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It’s summer, time for fun, however work and obligations don’t allow us to take a LONG enough vacation. In fact, this time of the year, reminds me of when I was a child and wanted to go out and play – I would rush, rush to get my chores done or I would miss the fun! Now I go away on weekends and have only 5 days to get my work done and I feel that same pressure.

So summer isn’t always so relaxing, in fact it can be stressful. So here are some tips to help reduce stress as we balance the joys of summer living with our life obligations.

  1. Re-train the brain: Meditation along with deep breathing will reduce anxiety. Research suggests that meditation can change the brains neural pathways. Our brains are like a field of grass, when we walk on one path (have a repetitive thought, good or bad), it creates a grove in the brain. Meditation will help create a beneficial one versus a reactive one.

Meditation is as easy as: Sit with your feet on the floor. Close your eyes, place one hand on your chest and one on your belly. Breathe and focus on bringing the breath down to your belly for a deeper breath. Inhale through the nose; exhale through the mouth saying AAAH with a sound. With each breath, elongate the exhale. Now breathe in peace and open your eyes!

  1. Tune into your body and Tone your body Take a few minutes at work, or on the subway and notice areas where you are holding tension. Focus on those areas and use your breath to release the stress. Movement forms like Qigong and Yoga are great ways to gently release stiff muscles. However, sometimes a great run, body workout or quick walk is the way to go. Stretch before. Contracted muscles are shortened muscles and can cause pain and limited movement, which why stretching before an energetic workout will help your muscles recover and you won’t have pain, tension and feel stressed! Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day will release endorphins, a natural high!
  1. What to eat to reduce the stress impact:
    • Complex carbs like whole grain breads and oatmeal increases the level of serotonin, which is a calming brain chemical. In addition, whole grains contain Vitamin B, Magnesium and more, that help calm the nerves.
    • Oranges: Vitamin C can help curb levels of stress hormones and improve the immune system. Take Vitamin C before a stressful task and you’ll reduce the level of cortisol.
    • Omega 3: Eating 3oz of cold-water fish, like salmon, tuna and mackerel, twice a week prevents surges of stress hormones.
    • Pistachios, walnuts, and almonds protect against the effects of stress by reducing inflammation. But remember, only a handful, since they contain lots of calories.
    • Raw Vegetables: A pure mechanical way for reducing stress. Munching celeries or carrots, helps release clenched jaw and ward off tension
  1. Shaklee 180 Smoothees give your body the burst of energy your need daily. I like to drink it for breakfast, it’s fast, easy and sets up my day perfectly blood sugar level wise (I have less cravings). Some of my customers use it for dinner with an arugula salad, feta cheese, watermelon and avocado. It’s an easy dinner!

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  1. 5. Supplements: Since we don’t eat perfectly everyday, a sophisticated supplement program is no longer a luxury but a necessity in this fast pace world, no matter the season. Let me introduce you to a product I love to recommend: The Shaklee Vitalizer. It contains all of the nutrients you see below.

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To zap stress for good, pick one of these tips to implement each week. See what happens in just a month!

Live Life With Zest,

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No matter how old your kids are, lose

Hello June Challenge participants and Shaklee members!

In the real world, we aren’t perfect. Shocking! So if you participated in our 10 Pound Turnaround in June and didn’t meet your goal, don’t be too hard on yourself. All that matters is that you keep going. Which is why you can enter the next month, July 1st! And since you probably already dropped a few pounds in June, you are ahead of the game. You are looking AND feeling great NOW!

For this challenge, the purpose of incorporating the Shaklee 180 Smoothees, Energizing Tea, Shaklee 180 Metabolic boost and/or Vitalizer in your daily routine to help you stay on track, When your body (cells) are happy, meaning well-nourished, you are less reactive with your food choices, whether you are at a party or just out of your regular daily routine. Your body doesn’t go into crave mode and your head is clear when you are making choices. 

Even when I travel I am consistently drinking one Shaklee 180 Smoothee a day (or a Shaklee 180 meal bar), one convenient Vitalizer strip, and the Shaklee 180 Boost with meals. It makes a huge difference. I like that I can actually feel the difference. PLUS, there is science behind what I am feeling. A YMCA study recently showed that my regime of the Smoothee and Vitalizer, at the end of a 9 month study, participants lost 50% more fat and gained 25% more lean muscle than the food alone group  AND participants in the study showed an improvement in BONE DENSITY. 

To help you keep trim over the summer, The first prize will be given June 30 for losing 10 pounds or an inch off your waist and hips. We will continue to do this at the end of each month. 

  • Check in with a text or email your weight, waist and hip measurements on MONDAY
  • To qualify for the prizes each month, place your Shaklee products on auto ship or purchase 2 Smoothees (or 4 boxes of Meal Bars) and the Vitalizer or Boost each month
  • Get an additional 10% off the Vitalizer and Shaklee Metaboilc boost when they are on autoship
  • Keeping yourself on track with the products will give you the best results

What are the prizes? Since your skin needs nutrition too, it will be the two products from the Enfuselle Skin Care Line that I offered last year as a Holiday gift.

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What can ruin a summer party more than a crushing pain in your chest?

Is it digestion or is it a heart attack? You go to the doctor and she/he rules out heart disease and says you have GERD (digestive issues). They want to start you on that little purple pill and you know enough to be aware that it doesn’t fix the problem. It actually creates other problems. Here are some facts about digestion that may help you fix the problem with or without the little purple pill.

Your stomach is an acid machine. It makes HCL (hydrochorlic acid) to help digest proteins and calcium. Acid kills bacteria so you don’t succumb to things like H-pylori bacteria which can cause ulcers. When your stomach digests it churns. The more HCL it has, the less it has to churn so that the digestive enzymes can be in touch with the food. If they are not in touch the food, it ferments and forms acid. The stomach churns harder to put the juices together and when some if it regurgitates back up the esophagus, this causes the symptoms of heartburn.

Fermented food acid hitting the esophagus and causing extreme pain is the result of not ENOUGH HCL and DIGESTIVE ENZYMES.

WHAT DOES THE LITTLE PURPLE PILL DO? IT FURTHER REDUCES the HCL. This reduces the immediate pain but it is addingto the cause of the problem in the first place.

What to do?

Take a stomach acid self-test: Take a Tbsp of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar when you feel the pain. If the pain is relieved, you have low stomach acid levels. Taking a tbsp. of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar before a meal may help promote acid production and aid digestion. Avoid drinking liquids with a meal, it dilutes stomach secretions of acid. Avoid ice cold drinks. It freezes the tissues that produce the secretions.

Take healthy Supplements that make a difference:

1 —EZ Gest: taken with meals is very effective. It contains enzymes for all the food groups, when you look at other products they handle lactose (milk) or beans etc. More enzymes break the foods down and prevent the fermented acid that causes the pain. Take before each meal. Adding Alfalfa to EZ-Gest at the beginning of a meal can reduce symptoms.

2 –If the acid test tells you have too much stomach acid, (the pain worsens when you take the tablespoon of lemon or apple cider vinegar) take Cal Mag chewables at first sign of heartburn. Consider the dietary connections of foods such as spicy foods, fatty/fried foods, alcohol, citrus, chocolate, tomato sauce, and carbonated beverages.

3–Use the Optiflora system to balance the microflora of the intestine, which helps digestion and prevents fermentation and the acids that irritate.

4—Take a daily B-Complex, which helps with digesting the proteins and lessens the work on the stomach and prevents fermentation of the acids.

5–Stomach Soothing Complex: It contains peppermint, ginger, anise, fennel — all fabulous for good digestion and relieves gas pains. It works within 20 minutes. This is good to have in the medicine cabinet.

Here are some other recommendations:

  1. Do not lie down within 2-3 hours after eating.
  2. Lose 15 pounds to put less pressure on the diaphragm, which pushes things up. The acid gets pushed into the esophagus.
  3. Do not eat within 3 hours of bedtime

More Information about your stomach’s Hydrochloric acid:

  1. It is reduced by a diet high in red meat, dairy and processed foods
  2. Protein, Calcium and iron require a good “Acid/HCL soak.” (If you have low acid it may mean you are not getting what you need even though you eat enough food.)
  3. HCL levels decrease with age.
  4. Over 40-levels less than half of those at age 18.
  5. Age 60-65-dramatic decrease. Important to take digestive enzymes and other nutrients (Optiflora and B-Complex).

Summer should be a time of fun. Take good care of your digestion and it will give you the vitality you want at any age. If you have an issue, start from the cause of an issue so you improve your overall health.

Let me know if you would like some help around this issue. I am offering a complementary 20-minute consultation from now until June 30. Schedule it now!

Live Life With Zest,

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Do you know anyone suffering with allergies and asthma?  It can make a person’s life miserable as winter finally becomes the spring.  For some, they aren’t able to breathe, they have no energy. In addition, they spend a lot of money on over the counter meds. For some, it can become long term bronchitis and asthma and a repeated series of antibiotics and steroids.

Most people who suffer with allergies and asthma feel they must resort to using medications that have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.  For those who may be interested in safer, more natural alternatives, I have seen a complete turnaround over and over again by using some of the following premium products by Shaklee. Why does it work? To reduce allergies it is important to strengthen the immune system. Getting to the cause is a very effective way to get relief and no side effects! How cool is that?

Here are 2 of the most popular and effective Shaklee products packages. The first one includes the following:

Vitamin C: For continuous antioxidant protection against environmental assaults, this unique all-natural sustained formula slowly releases Vitamin C into your blood stream over a 5-hour period and provides nutrients from the entire vitamin C complex including bioflavonoids.

Nutriferon: Nutriferon supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of macrophages (white blood cells) and inducing natural interferon production.  It optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne substances (as with allergies and asthma).  Completely safe – no adverse reactions to these plant extracts recorded.

Optiflora Capsules: Scientists now believe 70% of the immune system is located in the gut … a good place to start to strengthen our immune system against allergic reactions.  There appears to be a surprising correlation between symptoms of upper respiratory congestion and sinus discomfort to poor elimination in the lower intestines.

Or the second most popular program is this one:

Vitamin C

Nutriferon

Optiflora Capsules… PLUS the following:

Vitalizing Protein:Your immune cells are made of protein, and this is easy to digest, non GMO, and you can add it to make fabulous Smoothees!

Vitamin D3: Known to be a important component for a healthy immune system

Getting to the core of a health issue allows the body to get stronger. In the case of allergies and asthma, the cause is a weak immune system. Strengthen the cells with the right nutrients and you can correct the issue without side effects!

Contact me via email to get started now!

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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!

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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!

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I am sitting here looking out my window, it’s March 9th and there is still snow on the ground! People around me are talking about how cold and difficult winter has been here in NYC. Many are making the decision to move south because they feel the cold, are achy and don’t feel like the life is as good as they’d like it to be.

So, Let’s do some activities to get ready for spring and move toward feeling fabulous now! I can help with that!

Mind: Decide NOW what kind of things will make you feel better. Need to lose 10 pounds? Bad moods? Feeling down too often? Feeling stuck? These are the kinds of things I hear frequently when I coach my clients. It can be difficult to move out of that rut and they appreciate the clarity, focus and accountability that working with me, a coach and nurse, affords them.

Make a decision and write it down. Get your mind wrapped around how it will look. Start writing down how it will look. Writing is powerful. Writing with feeling and using your imagination will imprint it more in your brain.

Body: Renew on the Inside: Start this 5 day Simple Cleanse. If you like it, do it once a month on an ongoing basis.

The cleanse includes 3 yummy, healthy Smoothees a day and 2 snacks for 5 days. People love how good they feel on it! And it’s convenient. There are a lot of cleanses out there that as a nurse make my hair turn grey! But this one has supplements that support the body with nutrients targeted to the organs that need cleansing so they can do their job better when it is complete. It is only 5 days! I have recommended Shaklee products for over 27 years, because of the science behind them. They are pure and most importantly, they work!

UntitledThe reason for this is that Shaklee takes that extra step to make sure they work — they do extra tests on the raw materials in order to deem that the products are pure. This is rarely done in the industry. We don’t want chemicals in our detox program!

Here’s a story: I have a woman who came to me for digestive issues, and she started with this cleanse. In a few days she had less sinus congestion, better mental clarity, her skin was clearer and she was more regular. She was thrilled and now she has the confidence to start the Shaklee 90 Day Turnaround Program, which allows you to see results faster because you lose fat, NOT muscle.

Physical Activity: Gently wake up your body, like how a flower blossoms in spring, first thing in the morning.

Here is something I recommend and do from a series of Chi Kung (Chinese Yoga) exercises. I teach this and practice every day:

Stand up and swing your arms up and back, bending your knees 20 times, gently to get the blood moving and allow the breath to grow deeper. Then I do more exercises similar to what Don Fiore demonstates in this short Youtube video.

To get ready for my day, I work with many fast paced New Yorkers, and starting the day gently gives them more stamina and clarity of thought to deal their daily stress. Many will then be ready for other forms of exercise to get in shape, and they will have less injuries.

Put some spring into your step! Think about and in envision with feeling what you would like to create. Getting a good foundation with a simple 5 day cleanse will pump up your energy, moods and ability to deal with stress. Learn to start your day gently with Chi Kung exercises. It invigorates your body so you have more stamina in a slower paced manor.

I incorporate these approaches in your coaching. Here is a full list of ways I can help you!

You can also send me an email at diana@zestylifenyc.com to set up a free 20-minute phone call.

Happy Spring!

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