Nutrition, Wellness

30 Days Wheat Free Fast – Day #3

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That darn cake!

The cravings for wheat were unbelievable today! Donuts looked so attractive to me today….I mean they looked so sexy to me!

While I resisted the urge to indulge in those donuts that were beckoning to me from the vendor’s trolley, I must admit that I cheated today. Yes, I am not proud to say it but I cheated.

I had a slice of my son’s birthday cake that he had left over from his birthday this Sunday. And I know I said that I wouldn’t keep any flour in the house but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the rest of the cake…..Well I knew I could give it away but really I didn’t want to.

So instead I pushed it to the back of the refrigerator hoping that since it was out of sight it would be out of mind. And it was until my son found it and asked me for a slice. Why this temptation Lord?

Why did that boy have to find that cake and come and tempt me in my moment of weakness? I convinced myself that it was just a small slice and that one single slice would do no harm.

Hmmmm, Eve figured that a single bite of the apple wouldn’t have hurt either. Anyway, I am not going to beat myself up too much over that. I am moving on because despite my shortcomings today, I am still determined to give up wheat. This wheat belly has got to go!

On the positive side, I did manage to get in lots of exercise today. I walked for a half an hour in the morning and then in the evening I did my 30 minutes aerobics and strength training session. I enjoyed it but my shoulders are still aching from this wheat fast.

Apart from the cake, I didn’t do too badly in terms of eating either. Here’s what I had today.

Breakfast

Oats porridge (Yes, porridge again)

Chocolate (cocoa) tea

Lunch

Steamed white rice and corned beef (Not the best choice of protein but that’s the easiest thing I could prepare considering how hungry I was feeling)

Orange flavoured Tang for a beverage

Dinner

Stew Chicken, boiled yam and boiled bananas with a slice of avocado pear. I also had a ripe banana for fruit.

So I am noticing a trend here. Firstly that I really don’t eat enough vegetables and secondly that I tend to eat my fruits with my last meal instead of with breakfast. Strange.

Anyhow, my wheat fast is in full swing and I WILL NOT QUIT! But I need to do better. I need to keep a good stock of acceptable foods on hand so that I don’t yield to temptation. And I must eat more vegetables. I must. No more wheat belly for me. Anniversary is coming up in December and I will not look like this when that day arrives. I refuse to.

That’s all for now people.

Until tomorrow, take care :)!

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Nutrition, Wellness

30 Days Wheat Free Fast – Day #2

Ooats and cocoa for wheat fast breakfast
Quaker 100% Oats and Grace Instant Chocolate

Today was my second official day without eating wheat. Like I mentioned previously, I had started unofficially from Friday afternoon going into Saturday. During the morning on Saturday, I noticed that I was very irritable.

I snapped at my husband and my son for no apparent reason and I wondered what was causing me to be so fussy. I knew it wasn’t PMS based on the time of month so I was a bit confused as to what was happening.

I chalked it up to just not having a great night’s rest. Little did I realize that I was actually suffering from some of the effects of wheat withdrawal. In my research, I have learned that when you stop eating wheat, you are likely to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug addicts or alcoholics who are dropping their drug habits!

This was a huge shocker to me because I did not realize how impactful wheat is on our bodies – especially our brains and our guts. Anyway, I realize that I have been experiencing wheat withdrawal symptoms all weekend coming into today, which is Tuesday.

The most noticeable symptoms for me have been :

  • joint aches in my shoulders and my neck,
  • flu-like feelings
  • brain fog – I couldn’t remember the words to the songs at church on Sunday
  • irritability
  • Extreme feelings of hunger
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stomach pains

It’s just amazing how our diets can affect every aspect of our lives. I never realized how important it is to eat ‘right’ until now.

We have become a society that is literally hooked and high on wheat! In fact, Dr. Davis has stated that wheat has a similar effect on the brain as opiates! I mean it is like we are on drugs when we consume wheat. And it is actually addictive.

This is why it is so difficult for those who have eaten wheat heavily all their lives to wean themselves from it. It is a literal struggle as the body fights to retain the feel good, opium-like effects of wheat.

Today I grinned and bore all the wheat withdrawal symptoms and still remain determined to stop eating wheat completely. Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast

Oats porridge

Hot chocolate (cocoa)

Lunch

Stew chicken, raw vegetables, rice and peas (picked out the peas). With type O blood, cabbage actually slows down my metabolism but I only had very little cabbage. I just wanted to get some vegetables in and I realized that I didn’t have any other vegetables in the house so the cabbage had to do.

Afternoon Snack

Oats porridge – I was feeling hungry by mid-afternoon and decided to have the remaining oats porridge from breakfast.

Dinner

Mince (ground beef) and rice – I really enjoyed this. I have a natural love for beef so the fact that it is good for my blood type makes it that much better. I had Tang as a beverage. I had a June Plum for fruit.

I did my workout in the morning today. I wanted to do another 30 minutes in the evening but was simply too tired to go through with it.

So, I’ve made it through day 2. That’s 2 down, 28 more to go…..

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Nutrition, Wellness

30 Days Lose the Wheat Belly Fast

wheat fast
Roasted breadfruit, ackee and saltfish, steamed calaloo and avocado pear

Hey hey hey! I am about to embark on my 30 Day Lose the Wheat Belly Challenge and I am very excited about it. Today is officially the first day, although I started unofficially on Saturday when I went shopping in order to prepare for this challenge.

Why I Decided to Go on A Wheat Fast

If you follow my blog, you know that I have a challenge losing the extra fat around my waist. I have tried numerous different strategies including taking diet supplements but the results have not been lasting.

I would lose inches only to have them pile back on. And it certainly is not for lack of exercise. I exercise diligently and see great results on other areas on my body. But when it comes to my abdominals/belly, I can never seem to make a breakthrough.

I have been reading Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book about eating right for your blood type and I fully buy into his argument that different blood types react differently to different foods.

In his book, Dr. D’Adamo points out that wheat is not good for persons with type O blood. According to the goodly doctor, wheat gluten  interferes with insulin efficiency and also slows the metabolic rate.

I have also been reading Dr. William Davis’ blog about the harmful effects that wheat can have on the body and I have decided that this is something I need to look into.

More importantly, I have decided to go on this wheat fast for more serious health issues. Recently I did a diagnostic scan and I realized that my insulin levels were above the normal range. I repeated the test 4 weeks after the first test and the results were the same. My insulin levels were above the normal range when tested 2 hours after I ate.

Diabetes scares me. But I am at risk for developing diabetes because both my parents actually have diabetes. This is not a disease that I want to contend with. It has been shown that wheat has a very high glycemic index. Glycemic Index is a scale that rates food between 1 and 100 based on their effect on blood sugar levels.

The higher the glycemic index, the more that food raises the blood sugar level. Wheat has a very high glycemic index of about 75. This means that it raises the blood sugar level very quickly and very easily, causing a spike in insulin levels.

Foods with glycemic indices at or below 55 don’t cause the release of insulin into the blood stream. The fact that I consume wheat every single day and usually have 2 meals with wheat products everyday, I know that the wheat is a very likely culprit for my high insulin levels.

Apart from that wheat has been shown to have negative effects on the brain leading to memory loss and even depression. The fact that I have been suffering more and more from brain fog and short term memory loss has made me really pay attention to what is happening within my body when I eat.

I have family members who have cut out whole wheat from their diets because they tend to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have negative reactions to wheat products. Since I have been reading up more about wheat I realize that the effects of wheat on the body tends to run in families.

I tend to believe that it runs in families because families usually eat the same way, consuming the same food. So I believe it is more of a lifestyle issue rather than a genetic issue. But that’s just my opinion.

Anyway, based on all the evidence stacked up against wheat, I have decided to cut it out of my diet for an initial period of 30 days and then make a lifestyle decision based on what happens.

My Approach to the Wheat Fast

So I went shopping on Saturday to get items that are wheat free. I have decided that I will not have any flour in my house for the next 30 days. Neither will I have any biscuits or other wheat snacks in my cupboard.

It was not easy finding items that do not contain wheat. In fact, it seems like the vast majority of carbohydrates that I consume are made with wheat. Anyway, I managed to get a few items that were wheat free.

What I couldn’t get over was how expensive wheat free products are. My goodness, it’s as if you have to be rich to have a diet that does not include wheat. Nevertheless, I am determined to stay wheat free for the next 30 days.

ground provisions for wheat fastThe good thing about living in Jamaica is that we grow lots of ground provisions and produce that are excellent replacements for wheat. We have an abundance of yams, and green bananas, pumpkins, breadfruit, cocoa, cassava, dasheens and much more. This makes it a bit easier I think. So instead of making dumplings I will just prepare one of these ground provisions instead.

I have already cut out dairy from my diet because I discovered long ago that I am lactose intolerant. So I will continue with this.

Whether my family likes it or not, they will be included in this journey. My son is already rebelling because he longs for his biscuits and fried dumplings but I know that in the long run, we will all be better for it.

My Wheat Free Day #1

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast

For breakfast I had boiled yellow yam and Grace Mackerel. For a hot beverage I had Tetley Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. I also had a few slices of pineapple as fruit.

Looking back I think I overdosed a little on caffeine today. The multivitamin that I take contains both guarana and green tea caffeine. After I drank the tea, I read the label and realized that it too contains caffeine. So I won’t make that mistake again. As of tomorrow I will have cocoa instead of tea.

Lunch

For lunch I had some of the boiled yam that was left over from breakfast along with sardines and Tang for mt beverage. I also had a piece of watermelon for fruit.

Dinner

For dinner I was not at home and I ended up getting fried chicken with potato wedges. Not the healthiest meal but it was the best I could do considering it was a public holiday and most places were closed.

I realize that I didn’t get any vegetables today. This is an area that I have to make a concerted effort to improve in. Tomorrow I will be sure to have adequate servings of vegetables.

Waist measurement

For this wheat fast I will be monitoring my waist measurement in order to gauge my progress. Today my waist measured 31.5 inches.

I felt pretty great today. I did not get hungry as quickly as I normally do which is a good sign. I also did not feel sleepy after eating. Because I was out on the road, I did not get a chance to exercise today.

Let’s see what tomorrow holds!

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My First Protein Treatment as a “New” Natural

Organics Hair Mayonnaise
Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Okay, I am far from being a new natural in terms of how long I’ve been wearing my hair naturally. But the whole experience still feels so new and there is sooo much that I am learning about my own hair!

So this weekend I did my very first protein treatment since I transitioned to natural. I still can’t believe that I have been natural for 2 full years and this is my very first protein treatment! Very first!

Why? As much as I hate to admit it, I didn’t know that I needed a protein treatment.

If you follow my blog you know that I have been having hair breakage issues and have been struggling to find a remedy for it.

Well, all along the journey, I did discover that my hair does not like any type of heat whatsoever. Whether it is from hair dryers or from the sun, my hair absolutely hates any type of heat.

I know now to stay away from heat if I want my natural hair to thrive and be healthy. And I also learned that my hair needs moisture.

When I realized that my hair was breaking, I went unto Youtube and found several videos that pointed to the possibility that excessive dryness was what was causing my hair breakage issues.

And so naturally, I started following the LOC method and trying to keep my hair moisturized. It worked for the most part but I still noticed that something very disturbing was happening to the front of my head as well as in my crown.

Now the front of my hair and the crown have a looser curl pattern than the back of my head. The back of my head has very thick hair with a much tighter curl pattern. I realized that the back of my head reacted best to my moisture treatments.

But the front and the crown got worse. I remember washing my hair and as the water hit my hair in the front, the ends of my hair literally just broke off in my hands as I washed it.

It was like my hair was “melting”. I don’t know how else to explain it. But, I was very worried. I began to wonder whether I had a medical condition that was causing my hair to break so badly despite my moisture treatments.

So I went right back to Youtube and I discovered that my hair breakage may not be caused by lack of moisture but it may actually be caused by too much moisture!

What? Too much moisture?

Yes, too much moisture. I learned that my hair needs to have a proper balance of moisture and protein for it to be healthy. Long story short, it turns out that I needed to have a protein treatment. And all along I didn’t know it or realize it.

I tell you that maintaining natural hair is not easy. There is so much to learn. And I thought I knew a lot but apparently I was fooling myself.

Anyway, I am happy to say that the protein treatment has really helped my hair and I can see and feel a big difference.

Jheri Redding natural protein conditioner
Jheri Redding Natural Protein Conditioner

I used Jheri Redding Natural Protein Conditioner and Organics Hair Mayonnaise with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Treatment for Weak, Damaged Hair. I remember my hairdresser using the Jheri Redding on my hair when it was processed but I never thought of using it on my natural hair.

I was always of the impression that the chemical processing was what lead to breaking down of protein in my hair so since my hair was natural, I assumed that protein would no longer be an issue.

Turns out I was wrong and that my hair was begging for a protein treatment. It was long overdue!

I hate the smell of the Jheri Redding but it got the job done. So I used the Organics Hair Mayonnaise to mask the smell of the Jheri Redding and to balance the amount of protein that my hair was getting.

I didn’t want to apply too much protein because I heard that too much can make the hair brittle and I didn’t want that. The combination turned out to be just what my hair needed.

There is one lesson that I learned that I need to share with you guys who may be struggling with hair breakage issues.

If your hair breakage is due to dryness, you will find that your hair breaks short at the ends when you handle it in its dry state.

On the other hand, if your hair breakage is caused by lack of protein, you will know based on how your hair reacts when it is wet. If your hair feels like it is about to snap when you stretch it while wet, then you need a protein treatment.

Also, if your hair just begins to fall off in your hands while wet, that is a sure sign that your hair needs protein.

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Jheri Redding Natural Protein Treatment & Organics Hair Mayonnaise

I am just grateful that I finally figured out what was happening with my hair :).

Protein is necessary fellow naturals. Until next time, take care!

Wellness

Don’t Tell Me Not to Eat Red Meat!

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Stew beef ready to eat!

Please refrain from telling me not to eat red meat. Now I have just about had it with all the wagonists who are telling me that red meat is bad for me because it contains all types of bad fats and what not!

Okay okay let me calm down here. Really what I want to say is that the argument about red meat being bad for you is flawed.

Yes, flawed….seriously flawed.

The fact is that red meat is not bad for EVERYBODY. It is only bad for some people whose bodies cannot digest it properly. When some people eat red meat, it slows down their metabolism and they end up feeling sluggish with little energy.

This is because these people have a blood type that does not tolerate meat very well. What does blood type have to do with anything? It has everything to do with this.

You see, I have type O blood and because of this my body actually thrives when I eat red meat and animal protein in general. Red meat speeds up my metabolism while it does the opposite to someone with type A blood.

This came as quite a surprise to me but I have proven it to be very true. You see, I am a type O and my husband is a type A. Whenever I prepare beef, although we both enjoy it equally, my husband always tends to fall asleep soon afterwards while I have lots and lots of energy!

Who would have thought that your blood type would affect how your body reacts to food?

I have been reading Dr. Peter Adamo’s book “Eat Right For Your Type” and it is very eye-opening and answers many questions about why some people have difficulty losing weight even though they follow all the so-called ‘good’ eating advice out there.

The fact is that there is no one diet that is suitable for everybody. You will hear people say “eat lots of fruits and vegetables” and this is supposed to apply to everybody.

While it is generally good to eat fruits and vegetables, taking it to the extreme by becoming a vegetarian, for example, can actually be unhealthy if you are an O blood type that thrives on animal protein.

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Beef burger

While someone with the ‘A’ blood type can thrive by consuming mostly vegetables, other blood types can actually suffer if they follow suit.

In his book, Dr. Adamo recounted a case where a 52 year old woman with type O blood was suffering from heart disease. She was told by numerous doctors to reduce her intake of red meat and she had taken their advice.

Her diet consisted largely of grains and fish and olive oil. Regardless, she continued to suffer from heart disease. When she consulted Dr. Adamo, he told her to start incorporating lean red meat in her diet and to reduce her intake of wheat. She was also told to include strength training exercises as a part of her regimen.

Needless to say she was very skeptical given all that she had heard about avoiding red meat and about the health benefits of wheat. Long story short, within 6 months of following a diet that was appropriate for her blood type, her cholesterol level had fallen significantly without medication. She was able to come off all medication and no longer suffered from heart disease!

Simply because she changed her diet to include foods that were good for her blood type.

So don’t fall victim to the hype about red meat being bad for you. It may actually be good for you! If you have type O blood like me, don’t let anybody tell you that you shouldn’t eat red meat.

I highly recommended Dr. Adamo’s book. It is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback and hardcover.

Until next time, take care :)! I’m off to go enjoy my Saturday evening stew beef (wink wink)!

 

Exercise and Weight Loss, Wellness

Acidophilus Probiotic in Level Thrive – What’s the Big Deal?

Level Thrive supplement
Level Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules containing acidophilus probiotic

Hey girls and guys! As you know I am on my mission to be fit and fabulous and I have recently rediscovered acidophilus probiotic in Level Thrive Premium Lifestyle capsules for Women. I was first introduced to acidophilus probiotic some years ago when I was looking for a good multivitamin. After some searching, I bought a multivitamin with probiotics at a local pharmacy and proceeded to take them as prescribed. Unfortunately, I did not like the results that I got from using that particular multivitamin. I found myself constantly constipated and nothing that I did seemed to relieve the problem. So as you probably guessed, I gave up on them.

Those of you who know me know that I don’t take pills unless I have to and so I was off multivitamins for a while. However, my body would not make me get away with that for too long as I began to feel constantly tired even in the morning after awakening from at least 6 hours of sleep. I eventually gave in a started taking Level Thrive products based on my husband’s recommendations and his high regard for the quality of the products. As you can imagine, I was a bit reluctant to take the Premium Lifestyle capsules for Women because they contain probiotics including L. acidophilus. I was afraid that I would have the same reaction that I did with the other brand that I had first tried.

To my surprise, I absolutely love the Level Thrive supplement for women! I have been using it for several weeks and I have not had any constipation issues as at all. At first, I did visit the bathroom a little more regularly but I did not have diarrhea which can be a side effect of taking probiotics. What I love most about this supplement is that the acidophilus probiotic has helped me tremendously with digestion issues as well as helping with the prevention of yeast infections.

Since I have a sinusitis issue, every now and then when I get a bad flare up I have to go on antibiotics. The trouble is that antibiotics can upset the natural balance of bacteria in the female reproductive organs which can lead to a yeast overgrowth. The result is usually a yeast infection…..not nice! But with my use of the Level Thrive supplements, I have not had even one yeast infection even though I took a course of antibiotics recently! Which is just fabulous!

But what has me really amazed and excited about this Level Thrive supplement with acidophilus probiotic is that for the first time in years, I was able to eat a simple cheese sandwich without suffering from severe headaches and bloating. I am so thrilled about this because I love cheese. However, over the years, I have had to just sit and watch others enjoy their cheese meals while I only wished I could eat cheese without suffering. I took a chance and had a cheese sandwich for lunch yesterday and I am so happy to report that I have had no negative reactions! Absolutely none! No bloating, no headaches, no stuffiness, no mucous build up, nothing. Clearly the acidophilus probiotic in the supplement is helping me to better digest lactose since I am woefully lactose-intolerant. Nevertheless, I will not be abusing the issue. I know that I shouldn’t really have dairy products but thanks to my Level Thrive supplements, I CAN now have the occasional cheese treat. Yessssss!

L. Acidophilus is found naturally in the alimentary tract and helps to suppress the growth of pathogens and to maintain a proper balance of bacteria and yeast in the body. So products that contain live cultures of L. acidophilus can help to regulate the environment in the gut when taken orally. This is very important to our health since most of the immune system is contained in the gut. If things are out of balance in the gut, the body’s capacity to fight infections and diseases may be severely impaired. The more balanced the environment in your gut, the better your immune system works.

So what’s the big deal with acidophilus probiotic in Level Thrive supplements? For one, the probiotics help to prevent yeast infections. Two, the probiotics help to maintain good digestion and thirdly, probiotics help with the digestion of lactose. That’s 3 the hard way guys! I love it!

Until next time, stay healthy 🙂

Exercise and Weight Loss, Wellness

Why I Started Taking Level Thrive Supplements

What can Thrive do for you?For those of you who know me, you know that I absolutely hate taking any type of pills or tablets. And I have lived the greater part of my life without taking any type of nutrition supplement including multivitamins. But as I get older, I realize that I have been robbing myself of the benefits that nutrition supplements can provide.

I have always been an active person and I have always had some type of exercise routine going on even if I have not always been consistent. But I have always placed a high value on exercise and I exercise not only for the physical benefits but also for the health benefits. However, as I got older I realized that I was not able to exercise the same way that I used to when I was younger. My joints would ache whenever I attempted certain aerobic exercises and I would find that I would get tired much more easily. While I have resisted taking nutrition supplements because I was of the impression that as long as I exercise and eat right that I should not have the need for supplements, I fooled myself into believing that nutrition supplements were unnecessary.

However, the fact is that I don’t always eat right and because of that my body doesn’t always get the nutrition that it needs for me to remain in optimal health. And even though I fooled myself into thinking that where I fall down in nutrition, I can make up for in exercise, my body let me know that I was wrong. When I started getting diminishing returns from my ramped-up exercise efforts, I realized that something was wrong.

My workouts were harder and more strenuous, yet I was getting fewer and fewer results. Little did I realize that when I exercised vigorously, my muscles were being torn down. But I did not have sufficient protein in my diet to build back my muscles sufficiently. So the result was basically the slow atrophy (break down) of my muscles. Which meant a lower metabolism, which meant weight gain, which meant stress which meant declining health. According to the experts, women in the age group 19 to 70 years need an average of 46 grams of protein per day. And trust me, the majority of women don’t get half that much from our daily diets. In fact, 30 grams of protein is the equivalent of 5 hard-boiled eggs or 7 thick slices of bacon. Here is a protein infographic from Daily Burn that shows what 25 grams of protein looks like.

What should be noted is that it would take almost 2 times these amounts to get the full daily requirement of protein from your diet alone. I can’t imagine myself eating that much eggs in one day…I hardly want to eat 2 eggs per day much less 8! And I am certain that the average woman would share similar sentiments. The best way to get all the protein that your body needs, as well as all the vitamins and minerals needed for the day, is to take a nutrition supplement.

Why you need a protein supplement

Not only was I not getting sufficient protein in my diet but I was also not getting adequate vitamins or minerals either. I woke up and realized this when I was not able to function like I used to. I had less energy but was working out more. I was getting colds more often and the more I worked out the more I would get colds or sinusitis flare ups. That is when I finally decided to take my husband’s advice and start taking a dietary nutrition supplement.

My supplements of choice were the Level Thrive nutrition supplements. The package consists of a 3 step program that includes taking two premium lifestyle capsules first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, then the premium lifestyle shake mix 20 minutes later, followed by the application of the Thrive DFT patch to clean skin. It is a simple process and it has made a world of difference to how I feel and to my general health and well-being.

At first I just started out with the Thrive DFT patches alone because like I said, I hate taking pills. And while I did get some results, it was not enough. I did get a big boost to my energy levels and I did get a mood boost as well. In addition, the Thrive patches helped to curb my carbohydrate cravings and caused me to drink more water.

But I still was not getting enough protein and I was still lacking in essential vitamins and minerals since I was not taking a multi-vitamin. The Thrive premium lifestyle capsules serve as a multivitamin for me and they help me to get all the nutrients that I don’t get from the food that I eat. They also come chock full of antioxidants and anti-aging substances that help me to stay young and fresh.

When all these are added to my daily routine, the result is improved health and well being. I only regret that I took so long to start giving my body the nutrition that it needs. While I can’t have as much of the protein shake mix as I would like to because of lactose intolerance, I still benefit tremendously from using the premium lifestyle capsules and the Thrive DFT patches alone.

All in all I can truly say that I have moved past living to really ‘thrivin and I love every minute of it.  I am thankful to Level for their breakthrough innovation in putting together this simple 3 step system to help people like me to not only look better but feel better as well. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LEVEL THRIVE NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS.

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Do Level Thrive Products Really Work?

Have you heard about Level Thrive? Level is the name of the company in North America that has launched a series of products under the “Thrive” name brand. The product line includes a range of health related products including their flagship 3 step weight management system. This system is designed to help persons with weight management support, cognitive performance, mental accuity, and mood elevation.

The 3 step system includes the Premium Lifestyle capsules that should be taken first thing in the morning before starting your daily activities. They use a naturopathic formula of vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics and amino acids specially formulated to support a healthy lifestyle. These are available in both male and female formulas.

Thrive Capsules for Men
Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules for Men
Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules for Women
Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules for Women

Then there is the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix which is an ultra micronized protein shake that provides lean muscle support and helps in weight management.

Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake MixThe final product in the 3 step system is the Thrive DFT patch which is a patch that is placed on clean skin. It helps with mental clarity, helps to curb food cravings and helps to elevate the mood. The patch is available in a range of colors including green, blue, purple, and now available in black. The patch is the first weight management product of its kind that works through dermafusion technology. This simply means that it works by infusing nutrients into the bloodstream through the skin rather than by mouth.

Level DFT Patch
DFT Level Patch on upper arm “Hey girl you Thrivin?

 There are some who have been questioning whether these Thrive products work or not and whether the whole thing is a scam or not. Well, do the products work or not? The answer is that the products work for some people and they don’t work for some. This is not something that should raise any alarms. Neither should it be something that makes people ask whether it is a scam or not. The fact is that with every single product, not just Thrive products, there are some people who will get great results, and others will get no results. All I know is that there are several persons who have been having excellent results with Thrive products. You just need to go to Level’s Facebook page to see the scores of testimonies from people who are “Thrivin and achieving their health goals with these great products.

There are some things that you need to consider when evaluating weight loss products. Firstly, you need to first of all get the okay from your doctor before taking any type of product into your body. This is to prevent yourself from taking something that includes substances that you may be allergic to or that may react badly with any medications that you may be taking. This is a must for everybody.

Secondly, there is a reason why the manufacturer includes instructions on the package. These should be followed as recommended by the manufacturer if you intend to obtain the results that you are looking for. There are persons who skip some of the steps and then complain that they are not achieving any results. The fact is that the product was created in 3 steps that are designed to complement each other and work together to bring about the desired results. If you deviate from the 3 steps, you will not achieve the maximum results.

Thirdly, when embarking upon any weight management program, it is best to incorporate exercise into the mix. Exercise helps to keep your blood circulating properly and helps your organs to function optimally. Without exercise, you may lose weight but you will not achieve optimum health. Weight management products are designed to support your healthy lifestyle, not to replace exercise. Every good weight management program incorporates a suitable exercise routine.

Finally, bear in mind that it takes time for your body to adjust to new products and each person’s body responds at a different rate. There are some persons on Thrive who have seen results from day 1 and there are others who took weeks before they started seeing results. Each experience is different and you should avoid comparing yourself with the next person since each body is different.

The best way to find out if Thrive products work or not is to try them for yourself after you have received your doctor’s go ahead. If you have challenges with losing weight, mental clarity, food cravings or mood problems, you should give Thrive a try.

I can assure you that it is NOT a scam. I have used these products myself, and like some of you, I was not using the products right when I first started and so I was not achieving the desired results. In fact, I started off using the patch alone and instead of wearing it as described, I would only keep it on for 12 hours per day. Added to that, I was not drinking enough water while I was using the patch. So, my results were not what I wanted. I even put the patches away and decided that they did not work. However, I decided to give the system a second try when I just got fed up with having little energy and with joint aches whenever I would do certain exercises. This time around however, I decided to follow all the instructions and to do the full program as prescribed. The only tweak that I made was to not include the protein mix since I am lactose intolerant. However, I have still achieved amazing results and for the first time in more than 2 decades, my waist measurement is at only 29 inches! I am so excited about this. No matter what I tried previously, my waist would simply not budge. Thrive products have helped me to push pass that to go on to numbers that I never thought I would ever see again. In fact, the last time my waist measured 29 inches, I was in 7th grade at high school!

So is Thrive a scam? The answer is absolutely NOT! It is a legitimate, workable weight management system that can help you to reach levels of health and fitness that you have only dreamed of before. After 3 babies, I never thought my waist would shrink below 31 inches. But I was wrong, so wrong! I am thrivin!

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Exercise and Weight Loss

What is Wearable Nutrition?

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Me Thrivin’ on #FlexFriday with my Thrive DFT patch

Have you heard about wearable nutrition technology? It is the latest craze in nutrition and I am super excited about being a part of this movement! Wearable nutrition is, as the name suggests, nutrition that is obtained by wearing it instead of ingesting by mouth. I am specifically referring to DFT or dermafusion technology which is nutrition that is obtained by wearing a patch on the body through which the nutrients are released into the body. I use Thrive products from Le-vel and I have to say that I absolutely love the Thrive DFT patch! This is my update on the Thrive DFT patch by Lev-el and how it has been helping me to achieve my weight loss and fitness goals.
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The Thrive  DFT patch has really been helping me to ‘thrive’ and has helped in my weight management by helping to control my appetite. Remember how I was having a hard time staying away from my favorite black forest cake and from flour in general? Well, when I wear my Thrive DFT patch, I find that I don’t have that strong craving for Black Forest cake or flour. I surprised myself the other day when my husband brought home black forest cake and I was able to resist the urge to eat any.

All I do each day is to apply the DFT patch to a clean area on my skin (I prefer to put it on my biceps or triceps) and go about my daily business. The patch is water proof so it doesn’t matter if it gets wet or not. It is still able to do the job! So I can shower in it without it coming off or without it losing its potency. It is also safe to wear for 24 hours so I sleep in it as well. I like to give my skin a break so I don’t usually wear it for a full 24 hrs. I may wear it for 20 or 21 hrs and allow 3 to 4 hours for my skin to breathe. That’s just my personal preference however. Other persons wear it for a full 24 hours without having any negative effects.

So this patch has been my secret weapon that I have been using to support my weight management efforts. It is not a replacement for practising good nutrition habits. It is a ‘supplement’ that should be used in conjunction with other weight management techniques. So I still do my workout routines and I find that the patch helps to keep me energized throughout my workout and I don’t get as hungry as often. I also find that I tend to drink more water which is very good for weight loss. An added benefit that I get from using Thrive DFT patches is that it really helps me to sleep better! As females, it is essential that we get lots of sleep and this DFT patch really does a good job of helping me to sleep.

For best results, wearable technology should be used in conjunction with exercise and good eating and sleeping habits. As a matter of fact, the Thrive DFT patch is the 3rd part of a 3 part weight management system by Level.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPLETE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. Watch the video to learn about the Thrive 8 week experience and how it can help you to lose weight and feel better too! If you need further details, feel free to CONTACT ME and I will be happy to help you to ‘thrive’ too!

Hey girl, I’m thrivin’! 🙂

Exercise and Weight Loss, Wellness

Competition as Motivation for Fitness and Weight Loss

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Hubby participating in the Bench press competition

Last weekend I attended a power lifting event that my husband participated in. Granted, I was never a huge fan of weight-lifting and bodybuilding competitions but I decided that I needed to support my husband in this. Being a former athlete, it’s simply a part of his personality to thrive on competition and like the average man, he wants to prove that he is still strong, still fit, still ‘has what it takes’.

He trained diligently for this fitness and power-lifting competition. I recall the excitement in his voice each evening that he would leave the gym and come home to recount what he had accomplished that day in the gym. He was eager to share how much weight he bench pressed or how he out-squatted his fellow gym partner or how he managed to break his previous record for the amount of weight that he could move with a dead lift. He also began to religiously take his protein supplements and his multi-vitamins. He also ensured that he kept his body constantly hydrated. I must admit that I was a bit concerned about his back and his knees because he had hurt himself previously during a game of football. However, he exercised extreme caution and managed to get through the training sessions without hurting himself or without irritating his former injuries.

I realize how hard he pushed himself for this power-lifting event and have come to appreciate that fitness competitions can provide a great motivation for us to reach our fitness and weight loss goals.  Competitions can give us something to look forward to and something tangible to work towards. For my husband, it provided the motivation that he needed to stay consistent with his health and fitness efforts.

So the day of the power-lifting competition was filled with excitement and my nerves were on edge as I sat in the audience and cheered on my husband as he completed his bench presses, squats and dead lifts. I was proud of him for what he was able to accomplish. Even though he didn’t win, he was a great inspiration to me and to our sons. I can’t help thinking about some of the other competitors though who seemed to have overdone it to some extent. There were guys there who were huge and there were others who were not as huge but were very strong. Obviously they had taken lots of creatine and steroids to be able to lift the weight that some of them managed to lift. There was this one particular guy who managed to squat a whopping 495 lbs! Wow, I was truly impressed but wondered whether he was really that strong or whether the steroids had anything to do with it. My husband has always been diligent to stay away from steroids knowing the negative effects that they can produce such as shrinkage of the male organs, extra sensitivity in the nipples, excessive aggression etc.

At the end of the day I came to the conclusion that I would begin to actively participate in fitness competitions as a way of staying motivated and in shape. What about you? Have you ever participated in a fitness competition?