November brings cooler weather and an attitude of gratitude. Thanksgiving is a great time to say thank you to those whose help we appreciate. You might thank a friend just for being there for you. You might thank a co-worker who went above and beyond on a project. Whatever your reason, having an attitude of gratitude helps create a healthier world.
Here are five ways to say thank you this holiday season:
- Send a handwritten note: When was the last time someone sent you a note in the regular mail? If you’re like most of us, it has been a while. We’re busy with texting, emailing and social media that we forget the value of a handwritten note. Take a few minutes to send a loved one a note just to say hello or to thank them for something they have done for you. It will be appreciated.
- Host an Event: Whether it’s a simple get together at your home or something bigger like renting a movie theatre for a private showing of a movie, hosting an event for colleagues, friends and family is a great way to say thank you. Keep it simple; it’s about showing appreciation. Provide snacks, drinks and something for the kids and it’s sure to be something to remember.
- Give a Gift for an Un-occasion: You don’t have to give gifts only on birthdays and other holidays. You can give something to someone special any day of the year. Make something or buy something simple, add a note of thanks and give it to someone who deserves a pat on the back like a teacher or a colleague who goes the extra mile.
- Tip Too Much: Restaurant servers are often making most of their income from their tips. When they go above and beyond and are just plain awesome, reward them with a tip that is greater than customary.
- Give a social media shout out: When someone does something special for you, give them a shout out on social media. You don’t have to be specific if you (or they) aren’t comfortable with that, just acknowledge their good deed. “Thank you to my friend Suzy for helping me out today” is just fine.
We encourage you to continue thanking people for the little and not so little things they do, not just in November but all year round. Here’s to a healthy and thankful life!
As a new year approaches, reflect on your life. Are you happy with your health? Are you happy with your appearance? Are you satisfied with the relationships in your life? We often get lost in obligations that no longer fit our lives. We walk through life without recognizing what we’re doing or how we look. Whether you’re cleaning closets or cleaning out the friend list, it’s important to make time for yourself.
The team at HungerShield encourages you to take some time to think about how you can make changes to be out with the old and in with something new in 2014.
- Outdated Clothing: You want to look as great on the outside as you feel on the inside. It might be time to ditch the stonewashed jeans and get some straight leg dark jeans. We’re not fashion experts but we understand the impact of how we look to how we feel. We want you to be feeling your best. Start with something simple like not wearing your workout clothes to the grocery store or styling your hair when you leave the house. You will be amazed at what a small change can do.
- Overhaul the Pantry: You can’t change old eating habits if the same old foods are in your pantry. Donate non-perishable items such as soups, pasta and rice to a local food bank. Replace these items with healthier options such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Over the Top Friendships: Not only should you take inventory of your closet and pantry, it might be time to take a look at your friendships. The friends who are all drama and just plain over the top may need less of your time and effort in 2014. All relationships have give and take but if you’re doing more of the giving, it might be time to set boundaries or walk away. Surround yourself with positive, life-giving people instead.
- Ounces of Water: Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. We need water for our bodies to function properly. Most of us aren’t getting enough of it. The easy to remember rule of thumb is eight and eight – eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Drink more if you’re working out. Add some HungerShield for a bit of flavor.
- Okay to Say No: 2014 could be the year for you to start saying “no” to obligations that just aren’t feeding your soul. It’s okay to say no and to start saying “yes” to people and activities that are positive in your life. Saying no is a gift to yourself. You’re learning to set boundaries and not exhaust yourself with obligations.
We look forward to hearing the changes you’re making in your life! For more information about our products, please visit our website www.hungershield.com. Here’s to a healthy life!
HungerShield Co-founder Elizabeth DeRobertis, MS, RD, CDE has had the opportunity to work with many clients to help them achieve weight loss success. In our press release called Weight Loss Success, Elizabeth shares the 155-pound weight loss journey of her client Christine. We thought we would share their six tips for weight loss success here on our blog:
1. Be Committed: You must be committed to your own weight loss success or it will not work. You may lose weight but it will eventually come back if you’re not engaged in the process.
2. Be Prepared: Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time. This will deter you from making fast food or other unhealthy food choices.
3. Be Strategic: If you’re going to a party or event and aren’t sure what food options will be available, eat a healthy snack before the event. This will prevent you from overeating later.
4. Be Accountable: In Christine’s case, she kept a food journal to understand exactly what she was eating and at what time of day. This helped her stay accountable and on track with her weight loss plan.
5. Be Aware: Use your own internal feelings to understand when you’re truly hungry and not just eating for the sake of eating or eating when you are dehydrated. This will help you stay on track eating what is on your healthy eating plan.
6. Be Drinking Water: Not only will water help keep you feeling full, it detoxifies and keeps your hydrated. Often we are eating because we feel hungry when we are really dehydrated. There is no magic bullet for weight loss success which is why Elizabeth and the rest of the nutritionist team at HungerShield are dedicated to helping you reach your weight loss goals.
For more information about weight loss and HungerShield, please visit our website at http://www.hungershield.com/. Source: Weight Loss Success: HungerShield Reveals How Christine Lost 155 Pounds
We all lead busy lives and the holiday season is only going to get busier. To maintain or lose weight during this time of year, it is important to have strategies for snacking on the go. It’s not just about eating 4-6 times per day. More importantly, it is about what you’re eating and how much. With these tips for snacking on the go, we hope to make your holiday season a bit less stressful:
- Make a list: Before heading to the store, make a list of healthy snacks that your family will eat. Examples include 100-calorie packs of almonds, 1 piece of fruit, 130-calorie snack pack of hummus with raw veggies, part-skim cheese stick, baby bell light, and 0% Greek yogurt.
- Buy in bulk and make your own portions: Compare prices to see if the bulk options are less money per serving. If or when they are, opt for the bulk portion. Buy snack size plastic bags or reusable containers and pack the single servings yourself. A snack should be 100-130 calories pre-portioned.
- Pack snacks ahead of time: Avoid stopping at convenience stores when you have healthy snacks with you as soon as you leave the house. Not only is this a healthier option, you will save money!
- Add some HungerShield! Incorporate 1 packet of HungerShield an hour or two before meals, or as a replacement for any mid-morning, afternoon, or after-dinner snack.
While it takes a bit of planning, we hope we can help you stay healthy through this busy and stressful time of year. Here’s to your health!
- Plan healthy, calorie-controlled snacks throughout your day
- A snack should be around 100-130 calories each and pre-portioned.
- Examples include 100-calorie packs of almonds, 1 piece of fruit, a 130-calorie snack
- pack of hummus with raw veggies, part-skim cheese stick, baby bell light, and 0% Greek yogurt.
Incorporate 1 packet of HungerShield an hour or two before meals, or as a replacement for any mid-morning, afternoon, or after-dinner snack.
Protein helps you feel full because it takes longer to digest when compared to carbs. Stick to lean sources of protein, such as beans, skinless poultry, fish, eggs, lean meats, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, such as cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk.
As nutritionists, we are constantly encouraging our clients to increase the amount of good protein they are eating. Protein is one of the most important elements to healthy living and most of us aren’t getting enough. Depending on your age and activity level, 10-35% of your total daily calories should come from protein. Nut butters are a healthy source of good protein for our bodies.
What’s in a processed nut butter? While peanut butter is a good source of protein, I recommend non-processed whole nut butters. Processed forms like Jif contain unhealthy hydrogenated oils, sugar, and other filler substances, whereas whole nut butters really only contain the nut and maybe a little salt.
Why is protein so important to healthy living? Protein is important to each cell of our bodies and is used to repair and build tissues and make enzymes and hormones. It’s part of the building blocks that make up bones, muscles, skin and blood.
What are the benefits of eating protein? The benefits of protein include regulating blood sugar, healthy heart, muscle building and increased metabolism.
If you’re eating meals balanced with protein, carbohydrates and fat, you’re well on your way to living a healthy life!
Changing your life doesn’t have to be monumental or take a lot of money. Changing your life can mean making an investment in yourself and how you choose to see your world. It may be time to take inventory and make changes to make your life less stressful. Here are five ways to change your mindset to create the life you desire:
- Stop comparing yourself to others. You’re wasting your energy and focusing too much on others and too little on yourself. The person you envy because of their large home or designer handbag may be in debt. The woman at the gym who appears perfect could have an eating disorder or addiction to exercise, neither of which is healthy. Focusing on yourself means being thankful for what you have and who you are rather than what everyone else has.
- Take inventory of your friends and get rid of the ones who are sucking the life out of you. We all have a friend who is constantly in turmoil or engulfed in drama. They suck you in and you have all you can do to handle their drama. Meanwhile your life is suffering. Take a step back and evaluate friendships that are not working for you anymore. If you’re not getting something positive from the other person, it’s time to let them go, especially is it’s always about them and never about you.
- Step away from electronic devices. Spending time on social media and surfing the internet will numb your mind and separate you from the three dimensional people in your life. While there is value to building online relationships, it is important to foster the ones we have in real life. All too often we are ignoring the people who are literally standing in front of us. Take the time to appreciate the people in your life.
- Define what success means to you. Success means different things to different people. For some, it is about winning awards and for others it is raising healthy children. Many entrepreneurs will tell you there is no such thing as failure. There are only situations from which we can learn. Rather than focusing on what you don’t have or what you haven’t done, focus on what you have accomplished. You will start to see success in every aspect of your life.
- Recognize that you have a choice. Attitude is a choice. It’s not about what happens to you. Life is about how to react to what happens to you. You have a choice in how you react to others or how you react to what happens to you. Sometimes the best road is the high road. It’s your choice.
Changing your mindset makes your life less stressful and your body healthier. At HungerShield, we are dedicated to helping our clients live a healthier life. To learn more, please visit http://www.hungershield.com/.
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Getting and staying active can be challenging in our busy lives. Traditional gyms can be expensive or may not be a good fit for you. That doesn’t mean you can’t be active and get healthier. Get creative. Ask your friends to join you and find something you love to do. You will be active in no time!
At HungerShield we like to offer tips to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are five ways to get active – and stay active:
- Buddy System: Make yourself accountable by committing to exercise with a partner. Maybe you start a walking program with your neighbor or a workout routine with a co-worker. Whatever it is, you’re more likely to stick to it if you’re held accountable to someone else.
- Create a Gym at Home: Get creative and create your own gym at home. Whether you’re not comfortable in a traditional gym or just want your baby to nap at home while you work out, a home gym is a great solution. Collage Video is a great resource for workouts you can do at home.
- Pet Partner: Grab your dog or a friend’s dog and go for a walk. You won’t be alone and the exercise is good for both of you! See the neighborhood and enjoy the good weather while getting healthy. Bring along a water bottle with HungerShield for you for an added health benefit.
- Do What You Enjoy: Try different classes or fitness centers to find one that works for you and your lifestyle. You might not want to be in the weight room with the guys but an organized class with light weights might suit you. You might not like walking on a treadmill but you love dancing; make dancing your exercise. Whatever you choose, make it something you enjoy so you stick to it.
- Treat Yourself: Buy a new pair of walking or running shoes to start your new routine. Get new workout wear or new headphones. You want to enjoy your time and feel good about yourself while you’re getting active.
Getting and staying active can be fun and even a little creative. Next time you are given the choice to park close or far away, choose the greater distance and get some extra exercise. Here’s to a healthier YOU!