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What is holding you back from looking great in your spring clothes? Overeating.

Most of us are used to being good sometimes and overeating other times. There are a lot of reasons why we overeat, and some of them can be not eating breakfast, late night cravings, emotional eating, and triggers such as alcohol at social events.

We had a lot of success with the “Ten Pound Turnaround” and there is still time for you to join in on the fun. We are trimming our middles and learning a lot as we discover ways to overcome our urge to overeat.

Why We Overeat 

Circle the answers that apply to you:

  1. Which foods trigger overeating for you? Hard candy? Cookie? Pizza? Alcohol?
  2. What time of day are you more likely to overeat? Morning? Mid-afternoon? Evening? Between 7-10pm?
  3. What emotions stimulate automatic behavior to overeat? Sadness? Anxiety? Fatigue?

If you circled any trigger foods, you’re not alone – according to FDA research, one of the biggest trigger foods is sugar. And when you add fat to that, it is synergistic.

Last night I attended an event that had macaroons and champagne. I knew that I was in trouble. What was my best option? In this case, the champagne was the better option because although it’s all sugar, the effect is not compounded by fat and sugar together, such as in the macaroons. I had a small glass of champagne and a glass of seltzer water, and it worked! I didn’t feel any urge to overeat.

If you circled a time of day that you are most likely to overeat, the best answer is to add structure and plan ahead with your diet. Eating small meals five times a day is a great way to curb cravings and avoid midday and nighttime overeating. Shaklee’s Core Energy has ginseng which helps the body adapt to stress, so your energy stays even throughout the day and your busy schedule won’t drain you and encourage overeating.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have much control over our daily schedules, so planning meals ahead of time can be challenging. If you need to eat late at night, choose a 200 calorie snack with lots of protein and fiber such as nuts or a small portion of cheese. No matter your schedule, thinking ahead and making a plan is key and will help you avoid overeating at any time of day.

Making sure your blood sugar is even throughout the day will help you avoid a sugar crash, which makes you want to overeat. If you are an emotional eater, sticking to a balanced meal plan will make it easier to fight cravings when you are feeling fatigued, sad or anxious. High protein, high fiber meals, such as the Shaklee 180 Smoothee, will satisfy your body’s needs and keep you satiated. Adding a supplement such as the Stress Relief Complex will help prevent blood sugar spikes which leads to the “sugar blues” and causes overeating.

It’s not too late to join the “Ten Pound Turnaround” club! No matter your challenges with overeating, we will join together as a group to problem-solve and share tips and support to stay on track. The Shaklee 180 program is a great health-enhancing program so that your body starts reacting better to sugar and stress, so you can avoid pitfalls affect your health, vitality and zest!

Live Life With Zest,

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We live in a world where we are expected to do more and be more. Stress, athletics, pregnancy, illness can put a huge strain on the adrenals, our fight-or-flight organ. The surge we need to get up and go! In addition, the adrenals are connected to other important systems in the body like hormones, mood, the inflammation system, immune, sugar, energy, metabolism and how we store fat.

How do we know that we are living with fatigued adrenals?

Here is a brief quiz to see if your adrenals are tired:

If you answer yes to more that 2 of these, your adrenals may be struggling and ignoring them will only make matters worse.

  1. Are you always on the run?
  2. Do you feel you “can never do enough”?
  3. Does everything seem like it’s a lot harder than it use to be?
  4. Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning?
  5. Do you use caffeine or sugar to bolster your low energy in the afternoon?
  6. Do you feel irritable or worry often?
  7. Do you often crave salty foods or binge on sugar?
  8. Do you fall asleep while reading or while watching movies?
  9. Do you have difficulty falling a sleep?
  10. Do you have difficulty staying asleep?

What are the consequences? Allergies, weight gain, sugar cravings, getting sick too often, severe fatigue, not sleeping well all the way to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

What can we do? Think of your health as a scale, one side we weigh in on things that drain the body, things we rely on for energy like sugar, carbs, and caffeine to make it through the day. Things that keep us going can lead to serious health issues and these temporary fixes done consistently burn out the adrenal gland. On the other side, we can weigh the scale down with phytotherapy, a good diet & supplements, rest, relaxing exercise and play. This side can give our life the energy and zest we want now and keep our health vibrant as our health needs change in every decade.

  1. Phytotherapy: uses plants either in whole food form or supplement form for the purpose of healing. Plants hold wonderful healing properties. They nourish our cells versus challenging the cells. Secondly many medicinal plants hold adaptogenic properties, they read what our bodies need moment to moment and then provide it with what it needs.

Examples:

  • Cordyceps (Shaklee’s CorEnergy): is a prized antioxidant fungus that can slow aging, take the load off the adrenals by supporting the immune system, balancing the inflammatory response and helping stabilize blood sugar.
  • Ashwagandha (Shaklee’s Stress Relief complex) a traditional herb used to help the body adapt to daily stress.
  • Eleuthero (formerly called Siberian ginseng) (Shaklee’s Moodlift) is an adaptogenic herb that protects the body against the damaging effect of stress, while decreasing fatigue, enhancing mental clarity and balancing blood sugar.
  1. Eat Well and Often plus supplements: Eating certain foods at certain times of day can help the return you to a natural cortisol rhythm and avoid the crash and burn of sugar/ caffeine. Important note: A hungry body puts a stress on the adrenals, don’t go too long without a meal or snack.
  1. Supplements: Since we don’t eat perfectly everyday A healthy program like the Shaklee 180 weight management system can get your body back in balance so you don’t have energy highs and lows, your moods stay smooth and your mental clarity sharp! It is concentrated plant food to fuel your adrenals. Join our 10 pound weight loss challenge to keep focused on living to create strong adrenals.
  1. Modify your exercise: If you find you are constantly feeling tight after your exercise, your muscles are not repairing (Adrenals are helpful with this). This will lead to tension headaches, sore back and tired adrenals. Mornings are best for aerobic exercise your cortisol levels are high. Don’t let you heart rate goove 90 beats per minute. I recommend relaxing walks, yoga and chi Kung that restores your energy versus drains them.
  1. Sleep and rest: Resist the temptation to burn the candle at both ends. Get 8-10 hours of sleep per day to restore you adrenals. Take naps if you are able during the day.

Get your energy back naturally. If you would like help with any of these, I offer a free 20 minute consultation over the phone. And health coaching with a nurse and exercise teacher is a unique combo! I would love to help you get your vitality back, I have special package offers so email or call me for more information. Give it a 90 day trial and turn your energy around!

Getting your adrenal health back will make a significant change in your life since the adrenals are involved in so many organs of our body. Don’t ignore your health..

As someone one said to me “Ignore your health …it will go away!

Live Life With Zest,

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