Dr. Scholl’s® Active Series® Review

I work out every day and nearly always do high-impact activities like running. According to the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series experts, the foot is subject to the shock from impact of 2-3 times your body weight with every step during athletic activity. I received a pair of insoles complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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These insoles are a godsend! Even on long runs they make my sneakers feel cushy and comfy. They provide advanced support for any workout and come in models for both men and women.
Dr. Scholl’s ®Active Series® helps relieve and prevent pain from common sports injuries like runner’s knee and shin splints.
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It’s easy to use these:
1. Pull out the insole that came in your shoe.
2. Place it on top of the Active Series® insole and trace the outline.
3. Trim the Active Series® insole on the line you traced.
4. Slip the Active Series® Insole into your shoe.
Learn more at:
http://www.drscholls.com/Brand/ActiveSeries

Hare you tried insoles for sports? What do you think?

Healthy Snacks: Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins

Disclaimer: I received samples from the Naturally Savvy blogger program. Learn more at: Naturally Savvy http://naturallysavvy.com/

Time for a healthy snack. Hmmm…nuts or crackers?
How about both!
I just tried Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins.
These just might be THE crunchiest crackers I have ever eaten. They would be great with soft spreads or creamy dips and would DEFINITELY not get soggy!
The Nut Thins do NOT melt in your mouth like buttery crackers.
If you want something super-crunchy they will satisfy your cravings.
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There are three options:
1. Sesame Seeds are paired with brown rice and almonds in this baked cracker. The gluten-free Sesame Seed Artisan Nut Thins provide three grams of fiber with every serving.

2. Multi-Seed Artisan Nut Thins are made from brown rice, almonds, and six kinds of seeds (quinoa, flax, millet, amaranth, sesame, and black sesame). They have 21 grams of whole-grains per serving.

3. Flax Seed Artisan Nut Thins combine brown rice and almonds baked into a cracker. You get 400 mg of ALA omega-3 per serving.
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Learn more on on the Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins page: http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navid=677

Each box has 4 servings (at 130 calories per serving), so you don’t have to worry about portion distortion (as in a huge bag of chips).
What is YOUR favorite topping for crackers?

Re-Body Hunger Chews

I was given the opportunity to try
Re-Body® Hunger Chews™ – Mandarin Orange
(thanks to Naturally Savvy…visit
www.naturallysavvy.com for more info).
These are meant to help control your cravings and, in turn, help control your weight. The “secret” ingredient is Satiereal® Saffron Extract. Each chew is 30 calories and contains 88.5 mg of the extract.
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Honestly, I work out daily and always have a good appetite, so I am not sure that they reduced my cravings. My theory is that food cravings (e.g. chocolate) are often psychological, and I am not sure there is a supplement to solve that issue.
However, I believe the Re-Body® Hunger Chews™ are a high-quality product and not just a scam; using them for a longer duration may indeed prove their efficacy.

The website says: “Studies have shown that after eight weeks of use, participants had a reduced desire to snack, fewer instances of between meal snacking and had an increased feeling of fullness.”
Other Ingredients: Evaporated Cane Juice, Brown Rice Syrup, Natural Flavors, Rice Syrup Solids, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silcone Dioxide, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Glycerin, Natural Color from Fruits and Vegetables
Learn more at:
https://www.myrebody.com/Products#Control-Appetite

Have you tried these? Or any similar products?
Let me know what has or has not worked for you!

Health & Fitness Inspiration

Where do you go for inspiration on diet and exercise topics? I have a health & fitness Pinterest board to collect images and ideas.
My link is:
http://pinterest.com/robinosully/health-fitness-inspiration/
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Blogs are also a great source of tips and encouragement.
I recently discovered
http://knowmybody.com/
which is full of articles about fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices, wellness, and more.
The site has tutorials on body composition, muscle building, weight loss, and setting goals.
I recommend checking out the site!

Do you have favorite health-related blogs?
Do you want to share your fitness or diet Pinterest board?
Please leave a comment!

A Week of Diet-to-Go

I recently won a contest from the nice people at Diet-to-Go
http://www.diettogo.com
You can see my winning Pinterest board at:
http://pinterest.com/robinosully/diet-to-go-inspiration/

What is Diet-to-Go?
Diet-to-Go is the diet delivery plan that has been helping people lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle for over 20 years. Our concept is simple: provide fresh, healthy food that is both properly portioned and unbelievably delicious, make it easily accessible, and the weight loss will come. It really works! Our success stories speak for themselves.
How does Diet-to-Go work?
1. Choose Low-Fat Traditional, Low-Fat Vegetarian, or Low-Carb.
2. If you’re in the Washington DC, San Francisco, Baltimore, or greater Philadelphia area there are fresh local pickup options; if not, you get national home delivery via FedEx.
3. Select 1200 or 1600 calories/day
4. Choose 5 or 7 days/week
5. Choose Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner or just Lunch & Dinner
Pricing varies based on these choices (according to the site, as low as $6.48/meal).

You can take a free diet analysis quiz on the site to receive a personalized body type profile that recommends calorie counts for optimal weight loss.
Menus run on a 5-week schedule, so if you sign up long-term you go through a full cycle and then it repeats. You ARE allowed to ask for substitutions if there are certain meals that you detest!

I selected the low-fat vegetarian option, with 1200 calories and 3 meals/day.
All the meals arrived in one big freezer-packed box; one of the yogurts had exploded in a plastic bag, making a goopy frozen mess, but everything else was in perfect condition.
I immediately put the first few meals in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer to take out as needed.
I was beginning on week 5.
Five days in, I was already very impressed with the meals. Breakfast foods were fairly standard (e.g. waffles or pancakes or a Greek burrito or a muffin with fruit or juice); aside from a VERY dry scone all those were fine.
Lunch options included a Tomato Pesto Meltover with apple cake; a Ciabatta Bake with Quinoa Salad and fresh apple; and a Black Bean & Feta Cheese Wrap.
Dinners included Eggplant Parmesan; a Soy Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes & green beans; and Channa Masala.

The lowdown: The meals were indeed tasty and filling. I NEVER eat such a wide variety of dishes in the span of one week, so I also enjoyed the novelty of it all.
My primary reason for not continuing with the program is the expense, but I would consider it in the future.

The site says:
Diet-to-Go is about healthy eating made easy. We pride ourselves on creating the best tasting, nutritionally balanced, freshest food available. We are all about making people’s lives easier through promoting common sense healthy eating choices.

Considering the repeated use of the word “healthy,” I have a few surprising (to me) ingredient notes to make: the “wheat pita” in the Tomato Pesto Meltover was just enriched wheat flour. Even the “Whole Grain French Toast” was just enriched flour plus high fructose corn syrup. The Soy Salisbury Steak’s mashed potatoes & gravy both contained trans fats (partially hydrogenated soybean oil). There were artificial colors/flavors in several of the meals.

So…those seeking an all-organic or preservative-free diet would want to look elsewhere (though I don’t know where).
Diet-to-Go’s primary competitors would be Nutrisystem, eDiets, and BistroMD, none of which I have tried.

… “For over 20 years, Diet-to-Go’s tasty, low-calorie, high fiber, nutrient-dense, satisfying meals have helped thousands of men and women shed unwanted pounds and live a healthy lifestyle. Based on years of experience and sound nutrition, we have created a simple, affordable and proven weight loss program that really works.

If you’re looking for a customized and convenient diet plan and can afford the price tag, it’s worth a try!