Let’s Talk About Strength

Some of our Herbalife family members are in Paris at the moment. That’s right. Paris. While we sit here thankful for the rain, but still a bit grumpy about being a little bit wet, they are living up their lives climbing the Eiffel Tower and visiting places that many of us have only fantasised about. Lucky fishes, right?

Here’s the thing that I love though: They’re having an absolute ball. And they have the strength to do it.

So often we get caught up in the “I need to be thinner” rhetoric that we have somehow interpreted as “truth” when in actual fact “thinness” makes only a very small contribution to our quality of lives. So let me tell you a truth: You don’t need to be thin, but you do need to be strong. And that’s why a healthy active lifestyle is so important. The physically visible attributes of a healthier lifestyle might be more obvious (believe me – as someone who has been with this company for over 20 years now I KNOW how powerful and impressive before and after photographs can be) but I do encourage you to aspire to strength first.

Because there’s nothing better than being able to carry your small child  or grandchild around on your hip without getting tired too quickly. There’s nothing better than being able to chase and play with your kids without being the first one to call it quits. Or run with your dog on the beach. Or hike up van Stadens when the proteas are in bloom. There’s nothing better than having the energy to take the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower instead of waiting in the queues for the lift. Or having the energy to get up early in the morning and jog through the streets of the city of love.

Strength matters. So focus on your strength.

Avocados are Awesome

So I have wonderful news: the price of avocados have gone down in the shops! Which is kind of great because two for R48 was giving me hives. But it must be avo season now because suddenly they’re more affordable. Of course avocados have become known as the clichéd food of choice for millennials, but even if you’re someone who tends to hate on all millennial-fuelled trends, you can’t deny that avocados are awesome. 

Here are some reasons why:

1.) They make the perfect snack food.

Whether eaten on their own (with a splash of salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar) or enjoyed with other foods, they make a great snack. Slice them up on a piece of rye toast, or add a dollop of cream cheese into the convenient hole left by the pit and viola: yummy snack!

2.) They are so good for you. 

Filled with healthy fats, nutrients, and fibre, these heaven-sent gifts from the earth are a great addition to your growing list of healthy foods.

3.) They are a great “alternative”. 

Avocados can be used to replace a large number of less healthy foods. For example, mix a can of tuna with an avocado instead of with mayonnaise. Add lemon juice, tobasco, or vinegar for flavour. You can also use avocados in baking as a replacement for eggs or butter.

4.) Guacamole is the best 

A spicy/garlicky guacamole makes a lovely dip for fresh veggies. I also like to mix it straight into a salad so extra creamy yumminess. Or use it on rice crackers.

These tasty, heart-healthy and weightloss-friendly savoury fruits are definitely something to stock up on now while you don’t have to take out a loan to buy them. Once ripe, keep them in the fridge so that they last a little longer.

Happy eating!

Are you a meal skipper?

Are you a meal skipper? I am. And I’m really really bad about it. For a long time I didn’t think it was a big deal. Like, I’m not hungry so surely it doesn’t matter that I’m not eating. But it is a big deal. And it’s one that might take a while to fix. Just like it might take a while before you see the damage of all those skipped meals.

My habit? Forgetting to eat. And who forgets to eat, right? Turns out: me.

I won’t get too technical, but skipping meals can cause a whole list of problems. From messing with your blood sugar, to slowing your metabolism, depleting your muscle mass, and tanking your energy levels, not fuelling your body regularly can cause quite the mess.

And yet, how often do I find myself in a position where it’s already 4pm and I’ve just realised that I haven’t eaten the whole day? Too often…

After acknowledging that I had to make some serious changes if I wanted my health and energy levels to improve, I knew that I would have to start with ensuring that I have breakfast every day. I’ve since found that my ideal is to eat immediately after waking. Of course, wanting to eat so early in the morning is something that I actually had to get into a habit of. Luckily, drinking my food has been a lot easier to deal with than actual eating and for this I am so grateful to Herbalife.

I know that even though there will probably still be days where I forget to eat, but at least if I stick to my habit of having my shake for breakfast I can be confident that I have at least given myself an essential nutrition boost for the day.

I am trying to break the habit though, and the 5 Day Challenges help a lot.

So I’m on my way to being a former meal skipper. And I know my body is thanking me for it.

How Ideal is Your Breakfast?

It’s hard to know where to start sometimes when it comes to wellness. Most of us know that we aren’t doing enough for ourselves when it comes to general wellbeing, weight management, and fitness, and yet when you look at those things as a whole the entire concept can be completely daunting. Calories, hydration, cardio, weight training, scales, measurements, heart rate, blood pressure! The list goes on, and as the list gets longer, our resolve can get shorter. Then someone throws in the phrase “Lifestyle Change” and the only thing you can think about is beer and cupcakes.

So let’s look away from that big picture for just a moment and focus our attention on just a small (but important) part of that big picture:

What did you have for breakfast today?

We’ve been told our whole lives that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet we still opt to neglect it, mostly for “convenience” reasons. Breakfast time, however, is the best place to start making changes on your road to wellness and it will without a doubt be one of the most effective changes you make. This is where good quality products like Herbalife meal replacements make all the difference. Many people mistake Herbalife for a “diet company” when in fact Herbalife is a nutritional supplement company. Now you can use these supplements to lose weight, maintain your weight, optimize your sports performance or even gain weight if you want to. Feeding your body good nutrition goes hand-in-hand with all of these things and it’s an excellent place to start.

When asked the question “what did you have for breakfast today?” most people answer with “Nothing”. Sometimes you will get the odd person who had a slice of toast with some coffee, or a bit of yogurt and cereal, but the norm is that people tend to skip breakfast altogether, which kinds of sets a bad tone for the entire day. Hydrating and feeding your body properly in the morning will make such a huge difference to your overall wellbeing that it is one change that can absolutely not be neglected in the quest for better health.

This is where Herbalife meal replacements can literally change your life. If you try nothing else in your efforts for A Better Lifestyle, try this.

Herbalife has a group of three products which make for the ideal get-up-and-go breakfast. (more…)

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…)

Tips for Weight Maintenance After Weight Loss

If you don’t want that lost weight to come back and find you, you can’t just stop what you were doing. When it comes right down to it, what you do in order to lose weight and what you need to do to keep it off are pretty much one and the same. So here are some tips for managing your weight successfully.

  • Remember what got you into trouble in the first place. Was it too much fast food? Eating when you’re stressed? Too many sweets? You know yourself well enough to know when you’re falling back into old habits, so catch yourself before a slip becomes a fall.
  • Continue to keep track of what you’re doing. Keeping a food and exercise log and tracking your weight are great tools when you’re in the weight loss phase – but don’t stop there. Self-monitoring is key to weight maintenance. You’re more likely to be successful if you continue to keep track.
  • Stay active. Once you’ve lost weight, your body burns fewer calories than it did when you were heavier – so exercise plays a critical role in helping to burn calories and keep your weight off.
  • Recognize what your true, best and natural weight is. In your efforts to lose, you may have ended up at a weight that’s actually below your body’s natural, healthy, weight – and it may be difficult to maintain. That’s not to say that you should let all your weight come back. But sometimes you may find it easier to maintain a weight that’s slightly higher than you had intended. Many of my clients tell me they’re happiest when they just live a healthy, active lifestyle and let their bodies find their own healthy, natural weight. For them, it’s so much better than obsessing over every bite of food they eat – even if it means carrying a few extra pounds.
  • Reward yourself. When you were losing, you probably found ways to give yourself a pat on the back for sticking to your plan. But don’t forget to reward yourself for continuing those new habits every day.
  • Remind yourself of how much you’ve accomplished. Keeping photographs around is good – old ones to remind you of where you were, and new ones to remind you of how far you’ve come. Remind yourself of all the positive steps you’ve taken to improve your health – and of how empowered you are, now that you’ve managed to take charge and manage your weight successfully.*

*Written by Susan Bowerman. Susan is Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a board-certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

*Article originally posted on Discover Good Nutrition 

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Food rules: your own personal dietary guidelines – Guest Post

While there’s plenty to be said for the tried-and-true strategy of daily calorie counting, many people seem to easily manage their weight by simply following a few “food rules” they’ve set up for themselves.  They know which foods (or eating behaviors) get them into trouble – and they also know that as long as they stick to their self-imposed rules, it doesn’t take much more than that to keep their weight in check.

For instance, here are a few of my food rules:

  • I don’t drink fruit juice
  • I have a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack
  • I don’t drink wine during the week
  • I don’t eat deep-fried foods

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Building Your Own Balanced Diet from the Ground Up – Guest Post

In truth, we’re all on a diet every day. We each have our own dietary habits and patterns that make up our usual “diet”. Sometimes we make changes to that diet – often to cut down on our calories – in which case you might say you’re “dieting” or “on my diet” (that is, until a few weeks later… when you’re “off my diet”).

What Makes a Diet Good or Bad?

There are certainly “good” diets and “bad” diets – we all know people who choose foods carefully and eat well, just as we know others who seem to eat nothing but fast foods and soda. And, if you need to lose weight, then “dieting” – in the most general sense – is probably a good thing. But it really depends on how you approach your weight loss.

If your weight loss diet is one you can stick with, is well-balanced and leads to a healthy rate of weight loss, then yes, in that case dieting is definitely “good”. But, if the weight loss diet you’re attempting to follow is unbalanced, if it’s so strict that you can’t stick with it, or if it’s so low in calories that you have no energy or you lose weight too quickly, I’d say that’s “bad”. (more…)

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…)