Accountable Couples Cope Better

Do you know what one of the hardest things to do it? It’s hard being the only one in the house who is trying to eat better.

Let’s say, for example, that I have decided that I should start eating better, but the rest of my family is planning to carry on as normal. Now it’s burger day in the house. Don’t worry I’ll just eat the healthy parts of the meal. 

Uh…no…

Come suppertime and here you go honey, here’s your burger patty and lettuce garnish. (more…)

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.

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

Herbalife Whispers

At the moment my family and I are in the middle of a huge move. It’s obviously quite stressful, and I keep finding myself grateful for the role that my Herbalife products are playing at the moment. My rigid reliance on my shake meals reminds me of a little story…

Once upon a time I was invited to an event that being held at The Grand Hotel in Central and because I was alone I decided to sit in the quiet reception area and wait for the rest of my party to arrive before getting lost in the throngs of people at the registration desk. While I was sitting there just quietly taking a breath, I couldn’t help but overhear two women opposite me whispering to each other. What were they whispering? Well, they were talking to each other about the Herbalife meal bars, and how convenient they found them to be, which was making a huge difference to their quality of life.

Now honestly these women must have thought I was a bit mad (maybe that’s why they got up and left after a while?) but every now and then I’d glance up from my obvious eavesdropping and smile as if I knew them. Of course, I didn’t know them, but I did know their feelings.

The thing is, I know full well how important convenience is when it comes to self care. Basically they were saying “I’m not very good at looking after myself well, but I’m doing this thing and it’s a step in the right direction”. Why did I know that’s what they meant? Because I recognise the feeling all too well. I’m sure many of us do. In the midst of the chaos of life, sometimes doing something ass simple as feeding yourself something good can make all the difference.

Perhaps I should have butted in on their moment with my own tales of saving convenience. Maybe I should have piped up and let them know that I too am terrible when it comes to skipping meals. I didn’t though. They obviously already have someone in their life looking after their Herbalife needs. They hardly needed my input.

So instead of butting in I just revelled in the glorious fortune of overhearing the whispered relief of two fellow Herbalife consumers, and took a moment to once again be grateful to be part of this incredible company.

A Small Change for Better Health: Lunch break walks

Instead of using your lunch break to catch up on Facebook, why not take a brisk walk? A quick 15 minute walk will do the world of good in setting you up for the afternoon and ensuring that you have enough energy for the rest of the day. You might even see some strength and weight loss benefits from it! Breathe deeply, feel each muscle as you move, and go back to  your desk feeling refreshed.

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?