When the scale sucks: 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working…..

People interested in weight loss / body transformation often gauge their progress by the scale.

But, at first, body weight isn’t the best indicator.

Here are 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working, plus 4 downloadable tracking sheets to help you stay focused on what’s important.

Source: When the scale sucks: 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working. | Precision Nutrition

 

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Winter Immune System Boosters

Don’t get sick!!

So winter is officially here.  The mornings are cold, the evenings are dark…….

Top this with the stresses of daily life, public transport and possibly an inadequate diet, and you’ll soon experience the discomfort of a ‘common cold’.

The great news is that much of what our bodies need to fight off infection is found in the foods we eat, so beef up your immune system and add some of these great immune boosting nutrients to your diet.

cold-and-fluVitamin C
Vitamin C tops the list of immune boosters. There has been more research about the immune-boosting effects of Vitamin C than perhaps any other nutrient. Vitamin C is available naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kiwi fruits, mango, citrus fruits, sweet peppers, asparagus, green vegetables and parsley. Eat your five portions a day and increase the production of infection-fighting, white blood cells and antibodies, as well as levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, which prevents the entry of viruses.

Vitamin E
This important antioxidant and immune booster doesn’t get as much press as vitamin C, but is important for a healthy immune system. Vitamin E stimulates the production of natural killer cells and enhances the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. To get your daily Vitamin E dose eat foods such as sardines, sunflower and sesame seeds, oats, brown rice and dark green leafy vegetables.

Beta carotene
Beta carotene is another powerful antioxidant that mops up excess free radicals and increases the number of infection-fighting cells. The body converts beta carotene to Vitamin A, which itself has anti-cancer properties and immune-boosting functions. Foods high in beta carotene include watercress, apricot, papaya, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots and green leafy vegetables.

Zinc
Zinc is an essential element and critical to the work of more than three hundred enzymes in the body which assist in cell reproduction, maintain vision, wound healing and enhancing immune function (just to mention some). Zinc, like vitamin C, also possesses direct antiviral activity. The food highest in zinc are oysters but if you (like me) can’t stomach them, have some pumpkin seeds, fish, egg yolks, nuts (like almonds or cashews), turkey, lean red meat or spinach. (If you’re curious if you’re zinc deficient,get in touch with me and we can meet up for a quick, easy and free test.)

Garlic
Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. Over 1,000 studies have shown that garlic’s immune-boosting properties are due to the sulphur compounds found in allicin, an antioxidant that’s released when fresh garlic is crushed.

Now here are two more factors for all those sleep deprived and sociable people who want to make sure their immune system doesn’t get depressed: sleep and alcohol.

Research shows that not enough sleep leads to more colds and flu, and excessive alcohol intake can harm the body’s immune system in two ways. First, it produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune-boosting nutrients. Second, alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs.

Now you’ve got the tools, so stay healthier this winter

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Are You A Breakfast Skipper?

A Herbalife HEALTHY Breakfast.
A Herbalife HEALTHY Breakfast.

Q: What did you have for your breakfast this morning?
A: Oh I don’t have time..I’m in a rush to get the kids off to school then I have to race off to work.

If this is you?… Read on!

Tips to help you stop skipping breakfast

When you get up in the morning, you’ve gone a pretty long stretch without eating. And even though you’ve been sleeping, your body has been tapping into stored fuel to keep your systems going. So if you don’t top up your tank in the morning, you’ll lack the mental and physical energy you need to get through your workout and your workday. Not only that, the breakfast habit is associated with better weight management and a better diet overall. The vast majority of those who have successfully lost weight, and kept it off, eat breakfast nearly every day.If you regularly skip breakfast, try these small steps to establish a healthy breakfast habit.

  • Start small and light
    Ease into the habit with small portions of easy-to-digest foods that are nutrient-packed. Try a protein shake with fruit, or a dab of nonfat cottage cheese or a hard-boiled egg with a piece of fruit on the side.
  • Break your meal into small snacks
    You don’t need to eat your entire meal at once. Sip on your shake throughout the morning, or have your cottage cheese or egg first, and your fruit an hour or so later.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
    An extra 15 minutes in the morning can make all the difference to those who are rushed to get out the door. You’ll not only have time to make something quick, you’ll also give your system a chance to wake up.
  • Eat what appeals to you
    There’s no rule that says you have to eat ‘breakfast food’ in the morning. A few bites of leftover chicken and veggie stir-fry might just do the trick.
  • Don’t rely on just ‘coffee and a muffin’
    Breakfast should include some protein!

Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix is a Healthy Meal on the Go

It’s a sad truth – and it also sounds like a paradox – but millions of people around the world are both overfed and undernourished. The fact is, malnutrition can exist even when calories are plentiful – it just requires too much food with too little nutritional value. The modern food supply is overloaded with highly processed, high calorie, appetizing foods that are lacking in vital nutrients. On top of that, most of us aren’t as physically active as we should be.

Herbalife’s #1 selling product, Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix, is a great product for people who want convenient, healthy nutrition.

Source: Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix is a Healthy Meal on the Go