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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Regular Girl Give-a-Way


Let’s get regular!

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National Nutrition Month is slowly coming to a close. Sad! But I still have some great freebies coming your way. This week I’m giving away a Regular Girl sample kit. I first heard about this product when I was at the 2015 Food and Nutrition Expo. The packaging caught my eye…of course. You may be wondering what in the world is Regular Girl? Allow me to explain. This product is a Probiotic and Prebiotic supplement. I have spoke a little bit about probiotics in a previous post. But what-in-the-world are they good for? Well…a lot!
Did you know you have a second brain? It is in your gut! No, seriously. Ongoing research is showing that our gut has the power to tell the brain what to do. You all have a community of beautiful gut micro flora called the microbiome. When the community is flourishing (healthy) so is your health. When it is damaged or members have died off it begins to affect your health negatively. Some side-effects include diarrhea, constipation, and some research is even linking it to chronic diseases. One common cause of decreased gut bacteria is antibiotic use. Hormone homeostasis is interrupted when your gut bacteria is not flourishing. These hormones regulate your appetite and when imbalanced can cause increase in belly fat.
This statement below is a press release from Regular Girl PR:
Every woman will want to be a Regular Girl
Now it’s easier than ever to feel more confident on the inside and look extraordinary on the outside
Confident. Radiant. Well-balanced. It’s difficult to look and feel extraordinary when we’re worried about our bodily functions. Some women feel bloated because they don’t “go” daily. Others build their schedule around their morning bathroom habits. And traveling? Instead of fun and adventure, it often only compounds these stressful issues. 
The solution is here. Regular Girl is a unique, synbiotic blend of clinically proven prebiotic fiber and probiotics. Because it is a regulating fiber, it helps to firm loose stools and decrease occasional constipation. It is also clinically proven to improve growth and normalization of bacterial gut flora which improves immune function and calcium absorption.
“Regular Girl’s cool single-serving, on-the-go stick packs will help women gain control over their digestive health, so they can return to their confident, balanced selves,” says Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Felicia Stoler, who helped formulate this brand.
The beauty of Regular Girl is that it can be mixed with many of your daily foods and beverages without impacting the taste, texture, aroma or flavor. To make it simpler to include Regular Girl in your morning smoothie, it is also available as a 30-day supply of bulk powder.
Why getting regular is so important
· When fecal matter spends less time in contact with the colon walls, it reduces the risk of colon cancer.
· Regular bowel movements help to provide a workout for the colon’s natural wave-like movement (peristalsis). Just like muscles, it’s use it or lose it.
· Constipation can cause hemorrhoids and anal fissures (tears).
· For people with heart disease, being constipated and straining to have a bowel movement may cause a heart arrhythmia, potentially impacting blood flow to the heart and brain.
· Loose stools are not just embarrassing. They may also mean that you’re losing electrolytes, which are important for heart function.
· Loose stools may also signal digestive and absorptive problems, which may contribute to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Regular Girl’s prebiotics and probiotics are a powerful combination
All of us suffer from occasional gas, bloating and indigestion. These symptoms never come at a good time. Maybe you’re about to hit the beach and your stomach starts to expand, or you want to be comfortable but your favorite jeans refuse to zip. Folk remedies rarely work. But carefully selected prebiotics and probiotics can work symbiotically to relieve your feeling bloated blues.
Here’s how the magic happens:
· Prebiotics: These are food for the probiotics. You need these for your probiotics to thrive.   However, it is important to choose the right prebiotic fiber that doesn’t result is excess gas, bloating and loose stools.
· Probiotics: These are the good guys, not just for our digestive system but also for our immune health, our mood and other bodily functions. We need to have healthy colonies of a variety of probiotics in our guts.
Women need Regular Girl’s soluble fiber
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines noted that we’re still not getting enough fiber. In addition to helping improve regularity, fiber can help to remove cholesterol from our body and promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Relying entirely on dietary intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains isn’t realistic for many people. We’re simply not eating enough fiber from food to make up for the shortfall. People are confused about which foods are good for them, and which are bad. And if we’re eliminating gluten from our diets, that’s likely further reduced our fiber intake.
Regular Girl contains an all natural, 100 percent gluten-free, flavorless soluble regulating fiber. It contains no eggs, yeast, soy, sugar, salt, artificial flavors or preservatives.  Regular Girl helps to reduce the glycemic load of foods while providing a healthy satiety (feelings of fullness) by slowing the transit of food in the small intestine. 
When you’re not regular, you feel uncomfortable, out of balance, anxious and unfocused. Regular Girl’s unique combination of prebiotic fiber and probiotics will make women feel comfortable so they can radiate inner confidence.


What’s included in the Regular Give-a-Way? The winner will receive a Regular Girl Starter Kit consisting of 15 convenient packets in a reusable BPA-free bottle.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Are People Who Eat At The Table Healthier?

If you have been reading along this month you will know it is National Nutrition Month. The theme this year is “Savor The Flavor of Eating Right.” To sum it up, it’s not all about what your eat. It’s also about when, where, how, and with who. So many traditions have vanished as our society has been taken over by convenience. But could this be what is making us less healthy?

One of the goals I set this month was to sit at the table and have a meal. As a child we didn’t set at the table for each meal but we did for most. My job was to help set the table with the silverware while my other siblings put ice in glasses and plates on the table. It was a family event, a tradition. As we got older it was harder to make this happen. Did I mention I’m the baby of 8? I love having a big family and these days food is what bring us all together.

Every time my mom comes to town I always help her cook something and I often times record it. Like this one…ignore my “blood gravy” talk, lol.!14903&authkey=!AL1r1ap1ETtnCww&ithint=video%2cMOV

Print out this calendar I made to help stick with goals this month. I also have printable stickers!

NNM_2016_Calendar Printable


If you missed the meal planning print outs you can get them here.

These moments are special-we may not see that now (your family may not see that now). I challenge you to have a seat at the table this week…it may just save your life!

Come back tomorrow for the start of National Nutrition Month Give-a-ways! Follow along on social media using @DietitianCindy

Happy Eating!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meal Planning

It's Food Prep Sunday!!

Time to get back on track in the Huggins household. My "winter depression" has lasted a little longer then expected. But the sun is finally shinning and I'm ready to re-commit to planning and prepping for the week. My 3 step process for getting started:

1. What are your health goals?
  • Long-term: Weight gain/loss, Managing Blood Sugars, Managing Blood Fats, etc. 
  • Short-term: Walk 3 days this week (for instance, I will be walking with my sister one day this week so I'll need to make supper quick and easy that night).

2. What does yours and your family's schedule look like this week?
  • Will you have time to cook on certain nights/Will you not have time...
  • Are you expecting guests...
  • Will you be eating by yourself b/c of your families schedule...

3. Take inventory of your whole kitchen. 
  • This includes down to that solo ketchup packet in your junk drawer...

After you have finished the first 3 steps then proceed to planning. 

Printable's for Meal Planning

Newlywed Nutrition

Newlywed Nutrition

Newlywed Nutrition

Newlywed Nutrition

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Tag me in your Food Prep Photos on Instagram/facebook/twitter @DietitianCindy

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