Smart for Life is hosting a free iPad Mini and Smart for Life Coaching Membership Giveaway Contest!
Were you bummed that the Smart BMI App was released, but you don’t have a device to use it on? Worry no more! Smart for Life is giving away an iPad Mini and Coaching Membership for those who dig down deep to share the Smart for Life lifestyle. Like us on Facebook to unlock the contest page!
After you like us on Facebook, you can start participating in the contest. Below are ways that you can “rack up” entries to become the owner of a brand new iPad Mini and Smart for Life Coaching Membership. Want to learn more about Lifestyle Coaching?
The first thing you need to do is viewing and liking our Facebook page!
Keep in mind, the more entries you have, the better the chance you have to win. Each option is worth 1 entry, but referring a friend will give you bonus entries (up to 10 for sharing). Every option can only be performed once, except for sharing.
Prizes: One winner will receive an iPad Mini and a Smart for Life Coaching Membership. As a coach, you will receive 25-40% all personal purchases, plus a starter package with everything from cookies, protein bars, granola squares and much more. Coaches will also be able to use the new Smart for Life Smart BMI App. This Smart giveaway is valued at over $500! Contest Ends July 5th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Good luck! Coaches, don’t forget to sign up for the new BMI app!
Recently, in a Shape.com piece by Mike Roussell, PhD, I read some interesting data on Omega 3’s. This is really good news if you don’t happen to be a fish lover, or if you just find it difficult to work two servings a week into your diet menu plan. According to world renowned Omega-3 expert Dr. Bill Harris, our bodies absorb the healthy EPA and DHA fats (long-chain Omega-3 fats) in the fish oil supplements just as readily as they absorb the same healthy fats in the actual fish, like salmon and tuna.
To the contrary, the story about flax seed in your diet is quite different. The Omega-3 fat in flax seed known as ALA (short-chain omega-3 fats), does not convert easily into the EPA and DHA that we seek in fish. As our bodies benefit greatly from long and short-chain omega 3s, having a source for both is certainly recommended. Consider this a word to the wise for vegetarians who aren’t eating fish or taking fish oil. Unknown to many, the healthy oil in the fish oil is not made by the fish. It’s actually made by the algae that the fish eat. Luckily, you can go directly to the source and find an algae-based DHA supplement. By the way, the eggs you see with Omega 3’s on the label come from chickens that are fed flax seed. Many of our Smart for Life products are also an excellent source for both of these Omegas, found in our Enriched Organic Golden Flax Meal which contains both flax and fish oils.
Omega 3’s Reduce Heart Attacks By Up To 50%
As far as the Omega 3 research these days, some studies are telling us that although a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in your bloodstream is not conclusively going to lengthen your life span, it may offer protection from heart disease and reduce the likelihood of such complications, in some cases, by as much as 50%. One very important factor to take into this equation is that a great number of folks who have these higher levels of fatty acids are also, often, eating more healthfully, in general. They tend to eat more vegetables and less red meat. This steers us back to lifestyle and the importance of looking at the whole picture as you plan your future health profile. At Smart for Life® we’re here to help in any way we can; from the creation and manufacturing of our healthy products to the leading edge information and support we offer on our website and in our Centers.
In an article by Marilyn Kennedy Melia in Philly.com, I read that the Tuft’s Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University, recently conducted a six month study on weight loss. Specifically, they sent health professionals to conduct weekly or bi-weekly lunch hour sessions on hunger management and reduced calorie diets at two Boston area firms.
The researchers tracked 133 employees, with a third of them in a “control group”, from two other firms that didn’t receive the informational sessions at lunch hour.
On average, the weight loss was 18 pounds, which is about three times better than other workplace diet efforts, according to Susan Roberts, co-author of the study. “This was different because we asked for volunteers for the study, other diet programs were given to all workers and we also had advice on behaviors,” says Roberts. “At the end of the program, people were crying, saying it changed their life.”
Additionally, many workers who hadn’t volunteered also lost weight, inspired by their participating co-workers.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that recently published the same study, it “demonstrates the first effective corporate weight loss program which combines nutritional counseling with behavioral change management.” says Norman Gorin, CEO of Wellesley, Mass, Instinct Health Science, which is planning to expand the program.
I urge all of you to start a weight loss group for greater success!
I recently read an article by Jennifer Cohen in Forbes Magazine. In it she explains that you must train and strengthen your willpower if you want it to serve you in your weight loss journey. Studies have shown that the brain has limited power to make decisions, and that minor decisions add up throughout the day, eventually depleting your reserves and undermining your efforts. This can lead to stress-eating and other poor decisions. The advice is to make it easier on yourself by incrementally increasing your willpower strength by taking the following steps:
1. Call in positive reinforcements. Routine wins out 99% of the time, so build a consistent routine that will become a part of your life within 4 weeks. Eventually, these tasks of working out and eating right are enjoyable and you’ll feel weird if you go against them.
2. Write down everything. Self awareness is key to changing a habit. One study by Kaiser Permanente found that people who wrote down everything they ate doubled their weight loss. Avoid or limit alcohol and get plenty of rest to keep a keen level of self-awareness. If you are using Smart for Life products, this part is easy.
3. Set realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Keep goals within reach. Set short and long term goals and build gradually toward a routine of good habits. According to Dr. Kevin Hall, a doctor at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the gradual changes may be more effective than a sudden change.
4. Relax Stress depletes your willpower reserves. Take the effort of decision out of your day by scheduling your routine and following it. Plan your meals, schedule workouts with a friend. When the decisions are already made, you won’t deplete your brain power.
Keep a positive attitude. Experiment and find out what works best for you. Stay tuned in to various sources for the latest in weight loss research…knowledge is key!