Shari Duncan

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WANTED: Healthy Food Fast.
Shari

by on Jan.15, 2012, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Healthy Snacks, Weight Loss

Healthy eating doesn’t really take any more time than unhealthy eating; it just requires a little more foresight.

Everybody has a story about when or why they gained weight, or why they have no time to eat right. When you’re constantly on the go, it can be hard to find time to eat, let alone eat healthy. So you turn to quick-fix foods that are high in fat, sugar, sodium, or calories, and low in essential nutrients.  But eating is what gives us the energy to do everything on our to-do list.  And when we are busy and “forget” to eat, or hurriedly rush into the nearest convenience store or hit up a vending machine for chips and a coke, we are not fueling bodies.  So how do you find balance?

The solution isn’t to find more time, but to work with the schedule you do have. Instead of  waiting in the fast food drive in line,  use this time to visit the grocery store, and pick up prepared salads, sandwiches, and meats, pre-washed and cut fruits and vegetables, canned soups, low-calorie and low-fat frozen meals, yogurt, string cheese, and cereals.

To lose weight, and keep it off  you must eliminate foods that aren’t healthy and eat foods that are good for your body. There is a strong correlation between how and what we eat and being well.  People hold on to the illusion that there is no time to cook, no time to shop, and no healthy options for “fast food” meals.  But just because there is no time to always sit down and eat, does not mean you have to eat poorly. What it boils down to is being prepared and carrying healthy snacks with you.

Healthy Fast Food...or is it Healthy Food Fast?

Here are some healthy tips to try:

  • Cook a bigger batch of food on the weekends, and refrigerate or freeze for weekday lunches or dinners.
  • Set an alarm for mealtimes. Even if you’re buried in work, don’t skip meals; designate a time to eat.
  • Try not to do anything else while eating. Mindless consumption prevents the enjoyment of food. When that happens, people tend to eat more and eat unhealthy alternatives.
  • Put fresh or dried fruit where you can see it to remind yourself of your goal to eat healthy. Bananas, grapes, and apples make handy and nutritious snack items.
  • If at a restaurant, turn down the supersize option, and choose baked and broiled instead of fried.
  • Order the lunch portion at dinnertime, and hold off on fatty condiments.
  • Keep handy snacks around, such as fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, trail mix, yogurt, cottage cheese, carrot or celery sticks, low sugar cereals,  and wraps

Eggs are by far the fastest cooking protein you can get. Scrambling 2-3 eggs takes about 2 minutes. Sauté some spinach with a little garlic, or add some diced ham and cheese, and you have a healthy homemade meal in less than 10 minutes. This works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Hard boil eggs take about 10 minutes. Boil extra, peel and place in Ziplocs and carry

Protein Smoothies...Quick, Versatile and Portable Meal in a Minute

with you for a quick protein snack or for breakfast on the run the next day.

Fresh fruit protein smoothies are also quick, nutritious and satisfying. They are so versatile… almost anything goes. And they travel well. 1 scoop of  Whey adds approximately 25-30grms of muscle building protein for satiability.  I recommend buying one of the many personal blenders on the market like the Ninja or Magic Bullet.  Mix and go, in under 2 minutes.

Planning healthy meals and snacks ahead of time is especially crucial for people with junk food cravings.  If you must have junk food, give the healthier alternatives, such as baked chips, dried fruit, or sugar-free Popsicles a try. Look for low-calorie, low-sugar, and low-fat options.

In place of chips, try light popcorn, whole grain crackers, carrot sticks, red peppers, and rice cakes.

For the sweet tooth, sugar-free pudding, sugar-free Jell-O, fruit bars, baked apple, fresh fruits, and dried fruits are options.

If you put your mind to it, you can come up with your own ideas for eating well with little cooking. It’s just a matter of wanting to find solutions.

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Shaking Things up with ViSalus.
Shari

by on Sep.04, 2010, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, MISC., Recipes, Supplementation, Weight Loss, Whey Protein Recipes

“The Vi-Shape Shake is Fast Food made Healthy”.

It surprises people to find out that healthy protein shakes actually can taste great, fill you up, help you lose weight, maintain lean muscle, all while providing your body the nutrition it needs.

ViSalus products simply work! As a natural athlete, optimal nutrition is very important in my life.  With the Vi-shape mix and entire ViSalus product line, me & my clients are getting the proper fuel needed for our systems to heal itself and function at peak level.   The Bodybyvi challenge allows each person to decide for themselves what their personal health goal will be.  With so many meal replacement and supplement companies to choose from, I chose to promote ViSalus not only for their scientifically advanced nutrition but the companies genuine desire to help people change their lives.

ViSalus Health Sciences Vi-Shape mix offers the ultimate in flavor, fun and convenience when it comes to meal replacements. It also provides the nutrients that you just can’t get from your average diet alone.  The Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake includes a unique, concentrated and highly absorbable blend of proteins called Tri-sorb protein. What makes this blend special is it contains the highest quality whey available, (whey hydrosolate along with whey protein isolate) and non GMO soy with the isoflavones removed. The tri-sorb protein is the fastest absorbed and utilized form of protein available. It has been processed to remove fat, lactose, carbohydrates and isoflavones to provide the most pure concentrated protein.

In addition to the ultra-high-quality blend of protein, the shape mix formula includes fibersol, which helps to keep you feeling full without gas, pre-biotics, aminogen to help with nutrient absorption plus 23 vitamins and minerals along with other ingredients to help you burn fat.

Nutrition Information: (per 2 scoops of shape mix)

* Total Calories: 90                                                            

* Total Fat: 1 g
* Total Cholesterol: 15 mg
* Total Sodium: 75 mg
* Total Carbohydrates: 7g
* Total Dietary Fiber: 5 g
* Total Sugars: <1 g
* Total Protein: 12 g

The cost for a 30 serving supply is $49 month (less than $60 with tax/shipping). This equates to $2 per meal, a significant savings over what you are currently spending on a less nutritious meal right now. ViSalus has a referral program for customers as well.  AND, when you refer 3 customers to buy the Vi-shake mix, you get yours free the next month.
ViSalus Nutrition Shake mix is known for its superior nutrition profile but it is also the MOST customizable to your taste preferences. The base is a sweat cream flavor, (tastes like cake mix) which you can enjoy as is but you can easily change the flavor by adding fruits, juices, yogurt, cocoa, peanut butter, coffee….

Vi-Shakes... Easy to make meal in a minute.

Vi-Shakes... Easy to make meal in a minute.

With that said, here are just a few mix-in ideas.  Please feel free to share your recipes and ideas too.

To two scoops of the ViSalus Shape mix add one or any combination of the following:  Feel free to be creative and experiment with flavor combinations!!

Milk, Soy, Almond,  or low fat chocolate.

Coffee, iced

Fruit Juices (orange, pineapple, cranberry) – * use lower sugar versions

Fresh or frozen fruits or applesauce.  (Peaches, berries, Mangos, Bananas)

Yogurt.  (Again,use no sugar added or lower sugar versions)  These come in a multitude of flavors.  1/2 container to one shake adds just the right consistency and flavor.

Peanut or Almond Butter (1 heaping Tablespoon)

Cocoa – Hershey’s baking cocoa or sugarfree syrup works and tastes YUMMY!

A couple of personal favorite’s of our are:   Chocolate & Peanut butter,  Banana & Peanut Butter,  Strawberries & Bananas, Key lime yogurt, fresh lime and almond milk, Orange Juice, Mango and peach,  Orange juice and almond milk (Dreamsicle), iced coffee, almond milk and creamer (latte)…. etc. etc…

What are your favorites?

For more information about ViSalus or the bodybyvi challenge, or to place an order please message me or visit the link provided:

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http://sharipronatural.bodybyvi.com

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Balance, Shape, or Transform your Life.
Shari

by on May.18, 2010, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Motivation, Supplementation, Weight Loss

Every now and again a product line crosses my path that makes me take pause. And ALOT of products cross my path.  Visalus and Body by Vi Challenge made me stop…look…. believe.

Weight loss and nutrition programs are plentiful, over rated and most often over priced.   If you need help getting all of your nutrition needs met each and every day and are serious about achieving your health or weight loss goals at a price that is truly affordable… please read on.  And after you read this brief overview, feel free to contact me with any questions  here or at www.sharipronatural.bodybyvi.com/ .

Join the 90 day challenge and change your health...maybe your life!

Join the 90 day challenge and change your health...maybe your life!

THIS STUFF IS THAT GOOD!  ViSalus Science delivers quality nutrition AND real results!

What is Body by Vi?
ViSalus Body by Vi is an innovative solution to getting into better shape, no matter if you want to slim down, tone up or build muscle. Combining unique and life transforming products along with online and offline support tools, no other program is as comprehensive, or as easy!

No one else can offer the same comprehensive program that includes a simple nutritional program with recipes, menu plans, exercise videos and programs, and online community support. If you’d rather not get weighed in public, eat expensive foods, or watch endless exercise videos that aren’t targeted to your specific needs, then this is the program for you

The Science

ViSalus Sciences is committed to offering the highest quality health and wellness products, delivered with the assurance to uphold maximum safety and quality standards. We believe that science and research are the foundation on which we can satisfy our consumers’ needs for better nutrition. Our Scientific Advisory Board is dedicated to creating innovative, science-based nutraceuticals, backed by rigorous research to ensure you get the greatest nutritional health and wellness benefits for your everyday lifestyle.

Body By Vi.   Quality Nutrition Supplements... to your door.

Body By Vi. Quality Nutrition Supplements... to your door.

ViSalus Sciences® Body by Vi™ – 90 Day Challenge

The Body by Vi™ Challenge is not another fad diet. The program is based on nutrition that helps you burn fat and keep lean muscle, boosts your metabolism and helps control hunger.  The patented ingredients and formulas help you achieve your goals, on your terms with guaranteed results. Included in our program are nutrition guides, fitness tips and plans, and downloadable tracking tools.

The ViSalus Sciences Body by Vi Challenge is geared to help you reach your goals, no matter what they are. From simply losing a few pounds, to getting fit and toned, we have the tools, the products, and the community of supportive people to celebrate your success. The Body by Vi program is easy, fun, and guarantees results.

The program is based on nutrition that helps you burn fat and keep lean muscle, boosts your metabolism and helps control hunger. The patented ingredients and formulas help you achieve your goals, on your terms with guaranteed results. Included in our program are nutrition guides, fitness tips and plans, and downloadable tracking tools.

ViSalus offers a line of innovative wellness products developed by a world class Scientific Advisory Board and backed by some of the most advanced scientific technology available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Submit your questions or place orders directly at:

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WHY PROTEIN?
Shari

by on Dec.09, 2009, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Natural Bodybuilding

Protein is a critical part of a healthy diet, and eating the right amount helps with everything from higher energy to stronger muscles.

The trick is knowing the healthiest sources of protein and the right amounts for your body. Every cell in our body needs protein to carry out all metabolisms that sustain us. Our nerves, tissues, bones all are made up of proteins,. Proteins play all sorts of roles in maintaining our health and functionality.

  • Build Muscle. Since you need protein to build muscle, eating enough protein ensures your body has what it needs to build new one.
  • Maintain Muscle. Getting your body the protein it needs will improve muscle recovery and prevent muscle breakdown from exercising.

    Assorted fast, slow, and timed released blended proteins available in many flavors.

  • Fat Loss. Protein has the highest thermogenic effect, which means your body burns more calories digesting proteins than carbs or fat.

Eating protein rich foods with each meal helps reduce the appetite, plus the body uses energy to convert protein to carbohydrates.

If too much protein is consumed regularly, it can be converted to fat and stored, the same as carbohydrates can be converted for fat storage. However, protein contains Nitrogen, an important chemical essential for the production of antibodies, so the body prefers to hold onto this Nitrogen. Therefore, protein is more likely to be converted to carbohydrates rather than fat. These complex chemical reactions use up extra energy and help us burn more calories at rest!


So How Much Protein Does a Person Need?
The United States RDA is 0.4g/lbs. This is only about 80g protein per day for a 200 lb person. But this recommendation is based on studies done on non-active, sedentary people.

For those who train regularly and want to build or maintain lean mass while trimming fat, the recommendation is .8 – 1 gram protein per pound of body-weight per day. That equates to 160-200g daily protein for a 200lb individual. This amount can be easily reached by eating frequently and including a whole protein source with each meal.


Best Sources of Protein

It is important to vary your protein sources to get the full range of amino acids and nutrients from your foods. Here are some of the best & most popular protein-rich foods.

Seafood

Seafood is one of the best sources of protein because it’s usually low in fat. Salmon contains more fat but it is the heart-healthy kind: omega-3 fatty acids.

White-Meat Poultry (Chicken & Turkey)

Stick to the white meat of poultry for excellent, lean protein. Dark meat is higher in fat. The skin is loaded with saturated fat, so remove skin before cooking.


Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt, Cottage Cheese

Not only are dairy foods — like milk, cheese, and yogurt — excellent sources of protein but they also contain valuable calcium. Choose skim or low fat dairy to keep bones and teeth strong, prevent osteoporosis, and enhance weight loss.

Eggs (Egg Whites)

Eggs are one of the least expensive forms of protein. One egg white is just 16 calories and has 3 grams of protein. One whole egg is about 75 calories, has double the protein and 5 grams of fat and 22 mg of cholesterol. To cut back on calories , fat and cholesterol, try using one whole egg to every two whites.

Beans

One-half cup of beans contains as much protein as three ounces of broiled steak. Plus, they are loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full for hours.

Pork Tenderloin

This great and versatile white meat is 31% leaner than 20 years ago.

Soy

Twenty five grams of soy protein daily can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Combine soy protein foods like tofu with a healthy low fat diet.

Lean Beef

Lean beef has only one more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast. Lean beef is also an excellent source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12.

Protein on the Go

Grab a meal replacement drink, cereal bar, or energy bar. Whey protein shakes supply 30 or more grams of protein per serving. Check the label to be sure the product contains at least six grams of protein, and is low in sugar and fat.

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