Happy New Year from our Natur-Tyme family!
Wishing you and your family a prosperous year full of good health and lots of cheer! We hope you enjoy these informative articles, delicious winter recipes, and a SNEAK PEAK of Spring into Health 2020! PLUS, we have added an exclusive money-saving coupon—just for you!

When I started to plan Spring into Health 2020—the 20th anniversary of this event, I wanted to reflect on the past, empower for today, and provide inspiration for the future. My first speaker 20 years ago, under a tent, in the Natur-Tyme parking lot in Geddes Plaza, was Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph. I set out to see if he was alive and well and able to travel to Syracuse. A few twists and turns and we connected!

What a beautiful way to celebrate 20 years by reflecting back to where the event started as well as where the journey has gone!

My personal connection with Dr. Mindell:

Almost 25 years ago, I decided to move back to Syracuse (after spending 20 years in Houston) to learn the “family” business,
Natur-Tyme. I said to my Dad, Stan Meyerson, I was pharmaceutically raised, how do I even begin to learn this new world of vitamins and supplements? A week later, a box arrived on my doorstep in Houston and inside was Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible!

My professional education was strictly establishment when it came to vitamins. My courses in pharmacology, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and public health hardly dealt with vitamins at all—except in relation to deficiency diseases. Lack of Vitamin C? Scurvy. Out of B1? Beriberi. Not enough Vitamin D? Rickets. My courses were the standard fare with the usual references to a balanced diet and eating the “Right Foods” (all unappetizingly illustrated on semi-glossy charts). There were no references to vitamins being used for disease prevention or as ways to optimum health.

In 1965, I opened my first pharmacy. Until then, I never
realized just how many drugs people were taking; not for illness, but simply to get through the day. I had one patient who had prescriptions for pills to supplant virtually all his bodily functions—and he wasn’t even sick! My partner at the time
was very vitamin-oriented. Both of us were working fifteen
hours a day, but only I looked and felt it.

Every year, “exercise” tops the New Year’s resolution list followed by “weight loss.” More of us are recognizing that health is wealth. The challenge is that these resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. The two main reasons are that we get bored or we get lost.

Crunch Fitness recognizes this, which is why we have emphasized group fitness for over 30 years. Group fitness not only helps you find motivation and inspiration, but also lets you be part of a community. From yoga to Zumba to our plethora of proprietary classes, our goal at Crunch is to create a community that will keep you coming back for more.

Similarly, we know the intimidation factor when a member walks into a gym. This is why Crunch provides you with an instruction manual called the Crunch One Kickoff. Your first month’s dues go toward the Kickoff. Our certified personal trainers will tailor the perfect program to help you reach your goals, designed 100% around you.

Looking for one simple way to pack a bunch of nutrients into your busy life? Pull out your blender and have some fun creating delicious smoothies that can improve your health and help you to feel your best. You can blend fruit with milk or an alternative milk (ie: almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc). You can use frozen fruit instead of ice. Some fun combos include frozen bananas with chocolate almond milk and nut butter, or frozen strawberries and frozen bananas with rice milk. For a tropical flavor, try pineapples, frozen mango, and coconut milk. To get the most out of your smoothie, consider protein powder and/or Superfood add-ons.

Make your Smoothie a Meal with Protein Powder

You can create a meal out of smoothies by simply adding a protein powder to your fruit and milk blend. Here are common protein powders that we often recommend:

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