A soft, not grain-based flour produced from dried coconut meat, coconut flour is a natural byproduct of coconut milk production. This soft, fine powder is suitable for baking and popular among those adhering to grain-restrictive diets such as paleo diets. Coconut flour is gluten-free and rich in protein, fiber and fat which makes it exceptionally filling. A great source of manganese, it also contains lauric acid, a saturated fat known to support the immune system, the thyroid, and promote good skin health.
2. Brown Rice
Brown rice flour has a stronger, nuttier flavor than conventional wheat flours and is an excellent choice for muffins and cookies. This flour can be gluten-free and it tend to behave differently from conventional wheat flour when baked and may make your baked goods a little brittle, but also richer in fiber.
Tapioca flour comes from the cassava plant and is a gluten-free starch that can help improve not only the flavor but also the texture of gluten-free baked goods. Tapioca flour can help building the structure to gluten-free goods, making them chewy and more like traditional recipes.
Almond flour is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Perfect for pancakes, muffins, bread and brownies, this soft, delicate crumb is actually a flour used in many traditional baked goods. Just like tapioca, almond flour is often used for the texture it brings to baked goods.
In an ideal world healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region or socio economic class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that lofty ideal. It’s well known that many of the highest quality health and wellness items do come at a premium, but would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or kick those payments down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?
Let’s face it – unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to shop around four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant-seeming memory. However, thanks to technology and the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a drain on the little free time you have left. Below you’ll find some of my tricks for living the healthy life, frugally.
Do Your Homework – This is numero uno for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea. But now, all you have to do is punch in what you’re interested in and viola! You’ll be able to scan multiple sites that carry that item and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Three out of four times you’ll find the best prices are here.
Be a Saavy Shopper – Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their proprietary blends of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. Just check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those in your fancy brand name offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.
DIY Baby! – This is probably my favorite way to save because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just gotta know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), Lucky has got you covered.
Pay Attention to Holidays – You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.
Check Your Inbox – Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)
AlwaysAutoship’n – As a working mom, my brain cannot remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I get an extra 10% off!
After making plans to attend a residential course to learn the ancient meditation called Vipassana, I told my friends about it. Their collective response included the words “relaxing” and “retreat”. I let them know that it’s actually intense and challenging – about 100 hours of meditation packed into 10 days – and noble silence, meaning no speaking, writing, gestures, or eye contact. Their encouraging facial expressions twisted as I added that course participants awake at 4am, the last vegetarian meal of the day is served at 11am, and there are no phones or internet. No reading, stretching, yoga, or entertainment is allowed and the accommodations are very modest. I realized it didn’t sound very vacation-worthy, but I knew it offered the possibility of changing my life.
Now that I’m back I can tell you that indeed, it did change my life for the better. And yes, it was different than an average vacation. I didn’t come home tan – or enlightened – but I now understand the choices I make and how they result in happiness or misery. I am now acquainted with this simple non-sectarian technique that has been trusted for over 2,500 years by people of all backgrounds and faiths. The practice helps me stay focused, loving kind, and receptive. I’m more emotionally balanced – responsive, not reactive – and I know how to enjoy life more thoroughly. I now recognize when I’m multiplying a physical pain into a mental pain, and vice versa.
What is Vipassana?
Vipassana is mental training that helps practitioners see things as they really are, not as they would like things to be. This provides groundwork for transformation through self-observation, and liberation resulting in true happiness, harmony, love, and compassion for self and others. The highly concentrated 10-day teaching (as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin) offers a way to become established in this technique that can provide understanding of the depth of your mind and the way it works – to understand at the experiential level (not just intellectually) – in the framework of your own body – how and where you started generating negativity and multiplying misery. By understanding and using the technique, you can locate the roots of your misery and break free from old habit patterns.
Vipassana is the simplest, yet most difficult form of meditation because it asks so little of the practitioner. There is no visualization, mantra, or breath control. The technique only requires equanimous awareness of bodily sensations and the impermanent quality of all things. Basically, it’s a body scanning process that can be learned intellectually in minutes. However, a concentrated and almost continual practice of at least 10 days is necessary to establish experiential understanding of the technique and its benefits. Awareness is moved systematically through the body while sensations are observed objectively and neutrally. Pleasant feelings are not to be craved and unpleasant feelings are not to be averted.
The course merely provides a Kindergarten-level understanding, yet for many, the subtle sensations experienced are so different than the gross sensations they are accustomed to, they may think they are experiencing enlightenment or bliss. During the 10 days, one learns to sweep one’s awareness of subtle sensations throughout the body, the result of which can feel something like a shower of tingling vibrations. Not all the sensations are pleasant however. Many people have to work through a variety of physical and emotional pains, so it can be cathartic and healing as well. Experienced practitioners explore even subtler sensations, penetrating their awareness through muscles and organs, while more advanced practitioners go even deeper, becoming aware of the subtlest of sensations, even into the depth of the spine.
During the course, one is to consider it as working in isolation. This is the first time that most people will ever be alone with their mind with no distractions. While everyone’s experience is unique, many get a chance to power through internal struggles in a way that makes them stronger.
Session duration is usually 1 or 2 hours long with 10 minute breaks in between. After 3 days of being able to shift position and futilely attempt to gain comfort, participants are asked to resist the urge to move during each 1 hour sitting. This teaches strong determination and practitioners learn they can make it through nearly torturous mental and physical pain. Everything arises and eventually passes away.
There are no charges for the course, food, or accommodations. Expenses are met exclusively by donations from students who complete the course. Donations pay it forward by providing someone else with the opportunity to experience the benefits of Vipassana. About 300 Vipassana centers located globally offer this unique experience to learn the basics of the technique in an uninterrupted, safe environment where one can practice almost continuously without concern for the chores of a householder. Volunteers silently cook, clean, and manage daily tasks so students may focus on learning and practicing.
If you are interested in learning more about the pure, original form of Vipassana and its benefits, visit dhamma.org. There are also many interesting anecdotal videos you may want to explore that have been posted online by individuals who have experienced the 10-day course. If you do not want to commit to 10-day course, know that the simple act of quieting the mind and paying attention to breath is in itself an act of meditation and can be a very beneficial way to begin a meditation practice.
Fall is here so it’s time to celebrate with flavors of pumpkin and spice with this easy autumn dessert. It’s gluten, dairy and peanut free which makes it perfect for a school party or just as a healthy treat.
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Recent scientific discoveries about the process of aging have uncovered the importance of several critical nutritional supplements to reverse the symptoms of the aging process. Watch as Tim discusses the central role that these nutrients play in reducing wrinkles, thickening hair and nails, strengthening joints and bones, reducing pain and inflammation and increasing energy.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of health food products to our customers: Bite Fuel.
Bite Fuel offers functional premium foods that are non-GMO, gluten-free and taste delicious. The company has specialized in protein cookies and protein granola, available in a variety of tasty flavors. Bite Fuel was created to provide an alternative food snack to help people who struggle working long hours and eating healthy throughout the day. Bite Fuel is a great product to help with a challenge many people face on a daily basis: avoid immediate cravings and stick to a healthy diet.
Bite Fuel Power Bites Protein Cookies are guilt-free protein packed treats that will delight your taste buds and fuel your body with the energy you need to go about your busy day. They are perfect for post-workout, at work, or anytime you need some convenient protein that tastes great. Each bag contains 18 grams of protein and is made with premium quality ingredients.
Bite Fuel Protein Granola Trail Mix fuels your body with energy, strength, and satisfaction. Each bag is loaded with premium quality protein granola, nuts, and dried fruit, a perfect combo of all the proper nutrients to keep you physically and mentally in high gear. Each serving contains 13 grams of protein and is sure to give you the energy and strength that you need to fuel your day. You can try it for breakfast with milk, sprinkle it on Greek yogurt, or eat it straight out of the bag.
White kidney bean extract has been one of these unconventional products that have helped many people with weight loss. But what is all the buzz about it?
Featured in many television shows, white kidney bean extract supplements have been considered as an efficient weight loss product after a study published in The Journal of Applied Research concluded that supplementation 15 minutes before each meal may led to a reduction in both weight and waist circumference. Of course, just like with any other weight loss product, results may vary and exercise and a healthy diet are essential to obtain significant results but the fact that many people have experienced a boost in weight loss from taking white kidney bean extract is encouraging.
White bean extract has been linked to one of the best ways to lose weight as supplementation can help maintain lean body mass or muscle, and most of the weight lost consists of unwanted body fat. As an efficient fat burner, white bean extract may be helpful for weight loss because the beans produce substances that interfere with an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, which are one of the main sources of calories in many diets. If carbohydrates aren’t broken down into small enough units, your body can’t absorb them and can’t make use of the calories they provide. Absorbing fewer calories can help create the calorie deficit necessary for weight loss. Of course, this is most effective with complex carbohydrates, such as starches. Some sugars are already in small enough units that they can be readily absorbed by the intestines, so white bean extract wouldn’t affect their absorption.
As always, exercise and a well-balanced diet are essential to any weight loss program but if you are looking for a little bit of help, white kidney bean extract is a natural and safe alternative.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new product which is a natural choice for upset tummies: Tummydrops.
Tummydrops are the best, natural way to help nausea, morning sickness and upset stomachs. Gluten-free and non-GMO Project Verified, these unique drops were designed to provide a natural alternative to prescription medications and chemicals.
Developed by science, Tummydrops are hand crafted in small batches using only the most premium natural ingredients to provide a convenient, great tasting drop that works efficiently to improve digestive health.
Each drop contains a special blend of ingredients, which may assist with occasional stomach upset, nausea, morning sickness, and even motion sickness. Mother Nature has provided an answer in the form of zingiber officinale, better known as ginger. Prized for its culinary uses, the root-like structure of ginger, called a rhizome, contains multiple active substances, including gingerol, which may assist with occasional nausea and vomit.
When formulating Tummydrops, the company started by carefully selecting a natural and potent source of gingerol. Next, premium natural ingredients were added to complement the natural taste of the ginger. The result is an easy to carry, great tasting drop that you can take anywhere.
Give your skin a boost naturally with argan oil. It’s high vitamin e content, antioxidants and loaded with unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is the perfect solution for problem skin and can help fight wrinkles, repair damaged skin, minimize scars and stretch marks and clear up acne. Oh yeah, did we mention what a lush skin hydrator this stuff is? No greasy, filmy residue here.
Wrinkles have met there match with argan oil. It can help improve skin elasticity with its high fatty acid content which helps combat the telltale symptoms of premature aging.
You probably know by now how antioxidants fight against free-radicals in the environment. Yup, those same annoying guys that cause sun damage to your skin. Well, the anti-oxidants in argan oil help to protect skin and prevent damage from UV radiation. Try applying some to fade sun spots, heal skin and promote the regeneration of healthy cells.
Scars & Stretch Marks
When the dermis level of your skin stretches, white lines known as stretch marks appear. And nobody wants that!! Dehydration contributes to the further breakdown of collagen and elastin, which is a big deal because these structural proteins are what helps keep your skin firm and tight. A nightly application of argan oil to your stretch marky problem areas can help rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level by restoring balance to your collagen and elastin reserves.
Argan oil’s high linoleic acid content helps to reduce acne’s inflammation and heal damaged cells. Here’s a tip from us: add a few drop of tea tree oil to a quarter-sized amount of argan oil. The high content of argan’s antioxidants pairs perfectly with tea tree’s anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties, which can help wipe the floor with even the worst case of acne, naturally, without any harsh or abrasive alcohol-based treatments.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new brand of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to our customers: Juicera.
Juicera offers the highest quality, certified organic, raw, non-GMO fruit and vegetable juices created with the freshest, most local ingredients, and tons of love. USDA Organic and Kosher Certified Organic, these fresh juices are cold-pressed by hand. Cold pressed means more nutrients and Juicera beverages are never heat pasteurized. The company uses HPP, or High Pressure Processing, a systems which retains the pure taste, nutrition, and antioxidants of the fresh produce because Juicera doesn’t cook it. By applying HPP, Juicera is able to extend the microbiological shelf life without using traditional high heat pasteurization. Once the juice is bottled, cold pressure is evenly applied to destroy pathogens, mold, yeast and bacteria, ensuring Juicera is safe to drink while preserving nutrients and enzymes.
Juicera is certified Kosher and very proud to be aligned with Kosher Organics Council, as they are finally addressing and working hard to bridge the gap between kosher certified and healthy. All products are gluten-free and the bottles are 100% BPA free. Juicera is also a great option for kids as supplementing your child’s diet with these natural juices is a fantastic and delicious way to get all those much needed fruits and veggies into their growing and developing bodies.
Juicera products are available for sale only in the 48 Domestic States. The makers of Juicera are in the kitchen fresh pressing with much love and happiness every week. FedEx deliveries are sent via priority overnight. Please select Standard Shipping at checkout. All shipments are sent in special insulated packaging on ice that is the best at keeping a consistent temperature and maintaining freshness of product.
You can save even more when you shop Juicera products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.
Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?
Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.
First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.
Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background. Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene). BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers. Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.
There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.
Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.
Protein should be obtained throughout the day in small amounts from food and, in some cases, protein shakes, bars, or gels, particularly for people exercising on a regular basis.
Protein is required to repair the muscle tears formed from intense exercise. When you workout, it causes tears that actually break down your muscles. When you consume protein, not only do these tears get repaired, but, rather, the tears are then more adaptive to exercise, thus leading to strength gains.
Whey protein is easier and quicker to absorb than protein found in foods and perhaps that’s the reason for being a number-one selling supplement for many years.
If you wonder how much you should be taking, a basic rule of “one gram per kilogram of your body weight” will be more than sufficient for the majority of people, except bodybuilders.
There are many times throughout the day that are great for protein consumption. Taking whey protein, ideally an half hour before working out, can help to jumpstart the repair process providing your muscles with adequate nutrition that the effects of weight training are not as severe. When you take it during a workout, whey protein may benefit by providing an extra boost of energy to keep you going.
Considered by many as the most important time, taking whey protein right after a workout (30-40 minutes) will maximize muscle repair as your body is starved for energy and looking to refuel, and your muscles are like a sponge absorbing nutrients much easier for muscle recovery and growth.
Whey protein can also be taken before bed time when your muscles are still recovering and it is a good idea to maintain protein levels throughout the time (6 to 8 hours) you sleep. Plus, whey protein is low in carbs, the one nutrient you may want to avoid before going to bed.
Right after you wake-up is also not a bad time as you have just gone hours without proper nutrition and your body may need protein as soon as you wake up.
In conclusion, there is no best time for whey protein but there is no bad time for it either. Just ensure that you are getting your protein all day long and enjoy the benefits of this amazing product.
Health Tonic –Add two tablespoons of ACV and lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey to eight ounces of green tea. Drink daily for overall good health.
Hair Rinse – Combine ½ cup of water with ½ cup ACV and add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Store in a spray bottle and use three times a week to replace your conditioner. You won’t believe your hair’s new, natural shine. Oh, and we promise it won’t smell like vinegar!
Facial Toner – Fight acne and clear blackheads with a simple recipe consisting of one cup of witch hazel, one tablespoon ACV add five drops of lavender essential oil. Combine all ingredients, store in a sterile bottle and you’re good to go.
Garden – Combine one part ACV to eight parts water in a spray bottle to form a potent, yet non-toxic, garden weed killer.
Produce Wash – For a simple fruit and veggie wash combine two tablespoons of ACV with two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda. So simple, so effective.
Immunity Booster – Add one tablespoon of ACV to one teaspoon of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of warm water for an immunity-boosting cold season cider. Drink it as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, three times daily.
Salad dressing – Combine two tablespoons of ACV with a half cup of olive oil and one cup of apple cider. Whisk together and add salt, pepper and two tablespoons of honey for a refreshing, autumnal vinaigrette. Keep in a mason jar for several days.
Sunburn – Heal a sunburn and avoid nasty blisters by pouring some ACV on a damp wash cloth and applying to the affected areas for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture complete dry and follow that up with a light application of coconut oil. The ACV helps dull the burn while the coconut oil hydrates the skin.
Detox bath– Add one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of ACV for a relaxing and restorative soak.
Wart Remover – Put ACV on a cotton ball and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat every day for a week and save yourself a trip to the dermatologist.
If you are a parent looking for personal care products made just for kids, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce, SoCozy products, a new brand designed to help parents easily and effortlessly manage their kids’ hair.
SoCozy products contain good, clean formulations with non-toxic ingredients. The company believes that managing kids is one thing, managing their hair is another. Tangles, frizzies, flyaways and bedhead are common challenges of kids’ hair but with these specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, parents now have a go-to that gets the job done quickly with great results every time. With over 20 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, SoCozy products contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, or any toxic ingredient. Plus, all products are free of gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.
Safe to use on young children, SoCozy products contain only natural ingredients and are also considered safe for babies. The company, however, does recommend consulting your doctor before you use any products on your infant. It is best always to do a Skin Patch Test to test for possible allergic reactions. If adverse reaction occurs, or you experience irritation or itching, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
SoCozy formulas are extremely gentle and non-irritating. Many companies add numbing ingredients and chemicals to make their products tear-free. SoCozy uses extremely mild cleansing agents and does not add ‘numbing chemicals’ in any of the products.
You can save even more when you shop SoCozy products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.
Aloe Vera has been one of top-selling products for quite some time now. A premium ingredient in personal care products, this amazing natural product is known to treat sunburn as well as improve skin condition. In addition, Aloe Vera supplements are known to provide health benefits including enhancing the immune system and relieve constipation, but how about the juice? Aloe Vera juice may be that one product you must try.
Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber and it also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B12, minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium as well as powerful antioxidants. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe.
When ingested as a nutritional drink, Aloe Vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion and even relieves occasional constipation. It has the ability to decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe Vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut.
Additionally, Aloe Vera juice contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that may help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Research suggests that Aloe Vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other inflammatory immune disorders.
On top of these great benefits, Aloe Vera juice can be a great addition to your heart. Taking Aloe Vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body as it can decrease total fat levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries of the heart and body.