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Natural Grocers opens 100th store in Scottsdale and celebrates its 60th anniversary

What do you get when you mix a shopper- friendly environment and an unrivaled selection of only 100% USDA certified organic fresh produce? You get a new hot spot to shop, eat and meet up at with like minded individuals looking to cook and consume the highest quality foods on the market. I would like to introduce the SICFIT community to Natural Grocers a family-run business that has been empowering health since 1955. Opening it’s 100th store located on Scottsdale road, perfectly placed between Thunderbird and Acoma less than 2 miles away from SICFIT Scottsdale.

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Najla and I were invited to attend an exclusive sampling and sneak peak to the newest grocery store on the block. We can not express how excited we were to have a new health food store around the corner from our home, business and school. As master lifestyle coaches, Foodies, Chefs and experts in food preparation and cooking we found ourselves with mouths wide open as we toured the store and were given a full presentation on the story behind Natural Grocers. A company that began 60 years ago Thursday and was funded on only $200 has become a National leader in quality nutrition. They carry ZERO products that contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. They do NOT sell hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils and you will only find USDA Certified Organic Produce with no GMO’s.


In addition to the stores quality control, the North Scottsdale location will have on staff Nutritionist to answer any questions. Along with in store presentations and education with a nutritional health coach (NHC). One of the coolest things I appreciate was the local community meeting space with full kitchen to enjoy the fresh food you just purchased, have a meeting or rent the space out and create your own cooking show. Note only Gluten free products carried at Natural Grocers are allowed.


Look for continued grocery store tours, education and seminars on health, wellness and lifestyle from Luke and Najla Kayyem.

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STORE HOURS: MON – SAT: 8AM – 9:04PM, SUN: 8AM – 7:00PM
(480) 483-2200 | NATURALGROCERS.COM


What is the Difference Between Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup?

The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup vs High Fructose Corn Syrup

Syrup is an additive used in food, and Corn Syrup made from corn is one such additive. Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup are mostly used as sweeteners.

Corn Syrup is a thick sweet syrup that is produced by the breaking down of corn starch. This breaking down takes place by combining it with enzymes or heating it with a dilute acid. High Fructose Corn Syrup is produced by the enzymatic action which changes dextrose sugar into fructose sugar.

When comparing the two syrups, the High Fructose Corn Syrup is sweeter. This is what makes High Fructose Corn Syrup the preferred additive in processed foods, fast foods and sodas.

The High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly concentrated form of corn syrup. As there is more sugar, the High Fructose Corn Syrup will add to the glucose levels in the body. This means that Corn Syrup is less dangerous than High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Though both the Corn Syrup and the High Fructose Corn Syrup are known to be harmful to the human body, the latter is considered to be more dangerous. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is known to increase the bad cholesterol levels in the body.

Another difference that can be seen is that Corn Syrup does not dissolve as easily as High Fructose Corn Syrup because of its viscosity. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is more available than Corn Syrup. When comparing the price, the High Fructose Corn Syrup is cheaper.  High Fructose Corn Syrup also adds more shelf life to food.

For more information on healthy eating visit this link, call 480-922-3253 and schedule with a coach or attend one of our signature events “Food as Fuel” July 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm & “Cooking with the Kayyem’s” August 1, 2014 @ 6:00 pm. Both will be held at SICFIT Scottsdale.



What is Paleo?

The original five food groups. Eat the way nature intended.

The original five food groups. Eat the way nature intended.

Paleo is a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic Era – a period of about 2.5 million years that ended around 12,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. It is known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated Paleo Diet), also referred to as the Caveman Diet, Stone Age Diet, and Hunter-Gatherer Diet.

A general rule, Paleo foods are foods that don’t require and kind of advanced processing to be made edible. This leaves a wide variety of foods available like meat, fish, poultry and game, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruit, and most naturally occurring fats and oils.

5 Steps to Paleo:

Step 1: Hydrate. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day.

Step 2: Eliminate wheat from your diet and increase your consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. This can be a challenge since it means eliminating things like bread, cereal, and pasta from your diet.

Step 3: Eliminate dairy from your diet. Increase your protein consumption.

Step 4: Eliminate all other starches (corn, rice, and beans).

Step 5: Eliminate processed foods & sugars (only sugar from fruit allowed).

Paleo and Power Lifting: A Perfect Pair


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, January 2, 2014

When it comes to eating paleo, a little time and effort is required. We have to maintain a full stock of fresh produce and meat. Microwave dinners and fast food is out of the question. And more than a little prep work is usually required to get dinner on the table. So for those nights where quick and easy is the name of the game, here is a super simple baked escarole recipe from that will complement virtually any protein you decide to dish up!
  • 1 large head of escarole, cut into quarters (or 3 heads of radicchio, cut in half lengthwise)
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Sunny Paris seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar

“I preheated the oven to 400 F and grabbed a 9×13” glass baking dish. I coated the dish with ghee before putting the escarole in a single layer. I drizzled the remaining ghee over the top of the greens and seasoned with Sunny Paris, salt, and pepper. I roasted the greens in the oven for 15 minutes before flipping them. After an additional 8-10 minutes, the escarole was finished — tender yet crunchy on the edges. Before taking the dish to the table, I drizzled on some aged balsamic vinegar.”


Spend 20 minutes to establish a heavy front squat 3RM/ 1RM
Spend 15 minutes to establish a heavy deadlift 3RM/1RM
Spend 10 minutes to establish a heavy strict press 3RM/1RM
Spend 5 minutes in the plank position (go to failure, record max)
Record all of these scores/weights/misses and makes in your success journal

Paleo Recipe: Apple Pie Balls

Craving a sweet treat? Here is a great recipe to hit your sweet tooth and one that the whole family will enjoy! Want to learn more fun and easy recipes? Be sure to join us for Food as Fuel on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30pm. This FREE seminar will give you all kinds of tricks and tips to stay healthy in 2014! Sign up at the gym or email to reserve your spot for the seminar!


1 C cinnamon apple chips (look for a brand that has 2-3 ingredients: apple, coconut oil, cinnamon)

1 C cinnamon apple rings (recipe to make your own in Eat Like a Dinosaur)

1 C coconut flakes

1 C soft medjool dates

3/4 C raisins


♥ Add all ingredients, except raisins, to a food processor and pulse until they come together to form a ball when molded in your hand – about 1-2 minutes and the apple chips will be 1/4″ shards

♥ Add raisins and pulse a few more times, so that there’s still chunks of them (if you don’t want chunky raisins in your balls, then add raisins to main batch and save yourself this step, but we like the treat of surprise raisin bites!)

♥ Form tablespoon size balls, the dough shouldn’t be too sticky so we skipped rolling them in coconut flakes this time – but you can do that if you’d like.

♥ EAT!

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