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December, 2011:

Ring in the New! Weight, Wait and Success

The New Year is only hours away here.  2012 holds the promise of fresh starts, new beginnings, new opportunities.  What are your goals for this new year?  Have you thought about how you want to do things this new year?

Are you going to keep doing the same things you did in 2011?  No changes?  Are you satisfied with the results of your actions or in-actions in 2011?  Take a close look and decide what needs to be different in 2012.

For me, 2011 was a good year!  Not everything went as I had planned, but every day offered a new beginning for me and my business.  Many new people found my blog and websites, some joining me in using Shaklee products, some becoming business partners.  All good.

Weight:  For 2012 I have some suggestions for myself and others in a similar position.  I have a few pounds that just need to go!  My health is great, no problems, but I do have 15 or so pounds, maybe more that need to be gone.  So I have decided to focus on using Shaklee’s Cinch Inch Loss program to make those pounds a distant memory.  If you would like to join me in a healthy way

Free Cinch Sampler*

to lose inches as well as fat, find out more at my personal Shaklee site.  You might like the Free Cinch Sampler!

Wait:  Now I am willing to Wait for the results with the Cinch.  Reshaping my body and my eating habits will take time and I am willing to Wait.  And I am willing to Wait for new people to join me in my quest for a healthier life and a better life. 

Success:  Achieving goals, bit by bit, knowing where we are going is worth the journey!  Success will come.  I am planing for Success in my Weight as well as my Shaklee business.  Both take planning and effort, but the rewards are amazing!  I am following my plans to these new Successes!

Join me in the New Year.  Creating a healthier life and a better life can be yours too.

Hidden Sugar can Derail Your Weight

You know when you eat a candy bar or a few cookies that you are eating sugar.  You plan on those calories and carbohydrates.  However, you don’t expect to find high amounts sugar in some of those “healthy” sounding beverages or in “weight loss” foods do you?  I did not think about pasta sauces having loads of sugar!

I recently read an interesting article where the author, Elaine Magee, MPH RD, explored some hidden sugar in our commonly used foods.  Foods that are often marketed as “healthy”.  Foods that are not associated with sugar in our general mindset.

Being hypoglycemic, I have to be careful of my sugar intake or I feel bad quickly and have even fainted! Not fun.  So reading Elaine’s article was eyeopening.  Here are a few things that caught my eye.  Hopefully they will point the way for you to read more labels and be aware of the possibility of hidden sugars.  Keeping weight down, keeping sugar in check for a diabetics while  feeling better is our goal each day.  Wellness is better than Disease Care!

Sugar Cubes

Sugar Cubes

Seems like sugar hides in strange places!  Did you know that Sugar is the first ingredient listed in Fiber One’s muffin mix?   A muffin’s worth of mix contains 15 grams of sugar.  Fiber One Muffin Mix,
Apple Cinnamon: 1/4 cup mix (as packaged) = 15 grams sugar, 130 calories.
Also, in Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (all flavors): 1 bar = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories.  Now that is is shock since you think these bars are “healthy”.

Elaine found sugar in Pasta Sauces too.  Now I am not a big fan of pasta, but all my friends and family love pasta dishes and boy, do they have a surprise coming!   According to Elaine’s research for WebMD, popular pasta sauces:                                                                                               Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 90 calories
Bertolli Vineyard Marinara: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 80 calories
Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories
Prego 3-Cheese: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 80 calories

So learn to read labels.  Learn the different names of “sugar” such as natural sugars from fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) as well as added sweeteners like refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.  Keeping a healthy weight is a challenge for many of us.  Now that you have a hint of what to look for in foods, be armed and vigilant as you shop and make choices in restaurants.  Remember that diet, exercise and wise supplementation are the keys to Wellness!  Stay well!

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