Preparing for the Clean 9 Cleanse

Today’s video diary for Day 2 of the Clean 9 covers hints and tips to help you prepare for the Clean 9.  You can read my previous blog post on the same subject here too prepare for the clean 9, and see my Video Diary for Day 1 too, which covers what comes in the pack.

If you choose to purchase the Clean 9 through my on-line shop or by meeting me at an event, then if you make sure your email address is included with your order and I can send the tips to help you prepare in advance of your receiving your box.

We also have a private Facebook support group which we can add you to, where you can get support and guidance for the whole of the program, and keep in touch with others also on the program.  The support of knowing you are not on your own can really help.

Failure to prepare is just preparing to fail, so get in touch to find out how to buy your own Clean 9 pack and get started on a new you.

Clean 9 Video Diary

I have lots of excellent posts on my blog about the Clean 9 program, such as the best way to prepare for the clean 9, and other frequently asked questions. As a Forever Living Business owner I like to recommend the products based on my own experiences, then I can give you first hand advice about what to expect.
Clean 9 woth Choc Shake and Pro x

Following on from my fantastic weight management information evening which I hosted this week on Facebook, I thought it was only right that I did the Clean 9 cleanse program again.  OK, So I’m not quite being truth full.    My best friend basically told she me needed to do the Cleanse again after a summer of eating all the wrong things, and I was told that I was doing it too, so we can support each other through the program.

Well, why not?  I’ve had a summer eating all the wrong things too, and I feel quite bloated and sluggish, so a cleanse is just what I need.

Day 1

Today is day 1, and rather than write a long waffley post all about how today went, I thought I would do a video diary.

If you decide that you would like to try the Clean 9 yourself then please get in touch.  I can share with you lots of hints and tips to make your cleanse really successful, so you don’t fall into the trap of doing the Clean 9 then just piling any weight you may have lost back on again. Failure to prepare is just preparing to fail, so get in touch to find out how to buy your own Clean 9 pack and get started on a new you.

Weight Management Supplements

I have written posts before about our weight management products, the Clean 9 Cleanse, and the F.I.T. program, but sometimes you don’t have the time, the inclination or the money to be able to follow one of our fabulous programs.  What if you want to just chose one product from our range to help you lose weight , which would you choose?  To help answer this question I am going to tell you about the supplements we have and how they help me, so you can decide which is the best supplement to help you lose weight.

Garcenia Plus – £29.26 for 70 softgel capsules.

Also known as malabar tamarind or brindle berry, Garcinia Cambogia is a tree native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has been prized for centuries for culinary and beneficial purposes in Southern India and Thailand and is used today as a weight management supplement.  You can read more information about Garcenia Plus on my previous blog post here.

Recommended dose is 1 softgel approximately 30-60 minutes before mealtimes, 3 times a day, although on the Clean 9 program you take 2 at a time.



Forever Therm – £32.87 for 60 tablets.

This carefully created formula contains a special combination of vitamins, including B6 and B12, which contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue; the vitamin C will also contribute to a normal energy-yielding metabolism.

Recommended dose is 2 tablets daily, one in the morning and one at lunch time or take two together on the morning.  Don’t take Therm after 6pm due to the natural caffeine content.Therm

Forever Lean – £34.66 for 120 capsules.

For people who love sport and want to make sure they eat a healthy, balanced diet. These well-balanced capsules contain valuable fibre from the prickly pear, proteins derived from kidney beans and the vital trace element chromium.  You can read more information about Forever Lean on my previous blog post here.

Recommended dose is 1 capsule with water immediately before a meal or snack, up to 4 times a day.Forever Lean

Which should I chose?

Personally when I am very busy and need an energy boost then I take the Therm in the morning to give me a real kick start to the day.  Also when I am falling off the healthy eating wagon then the Forever Lean can help me feel not quite so bad about the foods I am eating.  The Garcenia make me to feel full and stop me from wanting to snack so much in the day.  You choose the supplement that fits your lifestyle and your biggest problem area.

If I could only choose one then my favourite is the Therm.  Which one would you choose?  You can buy all our weight management products individually from the Fitness and Weight Management section of our my web shop.

Garcenia and Therm are also included in the Clean 9 and F.I.T. packs as part of the program.  Contact me for more details and prices for the programs if you are serious about wanting to look better and feel great,

Keeping Your Skin Moist

The key to healthy looking skin is a great moisturiser – one that caters to your skin’s unique needs. Finding the right one can be a bit of a mission, but Forever’s collection of core moisturising products has something for every skin type.

Aloe Deep Moisturising Cream: ‘The Thirst Quencher’ – £27.97

Dry thirsty skin loves this heavy-duty product. Its rich formula sinks deep down to help deliver moisture to those poor dry skin cells.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion: ‘The Classic’ – £12.73

If skin care for you is more about maintaining what you’ve got, this simple, classic lotion provides just the right amount of moisture to keep you looking hydrated and smooth.

R3 Factor Skin Defense Creme: ‘The Secret Weapon’ – £28.25

Sometimes our skin needs a little extra help and this secret weapon really packs a punch. A luxurious combination of aloe vera gel, collagen, alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamins A and E.R3_Factor_Skin_Defense_Creme (1)

Aloe Sunscreen: ‘The Protector’ – £12.73

If you’re a real sun worshipper and can’t resist a spot of tan- time, slather on this light yet moisturising sunscreen. It’s infused with aloe vera and provides SPF 30 protection.Aloe_Sunscreen

Aloe Balancing Cream: ‘The Balancer’ – 26.63

If your skin is having a bit of an identity crisis and you can’t decide if you’re oily or dry, then the Aloe Balancing Cream is the perfect moisturiser for you.Aloe_Balancing_Cream

How to Order

You can buy any of these products, plus our full range of health and skincare products, by using the Buy Forever Living button and clicking Enter Shop on the following page, or Contact Me for more information.  Remember all our products are covered by our 60 day satisfaction guarantee.  Get in touch for details.

New Product : Aromatherapy Oils

Forever are introducing a range of high quality aromatherapy oils to their range.  Essential oils and aromatherapy have been used by many ancient cultures and were cited as early as the first century as a way to help naturally support health and well being and stimulate the senses.

Why Forever Living Essential Oils?

Forever’s essential oils are selected, harvested and produced with the highest quality in mind.  Mineral content of the soil, climate, location and sustainability are all considered when choosing a location to source the botanicals, fruits, herbs and plants needed to create them.

Our new Range

Forever Carrier Oil  – £19.35

Our carrier oil is made up of a  proprietary blend of aloe vera, vitamins E, A and C and natural unscented oils. As Forever’s essential oils are so potent, they should be used in conjunction with this product when applied to the skin.

Lemon – £16.35

Lemon, one of the most well known and loved oils, has been used throughout the world for centuries for its antiseptic properties and uplifting scent. Forever’s lemons are harvested by hand and carefully cured until they reach the perfect ripeness. When this happens, the lemons become juicier and the highest quality essential oil is produced.

Aromatherapy - Lemon

Aromatherapy – Lemon

Peppermint – £22.85

The use of peppermint dates back to ancient Roman and Greek culture when peppermint was used as décor and an aromatic in addition to being a popular flavouring in sauces and foods. Forever’s essential peppermint oil is extracted from plants that have been grown and harvested by the same farm for generations. These plants have naturally higher menthol content, providing the cooling effect that peppermint is known for.

Aromatherapy - Peppermint

Aromatherapy – Peppermint

Lavender – £30.88

The use of lavender can be traced back centuries to ancient Greek texts and the bible where it was used along with aloe, spices and herbs to prepare temples for religious rites. Grown and harvested in Bulgaria due to ideal climate and soil, Forever’s essential lavender oil contains high levels of linalyl acetate, which gives lavender its fruity, sweet aroma, plus high levels of terpenes. Use to soothe, balance and relax.

Aromatherapy - Lavender

Aromatherapy – Lavender

Soothe – £45.49

This blend of oils provides a perfectly balanced combination of wild mint, wintergreen, camphor, ylang ylang and chamomile, specially blended to soothe.

Aromatherapy - Soothe

Aromatherapy – Soothe

Defense – £31.81

The Defense blend combines clove bud, orange, cinnamon bark, rosemary, frankincense, eucalyptus and juniper berry to promote strength and vitality.

Aromatherapy - Defense

Aromatherapy – Defense

At Ease – £27.34

At Ease provides a combination of wintergreen, lavandin, eucalyptus, coriander, olibanum, rosemary, roman chamomile, peppermint, basil and origanum, specifically combined to promote harmony and inner-calm.

Aromatherapy - At Ease

Aromatherapy – At Ease

Availability

These products are now available from our online store.  Keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date offers and information.  Remember all our products come with our 60 day satisfaction guarantee so you can try this new range with full confidence or get you money back – just ask for the full terms of this guarantee.  Combination packs are also available, just Contact Me  for further details.

60 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed

60 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed

New Product – Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Just what my 15 year old daughter has been asking for, Forever have launched their new precision liquid eyeliner.

Our eyeliner allows you to create intricate eye looks with ease, and with a super precise felt tip, it glides on to make the perfect 50s feline flick with a dramatic, high-pigment black finish.

Just look at an example of the effects you can achieve with this new fabulous product.Liquid Eyeliner

You will find the new eyeliner in our online shop as part of the Flawless range for £18.85.  Just click on Buy Forever Living at the top of this page, and Enter Shop in green on the left sidebar.

Nutritous Nutrition

Having been introduced to Tracy in her last guest post, this time Tracy is sharing with us some nutrition tips.  Like last month Tracy has also given us another delicious 600 calorie meal idea too.

Tracy after her weight loss.

Tracy from Nutritous


My protocol isn’t about eliminating any food groups.

I follow the principal of keeping our insulin / blood sugar stable.

Which means we really have to keep an eye open for hidden sugars.

If something has been manufactured, you can guess it’s going to contain a huge amount of hidden sugar.

Problem being, we eat these products & feel great for like 30-60 minutes as our insulin has been raised, & then wallop it’s plummeted & guess what this immediately makes us hungry for more of the sweet stuff. This over time causes us weight gain as those Unburnt sugars find their way into our fat stores.

So for optimum health, it’s best to eat good quality protein with good fats & vegetables during the day, adding carbohydrates to our evening meal. This will ensure we burn our own body fat as a fuel source, thus keeping our insulin level stable. Eating within 30-60 minutes upon waking & then every 3-4 hours will stop our insulin dropping too low.

Eating single whole ingredient foods are key for good health, real fresh tasty foods.

Think- protein- chicken, beef, lamb, pork, salmon, eggs Good fats- avocado, olives, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts Eating a rainbow of colours, creates an appetising plate of good nutritious food.

We all love our 600 calorie meals

I’ve a 3 course for you all today

Enjoy

Tracy

Nutritous on Facebook

Main Meal 272 Calories

Main Meal 272 Calories

Dessert 127.5 Calories

Dessert 127.5 Calories

Snack 128 Calories

Snack 128 Calories

Guest post – All about Nutritous

I met Tracy Gravestock through the Milton Keynes Women in Business meeting, and we hit if off straight away.  Tracy knows her stuff when it comes to good nutrition, and with the Clean 9 program I am often asked for 600 calorie meal ideas.  I’ve asked Tracy to write this guest post about her history and her business, and as a bonus she has a meal idea suitable for days 3 to 9 of the Clean 9 which even includes dessert!


I’m just about still in my forties,as I hit the big 50 later this year.

My past has seen me thin, fat, thin,fatter,& morbidly obese.

Fat as a child ,anorexic at 18 fat at 22,fatter at 25 by the time I was 28 officially classed as morbidly obese.

I officially had a really bad relationship with food, hence the sizes.

My answer was to work with the stuff.

I joined the army at 18……I had to lose 5 stone to get it, I just took the dieting too far & carried on,thinking that bones sticking out was a really good look.

I joined the Army Catering Corp. I served almost 4 years, I loved that time & experience it gave me.

I’ve now been a chef for well over 30 years, currently have my own catering contract supplying breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea & cakes within an office/ manufacturing site.

As the years went by & as I put it “life gets in the way of life” I became morbidly obese –I hit the scales at 22 stone 6lbs at 5ft 7” size 30 as long as it was an elasticated waist.

I can go on and on with the stories of those fat years, but for sure it was lonely & uncomfortable.

When we took on our business, running around a kitchen all day took it out on me, I found waking & that walk down the stairs horrendous. That soon became the wake up call.

Tracy before her weight loss

Tracy age 26

Action needed to be taken: I was yet again going to join a slimming club for the umpteenth time! Whilst there that first night a lady spoke, we chatted, we said we’d meet again the following week- we did- over time we supported each other & kept each other going. She lost 3 ½ stone as I lost 11 stone. I went from Size 30 to size 10 in 3 whole years.

Tracy after her weight loss

Tracy age 45

I’ve kept most of the weight off for the last 10 years although I’m currently a size 14. I feel more comfortable, going down to a size 10 was really a mistake I almost fell back to my teenage years of those bones sticking out. I had to find middle ground to settle my weight & size so I could maintain.

I found an interest in health & fitness, I soon became a gym junkie, I loved weights, heavier the better. I soon learned that my slimming club didn’t like the fact I was drinking protein shakes- they apparently aren’t part of the plan! That night was the last time I attended a class.

As years went by I was always on the look out for a decent nutrition course, I wanted to learn, I wanted to know what to eat, when & why.

I soon found a 12month certification course that ticked my boxes. Very proud to say I was one of a few to have completed & passed the course ( this February 2015)

I started the course to widen my own knowledge, I soon got hungry to share that knowledge & try to help other people.

I set up Nutritous my version of a slimming club with a bespoke difference.

I’ve a hotel meeting room,so we have warmth & comfort, I bake a tasty treat so my members don’t go home & reward themselves badly after that nights weigh in. I create everyone’s nutrition plans as an individual – taking into account likes/ dislikes, allergies, any intolerances, any physical training & more importantly the goals the client has.

I give my members 100% support via email/ text & the facebook group.

I also send my members 10 random weekly recipes.

I love this little group I’ve created, to see people change their lives for a  better  healthier lifestyle, what more could be more rewarding.

I’ve got a recipe website too , so here is an example of a 600 calorie meal.

Great tasting fresh food & even a dessert thrown in. Click on the images below to read the recipes.

Main Meal

Main Meal – 316 Calories

Side

Side Dish – 127 Calories

Dessert

Dessert – 156 Calories


Thank you for being so honest Tracy, it is always fascinating to see how and why people have set up their own business and what has led them to this point in their life.  Check out Tracy’s facebook page for more fabulous recipes.

Keeping Moving – Testing a Fitbit

So I have to admit, since my post about the Blacklight Run I have become a lapsed exerciser again.  Not totally, I still love my high energy classes with Red Squirrels Zumba twice a week, and go to a local Pilates class with Nikki from Move Better Fitness which I love, but the running has ground to a halt.

I think this is because I am not entirely happy when I am running. I don’t enjoy it but I also worry as I run.  The main reason being my total right hip replacement, which was carried out when I was 36 in 2007.  In the back of my mind I know my hip has a limited lifespan, and running just feels like too high impact.  Basically I don’t want to wear out my lovely titanium and ceramic hip.

My day job is very sedentary.  I basically sit in front of a computer all day either bookkeeping, training or promoting my business.  I need some kind of motivation to keep moving between my fitness classes.

Fitbit Review

So I am trialling a Fitbit Flex which a friend of mine is wanting to sell.  I’m going to see if this piece of tech is the kick up the backside I need to get moving again, and watch my food intake more closely. I am a user of Endomondo and My Fitness Pal, and with both these apps they were very motivational when I first started to use them.  I walked a huge 1300 miles in 2012 by following the 100 miles a month challenge on Endomondo, a fact I am very proud of. But the novelty has warn off and I need something new.

Setting up the Fitbit Flex

Once I realised the app wouldn’t work with my Nexus 10 tablet, it was really quick and easy to set up my Fitbit on my Nexus 4.  I was able to set up my profile with ease and the first thing I did was log my first nights sleep.

You do have to remember via the app to say when you are going to sleep and when you wake up, then the fitbit tracks your restlessness and gives you a great graph to see how well you slept.  Not enough is the answer at the moment!

Linking Fitbit to MyFitness Pal and Endomondo

How the apps fitted together got me scratching my head at first, but with trial end error I soon sorted it out. I had to log into my individual accounts for My Fitness Pal and Endomondo on my PC in order to set up the new link to the Fitbit.

In Settings -> Connect you can link Endomondo to your Fitbit

In Settings -> Connect you can link Endomondo to your Fitbit

Historically I logged my exercise on Endomondo which then fed into My Fitness Pal to ‘buy’ me extra calories   I have now had to switch off this link as Endomondo feeds into the Fitbit app with my exercise, then the Fitbit app feeds this information into My Fitness Pal in the form of a Fitbit Calories Adjustment.  If Endomondo also feeds the exercise into My Fitness Pal then the exercise is double counted.  It makes your stats look great but won’t help much with my weight loss target!  The exercise from Endomondo in My Fitness Pal was also fed back into the Fitbit double counting there too – are you still with me?

Fitbit Calorie Adjustment in My Fitness Pal

Fitbit Calorie Adjustment in My Fitness Pal

I do however love the fact that I can still log my food in My Fitness Pal and this then gets automatically fed into the Fitbit App in the form of a calorie value per meal.  I’ve used My Fitness Pal for years now and I have a database of favourite meals already set up, I am a creature of habit, so I dreaded having to recreate all this in the Fitbit app.  Now I don’t have to.

Early Signs

So early signs that having this new Fitbit will hep me get back on track with being more active are good, as I am itching to get out and increase my step count (currently at 4000 steps at 2pm in the afternoon) , I’ve drunk more water today, and I’m not snacking as I’m back to logging all my food.

Let’s see how long this new inspiration lasts.

Forever Products for Sports Professionals

If you are a sports professional who has to undergo testing for anti-doping purposes then we have a whole range of products which you can use with confidence.

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Product Testing

Many of our products have been tested and certified by HFL Sport Science, including some of our best sellers.  For a current full list then get in touch with us.  HFL Sport Science is one of the world’s leading surveillance laboratories providing internationally trusted expertise in all aspects of doping control for sports.

HFL Sport Science has about 50 years experience in the science of sports doping control (equine, canine and human).  They have experience of testing within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and maintain accreditation for testing sports supplements to control contamination with banned substances.

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How to Order

We do not put all our products through HFL testing, so if you require any tested products rather than ordering on line then get in touch via e-mail or phone with your order.  We then need to order your products separately from our head office for you.  Your products will be tested and accredited by the HFL and will come with a certificate to demonstrate that they have been through this process.

60 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed

60 Day Satisfaction Guaranteed

You should leave as much time as possible to allow us to place your orders as delivery may be on a longer lead time depending on stock levels.  And don’t forget our 60 day satisfaction guarantee which is not affected by this special ordering process.