The Herbalife Inclusivity

Some of you may have noticed that Anthony – my dad – isn’t around this week. He’s actually in Cologne right now, at the at some or other event. Will I ever keep up? I do envy him right now.

Whenever I think of these massive events that the company puts on, I must admit that I do actually get quite a tingle of pride. It’s hard not to if you’ve ever been to one.

This is because one thing becomes very apparent when you attend these massive events:

Herbalife is for everyone.

And how can I not love that? It is my absolute favourite thing about what we do. Sure, when you’re working on a small scale, this inclusivity may not be so obvious. Sometimes, it might even look a little exclusive, depending on where you look. But on a large scale it is something that cannot be hidden.

When you go to a big Herbalife event, be it an extravaganza, or an awards ceremony, or a retreat, or a Herbalife holiday, you immediately realise that you are surrounded by so much diversity. It is quite intriguing.

In what other space do you find yourself surrounded by such a massive collection of backgrounds, cultures, races, ages, sizes, shapes. The representation is endless.

And I love that reminder.

I love being reminded that you don’t have to be any specific way to succeed in this business. You don’t have to come from a specific background, you don’t have to be a specific race, you don’t have to have a specific style, or body type, or carry yourself in any specific way.  You can be a down-to-earth casual type, you can be a sport and fitness fanatic, you can be a serious businessman, you can be a plain homemaker. All you need is a willingness to learn and a bit of tenacity.

Whoever you are. Whatever you are. There is space for you.

Above all else I cannot help but love this little nugget of truth the most.

If you’d like more information on what we do and how we do it, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

How Your Dining Companions Influence Your Food Intake – Guest Post

The amount of food you eat at a meal is influenced by many factors – how hungry you are, how the food tastes, and even environmental factors like the color of the room, the lighting or the noise level. But there’s another big factor that can’t be overlooked – your dining companion (or companions) can greatly influence how much you eat, too.

The research in this area is really interesting. What it tells us is that the amount we eat at a meal is influenced not only by the eating habits of the person we’re with, but also the number of people who are at the table. And, even the gender of the person sitting across from you can have an impact.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, the way you eat in a social situation (as opposed to what you do in private) is influenced by something called modeling – in essence, you pattern your eating behaviors after the behaviors of those around you. As you eat with other people, their behavior influences your perception of what is the “right” amount of food to eat in a certain situation and, by modeling them, you tend to follow suit.

Light vs. Heavy Eaters as Dining Companions

When you eat by yourself, it’s a bit easier to pay attention to your body’s signals that tell you when you’re hungry and when you’re full. That’s one reason why it’s often easier to control your intake when you eat alone. But when you are modeling other people’s eating behaviors, it’s as if these internal signals have been dialed back. (more…)

Spring Springing

To all the Herbalovers and the Herbacurious out there:

The calendar says that it is finally SPRING! Now I admit that our temperate Port Elizabethan climate means that the spectacularity of spring can sometimes be lost to us, but I have noticed that a couple of our trees are blooming already and though we’ve barely had a winter, it seems that warmer days are definitely on their way.

Now, like New Year’s, the start of spring tends to make a chance for new beginnings for many of our wayward selves. September first marks a chance to make better choices and take renewed action when it comes to your health and wellness.

Is it silly? Well of course it is. September first is no more magical than January first. Or Mondays for that matter. But we do like these little markers for new beginnings and so I just wanted to wish you all, and myself, loads of luck with any renewed commitments to your quality of life.

HAPPY SPRING!!!

Email us for more information on how to join us on one of our Spring Eat Clean Train Lean Challenges.

 

The Importance of Good Sleep

Ah, Sleep! There’s nothing quite like a good deep sleep to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start your day. As little as two consecutive nights of bad sleep can leave you feeling groggy and irritable, but good sleep has far more benefits than the otherwise obvious. Sure, a good night’s sleep sets you up for a less grumpy day, and it might help keep those pesky bags-under-the-eye at bay, but good sleep is also worth so much more.

Here are just a few reasons for you to consider a slightly earlier bedtime:

Healthy Brain Function

A good night’s sleep goes a long way to keeping your brain functioning at optimum levels. Sleep prepares you mentally to face the next day and ultimately allows you the capacity to make decisions, solve problems, and cope with change.

Emotional Wellbeing

Lack of sleep can lead to various mental ailments such as stress and depression. Bad sleeping patterns can also lead to difficulty with focus and concentration, which can in turn lead to struggles that ultimately lead to stress and more lack of sleep. Staying out of this vicious cycle is exceptionally important to your sunny disposition.

Physical Health

You body performs all sorts of healing functions while you sleep. The heart and blood vessels especially benefit from a good night’s sleep, lowering your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Immune System

Good sleep plays a vital role in the way your immune system works. Compromised sleep may result in your immune systems response going off kilter, which will lead to your body struggle to fight off even the simplest of colds.

Appetite & Obesity

A good night’s sleep helps to maintain the balance between hunger and satiation hormones. Bad sleeping patterns may cause you to feel unnecessarily hungry all the time. Regular lack of sleep is also known to increase the risk of obesity.

A healthy lifestyle starts with a shake

Our delicious Formula 1 Shake Mix provides protein from milk and soy, essential micronutrients and added botanicals and herbs.

Key benefits

  • The number 1 meal-replacement shake in the world.* Formula 1 Shake Mix have helped people all across the globe reach their weight-loss goals. Reach yours today!
  • Underpinned by science: Clinical studies show that daily use of meal replacement shakes as part of a calorie restricted diet is proven effective for managing weight, along with moderate exercise.**
  • Kilojoule-controlled: Approximately 920 kJ per serving when made according to directions.
  • Source of protein from dairy and soy (18 g per serving).
  • Quick to whip up, a Formula 1 Shake Mix is a convenient alternative to a high-kilojoule breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Soy protein: providing essential amino acids.
  • Provides essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Available in various delicious flavours and also available: Formula 1 Free From Shake – free from lactose, soy and gluten when made according to instructions and suitable for vegetarians.

How can it help you?

When trying to lose or manage your weight, it’s important to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. A shake like Formula 1  Shake Mix helps you to control your kilojoule intake whilst also providing essential vitamins and minerals, with carbohydrates and protein.

Source: MyHerbalife

Recipe: Turbo Tea

One of my favourite ways to start the day is with what I have been affectionately referring to as “turbo tea”. I must admit…the name comes purely from a love of alliteration, but since one of the ingredients on the list is the Herbalife Thermojetics Concentrate, I reckon that “turbo” is a safe description.

As a coffee drinker I am the first to understand how hard it is to get out of the morning coffee habit. If nothing else, coffee drinkers like myself attach a romanticism to it, which far outweighs the energy benefits of the caffeine boost in the first place.

You wake up.

You have your coffee.

You are ready for the day.

There is a loveliness to the ritual.

I must admit that personally this was one of the hardest health changes for me to make. Not because I really “need” the coffee, but because I need the ritual.

I have, however, managed to exchange it for something else and I must admit that the change has brought with it a kind of glowing state of content. I of course have no scientific reason to give you for the change, I can only admit that I am quite enjoying my coffee replacement.

Now, the Herbalife Thermojectics Herbal Concentrate is an excellent product on its own, but after reading up on the benefits of apple cider vinegar I came up with my turbo tea.

Turbo Tea

1 mug boiling water

1 thick slice of lemon

1 serving of original Herbalife Thermojetics Herbal Concentrate powder

1 splash of organic apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

I find that this drink makes a great replacement for the morning coffee ritual. The strong flavours are somehow energising and relaxing at the same time. I can’t help but feel as if I am doing my body a favour by feeding it this concoction, which is gentle on my stomach and pleasant to taste.

Do you have a favourite healthy wake-up drink?

Instant Herbal Beverage

Add more fruits and vegetables to your Herbalife shake

If you have trouble working enough fruits and vegetables into your day, adding them to your smoothies can be an easy way to boost your intake.

Fruits:  Personally I find the best way to use fruits in a smoothie is to freeze them first. Especially in the summer months when it is so hot. But of course fresh fruits are just as delicious! Aside from the typical berries or bananas, you might try mixing it up with less-typical fruits like kiwi, pomegranate seeds, guava or melon. I love adding frozen watermelon or frozen mango to my shake. And, believe it or not, our strawberry shake mixed with freshly squeezed orange juice is quite delicious.

Vegetables: These are a little trickier if you’re not used to trendy smoothies! Try things like cooked carrots, pumpkin, beets or butternut squash in small quantities. These are great smoothie boosters because they’re mildly sweet without being too obtrusive.  Baby greens – like baby spinach – are also mild in flavour and make you feel super healthy because they turn your shake green. Kale and wheatgrass as great ad-ins too if you can stomach the taste. But seriously, rather don’t put things in your shake that will make you not want to drink it. It’s not worth having to fight with your mind about whether or not kale tastes a little bit like blood. Rather stick to the things that make you happy to have your shake!