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One of my biggest problems that I face when I want to drop a pound or two is my craving for sugar. If I had better self control, then I wouldn't give in to my cravings for sweets. I have tried appetite suppressants before, but they always contain harmful chemicals and additives.
My daughter is getting married in five months and my goal is to lose ten pounds before the big day. (Which will be in Hawaii, so that gives me extra incentive to drop those stubborn pounds.)
I am excited that I was given the opportunity to review Skinny Greens Superfood drink mix, because it gives me the chance to lose weight in a healthful and natural manner.
Description of Skinny Greens: (taken from their website)
No time to make a green smoothie or juice vegetables? No Problem. You’ll love this convenient replacement. No blender, no chopping, or clean up! This drink mix is a nutritional powerhouse with wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, and 25 additional nutrient-dense plant foods.
Skinny Greens ™ also contains a unique 100% natural compound derived from spinach called Appethyl ® is shown to extend digestion, producing a feeling of satiety. It stimulates the release of the cholecystokinin (CCK) satiety hormone, which signals the brain that you are full. In addition, thylakoids help reduce hedonic hunger, the desire to eat for pleasure rather than to replenish the body’s energy needs.
Skinny Greens Key Ingredients: (taken from their website)
Appethyl® is pure spinach carefully treated to free the thylakoids hidden inside, providing a patented, clinically-effective, all-natural and literally green product with profound health benefits. Clinical studies have shown that thylakoids reduce hunger and cravings by slowing down digestion so that the body’s own systems get time to signal to the brain that we are satisfied. They thereby help us stay satisfied longer, since the digestion process takes longer.
Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.
Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of this incredible vegetables. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It also contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio.
In India, aswagandha is known as the “strength of the stallion” since it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after illness. Ashwagandha, is an adaptogenic herb popular in Ayurvedic medicine that has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones.
Digestive enzymes provide the necessary metabolites to help take the food that we eat and turn it into energy. Digestive enzymes are critical to your metabolism, your GI function, and every part of your overall health. When we are born we are given a specific number of enzymes, and as we consume cooked foods we use enzymes. As we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes diminishes.
Skinny Greens also includes the powerful combination of coconut water, pomegranate, spirulina, and milk thistle.
My thoughts: I was honestly afraid to give Skinny Greens a try because I usually do not do well with drink mixes that look like swamp water when I mix them into my bottled water. (See the photo below.)
I mixed in one scoop (which was enclosed) of the Skinny Greens powdered drink mix into my 16 ounce bottle of water. It did look rather intimidating! I shook it up until it was blended. After my first sip, I realized that this drink (although not pretty) actually tasted pretty decent. I was surprised. The taste is pleasant and seems to have a touch of mint to it.
I have been drinking a bottle of Skinny Greens Superfood Drink every day for a little over a week now. I am just amazed at how much energy I have had. It definitely keeps my appetite under control. I have not craved any sugar, and I actually have to remind myself to eat! I always feel full and satisfied. I love the knowledge that I am giving my body the extra nutrients it needs. I do not eat nearly enough greens in my diet, so I am happy that Skinny Greens is providing those benefits as well as suppressing my appetite and cravings. I have lost three pounds so far, and I believe that I am finally on the road to achieving my weight loss goal!
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*Product received. All opinions are my own
Mannatech, a global provider of skin care and wellness products, introduces its newest 3-step skin care system in the U.S. to provide a way for customers to experience their best skin yet with one set of products.
This trio works synergistically to support beautiful looking skin, at any age. All three Generation Ūth products combine the finest ingredients with the most advanced skin care technologies.
Crocus chrysanthus , a flower from the iris family, is a source of a special ingredient in Mannatech’s Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème. The nutrient-rich Crocus bulb extract may enhance the production of collagen and elastin necessary for skin firmness.
Start by gently cleansing and exfoliating the skin with the Ūth Facial Cleanser . Next, apply the nutrient-rich Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème to help restore a youthful appearance. Lastly, lock in daily hydration with the Ūth Moisturizer for a winning combination . It’s that simple!
"Discover how naturally beautiful your skin can look and feel"
My thoughts: I was given the chance to review this amazing trio of Generation Ūth products to review. I have been using these products for a little over a month now, and I have definitely seen an incredible difference in the way my skin looks and feels. I begin this skin care regimen by cleansing my face using the Ūth Facial Cleanser in the morning and at night. The cleanser makes my skin feeling extremely clean, especially with the gentle exfoliators it contains. I love how it removes all of my makeup, oil and dead skin cells that may clog my pores.
Next, I apply the Ūth Skin Rejuvenation Crème, which absorbs perfectly into my skin without a greasy, heavy feel. It truly diminishes my fine lines, which I especially notice around my mouth and between my brows. These lines really seem to vanish!
After the Rejuvenation Crème has fully absorbed, I then apply the Ūth Moisturizer, which completely seals in the moisture on my face, neck and upper chest/ cleavage area. This cream is also very light and absorbs very nicely so that I do not look like an oil slick. I am even able to apply my makeup over both of these face creams without my skin looking shiny. I am really impressed with Ūth products. I am very intrigued by the science behind this brand's formulation and I am excited to see the long term effect it has on my skin to keep me looking youthful. This is definitely a brand I will be purchasing in the future.
Learn more about Mannatech and the Generation Ūth 3-Step System by visiting Mannatech.com , and start seeing and feeling the difference!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Spring is definitely in the air! (At least for those of us on the West Coast.) It is time to shed our winter coats as well as some winter weight that we might have put on our bodies. I know it has happened to me!
Well, there is truly a way that you can lose that weight quickly and easily. CTD Labs has taken the guess work out of dropping those pounds by introducing the reformulated Lean Stack.
The CTD Sports Lean Stack is designed to help you manage your weight, increase energy and decrease body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass. The CTD Sports Lean Stack will also help drop excess water weight for the lean shredded look.
CTD Sports Lean Stack includes the following products:
- Burns Fat Fast
- Controls Appetite
- Produces a Major Energy Boost With No Crash
- Supports Mental Clarity, Focus, and Mood
- Maintains Lean Body Mass
- Optimize Metabolic Rate
- Aids in Excess Water Loss
For a ton of energy that lasts throughout the day, I take one Hypercuts capsule first thing in the morning. (If I take it any later I will not sleep at night.) It replaces any need for coffee or energy drinks. Hypercuts completely takes away my appetite until dinner time, and even then I really do not feel hungry. I actually have to remember to eat when I take this supplement. It is perfect for people who need to cut down their appetite and reduce cravings for unhealthy snacks.
- Rapid Removal of Excess Water
- Reduced Bloating
- Electrolyte Balance and Reduce Cramping
- A Contest Ready Physique
I take 1-2 Diuretic Extremes during my morning and mid-day meals. This amazing diuretic really helps to reduce bloating. It makes my jeans fit very nicely around the waist.
Omegathin provides an optimal blend of omega-3,6 and 9 to help support fat loss, a healthy lipid profile, and muscle recovery. Omegathin has been shown to play an important role in reducing body fat and increasing muscle tone according to recent clinical trials. Omegathin contains a high amount of EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) which are vital for the transportation and metabolism of triglycerides and cholesterol as well as aiding in skin texture.
I take 3 Omegathin capsules in the morning and usually 3 more with dinner. Not only does it help me to keep my weight down, but it also seems to make my skin glow, and I love that feature!
I have been taking Lean Stack supplements for a couple of months now. Taking the recommended dosage of each supplement daily has been a godsend to me. It kept me from overindulging during the holidays (in which I usually gain at least four pounds.) I have had plenty of energy and some to spare. My tummy is flat. I have lost a total of fourteen pounds and have successfully kept it off. All of my clothing fits me so much better!
Win! One winner will receive the CTD Sports Lean Stack trio of supplements for weight loss. (ARV:$130.97)
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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Detox with Easy Recipes After Holiday Indulgence!
The holidays over and our waists have sufficiently expanded. What can we do to detox and stop this Waist Line Disaster!?
Vanilla Ice Cream:
Take 3-4 bananas, place in blender on high with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder. Blend until you get a smooth, creamy consistency.
Soak 1/2-1 cup dried figs in water for 2 hours. Remove from water and blend on high.
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More about Rawvana:
Rawvana is fluent English and Spanish and is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Certified Lifestyle Coach protégé of Dr. Douglas Graham (author of The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time). Rawvana’s iTunes and Android app, Rawvana’s Raw Recipes, took the #1 spot in the Food & Drink Category for April and May of 2014
To learn more, visit Rawvana’s You Tube channel here or her website, Rawvana.com.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.
There is NO other book like this on the shelf This Ain't No Diet Book! The word 'diet' implies a beginning and an end - when you reach your target weight, you're done! WRONG!! A 3 step Program, with recipes and hints, guides you to weight loss and a new approach to food while developing lifelong eating habits.
There are chapters which include a tough love approach! No more excuses and denials. The journal is an integral part of the Program. You have nothing to lose but some excess weight! What do you have to gain? Your self-esteem, self-respect and admiration of your family and friends! Take back the control that food has over you!
My Experience: I just finished reading this book and I am excited to give this new lifestyle of eating less and losing weight a try. No more excuses! I know that I could stand to lose 15 pounds. The author gives me a food plan to follow,recipes to try and teaches me how to (begrudgingly) incorporate exercise into my daily life and keep a journal of my thoughts, feelings and progress. Like I said, I have NO excuses not to lose weight with everything laid right out for me on how to accomplish it. (Except for me it is procrastination.)
To learn more about this book please go to: http://www.asgoodasskinny.com/
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review and to keep
What Will You Commit To in 2014 …
A healthier lifestyle? A better diet? Quit smoking once and for all?
As America’s health continues to take center stage with rising obesity rates, a generation of children facing serious health consequences, escalating health care costs and controllable diseases growing out of control, Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company is hosting its second annual Commitment Day5K Fun Walk/Run events and its inaugural support of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” healthy living initiative.
Commitment Day is a broad social movement uniting individuals in 5K Walk/Run events across the nation each January 1st, celebrating the commitment to lead healthy, active lives. In 2014, events will be held in 38 cities across the country, with tens of thousands of individuals joining together to declare their commitments to healthy eating, exercise, family, respect, giving and a healthy planet. More than 40,000 people took part in the inaugural Commitment Day launch in 29 cities on January 1st, 2013.
What do you plan to commit to in 2014? Share with us: @CommitmentDay #CommitmentDay
Commitment Day 5K Walk/Run events will be held in the following cities on January 1st, 2014:
Commitment Day fun walk/runs will also be hosted at select Life Time locations including:
- Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Florham Park, NJ
- Indianapolis, IN
- Salt Lake City, UT
For more information about Commitment Day, or to register for a January 1st fun walk/run near you, visit http://www.commitmentday.com/
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Ostrim Nutrition Meat Snacks are not only the perfect high-protien low carb snack for athletes, they are also perfect for kids' school lunches, after school snacks, and for on-the-go. They are perfect for moms like me who are trying to diet, for a quick protien fix. Keep a stash in your car, purse and in the cupboards at home for your family for energy and satisfaction between meals.
Ostrim Meat Snacks were designed with nutrition in mind. They are made from the highest quality lean meats, such as beef, turkey, elk and even ostrich, which is one of nature's best sources of high protein, low-fat meat.
Ostrim Meat Snacks are high in protien, low in fat and sodium with no fillers. Ostrim is a USDA inspected health and wellness food that tastes great. In fact, many top athletes, nutritionists, personal trainers and dieticians recommend Ostrim as a natural source of low-fat meat protein.
Ostrim Meat Snacks are made by Protos Foods, who generously sent me samples of their top selling products to try. I received samples of their Beef and Ostrich Sticks, Beef and Ostrich Jerkee, and Beef and Elk Sticks in a variety of flavors, all of which were fantastic. My family loved them. The snacks were very flavorful, and the Jerkee was very soft, unlike any other I have tried.
I will continue to buy Ostrim products for my family because it makes me feel good to know that my children are snacking on something that will be satisfying, as well as give them energy. They will be less likely to reach for a sugary snack or chips. That makes me, as a mom, feel great!
You can purchase Ostrim Meat Snacks at your local GNC store, or go to: www.gnc.com
Or go to: http://www.protos-inc.com/buyOstrim.htm to find retailers near you.
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Disclosure: I received samples of the products above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
I have been wanting to lose my last 10 pounds since giving birth to my son for about five years now, but of course I have more excuses than I do numbers on my scale as to why I have put it off for so long. One of my best excuses has been that I just eat 'whatever the kids are eating.' Well, that is my best excuse, I guess, but it has no real merit. I know I must be responsible for my caloric intake and my dietary habits. I just have not been watching it.
However, all busy moms of little ones can attest that finding the time for proper nutrition can be a challenge.
Thankfully, Slim Fast has come to my rescue with their new On-The-Go Shakes. I admit, I normally hate diet drinks, but the new Slim Fast On-The-Go-Shakes taste so good, that it seems like an absolute treat, especially the Cappuccino Delight. It is very satisfying. The individual bottles have lids, so you can take them with you while you are on the run.
, which tastes like iced!..At 180 or 190 calories per serving, Slim·Fast® Shakes provide about one-third of your recommended daily intake for most essential vitamins and minerals, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 24 essential vitamins and minerals which include 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
I can finally say that I have found the perfect way to slim down. After two-weeks of not really trying anything except for replacing one to two meals per day with Slim Fast new On-The-Go Shakes I have dropped six pounds so far. For me that is huge, considering I don't even have to try. I owe it all to Slim Fast.
The flavors include Creamy Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Rich Chocolate Royale, Cappuccino Delight and Strawberries N’ Cream and Vanilla Cream.
I recieved coupons to try Slim Fast On-The-Go-Shakes. The opinions are my own.