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?

3 Health Benefits of Yoga

You may have noticed that I’m a fan of yoga. I’m no guru, of course. Or, yogi, for that matter. I’m naturally bendy so that’s a plus but I’m not particularly strong so yoga tends to beat me often. The strength will improve as I keep it up. The thing is though, if there were no benefits to yoga other than the stress relief that I get from the practice, that would be enough. There are, however, numerous benefits to maintaining a regular yoga practice. The conscientious  among us might notice even the smallest of benefits after each session. It is always good to take stock of how you are feeling before and after your practice, and keep these niggles in mind as inspiration to continue.

Here are just 3 great benefits to establishing a regular practice:

1. Improved flexibility

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to notice a vast improvement in your flexibility once you start practicing yoga. Touching your toes may seem like an impossibility today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inevitability. This flexibility will in turn go a long way to alleviating pains that arise from tight joints and muscle tension.

2. Build Muscle

Yoga combines muscle building with flexibility which leads to strong, toned muscles (which look beautiful) coupled with the health benefits of having stronger muscles. such as better protection against ailments like arthritis and back pain.

3. Better Posture

There’s something commanding about a good posture, and yoga can help you get one. Aside from the aesthetics, though, an improved posture may very well lead to improved health all round. A bad posture can, for instance, cause that feeling of constant fatigue. Improving your posture can also help with muscle and joint pain.

3 Fun Ways to Reduce Stress

I think we probably all have our little ways of coping when our slow-paced hearts butt heads with this fast-paced world, but personally I’m a huge fan of chamomile tee and lavender bubble baths with real sprigs of lavender. Some folks run marathons and lift heavy things and do many many squats. We all have an idea of what works for us, but sometimes we just need a little something extra.

Here are some simple ideas for you to try:

1.) Hit the pool

It’s summer time here in South Africa and summer should never go to waste. Slip into your bathing suit and take yourself off for a little float. Forget the manic race to improve your length time (or whatever) and just take a few moments to float. Face up. Eyes closed. Slow breathing. Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

A Swedish study published in the International Journal of Stress Management found that floating in water triggers the body’s relaxation response, helping lower stress-hormone levels. Even better, nearly 80 percent of the subjects showed improvements such as feeling less tense and depressed. ~ Shape

2. Listen to music

One thing we all got right as teenagers was the fact that music does wonders for that happiness thing that we’re all chasing. Remember back in the days when you weren’t able to go a day without listening to your favourite tunes? Go back there! Listen to music that uplifts you. Listen to music that makes you want to dance. Listen to music that makes you want to sing. And crank up that volume!

3. Cuddle your pet

Studies show that stroking an animal helps to significantly lower tension. It seems like such an insignificant act, but from personal experience I would have to admit that there has been a huge increase in my own personal happiness since I invited a couple of rescue animals to live in my home. (Just remember: when it comes to pets ADOPT DON’T SHOP!)

Do you have an simple stress relieving techniques that you would like to share?

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.

5 Reasons That You’re Always Tired

Life in the 21st century can be pretty hectic and it’s easy to use the busyness of our lives as a reason for the fact that we are always tired. Do you ever get that? Somehow you manage a good night’s sleep but you wake up barely refreshed, so you desperately reach for that first cup of coffee? And then the first cup quickly turns into the second, the fifth, the eighth…doesn’t it?

Our lives, however, do not have to be lived through rivers of caffeine while we hold our thumbs in hope of getting through another day. Sometimes, the reasons for our relentless fatigue are quite simple, and because they stem from simple lifestyle choices, they may be remedied with equally simple changes.

Reason 1: You’re Skipping Breakfast

We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet so few of us ensure that our morning meal is a good one. We make do with a cup of coffee and one the odd occasion indulge in a slice of toast with jam. It’s not enough. Your breakfast sets you up for the day and plays a big role in your energy levels. You need protein and healthy fats and fibre. It’s a fairly simple combination, but if you’re feeling weary about it, the easiest route might be to make yourself a smoothie with our Formula 1 Protein Shake. That way you can take the guess work out of preparing yourself a healthy breakfast and feel confident that you have consumed a balanced meal before starting your day.

Reason 2: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Even the slightest bit of dehydration can play havoc on your energy levels. Increasing your water intake could easily be all it takes to improve your day.

Reason 3: You Keep Eating Junk Food

High GI foods cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then drop. This is no way to achieve good energy levels!

Reason 4: You Skip Exercise

It may seem like skipping your workout in favour of conserving a bit of energy is a good idea, but exercise plays a huge role in increased energy levels. If a big workout is too daunting, try a brisk walk instead.

Reason 5: You’re Drinking Before Bedtime

Yes, that glass of wine makes you feel like you’ve slept a little better, but alcohol ultimately sabotages your sleep as it is digested. It is understood to be best to stop drinking alcohol for up to four hours before you go to bed.

A Few More Tips for Better Sleep

We discussed last week that sometimes it takes a little effort to establish a good sleeping routine. Elusive sleep can be an absolute drain on your energy levels and after a while you might start to feel like you’re going just a little bit mad. Not ideal. There are some things that you can do to help

Here are some more sleeping tips to try to make sure that you get those 8 hours in!

  1. Don’t Toss and Turn – If you still haven’t fallen asleep after twenty minutes of trying it might be best to turn the light back on and do a bit of reading until you’re ready to fall asleep again. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a night of tossing and turning which is most certainly not ideal.
  2. Keep the Bedroom Optimised for Sleep – Remove the television and other electronics and keep your bedroom a tech-free zone. This reinforces the idea that your bedroom is for sleeping and your body will condition itself to that idea.
  3. Limit Your Alcohol Intake – While alcohol might help you fall asleep, once the depressive effect wears off it may have the opposite effect and cause you to wake instead.
  4. Nap Less – Of course it makes sense that struggling to sleep at night can lead to needing to nap during the day, but napping may disrupt your sleep cycle so if you’re having a problem sleeping you might need to consider forcing yourself to skip the afternoon siestas.
  5. Try to Avoid Sleeping Tablets – If they’re unavoidable, work alongside your doctor to figure out how to use them effectively and for as little time as possible.

Do you have any sleeping tips?

5 Tips For Better Sleep

We all know that good sleep is essential to our overall wellbeing, and yet for so many of us sleep can be an elusive little rat, leaving us staring wide-eyed at dark ceilings until the early hours of the morning, and then refusing to leave once the alarm goes off. We do, however, tend to often leave our sleeping patterns to chance. So much care is taken when it comes to preparing the foods that fuel our bodies, and time is carved out for the activities we take part in to ensure that our bodies remain strong and fit. Perhaps it is time to do the same for our sleeping patterns.

Here are some quick tips for a better night’s sleep:

  1. Watch Your Diet – Make sure that you go to bed neither hungry nor too full. Both states may contribute to keeping you awake.
  2. Cut Down on the Caffeine – While coffee might be helping you wake up in the morning, it could also be contributing to keeping you up at night. Try to limit you caffeine intake after lunch and see if it makes a difference to your sleep schedule.
  3. Reconsider the Smoking – Aside from the obvious health risks related to the consumption of nicotine, it can also keep you awake at night.
  4. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule – A sleep schedule will train your brain to be tired at the right time of day. It’s important to continue waking and going to bed at the same night on a daily basis, even on weekends.
  5. Exercise Daily – As little as a twenty minute walk in the early evenings can make a huge difference to your night’s sleep.

The smallest changes can make a big difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

Good luck, and sleep tight…

4 Ways to Add More Water to your Daily Diet

We all know that water is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and yet it often seems to be where a lot of us slip up the most. There are many reasons for why we aren’t managing this water necessity, but there are luckily also a few changes that we can make to improve our water intake with minimal effort.

1. Have it with you

There is something about the immediate availability of water that automatically leads to a higher water intake. It’s there so you drink it. It really is as simple as that. Whether it’s on your desk in a jug or you’re carrying it around in a bottle, the mere presence of water will make a difference to how much you consume in a day.

2. Make it taste better

Many of us don’t really love the taste of water. No problem! Add a couple of slices of lemon to your water. Or strawberries or oranges or even apple slices. The natural flavours might make all the difference to you. You could also add a splash of Herbal Aloe. Not only will this product help to replenish your electrolytes and boost your vitamin c but it is also calorie free.

3. Eat your water

You can ingest a high amount of water by simply adding more real foods to your diet. Watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers and all sorts of other fruits and veggies have a very high percentage of water in them.

4. Drink more tea

As long as you aren’t adding copious amounts of sugar and other bad additives, a nice cup of herbal tea a few times a day is a great way to up your water content. Herbalife teas such as the Thermojetics Herbal Concentrate will give you the added benefit of aiding in weight loss and the NRG tea is great at easing mental fatigue and giving you a bit more energy.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate

Instant Herbal Beverage

3 Products to Help Keep You Hydrated

Ah, water! That life-giving substance that many of us are just not indulging in enough. Yes, we could all do with drinking a little more water. And sometimes, making it a little more palatable helps.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate

Herbal Aloe Concentrate is a wonderfully yummy way to improve a boring ol’ glass of water. The aloe is gentle on the stomach, and helps with weightloss/maintenance.

Instant Herbal Beverage

Drink it hot or cold, this great beverage helps increase energy and alertness. Available in four great flavours – original, lemon, peach, raspberry – it is a great low-cal replacement for tea and coffee.

CR7 Drive

This one is particularly suited to sports folks as it is filled with electrolytes and as a bonus is proven to enhance the absorption of water. This is particularly helpful while flying/traveling.

These are just a few examples of how Herbalife products seek to improve your life. For more information on these and other products feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

7 Signs of Dehydration

We all know that keeping hydrated is an essential element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is something that a lot of folks do struggle with. While the average healthy adult should be able to rely on their thirst to ensure adequate hydration, sometimes we need a little nudge in this department. I’m going to go ahead and call “being busy” one of the leading causes of mild dehydration. This is, of course, totally understandable. But, the problem is that making a habit of neglecting your hydration levels is going to make it harder for you to keep up with that busy schedule of yours. So, best make a habit of sipping on that bottle of water!

Here are some signs that your body needs a little more water: (more…)