Friday, August 12, 2011

Cool as a Cucumber!

Ever wonder why spas place cucumber slices on your eyes while relaxing? It may look a bit silly and maybe even cliched, but the spas are onto something. Cucumbers are 95 percent water and have a pH level comparable to that of our own skin. Because they contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, cucumbers are able to significantly reduce water retention and are great to treat swollen eyes, sunburns, and even some cases of dermatitis! Many skin care products use cukes for their hydrating and cooling qualities to soothe irritated and inflamed areas without drying out skin. After a long day at the office or staring at your computer screen, it's the perfect way to relieve stress and get rid of dark bags under your eyes! So slice one up and get relaxing!
And if you decide to munch on a few slices, no worries... Cukes are a great way to keep your insides feeling healthy and fresh, too!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to School Deals

Just a few more back to school deals...or great snack anytime deals!

Organic Cliff Bars 6 ct on sale for $1.99!!

Organic Sunshine Acres Cheddar Puffs on sale for $1.39!

Sol Bliss Frozen Fruit Purees (great for smoothies...or my kids eat them like a popsicle!) currently $1.29.  Snag an in-store coupon for 25 cents off one.  Final cost $1.04!

Organic Sunshine Acres Popcorn $1.29

Natural Gatorade Drink 16.9 oz on sale for $1.59

Single Serve Sea Snax on sale for 99 cents!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vegan Wednesday! Reboot Your Life!

After watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that follows Australian businessman Joe Cross as he does a 60 day juice fast and travels around the U.S. talking to Americans about how they eat, I was inspired. Joe's journey was very inspirational, as was the plight of trucker Phil, who was 430 lbs. and suffering from an auto-immune disorder that was very uncomfortable (he had the disorder in common with director Joe Cross). I figured, if a 430 lb. trucker can do it for 60 days with amazing results, surely my husband and I can handle 10 days! So starts our journey on the reboot cleanse.

Days one and two were probably the hardest. We fought a lot of rumbling tummies and headaches. Not to mention total lack of energy. By the middle of day two we decided to incorporate actually eating some raw fruits and veggies, and not just juicing. Was this cheating? I'm not sure, but I do know we still saw results and definitely felt the detox symptoms that you would just doing juice. Thanks to my working at Food For Thought, I am blessed to be surrounded by lots of delicious ORGANIC and LOCAL produce all the time.

Days two and on were not very rough, save for some minor hunger pangs which were quickly quelled by drinking lots of water or juice with greens. I started to feel some of the detox symptoms including flu-like symptoms and my skin breaking out. My husbands stomach wasn't always agreeing with him, but we soldiered on.
We didn't last our full ten days, towards the end of day 7, I had just had enough. I felt good in some ways, but my detox symptoms were making it difficult to keep up with work and what not. We decided that we had given it a strong enough try, especially for our first time. 7 days isn't too shabby as far as I'm concerned.

I detoxed my body, and lost 12 lbs. in the process. My husband lost 7 lbs., which is especially impressive because he's naturally pretty slim.

Neither of us regret a thing. It was a great learning experience, and a good jump start for further attempts at healthier eating. It's a struggle everyday to avoid eating so much processed foods, and avoiding snacking on sugary sweets. You just have to take it one step at a time. Don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake, dust yourself off and try again the next day. Or even the next hour. One hiccup doesn't have to mean you have to keep paying for it.

If you're interested in "rebooting" your life, you should definitely check out this film. If you have Netflix, it's available on instant play and dvd. It's also available for purchase on Joe's website.

Here at Food For Thought, we employees pride ourselves on educating ourselves on nutrition, and we love sharing it. Stop in today and chat with us about what you're doing to improve your health!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

August 2011 Coupon Matchups

Here are a few extra special deals!  Combine our sale items with these coupon match-ups for even bigger savings!  As always, remember printable coupons may be here today, gone tomorrow, so print while you can!!

Dairy & Frozen
Select Lightlife Deli slices on sale for $2.19   $1/1 printable coupon here.  Final cost $1.19!

Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Chicken Strips on sale for $3.49.  $1/1 Morningstar product here.  Final cost $2.49!

Select Rudi's Bread (multigrain oat, nut & oat, 14 grain and whole wheat honey) on sale for  $3.49.  $1/1 coupon here.  Final cost $2.49!


Select varieties Mary's Gone Crackers COOKIES are on sale for $3.29.  $1/1 Mary's Gone Cracker Product here.   Final cost $2.29.

Select flavors of Envirokidz Cereals are on sale for $3.19.  $1/1 Healthy Clippings coupon (available in-store).  Final cost $2.19!

Select Nature's Path Gluten-Free Cereals are on sale for $3.19.  $1/1 Healthy Clippings coupon.  Final cost $2.19!

Enjoy Life Snack Bars on sale for $3.29.  55 cents/1 coupon here.  Final cost $2.74.

Knudsen Concord Grape Juice on sale for $3.59.  75 cents/1 Healthy Clippings coupon.  Final cost $2.84!

Ahlaska Chocolate Syrup on sale for $3.99.  55 cents/1 Healthy Clippings coupon.  Final cost $3.44.

Select Cascadian Farm's Cereals on sale for $2.89.  $1/1 Cascadian Farm Printable here for new registrants or $1/2 Cascadian Farm Products in Healthy Clippings Coupon book (available in store).  Final cost as low as $1.89!

Barbara's Puffins on sale for $3.69.  $1/1 coupon here.  Final cost $2.69!

Select Izze Sparkling Drinks 5 pack on sale for $4.39.  $1/1 4 pack Mambo Sprout Coupon (available in store).  Final cost $3.39 5 pack.  Final cost 69 cents each!!

Metromint water on sale for $1.15 each.  BOGO coupon here.  Final cost 58 cents each!

Newman's Own Cookie O's on sale for $1.99.  $1/2 coupon here.  Final cost $1.49!!

Funky Monkey Fruit 1 oz bags on sale for $1.59.  75 cents/1 coupon here.  Final cost 84 cents!

Luna bars (select flavors) on sale for 99 cents.   50 cents/1 Mambo Sprout coupon.  Final cost 49 cents!

Ecover Fabric Softener Sunny Day on sale for $4.29.  $1.25/1 Healthy Clipping Coupon.   Final cost $3.04!

Seventh Generation 4x Liquid Laundry (50 oz) on sale for  $9.99 $1/1 In Store coupon.  Final cost  $8.99!

Seventh Generation 2 x Liquid Laundry (100 oz) on sale for  $9.99 $1/1 in-store coupon.  Final cost $8.99!

Seventh Generation Laundry Powder (70 loads) on sale for  $9.99.   $1/1 in-store coupon.   Final cost $8.99!

Mrs. Meyer's All Purpose Cleaner on sale for $5.79.  $1/1 coupon here.  Final cost $4.79!

New Summer 2011 Mambo Sprout Coupon Book

Pick up the new Mambo Sprout Coupon book in-store today!  It includes some high dollar coupons including:

$1/1 Earth Balance
$3/1 Floradix (8.5 oz or 17.5 oz bottle)
$1/1 Izze 4-pk
$1/2 Helios Kefirs
55 cents/1 San-J Sauce or Dressing
$1/2 Lifeway Organic Kefirs
50 cents/1 Luna Bar
75 cents/1 Lundberg 1 lb Rice Blend
$1/1 Mi-Del Product
75 cents/1 Organic Valley 16 oz Half & Half
75 cents/1 Organic Valley Soy Creamer
$1/1 Knudsen Just Juice Product
75 cents/1 Santa Cruz Product