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What causes that extra padding around your middle beyond calories?

  1. Insulin Resistance. Eating the high carb diet that most of us eat (including alcohol and sugar) for just a few years, the body has learned not to respond to insulin. So the blood sugar level rises and quickly converts to fat. The belly is the best place to store that fat.
  2. Adrenal Fatigue. Due to the fact that we are under constant stress, our bodies are releasing cortisol and adrenaline that signals the body to release sugar for fighting or fleeing. Since we don’t live in a world where we use that sugar (our true fight or flight response is rarely activated), that sugar gets stored as fat.

These are the best ways to whittle your middle:

  1. Eat foods or drink shakes that are balanced. That keeps our blood sugar levels even (no need for insulin) and we avoid cravings. It can be a balanced meal or snack (like a food or whole food supplement). Balanced means eating a combination of protein (builders), carbohydrates (quick energy) and fats (good for skin, hair nails, hormones) in a ratio that gives us immediate and sustained energy, so sugar levels don’t rise (we won’t get cravings) and it won’t get stored as fat.Shaklee’s Life Plan Shake, Shaklee 180 meal in a bar and Shaklee 180 snack bars are balanced and will keep your insulin working for you!I am offering a class to help you use food, supplements, exercise and positive thinking to balance your body.
  1. Exercise in a way to build muscle. Weight training, yoga, and interval training can build muscle. Muscle takes up less space so you look leaner as the scale numbers go down. More muscle means more energy and higher metabolism. Here’s a bonus: Shaklee’s Life Plan shakes contain the amino acid leucine that helps retain and build muscle. Clients are so encouraged when they look thinner sooner with these shakes and Shaklee 180 Program. The news is all good with insulin too! The more muscle you have, the less you need to release insulin.
  1. Find ways to reduce your stress level and cortisone levels. By reducing cortisol levels you are effecting how your body stores fat. Shaklee has a 30 minute Stress Relief herbal supplement to minimize the stress burden on the body. It contains Ashwaganda (a body balancer), L-theanine (to stay relaxed and alert), Beta-Sitosterol (which reduces cortisone levels).Meditation, yoga or Chi Kung, for 20 minutes daily also teaches you how not to live your life with your foot constantly on the accelerator!
  1. Build healthy gut flora. Studies show that gut flora plays a large role in weight control. Populating your gut with healthy bacteria helps with digestion and metabolizing your food. Shaklee’s Life Plan shake is a meal, plus it contains pre and post biotic (which help with digestion and metabolism).Shaklee’s Optiflora pre and post biotic is a system that builds gut flora. What makes this system unique is the little pearl in the system, which is triple encapsulated. The bacteria numbers stay intact as it passes through the stomach and small intestine and gets released in the large intestine.The new Fresh Start Cleanse is a program will help you build you digestive flora with specific foods and supplements.
  1. Get a metabolic boost. The ingredients in Shaklee’s Metabolic Boost contain ingredients to help with Insulin Resistance (which reduces cravings and helps release energy) as well as EGCG, which is commonly found in green tea and is known to increase calorie burning. Shaklee 180 Energy Tea also contains calorie-burning EGCG to increase metabolism and give you a boost of energy!

Knowledge is power! We have products that have been scientifically proven to work. Shaklee weight loss participant’s have lost over 3 million pounds! I am offering a fabulous program with 20 years of research that can be accomplished individually, in our group or in person in a 6-week Fresh Start/Foods Rule program.

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I have 28 years of experience in helping people re-commit to their health goals And reclaim your optimal health.

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Email or call/text to find out what will work for you. diana@zestylifenyc.com or 216-526-5496.

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“It’s just what I do this time of year,” is what I hear often as a health coach. Yet year after year, pounds accumulate and we feel sick, tired, and disappointed as we approach a New Year with those 5-10 extra pounds.

Understanding habits is a great way to pinpoint what we are doing to sabotage ourselves. Brad Lamm in his book “Just 10 Pounds” describes 6 Eating Habit Styles. Maybe you will recognize yourself in one or two of them.

Then for each one I will give a strategy to get you back on track. Don’t’ worry if you identify with more than one.  If you’d like to take the quiz email me at diana@zestylifenyc.com.

  1. The Emotional Eater: In this style, a person uses food as comfort. We eat when we are happy, sad, or bored… and everything else!  The foods tend to be comfort foods:  like macaroni and cheese, meatballs and gravy, grilled cheese sandwiches, or cookies. Can you relate?

The problem occurs when you notice you are gaining weight and not feeling good about it.

Tip:  Become aware of what  foods you reach for and how many calories the foods contain. Either replace them with foods that have less calories (low fat cheese) or eat a smaller portion size.  For a grilled cheese sandwich, have half a grilled cheese for half the calories.  To lose one pound of fat, we have to eat 3,500 calories less (or burn it off with exercise).

  1. The Habitual Eater: This is a person who is good with structure and sticks with it until they have an emotional  trigger.  They are not flexible when problems arise, like with time restraints and responsibilities and do things like skipping meals, eating fast foods, or they eat that brownie everyday at 4pm.

Tip: Take an organized approach to meal planning. Use a guide like portion control. Imagine a hand as a way to do meal and snack planning.  My clients love this. It gives them a visual to plan their weekly food.  For example, a fist is one cup or 200 calories of pasta or rice. On a 1500 calorie diet, you are allowed one fist per meal. So make a pan of rice and divide it into 5 portions in the refrigerator for the week. You can do the same for protein like chicken. The palm of the hand is 3 ounces or 150 calories.

  1. The External Eater:  External  cues are all around us in NYC, restaurants, windows, grocery stores and at holiday party settings. It can be difficult to say no. Since the external eater is visual, take a few moments each day to visualize yourself in that little black dress or your favorite slacks. What weight do you want to be? Weekly, keep track of those numbers.

Tip: When you go to a holiday party, decide ahead of time to pick foods that will support your desire to keep slim. It’s a habit! When at a party pick vegetables, eat fruits and protein (cheese, hummus) that  will keep you fuller longer. If you are full you are less likely to be tempted.

  1. The Critical Eater: This person is knowledgeable about dieting and exercise but can become obsessive about dieting rules. It is all or nothing thinking. They have forgotten how to enjoy food and are very hard on themselves if they make a mistake.

Tip:  Focus on what foods you want to enjoy and take the focus off “bad” foods. Enjoy cooking, even if just once a week cook a dish that is healthy but tasty. It could be for friends. Find the joy in healthy cooking and eating with friends.

Here is a good resource for “good-looking”, healthy, and delicious foods. I use a lot of their recipes.

  1. The Sensual Eater: Is the person who really appreciates food and loves every bite and does not say no.  They enjoy every bit of pasta, lobster, and sauces.  This can really add calories and weight.

Tip: At a restaurant, share a meal.  After every bite, drink a glass of water to reduce the addictiveness of the flavors. Begin to shift to cooking that will give you a broader range of tastes.  Soups are a fabulous example. Add 3 or more vegetables, broth, chicken or tofu and some pasta with herbs like sage and tarragon.  Flavorful, and you are creating a broader range of flavors for the taste buds.

  1. The Energy Eater: Is the person who listens to their hunger and feeds the body as necessary. But many people reach for more fast acting carbohydrates like breads, crackers, and granola bars which cause more hunger (because of an insulin spike)  and they tend to unknowingly eat too many calories.

Tip: Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. Limit fast acting carbs, and emphasize slow carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, and non starchy grains (Quinoa). Stamina foods are protein and fats. Eat protein at every meal.  Protein can be nuts, low fat cheese, cottage cheese, tofu, rice and beans. Avocado is a fabulous fruit/fat for energy people. It will fill you up and is good source of the right kind of fat.

A great snack is 1/8 of an avocado  crush and spread over whole grain crackers.

It’s very important to start your day with a breakfast of 24 grams of protein. Your body has been fasting all night. I find smoothies to be an easy and convenient way to be sure to get the day off to a fabulous start and have fewer problems with cravings.

Set the stage for a fabulous New Year and new you with self knowledge and a shift in habits.  I always say, “Where there is a will, there is a waistline!”

NOW is the time to prepare for your healthy 2016! Contact me for details – the Fresh Start Cleansing program begins on January 11th.

E-mail diana@zestylifenyc.com

Call or text 216-526-5496

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You’re off to your beach. You’ve just lost 10 pounds, your clothes are looking great on your new trim body.

What shall I pack? Consider packing a trim mindset.

It does not take long when we are out of our daily habits to lose ground and regain those 10 pounds! Here are 8 tips to help you stay on track:

1. You accomplished your goal by becoming aware of what habits needed to change, what were those habits? Perhaps, it was drinking 2 glasses of wine everyday. Make a list so you can, with a mindset decide, beforehand what you need to do to keep that weight off.

2. Check out where you are going. What kind of food do they have there? What
are the best restaurants for healthy, tasty food? Don’t go there blindly. Find our what you want to eat beforehand, and be positive! Be a foodie about what is healthier.

3. Create a journal about which local foods you love and that love you, and get recipes to explore when you go home.

4. Have packaged smoothees once a day, preferably at breakfast to start your day and your blood sugar off right. Shaklee 180 Smoothee Packets work well for me.

5. Don’t leaving snacking to chance, carry snack bars, nuts or what else is portable.

6. Take your vitamins, keep your body’s energy consistent that will effect your food choices. We all know how our willpower is when we are crabby, tired or feeling “off.”

7. Drink enough water, best if it is lemon water. This will keep your body alkaline. This strengthens the immune system.

8. Avoid sugary foods, that will effect your mood and enjoyment. Sugary foods will affect your immune system for things like sinus infections. Your body is out of it’s normal habit with the travel, and lots of sugar makes you feel even more out of it! Carry around Shaklee’s Optiflora, it will help with sugar cravings and immune system.

The right mindset about travel and celebrating will make a huge difference in how your trip goes. It is no fun being sick in a hotel room on your dream vacation!

Hear more tips on travel and health on web radio on July 23.

How about those 10 pounds? Want a convenient way to let go of them? Shaklee 180 helps you lose the fat and keep the muscle, the key to keeping your weight off.

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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.

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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!

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With the New Year begins the race to lose weight. We make resolutions, join gyms and eat less. But, within a week or two we are back to our old habits again! We are back to our food addictions and unhealthy lifestyles again! That’s the definition of crazy, isn’t it? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It’s time to embrace self-care back into our lives. That means living consciously where we make decisions based on what we eat and how hard we work so we can build a healthy, vibrant body.

We give up on our new healthy habits because we don’t see instant results. So how fast is fast enough? How fast we lose weight does matter. No one loses 11 pounds in a week and keeps it off. It is the small, consistent changes that make the big difference, and most of the time, diet and exercise alone doesn’t work!

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To kick start your new healthy year, I am offering you the opportunity to take THE CHALLENGE, WIN WEEKLY PRIZES OR MAYBE THE FIRST PLACE PRIZE OF $500!

Jacqui McCoy, a television personality from Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, gave Shaklee a challenge to lose 40,000 pounds as a group between January 6th and March 31st. So do you want to be part of a challenge to lose 10 pounds or more? Jacqui knows that diet and exercise alone doesn’t always work. She has a compelling story. She was 30 years old, obese and had a disease that prevented her from having a baby. She wanted desperately to have one.

She successfully lost 207 pounds in one year on the TV show Extreme Makeover. Her job that year was to eat right and exercise to get her body back, and she did it! However, her hormones were still out of balance and she was unable to conceive. What was worse, she started to gain her weight back! Her mother recently lost weight on the Shaklee 180 program. Jacqui loved the convenience of the Shaklee 180 Smoothees, Metabolic Boost, Energizing Teas and she only had to prepare one meal per day. With Shaklee, she had natural nutrition to fill in the gaps! She felt great and was losing 1-2 pounds per week. The best news is that she had a baby girl last August!

What health goals do you have? Would you like to feel good in your body? My challenge involves a 90-day program where you can address the simple lifestyle changes that make weight loss sustainable and gets your body functioning at its best. Forget about quick fixes and yo-yo dieting – slow and steady wins the race. Take the challenge today! 

Get started by e-mailing me at diana@zestylifenyc.com or calling 216-526-5496.

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I don’t want to have any regrets this year. Being healthy is not a given – it’s something you have to work for. As the expression goes, “if you ignore your health, it will go away.” This is a great time to think about what you’ve done well, what has worked for you, and what you want to change for the better for next year. These four steps will help you feel better, look better and take control of your destiny.

1. What did you accomplish this year? Instead of focusing on what you didn’t do, it’s time to find your supportive voice. Take stock on what you did accomplish this year. Did you start to exercise once a week? You can burn 350 calories with a strength training class and lose a pound every 10 weeks. It is a good trend. If you did nothing, and lose muscle every year and you’ll gain fat by sticking with the status quo! Ouch!

So for the next week, I want you to write down what you did well in 2014. Build that supportive voice muscle!

2. Do a Wellness Evaluation with an RN and health coach like myself. Issues like stress, digestion, being sick too often, brain fog, migraines and weight loss do well with looking at lifestyles issues and a stress reduction program. The Wellness Evaluation I work with will get to the source of most health challenges and help you find what nutrients you are missing (and the supplements and foods will fill in the gaps), what foods you are sensitive to, and pinpoint the bad habits that are detrimental to your health.

The Wellness Evaluation is a great start to achieving better health.  By taking it a step further and investing in my three month program you can start to develop new solutions to habits that are holding you back. It’s interesting how one challenge can not only effect your weight, but how you perform at your job!

3. Do a short healthy detox. January 5th is a good day to start a five-day “Kick Start Detox.” You will feel and look like a million bucks and this will spur you on begin your 2015 program.

We are starting a group that meets once a week on the phone and once a month in person. Email me if you are interested. Spots are filling up fast! Research shows that making changes in a supportive group setting will help you be more successful.

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4. Make a game plan today for how you will improve your health this year. The Shaklee 180 health programs make it easy to reach your goals. Some of the benefits are:

  • It’s very convenient
  • As you make changes you learn new habits
  • It is balanced, healthy and preserves lean muscle
  • It costs the same as eating out for lunch
  • It is on special until December 31st
  • You will see results sooner – because you’ll be losing fat, not muscle.

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Here is an amazing story from the Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Jacqui Mccoy lost 207 pound on this TV show in one year. She was driven by the desire to have a baby, but was not able to at her weight. Her success was shown on an hour Friday night special. When the year was over and she started training others to do the same food and exercise program, she was shocked when she started to gain back the weight and her hormones were a mess. Jacqui was convinced by her mothers weight loss to try the Shaklee 180 program. She lost the new 80 pounds with ease and the best testament to how healthy a program it is, is that last September she finally achieved her dream of a baby!

Here is the special:

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Starting January – March 2015 There will be 4,000 of us losing at least 10 pounds for a 40,000 pound challenge Jacqui McCoy gave us!

What is your dream for better health in the New Year? I would love to help you identify your vision, and clarify and set your goals. With my help you can develop your supportive voice as well as corrective strategies along the way and achieve your goals!

Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of your dreams, just because they have given up on theirs.

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So, its 20 degrees here in NYC. It is freezing!  Here are some quick tips to stay healthy, warm and on-track!

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1. Warm up your Smoothee

Add one scoop Shaklee 180 Café Latte and one scoop Shaklee 180 Chocolate to eight ounces of warmed up almond, soy or regular milk – yummy!

Here are some other recipes

What does a Shaklee 180 Smoothee have to do with your immune system?  30% of women do not get enough protein, and that can seriously affect your immune system. Additionally, the smoothee helps you retain lean muscle mass.  More muscle burns fuel and warms up the body on chilly days!

2. Invest time in your food prep once a week

Make one new soup or entree a week. Freeze the rest. At the end of the month. You’ll have four new favorite dishes! It is important to invest time and thought in your nutrition. It is also fun! Here is a quick and easy Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup to warm you up (hint: you can use chicken or turkey sausage).

3. Take an immune booster

Try Nutriferon. Your body has to work harder to keep your immune system strong in the cold weather! And if you feel a cold coming on, Defend and Resist will help you knock it out.

4. Use supplements to fire up the body

B-complex – The energy will get you and your body moving.

Corenergy – Supports the Adrenal glands to help you fight your challenges for the new day (the Adrenal Gland is the fight or flight gland).

Energy Chews – Convenient chewy supplement with green tea to spark energy in your body!

With the busy holiday season approaching and the temperatures dropping, it’s important to stay warm, healthy and happy! Use these tips to help you power through and still look and feel amazing.

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