Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Power of the Compliment

Recently, we’ve noticed a trend. We don’t think this is a new thing. In fact, we think this is something that has been going on for quite some time, but when we say “recently”, we mean we’ve been paying more attention as of late.

Picture this: two people are having a conversation. Person A says “Wow, you look great!” and Person B says “Really? I’ve feel like I’ve put on some weight.” Or this: Person A says “I love your shirt!” and Person B says “Oh this? It’s nothing special. I got it at a thrift store for like $3.”

Do you notice anything? If not, we’ll fill you in. Person A is trying to compliment Person B, and instead of graciously accepting the compliment (and maybe even giving one back), Person B almost fights the compliment and then proceeds to try to negate whatever it is that Person A said. So what’s so wrong with that? We’ll try to keep it short.

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Compliments may seem like little things, but they are actually huge. Research shows that compliments have the power to increase positivity, both for the giver and the receiver, boost productivity, and increase awareness of the good around you. When you accept a compliment, with a simple “thank you so much”, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to feel these things. When you reject a compliment, you’re subconsciously reinforcing a belief that you’re unworthy of the praise. It can also create an awkward social situation, but that’s a story for a different day.

The best way to receive a compliment is with a “thank you” and a smile. If you have a genuine compliment to give in return, that’s even better, but try not to give a compliment unless it’s authentic (hint: we believe there’s always something you can find to compliment authentically).

We leave you with this challenge. The next time someone pays you a compliment, resist the urge to negate the compliment or explain it away. Instead, respond to the compliment with a simple “thank you”. This will probably take some getting used to at first. You may even have to stop yourself from responding in a negative way at first, but the more you practice, the easier it will become.

 

 

Beat the Bloat: How to Get a Flat Tummy

Bloating can affect anyone of any size. Even if you don’t have weight to lose, you may experience bloating in the tummy that leaves you with a rounded abdomen instead of a flat one. This is a common problem and one that could have several different causes (which we discussed last week). Because bloating can be a result of several different factors – and often a combination of more than one factor, you’ll have to do a little detective work to figure out what works for you. How do you do this detective work? You try different things until you find what your body likes.

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We can’t tell you exactly why you’re bloated and exactly what to do to stop it, but we can give you this list of tried and true tricks. Incorporate a few of these tips at a time until you find the perfect solution for you.

  1. Avoid gas-causing foods. Although any foods can cause bloating, there are some foods that are known offenders. These foods include soy, gluten, dairy, beans, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. While we’re not suggesting that you avoid broccoli forever, it can be helpful to reduce your intake or only eat it when you can throw on those sweatpants and lounge around for a few hours after your meal. Sugar alcohols, like xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol, are also gas-causing offenders. These sugar alcohols became popular during the low-carb movement because they don’t contain any carbohydrates. However, if you overdo it, you may be left with bloating and diarrhea. Avoid them as much as possible.
  2. Figure out if you have food intolerances. Unfortunately, there is no magical way to figure out what foods you may be intolerant to. There is a type of food sensitivity testing available, called IgG testing, but these types of tests aren’t always reliable. The best way to figure out your own food intolerances is to follow an elimination diet. An elimination diet involves removing the most common food intolerances from your diet for at least 30 days, and then reintroducing them slowly to figure out if you have a reaction (like bloating) to a specific food. If you do, you know that your body cannot tolerate it well. The only drawback to this is that sometimes you may have an intolerance to food that is not typical. In that case, it can take a little more detective work.
  3. Chew slowly and deliberately. It’s not just what you eat that can cause bloating, it’s how you eat. Digestion officially starts in your mouth, so make sure that you’re chewing your food thoroughly and taking some of the burden off of the rest of your digestive system. Eat only enough food to make you feel satisfied, not so much that your stomach is overstuffed and you’re left feeling bloated and lethargic.
  4. Take digestive supplements. There are two types of supplements that are very helpful for digestion and reducing bloating: probiotics and digestive enzymes. Probiotics replenish the bacteria in your gut and digestive enzymes provide you with the substances you need to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
  5. Drink water. Dehydration is a leading cause of bloating, so if you’re not drinking enough water, increase your intake. The current recommendation is to consume at least half of your body weight in ounces every day. This means if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be taking in 100 ounces of water per day. If you have a hard time keeping track of your water intake, there are free apps you can download to your phone to track your intake for you. Plant Nanny is one of our favorites.
  6. Get enough sleep. You probably don’t realize how much sleep affects your digestion. Proper digestion uses up a lot of energy, and if your body doesn’t have enough energy due to lack of sleep, your digestion will suffer. Make sleep a priority and make an effort to ensure that you’re getting at least 8 hours per night.
  7. Movement is excellent for digestion, so if you’re bloated, especially if your bloating is a result of constipation, move your body! Exercise helps move gas around the digestive tract and helps reduce constipation.
  8. Relieve your stress. Chronic stress can do a number on your digestive system and can lead to bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. If you’re always stressed out, it would be highly beneficial for you to engage in some stress-reduction activities. Some of our favorites are meditation, yoga, and journaling.

Beat the Bloat: Common Causes of Bloating

Bloating, which is generally caused by the buildup of gas in the digestive tract, is a common complaint; but just because it is common doesn’t mean it’s normal. Many people think that bloating is an unavoidable response to eating – and while it may be depending on the foods you eat – you shouldn’t be living with discomfort and misery after every meal. If you constantly feel bloated, it’s beneficial to figure out why you’re experiencing this and what you can do to change it.

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Improper Digestion

Bloating of any type signals that there’s something wrong with your digestion. It may be a problem with your digestive process itself, like your gut bacteria is off and you can’t properly digest any foods; or it could be a problem with the foods you’re choosing – like an undiagnosed food intolerance.

The bacteria in your gut help you digest food properly. They break down the food into smaller components that you can absorb. Without the right balance of gut bacteria, food moves through your digestive tract partially digested. This can cause bloating as well as gas, pain, belching, or flatulence (excuse me!). If you’re intolerant to a specific food, your body cannot fully digest that food regardless of the state of your gut bacteria. If you eat that food, you’ll be left with symptoms like bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Gluten and dairy are the most common food intolerances, but anyone can be intolerant to any kind of food.

Constipation

This one kind of ties into improper digestion because constipation is a surefire sign that you’re not digesting your food properly, but there can also be other reasons. When you’re constipated, whether it’s due to stress, lack of fiber in the diet, or dehydration, normal gas gets trapped behind the fecal matter that’s trapped in your intestines. When you eat, the gas increases (which is totally normal), but since you’re constipated, it results in bloating and abdominal pain. If you experience constipation, you’re not alone – 42 million Americans are plagued by it.

The Carbohydrates You Eat

Although any food can cause constipation, foods that are high in carbohydrates are the most likely culprit. The bacteria in your digestive tract LOVE carbohydrates. When undigested portions of carbohydrates reach these bacteria, they feed on them and create gas as a byproduct. As the gas builds up, you begin to feel bloated. Some carbohydrates, like fructose (the sugar found mainly in fruit) and lactose (the sugar found in milk and milk products) are more poorly-digested than others.

Dehydration

It may seem silly that not drinking enough water can leave you feeling bloated, especially since a stomach full of water tends to distend, but it’s true. When you’re dehydrated, your body holds onto excessive water in an attempt to keep the amount of water in your body balanced. By drinking more water, you tell your body that it’s safe to let some of that water go, since there will be more coming shortly.

Hormonal Changes

If your bloating tends to follow a cycle, like you experience it only before your menstrual cycle is due, then it could be related to your hormones. When estrogen levels rise, the body holds on to more water, which causes discomfort and bloating.

The good news is that even if you’ve dealt with bloating for a long time, you don’t have to continue to live that way. We have some tips that can help you deal with all of these underlying causes and beat the bloat for good. We’ll share these tips with you in our blog post next week, so make sure to come back and check us out!

Healthy Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Remember when you were a little kid and you used to take those plastic popsicle makers with the plastic sticks and make fresh popsicles? If you were like me, typically your “popsicle” consisted of nothing more than some frozen orange or apple juice – or maybe some fruit punch. For me, these popsicles were a staple of summer and every time I think of them, it brings me back to memories of my childhood.

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Unfortunately, these popsicles were also loaded with sugar and not much in terms of nutrition, especially if fruit punch was your thing. We wanted to create a way to bring the nostalgia of these super easy popsicles back, but in an adult version that could still serve as a summer treat, but wouldn’t be a bummer for your waistline. Bonus points because we figured out a way to make them nutritious too.

These popsicles contain tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from fresh fruit, as well as some healthy fat that can help keep you full – something those other sugar-laden popsicles can’t do. This recipe is a basic starting point, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand or the fruits/combos that appeal to your tastes.

What You Need:

  • Popsicle mold (like this one)
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced frozen banana
  • 1.5 cups canned coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or raw honey

What To Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Spoon mixture into wells of popsicle mold.
  3. Freeze for 4 hours or until completely frozen.

Tips:

If you like some texture in your popsicles, stir some unsweetened coconut flakes into the mixture after you blend and before spooning into popsicle molds. You can also add fresh strawberry slices into the wells of the mold before putting in the strawberry mixture.

If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can also use paper cups and popsicle sticks. Just spoon mixture into the paper cups, put a popsicle stick on top, and freeze. Once frozen, peel the paper cup away from the popsicle.

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

Can you believe it’s already June?! We can’t! The summer is creeping up on us, but don’t worry — if you’re not rocking that summer body you wanted yet, there’s still time! And we’ve got your back with our product of the month.

When you purchase our monthly special, which includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

in June, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – ON US!

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol™ for FREE!

Metasol™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol™ easier to absorb. In fact, Metasol™ has been shown to be five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which is derived from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.