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Here’s to a Healthy New Year... and Healthier New You!
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We wish the best to friends old and new... we enjoyed your company in 2007 and look forward to exciting developments in 2008

Our wish is that we all will live healthier, happier lives in 2008, and we’d like to share some tips for doing just that.

To us, the path toward healthier, happier lives means taking sensible steps to care for our environment, our people, our society, and personal health.

As to the last point, aging is inexorable but its specific course is not invariable. What we do matters, from exercise, recreation, and work to our social relations and selected sustenance.

And we know a lot more now about how to make aging a much healthier affair. For this knowledge we owe a great deal to two groups:

  • Pioneering researchers like William Lands, Ph.D., Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., and William Grant, Ph.D., who've opened everyone's eyes to the once-unsuspected importance of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
  • Creative physician-communicators who’ve brought obscure but relevant research findings forth: from pioneers like Andrew Weil, Nicholas Perricone and Christiane Northrup to newer voices like William Sears, Mark Hyman, and Joseph Mercola.

We’ve been fortunate to have learned from and become acquainted with many of these thought leaders, and they’ve seen fit to recommend us as a reliable source of superior wild seafood and healthful organic fare (Read their comments here).

We hope that you’ll visit our virtual world in 2007, and also allow us to keep bringing you, to employ a useful cliché, “news you can use.” Let us know what you want more or less of from this newsletter and our products and Web site.

(FYI, we're doing some Web site work behind the scenes that we think will enhance your experience at stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks.)

Top Ten Health Tips for 2008

Staying healthy and getting healthier is actually a pretty simple matter. And it’s no coincidence that we’ve built our virtual food venture around these principles.

These are some common sense, science-based ways to feel and look your best, and be better able to do all you desire for yourself and others.

  1. Get fitter, in two ways:
    A) Build muscle strength with weights, bands, machines, calisthenics, pushups, sit ups, and pull ups… a little resistance training goes a long way toward shifting your metabolism into a fat-burning mode.
    B) Go walking, running, dancing, biking, swimming… aerobic exercise aids heart health, deters diabetes, and enhances weight control.
  2. Feed and grow your personal circle. Cultivate friendships and partnerships.
  3. Help others. It feels good and comes back in unexpected ways. Pay it forward, as they say.
  4. Enjoy fish at least twice a week, and more if possible. Favor fatty fish, which are higher in omega-3s and vitamin D. 
  5. Obtain your carbs from beans, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and whole grains, all of which are high in fiber and resistant starch, and beneficial antioxidants. (Note: Whole wheat bread is better than white, but is partially refined.) Choose oats, wheat berries, whole corn (especially red-blue hued kernels), dark rye, and buckwheat, which is actually a highly healthful fruit that looks, bakes, and cooks like a cereal grain.
  6. Go easy on soda, candies, and pastries. Sugar fuels inflammation and is linked to diabetes and dementia.
  7. Meditation and prayer can help relieve stress and increase contentment and inner peace.
  8. Eat the rainbow… colorful foods are full of antioxidants that retard aging inside our cells, and keep their energy factories running well.
  9. Favor oils whose fats are mostly the monounsaturated kind: extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, and hi-oleic versions of sunflower or safflower oil. Avoid oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as soy, corn, canola, and “regular” sunflower and safflower oil. Acceptable exceptions are the “hi-oleic” (i.e., mostly monunsaturated) sunflower and safflower oils available at natural food stores. Avoid hydrogenated oils, as they are full of heart-attacking trans omega-6 fats.
  10. Get the checkups you need for your age range. Colonoscopies, mammograms, blood tests, and the like save lives.

Thanks for reading Vital Choices over the past year. We hope it's been worth it for you, and that you'll let us know how to keep you coming back for years to come!

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