Natur-Tyme Employee Profiles

 

As a way for you to get to know our friendly staff members, we are going to start posting some profiles of the Natur-Tyme Family on our blog. What better of a person to start with than the owner, Wendy Meyerson.  And what better of a day to post it than the day of Natur-Tyme’s 16th annual health fair at the New York State Fairgrounds. This is CNY’s premier health and wellness event. Come on out and join us! Mention this blog to get in the door for $7.00 (the price of our advanced sale tickets) instead of $10.00 (our “at the door” price).

Here are Wendy’s answers to a variety of thought-provoking questions

Wendy
Wendy Meyerson
Natur-Tyme Store Owner
With the business for 20 Years

Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: Syracuse, New York

Q: If there is one piece of advice that you think applies to most people, what is it?
A: Always follow your gut! It will never fail you!

Q: If you won 10 million dollars, what would you do with the money?
A: Pay off our business loans but still keep doing what we are doing!

Q: What are your favorite local hangouts?
A: Natur-Tyme of course!

Q: If money was no object, what would you do all day?
A: Exactly what I am doing today!

Q: For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
A: Of course my family’s health and happiness, but also the wonderful community support we have had for the past 30 years!

Q: Who’s your personal hero?
A: Not one, but all the Natur-Tyme employees who are committed everyday to uphold our mission while juggling his or her own life challenges. They are inspiring!

 

How to Go Organic Affordably

Excerpt from Jordan Rubin’s book, Planet Heal Thyself

Organic fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products are more expensive, generally anywhere from 20 percent to 100 percent more than conventionally grown and raised groceries. [However], there are ways to get a lot of organic bang for your buck:

  • Stock up at sale time. Yes, even organic products go on sale at health-food grocery stores.
  • Shop at farmers markets. Food that’s grown, produced, and sold locally is a great way to help the planet heal itself, and without middlemen between you and the grower, the prices can be excellent. Farmers market produce tastes better than fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles from farm to plate.
  • Eat organic food instead of going out to a restaurant. Yes, this means time spent preparing and cooking organic foods, but eating organic food is cheaper than taking the family to a fast-food place or “fast casual” restaurant—and much healthier, of course. A family of four would have to pay a minimum of $20 to $25 for a meal out, but you could pay for a wonderful home-cooked meal, complete with organic, grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish for that amount—even less. [However], if you are interested in eating out, search for local organic restaurants as more and more of them are opening their doors in major and even smaller cities all across the U.S.
  • Eating organic is cheaper than going on a special diet. And there’s a good chance you’ll lose extra pounds that wouldn’t come off with any other diet.
  • If you’re taking nutritional supplements, shop organic as well. Surveys suggest that 40 percent to 70 percent of Americans consume nutritional supplements, so look for products that are certified-organic (Check for the USDA seal) as more and more leading brands are taking the giant leap and producing nutritional formulations using organic ingredients.

When you get down to the nitty-gritty, the decision to eat organic foods boils down to what’s important to you. What you spend your money on shows where your [interests lay] and where your heart is.

Do you want to live a healthier life and leave a smaller footprint on the planet? Do you see organic foods as a down-payment for your future and your health?

Let me leave you with this little saying that puts everything in perspective:
You can pay the farmer now, or you can pay the doctor later.
GetReal_andrew_2If you would like more inspiring healthy-living tips from Jordan Rubin, be sure to attend his April 10th lecture from 2:15-3:45 at Natur-Tyme’s 15th annual health fair, held at the New Your State Fairgrounds. Tickets are available on our website.

Learn about Ground-Breaking Brain Health Research from Dr. Michael Lewis at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair

Dr. Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
Sunday, April 19th, 2015   | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
NYS Fairgrounds, Art & Home Center

Omega-3s: Building Blocks of the Brain 

Omega-3 fatty acids are important nutrients throughout life, from the time a mother is pregnant with her child, through the full scope of adulthood. Adequate omega-3 intake can have a significant impact on mental well-being in children, adolescents, athletes, and the elderly.* While omega-3s are best known for their cardiovascular benefits, research is now exploring the benefits of omega-3s for brain health. Understood as building blocks of the brain, omega-3s consumed in sufficient amounts can have profound health effects, including benefits for brain development, cognition, resilience, and overall health.*

Dr. Michael Lewis, founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute (BHERI), is a pioneer in the field of essential fatty acids and brain health, and will be a keynote speaker at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair. Dr. Lewis’s work has been featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD Show, and is frequently heard on radio. He will share real-life experiences of how omega-3s can help support the structure and function of the brain, including the amazing story of Bobby Ghassemi, who was left comatose after a 2010 car crash, and whose family worked diligently with Dr. Lewis to support his recovery.*

About Dr. Michael Lewis & BHERI

BHERI was founded by Dr. Michael Lewis in 2011 to pursue educational and research endeavors to further our knowledge of natural and nutritional ways to improve brain health. With Dr. Lewis’s 30-plus years of military experience, a special emphasis is working towards improving the care and outcomes of our military personnel and veterans who have experienced psychological or physical trauma to the brain. BHERI is a not-for-profit organization in Potomac, Maryland.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil and its Marine Stewardship Council’s Certification

MSCWe recently brought in Wiley’s Finest Fish Oils to our store shelves and customers have been raving about it. It is an affordable and effective fish oil option. And they even have easy-swallow minis for those who aren’t able to swallow big pills. One of the reasons why we love this family-owned company so much is because they are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

You may not have noticed it on their packaging, but the blue check mark on the front of every box is called the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Ecolabel. This is a prestigious and difficult-to-obtain certification: very few fish-oil supplements are MSC-certified out of the thousands of different fish-oil supplements sold worldwide.

First off – what is a fishery?  A fishery is defined as a geographic area, a species, and often a specific catch method. So for instance, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (area) Alaska Pollock (species) Pelagic Trawl (catch method). Don’t confuse a fishery with a fish farm– that’s called a hatchery! When we’re talking about a fishery, we’re talking about wild-caught fish.

Here’s what MSC certification of a fishery means:

  • Fish are caught sustainably– MSC designs an exacting and rigorous fishing practices standard that looks at by catch, environmental impact, and healthy stock levels.
  • Independent third-party audit of supply chain– First, the fishery has to be certified that it meets the MSC’s standard. Then, individual fishing companies have to be audited that they comply with the standards. Then, any company who wants to use the MSC Ecolabel on their package has to be audited that their ingredients can be traced back all the way to the boat that caught the fish.
  • Guaranteed Species– The MSC’s Chain of Custody auditing and inspection program guarantees that Wiley’s only uses the species in their formulas that they say they do. In the case of our Wild Alaskan Fish Oil supplements, it means that the fish used to make their fish oil were actually wild-caught in well-managed US waters by American fishermen – no funny business here. They are guaranteed to be wild-caught (not farmed). The MSC’s Chain of Custody program is important: a 2011 study by Consumer Reports estimated that 20-25% of all fresh and frozen seafood is mislabeled by species. That’s why Wiley’s lists the species name on their label (Alaska Pollock Theragra chalcogramma) – no generic, catch-all species list for them (mackerel, herring, sardine, and/or anchovy) – it’s important to Wiley’s and Natur-Tyme that you know where your supplements come from and who caught them.

Wiley’s fish oil is 30% off MSRP at Natur-Tyme through April 30th.

To learn more about seafood sustainability, you will not want to miss Sam Wiley, of Wiley’s Finest, at our 15th annual health fair. His “Seafood Sustainability—Why it Matters” talk is at 10:30 AM. Advanced-sale tickets to our health fair are only $7. Purchase them on our website today!

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