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First of Kind Sports Drink – Break Through for Athletes

“A beverage that was developed with “natural” ingredients accelerates an athlete’s recovery from workouts, practices and competitions”

 

Ridgefield, WA, October 28, 2014 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — 2MAC, created by an athlete 60 years young, uses natural ingredients to restore the energy and hydration generators depleted during high intensity competition or practice. The greatest chapter in this story may be that there are no chemicals required to achieve this result.

“We were tired of using sugary, salty, artificial tasting drinks as a recovery beverage after a workout. As athletes we wanted something that really did taste great, contained no artificial additives and restored the amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals we burned while exercising. The drinks on the market were missing the big picture as they were too narrowly focused on remedies for one or two segments of this equation. It was very frustrating,” said development director, Mike McDaniel at 2MAC’s Vancouver, Washington headquarters.

The body does not restore these elements on its own, they must be consumed. The longer a person waits to recharge their body the longer their recovery time will be. Waiting to resupply lost nutrients reduces the benefits from a workout or extends the recovery time from an event. While consuming water or a high sugar and salt sports drink will cure a roaring thirst, that alone will not remedy the more important issue of depleted nutrients and body reserves. These elements must be replaced to rejuvenate muscles and energy.

“2MAC’s formulas, which are characterized by a great taste profile, are designed to be absorbed rapidly into an athlete’s system, reduce muscle inflammation and oxidative stress while minimizing insulin release. To effectively reverse the effects of physical stress, 2MAC should consumed during, or within 30 minutes of ending, the exercise period,” McDaniel stated.

Introducing 2MAC to a sports drink market that is defined by long entrenched brands is a challenging task. That is why 2MAC has decided to seek funding in two stages through the Kickstarter process which features an all or nothing model. Stage one is designed to verify taste demographics while a stage two Kickstarter campaign will be utilized to launch a nationwide rollout of the product. Be sure to follow us at the following Kickstarter link. Those who pledge will be among the first to experience the benefits of this natural solution to dehydration and nutrient loss.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944575035/2mac-nutrition-company-recharging-bodies-that-work?ref=category

If you would like more information about 2MAC products contact Mike at his AOL email address and please peruse our blog.

Contact-Details: Mike McDaniel
Cell: 360.608.3458
Email: Mimcdani3@aol.com
Blog: www.2macnutrition.com

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Nutrit Meal Replacement To Start Crowdsource Campaign

We are pleased to announce that Nutrit Meal Replacement is starting a Crowdtilt Campaign for its initial production run.

On the heals of the successful campaign for Soylent, Nutrit promises a meal replacement product that has been totally reimagined. Nutrit provides a complete days nutrition while helping a person avoid processed ingredients, soy, wheat, dairy, GMOs, and Dairy. Nutrit is made up of organic proteins and fats, flavored with organic cocoa. Nutrit costs less than fast food, is easier to make than instant noodles, and tastes similar to chocolate milk.

Meal replacement as an idea is a sound one. In a fast paced society, its hard to avoid problem ingredients and at the same time get the nutrition one requires to stay healthy. Its all too easy, in a pinch, to reach for something in a vending machine or fall back on take out food. To date, meal replacement products and protein concoctions offer an unmeasured nutrient value, and mostly contain ingredients that can cause inflammation. Nutrit has solved those problems by being an easy mix powder, that offers an organic, non-GMO ingredient list that mirrors RDA requirements.

Nutrits Crowdtilt campaign is primarily being undertaken to provide funds to meet our vendors initial minimum order quantities. The merits of this product stand on there own, and we feel it is important to get it out there. Nutrit can help the average person avoid problem ingredients, and control calorie intake, all while getting more complete nutrition than is afforded by a standard diet.

Find out more at our site; www.nutritmr.com and get involved at:https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/nutrit.
Only with your help can we bring this truly novel product to market and the world.

Contact Details:

Paul Wolos
paul.wolos@nutritmr.com

New ALL BUT GLUTEN™ Baked Goods Launches During Celiac Awareness Month for Canadians on a Gluten-Free Diet

May is Celiac Awareness Month and, just days after first appearing on the shelves of major Canadian retailers, new All But Gluten™ baked goods are receiving rave reviews from consumers following a gluten-free diet. These great tasting products were created by the talented product development team at Weston Bakeries in collaboration with respected nutrition experts and are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility. They meet Health Canada’s gluten-free regulations and are certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP). All But Gluten™, is one of the first brands to bear the GFCP mark, making it easier for consumers to identify safe gluten-free products.

All But Gluten™ products are also dairy-free and Kosher.

Safety, taste and nutrition are the three pillars of the All But Gluten™ brand. “The breads, focaccias, pizza shells and muffins are enriched with vitamins and minerals and are a source of fibre,” says Shelley Case, registered dietitian, international celiac disease expert and consulting spokesperson for All But Gluten™. “This is an important feature of All But Gluten™ because many gluten-free products on the market are not enriched and often lower in iron, B vitamins and fibre,” states Case.

Unlike most gluten-free baked goods, All But Gluten™ can be found in the fresh bakery section, not the frozen section of major Canadian retailers. Consumers following a gluten-free diet really miss delicious baked products and now they can stroll down the aisles that were previously off limits. The All But Gluten ™ brand invites consumers to ‘Rekindle your love of baked goods.’

The line includes Whole Grain Loaf, Cinnamon Raisin Loaf, Sliced White Loaf, Roasted Onion Focaccia, Rosemary Focaccia, Plain Pizza Shells, Carrot Raisin Morning Muffins, Mini Brownies and Coconut Macaroons.

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This Easter, get your chocolate fix with a delicious cup of teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea

Easter is synonymous with bunnies, treasure hunts and lots and lots of chocolate. In fact around 80 million Easter eggs are eaten in Britain each year — that’s a lot of chocolate!

And while we love nothing more than digging into a delicious Easter egg, sometimes we want the indulgent chocolatey taste without the calories, teapigs chocolate flake tea is the perfect alternative, warming, yummy and totally guilt free. So this Easter, try a cup of our lovely chocolatey tea for something a little bit different. It makes a nice Easter gift too!

The teapigs range contains only the very best whole leaf tea, not the dust found in a normal tea bag. The teas come in their special tea temples, a biodegradable mesh bag that gives the leaves lots of room to infuse, so you get all the taste of loose tea but with the convenience of a bag.

teapigs are available in the following flavours: everyday brew, Darjeeling earl grey, chai tea, chilli chai, chocolate flake tea, mao feng green tea, green tea with mint, popcorn tea, jasmine pearls, silver tips white tea, tung ting oolong, rooibos, rooibos creme caramel, spiced winter red, lemon and ginger, chamomile flowers, peppermint tea, pure lemongrass, super fruit, liquorice and peppermint, yerba mate, organic matcha.

Where to find teapigs: www.teapigs.co.uk, Waitrose, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall and Whole Foods Market.

teapigs have a shop online and each blend comes in a range of sizes and prices.

For further P.R. information on the products or images please contact: Jessica Filbey at team TASTE on 0207 242 2844 or jessicaf@taste-pr.com

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Smoking, Obesity And Lack Of Activity Named As Global Killers

Research published in leading medical journal The Lancet suggests that a lack of exercise can be as big a killer as obesity and smoking.

According to the study, approximately one third of adults do not do a healthy amount of exercise, and it is suggested that this could be causing 5.3 million deaths worldwide each year – the equivalent of one in ten deaths – from related illnesses such as breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Nutritionist Caron Leckie, who works for the UK’s largest provider of chef prepared meals and delivered diets, Diet Chef, comments: “In my experience the weather has a big impact on activity levels, certainly in the UK, and many people use it as an excuse to stay indoors and watch television, rather than getting out and about.

“In addition to this, thousands of our customers have jobs which see them sitting down at a desk for up to nine hours each day. It is logical that this sedentary lifestyle can be conducive to obesity.”

Ms Leckie also added that Diet Chef is “working hard to help people to lose weight with our calorie-controlled diet” and that as a company they are also “working closely with a personal trainer to offer advice and tips on how to move more, no matter what your age, weight or health status.”

It is recommended that adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, this equates to just over 20 minutes per day.

According to a report by the BBC, “researchers said the problem was now so bad it should be treated as a pandemic”.

Ms Leckie’s top tips for motivation to exercise include:
1. Add An Activity
2. Try Something Different
3. Find a Positive Each Week
4. Take up a Hobby

Read her full list of tips on the Diet Chef blog.

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Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef Joins “Living Well” Diabetes Eduaction Cruise Hosted by Diabetes Daily Post (DDP)

Novi-based Diabetes Daily Post announces on June 29, 2012 that it has join hands with Chris Smith to educate diabetes patients on nutrition, diet, and diabetes cooking on Royal Caribbean Cruise which sails on January 7, 2013 for a 6 day Caribbean cruise. Other participants are Jorge Prada, MD, an Educator and Diabetes Researcher, Susan Sloane Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator, a member of American Diabetes Association board of director and Charles Liu, Clinical Pharmacist with special interest in Type 2 Diabetes. With Chris Smith’s participatiion, DDP’s education program lands itself as one the most comprehensive and dynamic diabetes education program offered in the North America. The participants will receive a broad and comprehensive education including a diabetes-exercise session and onboard two-mile fun walk for diabetes to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and go home with usable recipes and cooking methods to control their diabetes better.

“Diabetes is a cause for many other metabolic diseases such as heart and vascular diseases and stroke. Complications include loss of eye sight, kidney failure and amputation. Recent study showed a 62% reduction in diabetes-related health care costs if a comprehensive interdisciplinary diabetes education is implemented. Diet control is one of the most important facets in controlling diabetes and this is often neglected or ignored. We are very fortunate to have Chirs onboard to drive home on this point. Chris is known as one of the most caring and talented chef. He educates and motivates: he is completely at home with the subject of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. His passion comes from being a diabetic patient himself.” says Charles Liu R.Ph, MBA, DDP’s Cruise Education Coordinator and spokesman.

The Diabetes Daily Post a/k/a/ www.diabetesdailypost.com based in Novi, Michigan was created in 2011 to educate, enrich, and expand the knowledge of Diabetes. Its goal is to keep you informed about the latest news and drug innovations, provide health tools for diabetes management, motivate with triumph personal stories and talk about key opinion leaders who have worked on the elusive cure for Diabetes. The Diabetes Daily Post offers its “Living Well” Diabetes Education program both on cruises and in major cities.

Chef Chris is a Certified Executive Chef with over 20 years experience in the culinary field. With his focus on healthy cuisine, Chef Chris is an authority on diabetic nutrition and food preparation. He has been featured in TIME Magazine, USA Today, CNN, Web MD, Southern Living magazine. National television appearances include “DLIFE” and “Taking Control of Your Diabetes”. Chris is Novo Nordisk“Diabetes Academy” National tour speaking to both public and corporate audiences on the importance of cooking healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Chef Chris’s cookbook: The Diabetic Chef’s Year Round Cookbook along with Cooking with The Diabetic Chef, are published by The American Diabetes Association. Both cookbooks provide simple tips, cooking techniques and a wide range of easy to prepare recipes the whole family will enjoy!

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Diet Chef to sponsor ITV Daybreak’s ‘Step into Summer’ Programme

Weight loss diet plan provider Diet Chef has announced that it will be sponsoring the ITV Daybreak ‘Step into Summer’ programme this month.

From Monday 25th June 2012 to Friday 29th June 2012 Diet Chef will be giving the Step into Summer campaign its seal of approval. As the creator of one of the most successful calorie controlled meal plans in the UK, Diet Chef recognises that weight loss efforts are much more successful with a combination of diet and exercise, and so will be lending ITV Daybreak’s Step into Summer a helping hand.

Diet Chef has sponsored the ITV Daybreak’s diet initiatives in the past and is happy to be doing so again for 2012. Step into Summer will contain a range of hints and tips for diet and exercise, helping those that appear on the show and viewers at home to fight the battle of the bulge this June and achieve their beach body.

ITV Daybreak’s Step into Summer programme will feature a group of mums who will receive key fitness hints and tips to help them and viewers of the show to shape up for summer. The live show will also include a number of healthy food ideas that viewers can pick up on to make appropriate changes to their eating habits throughout the summer.

Diet Chef’s marketing director, Liz Dale, said: “Diet Chef is a specially designed calorie controlled meal plan that has helped thousands of men and women to achieve their weight loss goals since the company was originally founded.

“In total, we have assisted over 70,000 customers throughout the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and we have also branched out into the German market. We are proud to be sponsoring ITV Daybreak’s Step into Summer project in an effort to help people to get to and maintain a healthy weight.”

Diet Chef was founded by Kevin Dorren as a way to bring affordable and delicious diet foods to the UK public. Mr Dorren recognised the difficulties associated with dieting when going it alone and realised how much easier it would be if dieters had their own personal chef to prepare portioned meals that were calorie controlled and healthy.

For more information about the Diet Chef delivered diet options, visit www.dietchef.co.uk now.

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Diet Chef Warns Football Fans That EURO 2012 Can Seriously Damage Your Health

If you don’t want to end up looking like you’ve swallowed a football…

The hotly anticipated Euro 2012 is finally here, and with it comes trips to the pub, barbecues and beer with the lads – great fun but a calorific disaster. Just three beers, a takeaway pizza and sharing crisps and dip with your mates can add up to a massive 3,500 calories – more than your recommended daily intake of calories in just 90 minutes. And that’s the equivalent of putting on 1lb in weight watching just one match – if your team makes it to the final, you could easily put on half a stone just watching nine hours of footie.

Add to that the fact it is summer which means lots of flesh on show and you really could be in trouble. To help keep you on the straight and narrow and make sure you look good on the beach, down the pub or in the back garden, Diet Chef, the UK’s leading provider of calorie-controlled diet plans, has put together a weight loss diet plan for men, consisting of a custom-filled men’s hamper full of goodies to help you lose that weight but still have a filling meal.

Packed with delicious ‘man-food’, you can still have a proper meal but lose weight into the bargain – the hamper contains curries, chillies, pies, sausages, hot pots and meatballs, you really won’t feel like you are on a diet at all.

The 28 day Diet Chef men’s hamper is only £210 for 28 days worth of food, so just£7.50 a day meaning you’ll save £s as well as lbs. Specially designed to be tailored your individual calorie needs, Diet Chef will ensure you’ll be burning more than you eat to achieve a healthy sustainable weight loss and achieve that beach body.

So why not give it a go? Find out more about diets for men and about our easy portion control diet plan options – you’ve only your belly to lose!

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Diet Chef Launches In-Home Fitness Plan To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Blitz your way to a perfect beach body. The clocks have gone forward, spring has sprung and it feels as though summer is well and truly on its way. However, for women (and men) up and down the country those first rays of summer sunshine are joined by a familiar sense of trepidation; the dread of swimwear, specifically the bikini, and baring all (including those lumps and bumps) on the beach.

Home delivery diet brand, Diet Chef, is making it easier than ever to gain that summer body confidence with its Beach Body Blitz Summer Diet Hamper. Delivered directly to your home or office, the 28 day hamper priced at £240 includes chef-prepared main meals, snacks, lunches and breakfasts (subscriptions available from £195). To complement the calorie controlled eating plan, Diet Chef has come up with an easy 20 minute exercise plan created exclusively by top personal trainer, Kyle Andrews, which is availablewww.dietchef.co.uk/beach-body-blitz

Kyle says: “I’ve created a basic exercise regime that aims to strengthen, shape and tone the body in tandem with the Diet chef meal plan. The programme has been created with the beginner in mind and so all exercises can be carried out from the comfort of your own home – it really is that simple.”

Beach Body Blitz Workout Programme

Equipment: Exercise mat (optional), dumbbells (or substitute with a tin of beans or bottle of water from your kitchen cupboard)
Frequency: 3 x 20 minute workouts per week
Repetitions: 12-15 (of each exercise)
Circuits: 2-3 / no rest between exercises or circuits

1) Warm Up – walk on the spot for 60 seconds while clapping your hands above your head and behind your back
2) Jog on the spot for 10 seconds then walk for 10 seconds, repeat 5-8 times
3) Standing Squats – feet hip width apart, sit down to 90 degrees, stand back up (do not lock your knees)
4) Russian Chair – lean with your back against the wall, sit down to 90 degrees and hold for 20-60 seconds
5) Dumbbell Bent Over Rows – bend over and place one hand on the arm of a chair, lower the weight down until your arm is straight then pullback up
6) Dumbbell Shoulder Press – standing or sitting, push the dumbbells above your head then lower to just below your armpits (do not lock your elbows and breathe out when you push)
7) Lunges – take a big step forward lower your body down until your trailing leg nearly touches the floor, push off the front foot back to where you started then alternate legs (do not let your knee pass your toes)
8) Dumbbell Bicep Curls – standing up straight with your arms down by your side keep your elbows still and lift the weight up to your bicep
9) Tricep Dips – place your hands behind you on a chair or step. Keep your bottom close to your hands, sit down to 90 degrees then back up (do not lock your elbows)
10) Dumbbell Side Bend – standing up straight, reach down one side of your body as far as you can and then the other (do not twist your core)
11) Basic Crunches – lying on the floor with your legs at 90 degrees and your hands on your temples sit up and stop just before the small of your back comes off the floor. Lower back down until your shoulder blades touch the ground
12) Reverse Crunches – lying on the floor with your legs at 90 degrees then slowly bring your knees into your chest and gently lower your back down and repeat
13) Back Extensions – lying face down with your hands on your temples, slowly lift your upper body off the floor and back down.

Make sure you’re not stiff the day after exercising by completing your programme with these simple stretches:

1) Quad Stretch – holding on to your foot, pull one leg into your backside
2) Hamstring Stretch – with your legs straight, reach for your toes
3) Calf Stretch – stand with the balls of your feet on a step, legs straight and allow your heels to drop down
4) Lats Stretch – reach above your head and lean over to one side then the other
5) Chest Stretch – with your hands on the small of your back (palms of your hands turned in) push your elbows together
6) Triceps Stretch – bend your arm above your head and use your other arm to pull the bent arm towards your head
7) Rear Deltoid Stretch – place one arm across the body and using your other arm, pull into your body
8) Neck Stretch – gently lean your head to one side and use your hand to gently pull in the same direction
9) Lower back – lie on your back and pull your knees into your chest and hug them

The Diet Chef Beach Body Blitz Summer Hamper is perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle, the diet and exercise plan is very simple to follow and all of the meals are easy to prepare. For more details or to sign up to a trial, visit http://www.dietchef.co.uk/

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Help Dad Shed The Pounds This Father’s Day With A Diet Chef Custom Male Hamper

Has your dad got the XXL factor? Is he more likely to be found watching the footie rather than having a kick about?

If this sounds all too familiar, why not abandon the customary gift of calorie laden treats, like chocolate and alcohol and opt for a healthier Diet Chef hamper to help shed those extra pounds. With the hamper delivered directly to your dad’s door, it surely does beat wading through the gift boxes in your local department store.

We all know how hard dieting can be, but with Diet Chef counting the calories and a variety of your dad’s mealtime favourites, like Chicken Tikka Masala, Shepherd’s Pie and Beef in Ale it really is simple …So no excuses dad!

The 7 day male hamper is a snip at £65, providing a 1,500 calorie a day diet (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). Specially designed to be tailored to his individual calorie needs, Diet Chef will ensure he’ll be burning more than he eats to achieve a healthy sustainable weight loss. With all the work done for him he will be back to his former glory in no time.

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A New Quiz to Check Your Low-Carb IQ

The rising popularity of Atkins-approved menus and other low-carbohydrate products shows that ‘low-carb’ has become the new ‘health’ and ‘fat-free’ label. Millions of carb-aware dieters are cutting back on carbohydrates as a way of eating a more balanced diet. A new low-carb quiz complements this theme, helping oldies and newbies to learn more about their low-carb habits. The quiz helps dieters find out if they are making the best choices with vegetables, fish, eggs, and poultry, focusing on the role of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in our diet.

Carbohydrates are important for the proper working of the immune, digestive, and nervous systems, the heart, and the brain. A form of carbohydrate, fiber keeps the intestines clean and disease-free and is essential for the elimination of toxins and other waste materials from the body. Soluble forms of fiber help the body maintain steady glucose levels in the blood and slow digestion. Moreover, the carbohydrates fructose and glucose are responsible for breaking down certain proteins like those that protect the eyes against cataract formation.

If carbohydrates are so important for good health, why exclude them from your menu while on a diet? The new quiz brings to a focus diets such as the Zone diet and Atkins diet and addresses important questions about low-carb dieting and its effects on health. Low-carb diets have been promoted as a healthy and effective approach to weight reduction. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, for example, showed that obese and overweight people who took a protein supplement and reduced the amount of sugar in their diet experienced a significant drop in their blood pressure. Other benefits associated with low-carb diets include improved insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels, improved triglycerides, reduced blood glucose, and others.

There have been concerns that diets like the Atkins and Zone diet are bad for the heart. Dieters who cut down on carbohydrates – starches and sugars – eat more foods that are rich in fat. This has been said to have a harmful effect on cardiovascular health. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that low-carb diets have the opposite effect and help improve blood vessel health.

Many low-carb dieters are also concerned about the effects of ketosis, which increases the level of ketone bodies in the human body. An important question the quiz asks deals with ketosis and the indicators of ketosis having occurred. Are the symptoms of ketosis something to worry about? In fact, scientific studies have shown that ketosis produces some health benefits. It has mood-stabilizing properties and neuroprotective properties and helps improve glucose control in diabetics. Diabetics who follow a ketogenic diet show a considerable improvement in glycemic control, resulting in medication elimination or reduction. Scientists also believe that ketone bodies are an efficient fuel for the brain, offering protection against brain damage. Moreover, studies show that ketogenic diets lower food intake and reduce hunger more than non-ketogenic diets. While prolonged and extreme ketosis is dangerous, moderate or mild ketosis has been shown to produce health benefits.

The new quiz http://www.lowcarbfoods.org/low-carb-foods-quiz.php itself is a helpful tool for dieters who want to assess their eating style, learn more about foods allowed on a diet, and try different dietary plans such as the Zone diet and Atkins diet. The quiz engages in the debate on low-carb dieting and its effects on diabetics and looks at metabolism and ways to boost metabolism. By testing dieters’ knowledge of low-carb diets and lifestyle, the quiz helps them to find a plan that is the best fit for them.

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Snackoholism – A very British addiction

Forget cigarettes, alcohol and even drugs, there is a new addiction sweeping the nation – snackoholism. We were brought up being told not to eat between meals but now it seems that we literally cannot help ourselves, we have become a nation of snackoholics with 4% of Brits actually admitting to being addicted to snacking and finding it impossible to quit.

No sex please, we’re peckish A survey by home delivery diet, Diet Chef, has uncovered some shocking truths about British snacking behaviour – not least that more than one in ten of us (12%) would rather snack than have sex. It seems our need to snack is taking over our lives as 6% of us even admit to snacking in bed pointing to the fact that for some Brits, romance really is dead.

A third of us (34%) would rather give up alcohol than snacks and 13% of smokers said they’d rather kick their nicotine habit than give up their chocolate, biscuits and crisps.

As a nation, the number of snacks we are consuming has reached colossal proportions. Our snack of choice is crisps, 61% of Brits admit to eating at least one packet of crisps per day – some as many as five or six packets a day – this equates to a staggering 48 million+ packets of crisps being consumed every day by the adult population of the UK. Add to this 45 million+ chocolate bars and the 78m biscuits and cakes we eat every day and it is no wonder we have an obesity crisis on our hands.

One in 10 of the people surveyed have either a burger, a pizza or a portion of chips as a snack every day showing we no longer understand the difference between a snack and an actual meal. Yet only 14% of the people surveyed knew how many calories something as basic as an average portion of chips contained.

Diet Chef’s nutritionist, Caron Leckie, comments: “Our survey shows the extent to which snacking has got out of control, most of the people we surveyed said they snack out of habit or boredom which shows people are eating without thinking, not out of necessity. The Diet Chef programme provides all your meals and one snack per day and controls your calorie intake so you are guaranteed to lose weight.”

Caron’s 10 steps to avoiding snacking:

It can be difficult to curb or change snacking habits as there are many different components involved – sometimes we snack out of hunger, boredom, cravings or just pure habit. Identifying our snacking ways and preparing ourselves is the first step to snacking success. As the saying goes failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

1. Identify what – whether you want to cut down on or cut out your snacks you need to know truly what you are snacking on – it’s actually quite common to snack without even realising what or how much we are having. Keeping a food diary can help you identify your snacking reality, and using a BMI calculator can help to ensure you know how many calories you need to be consuming each day.

2. Identify where – once you know what your snacks are, you need to consider where you are most likely to snack. Is it in the office? Passing the vending machine? Or at home? When you know where you snack you can focus your efforts on clearing out your snack drawer in the office or the snack cupboard at home.

3. Identify when – then think about when you are most likely to get the urge for something – at night in front of the TV? Late afternoon? Or it might be emotionally related – whenever you’re stressed, lonely, bored or feeling down. Knowing when you snack gives an indication of what may trigger your snacks – is it mid-morning? Are you having a sensible breakfast? Is it when you’ve had a bad day? Your snacks may be more emotion-related than hunger or boredom – when you’ve sussed out your snacking patterns, you’re ready to confront them.

4. Find a healthier alternative – there are always alternatives, if you are craving chocolate try a low calorie chocolate drink or instead of crisps try some popcorn – a healthier option means although you are snacking, it’s guilt-free.

5. Distract yourself – occupy your mind with other things – go for a walk, phone a friend, cleaning/ironing, read a book, take a bath, paint your nails – try a few things and see what takes your mind of those snacks.

6. Avoid tricky situations – prevention is better than cure so if you are tempted at lunchtime when you go to the shop, remove the need to go to the shop with a packed-lunch, take everything into work with you. If you associate having a biscuit with a cup of tea or coffee, cut back on the amounts you are having.

7. Cut the portions – if avoiding the situation doesn’t help you can make anything instantly healthier by cutting the portions – this way you get a little of what you fancy, just in a smaller package. Understanding portion sizes is an essential part of losing weight and maintaining your ideal weight.

8. Fill up on fruit and veg – we should be aiming for at least 5 a day so if you feel yourself reaching for a snack, try make it fruits or vegetables packed with nutrients and this will keep your hands and belly full till mealtime.

9. Make small changes – sometimes trying to tackle everything at once can mean we end up with too much on our plate (literally). If you snack in the morning and evening – pick one to start with, or if you like both chocolate and crisps – again just pick one. If you deprive yourself of everything that you like and is habitual, it’s much harder and likely to end in a cycle of deprivation and bingeing.

10. Don’t forget drinks – cutting your snacking is typically aimed at cutting some calories so don’t forget drinks will count too. Whether it’s a fizzy drink, orange juice or the mid-morning caramel latte – they add up so choose a healthier alternative like green tea or water helping to cut your calories and also keep you hydrated as thirst can often be mistaken for hunger leading you to snack.

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Golden Spoon Unveils New Website to Revitalize Brand

Golden Spoon, the popular Southern California frozen yogurt company, unveiled their hip new website highlighting the chain’s Southern California roots, it’s famous creamy taste, and even the frozen yogurt’s health benefits. “ We’ve only just begun to renew our brand and bring it back to life; the website is a reflection of what is to come,” said Golden Spoon’s CEO Roger Clawson.

Golden Spoon is Southern California’s original frozen yogurt. The look of the new website is simple and fresh, just like their ingredients, with classic Southern California beach images highlighting Golden Spoon’s heritage. It started in 1981 as a remodel of a health food store in Tustin, California, and has grown into a worldwide brand with an extremely loyal following. You can read all about the journey in the “About Us” section on the site.

The website spotlights the healthy attributes of Golden Spoon’s product made with real fruit and real milk , including full nutritional information for both low-fat and non-fat flavors. Another handy feature allows you to compare the nutritional value of Golden Spoon frozen yogurt to other foods such as ice cream, granola bars and smoothies.

The website is also a great place to find out about new flavors and new additions, like thenew eco-friendly yogurt cups, which biodegrade in only 21 days. Along with the new design and eco-friendly cups, Golden Spoon is also introducing a revolutionary new pricing method, one without scales. Most competing frozen yogurt stores provide one over-sized cup for customers to fill with yogurt and toppings, and the cup is priced based on the total weight. You never know what your dessert will cost you until it is too late, and it’s very easy to go over-budget.

Golden Spoon is changing all that with an innovative, industry-first pricing structure they have trademarked as “Weightless Pricing.” Customers pay a single, fixed price for one of three cup sizes, then fill it with as much yogurt and as many toppings as they wish. Three stores, including Irvine, La Costa and Carlsbad, will launch the new store concept on May 12, 2012 with free yogurt all day.

And, if all the flavors and toppings are not enough variety, customers can also choose their service level. Tell a Golden Spoon “concierge” employee what you have in mind, and then relax as they swirl your yogurt and bring it to your table. Or, you can opt for a “hands-on” experience and create your own masterpiece.

“My father, Jeff Barnes, is the founder of Golden Spoon.  Since I can remember, the stores have always looked the same,” said Reed Barnes, Golden Spoon’s Director of Training.  “As an

owner of two stores, including the original Golden Spoon location in Lake Forest, I love the new direction, the new look and the new store concept.  It couldn’t be a better time to be a part of Golden Spoon Franchising.”

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Golden Spoon Expands To Qatar

Golden Spoon Franchising, the franchising arm of the largest frozen yogurt brand in Southern California, announced the signing of an agreement with the M.H. Al Mana Group of Companies to develop the Golden Spoon franchise throughout Qatar. The agreement is for the opening of eight or more stores over the next five years. Three stores are currently open in the Doha market area with five more to follow. The fourth location is expected to be open by April 30th with two more slated for the end of June 2012. The final two will open by the end of August 2012 for a total of eight stores.

“Signing the agreement to enter the Qatar market demonstrates our commitment to make Golden Spoon a leading global brand,” said Golden Spoon Franchising CEO Roger Clawson. “Our successful launch into Japan and the Philippines helped validate Golden Spoon’s international expansion into the Middle East Region and built our brand’s exposure worldwide. We look forward to replicating that success in Qatar with the M.H. AL Mana Group and throughout the GCC with other professional, multi-unit franchise developer groups.” Clawson said he plans to continue the health-conscious frozen yogurt brand’s worldwide expansion by signing master franchise agreements in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait within the next 12 months. Golden Spoon also has its sights on key markets in Asia such as China, India and Vietnam.

“Golden Spoon is the only worldwide brand selling authentic frozen yogurt. Unlike most of our worldwide competitors, we insist that all of our products are produced and shipped from our dairy. The rest of the industry falls short by generally serving a reconstituted powdered mix that attempts to taste like their original U.S. product. The difference in taste, quality and overall value has set us apart for almost 30 years. One taste and you will know why we have led the industry since 1983,” said Clawson.

“Signing with the M.H. Almana Group of Companies is a great win for Golden Spoon,” Clawson said. A proven multi-unit developer and operator, the M.H. Almana Group of Companies has already developed a famous U.S. restaurant brand in Qatar. The M.H. Almana Group of Companies has many years of successful experience in retail operations. “We explored many franchising opportunities to add to the M.H. Almana Group of Companies family, and Golden Spoon matched well with our focus on bringing in brands that will be of value to the people in Qatar,” Abdulaziz Al Mana stated. “We feel Golden Spoon’s focus on local communities and its commitment to providing premium products at a great price creates an opportunity that is too good to pass up.” Golden Spoon’s community-centric focus adapts their model and flavors to fit varying cultures across the globe, all while maintaining a consistent and credible quality product.

When asked if any flavors would be developed to cater to the local taste palette, Clawson said apricot and additional regionally popular flavors would soon be added to the current menu. “However, we anticipate that our traditional Western flavors will also be popular.”

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Diet Chef Comes to the Rescue of the Fat Blue Line

Home delivery diet brand, Diet Chef, is coming to the rescue of the British bobby, to help our boys and girls in blue get their weight problem under control. Until now, police officers were given a fitness test when they joined the force and their fitness was not tested again, but this is about to change.

Following the news that two-thirds of police officers are obese or overweight and face pay cuts, disciplinary action and even the sack if they fail new annual fitness tests, Diet Chef is offering all police personnel a lifeline. Starting today, a special code containing the numbers 999 will be issued to all police stations and will offer police staff a 20% discount off their first monthly Diet Chef hamper order. Currently only 35% of British police officers are deemed to be a normal weight and 1% are classed as morbidly obese.

Diet Chef, providers of delivered diets to make losing weight easy, will send each police officer a hamper full of its chef-prepared food for dinner, soups for lunch and granola for breakfast, along with some healthy snacks. All meals are carefully calorie-counted to average less than 1200 or 1500 calories-a-day so our boys and girls on the beat will be burning more calories than they eat to achieve a healthy, sustainable weight loss. With Diet Chef they are guaranteed to lose weight, pass their fitness tests and keep their jobs.

Diet Chef founder, Kevin Dorren, comments: “Diet Chef has a proven track record of thousands of happy customers so we know we can help everyone, including our police force, lose weight and feel so much fitter.”

Inspirational weight loss success stories from Diet Chef customers can be found on the website.

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New meal kits now available from Diet Chef

Diet ready meal retailer Diet Chef has recently unveiled its new meal kits, which can be used when following the company’s easy eating plan. Those on the diet can use the recipes and ingredients included in the meal packs to create a delicious dinner when they want a chance to cook for friends, or simply to have a night off from the chef-prepared ready meals.

Diet Chef is the UK’s largest delivered diet service with over 80,000 customers. Customers are able to go online and choose from a wide range of over 100 meals and snacks. The diet includes everything you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner to ensure a calorie controlled meal every time. Snacks are even included for those hungry moments in between. All the meals are developed by Alan Mathieson – an experienced executive chef who is passionate about flavour and healthy food.

The company’s new meal kits give customers the opportunity to take a night off from the plan, but without the risk of lapsing. Many dieters would like to enjoy the feeling of being able to cook a meal for themselves every now and then, and the meal kits now make it easy to create something special.

The meal kits come with all of the cupboard ingredients needed to cook with, including measured pots of spices, oils and sauces. All that is required is the fresh ingredients, such as meat and vegetables. The current meal kits that can be bought are chow mein stir fry, sweet and sour stir fry, madras curry and tikka curry.

Gillian Hope of Diet Chef said: “Right now, we have four meal kits available to buy from the website, each of which has been developed by our chef and nutritionist. We are very pleased to be able to offer a solution for many peoples’ dieting difficulties and hope that our new meal kits can provide that little bit of extra variety to help keep people on the right track.

“At Diet Chef we understand how difficult it can be to resist temptation, especially when it comes to curries, Chinese takeaway and other convenience foods, but with our meal kits customers can now recreate these amazing meals without coming off their diet,” she added.

The new Diet Chef Meal Kits are available to buy online now, priced £30 for a 12 pack, with each kit containing enough ingredients to create a delicious meal for two people.

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The Co-operative Magazine Poll Reveals 50/50 Split On Growing Veg

The Co-operative Magazine poll reveals 50/50 split on growing veg October 18 2011.

This month The Co-operative Magazine asked its readers: “Have you ever tried growing your own vegetables?” And the results are in. More than half (55.4 per cent) of respondents answered yes, 18.9 per cent answered no, and 25.7 per cent said no but they would like to.

The results of The Co-operative Magazine’s latest poll show that more than half of those asked have tried to grow their own vegetables and therefore are aiming at becoming increasingly self-sufficient. It also showed that while a significant percentage of people have never tried to grow their own vegetables, of these more than half would like to in the future.

With delicious autumn recipes, ideas for cooking seasonal food and bags of nutrition advice available online as part of the Magazine, readers can get lots of help with how to use any vegetables they do grow.

Jeanette Franks, editor of The Co-operative Magazine, said: “Our aim is to help people make small changes to the way they live day-to-day, and to help our readers live a more sustainable lifestyle.

“We’re not here to lecture, we’re here to offer fun features, facts and healthy recipes online to encourage everyone to do their bit without drastically changing their lifestyle in the process.”

The current issue of the online Magazine – Happy Autumn – features 10 top tips on how to stay happy and healthy throughout autumn, and an in-depth article on how different colours can affect your mood. Readers can also keep up with the latest fashions and find the best places to shop by visiting the shopping and culture section.

Read this month’s issue and sign up to the eNewsletter to be in with a chance of winning a pair of colourful Aigle wellies, a copy of Jules Standish’s book ‘How Not to Wear Black’, or a top of the range Samsung laptop.

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Attention Networkers Sevenpoint2 MLM Launch 72 Day Alkaline Weight Loss Challenge Join The Alkaline Revolution Movement

Sevenpoint2 Alkaline movement has begun. Sevenpoint2 vision is to introduce a “72 Day Alkaline Weight Loss Challenge” and launch a Worldwide Alkaline Movement. The products are designed and formulated to assist you and your body to a healthy 7.2ph balance “easily”. The mission “Alkalized & Energized 4 Life, made easy.” Our Vision is clear and simple “To have One Million people, consuming and enjoying the benefits of our products”, thereby creating the worlds first Alkaline movement.

It has been proven that an acid ph body stores fat and toxins, and harbors an environment for disease. By balancing the body ph, you are allowing your body to function as it was designed to function, and to achieve ideal weight and optimum health simultaneously. Educating people on the value of a balanced 7.2pH body, creates the foundation for anti-aging and optimum health.

7.2 Shake: This Vegan based shake is free of allergens soy free, whey free, and gluten free. The shake assists your body in burning fat and becoming alkaline all at the same time.

7.2 Greens: These Greens that have dozens of healthy green foods and cereal grasses in a powder form that you mix in a beverage (water).

7.2 Alkaline Booster: After having an acidic meal and beverage(s) this product works instantly to bring you from acidic pH levels to alkaline..

7.2 Cleanse: This product helps you keep things moving so your body is less likely to become acidic. You can use it for daily cleansing, maintenance or take more for a Power Cleanse.

7.2 Control: This product helps to suppress your cravings so that you dont have the desire for foods that dont support your weight loss goals.

7.2 Coffee Tabs: Helps neutralize highly acidic beverages and makes them alkaline. Your super acidic beverage has now become healthier

In a world where ph balance is so out of balance, we see a financial opportunity unlike any we have previously seen. With our expertise in business and health and wellness, we are the quality of life for all those unbalanced ph bodies as well as changing our distributors life styles, one body at a time.

Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. This is the time of health, the time of action, the time of success. We are building the foundation for a worldwide movement; a movement back to health, to vitality, to life. We invite everyone to join us, to be healthy, and to be free

Alkalinity is the best kept secret on the planet”. When we landed here on earth our Ph was set by God at 7.365 (which is also the Ph of human blood)…like an Fm dial setting, when the human dial is off and our alkalinity is lower than 7.365, we open ourselves up to static, to poor performance, to risk of harboring diseases.

Nothing Beats Free “Share the products with Three and Yours is Free” is a core aspect of our compensation plan. Imagine the excitement of having these products in your life for FREE. Careful thought combined with years of experience were applied to the creation. We honored the best ideas from two very successful plans currently growing in the industry by incorporating them into the SevenPoint2 hybrid uni-level.

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Co-operative Launches Competition for Budding Sandwich Designers!

The Co-operative is offering the unique chance to create and design a sandwich that will go into production and on sale in Co-operative Food stores nationwide.

From 1 August 2011, shoppers and budding product designers of any age can visit The Co-operative’s Good with Food website to submit their idea for a new limited edition sandwich, their list of ingredients and say why they love their culinary creation.

The shortlist for the potential new Co-operative own-brand sandwich will be selected from entries submitted by 20 September 2011 by a panel of in-house foodie experts, and the winning sandwich will be announced in October and will go into production in early 2012. The winner will also collect a cool £1,000.

Earlier this year, The Co-operative was named Convenience Sandwich Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Awards for the second year running. There’s a Co-operative Food store in every postal area in the UK, so the winning sandwich could potentially be enjoyed by millions of UK customers!

Ideas for the new sandwich could be inspired by a creation that shoppers have already tried and tested at home, or by an unusual combination of ingredients that entrants have discovered work well together. The ideas could range from marmite & marmalade on a bloomer or a sausage & mash wrap to pastrami & pickle on tomato bread to banana, cream cheese & chutney on rye.

The Design a Sandwich competition will run alongside The Co-operative’s Favourite Food awards, in which customers* can vote online for their favourite Co-operative own-brand product in a variety of categories, with the overall winner being announced in September. Shoppers taking part in the voting will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 in Co-operative vouchers.

Visit www.goodwithfood.co.uk/favourite on 1 August 2011 for all details.

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Most Sustainable Product Award for Co-operative Fishcakes

The Co-operative has scooped the “Best Sustainable Product” award at the SuperMeat & Fish awards for the second year running.

The SuperMeat & Fish awards aim to reward excellence in supermarket retailing of meat and fish – at both store level and in manufacturing.

This year, the accolade was awarded to The Co-operative for its premium Truly Irresistible Cod & Minted Pea Fishcakes. Firmly aimed at the indulgence sector, the fishcakes are a rich blend of naturally smoked cod, white cod, British mashed potato and Jersey cream, surrounding a minted mushy pea sauce centre and coated in a crispy and crunchy breadcrumb.

In keeping with The Co-operative’s highly developed sustainability credentials, the cod is line-caught from a responsibly fished source and is naturally smoked in Scotland to ensure the finest quality.

The Co-operative’s Responsible Fish Sourcing Policy, launched in 2008, is a unique method of assessing the sourcing of fish, and was developed by The Co-operative along with its partner suppliers and leading NGO’s, taking into account both environmental and ecological issues. It applies to all Co-operative own-brand fish, including canned and frozen, products containing fish and even sandwiches.

Readers of The Co-operative Magazine can also make their own delicious gourmet tuna fishcakes at home, following one of the many simple, quick and healthy recipespublished in the Food and Drink section online.

The Co-operative has long been associated with the Fairtrade movement, with responsible retailing, ethical living and much more, and as well as this award, the implementation of its Elmwood standard across its range of own-brand fresh pork and sausages earned it the accolade of Most Improved Supermarket, as voted for at the Welfare Awards 2011.

The Co-operative also won a Good Dairy Award in recognition of its good work supporting British workers to date, and of its pledge to join a milk producer scheme in August.

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