Jackie Davis lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and four kids. The whole family travels to Central America for managing the operations of their construction ministry. Traveling is not an excuse to give up on her healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about eating healthy, which she has defined as the right quality, quantity, and frequency of foods. She encourages many to make realistic long-term lifestyle changes.
As health professional and retired athlete, protein has been a key part of my diet for years. Protein generally comes in perishable form (eggs, meat, beans and cheese) so finding convenient, portable sources of it can be tricky. Protein powders are your best bet but there are so many out there that picking the right one for you can be challenging. In my experience, vegan and whey proteins are superior choices by far.
After a sweat session, your body needs to replace the fluids that it’s lost. Our Pea Protein™ is formulated using only the highest quality pea protein isolate available. Its phenomenal amino acid profile includes nine essential amino acids. Since essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the human body, they must be supplied by our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are used by our bodies to support our bones, muscles and connective tissues. Super Fan Jaclyn created this recipe after feeling dehydrated after a hot yoga class.
Last March marked the 12th annual Kiss a Pig Gala for the American Diabetes Association in Rogers, Arkansas. The event was an evening dedicated toward spreading awareness about the disease as well as celebrating the individuals and companies who are working hard to make a difference in improving the lives of all of those affected.
Naturade was on hand to lend their support for a night of charitable hospitality, which eventually led to $1,150,000 being raised to go toward not only continuing the ongoing research of finding a cure for diabetes, but helping improve the lives of more than 26 million Americans who are currently living with the condition.
Prominent members of the Northwestern Arkansas community took part in the ceremony, which featured the kissing of pigs as an ode of recognition to one of the first means of production for insulin. In 1922, Frederick Banting and Charles Best revolutionized the medical field with their innovative experiments in extracting the pancreas tissue of pigs to manufacture a form of insulin that the world had never seen before. Since then, insulin production has provided millions of people with the proper means to efficiently monitor their blood sugar levels and store excess glucose in the body for added energy.
The sold out gala event featured a crowd of over 1,700 people from local and national companies who collectively were able to exceed charitable donation expectations of $575,000 by 200 percent. There are currently more than 35,000 people in the Northwest Arkansas region alone who will benefit from funding for educational programs and treatment options aided through the generous donations.
It is through Naturade and many other companies’ contributions that the fight against diabetes is able to flourish and continue changing lives.
For more than eight decades, Naturade has been offering some of the most groundbreaking and healthiest natural products available on the market. As their market continues to expand, Naturade continues to develop new products that are changing the course of health-related products all across the world.
One of their recent products that is revolutionizing the industry are VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shakes, a tasty eclectic blend of protein, vitamins, minerals and so much more. What sets VeganSmart products apart from the rest of the pack is its ability to maintain being completely vegan friendly, as well as gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, all while never having to sacrifice taste with three delicious flavors in vanilla, chocolate and chai.
In 2013, Derek Dearwater took over as the president of Naturade, just around the same time the company launched their VeganSmart line of nutritional shakes. Since then, Naturade has proceeded to expand the amount of VeganSmart products available in regions all over the country, including a recent announcement of plans to expand down to the Florida market. This is a move that Dearwater thinks will help spread the message that there is a new face in nutrition health products.
"We've had success launching the product in many other markets," Dearwater said an in interview. "But with this new distribution through the 25 Whole Foods stores in the Florida Region, we have a chance to take on one of the leading markets in vegan or vegetarian lifestyle as well."
Not just for vegans
While the nutritional shake is totally vegan and gluten friendly, Dearwater insists that the product is not just for vegans, and that everyone can enjoy and relish all the healthy ingredients that are potent in the VeganSmart brand.
"There are roughly around 11-15 million Americans who are classified as vegans, and another 23-30 million Americans who consider themselves as true vegetarians.This product was never really designed to be positioned at those two specific demographics, but it certainly was designed to be accepted by those groups respectively. We wanted to make sure that it was given the name VeganSmart, so it was something that a true vegan would eat. The reality of it is there are all kinds of people out there who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle in some way, shape or form, but we think the universe for this type of product is much larger. We think that there is over a couple 100 million people that can appeal to this kind of food product."
Working a way to the top
Targeting the top natural food store outlets in the country was Dearwater's and Naturade's first steps toward expanding the VeganSmart brand name. Considering that it has been less than a year since the products initial launch, Dearwater feels that momentum is definitely on their side.
"We feel like that is an ideal place for us to be, they are the largest chain of natural food stores in the nation. We're also available in Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide, which has to be our largest distribution source in any chain. Once you've gotten through those two leading chains within the natural channel, you have to keep picking off one at time to get to them and be able to tell your story."
Creating the concoction
The formula for VeganSmart was first introduced to Dearwater through a collective research team with nutritionists all around the country. Making sure that their product was loaded with the most essential health nutrients was a vital objective, but taste was always the biggest factor Dearwater had in mind to separate this nutritional shake from the competition.
"How we came up with this formulation was … with an all natural, non-GMO formula that was designed to compete with the rest of the nutritional products on the market. Our positioning was designed to be that we want to make something having it's own unique properties, but tastes a little better than the products in today's market do, and I think we did a good job there."
Plenty of variety
Dearwater personally enjoys the vanilla flavored VeganSmart All-In-One Nutrition Shake, and also suggests that sprinkling a few scoops into a home cooked meal can help spruce up any recipe.
"Personally, my talents on the culinary side are relatively limited, but there have been all kinds of recipes that are being shared through social media efforts posting a number of recipes with everything from vegan pancakes, fruit smoothies to all other kinds of baked goods."
When it comes down to it, Dearwater believes that people should choose adding VeganSmart products to their daily diet because users will essentially receive all the health benefits of a well-balanced and nutritious meal in just one glass.
"We designed the product to be a meal replacement type product. It's an all-in-one nutritional shake that's comprehensive. It's more than just proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals, it has ingredients like prebiotics, omega-3 and a number of different enzymes. VeganSmart has beets, apricots and broccoli, so many different kinds of healthy vegetables and fruits that all make for a nice tasting product."
You can learn more about VeganSmart nutritional shakes at Vegansmartshake.com or Naturade.com
There are many new products on the market promoting their inclusion of lactoferrin as a healthy ingredient, but what exactly is lactoferrin? Lactoferrin is a protein found naturally in cow and human milk, and it is especially abundant in colostrum. It is also found naturally in our tears and saliva, and possesses a wide variety of healthy benefits for our bodies. Here are just a few ways that lactoferrin can help:
Lactoferrin has been proven to help regulate the absorption of iron throughout the body, as well as provide iron to the cells that need it. Iron is crucial for everyday vital bodily requirements, such as facilitating muscle function, supplying oxygen to our brains and bloodstream and preventing general symptoms of iron deficiency, which include fatigue, weakness and headaches. Without enough iron, your body will struggle with the strength necessary to carry on throughout the day.
Boost your immune system
Lactoferrin is also essential in providing an increased defense for our immune systems. Lactoferrin deprives unwanted bacteria in the body from the nutrients they need to continue spreading. Lactoferrin is able to boost your body with beneficial antioxidants, enhance oxygenation of the tissues and improve white blood cell health.
If you are having trouble maintaining healthy or clear skin, lactoferrin also works at reducing acne activity and preventing breakouts. In a study published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, researchers found that young adults who took lactoferrin supplements twice a day for eight weeks were able to reduce acne outbreaks by 22.5 percent, while 77 percent of participants reported fewer signs of acne activity.
These are just a few of the ways lactoferrin can help keep your body healthy and feeling great. A perfect way to get started taking lactoferrin is with Symbiotics Lactoferrin Capsules.
For those who are gluten intolerant, finding efficient ways to get the protein intake your body needs can prove difficult. Gluten intolerance is a condition that affects 18 million Americans, while 83 percent who have the condition are often undiagnosed or it is mistaken for other similar conditions. The disorder is brought on by the body's inability to process gluten, which is a protein commonly found in wheat, barley and rye products. General symptoms or signs of gluten intolerance include:
- Upset stomach or bloating
- Skin rash
- Joint pain
- Chronic fatigue
Thankfully, Naturade offers a variety of gluten-free protein powders that are also loaded with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals the body craves. These protein powders and shakes can help ensure that you are getting the necessary nutrients you need to keep going without having to sacrifice your dietary habits. Here are a few great Naturade products that are all gluten-free:
VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake
Just one serving of this delicious nutritional shake can boost your levels of protein and fiber without adding any gluten or dairy ingredients. Whether you are a devout vegan or more of a carnivore, a couple scoops of a VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake will provide your body with the care it deserves. It's loaded with 22 vitamins and minerals, including 50 percent of your daily recommendations of vitamins A, C and B6, and the best part of it all is that there is no cholesterol or trans fat added. You can choose from vanilla, chocolate and chai, depending on your preferences and what type of smoothies you like to make.
Naturade Pea Protein
Another natural source of protein that is 100 percent gluten-, dairy- and cholesterol-free, is Naturade Pea Protein. Mix two scoops with your favorite beverage to supply your body with nine essential amino acids, plus 40 percent of your daily protein. The protein powder is derived from split peas and is a completely natural plant-based protein that will go down smooth for anyone with gluten intolerance. Naturade pea protein comes in chocolate or vanilla and is ideal for children, athletes or anyone looking to get a boost on their protein intake.
Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement
It only takes eight ounces of a glass of water and Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement to give your body more than half the amount of daily suggested soy protein, a vital source of more than 24 vitamins and minerals that can also help lower cholesterol. It's also completely gluten-free, and with just 130 calories per serving, this beverage is a great way to lose weight and get all the protein you need.
Naturade will be in attendance at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Convention Center. The expo is one of the nation's largest trade shows, and it combines education about natural products and fun events. It runs from March 6 though 9.
Check us out at booth 1752 to learn more about our long history – the company was founded in 1926 – developing high-quality, innovative and natural supplements and our commitment to helping people live more healthy lives. We will be showcasing many of our unique products, including our immune-boosting Symbiotics® colostrum products and our VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shakes as well as the new redesigned packaging of all our natural Protein Boosters.
Expo West has plenty of events, sessions and activities to keep you busy, including an early morning yoga session, a guided tour and herb walk through the 26-acre botanical garden at California State at Fullerton, live music at night and so much more. Check out Expo West's site to build your daily schedule, and don't forget to stop by and meet us at the Naturade booth.
See you at Natural Products Expo West!
We recently caught up with Joe Garcia, a marketing professional who spent 10 years at Equinox as a personal trainer. Though he doesn’t work at a gym anymore, Garcia still advises and trains friends when he hits the gym. His workout routine involves Crossfit training, power lifting and dead lifts, among other things. He’s very focused on matching his diet and exercise routine to his seasonal fitness goals. Garcia gave us the scoop on the best methods for doing this.
Garcia says that his diet changes depending on the season – for example, he eats less carbs in the summer when his goals include being lighter and leaner and moving faster. Garcia also advocates taking supplements and eating clean, which means “monitoring your diet completely, understanding what you’re putting into your body and what works for you … being smart about how you consume food, making sure that it fits your goals.”
But sometimes we hear people say, “I work out, so I can eat whatever I want.” So we asked Garcia what he thinks about frequently indulging in, for example, a giant cupcake.
“Look, I’m a sucker for cupcakes,” Garcia laughs. “But I’m very conscious of when, how and why I’m eating it.”
Garcia further advised individuals who are new to fitness who haven’t yet learned how to eat for their fitness goal – whether it’s losing weight, putting on muscle or looking a certain way – should do some research and check out tips for eating healthy, improving diet and even increasing metabolism. But he stresses that eating is only part of it:
“Eating should always be fun, it shouldn’t be stressful. Not everyone comes in with this idea of understanding how to eat. So going online is always a good way to find out information on how to eat,” he said.
So, can you eat whatever you want?
“You can eat whatever you want if you’re satisfied with that result. Everything that you do in the gym is based on results, so if you don’t really care about the results that you get between your diet and working out, then you can eat whatever you want,” Garcia tells us.
On eating out
Garcia says that you can definitely eat out, but it’s important to be smart about your choices:
“I always tell people if you’re going to eat out, just plan it out. Plan and know where you’re going to eat, and know what’s on the menu, and prepare yourself.”
He suggests drinking a protein shake or eating a small meal beforehand if healthy menu options are limited.
Pre- and post-workout eating
Garcia stressed the importance of pre-workout protein shakes or other sources of protein:
“You always want to have enough fuel for your body to perform during your exercise for that time period, you don’t want your body using up the muscles because you can definitely cannibalize muscle during that training,” he says.
Garcia advises to eat no sooner than 30 minutes before working out. On one hand, you don’t want to train on a full stomach; on the other, you need time for the protein to get into your bloodstream.
He also suggests drinking a post-workout shake in a window of 30 minutes after your fitness session for full muscle-building benefits, or later if you’re trying to lose weight.
Garcia says that one of the biggest misconceptions about food is that you can’t eat fat and be healthy. In fact, he says it’s better to pay attention to the amount of calories in what you’re eating, and to take in healthy fats from foods like nuts, avocados and fish. Like before, he stresses that it’s all about your fitness goals and being calculated in what you eat.
Triathlete Dustin Hinton’s tips on going vegan for individual, environmental and community-wide effects
We recently interviewed Dustin Hinton, a three-time IRONMAN triathlete, dedicated father and vegan. In part one of our two-part interview, which you can read here, Hinton shared his story.
Here, Hinton shares his tips for living a vegan lifestyle and discusses the positive impact that veganism can have not only at the individual level but also on environmental and community levels.
Tips for going vegan
Though Hinton is a man of big goals, his philosophy on going vegan and encouraging others to do the same for both personal health and a positive impact on the world is based on taking small steps:
Ease into it
Hinton says that some people go cold turkey and jump right into veganism, but this isn't the best path for everyone and can maybe lead to long-term failure:
"Anybody can do anything for six weeks. But can you do it for six years?" he asks.
Personally, Hinton says that living in New Orleans – "the worst possible place ever in the history of humanity to try to become vegan because you're surrounded by the best food on the planet" – was a challenge when he was becoming vegan, but he's never looked back.
Hinton says that anyone easing into veganism should make it fun and routine – rather than a chore – by hosting a vegan night, just like pizza or pasta night:
"Take one of those nights and say, 'Hey, tonight we're going to be vegan. We're going to experience that, we're going to live it, we're going to cook completely vegan … We're going to look at what goes into our food, pay attention to what goes in that pot. We're going to cut it up, be involved with what is going into our bodies,'" he says. "Have friends over, make it a social thing. Have them all cook, and sit down and enjoy that meal and just embrace it as one of the nights – just like pizza night, just like pho night – and make it a positive experience."
Be in the now
Along with easing into it, Hinton recommends living in the moment to stay on track:
"Don't think, 'I'm going to do this for the rest of my life,' but just 'I'm going to do this – right now, for now – once a week,'" he says.
For many people, Hinton says, this will eventually snowball to a greater commitment to veganism, or at least healthier eating.
Eat that cupcake if you need it
Though he is very disciplined in his eating – only enjoying the occasional "cheat" night and always avoiding sugar – Hinton says that if you're the type that needs that brownie, go for it.
"But just do it once a month, on a schedule," he says. "But then leave it alone, because you just have to be on 90 percent of the time. Ten percent of the time, you can fall off the cliff, but if you're 90 percent on, you're good to go, you will always stay on track."
Veganism: A movement
On sustainability and compassion
When asked earlier in our conversation about his motivation for becoming vegan, Hinton mentioned dual reasons:
"A lot of it started as health, but I've always been very conscious of animals – there's a lot of compassion and a lot of health involved in that choice," Hinton says.
He explains that for someone who cares about the humane treatment of animals, even easing into veganism can help because, though it may not seem like a lot, going vegan even one or two days each week, year-round, "may be enough for somebody to order one less cattle to be slaughtered."
Hinton's compassionate nature extends to his meat-eating friends, of course. He doesn't "bash them over the head with it," but instead explains to them his reasons for a vegan diet, and encourages them to try to eat smaller portions of meat.
On encouraging others
So, what if you want to use your veganism for good by encouraging others in your social circles to make the change? Hinton says to be gentle.
"You don't have to say 'Hey you should be more compassionate.' No, just make it positive … I like to make it positive, make it fun, make it an experience."
What does this mean to Hinton? It's about bringing his meat-loving friends to Mellow Mushroom, their favorite place to grab a pizza, where they order the Mega Veggie.
But it's also about respecting others' choices. Hinton's young son is not vegan – he cooks meat and other foods for him because he feels that veganism is a choice that he needs to make when he is older. Hinton also explains that it's important to him to provide his friends with information, to explain his own decisions to them, but to not judge them and let them make their own choices.
On community cohesion
Hinton encourages people trying veganism to seek out foods at their local farmers market, where they can make a direct economic impact on their community as well as connect with others. In fact, he paints a scenario of the variety of positive influences veganism via farmers market purchases can have on many levels:
"You can shake hands with the person that grew the food. You can ask them about it, you can make a connection. So, now it's not, 'Hey let's go to the store and buy our groceries … and go home and close the door and lock it and watch TV and bar ourselves in,'" he says.
Instead, you can form relationships with community members and create sustainability:
"Now you're meeting the local community, you're handing the local community cash, you're helping them sustain. You're creating sustainability … [and providing a chance] for families to do more. Maybe your purchase twice a week … is just that little bit to push their crops to expand into another field," Hinton says with increasing animation.
And for Hinton, this is what it's really all about.
"It's small little things that can make the change and we can't take those small little things for granted," he concludes.