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…)

Active Weekend: Take the Kids to the Beach

As parents we are often so preoccupied with parenting that we forget to just let go and be kids sometimes. Allowing ourselves the luxury of being child-like is not only beneficial to our emotional wellbeing, but it can be a great thing for our physical wellbeing as well. What do we do when we go to the beach with the kids? Well…we let the kids go off and play and then we “guard all the stuff”. Mom busies herself with the stress of everyone’s sunscreen needs. Dad rushes off for a quick swim, hoping that no one notices him so that he can have a bit of peace for two minutes before he gets asked seven times by three different kids for ice cream money. *yawn* And where are the kids otherwise? They’re off on their own, spending all their energy.

You know what we should be doing? Forget about the stuff. Leave your cellphones and valuables at home so they don’t need guarding. All you need is a waterproof casing for your car keys that you can attach to your board shorts. Asks the guys at any surf shop to help you with that. And then? Then try and see if you can actually keep up with the kids instead of leaving them all to their own devices. Run up and down the beach with them if that’s what they’re doing. Or go and help them dig the biggest hole EVER. Help them jump over the waves. Play catch with them. Or baseball or cricket or frisbee. Build a sandcastle. If you want to use muscles that you didn’t even know you had, let your kids show you how. You will get the added bonus of getting to know your kids even better too!

And when you’re done? I have no doubt you will fall into an exquisite and blissful sleep.

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.

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.

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!

A Small Change for Better Health: Take your own food to work

Instead of allowing your midday hunger to dictate what you grab from the deli for sustenance at lunchtime, why not rather pack your lunch in the morning? That way you can control what you’re ingesting instead of leaving it up to fate and cravings. You might even consider having a Herbalife Shake for lunch, coupled with protein snacks for your tea breaks.

Contact us for more information on the benefits of meal replacement shakes.

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.