Friday, February 27, 2009

Healthy Living

I started posting my daily routine here.

Products that I use from Advocare and how/why. These are also the products that have worked for me and the ones that I feel good about promoting. When I try new products and see good results I will let you know. Click on images to make them larger.



Advocare MNS Max 3 - There are 14 strips each having four packets. I take this as my dietary supplements: Vitamins A, C, D, E, B-6, B-12, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, omega-3 fatty acids, astaxanthin, calcium, citrus flavonoids, green tea extract, lutein, lycopene, guarana, biotin, oolong tea, taurine, lactobacillus acidophilus, bifdobacterium, bifidum, artichoke, magnesium, zinc, chromium. This is sold as a weight loss management but I feel that it offers more than that, it adds to your overall health. It is on the expensive side but if you price out individual bottles of each of the listed vitamins then having to figure out how much, then putting them into some organization...it is well worth the money to buy it this way. I can easily take the packets I need with me wherever I go.


Advocare Catalyst - I take this first thing in the morning with my MNS3 packet. I also take this to help my muscles recover from my training sessions. It really helps for this - there have been some days where I know if I didn't take these capsules I wouldn't have been able to walk! Now some of the other gals at the training gym say that this is butt burner. I don't have a butt so I definitely don't want this burning off anything back there - but hopefully it's burning off the back boobs and other places! It would be great for those of you that are just starting to work out again and are sore the day after and even worse the next day. When you are that sore sometimes it discourages you to go back and exercise, so starts the vicious circle!


Advocare ThermoPlus - I started taking this in addition to the MNS3 supplements to support my metabolism. After taking it consistently for four months now I can say it is helping. The only reason I say that is because I haven't been exercising as much, eating the same amount and I am not gaining any weight. So I think it works great in conjunction with the MNS3 supplements.





Advocare Spark Energy drink - This helped me get over my morning caffiene habit and also the soda! I use it to take all of my morning supplements. You can drink a Spark whenever you feel mentally groggy or drained. I find that I don't need anything around 3pm when I have one in the morning. This comes in packets so when I travel it is very convenient and helps me deal with any time change. I do water mine down: 1 scoop in 12 oz water.




A-Supreme - I am more excited about this product than anything because I was a skeptic about it. When I was working out full time with the trainer my belly was still not flattening. It didn't matter if I did more core and ate less, etc. Then he told me about A-Supreme and I started taking it and there were results! It does help with the cortisol that your body produces when stressed, which then turns to belly fat. I will be honest and tell you that I do not like the taste - it tastes like cough syrup. I take it first thing in the morning and wash it down with Spark or water.



Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes - A typical day: rushed morning, needed to exercise and get on a conference call - which meant no time (or I didn't want to make the time) to make my smoothie. So instead of skipping breakfast (bad) I made a quick shake and I add a scoop of my Green's First.  Easy - was able to drink it during my call, all was good. Now fast forward...working away, head down in work and when I finally look up I realize that it's 1pm, I have a call at 1:30 pm and I have to finish some content before then. NO time for lunch and I am too hungry to skip...make another quick shake (no Green's First) and have an apple.
Perfect. Dinner is a regular dinner- but now I am trying to eat it at least two hours before I go to bed. No more late eating! Bottom line is I always make sure that I have good options - either the smoothie or the shake. Weight Watcher points: 4

Afternoon Snack - When I am pressed for time or know that I am going to be out and about I will take a shaker along with me and put one to two scoops of the Muscle Gain Protein shake in it and grab a fiber bar. Then all I need to find is some water and this pair together will hold me until dinner!




Sometimes you can just get burnt out of shakes and smoothies, I know I have been there! I also try to have these in stock (they are great for travel too) Breakfast bars or the Meal Replacement bars. Good alternative for those that don't like the taste of the shakes.


As with anything these Advocare products do not work alone - you still need to incorporate exercise and drink lots of water. I know, I wish it was a wonder pill too! Before I was doing Yoga two to three times a week (minimum of once a week), training twice a week for an hour and riding my exercise bike 30 to 45 minutes a day doing interval training five days a week.


Right now (11/5/09) I have been walking and trying out the P90X dvds in hopes to have a review for those of you that don't want to go to a gym or hire a personal trainer.


This is a smoothie recipe that my nutritionist gave me and it is one of my favorites. There are so many variations and twists that you can make with this. Using a hand blender (this is what I have):

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of Whole FAT yogurt (yes, whole fat - less sugar and you eat less of it! I am big fan of Nancy's organic) Now if you are trying or don't do dairy you can add 1 cup of almond/rice milk.
    Remember my detox days from January??!
  • Handful of berries (1/2 cup) I use frozen fruit because you want it 'slushy', my favorite is blueberries (costco) and mango (trader joes)
  • 1 to 3/4 scoop of WHEY protein powder (do not use soy based) I use the vanilla Trader Darwins Whey Protein Powder from Trader Joes because it is very inexpensive. Sorry, I know not everyone has a Trader Joes...just make sure whatever you get has no soy and don't pay over $12 for 16 oz
  • 1 scoop of Green's First - this is something that I added to this recipe, not neccessary. I get this from my esthetician and it insures that I get all of my vegetable/fruit servings and then some. It has helped my skin over the last three years!
  • Add a little bit of water - less than an 1/8 of cup, this is just to make it a little less thick
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or flax seed oil. I do the flax seed oil because of less caloires and I need to get my Omega 3s
  • BLEND
  • Then stir in 1 teaspoon of Psyllium whole husks, you can get this in the health food section. It is a fiber supplement. ONLY add this if you are committed to drinking your daily water intake for the day.

This is not a snack smoothie! With the whole yogurt, oil and protein powder you will be FULL, I promise. Play around with this recipe and once you do it once or twice you won't have to look at the directions and it should only take five minutes to make. This smoothie is what I
usually have when I am not traveling. I have also been known to have it for lunch too! 


Update: For fellow WW people this smoothie ranges in points depending on your variations, five to seven points.

Target Heart Rates
The table below shows estimated target heart rates for different ages. Look for the age category closest to yours, then read across to find your target heart rate.






Age Target HR Zone

50–85 %
Average Maximum

Heart Rate

100 %
20 years 100–170 beats per minute 200 beats per minute
25 years 98–166 beats per minute 195 beats per minute
30 years 95–162 beats per minute 190 beats per minute
35 years 93–157 beats per minute 185 beats per minute
40 years 90–153 beats per minute 180 beats per minute
45 years 88–149 beats per minute 175 beats per minute
50 years 85–145 beats per minute 170 beats per minute
55 years 83–140 beats per minute 165 beats per minute
60 years 80–136 beats per minute 160 beats per minute
65 years

78–132 beats per minute
155 beats per minute
70 years 75–128 beats per minute 150 beats per minute



Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. The figures above are averages, so use them as general guidelines.

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