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Attending Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo?

Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo is always a learning experience for all involved!   For those attending, keep an eye out for Carolina Lima Jantac, MS, RD, LD. Nutrition and Social Media Manager, Approved Spokesperson ask about all the healthy foods that earned their seal!

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Vegan Fresh!

Break out the sticky notes, as you’ll find them sticking out on pages all over this book.  Have you had a theme picnic in mind and want it to be completely Vegan…there’s a section for that!  Short on time, we’ll this cookbook gives both Prep and Cook time which makes for efficient kitchen time especially for those of us on the go!  Wait, did you think that was social media symbols?  Close…there’s little symbols that show Gluten, Soy or Nuts for those sensitive to certain foods or have allergies.

veganalfrescoVegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly truly makes it a delight to thumb through for some Vegan recipe ideas and has just enough images that make the book look even more healthy and inviting.  Nice work Carla!

Vegan, 350 Ways!

Deb Roussou hits the spot!  Her book “350 best Vegan recipes” gives a real kitchen feel as the book opens into a vegan pantry.  You can actually feel healthier just reading all the meal recipes with great informative tips on each.


Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert…don’t stop there, why not a cocktail…vegan style!  Watch out for that tree!!!!  Seriously, try out the George of the jungle drink (with or without alcohol) recipe.

Deb covers it all for anyone that’s making that transition to Vegan or simply gives those that have been Vegan for sometime, some new ideas.  Cheers!

A4M Red Carpet Roll Out of Wellness! had the pleasure of attending the recent A4M 22nd Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Orlando, at the city within a hotel, Gaylord Hotel!

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The red carpet lined aisles we’re filled with health conscience people either walking about to meet and find synergies of working together in the industry or about to open their doors and wanted to let the industry know they are there.  Above you’ll see the booth of Wellness & Hormones Centers of America, about to open their 3rd of many locations in Boca Raton (5030 Champion Blvd at The Polo Shoppes) slated for Monday, September 8th 11am -1pm (join them for a noon ribbon cutting) where they’ve partnered for the “Tour the Center” with, a charity dedicated to providing a unique experience for severely disabled veterans.  Congrats to this wonderful group whose mission is to focus on dramatically improving peoples’ lives through customized wellness and health programs to help people feel young, be young.

Please enjoy these wonderful images of so many people from Anti-Aging Doctors to Fitness Experts, Inventors to Alternative Therapists, and many more that attended and were all there for your well-being!  #Share!




Photo Credit: Michael Razler

Sexy Snacks!

Clean, Lean and Sexy popcorn, pretzels and whole food energy bars are all tasty ways for helping to maintain weight while snacking.  Produced by Peak Health Coach, Suzie Carpenter, because she wanted to create something that was wholesome and guilt free for snacking.

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Both equally delicious and satisfying, as well as gluten-free.

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Consumers can trust that their products will never include gluten, soy or dairy ingredients.  They contain no processed sugars or unnecessary, artificial ingredients of any kind, making them the perfect light, healthy snack option.

Also, they have a whole food energy bar that comes in both Honey Almond and Coconut Cashew flavors.  They are available at select supermarkets and health food stores across the country.  Keep an eye out for these delights!

Lose Fat The Scientific Way!

Are you still not satisfied with your waist size? Have you been cutting back and exercising? Do you want to know the truth why you are not losing body fat? The book “Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat” by Rudy Rivera and Roger Davis Deutsch breaks down the scientific reasons why people are not losing belly fat. After reading coverthis book one will learn why certain foods are making their body react negatively and how the food they are consuming is deteriorating your immune system and liver. So if you want to lose body fat the scientific way and improve your cells and their functioning, read this book and you will become wise about your diet and lifestyle.

Also, look into ALCAT test!

Review Written by Tyler Tipton

Fitness, Top 5

As we’re revamping our workouts to get in last-minute optimal shape or frantically starting our workout plans for summer, everyone’s looking for the best way to get fit before they hit the beach. Seeing results is possible if you create and stick to a healthy plan and get creative in the gym. Below are some fail-proof tips and tricks that will lead you to optimal shape this summer.

You should always do your weight training before doing cardio.  The goal with cardio is to burn fat and the goal for weight training is to build muscle.  If you do cardio first you need to burn off your glycogen (blood sugar) before you burn any fat.  When lifting weights you need your glycogen for energy.  If you lift first, you use up your glycogen so then you can go straight to fat burning. Building muscle also fuels your healthy metabolism, which also burns fat.  Work with your body and it will work with you.

The key to a shapely body is to have muscle and less fat all around – so focus on exercises that tone multiple parts of the body at once. The most efficient way to do this is to you the larger muscle groups like legs, back and chest; then, if you have time, focus on muscles like arms, abs and shoulders.  If you can stand up you have ab muscles you just need to lose the fat in order to see them and when you do chest and back your shoulders and arms will get worked as well.  If you have the time to work every body part, all the better but if you don’t, focus on the larger ones for great results.

Top 5 things to keep in mind when starting a fitness plan

  1. Schedule your workouts for the same time each day. This will turn into a habit which will soon make your workouts automatic.
  2. Until your workouts are a habit, find a training partner or hire a trainer.  Obligation will make you get to the gym when determination fails.
  3. Work out at a place that is convenient.
  4. Make weight training the core of your workouts in order to build a healthy metabolism, strong bones and shapely muscles. If you want a shapely body you must lift weights, bones and tendons have no shape.
  5. Do cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or right after your weight training.  After 8 hours of sleep you have little glycogen in your system and after weight training your glycogen has been used for energy.  In both cases your body can burn fat quicker.

John Rowley headshot~ “Certified Personal Trainer, Best Selling Author and ISSA Director of Wellness John Rowley

Kathy Gruver and the Magnesium Experience.

I never thought much about magnesium. I certainly had heard of it and knew it was in a lot of great foods and it had awesome benefits for our bodies. But it wasn’t until I did a 4-day nutrition workshop with Dr’s Gaby and Wright that I truly understood what the power of that little mineral was. Jonathan Wright shared that magnesium was his favorite mineral. (I thought, “Who has a favorite mineral?”) I learned that magnesium was good for headaches, muscle aches, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, PMS, sleep issues, mood issues and constipation. That we needed it to absorb calcium and that it helped with heart function. And could maybe fight cancer. Wow. He said, “If it spasms, take magnesium as it relaxes smooth muscle.” You could take magnesium internally through food or a supplement or soak in it in the form of Epsom salts. And after that pitch, I realized that magnesium was my favorite mineral too. Because apparently as a health practitioner I needed one. After that workshop I saw multiple needs for magnesium in my life and took it for menstrual cramps and muscle aches. It became the biggest bottle in my alternative medicine cabinet.

And his words echoed in my head as I proudly explained on radio and TV shows that magnesium was my favorite mineral.

One day during a workout, I reached back to grab my foot and stretch my quads and I felt a stabbing in my back. I actually turned around to see if someone had rushed into the gym and plunged a knife in my back. No one had. I dropped to the floor in a cold sweat and excruciating pain ran through me. I had popped a rib out. A common occurrence for me. I managed to make it home though I couldn’t fasten my seatbelt or drive with my right arm. I made it into the house where I collapsed on the floor and told my husband to retrieve the ice pack…and the magical magnesium (If it spasms take magnesium). I lay on the ice and finally had the strength to sit up and take the elixir, which I knew would stop my muscle spasm. I took 4 giant pills. 1000mg of magnesium. I had never taken that much, but I needed it.

Over a few minutes the muscles in my back relaxed. The spasm stopped and the pain went away. But what I forgot was that magnesium relaxes ALL smooth muscle. So when I found myself dashing to the bathroom I wondered what in the world I had eaten to cause such a reaction. And such a lack of…how shall we say…solidity. Then I remembered magnesium is good for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, sleep, mood and…CONSTIPATION. Ah, the bowel is smooth muscle. Oops. Note to self: 1000mg of magnesium is too much unless I’m constipated. Lesson learned. And though it was an unpleasant day in many ways, magnesium is still my favorite mineral, though in a more conservative dosage. Remember to keep magnesium handy in your alternative medicine cabinet for what ails you.

Written by Kathy Gruver.  Kathy is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet (winner Beverly Hills Book Awards). She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, just published, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Winner Indie Excellence Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Time, Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, Prevention, Men’s Health, Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine, and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 200 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television, and has done over 100 educational lectures around the country. For fun and stress relief Dr. Gruver does flying trapeze and hip hop dance.

Visit Kathy on social media:, @klgruver


Let’s Do The Bump!

Is that the baby in your belly or are you feelin’ a kick of Bump Sparkle?!

For all those pregnant mothers to be out there–Let us tell you about Bump Sparkle, the perfect light drink with only 10 calories! This bottle of sweetness is a carbonated flavored water beverage, and is a healthy start for any mother. This beverage contains folic acid, a key ingredient to giving your baby the best start possible, as it ensures healthy growth. There are a variety of flavors offered, but my personal favorite is Lemonade!  As I took my first sip, I noticed that you could really taste the natural lemon flavor. When I put my drink down, I had a warm sense of relief that I was not only quenching my taste buds, but also feeding my child’s health. This is definitely a drink to keep your eye out for.


We forgot to mention it contains the most essential ingredient…LOVE!

Written by Suzanne Polakoff & Laurel Hennessy

Coco Loco!

We all go “loco” for Coco, especially when it gives you energy…naturally!

CocoMadness lets you chew your way to an energy boost.  It’s all-Natural, tastes delicious and provides some vital nutrients.  A real plus is being low in sugar and calories (20 calories per serving - 6 chewables per serving) .

CocoMadness, a Defense Nutrition product, uses premium organic cocoa to create a natural energy boost while delivering metabolic enhancing nutrients and an authentic chocolate taste.  A natural boost of energy with increased muscle and brain functionality.


“We developed CocoMadness to feature cocoa in its purest healthiest form,” says Ori Hofmkeler, Founder of Defense Nutrition and author of “The Warrior Diet”.  “People can try CocoMadness right before they exercise, during a long drive or while studying.  Some people have it as soon as they get up in the morning because it provides an instant, healthy energy boost. It also tastes great.”

So, chew away and get into the madness!