PGX for Weight Loss

By Laurel Sterling, RD

laurelPeople are consistently coming in to see me regarding weight loss, appetite control, and blood-sugar regulation. If I had to choose one product that would address all of these issues, I would recommend PGX to them.

PGX is PolyGlycopleX. PGX is a blend of highly purified naturally-occurring, water-soluble indigestible polysaccharides (fibers). PGX has been clinically studied for years particularly for blood-sugar regulation.

Added to liquid, PGX absorbs over 600 times its weight in water. Taken with adequate amounts of water, it expands in the stomach and intestine. This is how it makes you feel fuller faster and longer reducing hunger so that you eat less. PGX helps get you over the blood-sugar rollercoaster. I have seen clients take one dose of the PGX granules, and their blood-sugar numbers were steadily lowered…for a full day!

There are many ways to get in your daily PGX. There are softgels, granules, and a protein drink called SlimStyles. You will need to ramp up slowly with the PGX so you get used to the extra fiber. There is a caution to take medications one hour before or two hours after PGX. PGX can be utilized along with any sensible dietary plan. Some people have used the protein drink as their breakfast, and put the granules in an evening soup. However you choose to do it, PGX is the way to go!

Keep Kids on Track Over the Summer

By Laurel Sterling, RD

MotherDaughterGardeningSummer time is a time of the year that schedules change for many of us, and it is easy to get off track in many areas of our lives. We stay up later with the sun being out longer so our sleep is off. There are wonderful parties, picnics, and BBQs that we attend and as a result our eating is not as optimal as it could be.

For our children, we tend to have them involved in activities and camps over the summer to keep them busy and out of mischief. I feel this also is a perfect time to get them more involved in things like gardening, cooking, juicing, etc.

My 6-year-old daughter Lily LOVES to help out in the kitchen; so I bought her a small Island bamboo cutting board to use for cutting up produce when we are prepping for grilling or juicing. This is a great time of year with all the fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables to get children more interested in juicing and cooking. At my house, we have cilantro, basil, and several mints growing in our herb garden right outside our kitchen door. Lily loves to make up her own juice recipes. Some are amazing and others….well…..let’s just say we are still experimenting with them!

Using more fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your own gardens really gets kids connected to where there food comes from. They can see the entire “Farm-to-Table” process right in their own backyard! My daughter picks blackberries from the bushes in our yard, and we use the berries to make smoothies with the Lifeway Keifer and a protein powder. Vega French Vanilla and Lifetime Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix Natural Vanilla Flavor are my two favorite protein powders to use. They are loaded with so many vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and more! These are a great way to sneak in additional nutrients that may be lacking from your child’s diet. You can also add Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut oil to your smoothie for some healthy additional fats, which are great for increasing cognition. Don’t we all need some of that?!

So let’s keep those kids on track, get them more involved with cooking, and make them healthier at the same time! All of the supplemental products I’ve mentioned are available right here at Natur-Tyme.

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The Comeback Kids

By Deborah SorrentinoQuinoaBags

Ancient grains such as spelt, amaranth, quinoa, einkorn, tritikale, emmer, kamut, and teff are trending their way into the mainstream of the American diet as ingredients in salads, entrees, desserts, breads, and other baked goods. Buoyed by record levels of health awareness, a surge of gluten-free baked goods, and keen marketing, products made with ancient grains are rising out of the distant past and finding their way onto mainstream grocery shelves.

Grains such as quinoa, amaranth, spelt and kamut are called “ancient” because they’ve been around, unchanged, for millennia. By contrast, corn, rice and modern varieties of wheat (such as hard white wheat and hard red spring wheat) have been bred selectively over thousands of years to look and taste much different from their distant ancestors. Modern corn, for example, bears little resemblance to wild corn from long ago.

Products using these ancient grains come in all shapes and sizes. Just because a recipe includes the use of these grains does not guarantee that it is healthy. In choosing bread for example, regardless of grain type, one should be sure that it has at least three grams of fiber per slice, and a limited number of ingredients. You can learn more about ancient grains in my cooking demonstration at Natur-Tyme’s annual health extravaganza on April 14th at the New York State Fairgrounds.