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New Year, New Level, New You…6 Tips For Making 2015 Your Healthiest Year Ever!

Wow! Isn’t it hard to believe that 2014 is over? What a year it has been!! I received so many unexpected blessings and some of those blessings have left me scrabbling to keep up with everything, thus my MIA blog posts.  It’s all good though! I’m back and my life is back to my “normal” and I am ready to jump back in to helping educate others about the importance of good nutrition & staying healthy in 2015 and for many years to come. I am always aware that there is a greater plan in store for me & that He has my back.  Everything in life happens for a reason! That is what I say to myself when things don’t go the way I think they should.  2014 was a great year! I made some big changes in my life as far as my health & wellness goes and my personal business.  2015 is going to be even more exciting and more amazing! I have big goals to help even more people attain their own personal health and wellness goals.  I’m taking things to a new level in 2015.  I’m inspired to help you create a new and improved you.  So, with that I would love to share my 6 tips for making 2015 your healthiest year ever!

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Happy New Year 2015

NEW YEAR, NEW LEVEL, NEW YOU…6 TIPS FOR MAKING 2015 YOUR HEALTHIEST YEAR EVER!

Tip #1: DRINK YOUR WATER

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Drink your water…1/2 of your body weight in ounces daily

This is SO much more important than people realize.  Drink your water people! Put down the soft drinks, sports drinks, flavored waters, teas and coffees and DRINK YOUR WATER! You should be drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces.  So, if you weigh 160 pounds then you need 80 ounces of water A DAY.  Keep track of your water intake.  Chances are if you are a water drinker…you don’t drink as much as you think you do.  Water fills you up, so drink a glass before each meal.  I like to start my day with a glass of ice cold water…it gets my metabolism charged and ready to go for the day.

Tip #2: WALK MORE

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Walk more…aim for 10,000 steps per day.

I recommend getting a step tracker.  There are many of them on the market.  Choose the one that’s right for you and aim for 10,000 steps a day.

Tip #3: KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL

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Keep a food journal to see just how many extra calories you are consuming every day.

This is one of my favorite tips.  Most people don’t realize how many mindless calories they consume a day.  Write down everything you put in your mouth and then total up those calories.  I’m sure you will be shocked by how many calories you are consuming that you shouldn’t be.  Simple changes in your eating can make all the difference.  I do not suggest anyone go on a “diet”.  We all know they help us to lose the weight but then we eventually gain it all back (and more) when we go off the diet.  I suggest  you simply make healthier choices every day.  Give your body the proper nutrition it needs to work at it’s very best.  It’s ok to treat yourself and it’s ok to splurge on occasion.  Just don’t do it every day! 😉

Tip #4: CONSUME LESS CARBS

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Know the “good” low glycemic carbs from the “bad” high glycemic carbs

I’m a big fan of a low glycemic carb lifestyle.  We eat WAY TOO MANY carbs on a daily basis and these carbs are wrecking havoc on our bodies.  Eating carbs such as breads, potatoes, crackers, chips, cookies, cereal and etc. repeatedly spike our blood sugar levels which stimulates the release of insulin in order to bring the blood sugar level down.  This process over and over causes overeating and increases inflammation in the arteries.  When you stop spiking your blood sugar levels, you stop the cravings for these high glycemic carb foods.  When someone eats a high glycemic meal that spikes the blood sugar (a sandwich, chips, cookie & soda) they will eat 80% more food the rest of the day!! That’s HUGE!! Isn’t it? I also recommend eat no carbs after 6:00pm.

Tip #5: SUPPLEMENT

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Supplementation is key to giving your body the good nutrition it needs to function at it’s very best.

Taking high quality nutritional supplements is crucial these days.  Not only does it promote health benefits but supplementing gives your body the important nutrients we simply are not getting from our foods these days.  Our soils are depleted of the rich vitamins and minerals that it once had, thus our produce is also depleted of these vitamins and minerals.  It’s virtually impossible to eat only the best organic raw food diet and still get all of the nutrients your body needs.  Supplementation is the key to feeding your body and helping it run at it’s very best.

‘Tip #6: DETOX & CLEANSE

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Are you toxic?

This is one of the most important tips I can share with you because this is the missing link for most people.  There are LOTS of cleanses and detoxing products out there.  I know…I’ve tried many.  However, the BEST way to detox your body is to do a nutritional cleanse.  One that not only removes the toxins from your body but also feeds your body the essential nutrients it needs.  When you add the best possible nutrition plus a cleanse that removes the toxins, you get amazing results.  Not only will you SEE the results but you will feel them too.  Most who do a nutritional cleansing program, have more energy, less joint pain, less anxiety, sleep better, lose weight, notice inch loss, and much more.  Please feel free to reach out to me or check out this video here for more information on the nutritional cleansing program I use & recommend.  It’s whole food nutrition that is all natural, organic and non-GMO.

I wish you all the very best in 2015.  If you desire to lose weight and just get your health back, I would love to help you with your goals.  I have a money back guaranteed plan for you that will work and will produce results for you! Let’s make 2015 the year that we lose the weight for good and live our healthiest lives ever!! I believe in you!! You can do it!! Please share your comments down below.  Subscribe to my blog or email me your questions and concerns to happycleanlife@gmail.com.

Why that number between your toes is killing your confidence

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I was texting with a friend yesterday who recently started her weight loss journey with me and began using my nutritional cleansing program.  I was offering her some advice and encouragement after she had told me that she had gained a pound instead of losing even though she hopped on the scale because she “felt” she had lost.  I gave her some reasons as to why she might have gained that one pound only 2 days into the program and encouraged her to stick with the program because it works.  The entire time I’m thinking…here is a woman who has decided to make a change.  She has decided to give this program a try and for the past 2 days she has stuck to the plan, given up her diet soda and set her mind to do this.  She wakes up on day #3 and she feels great! She feels like she can see or feel a difference…possibly she has lost some weight even.  So her only true test of whether she has lost is to step on the scale.  She is excited and feels so good about herself but when she steps on the scale, she’s GAINED a pound instead of losing anything.  So, immediately she is crushed.  She starts doubting the program, doubting herself, maybe even doubting that this will even work.  Now, what if she hadn’t stepped on that scale? What if she would have gone about her day just “thinking” she’d lost and “feeling” a change in her body? She would have exuded joy, happiness and confidence because I truly believe that losing weight can make all the difference in someone’s attitude.  What’s really sad, is she probably has started shrinking those fat cells but because of that darn number staring at her from between her toes, she is feeling a bit defeated.  Why do we put SO MUCH value on that number? WHY?! That number doesn’t mean anything!! When you are trying to lose weight (the healthy way I might add), it’s more important to use measurements, pictures and how your clothes feel.  There are numerous reasons why your weight might fluctuate even 5 pounds from day to day.  It’s not always about what you ate or didn’t eat.

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Here’s a confession…I have been a bit obsessed about my weight and that darn number on the scale for most of my life. Don’t all women know what they weighed in high school? I think my driver license might still have that weight. Shhh…  And back then, I thought that I weighed too much! I’ve always weighed more than you would guess just by looking at me.  I was always told I had “big bones” even when I was a size 5 or 7. 😉 Just always remember that muscle weighs more than fat…if only I had more muscle! Anyway, there was a time in my life a few years ago when I was very obsessed with the number on the scale, so much so that I would weigh myself several times a day every day.  At the time I was using a prescription to help me lose weight…essentially I was starving myself because of that prescription.  It was not a good idea nor do I suggest that anyone try to lose weight that way…because guess what? That weight will come back unless you change your lifestyle!

Those who understand how the body works, know that weighing yourself daily, let alone several times a day is not a good idea! So, one day I decided that I wasn’t going to let that number control me anymore.  If I didn’t like what it said, it truly did control my mood for the day.  It was always in the back of my mind that I had gained a pound or two or whatever.  I would question why and get upset that I couldn’t lose.  It was making me miserable.  So, I threw out my scale! And for about a year, I didn’t weigh myself.  I only got weighed at my yearly exams.  Eventually sometime in the last year or so, I bought a scale because I wanted to see my progress and I told myself it would be different this time.  I wouldn’t weigh every day, several times a day.  But guess what…eventually I was weighing every day and that stupid number would then either get my day off to a great start or a grumpy one! Being in the business that I’m in, people want to know the numbers.  Showing “before” and “after” photos just isn’t good enough.  They want to know how many pounds you’ve lost and how many inches? Who cares! Just look at my results!! But since I started a new nutritional cleansing program, I have started to weigh myself again but I DO NOT weigh daily.  I weigh myself twice a week maybe and I stop myself from weighing daily.  I suggest to my clients that they not weigh every day either.  Don’t let that number control you.  Don’t let that number kill your confidence.  Let the way your clothes start to fit as you lose the weight be your confidence booster, not a number.  Take pictures so you can compare your “before” with your “after”.  I love looking at my “before” and “after” pictures.  I can see the changes.

So, here are my 5 week results…I’ve lost 3 inches in my waist and 3 inches in my hips.  How much weight do you think I’ve lost?

My 5 week weight loss results...how much do you think I've lost?
My 5 week weight loss results…how much do you think I’ve lost?

I am just curious to see if what your eyes see is the same as what the scale tells me I’ve lost.  Go ahead! Take a guess!! Comment below with you guess and down forget to subscribe to my blog to get your free gift!

Have a happy healthy day!

~Michelle