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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:

Shaklee 180 Kits

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.

Live Life With Zest,

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Screen shot 2014-12-10 at 3.16.47 PMDear Friends,

It’s that time of year when we think of others and I would like to share with you the benefits of health and independent income that I have experienced with Shaklee.

With that in mind, I am starting my Annual Appreciation Event.  I hope you will take advantage of my offer and perhaps share Shaklee with your family and friends.  I can’t think of a better gift to give loved ones than to give them the best products you can.

This year Shaklee is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dr. Shaklee.  Dr. Shaklee was 65 when he started the Shaklee Company. His dream was to give people who were near retirement a chance to be productive and have a business in their later years. To have a company that had products that were made from nature. Products that were safe for the environment and the people.

Over the years his dream has come true for millions of people all over the world.  Just think back to the person who introduced Shaklee to you and say thank you.

Arlene and Don King introduced me to Shaklee. I was struggling with a back injury from nursing, wondering what I was going to be able to do about the pain and a job! They helped me get my health back as well as a way to have independent income for the last 27 years. This has changed my life as well as that hundreds of thousands of other lives.  I thank you Arlene and Don for making such a difference in so many lives.

A very warm wish for Happy Holidays to all of you and a Healthy, Happy New Year.

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 Live Life With Zest,
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As 2014 comes to an end, it is a great time to refocus on how to create more vitality in your life. The best gift I can give you this holiday season is to help you with that.

To do that, we need to put it at the top of our to-do list. It is so easy to say, “well I can’t go to the gym, I have to finish work.” The reality is that a workout could actually increase your productivity!

These are five ways surprising ways to get your body operating at its full potential.

1. Reboot your body in a healthy way. All you need is five easy days to undo the damage stress does to your health and metabolism. It takes just one canister of a Shaklee 180 Smoothee and one box of Shaklee Vitalizer. There is also a Detox tea that will enhance the process and you can use that everyday (one canister of Shaklee Orange Performance and Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea).

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We are starting this program on December 8th. Email me for more questions or to get started! This is a comprehensive, inexpensive way to reboot your body.

2. Invest in your brain health. Stress, poor nutrition and lack of exercise can affect your memory, focus and concentration. This can greatly affect your productivity.

Our brains begin to shrink by age 20 and this process gets worse from age 40 on. But there is good news: from brain research with stroke patients, we learned that the brain can repair. Check out an inspiring story about a scientist’s discovery when she had a stroke.

Consider incorporating Mindworks, NEW from Shaklee into your supplement program because it increases circulation to the brain. Shaklee research is showing that in a two year study that a group using mindworks had a 30% reduction in brain shrinkage. See Shaklee CEO Roger Barnett on the Dr. Phil Show as they discuss tips for better memory, and how multitasking actually affects your ability to remember things and reduces your productivity.

3. Exercise. Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise every day can add three quality years of life? It’s not about being a fitness nut or having great abs, it’s about moving, and not being sedentary for more than five hours per day. It’s really as simple as that! Get up and walk around the office, up and down the stairs, around the block during your lunch hour, or even stretching while watching TV.

4. Meditation. If you’re comfortable with the non-judgmental time you spend with yourself, it translates into how you judge other people and events in your life. So, it improves your relationship with yourself and others, which is vital to your health and happiness.

5. Reduce inflammation and pain. By doing this, you can increase energy and lengthen your telomeres (a biomarker of overall health status). In a controlled study, Shaklee Vivix was shown to stop the rise of inflammatory markers after eating an unhealthy meal. It’s the ultimate anti-aging because it increases energy, reduces inflammation and slows aging on a cellular level.

Live Life With Zest,

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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.

Live Life With Zest,

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Give the gift of health this holiday season! Ask me about gift certificates, and great products that your friends and family will love.

Do you want to improve cognitive performance? Shaklee’s exclusive new formula called Mind Works is clinically proven to do just that in healthy adults. Shaklee selected a special guarana extract that enhances memory, sharpens focus and improves reaction time. Who can’t use that?

Check out this fascinating video about your brain:

Did You Know?
1. Your brain consists of 100 billion neurons. There are anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for each neuron. These synapses are what give us memory, reaction time and focus! This only happens through synapses. It reminds me of the old phone system where to connect your call, they had to plug into the switchboard! lily.tomlin.switchboard.operator

2. Age-related mental decline can start as early as age 20, when our brains begin to shrink. We are not losing brain cells but we’re starting to lose connections between the brain cells. This decline accelerates with age, so that by age 60 our brains are slower and learning new things becomes more difficult.

3. But check this out: according to Dr. Laurel Fisher, PH.D., an MIT trained neuroscientist, those neural connections are dynamic and lifestyle choices make a huge difference. This includes the right nutrients, and regular physical and mental exercise.

4. Consider this: There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain with the equivalent of three full soda cans of blood flowing through them every minute. Supporting the circulation of blood in the brain will help preserve synapses between neurons.

As you can see, circulation is extremely important! You don’t have to accept the fact that with age comes significant mental decline. With Mind Works, you’re increasing circulation and keeping the switchboard running smoothly!

Live Life With Zest,

   

NOVEMBER SPECIAL
FREE Shipping for Orders over $75.00
Offer ends November 15th
 
Take your shape in a whole new direction and JOIN me on 
Thursday, November 11th for a webinar to learn ways to limit sweets this holiday season and lose seven pounds!

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  • Take the 28-Day Challenge: Lose 5 to 7 pounds, starting October 27 – November 21
  • Slim Meet/Smoothie-Tasting:  “How to Navigate the Sweet Season”

            When and Where:  October 16 at 6:00 pm,  in So Ho, Manhattan, 132 Crosby Street

  •  Can’t make the Slim Meet?  Join us at a Webinar:  October 23 at 8:00 pm

“How to Navigate the Sweet Season”   AT: Join.Me/zestylifenyc

RSVP: diana@zestylifenyc.com for both the tasting and webinar

Are you worried about overeating or gaining weight during the coming holidays? Do you get trapped in the sugar zone? Would you like to learn how to easily navigate the sweet season? How about getting a jumpstart and participate in a 28-day challenge?  Start the season with weight loss and look great for the holidays.

We can gain an average of 5-8 pounds from Halloween to New Years and some people never lose it! Year after year this adds up until more than half of us are overweight or obese.

To avoid the Sugar Danger Zone during the upcoming holidays, take these 5 steps:

  • Find Out Your BMI. Are you overweight? It is important to have a parameter to begin. For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are measured by using weight and height to compute the person’s BMI. The BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with the amount of fat in their bodies. An online tool for gauging the BMIs of adults can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html
  • Increase Your Activity in General. Take the stairs instead of the elevators. Go out for a walk in the evening with your kids or spouses, great time spent with the ones you love. Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to skimp on your holiday routine, especially workouts with resistance. When you build muscle you increase your metabolism and you aren’t as prone to energy slumps. More muscle also means less sugar cravings because your body doesn’t need as much insulin (fat hormone) to use the sugar. You will also look trimmer, which is great for those holiday parties.
  • Control Portions. This is a learning habit for everyday eating. Think about, “do I need that second plate of stuffing or piece of pie?” “How important is this toward my long-term energy level and how I look?” I remember feeling so stuffed that I would fall asleep in a chair and not enjoy the people I had not seen all year! A good trick is don’t go to the holiday table extremely hungry, have a healthy snack an hour before so your food choices are based on ‘sanity’. I love a Shaklee 180 Smoothee for this – I feel full of energy and ready to enjoy food two hours later. My favorite is the Mango-flavored Shaklee 180 Smoothee. I recommend a “Metabolic Boost” with it, to balance my blood sugar (Banaba Extract) and green tea extract to increase energy. Here’s my go-to recipe!

Mango Coconut Banana Smoothie
2 Scoops Shaklee 180 Mango Smoothie mix, 1/2 banana,
1/4 tsp. coconut extract or 1 Tbsp of real coconut flakes
8 ounces milk (soy, rice, almond) Blend with ice.

  • Chew 100 Times. Studies show that people who chew 100 bites have a better and more ideal weight. It takes the stomach 20 minutes to register that you are full. At the holiday table or at parties enjoy the conversation, eat slowly, and savor the moments with people as much as the food.
  • Take the 28-Day Challenge. Here’s a game plan for you…participate in the 28-Day Challenge, where your goal is to lose those 5 to 7 pounds. The challenge will keep your vision clear with another objective in mind, not be swayed by every party and event. Tell your friends you are doing it and find friend that will help keep you on track.

To start on the 28-Day Challenge, come to our Slim Meet on October 16th or sign up for our Just 7-Pounds Webinar(alias: How to Navigate the Sweet Season) on October 23rd. For more information, visit our event calendar.

Or if you can’t wait, start today and get FREE shipping on orders over $75. (Expires October 15th)

Live life with Zest,

        

OCTOBER SPECIAL
FREE Shipping for Orders over $75.00
Offer ends October 15th
 
Take your shape in a whole new direction and JOIN me on 
Thursday, October 16th at our OCTOBER SLIM MEET to learn more about the 
 
And for the go-getters who can’t wait, go to the website and order your 
kit today!

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Is the change of season causing you stress? Today I spoke with my UPS gentleman about stress and the change of season. Back to school, which means schedules change; weather becomes unpredictable, and not so many sunny days. For parents, like my carrier, added expenses like school uniforms, books, activities on top of tuition, which causes additional stress. However, when I asked him if he’s stressed, he simply says “no problem”. But stress is damaging the body whether we acknowledge it or not. So this season, tackle stress with these 3 simple tactics:

Improve Your Knowledge of When You are Stressed
Biodots, skin thermometers to measure your stress level, are a way to see when stress is indeed chemically affecting your body. They can help you become aware of how many times you are stressed throughout your day.

Each time you have stress, your heart rate and breathing speed up, muscles tighten, blood pressure goes up, and digestion shuts down so we don’t have the digestive enzymes we need. Our thinking becomes more focused and we operate on the “fight or flight channel”. (Sympathetic Nervous system)

Our other channel is the “rest and digest channel” (Parasympathetic Nervous System). Both are important but most of us have our feet on the pedal on the medal and we are constantly experiencing physical burn out making fatigue the number one reason people are going to the doctors. In addition, two thirds of us are overweight which means the body is out of balance. Overweight and depression is on the rise as well as life threatening illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

Is it all in your head? I hear many people say I have stress but I have it under control. Whether you have it “under control” or not, stress is wreaking havoc on all systems and it will show up unless you are the man or women of steel.

Strategize Your Diet and Supplement Program
DIET: Keep your blood sugar balanced by eating a breakfast with 24 grams of protein, like a Shaklee 180 Smoothee. It will give you sustained energy! Eat 5 small meals/day with protein and carbs together. Research shows that people who do this eat fewer calories during the day and pounds won’t creep up on you. Reduce sugar in your diet. Did you know that the average person eats 22 teaspoons a day of sugar, equivalent to 250 calories, mostly found in processed foods. Eating that everyday will put the pounds on. The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons a day. Start by eliminating processed foods that are high in sugar like cereal, salad dressings, and bread. If sugar is one of the first 3 ingredients, it is 50% sugar.

SUPPLEMENTS:  We burn through nutrients under stress.
Replenish your nutrients with:

  • B-Complex: The “stress vitamins” often recommended for depression, PMS, mood swings, irritability, nervousness, fatigue, mental confusion, sugar cravings, hypoglycemia, anxiety attacks, cracks on the corner of your mouth, low immunity and hair loss. B vitamins are depleted by sugar, alcohol, mental and physical stress, processed foods, and caffeine. Essential to normal weight, B vitamins convert food to energy and during weight loss, fats to energy.
  • Sustained Release Vita-C: Lost under stress, it is an antioxidant that offers protection from colds, viruses and infection AND many of us do not get enough vitamin C from our diet.
  • Optiflora: Because “bad” bacteria in our intestine can cause excess gas & bloating, weaken our immune system (COLDS AND FLU), and increase our risk of cancer. Stress reduces our good bacteria leaving us open to infection from viruses. Optiflora prevents those problems by providing a regular source of “good” bacteria, which crowd the “bad” bacteria out of our system.
  • Essential Omega-3 Complex: Because studies have shown that populations that consume fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a very low risk of heart attack and stroke AND clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce at least three of the major risk factors associated with heart disease. It is also known to improve your mood. Did you know our brain is composed of good fat? Many physicians and therapist recommend fish oil for depression.

Unsure of what to take from above? Vitalizer is a comprehensive program which addresses the lack of nutrients we lose while being stressed. In additions it has an unparalleled delivery system. The right nutrient goes to the right place at the right time. Many of my clients notice this improvement in their daily stamina and tolerance for stress.

If you are still confused which supplements will work best for you, sign up for our Wellness Profile Program. Fill out our assessment form of clusters of symptoms and we recommend a program specifically for you. We determine your areas of concerns like digestion, sugar issues, and adrenal fatigue, which is a result of stress. In addition, you will learn which foods to add to fill in the nutritional gap.

Wellness Profile: $125.00 – Biodots Included in Consultation

Eliminate the Stress in Your Head
Teach the body to eliminate stress with a simple breathing practice. Alternate Nose Breathing exercises balances the right and left brain, and regular practice can teach the body not to overreact to each stressful event.

My favorite balance exercise is Qigong, a Chinese health practice based on gentle movements, meditation and breathing. It is a good practice to teach the body to respond less, plus builds strength, balance and increases energy.

Reduce the impact of stress by starting with a balanced nutritional plan supplemented with vitamins. Adopt a breathing routine and add a QiGong practice to bring mind and body peace.
In the meantime, live life with Zest!
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL
FREE Shipping for Orders over $75.00
Offer ends September 30th
 
Take your shape in a whole new direction and JOIN me on 
Thursday, September 18th at our SEPTEMBER SLIM MEET to learn more about the 
 
And for the go-getters who can’t wait, go to the website and order your 
kit today! 
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