Afternoon energy slump? Tips to get your zing back!

Afternoon crash.  Siesta time.  After-lunch slump.  The two o’clock droop.  Whatever you call it, most of us have experienced it from time to time – it’s that point at which your energy level simply takes a nosedive in the middle of the afternoon.

You may feel more than just a crash in your energy level.  That after-lunch slump can make you feel a little irritable, too.  Maybe you’ve got a mild headache, or feel as if you’re not thinking very clearly.   And, almost certainly, that energy crash is causing some serious sugar cravings, too. 

What Causes the Afternoon Crash?

Your body’s natural internal clock is partly to blame for the afternoon energy dip.   Everyone’s energy level ebbs and flows during a 24-hour period and, for most of us, the strongest drive to sleep comes on a few hours after midnight.  But another dip – although not usually quite as powerful – also naturally occurs in the early-to-mid afternoon.  By that time of day, most people have been up and alert for 6 or 8 hours or so, and the natural need for sleep is starting to build – and you feel the crash coming on. (more…)

The Smallest Resolution

Whenever we get to the end of January I find myself considering resolutions again. If you’re anything like me you spend the last few days of December and the beginning of January lost in grand thoughts of improbable resolutions. I have to wonder if these resolutions do not set us up for disillusionment. Often what happens, especially with health goals and attempts at lifestyle changes, is that we tend to give up on resolutions almost immediately because we take on too many of them. Goals are such an important part of life, of course, and they are undoubtedly a pastime to be encouraged, but what if we’re biting off more than we can chew? It seems to me we could be.

I propose that we step back from the overwhelming resolutions that we try to tackle all at once and break them down into something a little more bite-sized. How about, instead of giving ourselves a long list of new rules to live by, we start with just one?

Drink more water.

Our part of the world is experiencing overwhelming heat, which means that dehydration is more likely than normal. We all know we should be drinking water and yet we still aren’t always doing it. So why don’t we all start with just this one resolution? We can practice the water for a while, and then add the next one.

Once you’ve mastered sticking to one resolution, it becomes easier to stick to the next one, right?

(that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

Taste Tip: Add Herbal Aloe to your water for a refreshing change. Contact us for more info on the health benefits of drinking aloe.

 

 

The Power of a Healthy Breakfast

We in the Herbalife world are kind of big on breakfast and you’ll often hear a Herbalifer say something like “Don’t worry about losing weight  or not having the time to prepare healthy meals. Just change your breakfast.” This is because we know how powerful just one change can be. And we know that this one change will lead to more changes.

The truth is that many of us set ourselves lofty goals that we are unable to stick to. We decide “I must lose weight” and then we set up a crazy eating plan coupled with way more exercise than we can handle. We then skip one day of “being good” and then another day goes and then a third and fourth. Next thing you know we’re despondent and we’re giving up.

I have a small suggestion:

Instead of making a long list of changes that will overwhelm you, why don’t you start with just one change?

That’s right, just one. Your breakfast.

If you exchange your usual breakfast for a Herbalife Healthy Breakfast, your results will help you make all those other changes. Because do you what is more motivating than getting a positive result? Getting even morepositive results!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make an appointment for a free wellness evaluation with Anthony by mailing us or giving Anthony a call/whatsapp on 083 651 3980.
  2. Come and visit us at The Lifestyle Wellness Hub (in real life!) where you can try out our shake and tea so you can see for yourself that they are quite tasty.
  3. Jump on our fancy scale which will help you get a better understanding of what is happening in your body right now (BMI/weight/fat percentage/muscle percentage/water/metabolic age).
  4. Start on a healthy breakfast programme.
  5. Come back in a week so that you can see the difference happening in your body thanks to the good nutrition that you have suddenly started feeding yourself.

Pretty simple, isn’t it?

What are your goals this year?

And just like that it’s Wednesday already and our kids are back in school and we’re back behind the grindstone. Those holidays felt short, didn’t they?

This is usually my favourite time of year. The New Beginnings part of the year. When everything feels fresh. Change feels imminent. Hope and possibility abound.

But intent and action are two very different things, aren’t they? And as great as intentions may be, as much as they count in the grand scheme of things, without action intentions become meaningless.

So what are your intentions for this year? And what action will you be carrying out towards those intentions?

As I stumble about my rather chaotic (though seemingly meaningless) days at the moment I keep having to slow myself down and remember that yes, I’ve got all these lofty ideas in my head for how I would like the year to go, but perhaps it might do me well to actually write them down and come up with some sort of plan to achieve them. A systematic approach may well even calm the internal chaos of the start to 2019.

Matt and Vanessa’s Eat Clean Train Lean challenge started on Monday with 150 participants. I cannot help but admire the focus and action on the part of all of these guys. Trainers and participants alike. They all have a plan, and they’re sticking to it together, and enjoying massive results because of it.

I’m moving house in seven weeks and I have ten years worth of stuff to go through before then. It is overwhelming to say the very least. But then I keep thinking to myself, “Why do the challenges work so well?” and I think the answer is that because every single day each participant knows exactly what they need to do. Perhaps I should allow that model to inspire me to write up a Move House Challenge? And just like those participants I will work through this mountain day by day to get the results I’m looking for.

What’s your challenge for this year?