It’s Not Complicated

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1380631_526539930760947_583378034_nWhy is it that the average person would rather spend there life watching their body fall apart than get healthy? Sacrificing fat foods and eating nutritious foods that a person knows they should combined with a regular workout routine that breaks a good sweat will overcome and stave off most everything from the common cold to cancer. Sweat + Sacrifice = Success

The knowing what to do is simple and the issue is sacrificing what distracts us. The getting out and breaking a sweat part is easy and the issue is the over thinking that causes us to waste the 30 minutes it would take on some silly show, website, or plain inactivity. Take the Challenge to achieve the success that you desire! The process is not complicated.

Regards,
Clifford Mitchem
Advocare Distributor
Nutrition + Fitness = Health
http://www.AdvoCare.com/13087657

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Yummy, yet healthy recipes!!

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Muscle gain banana pudding!!

 
1 small package of sugar-free, fat-free vanilla or banana pudding
2 cups of no-fat milk, almond milk, or soy milk
1 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (0% fat)
1 8oz cool whip (sugar free lite)
2 scoops of AdvoCare vanilla muscle gain
1 box reduced fat Nilla wafers
2 sliced or diced bananas 

Mix pudding as directed with milk. Add Greek yogurt then muscle gain. Fold in cool whip. Layer of wafers at bottom of dish. Then pour 1/2 the mixture into the dish, follow by a layer of bananas. Repeat that process again and then top with crumbled Nilla wafers. Refrigerate over night for best results.

 
 

Berry Pancakes

 
This is a high protein breakfast treat!

1 (7 oz) container shake’n pour pancake mix
1 (2.08 oz) package AdvoCare berry meal replacement shake powder
1 1/4 cup water

Add shake powder…

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Review of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge

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What is the Advocare 24 Day Challenge?

To those of you who are not familiar with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, it is a supplementation and nutrition program that is meant not only to jumpstart weight loss, but also to achieve overall wellness and increased energy levels. It helps people get in the habits of clean eating and exercise. We all know that we can lose weight by eating clean and exercising, yet why aren’t we all doing it? For me, the most difficult part of any weight loss journey is the beginning when I am trying to establish those healthy habits. This is why the Advocare products have been so helpful to me.

Can’t I Just Eat Right and Exercise Without Supplementation?

In the past I have tried to implement clean eating and exercise without supplementation. I found that when I switched over to eating clean I felt horrible. The decrease in caloric intake left me feeling weak and irritable with that gnawing sensation in my stomach as if I was starving. Because I felt like this, there was no way I was going to start exercising. As a result, I would end up going back to my unhealthy eating habits.

This time was different. The Advocare 24 Day Challenge consists of two phases: The cleanse phase is the first ten days, and the max phase is the last fourteen days. From the first day, I felt a difference. These supplements work! I have had my share of cheap alternatives that don’t do anything, but I could really feel the difference when taking these supplements. From the very first day I noticed that I felt energetic. I felt motivated to exercise because my energy level was so high and my mood was elevated. I did not feel weak, sluggish, and irritable like I felt during past attempts at weight loss. I also noticed that I did not feel hungry. I wasn’t trying to distract myself until the next meal because of that starvation feeling that I felt in the past when attempting to cut calories. I was completely satisfied, and I found it very easy to stay disciplined in my food choices. I did not feel deprived at all.

The supplements were the key to making the transition to clean eating and exercise an enjoyable one. This program helped me to establish healthy habits. I did not have to buy any special foods, although there is a meal replacement shake that tastes great and gives me all the nutrients I need when I am short on time. But other than that, I have been eating regular food found in the grocery store and enjoying it.

The Two Phases of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge

The Cleanse Phase (Days 1-10)

This cleanse is not like other colon cleanses I have done where I was not able to leave the house for fear of not being near a toilet. The purpose of the cleanse phase is to get rid of toxins in the body and to prepare the body to absorb all the nutrients in the max phase. This cleanse is not a fasting or liquid only phase. You will eat a regular diet of nutritious food and feel great. Along with the healthy eating, the cleanse phase includes a fiber drink and supplements designed to cleanse the colon. If you have issues with constipation, you will notice that they will resolve during this phase. It felt so good to be regular and to cleanse my body of all those toxins. This along with the notable increase in energy level made for a great ten days. I lost 3 pounds in the first two days, and my weight stayed there for the rest of the cleanse phase. But I did notice a change in my body. I was not bloated, my clothes were fitting better, and I could tell that my face was thinner. The average weight loss reported during this phase is 5-10 pounds.

The Max Phase (Days 11-24)

The max phase is designed to fuel the body with what it needs for optimal health. There are three different programs with an emphasis in certain areas:

E is for people who really want to keep their energy level up and rev up their metabolism

C is for people who need maximum appetite control

3 is for overall wellness, energy and appetite control

I chose max phase 3, and I am on day 16. I feel great! I noticed that the supplements keep my energy level high and give me great appetite control. I find it easy to make wise food choices, and I don’t feel deprived. I have plenty of energy to exercise, so it makes it easy to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. The average weight loss reported at the end of the 24 Day Challenge is 12 pounds and 10 inches. Now that I am establishing the healthy habits of eating clean and exercising, I know that I will continue to be healthy, have a lot of energy, and continue to lose weight.

For me, the hardest part of losing weight is changing those bad habits of eating unhealthy food and not exercising. This challenge is making the transition so much easier. How about you? What is the hardest part of losing weight for you?

Healthy Options for Energy

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We have all had those mornings when we just want to crawl back into bed. It is a terrible feeling to know that you have a full day ahead of you with no energy to meet the demands of the day. This is such a common problem that it is typical to see huge lines at the nearest coffee drive through. I love to drink coffee, but I have two problems with it. The first one is that it makes me poop! So if I am going somewhere, I avoid getting a coffee for that reason. The second problem that I have with coffee is that in order for it to taste good, I have to get a coffee drink full of sugar and half and half.   Over time, this habit greatly contributes to weight gain.

So after researching other options for energy that will allow me to lose weight, I finally found a great replacement for my morning coffee. Spark only has 45 calories per serving. It is sugar-free, and it contains 21 vitamins and minerals. It has 120 mg of caffeine to give me that quick energy boost, but I find that it gives me longer lasting energy than a cup of coffee because of all the vitamins in it. I noticed that it helps me to mentally focus without the jitters that I usually experience with coffee or other caffeine products.

The other day my mother-in-law was feeling sleepy, but she had a lot of work to do. So she asked me for a cup of coffee. I told her, “I have something better than coffee,” and I gave her a glass of Spark. That night she texted me the following: “What did you give me and where can I get some.”

So Spark is a great product for people who can handle caffeine, but what about those who are sensitive to caffeine? Some people have an adverse reaction to products that contain caffeine. I was happy to find out that Advocare makes another energy drink mix that has no caffeine. It is called V16. It contains adaptogens that make oxygen available for cellular processes. It also consists of 13 vitamins and helps the body to adapt to stress. This product would be great for anyone going through a particularly stressful time in life, as we all know how stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. Also, V16 is fizzy, so people who love to drink soda have found it to be a great substitute for soda without all the sugar.

There is also a third product from Advocare that helps boost immunity and support cognition. It is a blend of antioxidants and vitamins called Oasis. It comes in a convenient packet that you can add to bottled water. This would be perfect for someone just starting a new job or studying for finals. The boost in cognition and immunity would help meet the extra demand on the brain and avoid the typical sickness that follows finals week.

If you would like to try any of these products, you can get them HERE.

Five Qualities to Look for in a Weight Loss Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost 70 percent of US adults are overweight, which contributes greatly to their risk for ongoing health problems. It is common knowledge that we Americans struggle to lose weight, and the struggle gets more and more difficult as we age.

The problem is definitely not a shortage of weight loss programs. In fact, when faced with the sheer volume of information available concerning weight loss, one can easily become overwhelmed. In my search for the best program for me, I considered the following qualities:

  1. I want a program that will make me feel my best. I have been on programs that were sheer torture. The feeling of deprivation was so strong that all I could think about was how many more days I had to be on this diet before I could indulge in my cravings again. I would try to distract my mind by keeping busy, but that gnawing feeling of emptiness in my stomach kept bringing me back to thoughts of the food I was craving. I have been on programs that left me feeling very weak and light-headed. All I wanted to do was curl up in bed. Exercise was out of the question. So this time I have made it a requirement that I will find a weight loss program that will give me great energy and peace of mind in knowing that I am giving my body what it needs to function at an optimal level. I want to feel energized and mentally alert without feeling like my heart is pounding out of my chest and feeling like I want to climb the walls.
  2. I want a program that will allow me to eat and drink things that taste good. I remember being on a diet that required me to take a shot of barley green every morning. I don’t know if you have ever tasted the stuff, but imagine blending up handfuls of grass out of your yard with a little bit of water and guzzling it down first thing in the morning. Oh how I dreaded that! Don’t get me wrong. Barley green is great for you. But I don’t want to have to force myself to eat or drink horrible tasting products in order to get the health benefit. I want something that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.
  3. I want to take supplements that are of the best quality. I do like to take supplements; however, I want them to do what they claim to do. It is easy to find low-cost supplements just about anywhere, but I do believe that you get what you pay for. I have been through my share of worthless supplements that only served to make my pee an interesting color. There was no other benefit. I will pay a higher price for supplements if I know they actually work.
  4. I want to eat real food. I have been on programs that consisted of pre-packaged foods. At first it seemed like a neat idea because it was so convenient. And I do like the idea of a healthy meal replacement shake in the morning. This makes meal planning easier. But I don’t want to have all of my meals consist of snack bars and packaged convenience foods. I want to be able to eat real food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy homemade snacks that will nourish my body in a natural way.
  5. I want to see results. I have been on programs that have you work out for long periods of time every day. You would think that one would lose a lot of weight. I am the type of person that has to finish something once I start it, no matter how much I hate it. I remember going through a six-week program that made me feel like I was in boot camp. I felt like I was going to die during the workout, and I dreaded the next workout. I could not wait until the six weeks were over. Sadly, at the conclusion of the six weeks, there was no difference in my body and I weighed the same as I did when I started the program. I don’t mind doing tough workouts, but by golly, if I do them, I want to see results!