This holiday season is bound to be filled with family, fun and oh yes--temptations! There is nothing more challenging than eating well when tradition and family have something else on the menu. Whether you're in the middle of a Discover Optimal Wellness program, or just looking to get started, these tips will help with your holiday well-being.
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It's time to load up on candy so you can hand out lots and lots of sugar to all the neighborhood kids!
Halloween is one of few holidays that centers around celebrating with complete strangers. This is a great time to show your neighbors that you value health--and you value their health, too!
What can you do to help your neighborhood Discover Optimal Wellness?
Hand out fun toys and prizes instead of candy or food.
After going from house to house and getting one piece of candy after another, your house will be the highlight of the evening. Trust us, kids are not as crazy over candy as we are led to believe. They will be more excited about any of the following:
But this is an age-old tradition. I don't want to be the bummer on the block.
Consider that more and more children are suffering from Diabetes and are allergic to Halloween treats and cannot participate in the fun tradition of trick or treating. You can offer these kids a reason to be excited on this holiday.
Maybe I should just turn off my lights and watch a movie.
Health and wellness is not just for you; it's for our whole community. It takes each one of us to do things a little differently in order to experience a shift in perception, and an improvement in our health. Take the next few weeks to brainstorm, purchase or create fun candy alternatives. Include your children in this process; show them how much you value being healthy, and how fun it can be!
What about my kids? Should I keep them home that night?
Being healthy is FUN. We don't recommend that you let your children associate being healthy with missing out on the excitement. Here's one idea for turning the traditional fun into your own healthy version:
As your kids are putting their capes and crowns on, let them know that the Halloween Monster is in town and is really HUNGRY for sugar. He is willing to make a trade. He has toys for candy. He will offer one toy for every 10 pieces of candy (adjust the numbers according to your neighborhood!). When your kids return have them count out their candy, and then let the wheeling and dealing begin! Put the toys into a bag and let your kids reach in the bag (without looking) to claim their winnings. This will build the excitement and anticipation and make the toys seem much more special than the candy.
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Sweet Rewards: Cracking the Code of the Cupcake Culture
From an early age we are taught that sugar is related to good behavior and good times. Cake is held hostage until we finish our greens. Special occasions on the calendar dictate if we may indulge in candy. And suddenly the good behavior and the good times become so frequent that eating healthy is a punishment to be reserved only for a chaste time of cleansing and detox.
Our American culture is hooked on sugar. Not wanting to be alone in our addiction, we pass it on to our children, we share it with our co-workers, and we make sure our spouse is right there next to us with every slice of pie and every drink of soda. We make excuses and exceptions for our behaviors, and everyone nods in agreement.
We claim that we ate that way as kids, and it didn't hurt us--forgetting the United States suffers from an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes.
Legislation has been passed, mandating that children eat better at school; and yet the federally subsidized breakfast and lunch program is still packed with empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup.
We are a society at risk.
Sugaraholics Take-A-Step Program
Admit there's a problem. On a piece of paper brainstorm with your family or co-workers about all the different opportunities you have each day or each week to partake in sugar.
This list should get you started!
Stage an intervention:
Start with yourself (that is the only person you can really change). What changes are you willing to make? Start small.
It's almost impossible to cut out habits or foods. Focus instead on replacing bad with good:
Start replacing feelings, too.
Notice the excitement that you have for a frappucino. Could you also have that excitement for a smoothie?
We are trained at Discover Optimal Wellness to work through the addiction with you! If the thought of eating vegetables makes you truly grumpy you will benefit greatly from our program. Your body quite possibly cannot process vegetables yet. We need to take careful steps to restore your organs so that you can enjoy these vitamin-packed treats. And your mind may need some work, too! Too many memories of being forced to eat terrible green beans? Ugh! We can help!
Thank you for showing interest in discovering your optimal wellness. I’m Susan Hood, your wellness coach, and creator of the Discover Optimal Wellness program. I will be your guide through this lifestyle shift towards your optimal wellness found in this easy to follow program.
The Discover Optimal Wellness program evolved over the years from my experiences of working with other programs, coaching hundreds of clients, and discovering how food plays a major role in how you look and feel.
Before sharing the 5 Key Elements to the Discover Optimal Wellness program, I would like you to hear firsthand from some that have discovered it themselves.
Testimonial: Kimberly Shore: Discover Optimal Wellness Client
Before the Discover Optimal Wellness program I was 173, and I had no energy, I was sick a lot, it took everything I had just to get up to go get stuff done during the day. My clothes where too tight all the time, I was uncomfortable, I was bloated a lot.
What I discovered during the program was that I was a sugar addict. I definitely have a gluten intolerance. What I discovered was that I did not have any acid reflux. Which was wonderful for me, it would strike me every few weeks and I would take my pill and I would be fine for a while, and with the program I didn’t have any occurrence of acid reflux. I didn’t have any bloating. I had no flatulence. I noticed clothes were fitting me looser and my energy levels have started to really, really, increase. I feel more positive. I went to the doctor here just recently and she has dropped back my depression medicine. We are dropping back my blood pressure medicine, and then after the thyroid check, we will see about that. So I feel like I am on the road to being off of these prescriptions because I feel as if you’re in your optimal health you don’t need these prescriptions.
I am just continuing on learning new ways to eat wonderful fresh, clean, green foods. I am going to continue. I have a goal and be my tiny little self again.
Testimonial: Susan Hood: Program graduate
Before the Discover Optimal Wellness program:
· I weighed 158 lbs;
· I was wearing size 14 pants with a “muffin top” (really a size 16 in denial);
· I was suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Acid Reflux;
· My cholesterol was 199 and my doctor wanted me to start medications;
· I was experiencing hot flashes;
· I had frequent colds and sinus infections;
· I felt run down and lacked energy all the time.
During the Discover Optimal Wellness program I found how foods could determine how I looked and felt. I started getting my energy back, and I started shedding the pounds.
After the Discover Optimal Wellness program my weight was down 8 lbs and 2.5 inches around my waist smaller. I was wearing a size 12. My irritable bowel syndrome and my acid reflux had disappeared. I had more energy than ever thought I could have.
While continuing with the 5 Key Elements of the Discover Optimal Wellness program, I lost a total of 41 lbs and 10.5 inches around my waistline. My 14’s went down to a size 4 and all my medical issues went away.
Testimonial: Dr. Jack: Family First Chiropractic and Discover Optimal Wellness Client
My life before the program basically came from a place where I understood nutrition and the affects of food on us pretty well with my training. I wanted to try it out for myself and I actually paid for my whole team in the office to go through the program to experience it so we could speak from firsthand knowledge.
What I discovered during the program was that really food is highly effective at changing your mood, changing the way you feel, the energy you have. And really paying attention to it over the weeks helped me understand, on even a higher level, how food interacted with my body and my energy levels. How I felt in the mornings, throughout the day, at the end of the day. I was really impressed with all the features of the program in that it addressed detoxification, the cleansing aspect and then also the relationship that people learn with food.
So the results after the program were numerous: Higher energy level; Weight loss; It was easy and nutritious.
On a professional level, the take away is the confidence in referring patience’s to this program to tell them about it and say look this is what you should expect to get from this program and it is going to be worth for you, valuable, and could change your life.
Let me share the 5 Key Elements: RE3D® of the Discover Optimal Wellness program:
· Reducing Sugar
· Eating Unprocessed Foods
· Eating Vegetables
· Enhancing Detoxification and Digestion
· Discovering Hidden Food Intolerances
As you can see the Discover Optimal Wellness Program does work and holds the potential to turn your own life around. So get started now, REGISTER and receive lifetime access to program materials.
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