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…)

The Herbalife Inclusivity

Some of you may have noticed that Anthony – my dad – isn’t around this week. He’s actually in North Carolina right now, at the Herbalife Honours event. 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.

The Buzzing HALE

Well Saturday morning kicked off with the third HALE for the year and I must admit it was our most successful yet. It’s funny how uplifting that kind of buzzing excitement can be. These HALEs (healthy active lifestyle events) are such a great opportunity for our ambassadors, members, and challenge leaders, and we’re all feeling quite excited about how well they are being received.

This weekend we kicked off our own extra special challenge between the various members. Everyone has a month (between Saturday’s HALE and the next one) to get serious about their Healthy Active Lifestyle and do some serious improvements to those Tanita numbers. That’s right, even the challenge leaders have jumped up on the scale and we’re all in friendly competition with one another to take our healthy lifestyles to the next level. I’m quite keen to see what comes out of that.

Here’s wishing you all an incredible week of health and wellness!

How did you enjoy Chris & Jean’s training?

Friends, it is Wednesday already and personally I’m feeling like the week has run away from me! We  had such a great training with Chris & Jean Thompson over the weekend and I’ve got to admit that this couple is my absolute favourite when it comes to the Herbalife family.

I think everyone is feeling quite fired up and confident in the new  path that we are all taking our businesses on. Not so? The best thing about sitting in front of Chris & Jean is that your instincts have no choice but to trust them, and that is such a good feeling. I imagine this is why they are so loved!

I wish you all a productive week and I hope to see more and more of you getting involved in the HALE meetings that will be taking place every week. If you’d like to get involved please don’t hesitate to pop into the club and speak to Anthony.

Happy Herbalifing, everyone!

New Training Venue

This past weekend we tried out our new training venue where we will be doing some training as well as holding our Customer Days, and the general consensus seems to be that we made the right choice. Instead of hanging out at The Rink Street Wellness Club for both day-to-day business and training, we are now meeting for trainings at The Crusaders Club inside St. George’s Park Stadium.

I have to extend a hand of congratulations to the team that pulled it all off. You guys were fantastic and everything ran so smoothly! I think we’re all looking forward to spending a bit more time in this new space and getting to know each other better in this pro-social environment.

Customer Days for the 5 Day Challenges will be held here in the future. If you would like more information please feel free to send us a message.

A Happy New Year

Greetings fellow Herbaheroes & Happy Healthy People!

It looks like we’re half way through the first week of a brand new year and many of us are getting a little introspective and thinking large thoughts about the year ahead of us. This can be a daunting task, but fret not, my friends, big plans lead to big things and one should never be afraid of big things!

If you’re a social media addict like myself I imagine you have come across the New Year scorn that is dancing about. I would like to say to you this: ignore it. Yes, little internet memes with Robert Downey Jr rolling his eyes at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions may be kind of funny and they may make you feel the slightest twinge of shame about your own resolutions, but so what? Ignore ignore, fellow human. There is something psychologically brilliant about the idea of new beginnings and one should always take advantage of psychologically brilliant things.

The year ahead of you is filled with many promises, all you have to do is grab them. Promise yourself that you will reach your level ten. Promise yourself your business will reach the next step up. Promise yourself that you will meet and interact with even more brilliant minds and hear even more brilliant stories and be inspired more and more every day.

Why? Because that’s the way we do things around here. We work hard. We play hard. And every success story makes our hearts swell just a tiny bit more.

Happy New Year to all of you!

I wish you only good things for the year ahead.

This message come to you with much love from Nadine, on behalf of everyone at The Rink Street Wellness Club.