For Healthy Lunches

 

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by Leré Robinson, Star Sapphire Director and Nutrition Consultant

This month I want to share some helpful information about healthy lunches, which not only apply to children but also to those who work and desire to pack a nutritious lunch.

Today, so many kids eat unhealthy lunches, yet parents still expect their children’s brains to function properly. In their book, Smart Food for Smart Kids, Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce acknowledged, “Many lunchboxes contain white bread sandwiches, chocolates, cookies, chips, and fizzy, sugary drinks. This nutrient-poor, addictive, fat and sugar-laden collection may go down well on the playground, but it may also affect your child’s behavior and ability to learn.” But children who eat healthy, raw, live foods:

  • experience less fatigue
  • have more energy and concentrate better at school
  • are fit for all their physical activities and have a lower obesity rate

A little planning and creativity is all that’s needed for your children to enjoy lunches that are healthy and also fun to eat!

Good Nutrition
Encourage kids to eat a wide variety of foods from each food group. This is key. As they say, “Variety is the spice of life.”
Fruits and Vegetables: at least two portions in their lunchbox each day

  •  Beans and Lentils: make meatballs and include lentils, chickpea and vegetable patties
  •  Cereals: whole-grain or gluten-free brown rice pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa, millet
  • Marinated oven-baked chicken breast: cut into strips/or alternatives
  • Dairy Alternatives: natural coconut milk yogurt, almond milk and coconut milk kefir
  • Good Fats (crucial to a healthy brain!): avocados, unsalted raw nuts and seeds, homemade hummus and olives

Great Ideas
Kids enjoy variety and love surprises. Try to move away from the age-old sandwich.

  • Whole-grain tortilla chips with avocado dip, hummus and homemade salsa
  • Whole-grain mini pitas filled with veggies and some baked chicken pieces
  • Tub of carrot salad with nuts and raisins (Note: salads are an easy way to get veggies, fruit and good fats into kids)
  •  Small tubs of different veggies
  • Small tub of colorful berries, frozen grapes and coco bites/date balls
  • Nut and seed butters, such as almond, cashew and sunflower with apple slices

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Allowing children to choose and prepare their own lunch piques interest in the meal and makes it more likely kids will eat their own creations. Include your kids in the grocery shopping to choose foods that are part of a healthy diet. When they are part of shopping and making lunch boxes, they are more apt to eat their healthy lunches and not trade them with the child next to them.

A High-Fiber Diet May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

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There’s been a real bulk of fiber news these past few weeks. It’s been linked to a healthier gut, a lower risk of lung disease, fewer Crohn’s disease flare ups, and it has also been found to help with weight loss for the umpteenth time.

The latest study discovered that women who ate more high-fiber foods during adolescence and young adulthood had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.  If a large percentage of  fiber came from fruits and veggies, then the better their statistical likelihood.

Harvard researchers used data gathered from the 90,000+ women surveyed for the Nurses’ Health Study II. The healthcare professionals who participated in that large-scale, long-term study were asked to report their diet over a number of years. Other factors like genetics and environment were also figured in.

After sifting through the data, the researchers were able to determine that women who ate more dietary fiber in their young adulthood had a 12%-19% lower rate of breast cancer during that time. Women who consumed more fiber during their adolescence had their overall risk lessened by 16% and a 24% decreased risk of contracting the illness prior to menopause. Each additional 10 g of fiber eaten during adolescence seemed to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 13%.  The study stresses that those who ate the most fruits and veggies saw the greatest benefits.

Researchers attribute these findings to fiber’s ability to diminish high estrogen levels which have been linked with breast cancer. The study was published in the February 2016 issue of Pediatrics.

Although everyone should increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat, it doesn’t hurt to reach for a bit of all-natural supplemental fiber like Herbal Fiberblend or fit ‘n fiber.  It’s a low-calorie way to feel fuller longer, ease digestion, and it’s been linked to heart health as well as overall wellness.

3 Exciting New Discoveries About Omega-3 You Need to Know

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There are a lot of fats in this world, and they get a bad rap.  Even the word “fat” has a lot negative connotations hanging from it like so much unwanted adipose tissue. But fats can be a good thing. For starters, you need fat in your diet because it helps the body produce energy, build cell membranes and absorb minerals. The trick is knowing which fats are healthy and which ones are not.

Trans fat, for example, is bad for you, but polysaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6 can be very beneficial. In fact, the omegas are necessary for blood clotting, muscle movement and more. They are also well-known for their ability to promote heart health, but a few recent studies show they may have other benefits as well.

Omega-3 and B-Vitamins Team Up to Tackle Alzheimer’s Disease 

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduced age-related brain shrinkage, a major contributor to Alzheimer’s disease.  Those with higher baselines of omega-3 had 40% less shrinkage compared to the placebo group.  Try Peak Endurance with your AIMega.

Low Levels of Omega-3 Linked to Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Penn State found that sufferers of bipolar disorder tend to have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than people who do not suffer from that affliction. The why behind it is still unclear. Some researchers speculate that people with bipolar disorders may process fatty acids differently. The scientists behind the study are currently investigating dietary approaches using fatty acids for bipolar disorder.  This study was published in Bipolar Disorders.

Omega-3 May Help Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis 

A study published in Rheumatology looked at whether or not omega-3 could lower someone’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a fault in the immune system. Autoantibodies erroneously attack organs and tissue which causes pain and suffering. In the study, blood tests showed a link between low levels of omega-3 and high levels of out-of-whack antibodies. The researchers speculate that omega-3 fatty acids may be able to play a role in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis in those who are at risk but haven’t developed RA symptoms yet.

Get Your Omegas From AIMega!

The AIM Companies offers the world’s best fats in its essential AIMega. Your body can’t produce omega fatty acids on its own, so you need to make sure you get enough for heart health, immune health, to reduce inflammation and more!

Natural AIM Nutrition for Families

Natural Nutrition for Families

Seeking an all-natural source for nutrition, Directors David and Miriam Borkholder from Kalona, Iowa, turned to AIM whole-food products like AIM BarleyLife® and the AIM Garden Trio®. And through consistent use and a strong belief in whole-food nutrition, they got the results they wanted … and more.

“I always liked the idea of having animals out on the grass in a natural state, getting their minerals and nutrients from plants,” said David, a dairy goat farmer. “With this vision in mind, we were looking for a product for me and my family that was closer to nature’s way—a plant form of nutrition. We are well satisfied with the AIM products.”

When the Borkholders chose AIM, Miriam was pregnant with their fifth child. The previous three of the four pregnancies had been difficult, and this one would prove to be no different. Less than two months into pregnancy, complications arose. Bleeding, which continued for two months concerned the Borkholders for the health of the pregnancy.

Approximately six weeks before her due date more complications arose, forcing them to go to the hospital. Three days later, Miriam gave birth without complication to baby Sarah. Thirty-six hours later, Sarah’s lung collapsed, and she was transferred to a children’s hospital for care.

These events challenged the Borkholders, but with their belief in whole-food nutrition and with guidance from Star Sapphire Director Marlene Rawls, they remained determined.

“We decided to continue on the AIM products,” David said. “Marlene stressed the fact that even though this pregnancy went the way it did, Miriam’s body was not built up—we needed to rebuild her body before she had another child. Miriam took therapeutic amounts of AIM products, and we saw more and more evidence that this was helping and working.”

Two years later, the Borkholders were pregnant again.

“The sixth pregnancy should have been the worst of all of them,” David said, “but it was the opposite. It was her easiest pregnancy. She was able to continue her own work all the way through the pregnancy.”

Miriam’s pregnancy went full-term. There were zero complications.

While taking AIM LeafGreens® during pregnancy, Miriam was even able to raise her iron and hemoglobin levels to within normal range—well above her traditionally low levels.

“After that sixth child was born,” David said, “we could talk to others and we were ready to listen and help.”

The Borkholders have felt blessed to see the amazing difference in the mental development of all their children. They credit AIM nutrition for the change they see and especially for the products’ prenatal support.

“We’re enjoying life,” David said. “For us, life has been different since we’ve been using the AIM products. Nutrition changed our whole life, not just the children part. That’s where we’re grateful to God.”

AIM Restores Health

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No more pain, no more problems—Cathlene Blanton, AIM Director, had yearned for this relief.

Facing the prospect of her seventeenth surgery, this one for neck pain and bulging discs, Cathlene tried AIM Magnificence™ magnesium. Within days, she could feel the magnesium working on a cellular level in her body. Two weeks later, her surgery was canceled, and her neck problems vanished.

“When the doctors took a followup x-ray, they realized I had no arthritis, no sign of the bulging discs in my neck,” Cathlene said. “I didn’t have to have any surgeries. My neck problems have seemed to have gone away thanks to the addition of Mag-nificence to my AIM BarleyLife® and other AIM products. Today, I live with no pain.”

To understand what was happening to her, Cathlene turned to AIM Director Melissa Dobney, who introduced her to AIM products including Mag-nificence. Cathlene said. “As the tissue and bone improved, my pain decreased, and I was able to avoid surgery.”

Cathlene uses Mag-nificence gel daily, before she goes to sleep. She also takes baths using crystals three to four times a week and applies the Mag-nificence spray in the morning and at night.

In addition to resolving her neck problems, Cathlene also experienced benefits to her spine. Prior to Mag-nificence magnesium, her spine would hurt from top to bottom because of sciatica.

“Two weeks after regularly applying the gel,” Cathlene said, “my spine started feeling better. Soon after that, the doctors said I have no problems with my spine anymore. I believe I don’t even have sciatica anymore.

Cathlene’s remarkable results using a wide variety of AIM products have inspired her to share AIM with others and build a business. She has seen her downline grow as she climbs toward an elite level in the Member Income Plan.

“My goal is to spread wealth, spread health,” Cathlene said. “I want people to know that you can get better—not only live, not only survive, but thrive.”

Staying Healthy on Vacation

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Traveling has always been one of Donna Eilertsen’s priorities in life. “Basically, I worked hard all my life so that I could afford to travel,” she admitted. “Otherwise, I would have earned just enough to live simply and stay home.”

Home is Vancouver, British Columbia, where Donna has lived for over fifty-three years. During those years, she journeyed to her desired destinations all over the world including Europe, South America, and Asia. When she retired in 2008, Donna had all the time in the world to focus on where to go next. She had dreamed of going to Africa as a little girl and made that dream come true in January 2013.

“I started planning over a year before the plane took off, so I got a great deal on the flight, hotels, and safaris,” Donna explained. Going to Africa also requires a fair amount of vaccinations that must be done well in advance. “I wanted to stay healthy throughout the trip and was concerned about the day-long flight.”

Having struggled with jet lag and colds from flying, Donna read with great interest a testimonial about AIM Proancynol® 2000 in Living Well magazine. Chairman’s Club Director Janet Pauly had taken this natural health product to avoid jet lag and received an unexpected result: She got rid of a persistent cough. Donna decided to buy Proancynol 2000—six months before her trip.

This world traveler became a Preferred Member a month after joining AIM in May 2010. She regularly takes four heart health products— AIM CellSparc 360®, AIMega®,and AIM BarleyLife® capsules. “I brought all of my supplements in capsules along with me on the trip,” Donna stated, having decided to take two Proancynol 2000 every two hours during the twenty-four-hour flight.

Her advance plans for staying healthy throughout her dream-of-a-lifetime trip worked. Traveling and camping out on chilly nights under African skies can negatively affect health. But unlike most of the people she met on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Donna never got sick. Some of her traveling companions were surprised that she managed to stay healthy, especially since Donna was the retired elder of the group.

Keeping in touch with her new worldwide friends after she returned to Canada in good health, Donna was surprised to find out through e-mails and phone calls that none of them had taken their supplements while on vacation. Back home, each had a terrible cold, so they asked Donna where they could buy the products that had kept her well. “I told them about AIM,” Donna said, “especially Proancynol 2000 for flying.”

Showing no signs of slowing down or fading interest in new adventures, Donna turned seventy in April. In the same month, she confirmed a flight to Bali for January 2014. Her traveling companion to Indonesia asked her to buy extra Proancynol 2000 for the trip. Donna tells everyone about Proancynol 2000 because it works.

CoCoa-licious CoCoa LeafGreens

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Great-tasting greens can be yours with the new AIM CoCoa LeafGreens™, a blend of four green leaf powders, broccoli sprout powder, and cocoa. This blend is unlike anything else on the market, and the delicious flavor is unlike any green drink you have ever tasted!

New cocoa flavor—delicious and nutritious

CoCoa LeafGreens adds to the original LeafGreens blend of spinach, barley, bean, and pea leaves and broccoli sprouts with a threepart mixture of cocoa powders—organic cacao powder, organic cocoa powder, and alkalized (Dutch) cocoa.

The organic cacao powder is derived from fermented cacao beans, which are abundant in natural antioxidants and fiber. The other two powders are obtained through hydraulic pressing of cocoa mass.

The value of a balanced body pH

Your body needs a well-balanced acid-alkaline environment to function. Unfortunately, the modern diet is decidedly acidifying. Meat, dairy, and grains highlight the list of acid-forming foods, and they also are found in high amounts in the standard North American diet.

Health problems arise as over-acidification leads to toxicity and disease.

Where can you find help? In green drinks like CoCoa LeafGreens.

To balance the acid-forming foods that we consume, an alkalizing option is a must. Based on a scientific measure of pH effect called PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load), the four-leaf blend in CoCoa LeafGreens is an ideal supplemental option, providing a significant alkalizing effect for maintaining a healthy body pH.

Cocoa and cognitive function

The triple-cocoa mixture in CoCoa LeafGreens has benefits beyond taste. Cocoa is growing in popularity in the supplement industry for a variety of valuable uses—as an antioxidant, a disease fighter, and a brain booster.

Last fall, a study was published stating cocoa’s positive effect on cognition. An Italian research team discovered that consuming high levels of the natural compounds found in cocoa may improve cognitive function. Their study compared a group of participants that received a daily cocoa beverage containing moderate to high levels of flavonols with a group that received a daily beverage with low levels of flavonols. The first group performed better in tests for verbal fluency, visual searching, and attention than the second group.

The reasons for the brain boost seem to lie with a particular flavonol called (-)-epicatechin. The compound belongs to a family of catechins, which are abundant in cocoa. The (-)-epicatechin is believed to increase circulation and assist in the growth of blood vessels.

In addition to the groundbreaking human study on cocoa and cognition, animal studies have supported the benefits of flavonols as well.

A mood-enhancing pick-me-up

Eating chocolate is more than just a psychological mood booster. The science behind
cocoa’s effect on mood points to the hundreds of compounds that boost endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine in the body—chemicals that have a positive effect on well-being and outlook.

The naturally-occurring compounds in cocoa are plentiful.

Theobromine stimulates the cardiovascular system and acts as a diuretic, and its presence contributes to cocoa’s anti-depressant and moodenhancing properties.

Phenethylamine (PEA), another cocoa compound, stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins, which are noted mood enhancers, and dopamine. PEA increases in the brain when we fall in love.

Another cocoa compound of note is anandamide, whose name can be traced to the Sanskrit word for “bliss.” The compound binds to receptor sites in the brain and produces a feeling of euphoria.

Amazing amounts of antioxidants in every serving

To better evaluate the complete antioxidant potential of natural products, ORAC5.0™ was developed.

CoCoa LeafGreens contains a superb 16,634 Total ORAC per day. This score includes measurements in each of the five Total ORAC tests, with notable results for CoCoa LeafGreens’ ability to combat peroxyl (the most abundant free radical in the body), hydroxyl, and singlet oxygen. Check out the AIM CoCoa LeafGreens datasheet for more information.

CoCoa LeafGreens tastes like no green drink you’ve ever tried. It builds immunity, supports your brain, improves your mood, and keeps you healthy. Taste the difference that cocoa can make. Try new CoCoa LeafGreens today.