Here are some healthy eating rules we got from some friends, and some that found on the internet. If it’s on the internet, it has to be true, right? Well anyway… we think they are true, at least one day of the year… April 1st!
What do dedicated Paleo Diet followers prepare for Easter dinner? You may think that eating healthy the Paleo-way would be restrictive or boring… but it doesn’t have to be! Here is a healthy dinner dish chock full of flavor. This dish has a healthy balance of protein and vegetables, and is easy to prepare. Thank you to Elana’s Pantry for this great recipe!
- 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- zest of 1 lemon (use a microplane zester)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
- 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Head on over to Elana’s Pantry for preparation instructions.
Unique to the ComforTrak-Series
At Teeter, we are always looking for ways to improve your inversion experience. Some of our features are dramatic and some are subtle… but all of them are built with your inversion experience in mind!
Teeter’s Grip-and-Stretch Handles offer unique gripping points built into the ComforTrak bed and A-frame that allow additional decompression and stretching, as well as offering hand holds for release from full inversion.
Stretching: The hand holds in the bed frame help you get a firm grip as you stretch and rotate on the bed to help you achieve greater flexibility and range of motion.
Decompression: While you are inverting to 60 degrees or greater (parallel with the rear leg of the A-frame), you can use the Grip-and-Stretch Handles on the Teeter to help you further decompress and increase your stretch.
Release: If you are one of our users who appreciate full inversion, then you can use the handles to help you pull yourself out of full inversion more easily.
We often share letters or emails from Teeter fans, and recently we even featured inspiring feedback from our Facebook fans! This week, we turned to Twitter to see what Teeter customers are saying. We found plenty of recent Tweets to read in addition to photos and even a Vine moment:
Our Teeter Fans Around the Net:
A recent Vine upload from one of our Twitter Followers.
An Instagram photo from our good friend and MMA fighter, Manny Rodriguez (@MMA_Manny).
Twitter Testimonials from the month of March:
Testimonials from a few of our Twitter followers this month!
Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? I mean, really? You know that eating healthy doesn’t mean you can never have dessert, right? Well, if you don’t believe that, this recipe for One-Minute Mocha Cake from Chocolate Covered Kate will surely change your mind! As cliche’ as it may sound, this little single-serving cake really is one instance where you can have your cake and eat it too – guilt-free! It literally only takes a minute to make, so this will probably become one of your very favorite, go-to recipes!
One-Minute Mocha Cake
(can be made Gluten-Free and/or Sugar-Free!)
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons spelt flour (or white, or Arrowhead Mills gf)
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp evaporated cane juice, or sugar (edit: xylitol works)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 stevia packet (or 1 more tablespoon sugar)
- 1 tablespoon coconut or veg oil (Edit: many reviews have said it still tastes good if you sub applesauce or mashed banana. However, I can’t personally vouch for the results if you make that substitution.)
- 3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
For preparation instructions, please visit Chocolate Covered Kate!
With new life all around and Spring in the air, it is the perfect time to adopt some new (or refreshed), healthy habits. Here are 5 easy ones to adopt this spring:
1. Add Lemon to Your Water
Putting a squeeze of lemon into your water may have many health benefits. From clearer skin, to weight loss and boosted immune function – there are so many reasons to enjoy your 8 daily glasses with a bit of citrus. For more tips, read here.
2. Unplug One Day a Week
From smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops, video games and the myriad of technological devices that keep us connected – people are removing themselves more and more from the here and now. Taking one day a week to shut off all electronic devices and focus on life and people in front of us can be restorative, nurturing and improve our relationships with our loved ones. Want to learn more about how taking a break from technology can benefit you, your health and the world? Read this article.
3. Ditch the Diet Drinks
Humans have only been ingesting chemicals for about a generation. We don’t know what they do to our bodies, how they affect our DNA or our hormones and how it may or may not affect how long we live. Knowing all of this – why do we still choose to put them in our bodies? The more we learn about diet drinks, the less good news there is. The chemicals are addictive, and they change the way our brains work. Try kicking the diet soda habit, and replacing it with healthier alternatives. Read more about why to kick the habit here.
4. Get Rid of Your Junk
Possessions can drag us down and create mental stress where stress doesn’t need to be. Clutter wastes time because we have to dig through it to find things, and it creates anxiety if it encroaches on your day-to-day life (messy desks, cluttered drawers, mountains of laundry, etc.). Figure out what you can sell, donate or toss a bit at a time to free your life of unnecessary things. Try to find two things to get rid of every time you bring one new possession into your house. For more tips, read here.
5. Get Your Vitamin D
Regular doses of sunlight are good for you. Too much can cause harm, but regular doses help with immune function, weight loss and calcium absorption. Learn more about daily doses and how to incorporate sessions of sunlight into your lifestyle.
Talk about healthy! You just can’t make a wrong move with this recipe! Blueberries are packed with anti-oxidants and we are hearing so much lately about the need for healthy fats. Coconut and pecans supply two different healthy fats that our bodies just LOVE! Then, add heart-healthy oatmeal and flax, call it a cookie and who wouldn’t just love this for a quick breakfast on those busy mornings? Thanks to KumquatBlog.com for sharing this gem of a recipe!
1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon golden flaxmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried blueberries
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil, warm enough to be liquid
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For preparation instructions, please visit KumquatBlog.com
There are several critical inversion table features that most often separate quality inversion tables from inferior counterparts, one of which is the ankle support system. Sore ankles is a common complaint among those who invert, especially with beginners. While there are several tips to help combat sore ankles when inverting, the very best way to maximize your ankle comfort is to start out with an inversion table that boasts a well-designed, quality ankle support system.
Years of research have culminated in Teeter’s Ergo-Embrace Supports, the world’s most comfortable ankle cups. You’ll find this new feature on a number of Teeter’s newer models, including the ComforTrak and Contour-series inversion tables.
How Do the Ergo-Embrace Supports Work?
Pressure-reducing specialty foam cups surround the ankles, distributing body weight comfortably around the foot and heel. This design greatly reduces ankle discomfort to allow for a relaxing and secure user experience.
That fourth cup of coffee isn’t the way to go when you start feeling tired. Try some of these natural methods to feel more awake, help you stay alert and feel great throughout the day.
Raise Your Chi
Yeah, you heard us, take a cue from Chinese medicine and bring your body’s energy to the surface. By lightly tapping on your face with the pads of your fingers, you are bringing blood to the surface of your face. You can (lightly) smack your shoulders, your arms, your legs or your torso with your palms to bring your energy to the surface of the body – this acts as a natural stimulant. If you’ve ever experienced Eastern massage or even what seems like an overly enthusiastic pedicure technician who delights in smacking your calves – you have already experienced this in some form. Give it a try!
Stimulate Your Heart
Squats may not look pretty but they are one of the best exercises for engaging most of your major muscle groups at once. If you are feeling low on energy, try a few sets of squats (10-15 reps). You’ll also stimulate blood flow, get your heart rate up a bit and feel more alert in no time.
Make Some Noise
This tip may not be best if you are sitting in your cubicle at work, but if you can head outside to your car or to an empty conference room – this trick can work wonders. Sound has long been known to carry vibrations, and these vibrations send signals to your body. If you can yell, sing, grunt or even chant “Ommmmm” for a few moments, these enthusiastic noises will raise the vibration of your body and let your body and mind know that you need it to be active and alert. By making noises, you are both releasing pent up energy in your body as well as engaging your diaphragm by taking deeper breaths – both of these help you to feel more active and alert.
Change Your Perspective
Inverting increases blood flow to your brain. Blood contains oxygen and oxygen helps you feel more alert. If you can invert for even a few minutes, you will be delivering a nourishing oxygen wash to your brain and helping you wake up first thing in the morning, or when you get home and are trying to find the motivation to finish up chores around the house or start dinner.
Can’t invert? Look for different ways to change your perspective. Our brains can become fatigued with routine tasks and we often go on auto-pilot without realizing it. Try doing a routine task in a new way. Answer e-mails while standing up, take a new route to work, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth. Doing routine activities in a new way will wake up your brain and force you to pay closer attention to your daily tasks.
Leading up to Oscar night, you may hear clips on TV about movie star secrets to looking flawless on the red carpet. You’ll see articles about miracle detox diets they do to ready themselves for couture fashion or how long it takes them to get their hair and makeup done.
Talking heads will spend hours discussing every shoe, bangle and clutch and how it added or detracted from the look of a particular outfit. But what is the one thing that every statuesque screen star has in common? What is the one thing they do that costs nothing, but can make or break how they look in front of all the paparazzi?
Standing tall, chest slightly forward, shoulders pulled back and head held high is the easiest way to improve how you look. With good posture, you give yourself presence as you enter a room. As you straighten you back and tuck your pelvis, you automatically look slimmer. With your shoulders pulled back, you exude confidence and automatically feel more centered in your own body. Try it now.
How do you feel? Sitting up or standing straight is the fastest way to make you feel better right now. It makes whatever you are wearing look better, and standing tall has a way of making others take notice of you.
You don’t need overpriced creams, juice diets or strategically placed Spanx to look better in this moment, just better posture.
Users frequently report posture improvement with regular use of their Teeter Hang Ups. The natural stretch elongates the torso and relaxes tense muscle, which can help you to stand taller and straighter upon returning upright. Note that good posture can quickly become uncomfortable to maintain if you have a weak core. By strengthening your stomach and back muscles, you can maintain better posture for longer. As you naturally become stronger and more flexible, you will notice your posture naturally improving.