Archives for March 2011

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health – ACAI

Antioxidant – ACAI – the South American Superfruit Star

Enrich the Vitality of Your Body and Soul

The palm-like Acai is one of the Amazon rainforest’s most celebrated trees – all thanks to its luscious blueberry-chocolate-flavored berries and their long-heralded nutritional support for overall well-being. Acai is loaded with antioxidants that help protect against free radicals that can damage cells, including those of the joints, heart, skin, immune system and eyes. A staple of Amazonian diets for centuries, Acai features a dense nutritional profile that is perfect for promoting overall health.

A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry confirmed Acai’s antioxidant qualities. Study participants who received Acai pulp and juice, compared to placebo, were found to have elevated antioxidant capacity in their blood within four hours of consuming Acai. Another study that analyzed Acai’s nutritional content found the berry to naturally contain multiple flavonoids and anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that help support overall health and wellness.

  • Contains natural flavonoids and antioxidants
  • A superfruit from the rainforests of Brazil
  • Supports overall well-being

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

“If you do not consume a variety of foods… some supplements may help ensure that you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients.” – U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

It’s a known fact that most of us aren’t getting enough of the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need. Nutritional supplements can help ensure that we get what we’re missing, but knowing exactly which supplements to take can be confusing. Over the next few weeks I’ll give you information about some of today’s most popular vitamins and supplements. You’ll find everything you need, from antioxidants to help keep your immune system strong … to supplements that lubricate and help revitalize joints … to herbs that trace their roots back hundreds of years. The goal is to help you get healthy and stay healthy.

Start With a Good Multi

A Harvard University study recommends that every adult take a multivitamin. Supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is a good way to make sure you’re getting all the essential vitamins and minerals your body may be missing. There are a variety of multivitamin formulas specifically created for men, women, children, teens and seniors alike, in convenient dosage forms that include once-a-day tablets, capsules and softgels.

Add Extra Support for Your Heart, Joints, Immune System and More

A multivitamin is just the beginning. Here’s a list of some individual supplements that can have a positive impact on your physical, as well as emotional well-being:

  • Fish Oil – for heart & cardiovascular health
  • Calcium – supports strong, healthy bones
  • Vitamin D – promotes bone, breast, colon and immune health
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin – contributes to healthy joints and cartilage
  • Antioxidants – help fight free radicals & the premature aging of cells
  • Probiotics – for digestive & intestinal wellness

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer


February will be chalked up to yet another month I didn’t meet my savings goal. Ah well, we’ll see if March will bring a higher percentage. Still, I can’t scoff at 43% savings and I’m so close to my 50% goal. Getting this close is actually a great incentive.
I do need to make sure you’re all aware that Publix is no longer accepting their expired store coupons. I certainly don’t blame them and I’m still achieving my greatest percentage of savings from Publix.
As some of you may recall, a friend and I joined Weight Watchers in December. I’ve only seen significant weight loss (remember healthy weight loss is 2-4 pounds per month) in the last couple weeks and I think it has to do with the weather being nicer and allowing me to become more active. In fact, now that my children have three soccer practices a week at the Devaul Henderson Park, I’m “forced” to walk each of those nights. (Walking keeps me from becoming Sand Gnat food!) If you need a walking buddy, please let me know. My iPod will appreciate the break!
While I’m learning to making healthier choices, I think the most important change I’ve made is to trade my Diet Coke for water. Mind you I have not cut the Diet Coke addiction completely, but I have noticed days where I didn’t have a single can because I chose water or soda water with lime instead.
My mom bought me a cookbook that I highly recommend. It’s called Eat What You Love by Marlene Koch and I’m very happy with most of the recipes in it. The book is for sale at Kroger or on-line. One of my favorite recipes from this book is:

Fresh Broccoli and Walnut Salad
Makes 5 Servings

1/4 cup light mayonnaise
6 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons granulated sugar (I substitute with Truvia, just remember to adjust the amount)

4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/4 cup raisins or 3 tablespoons real bacon bits

1. To make the dressing, in a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, and sugar.
2. For the salad, in a large bowl, toss the broccoli, onion, walnuts, and raisins. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and mix well.
3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to meld the flavors and slightly soften the broccoli before serving. Just before serving, toss in the bacon bits.