Monthly Archives: December 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

What we’re about to say may surprise you, so hold onto your seats. Ready? Are you sitting down? We don’t think you should make any New Year’s resolutions this year. Now we know this isn’t the popular opinion, but hear us out.

According to statistics, roughly 200 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year. Of those 200 million Americans, only about 8 percent actually achieve their New Year’s goals. You would think the number of successful individuals would be a little more impressive than that, given the fact that more than half of the population is participating. However, according to experts, there are more than a few reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t stick.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

One of the main reasons that New Year’s resolutions fail is because they’re unrealistic and non-specific. According to research, the most common New Year’s resolutions are lose weight/get fit, save money (spend less), and quit smoking. While these New Year’s resolutions have a positive common theme – they’re all focused on bettering oneself – they also have another commonality: they’re not specific enough and they’re hard. Every single one of these goals requires a major life change, and without a clear cut path or specific goal-setting, you’re basically asking for failure.

Another reason that New Year’s resolutions fail is because people place too much hope on the outcome of their resolution. People convince themselves that if I could just lose weight, or save money, or stop smoking, then I will finally be happy; but that’s not necessarily the case – and when the resolution doesn’t live up to that expectation, people often quit. In order to improve your happiness level, you’ll have to improve your mindset. External things, like weight loss and more money in the bank, will certainly help, but they’re only a piece of a larger puzzle.

What to Do Instead

Now don’t get us wrong – we’re not saying that you shouldn’t make goals to better yourself and then work toward them, we’re just saying that maybe New Year’s resolutions aren’t quite the way to go. The New Year comes with a lot of pressure to start anew, but every day is a blank slate and an opportunity to make a change. If you have a goal, start RIGHT NOW. You don’t have to wait until Monday, or New Year’s Day, or after your birthday. There will always be an excuse not to start now, but they’re often just that: excuses.

Here are some tips to get you started:
  1. Make a goal and then outline steps to get there. If your goal is weight loss, create an action plan. How much weight specifically do you want to lose? And what are you going to do to achieve that goal? Are you going to meal plan and work out three days a week? Write it all down and keep it visible.
  2. Enlist an accountability buddy. Tell someone your goal – bonus points if he/she has a shared goal – and check in with him/her regularly to make sure you’re both staying on track.
  3. Pay attention to your mindset. The major key to achieving your goals is believing you can, celebrating small successes, and overcoming any roadblocks or failures. If you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll never get there. Spend time reading personal development books or listening to motivating podcasts and, most importantly, put what you learn into practice.
  4. Focus on the present. Instead of focusing on the ultimate goal and how much more work you have to do until you get there, focus on the moment. What is one thing you can do right now that will help propel you toward your goal?

What you do think? Will you decide to give up resolutions this year and focus on short-term, everyday goals instead? If not, and you’re making resolutions, what are they? Will the way you approach them change after reading this article? We want to know!

New Year’s Eve Hack: Skinny Cocktails to Keep Your Calories in Check

When we think of New Year’s Eve, we imagine glitz and glam, midnight kisses, and the promise of new beginnings. We also imagine cocktails — sometimes too many cocktails — somewhere in the mix. Unfortunately, many of these fancy cocktails are full of sugar and empty calories that not only directly contribute to an expanding waistline, but make you more likely to overindulge on all the hor d’oeuvres and sweet treats lying around.

We don’t want to take away your New Year’s Eve cocktails, so instead, we’ve figured out a way to turn your favorites into waistline friendly skinny cocktails that you can enjoy (in moderation, of course) without the guilt.

Skinny Cosmo

(approximately 200 calories)

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • 1 splash cranberry juice
  • Juice from 1 lime wedge

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.

skinny cosmo

Skinny Mojito

(approximately 150 calories)

  • 6 lime wedges
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ tsp agave nectar
  • 2 ounces rum
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • 1 cup ice

Place lime wedges and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker. Muddle until broken down and fragrant. Put in remaining ingredients and stir until chilled. Pour into a glass and garnish with lime and mint, if desired.

skinny mojito

Skinny Sangria

(approximately 175 calories per serving – makes 16 servings)

  • 3 apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 pound red grapes, halved
  • 3 bottles of Spanish (or Rioja) red wine
  • 1 can diet lemon lime soda
  • 1 can club soda

Cut apples and oranges into thin slices. Combine apples and oranges in a pitcher with grapes. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Chill mixture until ready to serve. Serve over ice.

skinny sangria

Skinny Margarita

(Approximately 150 calories)

  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 1 fresh lime
  • ½ fresh lemon
  • 2 slices orange
  • Splash of triple sec
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Splash of soda water

Pour tequila in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Squeeze lime, lemon, and 1 slice of orange into tequila. Add triple sec and pomegranate juice. Shake for 20 seconds. Pour over ice into a salt-rimmed glass and add splash of soda water to the top. Garnish with remaining orange slice.

skinny margarita

Skinny Spritzer

(approximately 120 calories)

  • ¼ cup blueberry juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup champagne
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup ice

Combine blueberry, pomegranate, and lime juice in a glass. Mix well. Fill another glass with ice cubes and pour juice mixture over ice. Add champagne and garnish with blueberries.

skinny spritzer

 

 

 

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint go together like peanut butter and jelly, like thunder and lightning, like socks and shoes. Unfortunately, chocolate and peppermint don’t typically mesh well with a goal to lose weight.

Around this time of year, many people give up on their weight loss goals and go all out, promising to get back on track with the start of the New Year. We understand that you don’t want to miss out on the festivities and the holiday treats, but completely throwing your goals out of the window is extremely counterproductive. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy yourself without completely going off the rails.

Take these chocolate peppermint cookies. Although they’re still a treat, they’re jam packed with healthy ingredients that allow you to indulge without the guilt. Make these for your next holiday party, and you’ll be able to partake without feeling bad about it. Bonus points: they’re delicious.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Optional: shredded coconut, crushed peppermint candy, peanuts

What To Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine almond butter and egg and mix until incorporated. In a separate bowl, combine coconut sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Fold dry ingredients into almond butter and egg mixture. Stir in peppermint extract and apple cider vinegar until mixture is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips and any other optional ingredients.
  4. Form dough into rounded teaspoonfuls and drop onto lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
  5. Bake the cookies at 350º F for 8 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from baking sheet.
  7. Enjoy!

Vitamin D: Your Defense Against Winter Weight Gain

vitamin d rich egg yolks

If there’s one thing you need to pay attention to this winter, it’s vitamin D. The vitamin has a wide range of benefits from improving your bone health to decreasing your risk of heart disease to warding off depression to boosting your immune system. The benefits don’t stop there, though. Studies show that people who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to be overweight or obese and supplementing with the vitamin may help increase weight loss.

A study done by Italian researchers showed that dieters who took vitamin D supplements in addition to following a low-calorie meal plan lost more weight than dieters who restricted calories, but didn’t supplement with vitamin D.

What Makes Vitamin D Unique

Vitamin D is unique in several ways. First, although it is a vitamin, vitamin D acts similar to a steroid hormone in your body. Because of this, it not only plays important roles in keeping your bones and teeth healthy, it also helps to regulate your metabolism. Vitamin D is also unique because your body can make it with help from the sun. When you’re exposed to sunlight, your body converts the sun’s rays to an active form of the vitamin that your body can use. This is both good and bad.

The good news is that because your body can make it with exposure to the sun, you typically get enough vitamin D in the sunny, summer months. The bad news is that vitamin D is not present in a lot of foods, so in the winter months, it can be hard to meet your needs for vitamin D on those cold, darker days. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that right now, approximately 77 percent of Americans are at least mildly vitamin D deficient.

So what can you do?

The best thing to do is eat a lot of vitamin D rich foods on a regular basis. Vitamin D is naturally found in fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver. Some foods, like cereal, orange juice, and dairy products, are also fortified with the vitamin. Although these foods provide the vitamin, it’s often still difficult to get the recommended amount – which is currently 600-800 IU per day, although the Vitamin D Council recommends 5,000 IU per day. That’s why we also recommend taking a high quality vitamin D supplement, like D-mulsion, especially in the winter months. 

vitamin d supplement

What is D-Mulsion?

D-mulsion is an emulsified form of Vitamin D that the body absorbs much better than other supplemental forms. Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it’s absorbed better in the body when there is fat present. The Genestra brand D-Mulsion also contains extra virgin olive oil to increase absorption even more.

What are the Benefits of D-Mulsion?

D-Mulsion has many known benefits, especially:

  • Enhancing musculoskeletal health*
  • Improving immune function*
  • Aiding in cardiovascular health*
  • Increasing weight loss*
  • Decreasing the possibilities of cancer*
  • Maintaining bone health*
  • Reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis*
  • Amplifying brain development later in life*
  • Reducing severity and frequency of asthma symptoms*
  • Lowing the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women*
  • Protecting against radiation damage*
  • Recovering from tuberculosis more rapidly*

Who Can Benefit from D-Mulsion?

Almost anyone can benefit from the use of D-mulsion, but especially individuals who:

  • Do not receive 3-5 hours of sunlight per week
  • Have autoimmune diseases
  • Possess a family history of cancer
  • Come in contact with radiation frequently
  • Are pregnant or nursing

How Should I Take D-mulsion?

Take D-mulsion exactly as recommended by your doctor.  Most individuals take one drop two times daily directly on the tongue or under the tongue.

What are the Possible Side Effects of D-mulsion?

D-mulsion is classified as extremely safe when taken orally as recommended by your health practitioner.  Some side effects of taking too much vitamin D include weakness, fatigue, sleepiness, headache, loss of appetite, dry mouth, metallic taste, nausea, and vomiting.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.

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

There’s a popular expression that says “summer bodies are made in the winter”. In simple terms, this means that if you want a rockin’ bikini bod come June, you need to start preparing for that body NOW. Instead of turning to comfort foods during the cooler weather, it’s time to kick it into full gear. We’re here to help you do that by offering metabolism-boosting Metasol as part of our monthly special, which also 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

And in December, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – FOR FREE!

metasol

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 any of our locations to find out more!

  • North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
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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.