Cut Out the Cola

You've heard the warning that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup will sabotage your diet. And as part of your weight loss plan, you probably eliminated soda and began drinking more water and our thirst-quenching Fruit Drinks—like our delicious Cranberry Grape, Mixed Berry, or Pineapple Apricot drinks. Now, new findings from a recent research study will make you very happy that you did. 

Research has found that cola may be tied to lower bone mineral density, a risk factor for osteoporosis, especially in older women. Bone mineral density refers to the mineral density, such as calcium, in one’s bones and helps determine their overall strength. When bones become lighter, less dense, and more porous, there is an increased risk of fracture. The research study, conducted by Dr. Katherine Tucker from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, compared the bone mineral density of more than 2,500 men and women. Researchers found that for women in the study, cola consumption was strongly linked to lower bone mineral density in their hips, no matter what kind of cola a woman drank on a regular basis. However, there was no link between cola and bone strength for men. 

Dr. Tucker notes, “Everyone should realize that what you eat has potential to affect your bones. Women concerned with osteoporosis may want to steer away from frequent consumption of cola until further studies are conducted.” The 12 grams of protein in our 60 calorie serving Fruit Drink also keeps your bones healthy, as recent research shows protein can actually slow down the bone loss that leads to osteoporosis.

Have you cut soda out of your diet? Have you seen favorable results? Let us know by leaving a comment, and leave some healthy soda alternatives for those looking for some!




4 Benefits of Drinking Water

A little water never hurt anyone—in fact, staying hydrated can do a lot to keep your mind and body healthy.

  1. Since dehydration can make you feel fatigued, drink a glass of water to get the energy boost you need.
  2. Did you know that lines and wrinkles are more prominent when dehydrated? Reduce the appearance of wrinkles with an inexpensive choice—H2O!
  3. 85% of your brain tissue is composed of water. If you’re feeling stressed or have a headache coming on, it could signal that it’s time to refresh! Sipping water regularly can help keep stress levels down.
  4. Muscle cramping and stiff joints can be prevented by simply staying hydrated.
How many glasses of water do you drink a day? Do you think you need to drink more? What other benefits have you seen water have? Let us know, leave a comment below. 


Make It and Take It: Fast Food Alternatives

Fast food is usually the chosen meal in between the multiple activities in your day. Whether it’s between rushing the kids off to soccer practice, going from one meeting to another, or dropping your daughter off at ballet class, pre-plan a balanced nutritious meal and snack so you can stay on track and stay healthy. Fast food tends to be high in fat, salt content and calories which can really pack on the pounds. This saves money, time, and fat and calories.

Have a cooler ready and include easy managing foods:

  • Bottled water and juice
  • Nuts, seeds, and yogurt
  • Fruit, slice bananas, apples and grapes
  • Cereal and health bars
  • Cut veggies, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Robard convenience bars such as bars, snacks, and Powder in a Bottle
Don't forget to leave some of your fast food alternatives in the comment box below.

No More Tossing and Turning

You've upgraded your mattress and even splurged on those satin pjs that you were sure would help you fall asleep, but you still find yourself wide awake and frustrated at night. Fortunately, there are some simple adjustments you can make in order to get a restful sleep.

  1. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule. Napping on the weekends or in the early evening can interrupt your routine and do more harm than good.
  2. Give your bedroom a makeover. Eliminate any bright lights or disturbing sounds. Decorate your bedroom in soothing shades of green and blue. Bright colors of red, orange and yellow can be over stimulating.
  3. Eat a starchy snack. A low-fat, low-calorie carbohydrate snack can trigger sleep by boosting levels of serotonin and tryptophan in the brain, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A cup of dry cereal, English muffin, or instant oatmeal about four hours before bed should help without adding too many calories.
  4. Exercise in the late afternoon can increase the amount of deep sleep that you will experience at night. However, do not engage in exercise in the evening; it will get your adrenaline pumping and keep you awake.
  5. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine before bedtime. While alcohol helps you relax and fall asleep, once the alcohol wears off, it has the opposite effect, causing you to wake up and have fragmented sleep for the remainder of the night, according to Rochelle Zak, M.D. from New York Presbyterian Hospital. Cigarettes will make you more alert and thus, you'll have a harder time falling asleep. And as we all know, caffeine stimulates the brain; so steer clear of caffeine within four to six hours of bedtime.

Try to incorporate these strategies consistently each night in order to develop a healthy sleep pattern, and if you have other strategies, leave a comment in the box below. If you're still experiencing a lack of sleep, we suggest that you consult your physician.



6 Twitter Profiles for a Healthier Lifestyle

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of its growth is social media. What started out as a simple way to connect with friends, has become a world where people can interact with anyone from anywhere. Whether it’s your friend that has moved across the country, or your favorite musician, social media has made it so access to them can be only a click away.  

One of the biggest social media sites is Twitter; a place where followers get your thoughts in 140 characters or less. If you follow the right people, Twitter can be your one stop shop for news, entertainment, and perhaps most importantly, your health!

Here are some Twitter profiles you may want to consider following for health guidance and advice.

Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz)- Many are familiar with Dr. Oz from his television show, The Dr. Oz Show, as well as being a guest on other shows. His Twitter offers tips, information about upcoming health Twitter chats, and health-related programs to watch on TV.

Healthtap (@Healthtap)- Health Tap is an interactive network that connects physicians and patients outside the doctor’s office. The feed provides tips from more than 32,000 different U.S. doctors. Tweets range from answering questions about the cause of hiccups to offering methods for improving sleep. But remember, there’s no substitute for visiting your regular physician.

Health Magazine (@Goodhealth) - Just like their print publication, Health Magazine’s Twitter account is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of health including 5 min workouts, recipes of the day, and general advice to lead a healthier lifestyle. Men’s Health Magazine (@menshealthmag) is similar to Health Magazine’s profile with the difference being that its focus is strictly on nutrition, health, and fitness for MEN.

FoodFun (@FoodFun)- Kids are more receptive to learning things when it’s fun, and that’s what FoodFun does. FoodFun is full of creative ideas about how to get children and teens interested in making healthy choices and articles detailing the latest news on causes and solutions for childhood obesity.

Eat This, Not That! (@EatThisNotThat!)- This is one of my favorite twitter profiles for food. It offers healthier alternatives to foods that can be “diet-busters”. It could be the difference between gaining 10 to 20 pounds and achieving your target weight goal.

These are only a few of the health profiles the “Twitter-verse” has to offer. While you are browsing Twitter for your health needs be sure to visit our profile (@RobardCorp), where you’ll find the latest updates on events, news, and announcements Robard has to offer. If you have other Twitter profiles that you follow, or want to know anything about healthy Twitter profiles, leave a comment in the box below. Don’t worry, we won’t keep you to 140 characters! 



3 Tips to Understanding Nutrient Claims

When walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store, you see color packages loudly proclaiming the contents to be free of or low in calories, fat, sodium, and sugar. But what do these statements really mean? Understanding nutrient content claims can help you to better understand the type of food you are consuming and can assist you in planning and maintaining a nutritious diet. 

Nutrient Amounts Per Serving: 

  1. A claim of free/zero means it’s less than 5 calories, 0.5 grams of fat or sugar, or under 5 milligrams of sodium.
  2. The distinction of low is when a serving contains under 120 calories, 140 milligrams of sodium, or under 3 grams of fat comply with this standard; there is no set FDA regulation for the claim of low sugar.
  3. Reduced/Less is determined by a relationship where one food contains 25% or fewer of the listed nutrient when compared with a similar referenced food. For example, reduced fat chips have a lower fat content when compared to regular chips of the same brand and flavor

These are just a few things to look for when you are shopping for food. Leave a comment in the box below if you have any additional things to look out for when trying to understand nutrient claims. 


Small Steps Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

We all know what happens. You start a work out plan and it goes well for a while, until real life factors start getting in the way. After a busy day you want to go home and partake in life’s little pleasures. You want to play with your kids, tune into your favorite television shows, take a much needed nap, and by the time you look at the clock it’s time for bed! The day hastily passed you by, leaving no time to fit in the workout you promised yourself you would do. 

With a little ingenuity, you can take some small steps that can ultimately make a big difference! Exercising 
does not always have to be a dedicated moment laced with running shoes and sweatpants; there are many tricks to working in a workout throughout your day.

  1. Stand Up and Walk Around: People tend to hunch over their keyboard, typing away, never taking a moment to step back, stretch their legs, and walk around. Try to get up every hour to walk around for 3-4 minutes. The time away from your computer will be good for your heart and mind.
  2. Talk to Your Co-Workers Face-to-Face Instead of Calling: Every so often, put the handset down, stand up, and walk over to your co-worker to hold your discussion. Not only does this personal interaction cultivate working relationships, it gives you an excuse for a little bit of exercise.
  3. Park Further: Don’t scour the parking lots for the spaces closest to the door; make a conscious effort to park further away. The extra minute or two to walk will give you a few extra steps each day and another small way to be a bit more active.
It's the little things that count, even when it comes to a healthy lifestyle! 

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