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December, 2010:

Cinch Your Weight in 2011

Well, we ate our way through the past few weeks or months if we count all that Halloween candy! Oh My.  The scale is not being too kind right now is it?  Personally I don’t like to diet.  I resent not being able to eat the foods I like while eating those things that are “horrible” to me.  So what to do?
In 2006 I found Shaklee’s Cinch Inch program.  It is different from other “weight loss” programs in that it is powered by an amino acid called Leucine.  Leucine has been shown in clinical tests to help your body retain its muscle mass while loosing fat.  And muscle = metabolism.  Metabolism is necessary for weight management.

So take a long look at the months ahead and decide where you want to be in the spring.  Shaklee’s Cinch Inch program can help you achieve those weight management goals while giving you the vitamins, minerals and protein you need for healthy weight management.  Have those 2 Cinch Shakes each day, enjoy the Lemon Cranberry snack bars, take the 3-in-One Boost tablets with those much needed vitamins and minerals, drink a refreshing cup of Cinch Tea then eat that sensible meal. Loose fat not muscle. Regain your energy and take back control of your life!  Happy New Year.

Holiday Stress Relief

It is here, the holidays!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or don’t celebrate at all, there is stress in our lives.  How we deal with that stress, the good old every day kind as well as the elevated levels during special events is important.

Be Healthy

Stress is part of living, but it does not have to kill us.  We need to learn to be aware of the triggers of stress and then reduce the stress.  Sounds easy, right?  Ever tried to get rid of a stress trigger when you are married to it or work with it?  I know, you can’t get away from those triggers some time.  However, how you react to those triggers is under your control.

Now, I am not saying it is easy to ignore those things that push your buttons and add to your stress levels.  But  you do have the power to change to way you look at things! (Thanks to Dr Wayne Dyer for that one.)   When you decide not to react to an external stress,  you can find ways to diffuse the reaction.  Even if you have to just smile and bite your lip.  By not taking the bait you are now in control of  your emotions.  Hold onto that control.

Stress is not healthy if we don’t release that stress daily.  Exercise is great for stress relief.  Play with the children, take the dog for walk, dance with a partner, play a few games of the Wii fit, have fun, laugh with abandon.

Leave the cell phone at home or off.  Getting the stress out of your day begins when you let the day go.    Keeping in-touch with everyone all the time does not give you time to let go of stress.  Emails, text messages, phone calls and IMs are great ways to communicate.  Letting these methods take over our lives is not healthy.  The OFF button is there for a reason, use it daily.

As I have explored in earlier posts, Diet, Exercise and Wise Supplementation are the ways to prevent up to 75%  of such diseases as Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Obesity and Diabetes.  See Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired.   Stay well and enjoy your life!

Cholesterol is Not All Bad!

As we learned earlier, we need Cholesterol! We actually make cholesterol.
Cholesterol forms the outer membrane of each of our cells.  Who knew!?!  It is cholesterol that gives the cell membrane flexibility.  It also helps regulate the permeability of the cell which controls which substances flow into the cells.

Cholesterol is also important for the production of bile in the liver. The bile is used by the liver to break down fats and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the intestines. It is used to insulate nerve fibers so the nerve signals travel properly from place to place.

Cholesterol is also used to make hormones which carry chemical signals to our bodies. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone as well are the adrenal hormone cortisol are all created from cholesterol.
Without cholesterol we would be in poor shape.  Our body would not function.

Knowing your cholesterol level isn’t, on its own, enough to tell you your personal risk of heart disease. You also need to know about lipoproteins. These are special molecules that carry or transport cholesterol around the body.
There are three main types:
* Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often known as bad cholesterol – this carries cholesterol from the liver to the cells and, if supply exceeds demand, can cause harmful build-up of cholesterol
* High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol – this takes cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it’s either broken down or excreted
* Triglycerides–the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body. They’re also present in blood plasma and, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids.

As  you can see, we need cholesterol, but not excess amounts and not out of balance.  The balance is important because of the proper functioning of our bodies.  Any system out of balance does not perform as well as it should.  So we need to be aware of the ratio of LDL to HDL so we can maintain a healthy functioning body!

Here are some things to do to take action now.  Follow these tips from the National Institutes of Health’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Program to help lower
your cholesterol:

1. Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories

Cholesterol Reduction Complex

2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day

3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight

4. Add 5–10 g of Soluble Fiber to your diet each day

5. Add 2,000 mg of plant Sterols and Stanols to your diet each day

Now you have some information that will help you ask those important questions when talking with your doctor about  your health.  Knowing that the National Institutes of Health recommends using Plant Sterols and Stanols to lower your cholesterol naturally is a great alternative to statin drugs that have such a long list of really bad side effects.  Take care of your body, ask the hard questions and don’t be afraid to question the need for a prescription that has negative side effects. Stay Well!

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