “It’s all a matter of giving it a try so that you can see just how great it can be.”

Pilates is a fitness program that was first created by Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, who came to America in the 1920s. He brought with him his fitness program and offered it at his studio until the 1960s. Today, it’s become a popular activity that works the entire body through a series of controlled movements. It engages both the body and mind, using over 500 exercises.

As people become more aware of Pilates, they are also learning more about the health benefits. Here are the top health benefits of Pilates:

  • Reduce pain. There have been several studies conducted that point to the fact that doing Pilates helps bring pain relief. In a recent issue of the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, researchers evaluated results from prior studies involving Pilates and pain and concluded that there was pain relief and functional improvement attributed to participants doing Pilates.
  • Improve flexibility. In a study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, researchers reported that an 8-week program using Pilates had a beneficial effect on flexibility, balance, and abdominal muscle endurance.  Those who want a strong core will find that Pilates helps them achieve their goals.
  • Reduces stress. Pilates is a program that involves both the mind and body and is calming, helping many people to reduce stress. People find that it helps with improving mental concentration and enhancing body awareness. It’s a great way for people to relax after a busy work day and provides some quality down time.
  • Improve posture. Pilates helps to improve posture, as well as increase circulation and endurance. It is also beneficial for toning and building lean muscles.

“Pilates is challenging, it’s rewarding, and it’s open to anyone who wants to give it a try,” added Sison-Wright.  “To quote Joseph Pilates, ‘Change happens through movement, and movement heals.’ Those who are looking for a great program that they will enjoy and will bring them a range of benefits should give it a try. They will be surprised at how engaging and rewarding Pilates is.”

What makes Pilates unique is that it works the entire body with the concept of integrated stretching, strengthening and control. Pilates creates length with stability, as opposed to compression with stability. Therefore, it applies less stress to the joints and spine. You not only improve your core strength, you also improve your flexibility and have an increase in body awareness as well. You can apply the principles of what you learned in Pilates to your daily activities whether at work, sports or at the gym.

Inner Core Wellness is a Romana’s Pilates Studio, offering Pilates classes, with most people taking at least two classes per week. It is recommended that people do it 2-3 times per week consistently to achieve the benefits. In addition to Pilates, Inner Core Wellness offers physical therapy, the Melt Method, events, and workshops. To learn more, visit their site at: http://www.innercorewellness.com.

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About Inner Core Wellness

Located in Vienna, Virginia, Inner Core Wellness is owned by Maria Sison-Wright, a physical therapist for over 26 years, Certified Romana’s Pilates Instructor and Full Melt Method instructor. The center offers private and semi-private sessions in Pilates, the Melt Method, and events and workshops. They specialize in the Classical Pilates, the original method as passed on by Joseph Pilates and Romana Kryzanowska.  The studio also offers the Melt Method technique, which is a self treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and improve active aging.

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The 10-Step Sugar Detox Plan For You And Your Children

 

Sugar

For adults who crave candy and ice cream almost as much as their children, the bad news on sugar continues to pour in.

Earlier this year, research into sugar’s deleterious effects showed a connection to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More recently, the American Dental Association reminded parents just how bad sugar is for their children’s teeth.

“We think we’re so advanced in 2016, yet when it comes to health and a nutritious diet, many of us have a long way to go,” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, who is known as “The Juice Lady.”

The good news for parents is they can ferret out the sugar-laden products that may be hidden in their and their children’s diets, and dedicate themselves to a healthy, sugar-free lifestyle, says Calbom, author of “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout.” She offers her Sugar Addiction Quiz at www.juiceladycherie.com/Juice/the-sugar-knockout.

Below is Calbom’s solution: a 10-step detox plan that parents can work on with their children to eliminate sugar in both their diets.

Avoid all sugar. If you can do it for 30 days, you can change your lifestyle. During this time, avoid even healthy sweeteners like honey, and substitutes, which overwhelm the taste buds.

Cut caffeine intake. There are multiple benefits to cutting back on your caffeine, including the temptation to use sugary creamers and accompanying sweets along with actually causing sugar cravings.

Skip foods that turn to sugar easily. This includes wheat and other grains, alcohol and starchy foods like white potatoes.

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Enjoy healthy smoothies. Healthy smoothies that include dark leafy greens like kale or chard make you feel good in the long term and can help eliminate the urge for sugary snacks and excessive caffeine.

Power up with protein. Eggs, nuts, fish and other meats balance blood sugar and insulin.

Eat your veggies. Non-starchy vegetables provide your body with much-needed vitamins that also will cut your urge for unhealthy, sugary snacks.

Drink eight glasses of water a day. Sufficient pure water keeps you hydrated, reduces headaches and constipation, and flushes out toxins.

Supplement your diet. GTF chromium, L-Glutamine, B vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin C assist your body in various ways to overcome sugar cravings.

Sleep well; sleep enough. Lack of sleep messes with your hormonal balance and contribute to feelings of hunger.

Fight sugar cravings with fat. Healthy fats like avocados and fish make you feel full and satisfied.

“Beware of sugar in places you might not have expected, like tomato sauces, salad dressing and marinades,” Calbom says. “Make a habit of studying labels.”

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About Cherie Calbom, MSN (a.k.a. The Juice Lady)

Cherie Calbom holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. Known as “The Juice Lady” (www.juiceladycherie.com) for her work with juicing and health, she is author of 31 books, with millions of copies sold worldwide. No stranger to healthy diet trends, Cherie joined George Foreman as nutritional spokesperson in the Knockout the Fat phenomena that forever changed grilling in America.

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Supporting Your Child’s Healthcare Independence

 

Healthcare

As we enter the teen years it’s important to encourage our children to take control of their own health care. This prepares them for autonomous living and helps them navigate the world around them. It also give them room to practice without dangerous consequences and under our watchful eye.

Achieving independence is a crucial part of the journey into adulthood. Children are able to practice these skills when they are given the freedom to try new things. While they are still learning, however, they still need our guidance and support along the way.

Thankfully, there are a few different ways to subtly encourage our children to be more independent, while still staying involved with their daily healthcare needs. Here are some ideas to help you and your child find the right balance between freedom and guidance when it comes to handing over health care decisions and autonomy to a pre-teen or teenager.

Scheduling and appointment setting

Encourage your child to schedule their own doctor’s appointments. I know this one is scary. It’s normal to want to keep your child safe and ensure that they are getting the care they need. It’s also important to gently push them to begin taking control of their own needs – much like they also feed themselves, bathe themselves, take care of their own personal grooming, ensure a good night’s rest, plan their homework, and complete their other chores. Healthcare and dental care is another important aspect of self-care that needs to be taught in a way that encourages them to put the effort in themselves.

Give them their pediatrician’s and dentist’s number and have them call to schedule their checkups and other appointments, even if they’re nervous about it. Have them add the appointment to the family calendar, and also set a reminder for themselves on their phone of the appointment date, time, and location.

Self check-in

On the day of the appointment be sure to arrive early and actually discourage your child from bringing some activity to so while they wait. Don’t let them slump down in a seat and wait for their name to be called while you do all the work. Instead YOU take a seat when you both walk in. Empower them to take their identification and other medical cards or numbers to the support staff to check themselves in.

They may have no concept of how much things cost, but they can fill out their own health questionnaire. This will ensure that they take a few moments to really think about and evaluate their own health. Of course you can answer any questions they may have with the form, or assist them in remembering any medical allergies to certain medications. The more you encourage them to read over and answer the questions on their own, the better off they’ll be and the more informed they’ll become about their own health conditions.

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During the exam

Once their name is called, you can certainly attend the appointment with them and stay in the room. However, you do stay, encourage your child to talk with the healthcare professionals on their own. Strongly resist the urge to jump in and over-talk your child. Staying quiet, no matter how long or uncomfortable the silence, will give your child the confidence and chance to express him or herself. You child will also learn how to advocate for his or her own healthcare – a skill that we all know is invaluable in the age of revolving door doctor’s appointments and over-booked staff.

If possible (and if you are on good terms with your family physician or pediatrician) you can even contact the doctor and other staff ahead of time to let them know that you are working on teaching health care independence and would appreciate their cooperation. In this way you can ensure that the doctor will not turn to you to seek answers to the same questions if your child is slow to answer, and will work harder to talk to them directly. If you get the staff on board to help you ahead of time it can make the process of transferring focus from parent to child go much smoother.

Follow up care and appointment reminders

Encourage your child to stay in contact with their healthcare providers outside of their regular, or emergency care office visits. Have them ask for a business card and e-mail address where they can send any questions outside of office visits.

Before leaving the office, make sure that your child is signed up to receive appointment reminders either by e-mail, phone, or reminder postcard (in addition to yourself). This will encourage them to take initiative for future appointments.

Becoming a capable adult involves learning to depending on our parents less and take on more responsibility. “Adulting” also requires making decisions, solving problems, and forming our own identities. It’s common to worry that you may be allowing too much independence too soon. However, in order to grow and learn your child actually needs to try new scary things, make mistakes, explore and have new experiences. Not only does this help them learn all of life’s sometimes hard lessons, but it also helps shape their brain’s development.

You, your child, and the health professionals managing your child’s care will all need to be involved in facilitating these independently managed health decisions. Speak to your child’s health professional about any questions and concerns you may have.

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About the author:

James Smith is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. He is currently working for Centra Care Kids, a Florida-based pediatric urgent care provider.

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150 Ways to Eat Right (giveaway ends April 10, 2016)

 

National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? All month long there have been campaigns and initiatives to promote proper nutrition to ensure that everyone is eating right.

I’ll admit that I don’t eat nearly as much fruits and vegetables that I should on a daily basis. I also think I need to eat more fiber. I do try and drink plenty of water, but there day I fail to get even half the water intake I should.

National Nutrition Month is not only about eating right, but also what you eat and how you eat.

Not too long ago I was pitched by a company that made a reduced sodium type of salt. While I appreciate that they reached out to me, I had to pass. My family and I don’t use salt.

Salt Shaker

Growing up we always had a salt and pepper shaker on the dinner table. I used to put salt on a lot of things including veggies and meat. It wasn’t until I became a parent that I saw salt in a whole new light. While salt is OK for you in small quantities, most people consume way too much on a daily basis.

According to the Mayo Clinic people should limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg a day — or 1,500 mg if you’re age 51 or older,  or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

One way to limit your sodium intake is simply to toss out the salt shakers you set out on your dinner table. There are so many other ways to add flavor to your foods that are better for you such as herbs and spices. I’m a big fan of black pepper, garlic pepper, Italian seasonings and garlic.

Of course you have to count the sodium in the foods you eat. Wholesome, natural foods have much less sodium than pre-packaged food and fast food restaurants.

One restaurant is doing their part to help people to eat better for National Nutrition Month (and beyond). That restaurant is Boston Market.

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Boston Market has removed salt shakers from tables in all its restaurants. In addition they have also reduced sodium levels in all menu items by 15 percent or more.

Did you know that Boston Market was awarded a HALO Award by QSR Magazine in 2014 for its meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle for consumers. That is awesome. Kudos to Boston Market.

I also didn’t know that Boston Market is a proud participant in the National Restaurant Association’s “Kids LiveWell” program and a strategic partner of the United States Department of Agriculture “MyPlate” program.

My family and I have always enjoyed Boston Market. As a busy mom I can appreciate their delicious meal options as well as being able to pick up a meal for my family quickly. In fact, I can even order online for my local Boston Market so that our meals are ready for us when I show up at the pre-selected time. Talk about convenient. A week or so ago I ordered dinner for my family. I showed up five minutes before my scheduled pick up time and my entire order was already for me.

I serve our meals “Family Style.” I just put all the container out on the table with serving spoons and everyone helps themselves.

Corn

Green Beans

Mac and Cheese

Mashed Potato

Mixed Veggies

New Potatoes

Sweet Potato

I tend to get meals for a family of six. There is only the four of us, but our teenage son usually has a big appetitie. Plus anything left over I have for lunch the next day.

Boston Market even have beverages you can take out with your meal. We picked up un-sweetened ice tea to enjoy with our meal.

I love that they offer a variety of side dish options so that I can pick up the ones my family loves the most. I love their sweet potato casserole. Their garlic dill new potatoes are also delicious. As a mom I appreciate their steamed veggie options including green beans and mixed veggies.

Boston Market is known for delicious, convenient food, but many people don’t know that they offer 150 home style meal combinations with 550 calories or less, including their famous rotisserie chicken. I’m actually a fan of their turkey. I LOVE their turkey.

Having 550 calories or less is really good. Think about it, some specialty coffees are 300-400 calories – all liquid calories that don’t fill you up. A Boston Market MEAL that is 550 calories or less can really fill you up and satisfy you.

Missing from the photo - the rotisserie chicken that came with our meal.

Missing from the photo – the rotisserie chicken that came with our meal.

Each Boston Market meal includes an entrée and at least two sides, with dishes ranging from turkey topped with gravy to mashed potatoes and cornbread. For example, Boston Market’s Half Chicken Special for $8.49 – which includes a half signature, rotisserie roasted chicken, two sides and fresh baked cornbread.

It’s perfect for anyone maintaining a health-conscious, on-the-go lifestyle. It’s also great for busy parents.

For the home chef looking for time-saving hacks, Boston Market provides delicious recipes to dress up menu items with a few simple ingredients.

If you would like to learn more about Boston Market’s list of meals that are 550 calories or less visit the 150 Ways to Eat Right list.

For more information about Boston Market, to check out their menu and/or to find a location near you, visit BostonMarket.com. Be sure to check them out on social media too.

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Boston Market would love to give TWO lucky winners $50 in Boston Market gift cards so that they can experience their yummy foods for themselves. Thank you Boston Market.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 10, 2016. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what is your favorite menu item from Boston Market?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Boston Market to provide you with this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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