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Six Habits of a Happy, Healthy Mom


Healthy moms are not afraid to get help, and my mom agrees! As Sunday was Mother's Day, I wanted to share some tips from my favorite mom on how she remains a happy and healthy mom.

Protein Time

Nothing is more important than eating right, which means getting enough protein in their diet to nourish and protect their body, especially their bones. That’s why it’s a good idea for all moms to start their day off right with a delicious Complete Protein smoothie.

My mom's favorite smoothie recipe is the Chocolate Shake with water and ice, and get it real frothy. While chocolate may be her favorite, she likes variety and rotates between the shake flavors. Here's her simple recipe:

(2 scoops) LynFit Complete Protein Powder
(¾ cup) Water
Handful of ice
(3-4) Frozen strawberries (mom lives alone and doesn't shop much so keeping frozen strawberries in the house is a must)

Blend together and enjoy!

If mom gets really hungry, she'll have a LynFit Lean Bar with her shake to keep her energy level up.

Snack Time

Mom's favorite snack is a LynFit Chocolate Lean Bar. Sometimes she'll enjoy one with a cup of tea or hot chocolate made with LynFit Complete Protein. This guarantees she gets enough protein, plus she says it makes her hair and nails grow faster.

Movement Time

Think of movement as your exercise, so it's not a chore. While my mom hates it, she still makes sure to get in her 10,000 steps daily and at least does some type of yard work or vacuuming. And, she does keep her weights under her couch so she can lift them while watching television.

Joint Nourishment Time

My mom wakes up achy at times, so she takes LynFit Pure Omega 3 and LynFit Recovery Agent every day instead of reaching for those over-the-counter meds that jack-up her blood pressure. She says, "They make me feel too good!" In other words, I have to tell her to come in from working in the yard all day  :)

Her routine is to take (3-4) Recovery Agent (make sure to consult the label for your correct dosage) and (1) Pure Omega 3 every morning, and then again at noon when she feels it starting to wear off. She'll then take another Pure Omega 3 at bedtime to help her heal while she sleeps.

Sleep Time

My mom is a firm believer that if you sleep, you'll be merry. However, it's not always easy to sleep after menopause. The sooner you can figure out how to get your eight hours (mom says AT LEAST eight), the more delirious with joy you'll be (that's a "momism" for you).

My mom prefers natural remedies versus over-the-counter sleeping pills because she says she feels better in the morning when she wakes up, and natural remedies are always better for the body.

Lean Sleep is also a great way to improve health and wellness because it acts as an antioxidant. I always suggest combining Pure Omega 3 and Lean Sleep because it helps you sleep longer and relieves joint pain and inflammation.

Pee in Your Pants Belly Laughing Time

When your happy buzz threatens to slip away altogether, remind yourself that "this too shall pass." It works both ways: Either you get through the terrible stuff by knowing it's not forever, or you put it into perspective by reminding yourself that the good stuff—the sticky kisses and the cute little tutus—will also soon be gone. But, that IT WILL get better.

My mom is a firm believer in finding humor in everything and going out of her way to find a good belly laugh. You know the kind—the "pee in your pants" belly laugh! She'll even do something silly if that's what it takes. If nothing else, it makes us laugh at her ridiculousness. After all, for a mom, being able to share a laugh with your kids is priceless!

So, from my mom to all you moms: Get plenty of the right kind of protein, make sure your snacks are healthy, get up and move, give your body the proper nourishment, get plenty of sleep so your body can recover, and above all else, it's okay to pee your pants laugh from time to time  :)

Happy Mother's Day Week from all of us at LynFit Nutrition!

So-Called "Healthy Foods" That Can Make You Fat



Some so­-called "smart eats" are just junk food in disguise. Cut back on them, and you might just see the scale start to move again. Your thighs will certainly thank you.

Most of us know that certain foods and beverages like the Starbucks® Unicorn drink are loaded with fat and sugar. The drink is 401 calories, 16 grams of fat (10 grams saturated), 5 grams of protein, 62 grams of carbs (0 grams of fiber), and a whopping 59 grams of belly fattening sugar.

But it’s the foods we neglect to check that can be the reason our metabolism is slowing down to a screeching halt. Not to worry, the metabolism is more forgiving than you might think, and the first step is awareness of what works for weight loss and what doesn’t. In the world of weight loss, there are foods that promote weight loss and foods that block it. Here are the Sneaky diet saboteurs and the better choice. 

Of course, cutting the junk from your diet (throw it out) is the first step to weight loss, but sometimes the healthy foods you swap in are surprisingly high in fat and calories. When it comes to weight loss, especially if you're above the age 35 mark, it's not only the serving size that matters—even when it comes to fruits, nuts, yogurt, and salads but also how much sugar and fat the foods you eat contains. For more information on how many carbs, sugars, and fats you should take in when you’re trying to lose weight, refer to The Metabolism Solution.

Not only do these seemingly healthy foods block weight loss and prevent you from burning fat, but they also place you at risk for diseases like: 

    • Type 2 diabetes
    • High Blood pressure
    • Elevated triglycerides  

FOOD SIN #1

Juicing and using the wrong kind of protein shake: Not all protein shakes are created equal. In fact, most of the commercially purchased shakes are loaded with all kinds of fattening ingredients and large amounts of sugar. This liquid sugar immediately turns to fat in the liver. 

Slimming Solution
Use any one of LynFit's Complete Protein Shakes! They are the only protein shake specifically designed to nourish your body and help you lose weight. Here are a few of the benefits s you get each time to drink a LynFit Complete Protein Shake:

    • Less sugar than any other brand and low on Glycemic index 
    • Boosts metabolism by up to 25 percent
    • Promotes fat burning
    • Protects lean muscle tissue, which promotes your metabolism from slowing down
    • Block tummy fattening cortisol levels from rising
You will see and feel the difference the same day you start drinking them as long as you don't fatten them up by adding fruit or milk.

FOOD SIN #2

Assuming that all protein and cereal bars are good for weight loss = Not! Couldn’t be further from the truth.Most protein bars have more sugar fat and calories than candy bars and they don’t even fill us up.

Slimming Solution
LynFit Lean Bars! Lean bars are the best protein bar you can buy when it comes to weight loss:

    • They contain 20 grams of metabolic boosting protein
    • Less sugar than any other bar on the market yet has 20 grams of prebiotic belly fat-burning fiber that makes you feel full and balances blood sugar levels that are responsible for your cravings.
If you want to lose weight and burn fat as well as control hunger and cravings, eat a Lean Bar every day at 2-3 p.m., and you’ll coast right through to dinner time without picking.

Here's my little secret -- Even if I end up eating two Lean Bars, I wind up eating less and most importantly, I feel satisfied. 

If you haven’t tried Lean Bars, and you're trying to lose weight, swap your current protein bar for a Lean bar for seven days and watch what happens. Please share your experience; we wanna know.

FOOD SIN #3

Nuts! Nuts are a great food, but most people aren't aware of how may they eat or how many calories they really contain. We wind up overeating on them, which blocks weight loss. Most of us think, “I'll only have few,” but when it comes to nuts, that tiny handful can add up to more calories than you think.

One ounce of nuts (6-10 small almonds) is at least 100 calories and 14 grams or more of fat. Each time you grab a handful, you're eating 100 calories a pop and 14 grams of fat, and your daily total is 20 grams of fat, maximum. 

So you can see that little handful is all it takes to go overboard with calories and fat, and that affects our weight loss. Yet, unless you journal every bite you take, you won’t know. If you bite it write it down! You'll soon see where your calories are coming from. My recommendation?  Grab a Lean Bar instead. You’ll get more nutrients, fiber, and you'll also be more satisfied.

FOOD SIN #4

The unsuspecting avocado. Yes, it’s a good-for-you fat, but all fats need to be limited because they are very high-calorie. Each gram of fat you eat has nine calories, and when we start eating avocados, we aren’t thinking, “what's a serving?” We just eat what's put in front of us, and that’s where the trouble starts.

The average woman eats a medium avocado that contains 322 calories and a whopping 29 grams of fat. That’s way over our daily 20-gram budget and BAM! That healthy food blocks weight loss again. 

A serving of avocado is one (1) tbsp., which is 94 calories. So if you opt to eat the avocado, skip the dressing, or your weight loss will suffer.

Remember my rule of thumb; when in doubt, don’t eat it. All you have to do is hit the Google bar and ask how much fat does a medium avocado have, and you'll quickly have your answer. You’ll get conflicting numbers, but you'll get an estimate, and it may stop you from messing up your weight loss plan.  

Imagine what would happen if you committed all four sins in one day. My advice? Stick to the Lose 1 Pound Per Day Plan until you reach your goal weight. Be religious about following it and check the food list provided before eating any foods. If you don’t see it on the list, it's not good for weight loss. It's just that simple.

Following a plan like the Lose 1 Pound Per Day Plan works better than any other diet you'll ever try because there is no thinking, planning, or counting calories, which make losing weight faster and easier, leaving you more time to live your life. It's also the most nourishing and healthy for your body. And with health, anything is possible!