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Alrighty! So I got Doctor’s Best EstroG-100 Menopausal Support Supplement to try courtesy of the company, but…I am NOT going through menopause (that would be kind of evil in my 20s, right?…actually it’s rather evil in general!). So, I passed this supplement along to a person who is going through menopause and is a very trust source. She experiences hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and night sweats. As a disclaimer, she was already taking Black Cohosh supplement and did not want to discontinue it. So these supplements were taken at the time time.

The bottle contains 30 pills, and you take one per day. They are NON-GMO and Gluten free.

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According to the bottle, they provide “Relief from hot flashes, helps [to] manage mood & energy swings, [and] helps [to] alleviate night sweats and promotes restful sleep”.

She has been on the supplement for almost a month. She claims the pills are easy to swallow, despite their semi large appearance, and do not repeat on her or cause any GI distress.

Has she still had hot flashes? Yes, but she said they have decreased in intensity. Not frequency, but the intensity has decreased. This is a good thing!

Has she still had irritability? Yes, she reports still being irritable and having mood swings.

Has she had night sweats? Yes, but she said they have also decreased in intensity.

Has she had relieved sleep? No, she reports no change in sleeping patterns (but she has always been an anxious sleeper, and this can’t really be blamed on menopause alone).

Overall, I asked how many stars would she rate the product out of 5, and she said 3. It did help, but not to an extent she had hoped for.

So, if you are going through menopause, perhaps this supplement is worth a try! Menopause is never a fun thing, so if you know someone going through it, maybe offer an extra hug or an extra cookie will help alongside a supplement too :)

3 stars

Here is the ingredients:

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15 Jul 2015, Comments (1)

“That Sugar Film” Documentary Review

Author: Healthnuttxo
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This film is showing starting on July 31 on demand and in select theaters from Samuel Goldwyn Films.  I got a chance to watch the film ahead of time before the release. Below is a brief synopsis of the film as well as my thoughts.

The film was very eye opening with the amount of sugar we eat on a daily basis (and it’s pretty gross how much!) Hugh Jackman makes an appearance (never a bad thing in my opinion!) and the film has some light hearted humor as well.

The film follows the main character, Damon, who basically used to eat a lot of “sugar and pizza” as well as cigarettes, but then fell in love with his girlfriend who was into healthy eating. He then changed his diet to all healthy eating and cut out refined sugar. He has a baby on the way with this woman, and he wants to know if sugar is really as bad as it seems. So, he does an experiment but RE adding sugar back into his diet, with 40 tsp of sugar per day to match the “Australian averages”, WITHOUT eating things that are known as “sugary”, such as candy. For example, he’s eating sugar with hidden sugar, such as “healthy” low fat yogurt which is actually loaded with sugar.

He has to keep all other factors the same, such as the amount he exercises.

Within 12 days, the main character already gained weight, and all around his stomach specifically. He does some pretty comical things to eat the required sugar intake, which was rather hilarious at his reactions. He displays not only physical, but physiological and psychological changes and adverse effects as well.

After his 60 day run, he had some pretty bad results with his liver, blood work, mentality, as well as weight changes. Damon notes he was eating the same amount of calories beforehand as he was with his high sugar diet, however, still gained weight. I think this is alarming, but also have to take into account water weight here. Carbo-HYDRATE, so water weight gain comes with sugar and carbs that are ingested. His diet was relatively higher in fat as opposed to carbs beforehand, so that is something important to note. However, you can see a rather large change in his physical appearance, which is alarming as well.

Overall, a very interesting documentary, and worth a watch. It was not boring at all, and the information was presented in a fun manner. Read your labels, peeps!!! Those food companies WILL trick you to thinking their product is healthy so you will buy it. Buyer, beware!

 

I was able to watch this for free. This is an unbiased review.
13 Jul 2015, Comments (17)

Go Macro Macrobar Mini review & Giveaway!

Author: Healthnuttxo



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The nice peeps over at Go Macro sent me a variety box filled of their Macrobar mini bars! They are also kind enough to offer a free box to one of you lucky readers :)

These bars are organic, soy free, vegan, and kosher. Each bar that I tried was also macrobiotic and gluten free as well. Each of the mini bars is roughly 100-130 calories, and some of them have a nice bit of protein (4 grams or so), making them the perfect little snack, or pre workout boost.

So…let’s get started! Each bar is roughly the length of a pack of Trident gum and a little wider.

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Sesame and Dates

I kind of like it…it has that strong aftertaste that sesame provides, but the dates mellow it out. I feel like it might have went better with raisins, but dates are good. The bar is coated with little sesame seeds, is chewy, and not too sweet other than the bites with date, which are scattered throughout. It’s not bad, I can dig it. 3 stars

 

Banana almond butter

Chewy, can taste banana flavor. It is kind of bland tho…needs a little sweetness. I can taste some type of spice…cinnamon or nutmeg. I do like the flavor combo, it reminds me of a banana walnut ish muffin type of flavor. However, I wish it was a tad sweeter, but not bad! 3 stars

Pb chocolate chip

I like this one. Again, a muted sweetness. Tastes like a granola bar but not as sweet as commercial brands. You can taste the brown rice syrup used to sweeten the bar, which also gives it a chewy texture. The peanut butter flavor is yummy, but not overpowering, and mild. The chocolate chips are scarce, but on the larger side, and are mild in sweetness but add a nice touch. There are also tiny peanuts in the bar for a little baby crunch. I like this bar. 4 stars

 

Here’s nutritional information for one of the bars- they are “roughly” the same for the other bars, but not exact.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

You can win a case of Macrobar minis!! Open to US AND Canada only (yay!!!!).
HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave me a comment below stating your favorite bar!
2. [optional, but extra entry ]Tweet about this giveaway with the link, and mention me “ @ liisa_tee
3. [optional, but extra entry]Follow me on instagram for reviews! @lisa_liftsx

PLEASE leave me a comment for EACH thing you do, as each is 1 entry! More entries= more chances to win

Giveaway CLOSES on July 17th, 12 pm.

 

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Howdy :)

The nice folks over at Honest Tea sent me a case of their new Cinnamon Sunrise Herbal Tea to try! I am not a huge tea drinker, but if I do drink it, it’s always iced. So I was excited to try this, as I thought it would be a new experience.

The Cinnamon Sunrise Herbal Tea is unsweetened, caffeine free,  and 0 calories per serving. It is also certified Organic, and Fair Trade Certified as well.  The ingredients are pretty short…just tea, rooibos tea leaves, cinnamon, and ginger root, amongst some natural flavors.

When you open the bottle, you can smell the cinnamon. It doesn’t give off a “red hot” cinnamon aroma, but more of an “apple pie” cinnamon smell. In fact…this literally kind of smells like apple pie in a bottle :)

The tea itself is actually quite yummy. It has a light cinnamon flavor, and light natural sweetness to it.  It leaves the flavor of cinnamon lingering in your mouth, but isn’t overpowering.

I tried it over ice and added a splenda to it, since the ice tends to water down the flavor. Honestly…amazing. Almost like apple pie in a bottle with cinnamon flavor. I would 100% buy this if I saw in stores.  4 1/2 stars

 

GIVEAWAY!!!!

You can win a case of the Honest Tea Cinnamon Sunrise Herbal Tea! Open to US only.
HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave me a comment below stating your favorite flavor of tea!
2. [optional, but extra entry ]Tweet about this giveaway with the link, and mention me “ @ liisa_tee
3. [optional, but extra entry]Follow me on instagram for reviews! @lisa_liftsx

PLEASE leave me a comment for EACH thing you do, as each is 1 entry! More entries= more chances to win :)

Giveaway CLOSES on July 13th, 12 pm.

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
8 Jul 2015, Comments (0)

Chobani Watermelon Blended Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Whilst shopping for my usual yogurts for the week I spotted something new on the shelves…Chobani Watermelon blended yogurt!  The pink and green packaging certainly caught my eye amongst the white containers, so I picked it up, and decided to give it a try.

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Seriously though…look how pretty the packaging is.

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Here’s what it looked like!
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The yogurt itself was really, really good. It was super smooth and creamy, and I love Chobani’s 2% yogurts for that reason alone. That 3g of fat makes all the difference between a yogurt and DANG that was a good yogurt! It was sweet, but not too sweet, with a sight tang and tartness. I liked this since it was reminiscent of real watermelon- sometimes you get a watermelon that is sugar sweet, sometimes you get one that’s more on the tangy side. Either way it’s enjoyable!

I do think there was more of a raspberry/watermelon type flavor than straight up watermelon, which I liked. I could tell it was watermelon flavored, but it didn’t SCREAM watermelon…it had a light flavor. I wasn’t sure how a watermelon yogurt would taste, but this one did not disappoint in the slightest. I also like how this yogurt is slightly lower in carbs in comparison to other Chobanis…15 g is perfect for me for a pre workout snack.

I would buy again. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal. Grab it while you can! 4 1/2 stars

 

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29 Jun 2015, Comments (0)

Inspired by Dawn Style Rx Weekly Pillbox

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hello!

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Today’s review is on the Style Rx Weekly Pillbox by Inspired by Dawn. The weekly pillbox comes in two different styles/colors, and is printed on a cotton based canvas. It has 7 individual compartments, one “box” for each day of the week.

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The outside canvas is super sturdy, with magnetic closure. This is great because when you stick the box in your bag, purse, etc., it won’t open up on you and let your pills spilling everywhere. I personally loved the design too! It was very pretty, and helps you take your pills with you on the go, while just looking like a cute little accessory.

The little boxes inside open and close easily, but snap close/ are not flimsy. I was worried since they appear small that it wouldn’t fit all my pills- mostly because I take a big fish oil pill per day. Those are always the make or break deal for me with pill boxes…however…it fit! I had an oblong long fish oil pill, pretty large, and it fit with room for my other pills.

The website showed some other ideas as well…such as holding jewelry in each compartment. This is a cute idea! It’s such a pain in the butt to travel with jewelry since it gets tangled or ends up missing.

Overall, very happy with this. I am going on vacation at the end of the month and this is the perfect pillbox for me to take for my week of pills. Very pleased!

4 1/2 stars

 

I received this for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

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Found this baby at Target! The colors drew me in…plus I never tried this flavor, so I decided to give it a try!
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As you can see, it’s a limited batch (maybe due to seasonality of the fruit??), is a blended yogurt, and is made with 2% milk (my favorite!!)

 

Here’s what it looked like…


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You can see the little bits of plum in the yogurt- not a ton, but still there. Small and soft, like fruit from a fruit cup.

Here’s nutritional information and ingredients:

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16 Jun 2015, Comments (1)

The MedCenter System

Author: Healthnuttxo

So, as you all probably know by now, I am a Type 1 Diabetic. So I am on a slew of prescriptions that I take daily, just to help keep my body healthy, as well as some vitamins and supplements I take to help ease some side effects of Diabetes (like a probiotic!)

Personally, I take my pills morning and at night. I was offered to try the MedCenter System, retail value of $74.95, and gladly obliged! I had a crappy 5$ pill organizer I used, but this sure looked like quite the upgrade! I personally like pill organizers, especially when on very sensitive prescriptions, because it can be a HUGE deal missing a pill, or taking two by mistake! Having a system that is organized can prevent this, and many unwarranted side effects.

So, the MedCenter System is a monthly pill organizer. It uses dates rather than days of the week. It comes with a clock that tells you the time of day, and you can also set up to 4 alarms per day to remind you when you take your pills.

Here is what it looked like.

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It was pretty large honestly, I would say roughly 10 inches wide by 6-7 inches for the tallest rack of pills. It has a color coated system, so the RED numbers are the pills you haven’t taken yet/are full, and the GREEN side are the pill boxes that are empty. I think this is pretty cool, since it helps you see visually when you need to reorder pills, or repurchase, and especially if you opt not to use the clock, if you already took them or not!

There are 4 sections for each individual pill box

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The box itself has a pro and a con in my opinion. It is very sturdy, and roomy, which is good for those giant pills (think Fish oil, or those huge joint pills!!!). However, it can be a little hard to open. This can be good and bad- good because if it is in your pocket or purse, the pills won’t fall out and the box is shut tightly. Bad because if you have arthritis or hands are in pain for whatever reason, it may be difficult to open.

I like the compartment on the bottom that lets you rest your pill box for the day, and even has arrows pointing and aligning with each section for your pill box.

The clock has 4 main buttons. The Green button tells you the current time and date.

The blue Alarm Check button lets you confirm your alarms for the day with each click.

The yellow button puts a light on the interface of the clock.

The red Alarm Acknowledged button is what you would hit when the alarm goes off for you pill reminder.

IMG_2543Setting the time and calendar year was relatively easy. The instructions are easy to follow. The clock has the option of being Loud or VERY loud, which I like, especially if someone is hard of hearing.

Setting the alarms was a tad confusing, I messed up a few times. I wish there was an easier option of turning on and off each alarm, because I kept accidentally turning off the alarm I wanted to try to set, and that is no bueno! However, if you follow the directions carefully, it shouldn’t be a problem setting the alarm. And luckily…you can check if you set your alarm on or not with the Alarm Check button!

Overall, a great product. I know for a fact my aunt wants to steal this from me so she can organize my Grandmother’s pills…hah! The visuals are clear and easy to read, the voice is loud and easy to understand. The product itself is a tad cumbersome, but I put it in the corner of my room. And, the best part is, I can set my pills for the month and then not have to do it for another month! I would give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

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This June 21st, Marvel and Popsicle are releasing their very own digital Custom Solutions series of comic books! Popsicle comes to the rescue as a Superhero of the Summer, helping families stay cool and ward off boredom. A hard copy can be picked up in July in select Marvel stores. Popsicle will offer fun superhero activities on their website such as the “Deep Freeze 9″ which both kids and families can partake and enjoy.

Vanessa Lachey is also supporting this Superhero tag team of Marvel and Popsicle as well!

You can win 5 coupons for FREE box of Popsicles: To enter…

1. Leave me a comment saying your favorite Popsicle flavor!
2. For an additional entry, tweet about this giveaway with the link to giveaway and my twitter handle (Liisa_tee)— comment that you did so

U.S. ONLY. Giveaway ends June 15th, 2015, 12 pm.

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I got this carepackage from Salonpas! They sent me an array of pain relief in the form of patches, a spray and a gel. I was excited to try these out! I do a lot of heavy lifting at the gym, and sometimes my muscles ache (think: traps and legs!) or my lower back is stiff post deadlifts, so I thought these would certainly help. All together this bundle is valued at $100.

Deep Relieving Gel- This is clear and jelly-like…looks like a clear jelly fish in my hand! It absorbs quickly into my skin, and leaves no residue behind which is a plus. I put a dime size amount on upper back and neck.I wish I used gloves since the smell of menthol stayed on my hands for a while even post washing! But now I know for next time.

It first started with a cooling sensation, then warmed up. It felt pretty good…but needed more than it said I think. Next time around I used a little more than a dime-sized drop and felt better. My neck and trap area seemed to loosen up a bit! 4 stars

Pain Relief Patch-

Smaller, beige in color, and thin. It was Easy to apply, and stays on easy.I applied to my lower back, and it starts with cooling sensation, and then that was it. Generally ineffective…I didn’t feel anything after that initial mild cooling sensation, and my back feels the same. As a plus, it didn’t fall off. Maybe it needs to be used on smaller areas? However I would argue that if it isn’t meant for the lower back, they can’t advertise it as use for lower back. 1 star

Pain Relieving Gel Patch-HOT-

IMG_2410I used these post heavy deadlift day when I woke up to a sore back. The patches were flimsy but thick, and flexible. It was relatively easy to apply, even on my own lower back.

It started off with a cooling sensation, and left with heat. It didn’t’ seem to penetrate deeply at all, more like surface, but still helped loosen up my lower back/make it feel a little better.

The patches didn’t stay on easily. I put one on and ate breakfast, and just shifting in my chair caused the patch to start to peel off. I reapplied it a few times until I finally took it off out of frustration. Luckily, the heating sensation continued for quite some time post patch removal. However, annoying! 2 ½ stars

Pain Relieving Jet Spray-  Alrighty, let’s be blunt here…this one stinks. Literally, and figuratively. The smell is awful…like a foot cream or something mixed with menthol. It comes on nice and cool, which feels nice, but it literally does NOTHING! I sprayed it on my hamstrings and at first felt nothing. I tried another day and put more on, and again, nothing. Ineffective. Feels good being sprayed on, but did not work for me.  1/2 star

Arthritis Pain patch- This one was applied to the knee (don’t we all have arthritis in our knees?!) It was a comfortable patch, you don’t feel it while it’s on, and stays on easy. It was relatively thin. There was a cooling sensation that seemed to come and go during the duration of wearing the patch, but nothing spectacular.  2 stars
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SO, a summary. If you are going to buy any Salonpas products, I would go for the deep relieving gel. It’s a little stinky, but hey, get some rubber gloves, rub it in, and enjoy. And while the patches are less smelly, they were also generally ineffective for me, except the Gel patch, which worked better but hardly stayed on. I would skip the Jet Spray entirely…my mother and I both tried it and both felt NOTHING! Stay pain free, my friends!!! 😀

I received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
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