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5 Superfruits You Must Incorporate Into Your Diet For Amazing Health

Superfoods are all the rage but have you heard of them? Superfruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but not all fruits fall under the superfruit category. Five superfruits you should introduce into your diet include goji berries, pomegranates, figs, acai berries and mangosteen. To gain optimal nutrients from each superfruit, it is best to consume it in its most natural, raw form- not processed or cooked. 

So what's all the hype around superfruits? We know they are healthy for us, but what are the benefits? Consumed on a regular basis, superfruits can help you live a longer, prevent disease and maintain a healthy weight- just to name a few!

 

Pomegranates contain punicalagin, a powerful antioxidant. It attaches itself to free flowing radicals within the body to neutralize them, otherwise free radicals cause damage to cells within the body. Pomegranates are also high in vitamin k, which has been shown to help prevent the hardening of arteries making pomegranates an important fruit for heart protection.

 

Figs are high in fiber, great for people trying to manage and even shed a few pounds. Consistent dietary fiber on a daily basis is important for overall health, especially gut health. Figs contain calcium, iron, and potassium. Minerals important for heart health, bone and blood health.

 

Acai Berries we’ve seen them everywhere, covered in dark chocolate, dried and acai-based smoothie bowls. While acai berries are healthy, they are best consumed in their raw, natural state to attain all the health benefits that include immune boosting, heart health, and natural energy. Due to the high antioxidant content in acai berries they have been hailed as one of the go-to fruits for beauty and skin health. If consumed on a regular basis the berries have been shown to improve ones complexion and give a radiant glow to the skin.

 

Mangosteen grows in Southeast Asia. Mangosteen is a superfruit many Westerners are not familiar with, at least not yet but they have nutrients we should all be searching for from fruit. Mangosteen contains high amounts of minerals like copper, magnesium and potassium. Important minerals help with the prevention of heart disease manage and control blood pressure. One cool fact about this fruit, they have been used in Eastern Medicine practices to treat everything from mental health to gastrointestinal issues.

 

Goji Berries native to China, these berries are packed with amino acids, fiber, iron, and polysaccharides. Research has shown consuming goji berries on a regular basis can boost energy and strengthen the immune system. Due to a high amount of vitamin c and complex carbohydrates, it doesn't give you a sugar crash post consumption.

Superfruits are great to consume when you have access to them, but it is equally important to eat well-balanced, organic meals three times a day. 

We want to know! Do you eat any of these superfruits on a regular basis? If so, comment below and tell us about your favorite superfruit!

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Citrus Sunrise

by Wai Lana

This recipe was my younger daughter’s solution to sour grapefruit, and it’s become a regular breakfast favorite in our home. Since it strengthens your tissues, arteries, gums, and teeth, this juice is especially helpful for maintaining oral hygiene.

Yield: 1 Juice
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 2 pink grapefruit
  • 2 tangerines
  • 2 persimmons
Instructions: 

Blend ingredients

Notes: 

Benefits: This refreshing combination cools and replenishes fluids in the body, making it an ideal drink after your morning workout. It also helps relieve arthritis, acne, and varicose veins. Citrus fruits give a boost to your immune system and helps relieve coughs and sore throats. Persimmons help treat gingivitis and canker sores.

Tip: I’m happy to see persimmons, which are common in Asian markets, turning up more and more in regular grocery stores. Always make sure that your persimmons are ripe; otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant surprise! Persimmons are virtually inedible unripe because they’re highly astringent. But if unripe persimmons are all you have, you’ll be glad to know that they ripen quickly after being frozen briefly, then thawed.

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Instructor Highlight: Jill Miller

Jill Miller Meditating/Yoga

Embodying 22 years of expertise, Jill Miller’s yoga DVDs and classes synthesize a vast repertoire of movement arts including; Modern Dance, Pilates, Breathwork, Shiatsu, and Butoh. Jill choreographs a total experience for each individual’s body, mind, and spirit.

Her yoga strengthens you from the inside out – removing tension from the body, releasing the entrapments of the mind and reconnecting you to your core in a thoroughly conscious way. Her insatiable curiosity for authentic movement and healing infuses every moment with surprising clarity.

Jill’s fascination with core issues, not only physical, but emotional and spiritual, has led her to develop a unique approach to deep gut work called "Core Integration- A Total Abdominal Awakening."

Jill’s enthusiasm for yoga is contagious. She inspires all levels from newcomer to teacher with her daring, playful, and highly original classes. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in the work of her longtime mentors, Glenn Black, Tim O'Slynne, Lynne Blom, David Downs, and Ana Forrest.

Jill teaches workshops and retreats internationally, is a longtime faculty member of the Omega Institute and has traveled nationally choreographing programs for the Discovery Health Channel. Recognized for her unique approach, she has modeled for Gaiam, with her work featured in Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Breathe Magazine, Yogi Times, and on NPR; the L.A. Times calls her "kinetically arresting." Jill has produced the DVD series, Yoga Tune Up® and Pranamaya produced her newest series, Yoga Link: Easy Access to an Ageless Art. Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise format Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method®. With more than 28 years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, and pain-management. Her innovative techniques have catapulted her to a sought-after leader in the field of mind-body fitness and pain relief wellness.


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International Nurses Day 2021

Today is a day to recognize the contributions nurses make to society. Thank you for your bravery, heroism, and dedication to caring for and serving others – especially over this past year. You are appreciated.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Background: In 1982, a congressional resolution designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. A few years later, in 1990, the American Nurse Association expanded the recognition to create National Nurses Week, which takes place May 6–12.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) resources and evidence. The theme for the 2021 resource is Nurses: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare. Learn more.

Pay it forward: You can express your appreciation and gratitude for our everyday heroes by sending a message of encouragement. We know that it can be difficult finding the right words, so here are a few statements (courtesy of Hallmark) that can help you get started:

  1. “Your passion for your patients’ health is appreciated every day. Thank you for all you do.”
  2. “Your compassion, optimism and kindness do not go unnoticed. We appreciate you!”
  3. “Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world. Happy Nurses Week.”​​​​​​​
  4. “Just a moment to recognize you and your hard work. Happy Nurses Week!”
  5. “You brighten peoples’ days—including ours. Happy Nurses Week!”​​​​​​​

Some health systems offer a form submission that allows you to write to an employee. You do not need to know them or have been personally treated by them. Here are some examples: Atlantic Health System​​​​​​​, The University of Chicago Medicine, and Sanford Health. There’s no limit on thanking a healthcare professional.​​​​​​​

Discount: We're offering all our customers 15% off today using the code IND2021.**​​​​​​​ Terms: For online use only. Discount code cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Certain items may not be eligible for discount and other limitations may apply. Excludes shipping and handling. Coupon valid through May 12th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST). Now extended to May 13th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Free gift: If you or a loved one is a nurse - current or retired - we want to give you a gift. Email us your order number at customercare@collagevideo.com and we'll send you a free drawstring bag.

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Instructor Highlight: Debra Mazda

by Debra Mazda

Eating the right food, exercise and living a healthy life. Sounds easy but can be very difficult. But does it have to be? We all want to stay fit and look good and of course to have good health, but we also know that it is easier said than done. However, just small changes can make huge difference. We may not all be able to be an athlete, but we can all improve, and always change small things in our day to day life. This story really shows that even if life is all but salubrious it is possible to do something about it. Be inspired!

 You are a real fitness guru, but some decades ago your weight was over 300 pounds. That is a lot to carry around. Even with the motivation it must have been hard to start exercise. How did you manage?  

Yes, I did weigh over 300 pounds many years ago, I was chronically depressed and hated myself, I was in a very dark place. Back then I was in an abusive relationship with food as my comfort, friend and saving grace back then. I was an emotional eater who was slowly going further and further into a world that I was not sure I could or would come out of.

Have survived sexual abuse and using food as my comfort my weight escalated over time. In my 20’s , at over 300 pounds, I decided that I had enough and found the courage and strength to begin my personal journey back upward and I started with exercise. I found the courage to walk  into a fitness center where everyone was a size 2. I met a bodybuilder named John who helped me and never judged me, I took my first fitness class weighing over 300 pounds. It was a now or never moment.

I had been on every diet on the market, but it wasn’t until I began to exercise that I lost weight but more importantly I began to feel so much better. Sometime later, I walked into a Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum, became the training director, and never looked back. I eventually lost over 150 pounds and still have my weight off 30 years later. Exercise was the catalyst for me!

You are talking about the aha-moment. What do you mean by that?

I was the diet queen, uppers downers, injections, starvation, binging, weight watchers, diet pills, and nothing worked long term. It was not till I thought I was having a heart attack and was told I was obese that nothing sank in to my brain. That was my aha moment!

I talk in depth about this moment, in my new book “Eating my secrets”. I became focused, determined and nothing was going to stop me. Once I realized that dieting was getting me nowhere fast, I took matters into my own hands. I began to breathe and learned how to live. I started not only to eat better but befriended food. I realized I was in control. I had the power not the diet. No longer was I focused on negative thoughts about myself. While that was many years ago, and those days are far gone, today I live a very different life. Learning how to use food as fuel and nourishment for my body to move changed my life.

Another interesting thing about your weight loss is that you began by cutting your portions in half.

Back in the 70’s obesity or being overweight was almost unheard of. Most people were a normal size; today two out of three women are either overweight or obese. When I decided to make life changes after being told I was fat and obese I had to find out how to eat differently. However, there was not a lot about nutrition for me to read that would be a help. I had to take matters in my own hands and came to conclusion that if I ate only half of what I normally ate that would do it and it did.

A normal breakfast for me back then was a rack of ribs, three or four eggs drowning in butter, quart of OJ and two to three biscuits again drowning in butter. Today, as a professional I know a lot about foods and tell women this, stop dieting! Find out what will work for lifestyle, such as environment, daily schedule, culture, etcetera.

Would you say that a lot of food and eating issues are due to bad habits and not hunger?  

Yes, I would. Emotional eating has it grips on a lot of women not matter what size they are. Food becomes comfort, friendship and a friendly night out for a lot of women. Eating out of boredom, sadness, shame, or for whatever we use it for can be easier than to look at what we might be eating emotionally for. The move more, eat less philosophy is so complicated but we need to search inside to figure out what is eating us.

Emotional eating has nothing to do with hunger, there is a hole inside of us and for million food is the comfort to fill that hole. For me, pray and God has played such a part of my recovery. God has been with me thru it all and I give him the glory for pulling me out of the miry clay and he has never let me down even when I wanted to crawl in a hole and hibernate.

You are now 65 years old, how do you manage to stay healthy and not put on weight again?

At 65, I feel fabulous and am in great health. I do not take any medications, I eat well, stopped binging many years ago, sleep 6 - 8 hours per night and workout 4 - 5 days a week. I have some minor aches and pains every now and then, but I attribute my great health to my lifestyle. If anyone needs to move, get motivated, and feel inspired go to www.debramazda.com 

I know that you have inspired many women to embrace a healthy living and especially getting them to move. Now you have also written a book, would you like to tell some about it?

My book is called “Eating my secrets” and is a book about health, healing and hope. This is not a diet book; it is a book about my journey as well as other women’s journey. I talk about my own journey to wellness. I talk about my weight, depression, sexual abuse and how thru all of those setbacks, trials, doubts, fear and shame I was able to come out and taste the victory! It is a fascinating story.

And to all who want to take the step, but hesitate. How shall they get started?

Take a deep breath, know you are worthy to look and feel better. Just take that first step and continue one step at a time. This is a journey not a destination. We are constantly evolving and so take the ride, move your body, eat well, laugh at yourself, have a great support system and know that you got this!

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An Important Announcement from Collage Video

To Our Valued Customers,

During this Public Health Emergency your Collage Video team is thinking of you and your desire for a healthy home and family. As the situation remains fluid, we at Collage are staying as flexible as possible within government guidelines. There might arise a situation where we will be asked to close our offices temporarily, which would result in an unavoidable delay in processing and shipping. We will keep you informed here and via social media in that event.

Although gyms and public facilities are closing indefinitely, this doesn’t serve as an excuse to stop exercising regularly.  In fact, it’s more important than ever.  Exercising regularly helps strengthen your immune system and a strong immune system better equips you to fight an illness.  This happens to be an opportune time to utilize fitness videos at home.

We recommend considering our online streaming service, CollageVideo.TV, which can be accessed from your TV, phone, tablet, or laptop.  And more importantly, in the comfort and safety of your own home.

You can take advantage of an on-going promotion honoring Women’s History Month and receive a free month.  See details below.

 

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Get access to hundreds of fitness programs from instructors like Denise Austin, Gilad, Kathy Smith, Amy Bento and more, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. There’s something for everyone, from beginning workouts to advanced workouts, senior workouts, and everything in between. It’s easily categorized, such as step, cardio, yoga, Pilates, dance, and more.

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Can Anyone Do Yoga?

by Sarah Starr

Can anyone do yoga? Short answer is yes. Yoga, at its core, is a breath practice. If you can breathe, you can do a form of yoga. The next question you may ask is what if I have limited mobility? If you can’t get up or down off the ground for whatever reason, inflexibility, injuries, arthritis, problems with balance, even a lifelong situation, accessible yoga is always an option. Most people believe they have to be flexible before they begin a yoga practice but the opposite is true.

People from all walks of life continue to demonstrate to me multiple ways yoga has changed their lives. From a retired F8 pilot who gave up on ever skydiving again and is now pain free, to a viewer who was feeling hopeless after twisting her ankle badly but persevered by implementing yoga in bed and is now able to walk again. These are just two examples out of the many which we receive every day due to our accessible yoga series. No matter what your physical condition or abilities, the key is to start where you are at and go from there.

By using a chair for support we can modify a traditional yoga practice to make it more accessible. This gives everyone of every ability the opportunity to do yoga and experience its life enhancing benefits. Below are a few stretches to help you increase flexibility, improve balance, and create a toned, relaxed body. 

Tree Pose

  1. Stand with your right hip closest to the chair, using the chair for support. Shift your weight into your right foot. 
  2. Cross your left ankle over your right, keeping your left heel raised and your left knee pointing open to the left.
  3. Continue here or place your left foot to your right calf muscle below your knee.
  4. For more of a challenge, use your left hand to place your left foot to the top of your right thigh. To increase this stretch reach your left arm to the sky.

Release and repeat on the opposite side, holding for the same amount of time.

Tips

  • Place your foot above or below your knee rather than pressing into your knee joint.
  • Lengthen your tailbone towards the earth.
  • Lightly firm your lower ribs in.
  • Press the sole of your left foot into your inner right thigh, equally pressing your thigh back into your foot, pointing your left knee open to the left.
  • Keep your pelvis in a neutral position. 
  • Lightly lift through your lower belly, using your core to stabilize. 

Benefits

  • Improves balance, focus and concentration
  • Stretches legs, hips and torso
  • Strengthens legs, ankles, calves and core

Warrior 2 Pose

  1. Walk your feet over to the right side of your chair.
  2. Keep your right thigh to the chair as you extend through your left leg. Align your right heel with your left heel, turning your left toes inward at a 45 degree angle. Extend strongly through your left leg as you root down through the outer edge of your left foot. 
  3. Raise your arms parallel to the earth, reaching energetically through your fingertips. Turn your gaze to look over the right hand.

Release and repeat on the opposite side, holding for the same amount of time.

Tips

  • Keep your right knee over your right ankle.
  • Lengthen your tailbone towards the earth, keeping your pelvis in a neutral position.
  • Rather than leaning forward over your front leg, align your shoulders over your hips, keeping the sides of your torso equally long.
  • Lightly lift through your lower belly. 
  • Stretch your arms from the space between your shoulder blades, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • Broaden across your collar bones and lengthen the space between your shoulder blades.

Benefits

  • Strengthens your legs, glutes, abdomen and ankles
  • Stretches your hips, legs, groins and chest
  • Improves focus and concentration

Figure Four Stretch

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  2. Place your right outer ankle to the top of your left thigh, keeping your right foot lightly flexed and in line with your right knee.
  3. Reach your right hand under your right calf muscle, using your hands to draw your left leg towards you, pausing when your feel a gentle stretch in your right outer hip and glute. 

Release and repeat on the opposite side, holding for the same amount of time.

Tips

  • Keep your right foot flexed, pointing your right knee open to the right, stretching through your right outer hip.
  • Maintain your sacrum to the earth as you draw your legs towards you.
  • Keep your spine and back of neck long.
  • To intensify this stretch, try adding resistance by pressing your leg against your hands.

Benefits

Increased mobility and flexibility in your hips, glutes, hamstrings and low back

If you enjoyed this accessible yoga segment and are interested in more Happy Yoga, please visit our streaming site for 3 free full length videos at https://www.happyyogaondemand.com/

Note: If you have any physical impairments or limitations, please be sure to check with your physician before using this or any of Sarah's programs.

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Important Announcement: Change in Email Address

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As of today (11-22-2019), please contact us at customercare@collagevideo.com if you'd like to reach us via email.

We are also available by phone: 1-800-819-7111

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Vacationing Without Neglecting Your Fitness Routine

Hello Fitness Family! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Kate and I am an employee at Collage Video. I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle; however, my body has had its struggles keeping up with the level of physical fitness it used to handle with ease. I’ve realized that it is far more difficult to get back on a fitness regimen after stopping, than it is to push through when you just don’t want to. I recently went away to Florida and I tried to implement a (reasonable) fitness plan that could work with - not against - my vacation. I am here to tell you some of my takeaways – the do’s and don’ts that I learned along with some tips so that you can plan for your vacation with the peace of mind knowing you aren’t giving up fun in the sun or your thighs and buns!  You’ll also find these takeaways & tips applicable to your everyday life!

Firstly, plan ahead! I took the time before my trip to plan out my vacation days and I highly recommend doing this. I made sure to know what days I was doing what, and plan both the amount of time spent on working out as well as which zones on my body I would be targeting, based on the activities of that day. For example – I spent a day at the beach and a day at an amusement park. I made sure to allow more time to do intense cardio on my beach days since most of those days were spent laying out relaxing. On the day we visited an amusement park, I knew I would be walking around all day – so I focused more on upper body exercises and stretching.

(Disclaimer: Not me..but I wish!)

I brought along a couple workout DVDs to play in the condo we rented (I am a Collage employee after all!).  However, I really wanted to take advantage of my surroundings, especially when we stayed at the beach. I normally watch my yoga or stretch videos in the morning, so I got up and performed some poses to the early morning sun on the beach. Admittedly, I only got to my DVDs once... but I found success using my phone and watching workout ideas on YouTube.  If you have a phone or tablet, they can be immensely useful for working out while away from home.

One of the things that I had to accept was that I would not be able to exercise the same amount of hours as I would on my normal schedule. If for no other reason, because I wanted to spend as much time relaxing on this vacation as possible, while still maintaining a certain level of physical activity to keep up with my routine. It’s all about a reasonable balance.  I also knew it wasn’t realistic to bring my dumbbells or weights with me, so I brought a resistance band and used it sporadically.  As a side note, you can utilize home objects to sub-in for exercise equipment too - like an (unopened) gallon of water to supplement a kettlebell (within reason!). Being resourceful can be fun when supplementing away-from-home versions of your workouts!

I certainly hope my tips help you plan a strategy to fit in your fitness activities with your vacation time!  Remember you can always make time to have fun, relax, and stay fit! You can do it all!

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