This is the time of year for resolutions. Everyone makes vows to do things differently in the New Year, and as we all know, that resolve often begins to waver before the flowers bloom in spring. So how to see your resolutions through until New Year’s 2018? Syndicated Columnist Rebecca Turner has a great idea — map out a plan for each month of the New Year!
In her column, Rebecca outlines the resolutions or steps one can take each month for a healthier lifestyle. And her first resolution for January we couldn’t agree with more — replace sugary soda with sparkling water. Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters come in four delicious flavors — Lemon-Lime, Tangerine-Orange, Peach-Pear and Wild Cherry — are so refreshingly healthy with no sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, preservatives or other additives that you won’t miss those syrupy soft drinks at all.
The steps Rebecca recommends for the rest of the year include:
- Eat more greens
- Limit bread consumption
- Set and tackle a fitness goal
- Buy fresh produce
- Go meatless at least one day a week
- Mix up your fitness routine with different kinds of activities
- Get every family member off to a good start with a high-fiber, protein-rich breakfast
- For snacks, put aside the junk food and go with more fruits and vegetables instead
- Replace candy with other treats for Halloween
- Transform your holiday recipes into healthier dishes.
We hope you make Syfo a part of your healthier 2017. You can read the details on all of Rebecca’s steps here.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a major shift or a series of draconian steps of self-deprivation. Heath.com recently publshed this series of commonsense tips designed to help you tailor your diet and your physical activities for the maximum health benefit.
We would you like to pay particular attention to the first slide in this series about curbing your sweet tooth. Avoiding sweet treats is important of course, but sometimes it’s not only about dessert.
At times that craving can take the form of wanting a sweet drink in the evening when meals and even dessert are done. When that urge arrives, reach for a refreshing glass of Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters instead. Our four delicious flavors — Lemon-Lime, Wild Cherry, Tangerine Orange and Peach-Pear — are satisfying, refreshing and contain no calories, sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, preservatives or any other additives. Here’s what Syfonatic Shayla E. had to say about how Syfo has worked for her:
“I want to let you know that Syfo has been a real life saver for me. I decided to start a diet that was pretty tough for me, but once I discovered Syfo, it was simple to stick to my diet! Syfo helped satisfy any cravings that I had for sweets or soda! The Tangerine-Orange and Wild Cherry taste amazing! I just bought 20 more bottles!! Thank you Syfo so much!!!”
Oh and by the way, slide 13 in Health.com’s presentation has to do with drinking water to stay hydrated instead of turning to energy drinks. Syfo does a pretty good job of that too.
Many people are under the misconception that fruit juice drinks are a healthier choice than soda, because fruit is good for you, right? But as this feature on Menshealth.com points out, even fruit juice that’s not a blend isn’t as nutritious as the fruit it comes from and can have plenty of sugar.
And some of the most popular fruit juice blends or drinks can be really bad for you. The Men’s Health piece names 10 of some of the worst offenders; highlights (or low-lights) include:
- Ocean Spray Cran-Apple — First two listed ingredients are water and sugar (never a good sign) and just 8 ounces contains 32 grams of sugar!
- Welch’s Mountain Berry — Despite the abundance of fruit pictured on the label, this blend is made with only 25 percent real fruit and 8 ounces contains 33 grams of sugar.
- Minute Maid Lemonade — There isn’t much lemon in this lemonade, weighing in with only 3 percent real lemon juice. A 20 ounce bottle contains a whopping 67.5 grams of sugar — more than a same-sized bottle of Coca-Cola — and is filled with a host of preservatives, fillers and artificial colors.
- SoBe Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit — Not really a juice at all, the only actual juice in this concoction is used as a coloring agent. So just like soda this is basically just sugar water and with a whole lot of sugar at that — 65 grams in a 20 ounce bottle.
- Tropicana Grape Juice Beverage — If being loaded with high-fructose corn syrup isn’t bad enough, this “juice beverage” has more sugar in a 15.2 ounce bottle than six scoops of Edy’s Rocky Road ice cream (72 grams)!
Mixed with your favorite whole fruit juice or straight-up, Syfo’s Original Seltzer and Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Waters are healthier alternatives. Our products contain no sugar, sodium, preservatives or artificial sweeteners, just 100% pure refreshment.
We’ve all heard that eating brought on by stress can be a bad thing. But according to Woman’s Health Magazine, eating certain foods can help you cope, reduce stress and offset the negative effects of all that pressure. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider these foods:
Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. Almonds also contain Vitamin B which is known to help your system deal with stress. Shell pistachios or crack walnuts have been found to reduce blood pressure — both under stress and normal conditions.
Avocados are high in potassium and contain monounsaturated fat, both of which can help to lower blood pressure. Potassium is one of the best ways to reduce blood pressure according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and just half an avocado offers 487 milligrams, more than you’ll get from a medium-size banana. To get your avocado fix, try making your own homemade guacamole or avocado salad dressing.
There is science to back up the old warm-milk remedy for insomnia and restlessness. Calcium can reduce muscle spasms and ease tension. Skim or 1 percent milk fat is preferred if you’re trying to reduce fat in your diet.
Carbohydrates make the brain produce more serotonin, the same relaxing brain chemical released when you eat dark chocolate. Oatmeal contains carbohydrates but also is high in fiber, allowing the carbohydrates to be absorbed into your bloodstream gradually. The more slowly your body absorbs carbs, the more steadily the serotonin flows and the longer the mood-changing effect lasts. Plus fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet.
When facing high amounts of stress, pouring a glass of orange juice or grabbing an orange or tangerine can help settle the nerves. The vitamin C in citrus fruits has been shown to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones. For a refreshing and relaxing treat any time of the day, try mixing Syfo Original Seltzer with your favorite citrus fruit juice.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish like salmon or tuna are a great stress-hormone reducer and also protect against heart disease. In addition to salmon, fatty acids can be found in eggs, yogurt, milk, and soy products.
Spinach is rich in magnesium and 7 out of 10 people are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium can help lower your stress levels and not getting enough magnesium can bring on migraine headaches and fatigue. Just one cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily value—so try using it instead of lettuce on sandwiches and salads.
You can read the entire article on stress-reducing foods on the Women’s Health Magazine website.
It seems you can get more than just kicks from champagne. In a new study, scientists at the Univ. of Reading have found that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may help offset or prevent the memory loss associated with aging. They also found that champagne could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.
The active agents are the phenolic compounds found in champagne. These compounds can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one’s environment and storing the information for future use. The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex while favorably altering a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain. These proteins are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient and leading to poorer memory in old age as well as conditions such as dementia. By slowing this depletion, champagne may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur with both typical brain aging and degenerative diseases.
White wine doesn’t carry the same benefits. Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine because of two red grapes — Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — that are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay. Red wine has also been shown to have a positive effect on memory because of the flavonoids in it.
Of course, as with anything to do with healthy eating, moderation is always best. You can derive the memory benefits of champagne from just one to three glasses a week and previous research has shown that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation, reducing the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease.