Monthly Archives: November 2017

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

When you think of holiday desserts, your mind probably goes right to pumpkin pie. It’s the star of many Thanksgiving tables, but unfortunately, even though the pumpkin packs a lot of nutrition, most versions are also full of lots of sugar. We decided to makeover the holiday treat to make it better for you.

Keep in mind that this is still a dessert and should be eaten like one — just a little! — but it’s a much better option than your standard recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What You Need:
For the Crust:
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
For the Filling:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
What To Do:
For the Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pulse all crust ingredients, except for the egg, in a food processor. Once thick crumbs form, add egg and continue to pulse until a dough forms. Remove dough from food processor and shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  3. After the dough is chilled, press into a 9-inch pie plate. If dough is sticky, use parchment paper to shape dough into plate. Pierce dough with a fork.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, just enough to set. Remove from oven and set aside.
For the Filling:
  1. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into prepared, partially baked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until filling is set and no longer jiggles. Allow to cool for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

5 Health Benefits of Gratitude

November is a time when we focus on gratitude, but did you know that means more than just giving thanks? When practiced regularly, gratitude can improve your health in profound ways. So what if we extended the practice of gratitude beyond November and applied the practice to our day-to-day routine? Researchers say that this regular practice of gratitude will be rewarded with drastic improvements in health.

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Benefits of Gratitude

Decreases Stress

Gratitude can reduce stress hormones, alleviate anxiety, and help those suffer from severe stress conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Improves Self-Esteem

Regularly practicing gratitude can help increase self-esteem and reduce our tendency to make social comparisons. Gratitude helps you truly appreciate others’ successes, instead of becoming jealous or resentful of them.

Helps You Sleep

According to a study published in 2011, writing in a gratitude journal on a regular basis (just 15 minutes before bed) may help you sleep better and longer.

Improves Relationships

A study done in 2012 found that people in romantic relationships who felt appreciated by their partners were more likely to appreciate their partners in return, and therefore, stay in the relationship longer. Another study found that showing appreciation can also help you make new friends. Saying “thank you” and showing genuine appreciation makes people more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

Increases Happiness

In a study done by Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on gratitude, it was determined that subjects who wrote down one thing they were thankful for everyday for three weeks experienced a 25 percent increase in happiness for the 6 months following. Gratitude also reduces feelings of depression and can help you think more positively.

How to Practice Gratitude Daily

Gratitude doesn’t have to be some grand gesture. In fact, it can be something that you quietly practice every day in small ways. Here are some ideas to get you started right now:

  • Write a thank you note to someone who has made a positive impact on your life.
  • Write down three things that you’re thankful for every day.
  • Smile at a stranger and wish them a “good day”.
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts. Write at least two to three times per week.
  • Look in the mirror and speak to yourself in a positive, appreciative manner.

Product of the Month! RegeneMax® Plus Collagen Generator by Xymogen

October is long gone, but this November, we still have some treats for you. This month, we’re introducing a product that’s brand new to Valley Medical and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Meet RegeneMax® Plus Collagen Generator by Xymogen.

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RegeneMax® Plus is a powerful, clinically proven collagen generator. It has been shown to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles*
  • Thicken and strengthen hair*
  • Strengthen nails*
  • Support healthy bones by improving bone mineral density and bone flexibility*
  • Promote healthy joints by boosting connective tissue formation*

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for almost one-third of your body’s protein. It’s one of the major components in your skin (accounting for 70% of skin’s mass), muscles, tendons, ligaments, GI tract, and bones (accounting for 30% of bone’s mass). Collagen is also part of your teeth, blood vessels, and eyes. The simple way to think of collagen is as the glue that holds everything together. It gives everything structure.

As you age, your body starts to produce less (and lower quality) collagen. Once you reach 18, natural collagen production starts to decrease. By the time you’re 40, you lose collagen at a rate of one percent per year.

This is the reason that you can see the skin start to lose its suppleness. It’s also part of the reason that bones and joints tend to become achy. In addition to advancing age, collagen can also be damaged by excessive sun exposure, smoking, and a diet that’s high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (like white bread and pasta).

What is RegeneMax® Plus?

RegeneMax® Plus is a collagen builder with three major ingredients that work on a cellular level. Instead of a collagen supplement, which must be broken down by the body before it can be used, RegeneMax® Plus contains the elements needed to directly build collagen in your body. The three major ingredients in RegeneMax® Plus are choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (or ch-OSA), silicon, and biotin.

  • ch-OSA: ch-OSA helps nourish the body’s beauty proteins, which include collagen, elastin, and keratin. When bound together, choline and OSA travel into cells where they’re directly involved in the chemical reactions that produce collagen, elastin, and keratin.
  • Silicon: Silicon plays an important role in building the structure of collagen — or what is called it’s organic matrix.
  • Biotin: Biotin is known as the “beauty mineral” because it supports skin health and hair and nail growth.

Monthly Special

Because we’re so excited about RegeneMax® Plus, we’re offering it as our Product of the Month, which means you a bottle of it for FREE when you purchase our November monthly special.

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All the information provided here is for informational purposes only.