Fitness, Health

7 Tips for a Balanced Diet

More and more people realize that a good diet should be balanced. Apples, bananas and salad – they are all very healthy, but also boring. The goal should not be to eat only fruits, but to make your diet complete and varied. We have looked more closely at the question of what constitutes a healthy diet. In this short article, you will discover seven points which you should consider in a balanced diet.

1. Versatility

Say goodbye to the notion that certain foods are prohibited. Consuming the full variety of foods is a good idea as long as you pay attention to their nutrients and energy content. Your choice should consist of an appropriate quantity and combination of nutrient-rich and low-energy foods. If possible, you should not eat too many pre-prepared foods or fast food.

2. Cereal products

Bread, noodles, potatoes and rice are indispensable to our diet. And that is also good, because they are rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals. If they are made of whole grain, it is all the better. It is best to combine these foods with low-fat ingredients.

3. Vegetables and fruit

You have probably heard that many nutrition centers recommend eating 3 servings of veggies and 2 servings of fruit every day. What exactly you eat is left to your preference. A serving can also be a glass of freshly squeezed juice. A good rule of thumb is to eat a portion of fruit or vegetables at each meal. So you have the food of the five portions easily integrated into your daily routine.

4. Meat

Fish contains many valuable nutrients and is, therefore, perfect in terms of meat. If you still prefer a different kind of meat, we recommend lean pieces of poultry, pork, veal or beef.

5. Less fat

Stick to vegetable oils and fats. Keep in mind that fat is often included in many other products. A total of 60-80 grams of fat per day is sufficient.

6. Movement

Good food is often not enough. It is necessary that you move regularly. The recommendation is 30 to 60 minutes of sports per day. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk short distances on foot or ride a bike – all of this will help you, while, at the same time, protecting the environment.

7. Lots of water

And above all is water. Drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day will cover your bodily needs. Very sugary drinks promote weight gain in the long term and should be avoided. Alcohol should not be consumed excessively.

Fitness, Health, Recipes

Ningxia Red – The Best Antioxidant Supplement

Everyone is saying that you should eat a diet high in antioxidants. The easiest way to do that… NingXia Red. This class will cover all the amazing benefits of Ningxia Red and give you tips, tricks, and recipes for making it a part of your family’s daily regimen.

place of origin

Residents of the Ningxia region of northern China, where the wolfberry grows, have been enjoying the incredible wellness-supporting benefits of the wolfberry that grows in the area for thousands of years.

Luckily we get to use them in our NingXia Red products due to the amazing relationship Gary Young built with the people there. After discovering Ningxia wolfberries to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, Gary became convinced that this superfruit needed to be made available to the world. This is how our beloved Ningxia Red was born.

quality matters

Young Living has a Seed to Seal promise that ensures you are getting the best oils and products sent to your home.

  • Their farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.
  • They select the strongest seeds from strong thriving plants.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They harvest at peak times to ensure quality oils.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

All of these factors make a huge difference in quality and effectiveness! You can trust what you’re buying!

Check out more info on their Seed to Seal promise HERE!

ningxia for breakfast

NingXia Red is 25% NingXia Wolfberry puree. The puree includes the juice, pulp, and peel of the plant, which contains vitamins and minerals such as Vit C, Vit A, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, riboflavin (B2) and more. The puree also allows you to get fiber and protein. You need all of these things to maintain health.

A smoothie is a great way to start your morning. It’s quick, easy to grab on- the-go, and tasty!

Here are two ways to make sure your breakfast smoothie is complete.

  1. Add 1-2 ounces of NingXia Red.
  2. Add two scoops of Young Living’s Protein Complete powder to make it a “complete” meal with 25g of protein!

smoothie recipes

Banana-Berry Protein Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein complete
  • 2-oz. NingXia Red
  • 3-oz. Orange Juice

PB&J Smoothie

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 T almond butter
  • 1/2 T ground cinnamon
  • 8-oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-oz. NingXia Red juice

Green Goddess Smoothie

  • 2-oz NingXia Red
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 banana (peeled)
  • 1 mandarin orange (peeled)
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 2 tablespoons plain or greek yogurt (optional)

ningxia red shots

NingXia Red tastes so good you can drink it straight up as a shot! If you have one of individual packets, you can just grab-and-go. If you have a bottle, pour yourself a shot (or a double) and take ‘er down!

In addition to the beneficial vitamins and minerals mentioned before, NingXia wolfberry contains a ton of amino acids including the essential amino acids L-arginine and L-glutamine. The combo of these two offers many health benefits. A quick google search and you can see for yourself! Sure you can eat some shiitake mushrooms to get your L-arginine, but wouldn’t you rather take a shot of NingXia Red with a yummy berry taste? And just to be clear, NingXia Red has more L-arginine than shiitake mushrooms!

PRO TIP

Add a drop of your favorite oils from the Vitality line to your NR shot… Thieves Vitality, Copaiba Vitality, Orange Vitality and Frankincense Vitality are among our member’s top picks!

OIL-INFUSED SHOTS

  • IMMUNITY: 1-oz. NingXia Red + 1 drop Thieves Vitality, 1 drop Copaiba Vitality
  • ENERGY: 1-oz. NingXia Red + 1 drop Peppermint Vitality, 1 drop Orange Vitality
  • WEIGHTLESS: 1-oz. NingXia Red + 1 drop Grapefruit Vitality

ningxia bomb

Take your NingXia Red after lunch! If you ever feel that post-lunch slump, you can mix up this NingXia Bomb that will give you a ton of energy for the rest of the day.

NingXia Bomb

  • 1 can of NingXia Zyng
  • 1 packet of NingXia NITRO
  • 1-2 oz. NingXia Red

Mix these three ingredients into a glass with ice, stir, and enjoy!

NingXia NITRO is 20ml of healthy, natural ingredients that support your health and keep you focused. With naturally occurring caffeine, it will help you stay energized without the crash. NingXia Zyng is a light, sparkling beverage with 35 mg of naturally occurring caffeine and only 35 calories! You can always enjoy these individually, but together they are magic!

Fun Fact

The NingXia Wolfberry is also a complex carbohydrate, which means your blood sugar will rise slowly, reducing the risk of a sugar crash afterward. This is one reason why this energy drink is a much better alternative than conventional gas-station energy drinks that are filled with junk and catapult you into a sugar high and end with a post-sugar crash.

make it fancy!

NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support normal eye health and your immune system. It contains plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, plus Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils. These ingredients make NingXia Red a guilt-free fun drink. How awesome is it that you can support your health while you drink a fun mocktail?

Berry Mimosa Mocktail

  1. Mix 1-oz. NingXia Red
  2. 1-oz. sparkling water
  3. Top off your champagne glass with Orange Juice & enjoy!

Sparkling NingXia Red Mocktail

  1. Muddle a few berries in the bottom of a champagne glass
  2. Add sparkling water and 2-oz. of NingXia Red.

NingXia Red Sangria

  1. Combine equal parts red wine and NingXia Red
  2. Top with sparkling water and your favorite fruit!

PRO TIP

Grab a NingXia Packet and take it with you to your favorite restaurant. Add your NingXia Red packet to your favorite beverage!

ningxia red dessert

Having an antioxidant-rich diet is REALLY good for your health. Thankfully, NingXia Red is insanely high in antioxidants. NingXia wolfberries are one of the fruits highest on the ORAC scale, which measures antioxidant levels. Just a few ounces a day of NingXia Red will give your body the antioxidants it needs. The best part is that it tastes GREAT!

Make a quick & easy popsicle by tossing a NingXia Red packet into the freezer! Once frozen, cut the top off and eat it like a push-pop.

Another easy option is to take your favorite smoothie recipe, add your NingXia Red, and pour it into popsicle molds. Kids love making these… and eating them!

NingXia Red Popsicles

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup spinach or another vegetable (optional)
  • 6-oz of NingXia Red (or 4-oz. NR and 2-oz. orange juice)

Adjust quantities based on personal preference. Drop a few unblended berries into each mold to add some fun fruit texture.

Note: blueberries will turn the popsicles a very dark color and spinach will turn it brown.

not a member yet?

Get started with Young Living by picking out your Starter Kit! You can pick from the the NingXia Red Kit, the Premium Oils Kit, the Thieves Kit, a Savvy Minerals Makeup Kit… OR you can choose the Basic Kit and add on all the supplements you want to create a personalized kit! Since this entire class is all about NingXia Red you might want to grab the NingXia Red Starter Kit!

The NingXia Red Starter Kit is $170 (100 PV) and comes with the following products:

  • Lifetime Membership
  • NingXia Red 2-pack bottles
  • 30 NingXia Red Singles (2 fl. oz. ea.)
  • NingXia Nitro
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

As mentioned, you will automatically get a LIFETIME membership with Young Living!! That means you can forever take advantage of the 24% discount! You will also have access to our private Facebook communities where we offer support, encouragement, and a place for you to ask questions! You will even have the ability to refer your friends for cash!

Pick out your Starter Kit … HERE!

When joining ER, you will also receive ER points back (10% in months 1-3, 20% in months 4-24, 25% thereafter) and gifts at month 3, 6, 9, & 12 for being a loyal ER member. Your Starter Kit can NOW count as your first Essential Rewards order! That means you can earn 10% back in points right away! You can cancel ER anytime with no penalty or fee. For more info on Essential Rewards go HERE

already a member?

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Try the NingXia Red Essential Rewards Kit! It comes with FOUR bottles of NingXia Red and 30 2-oz. packets of NingXia Red. You will save about $38 when you purchase it this way!

If you want FREE SHIPPING you can also join the YL GO or YL GO+ free shipping subscription as an Essential Rewards member.

  • YL GO includes 12 months of shipping to cover your ER orders.
  • YL GO+ covers 12 ER orders and 24 Quick Orders. The Quick Order credits come in handy when you run out of something, need to order a last-minute gift, or want to take advantage of a pop-up sale.

You also get 2-4 day shipping AND if you need to overnight something, it’s only $10!

a recap

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Fitness, Health

7 Tips to Eat Less and Lose Weight Faster

Food cravings make life difficult – just when we have planned to lose weight, we seem to feel the urge to take a look at the fridge. In simple activities, we place some snacks before us, and bang – the chips bag is suddenly empty. Time for a little self-control!

If you want to take food more consciously and, thereby, lose weight, you should learn to curb your appetite and eat less. This does not mean that you are going to suffer from feeling hungry, but that you will simply change small habits in your everyday life. With the next 7 tips, it won’t be so hard to eat less.

1. Do not go shopping hungry

You have heard this tip many times because it makes sense. In a hungry state, our body thirsts for all things that are tasty and, unfortunately, this is not limited to our favorite biscuits or vegetables. So just go to the supermarket to get only the most needed items (best with a shopping list).

2. Eat smaller portions

If there is a lot of food on our plate, we feel compelled to eat everything, especially when it is particularly delicious. In order to eat less, you only have to get smaller portions – try not to cheat!

3. Do not eat in front of the TV

Even as children, mom often left us with a delicious snack in front of the TV, and, as adults, we continue this tradition. It is so convenient to watch your favorite series with food on your lap. Unfortunately, this is a mistake, because, when we eat in front of the TV, our brain focuses mainly on what we see and hardly perceives what we eat. The sensation of saturation occurs much later. So, when you eat, concentrate on your meal only.

4. Eat more fiber

Foods with a lot of dietary fiber do not only fill you up faster, but are also good for digestion. Nuts, whole-grain products or legumes are good snacks, just like fruits and vegetables, in order to combat the heat of starvation and, thus, to eat less. However, be careful not to overdo it with these foods, because, otherwise, constipation may occur.

5. Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets

This tip is self-explanatory. Fully packed tables, which present us with endlessly many delicious dishes definitely looks so tempting. Although such buffets can save money, they are not at all useful for our purposes.

6. Avoid food containing flavor enhancers

Products that contain flavor enhancers such as glutamate (E 621) or inosinate (E 630) stimulate the appetite a lot. That’s why we want to keep eating. So, when shopping, do not buy products where taste enhancers are listed in the ingredients list.

7. Chew more consciously

Do not cut your food down, but chew it more intensely and slower. By soaking the food with enough saliva, you can ensure good digestion, and the nutrients will be absorbed more easily. In addition, a feeling of saturation becomes faster and you eat less – faster weight loss guaranteed.

With a little discipline, you can easily change your eating and shopping habits. Eating less and more deliberately, that is what matters. This way, you can definitely lose weight without having to give up too much.

Fitness, Health

Weight Management Protocol – Slique

Young Living’s powerful line of Slique weight-management products can help you achieve amazing results! As you begin to incorporate Slique into your diet, shift your mindset, make better choices, and start to move (a.k.a. exercise), you’ll be able to maximize your efforts and discover a slimmer you. Let’s go!

Quality Matters

From essential oils to weight management supplements, quality matters! When you shop with Young Living you are getting quality products backed by a ‘Seed to Seal’ guarantee that you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect that Young Living will provide you with only the BEST!

  • plant material that is grown on corporately-owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms (that you CAN visit!)
  • sustainable farming and sourcing practices, providing the purest oil
  • great care taken to preserve and protect natural resources
  • hand-weeded fields and ZERO use of pesticides
  • oils that retain all their natural constituents and therapeutic properties
  • use of food-grade distillers with state-of- the-art design and distillation methods
  • low pressure and low temperature distillation, without the use of solvents or synthetic chemicals
  • rigorous testing on each batch by internal labs and third-party facilities
  • oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part… if these products do not meet their high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled or packaged as a Young Living product. Now that’s amazing!!

Mind Over Matter

Before we dive into the products, we must talk about mindset. When you start on a journey to better health, it is uber important that the thoughts you think and the words you speak line up with the outcome you wish to achieve.

If you are like me, you probably have said “I need to lose weight” time and time again. What I didn’t realize was that when you speak of something being ‘lost’, the mind automatically begins to search for ways to find what is ‘lost’. I don’t know about you, but I definitely DON’T want my mind looking for ways to find weight!

When you use the words ‘want’ or ‘need’, it signifies lack or being without. It speaks to limitation and not having a choice. But you DO have a choice! Every decision, every change begins with a choice. You will feel more empowered, more in control, and more equipped to tackle this lifestyle change when you make the CHOICE to do it and you start consciously shifting your thoughts and words.

Repeat after me:

“I choose to make better choices.”

“I have the ability to take care of my body.”

“I deserve to be healthy!”

Can you feel the shift in energy?

Slique

Now that you have made the CHOICE to better your health, let’s take a look at some tools that will make this journey easier. Young Living’s Slique line can help you manage your weight, create feelings of satiety, and provide nutritional support when combined with proper diet and exercise.

A ‘Slique in 60 Satisfaction Guarantee’ is even available for Slique Kits. If you’re unsatisfied at the end of the trial period, Young Living will give you a product credit equal to the amount of your purchase. That’s incredible! For full details on the guarantee, click here.

*For most Slique products: if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

Slique Essence

Now let’s take a closer look at the individual products within the Slique line. Slique Essence is a blend that contains Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, Spearmint, and Ocotea. These all work together to help control hunger. #praisehands

Slique Essence can be used as a tasty addition to a hot cup of Slique Tea or as an extra splash of flavor in your water (which you should be drinking plenty of!). The addition of Spearmint can also aid in digestion, while the stevia gives it a hint of sweetness without the calories. #winwin

Usage: Add 2-4 drops to 4-6 oz. of your favorite beverage, Slique Tea, or water. Use as needed throughout the day whenever hungry.

Slique Shake

This vegan-friendly meal replacement shake is formulated with Slique Essence (the blend we just talked about), making it very satisfying so you won’t reach for that chocolate bar later in the day. The high protein content also helps maintain lean muscle mass.

Slique Shake’s berry flavor is delicious mixed with almond milk or fruit (in a smoothie). It contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Instead, Slique Shake is naturally sweetened with Stevia, organic coconut palm sugar, wolfberries, and strawberries. The formula also includes pea protein, quinoa, wolfberry, pumpkin seed protein, and alfalfa grass juice, making it an excellent source of dietary fiber and extra tasty! Slique Shake also includes a fruit and vegetable blend that provides essential vitamins and minerals that many meal replacement options don’t offer.

Usage: Just replace a meal every day with one shake! Easy enough, right?

Try this recipe!

  • 12 oz. almond milk
  • 1 handful of hulled strawberries
  • 1/2 small banana
  • Fresh mint or a drop of Spearmint/ Peppermint Vitality
  • 1 Slique Shake packet

Blend until thoroughly combined and enjoy!

Slique CitraSlim Capsules

Slique CitraSlim is an all-natural formula that includes a proprietary citrus extract blend, which some studies suggest may help support the body in burning excess fat when used in conjunction with a healthy weight-management plan. This polyphenolic mixture of flavonoids offers powerful antioxidants that are touted for their health benefits. This blend may also support the release of free fatty acids, which help break down fat.*

Bottom line: These natural ingredients all work with your body to achieve healthy weight management, burn excess fat, increase antioxidant activity, support energy levels, and boost your metabolism. Yes please!

Slique CitraSlim features a two-capsule formulation in a convenient dual-serving daily sachet.

  • Once-Daily Liquid Capsule: The liquid capsule delivers pomegranate seed oil, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, and Idaho Balsam Fir essential oils. This blend is high in citral, which is a constituent that may increase metabolic activity.*
  • Powder Capsules: Three power-packed powder capsules contain a proprietary citrus extract blend, cinnamon powder, bitter orange extract, feungreek seed, ocotea leaf extract, and a customized blend of enzymes and four essential oils: Ocotea, Cassia, Spearmint, and Fennel.

Usage: Consume 2 powder capsules in the morning with 8 ounces of water. Consume 1 powder and 1 liquid capsule with 8 ounces of water in the afternoon, before 3 p.m. If you miss taking your capsules in the morning, you may take all 4 capsules together in the afternoon, before 3 p.m.

Sounds amazing right? Learn even more about this gem here.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.

Slique Tea

Slique Tea is yummy!! If you haven’t tried it yet — you need to! Just imagine sipping on an exotic drink made from jade oolong tea, Ecuadorian cacao powder, and Sacred Frankincense powder! Oh my goodness, that sounds like a drink fit for royalty. Well, adjust your crown, my friend, because it can be yours.

Slique Tea is a great alternative to sugary drinks and sodas thanks to its natural ingredients that help support individual weight goals. The jade oolong tea leaves are handpicked from the high mountain regions of Taiwan, and are sought after for their rich aroma and powerful antioxidant content. The Ocotea leaf was traditionally used by natives for health and wellness. This unique blend is then enhanced with Sacred Frankincense powder…. and you know what Frankincense can do, right? If not — look it up! This drink is delicious hot or cold when you start to crave something naughty.

Usage: Bring 8 ounces of water to a rolling boil, let cool for 3½ minutes. Place one pouch in a cup, mug, or filter and add water. Steep for at least 3 minutes. Add your favorite Young Living Vitality essential oils as desired. Use daily before and after workouts, with meals, or any time you need a natural boost. Contains naturally occurring caffeine and tea antioxidants.

Slique Bars

Finally, a healthy low-calorie snack that actually tastes good! Slique Bars have a medley of exotic fruits and nuts that can help you feel fuller longer, moderate unhealthy cravings, and provide healthy calories and essential nutrition.

These bars come in Tropical Berry Crunch (only 140 calories) and Chocolate-Coated Tropical Berry Crunch (only 150 calories). Any chocolate lovers out there?

Usage: Consume before or between meals with 12 ounces of water to help control hunger. Individuals who may be sensitive to high-fiber diets should exercise care when consuming more than 2 bars daily.

Allergens: Contains baru nuts, almonds, coconut, and soy. Manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts, peanuts, soy, milk, and eggs. Contains bee product.

Slique Gum

Did you know that ancient travelers throughout the Middle East used raw frankincense resin for its nutritional content and ability to help control hunger? Slique Gum offers those same benefits in a modern-day form to help control food cravings and improve oral health. Cool, huh?

The natural sweeteners and the act of chewing can help alleviate snack cravings. The Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils also help to freshen your breath. #LearnSomethingNewEveryDay

Slique Gum is certainly different from the typical ‘gum’ purchased at the store but it’s a great way to curb those cravings!

Usage: Chew one tablet before or after meals.

Slique Kits

To help take the guesswork out of creating your own wellness plan, Young Living has put together FOUR pre-made Slique kits suited for any budget. You set your goals, then decide on the best kit to help you achieve them.

If you aren’t a member of Young Living yet, grab a Basic Starter Kit THEN add on one of these Slique Kits at the wholesale price! You will continue getting that same 24% discount on all your future YL purchases.

Slique Complete Kit includes:

  • (2) Slique® Shake (30-Day Supply)
  • (2) Slique Tea, 25 ct
  • (2) Slique CitraSlim™ (30-Day Supply)
  • (5) Slique Gum, 8 ct
  • (1) Slique Essence
  • (4) Slique Bars, 6 pk

Slique Advanced Kit includes:

  • (1) Slique Tea, 25 ct
  • (1) Slique CitraSlim (15-Day Supply)
  • (1) Slique Shake (15-Day Supply)
  • (3) Slique Gum, 8 ct
  • (1) Slique Essence
  • (2) Slique Bars, 6 pk

Slique Assist Kit includes:

  • (1) Slique Tea, 25 ct
  • (3) Slique Gum, 8 ct
  • (1) 15-ml Slique Essence
  • (1) Slique CitraSlim (15-Day Supply)

Slique Maintain Kit includes:

  • (1) Slique CitraSlim (15-Day Supply)
  • (1) 15-ml Slique Essence

Get the Best Deal

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Who wants to pay full price when you can get the same thing at a discount?

Young Living has several options to help you get started and snag the best deal possible. Even if you already have your own Young Living account, there are still some money-saving tricks you need to know!

Not yet a member? Pick out your Starter Kit … HERE!

A Few Side Notes

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  • Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes ONLY, and to motivate and empower you to make your own wellness journey based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider.
  • The statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.