The Weight Loss Struggle

We all struggle with different nutritional and health issues. I started a health and wellness business after overcoming some health issues I was faced with. I went from surviving to thriving! My passion was to help others attain a better quality of life through nutritional intervention.  Several years have gone by and I started working a full-time job, didn’t have time to commit to my business and let it all go.  My how I regret that decision. 

About me: I am a wife, mother of two beautiful, healthy adult children and a business owner. I started my business from a growing passion to help people get healthier after I struggled with my health. Several years ago I was in a poor state of health, on four different medications and morbidly obese. My feet hurt at the touch and my joints ached. I was miserable most of the time.

One day a friend introduced me to a dietary supplement that helped my family and I get more fruits and vegetables our daily diets. Knowing that my family and I did not get enough of these very important foods in our diet each day we decided to try it. We haven’t looked back since. My family and I have been healthier, rarely sick, have more energy, healthier hair and nails and the list goes on. It was the best decision we have made. We saw ourselves eating healthier too.

Fast forward a little, I decided to start my own business, Health 4 You, to help other families attain better health.

In my quest for better health I discovered a weight loss & health management program that helped me to lose 80 lbs and gain control over my eating habits. It has been an amazing journey. I have made many changes in my lifestyle over the past few years and I have a passion to help others have a healthier life.

If you know someone who needs help, share my contact information with them. You could change their life!

Sincerely,

Pamela

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Optavia Review

Program: Optavia

Website: www.optavia.com

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

What is Optavia?

Optavia is a community of like-minded people using a dedicated, trusted, proven program to help people just like you and I attain optimal health and wellness. With the help of your health coach, who supports and guides you, you set and attain your health goals. If your goal is to lose weight, your coach and the Optavia community is there to help you. If you are looking to attain better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle the Optavia program is there for you to learn and use. There is something for everyone with the Optavia program.

The Optavia community focuses on a healthy body, a healthy mind, and healthy finances. You decide what is most important to you and set your goals to attain what you are aiming for. The Optavia community is there with you every step of the way.

The first step is to decide what you are looking to accomplish. Do you need to lose weight? Do you just want to learn to eat healthier? Do you want to have your own business and enjoy helping people get healthy? All these things can be attained through the Optavia program.

How Does Optavia Help People Lose Weight?

The Optavia community and your health coach teach you the “Habits of Health.” Optavia uses meal replacements as a weight-loss tool but is so much more than just weight loss. You begin by talking to a health coach and discussing what your health goals are. Take a health assessment and decide how you would like to attain those goals. Your health coach will help you decide what plan will work best for you and then help you place your first order. There are several plans to choose from to help you reach your weight loss or health goals. As stated before, your health coach will be with you every step of the way. The Optavia plans are structured in a way to help you begin to learn and put into place one of the first habits of health.

—>>> See my Medifast Review to learn more about the healthy meal replacements <<<–

How Do You Get Started?

When you go to Optavia.com you will learn more about the program and you can place an order. You can also request a health coach. Alternatively, you can visit my website. I am a health coach who has been successful in the program and I continue to use the program. I am helping people get healthier. I would be honored to help you!

I was a health coach a few years ago and moved away from it for a while when I started working with my husband. I loved helping people and decided to become a health coach again. During my time as a health coach, I helped 40 of my clients lose a combined 1,000 lbs. It was exciting for me to see that so many people were getting healthier.

 

What are the Goals of Optavia?

This is a very broad question, but I had to share it. Optavia is working to reach everyone with the message of health through our health coaches and the Optavia community. We are a family. By teaching the “Habits of Health” and helping people to reach optimal health Optavia is working to help America get healthier! Studies have shown that when we have support, we are more likely to be successful. The Optavia community is working to help you and others like you become successful.

 

Who Can Benefit from Using the Optavia Program?

Who can benefit from using the Optavia program? Everyone!! Whether you need to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, alleviate medications, eat healthier, learn healthier habits for longer life, help others get healthier, or improve your personal finances by starting and owning your own business the Optavia program and community offers one or more of those benefits.

 

Optavia in the News!

If you’d like to see how Optavia is helping so many people check out the Optavia in the News page.

Optavia in the News!

 

How does Optavia Rate?

As you see above, I rated Optavia at a 9.5 out of 10 for its accessibility and use, it’s easy to follow and stick to, it’s community outreach and training, its quick-learning curve and educational opportunities. The meal replacements are very good too, unlike some that taste like cardboard. I had several clients before that had tried other programs and that was their description, not mine. I have tried other protein bars and shakes that I did not like, but I like the ones from Optavia a lot better. And most importantly, the program works!

If you are looking to lose weight and/or get healthier I hope that I have provided some valuable information to help you decide and make a good choice.

 

To your health!

Pamela

 

Full Disclosure:  I am a health coach for Optavia as well as a client.  This review comes from my own personal experience.  If you go to my personal website listed above and you place an order, I may receive a small commission.  The flip-side of that is I become your health coach and I’ll be there for you.   

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Healthy Lifestyle – The Choice is Ultimately Yours

When it comes to “dieting” or eating healthier the choice is ultimately yours. You are the only one that knows your body and whether you have what it takes to see it through.

There are many things to consider when you decide to go on a “diet.” Most prefer to call it a lifestyle change. If you focus on “dieting” too much you may end up eating differently for a short amount of time but if you are like me, you get bored with what you are doing and quit. Soon you’ve stopped eating healthier, gained your weight back (and it usually comes with friends), and you are right back where you started. Trust me – been there, done that.

When you want to live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight there are a few things you should consider doing. First, you have to focus on it as being a lifestyle change and not just a temporary “diet.”

At the beginning of the year I decided that I had to make a lifestyle change instead of just trying to diet.  It has been interesting and I have lost almost 40 lbs so far.

 

Lifestyle Change, Then Diet

Due to the enormous amount of information about diets on the internet, people who yearn to lead healthy lives end up being confused as to which diet will help them achieve their goals – mostly weight management. The pendulum of which “diet” works keeps swinging back and forth. People try adapting to different diets but only a few are lucky to find one that helps them to successfully manage their health.

The diet debate is almost extinct. Now and then, people who try to reduce weight through dieting confess “cheating on their diets.” The major reason behind failing to keep up with a diet plan is that the plan is not parallel to the person’s lifestyle. Often, lifestyle is the best ally when it comes to eating and living healthy. A diet that goes well with your lifestyle is easier to maintain.

The realization that lifestyle comes before diet is triggered by the knowledge that the body is not a machine that efficiently produces output according to the input. Body systems are integrated in such a way that improvement of the whole depends on how well all the systems are coordinated.

For example, a person desiring to reduce weight may always eat healthy food but fails to handle emotional distress. According to research, stress leads to weight gain in some people. Having a lifestyle that supports the well-being of the entire body is the only way to achieve healthy living.

In support of the case of lifestyle over diet, many nutritionists have indicated instances when some of their clients have tried different diets but fallen off the wagon. The result of such failure is discouragement and frustration. Pro-lifestyle nutritionists are more concerned with helping a client develop a plan that they can follow while they make new lifestyles changes. They note that the greatest problem associated with weight and health management is adherence.

So the first thing you have to do is focus and commit to a lifestyle change.

 

Steps to Implementing a Lifestyle Change

When beginning a lifestyle change you should start by doing a few things to aid in your success. A few things to consider implementing to help you obtain a lifestyle change and ultimately a healthier life you should consider 1) starting an exercise regime if you are not already exercising; 2) start a food journal; 3) think positive; 4) start a motivation board; and 5) focus on progress.

  • 1) Exercise – This is a hard thing for some people. I know this is one thing I struggle with just because I have problems with my feet, and I have arthritis in my knees. Being more active than you are currently is the goal. Exercise is important to your health. If you can ride a bike, walk around the block, run a mile, go swimming, go hiking or workout at the gym, then do so. Make it a habit. If you need to start out slow and work up to a longer time each day, that is a good thing.
  • 2) Food Journal – Most people eat what they want, when they want. They rarely think about how food affects them or why they are putting on the pounds. I know I have broken several habits in the last few months that I’m pretty proud of just by being more mindful or what I was eating. Keeping a food journal helps you to identify the foods you are eating, how they make you feel, and why you may be adding a few inches around the waist. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

For example, I personally know that I need to eat more protein and less carbs. When I began to write down what I was eating each day it helped me recognize how much I was eating and pinpoint those things I needed to leave out of my diet.

There a lot of people who can eat more fruits and vegetables and less protein and they lose weight and feel better.   Journal what you are eating to determine what type of plan you need. A really good book to read is “Eating Right for Your Blood Type.”

  • 3) Think positive – You know you need to get healthier or lose weight. You know you need to accomplish what you set out to do. The only way to achieve that is to think positive and stay positive. Each day, tell yourself that you can do this and that you are worth it. Also, you should find a buddy or a family member who will help to encourage you when you need it. Whatever you choose to do to make your life better, stay positive.
  • 4) Get motivated – What is your why? Why do you want to have a healthier lifestyle? Like me, you know you need changes in your life, so you need to get motivated. One way to do this is to make a motivation board. Make a list of the reasons you want to make a lifestyle change and get healthier. Make yourself a promise that you are going to stick to your program no matter what. Don’t fall to pieces if you “fall off the horse” one meal or one day. Just get back on the horse right away and don’t wallow in the muck.

There may be many reasons you feel you need a healthy lifestyle change – it could be to lose weight, or you may need to bring your cholesterol down or your sugar or your blood pressure. Whatever the reason, get yourself motivated and get going.

Clean out your pantry and your refrigerator. Develop a menu and shopping list and get excited about your new healthy life. Decide what program or plan you’d like to try. There are many out there that are good healthy programs, or you may want to do your own thing by eating healthier. Whatever it is just get motivated and keep it up. Read more about the program I am on.

  • 5) Focus on progress – As you get started, weigh yourself and take pictures. Add these to your motivation board. Focus on your progress as you start losing weight or start to feel better by eating healthier and exercising. As you start to see changes or movement on the scale, you’ll get more excited and more motivated to keep going. Stay focused on you and what you are trying to accomplish.

Implementing these few things in your new lifestyle will help you meet your objective of a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, positive thinking, keeping food records and focusing on progress rather than perfection are the ultimate solution to health management. If you are able to make and enhance these lifestyle changes, it becomes very easy to follow diet plans that help you to achieve the overall objective of healthier living. But remember – the choice is ultimately yours!

 

 

To your health,

Pamela

 

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How to Lose Weight with Superfoods

Starting a weight loss journey, for anyone, can be difficult. You may be worried about dropping the weight, struggles you have had in the past, or if you can maintain the weight loss. One of the steps you may be considering is using superfoods to help boost your journey. If that is on your to-do list then there are some things you should know about using the superfoods to the highest potential. Here are a few of those tips.

 

Juicing

Juicing is the leading way to lose weight with superfoods. This is due to the fact that you can cram a ton of superfood fruits, vegetables, or a mix of both into one juice. You can also add chia seeds, infused oils, or vitamin and supplement drops into the juice. The juice can be enjoyed easily and will help to not only get the nutrients and superfood benefits to your body easily but will also fill you up. You aren’t ingesting empty calories, and best of all you are hydrating your body at the same time. Juicing will help up your hydration and your output of liquids so you are flushing your system.

Mix the Right Superfoods

The first thing you need to keep in mind before starting with superfoods is to do your research. Consider what your personal issues are and work from there. For example, if you are retaining water or have high levels of inflammation, then go for superfoods that counteract that and help flush your system naturally. If you need more iron, reach for kale. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and need to boost certain minerals and nutrients, then you need to move to those specific superfoods. Just grabbing a handful of superfoods will help, but if you really want to drop the weight, you need to pick the ones that are designed for your weight loss plans and issues.

 

Space them Out

A key point to keep in mind when going on a superfood diet plan and weight loss journey is to space out your superfoods throughout the day. For example, if you get all your superfoods in during the morning juice or smoothie plan you have, you are likely to deplete them before dinner. This leaves you feeling tired and dragging without the benefits you need to get through the rest of the day. Instead space them out in each meal of your day and make sure you are getting a bit of what you need each time you are drinking or eating. This will help feed your body what it needs, cut down on cravings, and help you to remain full and energized throughout the day.

These are just a few of the ways you can use superfoods to help with your weight loss journey. Remember, you are wanting to keep the right balance of nutrients in your diet along with calories. Research your options and create a meal plan that does serve both uses for your individual weight loss journey and needs.

 

To you health!

Pamela

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Medifast Review

Product: Medifast

Owner: Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Website: www.medifast1.com

Price: Approximately $250-$350 per month but can vary

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

Is Medifast a Healthy Option for Weight Loss?

Is Medifast a healthy option for weight loss? That’s a question many people may ask. If you compare the labels on other meal-replacement programs, you will quickly find that Medifast products rank pretty high.  The products are one of the healthier options out there.  Medifast has been proven to help people not only lose weight but has also helped people lower their cholesterol, lower their blood sugar, help them alleviate medications for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and has many other health benefits. *Note: Always consult your physician before starting any program.*

When it comes to a safe and healthy weight loss program in my personal opinion, Medifast is a great option.  I have tried many weight loss programs and Medifast is the one I always come back to for the ease of the program, the benefits that I gain and the results that I get.

Medifast has been recommended by thousands of doctors and it is clinically proven to be a safe and effective option for those who need to make a lifestyle change – whether they need to lose weight, alleviate medications or just be healthier.

There are two interesting case studies below that are helpful to see how safe and effective Medifast is:

Case Study # 1 

Case Study # 2 

 

How is Medifast Different from Conventional Weight Loss Programs?

Medifast is a meal replacement program.  The meals are nutritionally dense and fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals.  Each product, whether it is a bar, shake, cereal, soup, or other meal has 100 to 170 calories and 10-12 grams of protein.  Medifast works by helping your body go into ketosis (fat-burning) which helps your body burn more fat.  After you have been on the program for a few days you begin to experience more energy, clarity and then you start to see movement on the scale and that is exciting.

 

The Medifast program has several plans but the most popular one is referred to as the 5 & 1 plan.  The 5 & 1 plan consists of five Medifast meals, a healthy snack and a “lean and green.” This meal is one that you prepare yourself.  The “lean and green” consists of your choice of 5-7 ounces of lean meat and three servings of vegetables.  There is a whole array of foods to choose from.  There are a few vegetables you cannot eat while you are on the weight loss phase of the plan because they are much higher in carbohydrates but there are a whole lot more that you can eat and so many ways to prepare them.  Your goal is to lower your carbohydrate intake and eat more protein to help your body move into a mild fat-burning phase.  A benefit to this plan is that you lose the weight without sacrificing your lean muscle mass.

The Medifast program is different from conventional programs. It offers pre-packaged, low-glycemic meals that help sustain and nurture your body.  While a conventional program is good for those who need to lose weight and get heathier, any program you choose that helps you attain a healthier lifestyle is a good program.  Many conventional programs leave you with meal planning and prep where Medifast has everything prepared for you.

 

Who Will Benefit from Using Medifast?

Who will benefit from using Medifast?  Unhealthy people who need to lose weight, improve their health, or alleviate medications.  Busy people who need help in preparing their meals.  For those of us who are super busy during the week and don’t have time to prepare several meals during the week or on the weekends for the week ahead, Medifast is a great choice.   Lazy people who don’t like to do a lot of cooking but still need to eat healthily.  Active people who need extra protein with nutritious options.

People who are looking to just lose a few pounds in a short amount of time or those who need to lose a lot of weight would benefit and there is a plan for you.

People who have special dietary needs can also benefit from using Medifast.  There are plans that are specific to those who have diabetes, gluten allergies, nursing, or are vegetarian.

 

What are the Costs Associated with Medifast?

The benefits far outweigh the costs associated with using the program.  But if you are wondering…it costs less than $12 per day to use one of the Medifast plans. You decide which plan is right for you and calculate how many meals you will need for one month.  If you are new to the program you may not know what foods to pick or what you will like so you can choose a starter kit that provides enough meal replacements for 30 days.  Those kits have a variety of foods so that you can get a sample of the various foods.

 

My Opinion of Medifast

In my opinion, using the Medifast program has been one of the easiest programs I’ve been on.  I am a very busy person and it is hard for me to keep up with the meal planning and prepping of other programs.  This program is a God send for a lot of people who need to get the weight off because of their health or just want to be generally healthier.

The costs associated with the program is pretty minimal when you consider what you need to spend on each meal.  The program is so easy to use and when you start seeing the scale move and start feeling better you are all in.

Go to www.medifast1.com
to read more about the different plans and to see the variety of foods available.  If you decide to try Medifast, let me know.  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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