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FAU Researchers Study Arthritis Remedy Copaiba; Is It a Help or Hoax?

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Copaiba: Snake Oil or Silver Bullet?

Arthritis sufferers who are looking for an alternative to traditional medications for relieving their joint pain might come across an increasingly popular remedy—an essential oil, copaiba.

But does it help?

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) researchers in Boca put Copaifera reticulate, or copaiba, to the test. They looked at available scientific studies on the essential oil and concluded that, aside from some basic research (not on humans) and individual case reports, there isn’t enough credible evidence to say copaiba is effective for treating the pain or inflammation of inflammatory arthritis.

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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Burn Boot Camp Opens in West Boca

Session at Burn Boot Camp

Session at Burn Boot Camp

Girls run the world at Burn Boot Camp West Boca. The national fitness franchise opened its second Florida location on Monday, thanks to Jen Sawtell-Day and her husband Ryan. Jen, a Boca native, is super excited to have an empowering, female-only gym in her hometown. The couple opened its first Burn Boot Camp location in Naples almost two years ago and plans to open between eight and 10 locations in Palm Beach and Broward County over the next 3 to 4 years.

I attended Burn Boot Camp West Boca on Tuesday (the second day of camp), and it was intense—in the best sort of way. The 45-minute class focused on five different circuits (repeated three times each) and two ab exercises (with two repetitions and a finisher, which was bicycle abs for various intervals). My class included about 30-40 women between the ages of 20 and 50. Some brought kids, others brought their friends. But everyone had a common goal: to burn fat and build muscle. And boy, did we burn: abs, triceps, shoulders, and more abs.

Owners Jen and Ryan and head trainer Brittany

Owners Jen and Ryan and head trainer Brittany

Jen and Ryan kindly shared a bit of their Burn story with me. Here’s a recap:

Boca Mag (BM): How did you become associated with Burn? 

Jen Sawtell-Day (JSD): As a client. There was a Groupon. I started working out in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the headquarters location. It 100 percent changed my life. I had put on 90 pounds during my pregnancy with twins, and I had 45 pounds to lose. Free childcare [at Burn boot camp] was a big draw, and it was women only. It’s absolutely fantastic. One year after the Groupon, the CEO, Devan Kline, decided to franchise. It was Ryan’s idea to look into franchising. He had the dream of opening eight to 10 locations in Florida. Ryan had a finance background and I was a paralegal for 20 years. Both sets of our parents ran small businesses when we were kids. We talked to them and asked if it was crazy to leave our safe corporate jobs to open a gym in Boca—there are gyms everywhere. They said yes, to do it. Devan suggested opening the first location in Naples. It was my dream to bring Burn to Boca, which is my hometown.

BM: What makes Burn different from other gyms?

JSD: Burn [boot camp] made me a fitness junkie. I lost more than 40 pounds, and I’m in better shape at 42 than I was at 22 or 32. It’s so much more than a gym. It’s not cliquey or judgmental. It’s a 45-minute sweat session that empowers women. There’s free childcare, which is a draw for moms. There’s nutrition focus meetings every three weeks to help with coaching and meal plans, to look at fat/carb intake. Regardless of your health or fitness goals, we can tailor [plans] to meet goals in a reasonable amount of time. But I tell people it’s a lifestyle change. You have to commit to fitness and eating better. But the common thread is a sense of community.

BM: Who designs workouts? 

JSD: Headquarters [in Charlotte] determines group workouts. So Tuesday was arms and upper body at all the locations. But trainers at each location decide the exercises. So in West Boca, Brittany writes them, and Ryan and I weigh in.

BM: What’s your favorite healthy meal? 

JSD: I’m a simple cook: grilled chicken, corn, quinoa and black beans. I top it with salsa. I make big quantities and have it for lunch or dinner throughout the week. Meal prep is definitely important.

RD: Mine is a staple Burn recipe: egg, ground turkey, sweet potato and vegetable casserole. It’s great for breakfast. You can throw any veggies in there: peas, broccoli, carrots. The Burn Nutrition Facebook page has more videos, tips and recipes.

BM: What motivates you to keep going? 

JSD: For me it’s two things. I feel good—I sleep better, I have more energy. I don’t want to backslide. And seeing how it changes other people’s lives. To see the look on their face of, “I just did it!” and being surrounded by that for seven boot camps every day is amazing.

RD: I gravitate toward being on the floor. To help someone realize a goal, that’s what drives me every day.


To learn more about Burn Boot Camp West Boca (11411 A West Palmetto Park Road), visit its website.

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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How to Silence Your Internal Critic and Stop Self-Sabotage

While I write mostly about healthy eating, I have been recently asked to address the challenges that many of us face when it comes to making changes. Especially when it comes to self-sabotage.

This is mainly because we have an internal critic that tells us how to eat, how to talk, and how to feel. This is a completely normal part of us. It becomes a problem when that critic takes over and is running most of our lives. It is so subtle, that we don’t even realize it. I took some time to discuss this issue with Margie Mader, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist and psychotherapist who has been specializing in working with body image issues for over 20 years.

 

Margie, where does the internal food and body critic come from?

It can come from many places. When we are babies, we see ourselves as perfect. We are in awe of our bodies. I remember one of my daughters rubbing her belly in the mirror, at 2-and-a-half years old saying “Mommy, I love my belly.” But, as we get older we begin absorbing all the verbal and nonverbal messages around us.  Women talking about dieting, men eating a certain way, the comments people make about their size­—that is when the internal critic is born.

 

So, what would be some steps to deal with the internal critic?

The first thing you want to do is notice it within you. When I ask my clients to identify the internal critic, they think it’s them. I always say, “The real you would never say mean things to you, judge you, or do anything except love you unconditionally. If you’re not feeling good within, chances are the internal critic is running the show.”

Now that you’ve distinguished it as separate from you, you want to start questioning its point of view. “I look fat,” the internal critic says. The authentic you would actually say, “I don’t feel comfortable in this outfit. I should get a different one I love.” Or “My digestion doesn’t seem to be serving me. I should look at how to eat differently to feel better.” The authentic you doesn’t put you down. That’s how you know this is the internal critic talking, not you. Don’t take what it says at face value. When you question the internal critic, you’re essentially looking for a different point of view within, not taking what it says as the “Only Truth.” Challenge it by saying, “Hmm, is that how I would feel if I was a 2 year old? Is that what I would say to myself?”

The next, and most exciting part of this journey is to begin to talk back to it. “I’m not fat. Stop putting me down.” Allow yourself to get angry, yell at it, journal, punch pillows, cry. These are feelings that are real and are way to release its hold on you. The more you practice talking back, the more you reclaim yourself.

This is not an overnight process, but one that takes practice and patience with yourself. I can assure you, it definitely works. I have helped thousands of clients reclaim their voice, their life and themselves as a result.

 

So, there is hope to actually make that judging part of us go away?

Definitely. it won’t go away completely, but it won’t run your life. When you hear it, you will be able to avoid reacting to it and will be in command of your life. What comes next is you get to create who you want to be. This is where positive affirmations are key to molding the new you. My personal favorite is, “I am a self-expressed, powerful leader who lives an authentic, miraculous life.” There is no way an internal critic will mess with that.

Margie Mader, LMFT, C.Ht., is the owner and clinical director of Growth and Healing Wellness Center, a private practice located in Fort Lauderdale. She also specializes in working with trauma, divorce, life transitions, eating disorders and self-empowerment. Her approach is holistic and experiential.

 

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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Our Body: The Universe Within to Debut at South Florida Science Center

Getting a glimpse of the body’s inner workings won’t require a complicated anatomy class this fall – just a trip to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. A new educational exhibit, opening Saturday, Oct. 22, will allow local families to see more than skin deep when Our Body: The Universe Withindebuts. The seasonal exhibition includes approximately 200 real-life human specimens in a fascinating, artful, educational and dignified display.

Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy. Visitors can tour more than 5,000-square-feet of three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. Guests will connect on a very personal level with these human artifacts as they use them to better understand their own bodies.

Polymer impregnation is a relatively new method of preservation where bodily fluids are replaced by liquid plastic and hardened to create a solid, durable anatomic specimen that lasts indefinitely.  Most impressively, the process leaves even the finest, most delicate tissue structure virtually intact, down to the microscopic sphere, making the process invaluable for medical study.

Our Body: The Universe Within examines each of the body’s major systems, allowing visitors to see firsthand how they function and relate to other systems to ensure an individual’s survival. Each is detailed through beautiful and intricate displays of the human body, paired with signage explaining the functions and processes.

The exhibition will be on display through April 23, 2017. For more information about Our Body, or other Science Center programming, visitwww.sfsciencecenter.org.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.

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About Michelle

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.coma lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.

Three Easy Tips for Eating when Stressed

One of the biggest challenges my clients have is eating well when they are stressed. Did you know that your digestive tract has a brain and can sense stress? You’ve probably had the feeling of a knot in your stomach. Well, when times get tough, it’s only natural that we want to fill up on food so we can numb the stress receptors. And guess what? Heavy foods can have that numbing effect, so no wonder why many people over indulge.

To help you stay healthy in stressful times, I offer you three easy tips:

  1. Hemp. I am talking about the legal kind here — the wonderful hemp seeds you can buy at any Whole Foods. These little nuggets are rich in magnesium — THE calming mineral! I like to bring a bag of hemp seeds with me and sprinkle them on my salad or just to eat as a snack. Hemp seeds contain large amounts of protein and will help you avoid your craving for junk food. Nutiva Hempseeds — http://amzn.to/2aZHXUj 
  2. Meditation! Even 5 minutes of slow breathing can help “un-tie” the knot in your stomach and keep you relaxed. So, before ordering a big bowl of heavy pasta, excuse yourself to the bathroom and take a few minutes to take slow, deep breaths. Send love to your body and repeat this: “All is well. I am safe. I choose foods that love me back.” Simple affirmations have been shown to have a positive impact on your body and digestion. Check out these power-thought cards that are great to refer to when you need a boost of inspiration.http://amzn.to/2aW1Dxd
  3. When all else fails, I choose to have a few sips of red wine. Before ordering my food, I’ll sometimes ask the waiter to give me a sample of their pinot noir or another red wine. It takes just a few sips to help me relax, unwind and calmly order a healthy meal. Stick to a very small amount — a large dose of any alcohol can either inhibit your ability to choose your food wisely or it can over-stimulate your body, making you more stressed. If you don’t drink wine, then try a 1-ounce piece of dark chocolate and let it melt in your mouth instead chewing it. Dark chocolate also has nerve-calming magnesium, endorphin-boosting caffeine and small amounts of sugar that can uplift your mood. Try Trader Joe’s dark chocolate triangles that come in travel-friendly tins.

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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A first for local heart patients at Bethesda Heart Hospital

Bethesda Heart Hospital, in Boynton Beach, announced July 25 that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to use a sutureless valve for aortic valve replacement surgery.

The Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements allows surgeons to replace diseased valves without the use of sutures.

“With more than 60,000 surgical aortic valve replacement procedures every year in the U.S., we are faced with a challenge to better treat patients with a simplified procedure approach with superior patient outcomes,” Dr. Juan Montoya says in a hospital press release. “As a new option for surgical aortic valve replacement, the Perceval sutureless valve helps reduce the complexity of an aortic valve replacement procedure by optimizing the speed and efficiency of the operation.“

Among the benefits for these patients, according to the release, is that compared to valves that have to be sutured in place, sutureless aortic valve replacement reduces the time needed to stop the heart from beating as surgeons position the new valve. Patients, as a result, spend less time under anesthesia and on the cardiac-lung bypass machine. This can lead to faster recoveries and fewer complications.

“I am delighted with the outcome of our 63-year-old patient today,” Dr. Montoya says. “This biological valve makes it possible for her to avoid taking blood thinners for the rest of her life. We expect this new valve will last her 15 to 25 years.”

Dr. Montoya’s father and fellow cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Alvaro Montoya assisted in this first such case in Palm Beach County. The elder Montoya is a Miami-Dade surgeon and has done research on the Perceval device. The father and son team has performed more than 1,500 cardiovascular surgeries together in South Florida since 1999.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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Water Dos and Don’ts

The summer heat is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. While water is essential to our wellbeing, there are some water dos and don’ts that need to be addressed.


QUANTITY

When it comes to figuring out how much water to drink, I suggest listening to your body and looking at your tongue. If you have any cracks in your tongue surface, then your system may need extra hydration. See how it feels to drink about nine to 10 8-oounce glasses a day in the summer and and eight during the cooler months. Also, I suggest you increase your water intake when you exercise.

COLD WATER DON’T

Avoid drinking cold water before, during or after a meal. It can dampen your digestive fire and prevent you from absorbing important nutrients. It can also push the food out from your stomach faster, making you hungry sooner. Did you know that people who drank cold water after breakfast were hungry sooner than those who drank a hot beverage after eating? Best way to drink your water is between meals.

WARM and HOT WATER DO

To help digestion, do drink warm or hot water before and after the meal as it can actually help your digestion. But be careful not drink too much, so you don’t dilute your digestive enzymes and prevent proper absorption. When your body absorbs high-quality nutrients for the least amount of calories, you will crave less food and feel more energetic.

METABOLISM BOOSTING WATER TIP

One of my favorite metabolism boosters is sipping plain hot or warm water during the day. No lemon, no honey, no tea. Begin your day with 20 ounces of hot or warm water, and drink if before your reach for your morning coffee or breakfast. You may feel surprisingly refreshed without needing as much caffeine. Then sip on hot or warm water all day long, and you may find you have more energy and your cravings have gone away. Other possible benefits include clearer skin and brighter skin tone!

BOTTLED WATER DON’T

Bottled water is available in almost any convenient store, vending machine or gas station. Even though it’s a better option to stay hydrated than soda, there can be a lot of chemicals found in plastic water bottles. The biggest issue with plastic bottles is the heat. While being transported from the source to the retail outlet, bottles get heated and plastic can leak out chemicals into the water. That process is often repeated when the water bottles are left in the warm car in the sun. When you choose that water, you also choose the chemicals.

BOTTLED WATER DO

To avoid chemicals from the plastic, I suggest buying glass water bottles. They’re available by brands such as VOSS, Saratoga, Jana and Mountain Valley. My favorite brand is VOSS, as you can easily reuse their small bottles by washing them in the dishwasher and then refilling with the filtered or distilled water at home. Cases of these bottles are available at grocery stores or online. After all, we don’t drink wine from plastic bottles. So, why not show the same respect for water that nourishes our bodies on daily basis?

WATER FOR TRAVELING

When traveling or on-the-go, I recommend water bobbles or Brita bottles–filtered, refillable water bottles that are available online, at Publix and even at Office Depot. These bottles are lightweight, and they can be taken through security at the airport. They come in different colors and make drinking water stylish.

FILTERED WATER DO

Filtered water is a good option to reduce chemicals and trace medicine that is currently found in local water supplies. You can either get a filtered pitcher, under-the-counter filter or an all-home unit, depending on your budget.

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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WPB Health and Wellness Expo

Learn about positive, healthy and sustainable living at the 7th annual e4 Life: Green, Health and Wellness Expo on July 23 at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail North) in West Palm Beach.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has teamed up with the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to spread messages of sustainability and positivity at the expo, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Science is critical to understanding the power of health and wellness,” says Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO in an expo press release. “In addition to hearing about healthy tips, guests can also learn about key sustainability practices, which keep us and our planet healthy for years to come. Our participating vendors and sponsors are top-notch and visitors will surely delight in all of the samples, tips and quality experiences.”

Among the day’s activities: healthy food preparation demonstrations; gardening workshops; education about to reduce the carbon footprint; and information about energy efficiency, transportation and more. Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society representatives will be on hand to talk about the zoo’s conservation programs.

Booths at the expo will include representation from the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, FPL, Braman Motorcars, ABM, Solid Waste Authority, RGF Environmental and others. A BMW i3 EV will be on display. And guests can take photos with the “Lamborgreenie,” by RGF Environmental. Lamborgreenie is based on the Lamborghini Diablo. It’s an eco-friendly, all electric car that can reach up to 100 mph.

“This year’s partnership with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for e4 Life is even more important than ever, as Mayor Muoio just established a West Palm Beach Community Greenhouse Gas reduction target of Net Zero by 2050,” says Penni Redford, manager of the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in the release. “This begins our journey for Net Zero Living – individual small steps can make a big difference when the entire community gets involved!”

The West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will give out several trees and raffle off rain barrels, to help spread the sustainability message.

The cost for Boca Raton and Delray Beach residents is the price of admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, which is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3 to 12, and $13 for seniors over the age of 60. Science Center members and children younger than 3 are free. And West Palm Beach residents and city employees get half-off the price of admission with proof of residency.

For more about the expo, call (561) 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

Top 5 Budget-Friendly and Nutritious Foods

I am often asked to share tips for healthy eating on a very tight budget and in this blog I will share my top 5 very cheap foods that are actually healthy.

1. Bananas

Perfect for: Breakfast

What’s a serving? 1-3 bananas

Price per serving: 1 for 30 cents and 3 for $1

What’s in it for you: Each banana has 100 calories, 12 percent of daily potassium, 20 percent of daily Vitamin B-6. Yes, bananas do have sugar and starch, but guess what? So do cereals, pop-tarts and even bagels! If you are looking to do some carb-loading in the first part of the day, skip the processed sugars and go for nature’s sweet treat instead. If you want to slow down the sugar release, smear a few teaspoons of nut butter on the banana.

 

2. Cabbage

Perfect for: Side dishes, sandwiches (use cabbage leafs instead of bread), soups and stews.

What’s a serving? 1 cup

Price per serving: 20 cents. You can get cabbage for $1 a pound.

What’s in it for you: 17 calories and 2 grams of fiber. Cabbage is excellent for liver support – our largest detox organ. When you liver is happy, you will have more energy and your skin may bring back a youthful glow.

 

3. Boxed (cooked) or Dry Legumes

Perfect for: Beans are great as side dishes or as an addition to burritos, nachos, dips and enchiladas. You can also make great bean soups with a few left over veggies, water and dry herbs.

What’s a serving? Each box of cooked beans has about 3 servings, based on 1/2-cup servings.

Price per serving: About 50 cents. You can buy a 10-oz box of organic beans at Whole Foods for $1.49. Or you can get 1 pound of dry beans for $1 (Goya brand at Publix) and soak them overnight, then cook. If you use dry beans, you will get 3 pounds of beans for $1, making it 8 cents a half-cup serving.

What’s in it for you: About 140 calories (for the vegetarian type), 7 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, calcium and iron.

Z-TIP ON BEANS – Sprout mung beans and lentils. Put them in cold water over night and rinse the next day. Let them air-dry and they will be ready to eat by the end of the day. You can eat them as a snack, add to salads or sprinkle in your soups. VIDEO on Sprouting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho55DMWJnKA

4. Frozen Vegetables

Perfect for: Side dishes, stir-fries and soups.

What’s a serving? 3/4 cup (according to the package, but I like to double or triple my veggies.)

Price per serving: Around 40 cents. Frozen veggies are usually sold in 12 to 16-ounce bags that cost about $2 and contain 4-5 cups of veggies.

What’s in it for you: For example, 3/4-cup serving of frozen mixed Organic Mediterranean blend vegetables at Whole Foods has only 25 calories. Add bulk to your meals without excess calories and dress them up with your favorite sauces. I love adding frozen spinach to my omelets and making stir-fries with a few bags of frozen veggie mixes and mushrooms.

 

5. Garlic

Perfect for: Sautéing in side dishes, soups and stews. Garlic is great for liver support and when eaten raw, it has anti-bacterial properties. Do note, if you will be eating it raw, make sure there is something rich in the dish. Raw garlic can be very strong and give you heartburn if you don’t pair it up with some olive oil, nuts, vegan cheese or ghee.

What’s a serving? One clove

Price per serving: 4 cents. You can get garlic for $2 a pound and 1 pound of garlic will get you about 50 servings.

What’s in it for you: 5 calories per serving. Great anti-bacterial properties can help you stay healthy!

Z-TIP: If I feel I may be getting a cold, I chop up a clove of garlic and eat it on top of toasted Ezekiel bread with a little bit of ghee or Daiya cheese. I usually feel better right away.

 

2 EASY MEAL IDEAS:

Quick Complete Protein Chili:

2 boxes of cooked beans

2 Cups of cooked brown rice (another very inexpensive product)

16 oz of salsa.

Mix together, heat up and serve.

 

Easy Cabbage Salad

2 cups shredded cabbage

½ cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup sprouted lentils

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

Mix together and serve for a satisfying and healthy side dish.

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For more from the Green Goddess, click here.

About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Orthopedic doc to talk about anterior hip replacement at free lecture

John Wang, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, will present a free lecture on anterior hip replacement on July 26. The lecture, which is open to the public, is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library (9451 S. Jog Road, Boynton Beach).

During traditional hip replacement surgery, surgeons cut muscles and other tissue at the back to access the hip joint. Anterior hip replacement takes a different approach, with surgeons making an incision at the front of the hip to access the joint.

One advantage of anterior approach is there’s less major muscle damage, so recoveries tend to be faster and less painful. Some also say anterior hip replacement patients are less likely to dislocate their new hips and they get better range of motion than their traditional hip replacement counterparts. Another possible upside with the anterior approach is a shorter hospital stay.

Potential disadvantages, according to an article on the topic on Arthritis-health.com, include that people who are obese or very muscular may not make good candidates, and it’s a technically-demanding procedure. The message there: Find an orthopedic surgeon experienced in the anterior approach.

Total hip joint replacement surgery is common. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announced in March 2014 that 2.5 Million Americans were living with an artificial hip and 4.7 million with an artificial knee.

To register for the lecture, call the library at (561) 734-5556. The lecture is posted on Bethesda Hospital East’s website.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.