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!)
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.
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.
"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.
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.”
Between the tourist destinations of Belize and Costa Rica is El Salvador, a rural country that’s becoming more American by the minute – in what they eat, at least.
Thanks to junk food, it’s estimated that 85 percent of children in El Salvador’s countryside have tooth decay, leading to jaw infections, tooth loss and even malnutrition, since it hurts kids’ mouths to eat. Ouch!
Why so much decay? Because families in El Salvador’s rural areas can’t afford to go to a dentist. But they can afford cheap sodas and candies. The result: kids with teeth that are black and rotten to the root. Ouch!
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.
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.
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.
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.