Healthy Eating Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking your own food allows you to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. It’s easier to cut down on calories and fat when you have control over what ingredients you use. But the kitchen can also be overwhelming, especially for a newbie chef. To make things a little easier, we’ve rounded up the best new kitchen gadgets that will help make your experience both easier and healthier. You’ll never choose fast food over homemade again.

Check out the 25 kitchen gadgets elected by Daily Burn experts in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals.

  1. Just a Spritz
    Spraying instead of pouring oil with the Tabletop Oil Mister will remove extra fat from your dish.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for only $20.
  2. Keep It Clean
    Wiping down your counter doesn’t always get rid of all the germs. WonderTop Food Preperation Area can be thrown in the dishwater when you’re done cutting and seasoning raw meats.
    Find it here at Wondertop.com for around $100.
  3. Blend Together
    The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor can help you chop your salad, mash up potatoes, or make a cream-based soup.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for around $35.
  4. Have a Glass
    Know what’s in your fruit juice (no added sugar!) by making it yourself with this Omega 8004 Nutrition Center Juicer.
    Find it here at Amazon.com for over $200 with free shipping.
  5. Top It Off
    The liquid topping on […]

8 (Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. Brace yourself — “New Year, new me!” posts are coming. In the cumulating stack of promises we make to ourselves each year, how do we find ones that actually stick?

The experts at Prevention Magazine, put together a list of resolutions for you to try. Many are a spin on the usual resolutions, but with tips for actually following through.

wellness-clipart-clipart_yoga_animaatjes-151. Change your health outlook.
Instead of seeing it as all-or-nothing, look at health as a continuum, says Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, a family physician in Lexington, Kentucky, and founder and medical director of The Mommy MD Guides. “Every decision that I make moves me closer to one end of the continuum (good health) or the other (poor health),” she says. “For instance, drinking a soda would move me in the wrong direction, while drinking a glass of water would move me in the right direction. By making small, positive decisions, I move closer and closer to good health.”

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2. Integrate exercise.

For most people, exercise is an add-on, something that they do if they can find time. It’s much easier to accommodate if you find ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. “Climbing the stairs to the third floor takes just a minute longer than waiting for the elevator. Likewise, jogging to the mailbox at the end of my driveway takes a minute or two, but it’s so much better for me than simply leaning out my car window as I drive by,” McAllister says. (Give these 25 easy ways to fit in 10 minutes of exercise a try.)

This goes for the office. Using a smaller […]

November Supplement of the Month

Don’t give up hope for a healthy winter just yet. Our Supplement of the Month for November has the power to help you stay healthy.

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Disasters Happen – Are You Ready?

An emergency supply kit in your home, vehicle and place of work can assist you through times of disaster. All emergency preparedness kits should include basic survival items as well as family specific items, such as medication.

In Alaska, it is crucial to stay warm and dry during an emergency situation. In addition to an emergency supply kit, designate a post-disaster meeting place for family members and an out of state contact that family members can call to verify they are alright (in-state phone lines may become clogged).

Supplies should last you 5 to 7 days, and be conveniently located in an easy to carry container/backpack.

Click here for a seven-day supply kit list. Brought to you by the State of Alaska.


Transforming Fireweed

Fireweed pic scaledRoxie Rodgers Dinstel and Leslie Shallcross recently did a class on fireweed tips, tricks and recipes sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here we share their valuable information with you. How do you prepare your fireweed harvest? Let us know!

— What is fireweed? —
Fireweed is a tall perennial herb with numerous dense, narrow lance-shaped leaves. Bright reddish-purple flowers grow in long terminal clusters and are very showy. Fireweed is the common name for the perennial plant Epilobium angustifolium. You will find the plant growing in open meadows, in areas recently cleared of vegetation by wild fires and along riverbeds and roadsides. Blooms begin at the base of the cluster and mature up the stem as the season progresses. Alaskans say that summer has started when the blossoms lowest on the stem bloom and that summer’s end is in sight when the blossoms reach the top of the stalk.

Before the plant blooms, fireweed shoots can be harvested for food. They are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Young stems of the fireweed plant can be eaten raw or in salads. Leaves and unopened buds also can be picked and used before the blossoms develop. The young, slender leaves and immature buds can be mixed with salad greens. As with many plants, the taste becomes stronger and the leaves become tougher later in the season, so harvest and eat leaves early in the spring. After the fireweed begins to bloom, select young, undamaged blossoms for use in other fireweed recipes. Older blossoms will be bitter. Fresh, bright pink blossoms can add color and mild flavor to […]

Give Community Acupuncture a Try!

Here’s how affordable and beneficial acupuncture can be for you.

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6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

Did you know that SVT Health & Wellness offers Infrared Sauna treatments? For just $15 you can enjoy thirty-minutes of uninterrupted rejuvenation! Below are 6 benefits of infrared sauna. To make an appointment, simply call 226-2228. Be sure to ask how this treatment can be paired with our massage or acupuncture services. 

1. Detoxification

Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about 7 times more toxins.

2. Relaxation

Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.

3. Pain Relief

If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.

4. Weight Loss

The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate – the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article titled, Effect of Sweating , in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.

5. Improved Circulation

As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, […]

What’s the Skinny on Fat?

Is fat good or bad? Does eating fat make you fat? Rob Downey, MD of SVT Health & Wellness examines the myths and facts of fat.

The Power of Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease by using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for everyone, individually.

Watch Rob Downey, MD explain the power of functional medicine in this eye-opening presentation