Travelling With Herbalife

As I’m sitting here in my cold little house I keep noticing that my mind is taking me back to warmer places like Thailand and Zanzibar. Why those specifically? Well because a whole bunch of our Herbalifers have just returned from a wonderful Herbalife-sponsored holiday in Zanzibar, and because myself and my husband celebrated his 40th in Thailand last month. There’s been a lot of travel happening around the Larter household lately and so my mind keeps wandering back to the memories of warmth. It’s only natural, right?

Every time we have a journey like this either ahead of us or just behind us, I cannot help but find myself exceptionally grateful for the fact that we are a Herbalife family.

While travelling can be one of the most rewarding experiences for just about anyone, it can also be an incredibly taxing undertaking. Sitting on a plane for hours on end can take a serious toll. You retain water, get stiff and feel terrible. Plane food (in coach at least!) can be awful. Your digestion can be upset a little. Constipation. Dehydration. Personally I find it a little trying to keep to a good health schedule as soon as I am removed from the comforts of my daily life.

Luckily for us, we have Herbalife to help counterbalance all of that and make travelling as simple as possible. Today I thought I’d share a couple of my must-have travelling products with you. Because if you’re planning a trip (which I sadly am currently not) then you definitely need to include some of these products on your packing list.

Formula One Protein Shake: Holidays may be about binge eating and experiencing all sorts of new culinary delights, but even my excessive food consumption skills get a little bit tired from throwing too much caution to the wind. Having a shake with me means that I can whip up a quick and easy meal at any time of the day should the need arise. Shakes help to keep my energy levels up for all that crazy sightseeing – which is super necessary!

Herbalife Formula One Shake Bars: An even easier way to keep healthy while on the go is to have a couple of these in my purse while we indulge in our adventures. They make a great snack for between meals and can even be considered as a meal on their own.

LiftOff: As someone who doesn’t “party” often I can assure you that I need all the help I can get when it comes to pulling off a long night of cocktails and dancing. Add a day full of sunshine before a night on the town? Well then I’m just finished! Thankfully LiftOff exists to keep me sane and awake!

Thermojetics Herbal Tea & NRG: Energy. Very important! These “teas” keep me alert and focused while also helping me achieve sustained energy levels. I also find them particularly “necessary” when I’m in a space (like planes and Thailand!) where the coffee is just not great. These two keep my caffeine cravings at bay and help to ease that emotional attachment that I have for my morning cuppa joe.

Hydrate & CR7: These might be my all time favourite product in the Herbalife range. Keeping hydrated while travelling has always been a massive challenge for me. At home I am surrounded by my comforts, but away from home it becomes harder for me to keep my water intake up. Luckily Hydrate and CR7 help a lot, especially in hot countries like Thailand! Using a sachet/serving per day makes a massive difference.

Roseguard: Got to give my body the best chance of staying as healthy as possible.

Fibre & Herb: Let’s just say that constipation can ruin even the best holiday. Holiday food can be low in fibre. Best to help it along.

Mutifibre Drink: Same as above.

Aloe Body Gel & Aloe Body Lotion: Healing and hydrating. When you’re more likely to catch yourself a nice sunburn it helps to have something that to soothe your skin on hand. These products are absolutely fantastic in that they smell amazing, they’re cruelty free, and they feed and soothe that sun-kissed skin.

I don’t know what we would do without these wonderful products. They really do help us to get the absolute most out of our travelling experiences.

 

Add more healthy fats to your Herbalife shake

Adding fat to your smoothie will, of course, add some calories.  But healthy fats offer up more than that – you can also pick up some vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre along the way.

Seeds  like flax, hemp, chia or sunflower seeds add a bit of texture to your smoothie, and give a little boost of minerals (especially copper and zinc) and omega-3 fatty acids.

Nut butters  such as almond, walnut or pistachio, also contribute zinc and copper, along with some protein and fibre, too.

Avocado adds a silky-smooth add-in to smoothies, and provides the same healthy fats found in olive oil along with some vitamin E.

Add more flavour to your Herbalife Shake

Your smoothie might taste just fine as it is, but if – like me – you’re in the habit of having them every day, it’s nice to change up the flavours to keep things interesting.  Aside from changing the flavour of my actual shake powder (don’t forget we have many flavours for you to try: chocolate, cookies & cream, strawberry, cappuccino to name a few) and playing around with different fruit and vegetable add-ins what often takes my shakes over the top is the extra flavour boost I get from adding herbs, spices, extracts and other natural flavours.

Spices – try a dash of sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or clove, or add some spicy heat with ginger or even a dash of white pepper.  Since they’re plant products, spices also contribute phytonutrients and antioxidants, too.

Herbs may not be something you’ve thought about adding to your smoothie, but there are plenty of herbs that work really well.  Try mint, rosemary, thyme or basil – but don’t stop there!  I know people who love fresh parsley or fresh cilantro in their smoothies, too.

Extracts and Zest – a little fresh lemon or orange zest adds a bright, fresh flavour to your smoothie, and there are some healthy oils in citrus peel, too.  I also like to keep all kinds of extracts on hand – like pure vanilla, almond, coconut and peppermint for an extra flavour boost.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your Herbalife shake

If you have trouble working enough fruits and vegetables into your day, adding them to your smoothies can be an easy way to boost your intake.

Fruits:  Personally I find the best way to use fruits in a smoothie is to freeze them first. Especially in the summer months when it is so hot. But of course fresh fruits are just as delicious! Aside from the typical berries or bananas, you might try mixing it up with less-typical fruits like kiwi, pomegranate seeds, guava or melon. I love adding frozen watermelon or frozen mango to my shake. And, believe it or not, our strawberry shake mixed with freshly squeezed orange juice is quite delicious.

Vegetables: These are a little trickier if you’re not used to trendy smoothies! Try things like cooked carrots, pumpkin, beets or butternut squash in small quantities. These are great smoothie boosters because they’re mildly sweet without being too obtrusive.  Baby greens – like baby spinach – are also mild in flavour and make you feel super healthy because they turn your shake green. Kale and wheatgrass as great ad-ins too if you can stomach the taste. But seriously, rather don’t put things in your shake that will make you not want to drink it. It’s not worth having to fight with your mind about whether or not kale tastes a little bit like blood. Rather stick to the things that make you happy to have your shake!

Add more Calories to your Herbalife Shake

 

If you have high calorie needs or are trying to gain weight, high-calorie extras in your smoothie can really help.  The trick is to add healthy nutrition along with the calorie boost. So maybe let’s not add ice cream or maple syrup or anything like that, ok?

Rolled oats – a scoop of quick-cooking rolled oats can add 100 calories or more, along with soluble fibre and a little extra protein, too.

Avocado and nut butters  add half of an avocado or a heaping spoonful of nut butter to your shake and you can boost the calories by 100 or more. Peanut butter is an option too but try to stick with the salt and sugar free versions (Woolies makes a great one, just fyi)

Dried Fruits or 100% Juices – because their calories are so concentrated, fruit juices and dried fruits are discouraged for those who are trying to lose weight, but that’s precisely why they make such a great add-in for those who are trying to gain. Try 100% orange, carrot or pineapple juice, or toss in a handful of dried apricots, peaches, cherries, dates or raisins.

Nut Powder – Use a food processor (Nutribullet is champion for this task) and make yourself some nut powder. Mix a bunch of nuts and seeds of your choice (pumpkin, linseed, sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds) and then blend them into a powder. Keep the powder in your fridge and add them to your shake as needed. Drink up quick! (you don’t want that powder to go slimy!)

Add some digestive support to your Herbalife shake

 

Some smoothie add-ins do double duty – they not only add flavour and nutrition, but also help with your digestive system.

Aloe vera juice adds a mild sweet flavour to your shake and helps support nutrient absorption in your digestive tract. (ask us about our Herbal Aloe beverage if you are not already taking it)

Yogurt contains probiotics – so-called “good” bacteria that help support digestive health. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can also try amasi.

Ginger and Peppermint are both known to aid the digestive process.

Chia seeds are a very rich source of soluble fibre, which supports the growth of the good bacteria in your intestines.

Linseed is a gentle on the digestive system and also contain omega oils that are great for your brain, skin, and hair. But if you’re going to add linseed to your shake you might want to drink it up really quickly because if you let it stand for too long those seeds are going to get slimy!

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.