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greens+: pay the love forward

- March 26th, 2013

greens+, a brand of supplements distributed by Canadian-based Genuine Health, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a big way — with the pay the love forward campaign. Read on to learn how you can get involved.

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pay the love forward

Since our beginning, we’ve believed strongly in giving, and giving back: Giving your body

the best nutrients, giving the environment one less footprint, and giving to others in-need

— including charitable organizations and genuinely great causes.

 

The 20th anniversary celebration of greens+ continues…

To thank Canadians for showing greens+ the love for 20 years, we want return the favour and pay the love forward…. And we want to encourage others to help in sharing the spirit of generosity with their friends, family and community, with our pay the love forward with greens+ promotion.

 

Online Consumer Contest: www.paytheloveforward.com

Consumers will post daily/weekly acts of love which can be shared via social media to encourage friends family to “love” their post.

The act with the most “loves” for the campaign will be the Grand Prize Winner where they get to choose how they want to Pay the love forward.

Genuine Health

Enter today.

How happy are YOU?

- October 4th, 2011
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Sam Graci says there are three components to happiness: pleasure, engagement and meaning. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

(Note: The following guest post is courtesy greens+ guru Sam Graci.)

The Path to Phenomenal Health

How to Feel Good for Life

By Sam Graci

According to today’s research, there are three components to our happiness: pleasure, engagement and meaning. Of the three, engagement (the depth of involvement with one’s family, friends, work, romance, faith and more) and meaning (how we use our personal strengths to grow and become more aware and mindful), are of greater significance to our happiness than pleasure alone.

Regardless of what component you value most, what’s most important is that you acknowledge your power in achieving happiness. Only you can determine how you feel based on the choices you make every day.

With this in mind, ask yourself: How happy are you in your life? According to Dr. Edward Diener, happiness doesn’t necessarily come with financial freedom, youth, education, job satisfaction or external beauty.

To help measure your own current state of happiness, take Diener’s Satisfaction with Life Scale:

MEASURE YOUR HAPPINESS

Diener’s Satisfaction with Life Scale.

Read the following five statements. Then use a 1 to 7 scale to rate your level of agreement.

1. In most ways my life is close to my ideal.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

2. The conditions of my life are excellent.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

3. I am satisfied with my life.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

4. So far I have received the important things I want in life.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

TOTAL SCORE______

Scoring:

• 31 to 35: you are extremely satisfied with your life

• 26 to 30: very satisfied

• 21 to 25: slightly satisfied

• 20: neutral

• 15 to 19: slightly dissatisfied

• 10 to 14: dissatisfied

• 5 to 9: extremely dissatisfied

After you have tabulated your score, you may wish to consider any or all of the following steps for increasing your current level of energy, happiness and vitality.

TWELVE “FEELING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU” BOOSTERS

1 Let life’s joys linger

Pay close attention to all your daily wonders and pleasures. Take “mental photographs” of happy moments to review in less happy times. Sit quietly, go for walk in a park, play with your children, adopt a pet, visit relatives, volunteer for a cause you believe in.

2 Learn to forgive

Let go of any resentment or anger. For example, try writing a letter of forgiveness to a person who has wronged or hurt you. Forgiveness allows you to move on, while resentment negatively impacts mood, attitude, energy level, physical and emotional well-being.

3 Daily meditation and prayer

Daily meditation and prayer can help raise your “youth hormone” otherwise known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is responsible for reducing stress while boosting the “feel good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain.

4 Take time for family, friends and community

Strong, loving, personal relationships are among the most important factors in our lives. Be a good and faithful family member, friend and world citizen.

5 Count your blessings

Keep a “gratitude journal” in which you write down three to five things for which you are currently grateful for — from the mundane to the magnificent. Do this every evening for immediate and long-term results.

6 Practice acts of kindness

Whether it’s caring for an elderly person or letting someone go ahead of you in a line-up, acts of kindness are not only generous to others but can bring personal joy and satisfaction. It’s contagious too! So be kind to others whenever you can.

7 Take care of your physical well-being

Consume a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, supplements (including vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, and Green Food supplements), lean sources of protein, and fibre too. Other tips to consider: try to exercise regularly — even if it’s a daily walk, get plenty of sleep, read, meditate, drink lots of pure water, limit caffeine consumption and stretch daily.

8 Cope with stress and life’s challenges

Did you know that optimism and faith have been clinically proven to help people cope with hardship and other life-challenging events? Try slow, deep breathing, acupuncture exercise, Tai Chi, hatha yoga, relaxation therapy, massage, saunas and quiet time to further help reduce stress too.

9 Seek out a wise elder

Express your appreciation to someone you respect for their generosity and wisdom such as a parent, a friend, a companion, counselor or teacher. Let them know you appreciate their positive influence with your expression of thanks!

10 Be persistent. Be committed. Be tranquil.

Life is characterized by impermanence and constant change. If you can pay close attention to daily changes in your life and self-manage them, you will have lifelong joy, peace, equanimity and spiritual maturity.

11 Invest time to breathe, smile and laugh

Breathing deeply and slowly, smiling and laughing out loud can all help enhance your mood instantly and release stress hormones. Practice them daily. Not only will you feel better, but life’s challenges won’t seem so difficult.

12 Recycle and care for the environment

Awareness of the environment can make you feel responsible, capable and connected to Mother Nature. When possible, try using natural body care products and biodegradable home cleaners. Reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Every effort counts!

Regardless of the steps you choose to follow, remember that your state of happiness can be enhanced and improved based on your efforts. A little goes a long way, as does a positive attitude. Don’t delay. See and feel the difference a happier life can make today!

Sam Graci
Since first introducing Canadians to greens+ in 1993, Sam Graci has remained one of North America’s leading experts on nutrition, specifically focusing on the importance of eating healthy, fresh foods for achieving optimal health. Sam is a true believer that eating well and living well go hand-in-hand. And through Sam’s expertise and inspiring educational approach, he is on a mission to inspire all of us to lead a more energetic, vibrant life.

Without question, the award-winning and research-proven success of greens+, based on over seven years of intense research, helped make Sam a natural leader in the development of a whole new and dynamic category of products known as ‘green superfoods’. Continuing on this path, Sam recently took his expertise two steps further with the development of two new green formulas: greens+ extra energy and greens+ daily detox. Working together with Genuine Health (the company that makes greens+, proteins+ and other leading health supplements), they enhanced greens+ for even more specific health needs.

Always a source of healthy inspiration, Sam is uniquely recognized for his endless energy and vitality. He is regularly featured as a guest speaker at a number of consumer shows, in addition to his popular appearances on a variety of television and radio programs. Sam continues to write many informative articles on nutrition and health for magazines and newspapers, and has authored three books: The Power of Superfoods (1998), The Food Connection (2001), The Path to Phenomenal Health: An Inspirational Journey to Vitality and Wellness (September 2005).

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Ten steps to living longer and healthier

- September 15th, 2011
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Sam Graci is giving a free lecture at 7-9 p.m. today at St. Albert's Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

(Note: The following guest post is courtesy greens+ guru Sam Graci.)

Ten steps to living longer and healthier … now!

When looking at our increased rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer to name just a few, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we’re not as healthy as perhaps we once were. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, we all have the power to influence our health and well-being through the choices we make every day, and I would like to help you realize these powers.

By following these 10 easy steps, not only will you protect your body against disease and slow the aging process, you will enjoy the healthiest, most vibrant and energetic daily life you deserve, naturally:

1. Give THANKS
Begin all meals with a reflective “grace” or “thanksgiving”: A simple reflection before your meal helps to generate a feeling of healthy cohesiveness, which often lasts the rest of your day.

2. Eat as if your life depended upon it!
Eating is a very intimate and important process. Consider each food before you eat it. Also try to eat a diet that contains 75% alkalizing foods and 25% acidifying foods. This will keep your body chemistry in perfect balance and therefore able to operate at peak performance. Have a green drink like greens+ daily. It is a convenient alkalizing ‘superfood’ containing a variety of phytonutrients, antioxidants and more.

3. Exercise daily
Exercise is life supporting. Our bodies were meant to move in a natural, neurologically coordinated way. Walking in particular, is a high quality locomotive movement we should engage in each day. It has a harmonizing effect on the entire central nervous system.

4. Drink water
Aim for 6 to 12, 8-ounce (250mL) glasses of pure water a day: Clean water is one of the most important things you can give your body.  To help digestion and for extra flavour, try adding freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice.

5. Go organic!
Eat 10 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and sea vegetables every day. Whenever possible, purchase foods that have not been exposed to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and ripening-retardant chemicals. Be alert to the new wave of bioengineered foods and foods that have been irradiated. Avoid chemical-laden and overly processed foods containing MSG, excess sugar, and hydrogenated oils.

6. Balance your foods
Eat low-fat proteins, quality fats, and low-glycemic, complex carbohydrates at every meal: Eat lean cuts of meats and remove all visible fat before cooking. Try to eat salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout two to three times a week. Only consume fat-free dairy products and eat free-range eggs when possible. If you are vegan or vegetarian, try to incorporate nutritional yeast, spirulina, chlorella, and soy isolate protein powder.

7. Reduce stress — naturally
Breathe deeply and reduce stress naturally: Conscientious breathing revitalizes the body with both oxygen and energy. Each morning and each evening take five minutes to breathe calmly and perform breathing exercises.

8. Let the sunshine in
Expose yourself to sunlight and fresh air: Expose your skin without sunglasses, glasses, or contact lenses to the sun for 10 minutes in the early morning and/or 10 minutes in the late afternoon. This limited and gentle sun exposure naturally promotes the production of Vitamin D in your body, while helping your skin build a natural tolerance.

9. Remember your good fats
Take fish oils: Best known for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, skin conditions and arthritis, there is now exciting research showing the positive impact of Omega-3s on brain health and function. Unfortunately, there’s been a radical shift in the Western diet over the last half-century leaving a nutritional void that can easily be filled through proper supplementation. Look for fish oils derived from small, wild and clean sources such as anchovy, sardines and mackerel.

10. Sleep well
Get sufficient sleep: Determine the number of hours of sleep you require to regenerate awake feeling rested and refreshed and aim to get this amount every night. Some people rejuvenate quickly with a 20-minute “power nap” during the day. Practice your breathing and meditation prior to falling asleep to both relax and deepen yourself. Honour your sleep requirements by keeping a regular bedtime and waking time schedule.

By incorporating these 10 steps every day, not only will you feel more energized and full of vitality on a daily basis, but you will also reap the rewards that come with a natural, preventive approach to health and healing such as reduced risk for disease, improved stress management, immune protection and more.

Remember, your health is won or lost each day at the cellular level and only YOU have the power to make the right choices. Eat wisely, feel healthy, live long and be happy — naturally!

About Sam Graci

Since first introducing Canadians to greens+ in 1993, Sam Graci has remained one of North America’s leading experts on nutrition, specifically focusing on the importance of eating healthy, fresh foods for achieving optimal health. Sam is a true believer that eating well and living well go hand-in-hand.  And through Sam’s expertise and inspiring educational approach, he is on a mission to inspire all of us to lead a more energetic, vibrant life.

Without question, the award-winning and research-proven success of greens+, based on over seven years of intense research, helped make Sam a natural leader in the development of a whole new and dynamic category of products known as ‘green superfoods’. Continuing on this path, Sam recently used his expertise to develop two new green formulas: greens+ extra energy and greens+ daily detox. Working together with Genuine Health (the company that makes greens+, proteins+ and other leading health supplements), these new formulas enhance the original greens+ blend to meet your specific health needs.

Always a source of healthy inspiration, Sam is uniquely recognized for his endless energy and vitality. He is regularly featured as a guest speaker at a number of consumer shows, in addition to his popular appearances on a variety of television and radio programs.  Sam continues to write many informative articles on nutrition and health for magazines and newspapers, and has authored two books: The Power of Superfoods (1998) and The Food Connection (2001). His new book The Path to Phenomenal Health: An Inspirational Journey to Vitality and Wellness is due out in September 2005.

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Top 5 health tips from greens+ guru Graci

- September 8th, 2011
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Sam Graci is slated to give a free lecture at 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 15 at St. Albert's Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

With exactly a week to go until the great Sam Graci graces Alberta with his presence, here’s a timely press release with some helpful advice from the greens+ guru.

Boundless Energy, Brilliant Mind, Fit For Life

Simple, Proven, Effective strategies for achieving optimum wellness in today’s tough economic times

Everyone that meets Sam Graci relishes his high energy, effervescent personality. We all know people like Sam – people that can work long hours, volunteer on committees, exercise regularly and have quality family time. Yet, over 70% of us say that a lack of energy is interfering with our daily activities. Is there a secret to having sustained energy?

“Fatigue is most often the result of unprecedented levels of stress, poor dietary choices, inefficient sleep or lack of exercise,” says Graci “So if you’re trying to get your energy levels back up, realize it is going to take some change.”

The stress families are facing with all the economic doom and gloom is another factor in fatigue. If there was ever a time to take care of ourselves, it is now, says Sam. Here are Sam’s top five tips:

1. What goes in affects what you’re able to put out

• Your body is 68% water so make sure to stay hydrated. A simple glass of water can do wonders for a tired mind. The goal is to drink a minimum of six to eight 250mL glasses of water (through a straw if possible). Try to drink your water throughout the course of the day.

• Protein is 1/5th of our body weight. Make sure that you eat some lean protein (30g or so) at each of your three meals. If you can’t manage that, drink a protein shake containing high alpha-lactalbumin whey protein.

• Eight to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables from a variety of sources. We need the fibre, phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals to fuel our bodies. A landmark University of Toronto study showed that people that took greens+, the phytonutrient equivalent to six organic salads, had increased energy and vitality for life.

2. Eat often and don’t skip breakfast

Our bodies need fuel every couple of hours. Plan to have three meals and three snacks a day. That includes a high protein, nutrient-dense breakfast — for example, eggs, whole grain toast and some fruit, will give you sustained energy. There are solutions for those of us too busy to make a healthy breakfast – look for a meal replacement shake that contains balanced nutrition without added sweeteners, colour or preservatives.

3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day

Whether it is walking, running or skipping with the kids, get moving and you’ll instantly have more energy. Aim for 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise along with 15 minutes of weights and 15 minutes of stretching. Have fun, whatever you decide to do.

4. Routine

Rise at the same time every day, including weekends. Eat your meals at roughly the same time every day. And go to bed at the same time every day. Our bodies crave routine and function at optimal levels when they know how and when to be on and off.

5. Indulge in a healthy energy boost

Still need an energy boost? Don’t be fooled by many of the energy drinks on the market. Read the ingredient list to determine what is going to give you energy. Sugar and synthetic caffeine? Say no, both will only give a temporary boost followed by a crash. Instead choose natural sources of caffeine like gotu kola and kola nut. Research shows they are tonics to the nervous system. They offer a non-stimulating burst of mental and physical energy without the downsides of other caffeine sources (JAMA 1999 Nov 24, 282(20:1898 “Therapeutics of kola” Yarborugh, cc.)

Other ingredients to look for include taurine, B6, glycine and tyrosine that extend the energy boost. These ingredients, along with herbs like rhodiola and astragalus also aid recovery.

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Greens+ guru to host free lecture in St. Albert

- September 5th, 2011

Guess who’s coming to Alberta next week?

Hint: He’s the brainchild behind greens+.

Here’s the press release issued just moments ago …

samFREE PUBLIC LECTURE

Sept 15, 7-9 p.m.

The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr.

St Albert, AB

Sam Graci is calling all boomers:

Do you want to be a rapidly aging senior or a wise elder?

If you choose wise elder, join Sam on The Path to Phenomenal Health: an Inspirational Journey to Vitality and Wellness.

Our bodies are extremely adaptable and able to excel despite increased pollutants, lowered food quality, 24-7-365 lifestyles. Science now shows the body’s ability to rebuild is faster and better than we ever thought possible. How do we improve our adaptability? Sam shows us what to tweak in our daily lifestyle to:

• reduce inflammation

• balance our pH

• repair joints and build bone

• activate energy

• improve vitality and sense of well-being

As Sam says, “You have a choice: become a rapidly aging senior or a wise elder. Tweaking your lifestyle, making conscious decisions is all it takes.”

These tweaks are easy to learn. Sam will discuss:

• the seven-day rejuvenation challenge

• the 10 best energy-producing foods

• how to avoid powerful energy zappers

• the importance of the mind-body connection

• how to rustproof your mind and body

• spiritual insights: laughter, breathe, creativity, meditation

Everyone that meets Sam Graci relishes his high energy and effervescent personality. We all know people like Sam — people that can work long hours, volunteer on committees, exercise regularly and also have quality family time. Yet, over 40% of us say that a lack of energy is interfering with our daily activities. Is there a secret to having sustained energy for a lifetime? You bet and Sam’s got it.

Sam Graci is an internationally renowned lecturer, consultant, researcher, and formulator in the field of optimal human health and nutrition. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in adolescent psychology and chemistry, Sam has additional degrees in education, special education, and counseling. He created and introduced greens+, the most award-winning “green drink” to the Canadian market.

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