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Fiber: Digesting the Difference

Feb 13, 2015 9:58:55 AM

Are you confused about fiber? And are you getting enough fiber in your diet?  Chances are slim, if you are like the majority of the United States population.  Fiber consumption is currently at an all time low, with less than 3% of Americans meeting the recommended intake.  Despite its popular association with trips to the restroom, fiber is no hoax.  The benefits of a high fiber diet can also reduce the risk of stroke, hypertension, and heart disease.  

Vitamin D2 vs. Vitamin D3

Jan 28, 2015 6:04:19 AM

Celebrate Vitamins Blog - Vitamin D2 vs Vitamin D3As high as 60-80% of patients pursuing weight loss surgery (WLS) experience a vitamin D deficiency prior to their surgery.  After surgery, the rate of deficiency is not much better with some studies reporting rates as high as 50% of post-op bariatric patients experiencing a vitamin D deficiency, even though they are taking a multivitamin!

Setting a SMART New Year’s Resolution

Dec 29, 2014 3:09:54 PM

Celebrate Vitamins Blog - SMART Goal SettingIt is that time of year again where everyone starts thinking about a New Year’s Resolution.  Regardless of your opinion about New Year’s Resolutions or if you plan to set a New Year’s Resolution, we can all agree that setting one is somewhat similar to goal setting.  When it comes to your health and wellness, goal setting is quite instrumental to long-term success.  Let’s take a look at how you can set goals in a healthy manner, as well as help yourself achieve success.

Food Journaling: Is it For Me?

Nov 19, 2014 9:33:29 AM


Food Journaling - Is it right for me? - Celebrate Vitamins BlogWhen it comes to remembering what I have personally eaten, I tend have a pretty discerning memory.  I could tell you exactly what I ate at each meal; but what I probably would not remember is snacking on a few handfuls of mixed nuts while watching The Mysteries of Laura.  So, needless to say, accountability is a huge part of successful weight loss.

Going Organic on a Budget

Sep 29, 2014 10:37:13 AM

Devotion to organic foods has hit the roof in recent years. Organic food sales have increased from ~$11 billion in 2004 to an estimated $27 billion in 2012. In 2012, organic food products accounted for more than 3.5% of total food sales in the United States. Celebrate Vitamins Blog - Going Organic on a Budget - Benefits

So why are people buying organic foods?  Many consumers believe organic foods can serve as preventative medicine against health risks and help cure illness.  There are numerous health benefits linked with eating organic foods. In turn, many are willing to pay a premium price for organic foods.

Organic foods are made in a method that excludes the use of non-organic insecticides and pesticides, which provides you with the best nutrients you need. Studies indicate that organic foods are less likely to have pesticide residues than their conventional counterparts.  And most people who try organic foods do find they enjoy the taste better.  But how can you introduce organic foods into your everyday lifestyle without breaking the bank? 

Vitamin Basics = ABCDs

Aug 21, 2014 10:26:49 AM

Celebrate Vitamins Blog - Vitamin Basics = ABCDs - Variety of FoodsIs it really that easy?  I am sure we have all heard for years that vitamins are good for us and we need them to stay “healthy”.  We know that vitamins and minerals are essential to our health.  We also know that vitamins in food are fundamental to the development of ALL the body’s tissues and fluids and vital to the numerous functions that keep our internal systems operating each day.  But, do we know and understand the particular benefits of each vitamin?  Here you will discover a quick reference to the vitamin basics: A, B complex, C and D, and the precise roles they play in the body.

Celebrate Vitamins Blog - Tips for Creating Nutritious Dinners in A Dash - Crock PotAll of us have had a day when our meeting ran late, we were caught in traffic, one of our kids had a piano lesson starting in 10 minutes and the other had soccer practice later that evening…  Any of these schedule disruptions can lead to everyone getting home tired, hungry, and wanting dinner on the table instantly! You definitely do not have time, nor do you want to spend hours over the stove. For the most part, it just seems easier to eat a bowl of cereal, grab a bag of chips, or dip a spoon into the peanut butter jar.

Unfortunately, these options lack nutrients and could contribute to an expanding waistline over time.  And while you can reheat a portion-controlled frozen meal on occasions, it is not ideal to make eating freezer foods a habit.

So, in order to help you combat this common issue, here are 8 great tips for cooking meals that are quick, great tasting and good for you too!  Here’s how to make dinners in a dash:

ABSI: A Body Shape Index

Jul 14, 2014 9:45:25 AM


Celebrate Vitamins Blog - ABSI Body Shape Index - ScaleMost, if not all, of us have heard of BMI (or Body Mass Index).  However, there is a new index floating around medical circles and we at Celebrate like to keep you up-to-date on all the latest lingo or lingo to come.  A Body Shape Index (ABSI) is another metric used to help determine your health by evaluating not only your weight, but also your body shape.

How Smart is Your Smartphone?

Jul 7, 2014 9:54:19 AM


Celebrate Vitamins Blog - How Smart is Your Smartphone? - Smartphone with appsWe are all looking for ways to stay healthy, to track our fitness goals, track what we eat daily, and to help keep us motivated.  The fact is we do not get/make enough time for planning to complete these tasks in our everyday busy lives.

However, the solution is right in your hands.  In the age of modern technology, almost everyone has a smartphone.  This can be used to keep you healthy with the aid of some apps, most of which are FREE.  There are various apps, both paid and free that will assist you in your workouts, eating plan/meal planning, and daily routine, such as when to take your vitamins, and keep track of your exercise.  Here are 10 apps that could change your lifestyle and keep you healthy.

Hydrating Foods

Jun 23, 2014 7:33:48 AM

With the first day of summer occurring over the weekend and the temperatures rising on the mercury, it is quite important to stay well hydrated especially with physical activity that takes you outdoors.  While drinking lots of fluid is important, you can also improve your hydration status by eating foods rich with water!

Water is important for many body functions including regulating your body temperature, assisting in maintaining electrolyte balance, and metabolizing nutrients.  Achieving adequate hydration will help to prevent headaches and fatigue from dehydration.  Water also helps to control your weight.

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