New Product Tuesday: doTerra Essential Oils

GreenLite New Product TuesdaysHow many times have you opened the food cabinet looking for something to eat despite having had a meal only an hour before, or maybe seeking food to give yourself a “lift”, or get past the boredom, or ease the stressful feeling under your skin? In our fast paced, post industrial world, it is extremely easy to be unaware of why we seek food. Sometimes we may think we feel hungry, but if we truly “check in” with our body, we may just simply want to eat. We may realize that our attempt to fill our stomach or stimulate our taste buds may simply be a call to fill an emotional void or relive stress from a hectic day.

At GreenLite we try to provide our clients with as many tools as possible to support them in their weight loss efforts. We think aromatherapy and doTerra essential oils can be an extremely useful tool to not only help manage your stress levels but can also help to curb emotional eating.

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“A scent is worth 10,000 words.” You simply need to experience essential oils in order to fully understand and believe in its power, even WE were skeptical at first. Many of us at GreenLite Medicine were new to aromatherapy but became advocates after we experienced the oils first hand. Watch for yourself and check out the video below to see how the high stress environment of Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room was affected by the oils:

Aromatherapy can induce feelings of relaxation or alternatively elevate the mood, depending on the oils used. The olfactory (smelling) organ in the nose is closely located to parts of the brain that influence emotions and influence the reward centers of the brain. Aromatherapy can influence various emotional problems and stress levels which can sometimes result in overeating.

For the past month we have been sampling doTerra essential oils in our Mountain View office for our clients to experience first-hand. Although there are many essential oils available on the market, we were particularly impressed by doTerra’s exceptional level of quality control. DoTerra is the only company who’s oils are classified as Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® and are 100% natural, free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. The herbs used for their oils surpass organic standards and special care is taken so the oils are properly extracted and distilled. Many of their oils are pure enough to be ingested internally (one drop of peppermint oil equals 20 cups of peppermint tea!). The more common ways to experience the aroma is to drop the oils on pressure points or to place the oils in a diffuser (a machine that heats and disperses the oil in the air).

DoTerra offers a wide variety of single oils, (lavender, peppermint, orange) as well as oil blends (serenity, purity, elevation) and even has a blend specific to appetite control, called “Slim & Sassy”, which is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon. The price of the oils range from $14 to $50 depending on the type and blend of oil, and considering the outstanding quality of doTerra products, this price is relatively reasonable compared to other oils on the market.

Experience the oils for yourself and sample them in our Mountain View location. You can also enter our raffle for a chance to win yourself a complementary bottle of essential oil! If you are a client that doesn’t come to the Mountain View office and you’re interested in sampling the doTerra products, simply ask the front desk and we can arrange an aromatherapy experience for you at your GreenLite location. GreenLite is currently selling a limited quantity of the essential oils, but if you are interested in the full spectrum of doTerra products, they are available online.

NOTE: GreenLite has NO financial incentive or arrangement with Do Terra’s representative for the sales of their oils. We only offer the purchase of the oils as a convenience to our clients.

GreenLite Recipe: Sugar Free, Guilt Free Chocolate Meringues

GreenLite Sugar Free Chocolate Meringues

This delicious treat is basically just egg whites with cocoa powder. It’s easy to make, but in order to achieve the right texture you need to follow instructions religiously.

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of granular Splenda or ¾ cup of Truvia or a mixture of both (don’t use any other artificial sweetener)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa (in baking aisle)

Preparation

Preheat over to 250˚F. Beat the egg whites in a glass or aluminum, immaculately clean bowl (preferably, in a non-humid environment, if you can help it). Once they become opaque and white, add the extract and the pinch of tartar. Keep beating to soft beaks, then add in the sweetener and the cocoa slowly.

Once the mixture is uniform, use a teaspoon to transfer the egg whites onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (no oil needed). Try to keep them as uniform-sized as possible, to ensure even baking.

Bake 1 hour. Once the meringues are set, turn off the oven and leave the cookies in the oven to dry (about 1 more hour). Take out the baking sheet and allow the cookies to cool completely prior to removing them from the sheet. Store in a sealed air-tight container.

Yield: 30-40 meringues (depending on their size). Each serving = 4-6 meringues.

Exchanges per serving

Condiment: 1

Nutrition facts per serving

20 Calories (4 calories from fat); 0.4g Fat; 3.6g Protein; 1g Net Carb

GreenLite New Product Tuesday: Tivolo Popsicle Molds for Summer!

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The temperature is rising, and it finally feels like summer. Nothing is more refreshing than an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day. However, we can do without the high carbs and loads of sugar that comes along with the average popiscle sold at most groceries.  Here at GreenLite we believe in taking health into our own hands, so we thought why not make our own GreenLite friendly summer treats!

 

Product Info
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  • Comes in a set of popsicle molds with freezer-friendly base; measures 7 by 5 by 8 inches 
  • Crafted of durable, BPA free, plastic for many summers of icy treats
  • Easy to use and clean (they’re dishwasher safe!)
  • The insulated plastic keeps the the molds colder, for longer 
  • Handy drip guard for when things get a bit hot and sticky

The Facts

These Popsicle molds are not only a great way to treat yourself to something refreshing and healthy, but could be a great summertime activity for you and your kids.  Turn your favorite smoothy concoction into a frozen treat! Experiment with sugar-free Crystal Light, or sugar free jellos or puddings. (Stay posted for GreenLite blog posts of fun popsicle recipes)

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Availability:

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These molds are available at Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel and good old Amazon.com and various other online retailers. Pick up your healthy popsicle supplies and your molds at your next grocery shopping trip to whole foods or have them delivered to your home with a few clicks of the mouse. 

Cost:

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The durabilty and quality of these molds more than make up for the price which run around $12. Because they are crafted from insulated plastic, the molds won’t crack or break and will last for many summers to come. 

 

Size

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The molds hold a total of 4 ounces and we recommend to fill these molds with 1 inches to spare at the top.   

Summary

Overall, these pops provide a wonderful way to create GreenLite friendly desserts.  Here are a few helpful tip when making your popsicle concoction: 

#1.  If you make your shake into a popicle, make it a little sweeter to taste before placing in the mold as the sweetness factor decreases when eaten frozen. 

#2.  Jello mix will hold their taste longer than a water based, juice mixes which become more icy and lose taste as you get towards the bottom of the pop.

#3.  Avoid yogurt.  It tends to separate into an ice mixture when frozen.

#4.  Run the frozen mold under warm water and squeeze from the bottom of the mold as you pull from the top, and the popsicle will “pop” right out!

Experiment and don’t forget share your favorite recipes with the rest of us! 

 

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

GreenLite New Product Tuesdays: Teeccino Herbal Coffee

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Teeccino Herbal Coffee

 

Nutritional Info

Calories:18 teeccino family

Carbs: 4g

Sugars: 1g

Potassium: 48mg

 

The Facts

This “no caf” Tea-Cappuccino hybrid is naturally caffeine free and a perfect alternative to your morning cup of Joe. This herbal coffee will give you a natural energy boost from nutrients, not stimulants, and is non-acidic. Made from carob, nuts, chicory root, cocoa and dates, the naturally occurring inulin helps support digestion and intestinal health. Since we recommend abstaining from caffeine while on the GreenLite program, Teeccino is perfect morning pick me up or a great substitute for a late night sweet tooth. Teeccino is available in individual “Tee-Bags” and pre-ground (just like coffee). 

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Available in a variety of different flavor and roasts, Teeccino offers a robust and earthy flavor, unlike herbal drink on the market. Although the product is available in a tea bag, Teeccino has a very dark, rich and nutty flavor, this is not your typical cup of tea. This herbal coffee is really a tea-coffee hybrid, the name “Teeccino” says it all! Some flavors are superior to others, while brewing the herbal blend provides and much fuller flavor (more coffee like flavor) than using a “Tee-bag”. Some flavors are subtly sweet and offer a wonderful pick-me-up, when you’re looking for something sweet and substantial.

Availability:

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Teeccino can be found at Whole Foods, Sprouts in Cupertino, Piazza’s Fine Foods, Mollie Stones and Country Sun in Palo Alto. The product is also available for purchase through the company’s website at http://teeccino.com/. While Teeccino may not be as convenient as Starbucks, the product is available a most natural food stores in the tea section.

Cost:

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A box of 10 “tee-bags” sells for $4.99, while an 11 o.z. bag of the herbal coffee grinds sells for $9.99 (makes about 30 servings). A box of Teeccino is a far more reasonable option than a daily trip to Starbucks, and your nervous system and intestines will thank you for it!

 

Summary

While a serving of a Teeccino drink does contain 4g carbs, we think the pros of this product outweigh the carbs. Teeccino could be a wonderful crutch for the far too common coffee habit and because one serving packs 48 mg of potassium, it’s a much smarter option than an acidic cup of decaf.  It can provide a tasty pick me up in the morning or perhaps save you from the late night munchies, when you’re craving something rich and sweet. Drink it plain if you like it strong or make your own caffeine-free latte with some soy or fat free milk.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

Lea’s Weight Loss Evolution | Seeing Past the Donut Hole

By Lea McIntosh, CEO, Founder, and host of NestingNewbies.comfile4051303080738

The skinny life can spiral away very quickly if you are not focused and committed. I have been maintaining in the 160s for several months and even got as low as 160.4! But the pressures of starting up a company built up to the point that I just got so tired of being “good,” I ended up sabotaging myself. Continue reading

Soft Drink Consumption: The Frightening Statistics and Associated Health Risks!

file1691265750289Have you ever noticed that soft drinks sometimes leave you more thirsty?  A 12 ounce can of coke has 50 grams of added sodium (salt), and the salty taste covered by the 40 grams of added sugar.  This added salt in the soda may influence you to drink more compared to drinking water.   Dietary salt is a major determinant of how much fluid we drink, and there have been studies that correlate dietary salt consumption with sugar sweetened beverage consumption. Continue reading

Should Carbohydrates be Treated as an Addiction?

carbohydratesBased on recent studies, there has been increased success with treating obesity and disordered eating as a type of addiction to a substance. Addiction is by definition the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance”. With this definition in mind, should carbohydrates be treated as an addiction? Wouldn’t a successful “addict” be able to achieve life-long “sobriety”? For clinicians that are using this approach toward carbohydrates, the answer is an emphatic yes!  Continue reading