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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.

  • 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! 
      

  • Tune into 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!
        
  • 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.
    • The ingredients in the Shaklee 180 SmootheeShaklee Meal in a Bar andShaklee Snack Bars, balance blood sugar and level off levels of cortisol and adrenaline.
    • 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.
           
  • 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 Vitalizer. Here’s a video that talks about it more, http://feelbetterin30days.com/dianarn
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Consider combining the above tips with our 5-Day Shaklee 180 Boost Program to zap the stress now. Our new program begins Monday, August 4th – to sign-up, visit our website. You MUST sign up by July 30th. 
 
Pick one to implement each week and see what happens in a month!

Live life with Zest, 

        

 
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Summer Boost

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“Where there’s a will, there’s a waistline” is my tag line. When I say that, it always gets a laugh of recognition.

Where is your will in the warm weather? Is it as focused when you are at the beach as when you are at a Happy Hour, or beach party or any summer celebration?

Here are some reasons that might be holding your will back and some tips of how to overcome them:

  1. Stop focusing on a quick weight loss or the newest boost your metabolism pill. With that mindset, the weight always seems to come back. Instead focus on continually tweaking your lifestyle, and then the weight will come off naturally.
  2. “It’s too hot to exercise.” Drink a yummy glass of Shaklee Orange Performance electrolytes with a stick of Pomegranate Energizing Tea for a rejuvenating boost.
  3. I don’t know about you, but by the time I’m done tweaking my eating, I’ll be 124 years old! In the meantime, I have some healthy fast-food to recommend: Shaklee 180 Mango Smoothee combined with fresh apricots, 180 Snack Bar, my favorite is the Chocolate Coconut or 180 Snack Crisps, which goes well with guacamole or hummus!
  4. Another simple tip, rather than having a cold one, with countless calories, have a glass of ice-cold water with a lemon, or cucumber wedge – the idea is to drink ½ of your body weight in water!
  5. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. We all love ice cream, but it adds unwanted weight very quickly. So next time, make your own popsicle with Shaklee Orange or Lemon-Lime Performance hydration drink!

As a final tip, reboot your body NOW. Join our Summer 5-Day Boost Program, starting July 7th, but you MUST sign-up by June 30th. For more information, visit our website.

Live life with Zest.

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This weekend I was visiting friends, who I see once a year in the Adirondacks. We were there for a “Bobeque”, named for my friend Bob who has a Birthday in June! I am in the navy striped shirt. It was a big party – there were 84 of us with lots of food and drink!

dianaSeeing my contemporaries inspired me to take on trimming my middle. Four of them have lost weight, and if they can do it so can I! But trimming your waist is more than just losing weight. There are some physiologic causes of why losing that stubborn belly fat can be difficult that I wanted to share:

1. Insulin resistance: After years of eating foods high in carbs (sugar and alcohol) your cells do not respond to insulin. The elevated blood sugar converts blood sugar to fat. And what’s the best place to store fat? Your belly!

2. Adrenal imbalance: You’ve all see the TV commercials about cortisol. The more constant your stress the more your body puts out cortisol to respond to fight or flight, but it’s about actually acting on it. When we don’t physically respond to it we store that energy as fat.

3. Sex hormone imbalance: After age 35 our estrogen and progesterone levels begin to wane. The body hangs on to extra fat in the belly – and fat cells produce estrogen.

Here are 5 tips:

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1.Watch your carbohydrates. Try for 16 grams at every meal and 7 grams per snack. Look at both foods and drinks. This will help with the insulin resistance. Limit or avoid the following foods:

Fruit juice, soda, white bagels and bread, beer, wine, white crackers, white pasta and rice, sugary sweets (even fat free!).

Weight training and yoga will build muscle. And the more muscle there is, the less fat that gets stored.

Also, take a Glucose Regulation Complex at every meal. It will help your body use sugar, so it doesn’t get stored as fat and increases your energy!

2. Take steps to reduce stress. This will reduce your cortisol level. Incorporate a daily practice of deep breathing and meditation to build up your “relaxation muscle.” This will increase your tolerance of stress and the body will put out less cortisol.

While you are doing that, Stress Relief Complex, is an herbal formula that contains Ashwagandha Root (an adaptagen), and helps the body within 30 minutes to chill out!

 3. Balance your hormones. Reduce the burden on your body!

Balance your body with hormone supportive herbs such as black cohosh, flaxseed oil, dong quai, red clover extract, and licorice extract. All can be found in one formula: Menopause Balance Complex

Add healthy fats to your diet with foods like salmon, walnuts, olive oil, and avocado so you have the building blocks to make hormones. Also, GLA Complex is an excellent addition to since it contains the healthy oils that most of us don’t get enough of.

4. Build healthy gut flora. Recent research says having the right kind of good bacteria in your gut plays a huge role in your weight. Here is a great system of pre and post biotic.

This is a system to give your body a triple encapsulated pearl that will not be released until it gets to the right part of the gut, and a powder that will enhance the growth of good bacteria.

Also be sure to eat more fiber (bacteria thrives on that) and avoid refined carbs, as they help your gut grow bad bacteria!

5. Add a metabolic booster. This can to help you burn more calories, and of course, fat!

Here are 2 choices:

Shaklee180 Energy Tea: With dehydrated green matc , red robos and white tea.

Metabolic Boost: this does two things. First, it helps balance blood sugar so it addresses insulin resistance. Second, it contains the ingredient in green tea that boosts your metabolism.

These are some tools to help you, when you see old friends and are newly inspired like I am! I am here to answer questions, personalize your program and offer support. With over 25 years of experience in medicine as a RN, a fitness teacher and helping many reduce the stress in their lives, I can be there to help you trim your middle!

You can do it!

Live Life With Zest,

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What does “that” white powdery substance, sugar have to do with diabetes and weight?

Recently, as I preparing for a speaking engagement, I was talking with one of my clients about sugar cravings and how it interferes with her life. She noticed she felt depressed everyday around 4pm . It held her back from going to the gym after work.

sugarI asked her what she had for breakfast (bagel and coffee) and lunch, and a muffin was her answer. Amazingly enough, by incorporating a healthy, balanced lunch, her mood changed within a week – and her aches and pains were gone.

Sugar in excess causes weight gain, among other problems. Did you know the American Heart Association recommends only 6 tsp of added sugar daily and most people take in three times that amount?

Sugar in excess is linked to type 2 diabetes, elevated triglycerides, heart disease, depression, autoimmune diseases (arthritis and MS), migraines, gout and osteoporosis.

To combat this epidemic, I am introducing a 4 week personalized program to help reduce your sugar threshold so you can once and for all say no to those everyday cravings that are affecting the quality of your life.  With this program, you will:

  • Receive a personalized evaluation of your eating style
  • Learn to recognize the craving triggers
  • Replace sugary items with healthier, better tasting food
  • Create a game plan for the future

I have been working with clients for over 30 years in all kinds of situations – the hospital, the gym, insurance companies and in my office. Throughout this time I have seen people make wonderful changes. So are you ready to make a change?

Email me to see if this new and exciting program is right for you.

You have 3 choices of which program of Shaklee supplements you would like to add to the program or use independently.  Using the supplements will balance the body and make the transition smoother.

  1. Basic Balance Kit: Vita-Lea, B-Complex, and Glucose Regulation Complex
  2. Lean and Healthy Kit
  3. Shaklee 180 Turnaround Kit

Live Life With Zest,

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Who’s been enjoying the gorgeous weather we’ve had lately? I know I have!

allergiesUnfortunately, with those spring flowers also comes allergies for many people. I wrote about this topic a few weeks ago, and the reason why I am addressing it again is that I am still hearing a lot about those watery itchy eyes! It can make you miserable and cost you a lot of money in over the counter medications.

Here are suggestions on how to fill your medicine cabinet with products that really fix the problem and build your health:

First, it’s important to know that an allergy is simply an over-reaction of the immune system to a foreign protein substance. That’s right – it’s all about your immune system!

There are three key approaches for allergy relief:

1. Rebuild the immune system. To stave off allergies, having a strong, a healthy immune system is imperative. Taking a regular supplement like the Vitalizer is a great way to give your body everything it needs to keep defenses up. In just one daily serving, it provides a spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-aging phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

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Another great option for strong immunity is NutriFeron, which increases the production of interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. Additionally, the Alfalfa Complex is a natural antihistimine (no more over the counter drugs!) that helps with asthma, allergies and arthritis.

And don’t forget about the Garlic Compex – this anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal supplement will get rid of those painful sinus infections.

2. Restore digestive tract. Pop quiz: Where does 70% of your immune system lie? The answer is: in your gut! This is why it’s so important to restore the digestive tract to combat allergies. Providing it with the proper bacteria will enhance your immune responses as well as provide relief from bloating. A Probiotic Complex can assist.

3. Remove toxins from your environment. There are hundreds of toxins that most of us come in contact with every day, and unfortunately, many of them we can’t do much about. But the one thing that you have total control over is the types of cleaners you use in your home.

Common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals, and removing them from your home can have a great impact on your health. Our Get Clean line is:

-       Non-toxic

-       Leaves no harmful residues

-       Safe around children, animals and sensitive adults

-       Biodegradable

-       Outperforms many leading natural brands

With a strong immune system, digestive system and a healthy home, you can get rid of pesky allergies and get back to enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

Live Life With Zest,

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It is time to pump it up! I want to lose 7 pounds so I can feel like my active, youthful, perky self again.

What will I do to get started? Here are my routines:

Both ladies weigh 150 lbs

Both ladies weigh 150 lbs

First thing, I drink my Shaklee 180 Strawberry Shake, with 1 cup of frozen strawberries and 1 cup of soymilk. I also take my Vitalizer strip with this.

Right off the bat, I have jump-started my day. My blood sugar is good so my energy

is great! I know I am building muscle so I will look trimmer than the numbers on the scale. And the shake has Amino Acid Leucine, so I feel full and satisfied.

To pump up my metabolism, I also put the Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea in my shake. It’s in powder form and I can drink it hot or cold. There is an ingredient in green tea that naturally perks you up and boosts your metabolism.

I know my energy can go up and down so I also include one per meal of Shaklee Metabolic Boost. I want my mood and energy going strong so I can keep going and stay on track!

Every Morning:

I meditate for 15 minutes to focus on accomplishing my 7-pound weight loss of FAT, not muscle. So no new fads for me! I am seeing friends at a party in 3 weeks so 7 pounds is possible. I can easily see myself zipping up my jeans and wearing a fitted top! No oversized blouse for me. Whoopee!

I do 10 minutes of burst exercises, with some light weights to pump my energy up and then 10 minutes of chi Kung and yoga.

Exercise:

Three classes per week and 30 minutes of walking per day. I make sure I drink water 8oz before and after an exercise session.

I also always carry the Shaklee 180 snack bars with me so I make no mistakes. I know there are times I am desperate to eat so it’s important to have a healthy snack handy!

Lunch and Dinner:

turnaroundI have another shake for lunch. Bonus perk: I love how my skin, hair and nails look with this high quality protein! It really is an investment in living life with zest.

I make sure I eat my salad and vegetables first before lunch and dinner. I have also reviewed my portion sizes of protein and starches. I am also writing down everything that I put in my mouth and how I feel. This is important!

I allow myself a wine spritzer twice a week. We go to a lot of social events and that sugary glass of wine does me in so I try to limit my intake. I take a Stress Relief Complex or a B-Complex before going to events. Drinking usually helps me relax, but this contains far fewer calories and I feel great within 10 minutes.

At the end of the day, I stretch and take time to be grateful for my life and congratulate myself for a job well done.

Want to join me for three weeks of pumping it up in a healthy balanced way?

Here is the link to some of the products that I love. http://bit.ly/IpKkkt

exerciseFYI: A recent study showed that 2 groups of people were doing the same diet and exercise program, but one group used the Shaklee 180 shake and the vitalizer. At the end of 9 months, the Shaklee 180 group lost 50% more fat and gained 25% more muscle!

 

 

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When we were little our moms taught us cleanliness and how to wash our hands. Our lives began with nourishing food, from the breast to the table. We learned good nutrition and were guided to eat well so we could learn and grow.

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Mother’s Day 1964

School days began and our wardrobes were orchestrated by mom, many times to our dismay, like being forced to wear a hat when it was cold outside (but mom, it will mess up my hair!). We learned that fashion is less important when the weather is below zero and that certain behaviors are just asking for the cold or flu.

And bedtime, it was always too early. We thought we’d surely miss something. But we learned that getting enough sleep revitalizes our bodies.  I remember hearing often, “Go outside and play!” We learned to exercise daily and keep active. These treasures are all gifts of love from mom because they are the foundations for vibrant health.Now we are adults, and the tendency is to forget all of those powerful love messages, although they were not always delivered with warmth (you march in there!).

This week I spoke to a group on Cancer Prevention. “The National Cancer Institute says 60% of all Cancer Related Deaths can be prevented by taking care of our bodies first, getting proper nutrition, taking supplements, being physically active, losing weight and stopping smoking.”

So where did we put our bodies well being on our To-Do List? In gratitude for our moms’ efforts let’s begin our days by taking care of the most important asset we have – our physical well-being. Begin your day with:

Be grateful.  And thank your mom for the most powerful gifts she has given to you. Happy Mothers’ day to my Mom (she passed away when I was in my 20’s) and all the people in my life who “mothered” me.

Live Life with Zest,

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I am here to help you get started..

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