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Thursday, 03/24/16 - Quick fix or long term health, you decide...

As a Health Coach I feel it's my responsibility to do some research on products I see circulating the Internet and that the people I love and care about are taking because that's what we do as professionals. Then after doing more research on this one particular diet/health 'pink' drink product I found out that they took the DMAA out of it after Amazon banned it and it's been banned in Canada and New Zealand. So that's very good to know. I still would not take it personally or recommend these type products for several reason's.  And please remember I'm not the product police, anyone can choose what they put in their body. I'm just the messenger gang...

1. My philosophy has been to eat healthy and exercise and not take diet/health drinks and/or pills for energy, or to lose weight. I do take pro-biotics for my gut health. There's also foods to eat for gut health as well that I am happy to share.

2. There's Natural Flavors in this product and other products like this. If they do not tell us what those are then that becomes a red flag for me personally. Sometimes that can even mean MSG which can cause severe issues in some people including myself especially headaches for me personally so I tend to stay away from products that list 'natural flavor' on the label until I can find out what sources they use. Actually I tend to not eat too many packaged/processed foods because of this and over the years learned to read labels really carefully. The less on the label the better gang. At first it was very very difficult and challenging for me! Now it's just a healthy habit for life! :)

3. I do not believe in or do quick gimmick fixes that do not last long term and as a Health/Fitness coach do not recommend them. My plan is to live a healthy lifestyle just like God intended , Ask me about our healthy lifestyle plan.

I've also seen people on FB touting that all you have to do is drink or take these type diet/health products and there's no need to eat healthy or exercise because from what I researched a lot of these products suppress the appetite which I feel is not a good thing either.  And they call these gimmicks health products? Are you kidding me? I have to rant on this!    It's not EATING that is the problem for most people it's WHAT people are eating. And for the most part it's white flours and sugar, carbs that are the culprit.

Yep that was me!  Hard to believe eh? 

Personally I could never lose the extra 35 to 40 lbs I was carrying around until making some healthy lifestyle habits. I worked out 5 days a week and still had a big stomach and weighed too much for my height. The weight around my mid section was not good for my heart either. I ate lot's of bread, pizza, pasta, fast food, eating out, take out from restaurants, and drank beer. Soon as I pushed away the bread plate and stopped eating gluten/wheat the weight melted off and has stayed off for over 8 years and I feel so much better when I'm not eating grains. That's just me personally. Being grain free is actually better for gut health. Most of the big belly's we see is due to inflammation in the gut. I have a feeling it is better for most people but everyone has to make their own choice and my job is to help encourage and support!

Has it been a challenge? Yes because I was addicted to bread big time! It took me 2 years to finally comply and that was after being so sick I could barely function. God helped me have the strength to do it. Same thing with the corn recently. Corn tears my gut up and I was so addicted to it. I asked God to help me give it up so I did so for Lent. So far it's been over 2 months.

Anyone can lose weight with all these fad diet pills and gimmicks, it's keeping it off that's the hard part! We've got to be comfortable in our own skin! God gave us one body and said it's His temple. Who's ready to take care of it for His Holy spirit?

Far too many people are sedentary and that's not a good thing. Exercise is not only great for your body it's also great for our mind too! It improves mood and helps relieve depression. When I do not get my regular work out I start feeling down. Anyone every heard of endorphin's? Pretty cool little feel good hormones! And all you need really is 20 to 30 min 3 to 4 times a week. Even it it's just a brisk walk around the block, your yard, the church parking lot or your house if you cannot get out! Just DO IT! You'll feel great! :

I'm putting my hard working husband on a health/fitness plan since all he has been doing for years is working and coming home, eating dinner and then sitting on the couch with a glass of wine watching the news! He has run 10 marathons in his life! He used to run every evening! He is so sick and tired of being sick and tired with no energy! Most men his age start experiencing low testosterone levels so I'm putting him on a nutritional regimen for that too. I asked him to give himself a goal date to start with his new Health Fitness Coach.. ME! I know from being married to him for over 36 years that he works well when he sets a date! LIke when he said I will go to that new church with you on Palm Sunday 3 years ago and well here he is! I cannot get him out of there!

I will be coaching him in our ONEchapel Fitness room 3 days a week to help and encourage him to get back in shape! He turns 65 on Monday! Woohoo!  It's never too late and you are never too old!   Soon we'll see Running Man Clif back on track, literally!

Living My Life For Him,
Sue Seward
Health/Wellness & Certified Fitness Coach

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