Vi Shape Shake Update

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I’ve been on this since February 1. I drink a shake for breakfast and for supper. I’m taking a Vi supplement,  too.  I eat a healthy (LCHF) lunch. I exercise 2 times a week, but I need to do that at least 3-5 times a week. 

Results in 11 days?

▪ 3.2 lbs lost
▪ blood pressure low even with reducing my meds
▪ daytime blood sugar levels are in the normal range. 3 of the last 5 readings were the lowest yet
▪ waist size now 36
▪ my family and friends notice the change

This is working. I can help you make it work for you.  If you’re local, be on the lookout for an upcoming tasting party I’ll be hosting. If you want to make your new start today, order your shake and other healthy supplements, energy drink,  etc here: 

http://jimmyjohnsonfw.bodybyvi.com

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Live Better with Daily Health Post 10 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Lacking Water

Thirst may be annoying at times, but it should never go ignored. Water actually makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body.  It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.

That’s why you should always make sure to drink water throughout the day and before and after meals.

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Many people don’t realize how much water they lose everyday and end up chronically dehydrated.

Diabetics, burn victims and athletes are at a higher risk of dehydration than the average person.

Here’s a list of warning signs of dehydration that you should pay attention to:

1. Heart Palpitations

When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body, which affects the way it functions .

Heart palpitations typically occur when there is low potassium and low sugar levels in the blood. This can cause from premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricules).

Low magnesium (through excessive sweating or diarrhea) may also lead to abnormal heart rhythm.

2. Bad Breath

Saliva protects your teeth from decay, disease and cavities by forming a protective barrier around them and helping clear food particles on and between your teeth.

When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease.

3. Food Cravings

“When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson.

“While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production,” he says.

Instead of junk food, reach for water-dense foods, try fruits like watermelon, kiwi and peaches. You may also find that vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes also satisfy your craving.

4. Painful Joints and Muscles

Read the rest here:  http://dailyhealthpost.com/warning-signs-of-water-dehydration/

Progress Report 2/10/2016

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Since Dec. 28, 2015, I’ve lost 16.6 lbs.  In the past 3 years, I’ve lost 27.6 lbs.

Since February 5, 2016, I’ve lost 2.6 lbs.  I’ve been doing the Vi Shape Shake and in 5 days, I lost 2.6 lbs.!  I weighed in this morning:  198.4!

My combination of a low carb/high (good) fat dietary change coupled with the Vi Shape Shake, this is working.

I am feeling better.  My blood sugars are lowering.  My blood pressure is the lowest I’ve seen. I’ve been cutting back on my medication as a result.

If you’re wanting a new you, contact me. Keep reading this blog  (thank you!).  You can order the Vi Shape Shake and other nutritious products at http://jimmyjohnsonfw.bodybyvi.com.

Coming soon:  the Challenge party.  I want you to be there!

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Low-Carb Diets Can Benefit Athletes and Non-Athletes Alike by Dr. Mercola

His experimentation began in the early ’90s and, to his great surprise, his low-carb experiment proved to be anything but harmful. This fueled his passion for understanding how humans respond to diets that are very low in carbohydrates, and led him to continue his education.

He has now spent the last 15 years conducting research in this area, and the outcomes from most experiments have been very encouraging.

“The science continues to point in the direction that there are a lot of applications for these diets for a large number of people.

We’re still sorting out a lot of the details, but clearly we need to change the way we feed Americans and the way we think about nutrition in order to reverse … obesity and diabetes.”

He’s also done research on low- and non-fiber carb diets and athletic performance, and here too results have proved quite positive — despite running counter to everything he was taught about diet and performance in school, and in most of the scientific literature as well.

“It’s been an interesting journey to say the least …The things I was reading, the things I was taught were not really based on a lot of science, and were a lot of half-truths and misinformation, which still persist today,” he notes.

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Is Your Diet Driving Your Metabolism in the Right Direction?

Most of the food (fuel) people eat these days is moving their metabolism in the wrong direction. The Westernized diet constantly biases you toward using more nonfiber carbs for fuel.

Most Americans are primarily burning glucose as their primary fuel, which actually inhibits their body’s ability to access and burn body fat.

Healthy fat, meanwhile, is a far preferable sort of fuel, as it burns far more efficiently than carbs. As noted by Volek, humans evolved to primarily burn fat as fuel — not carbs — and yet that’s not how we’re feeding our bodies.

“As a result, we’re running into a lot of metabolic problems, because we’re constantly inhibiting our body’s ability to burn fuel that we evolved to burn,”he says.

We all have to eat; we need fuel to live. Without generating ATP you cannot survive at all. The question is how to do that efficiently, without generating harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can destroy your mitochondria and contribute to disease?

It’s all about keeping your mitochondria healthy, and low-carb, high-fat diets tend to do that far more effectively than high-carb, low-fat diets.

Healthy Fat Is a ‘Cleaner’ Burning Fuel

An indirect measurement included in one of Volek’s books shows that when people burn fat as their primary fuel, their respiratory quotient can go down as low as 0.7 as opposed to 1, which suggests they’re generating less carbon dioxide.

Regardless of the fuel your body burns, you’re going to generate carbon dioxide and water. But when you burn fat, you generate 30 percent less carbon dioxide, suggesting it’s a lot “cleaner” fuel.

“To use the term ‘clean,’ that’s kind of a provocative term, but I think it is an appropriate one because … there’s a lot of ‘exhaust’ associated with burning carbs for fuel … free radicals, reactive oxygen species … That contributes to the metabolic problems we’re seeing in this country.”

Also, the most efficient way to train your body to use fat for fuel is to remove some of the sugars and starches from your diet. According to Volek, that’s true for everyone, whether you’re an elite athlete or a sedentary diabetic.

Read the rest here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/31/high-fat-low-carb-diet-benefits.aspx

LCHF – What can I eat? by Shanda de Vries

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can eat while on the LCHF Diet:

 – Meat: Any type, including beef, pork, game meat, chicken, etc. Feel free to eat the fat on the meat as well as the skin on the chicken. If possible try to choose organic or grass fed meat.

Fish and shellfish: All kinds: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or herring are great. Avoid breading.

Eggs: All kinds: Boiled, fried, omelettes, etc. Preferably organic eggs.

Natural fat, high-fat sauces: Using butter and cream for cooking can make your food taste better and make you feel more satiated. Try a Béarnaise or Hollandaise sauce, check the ingredients or make it yourself. Coconut oil and olive oil are also good options.

Vegetables that grow above the ground: Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, olives, spinach, mushrooms, cucumber, lettuce, avocado, onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc.

Various dairy products: Think full-fat options like real butter, cream (40% fat), sour cream, Greek/Turkish yogurt and high-fat cheeses. Try to avoid things like regular and skim milk as they contain a lot of milk sugar. Avoid anything that’s flavored, sugary or low-fat like the plague.

Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pecans are all great options.

Berries: Okay in moderation, but if you’re being super strict about the diet you should avoid them for the first little bit. That said, mix some up with some full fat whipped cream and you’ve got yourself something to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

As for drinks, coffee, tea, and water are great choices.

Since you’re able to eat as much as you’d like of the above foods, you can clearly see that you’ll be a far cry from starving when you’re following this eating plan. Just remember to listen to your body closely – Just because something tastes great, doesn’t mean you’re not full. When it comes to shopping, you’re going to want to read the labels on packaged foods carefully – A good rule of thumb is that if it contains less than 5% carbohydrates, you’re good to go!

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Lots more GREAT info found here:  http://www.e-health101.com/2016/01/low-carb-high-fat-diet-lchf-healthy-way-lose-weight-without-going-hungry/?utm_content=buffer840a2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Low Carb Kids by Libby

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Low Carb Lunches

1. Ask them to highlight the foods they like from the printable Ultimate Guide To Low Carb Lunches.
2. Ask them to add their own suggestions.
3. Highlight new foods as they begin to enjoy them.
4.  Get a lunch box with little compartments or a mini fishing tackle box. Use small containers, silicon cupcake cases, bento boxes, etc. Children love picking at lots of different foods and grazing.
5. What would you put inside a sandwich? Give that. Just miss out the bread.
6. Add plenty of good fats. Keep them fuller for longer so they don’t end up at the corner shop after school.
7. Use cold meat as a ‘wrap’. Use a slice of ham or roast beef, with some cheese and vegetables inside.
8. Take a look at one of their ‘typical’ days lunchbox. Now if you removed the wheat, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars, flavoured yogurt – what is left? Not much? Think honestly about how nourishing their lunches are? How many vegetables are in it? How much GOOD fat do they eat? Fish?
9. Stop the WHITE STUFF – flour and sugar. Pasta. Potatoes. Crackers. Bread. Cakes. Biscuits. Flour and sugar, are stodgy high carbohydrate bulking agents, and have no nutritional benefits.
10.Drink WATER ONLY. Absolutely NO fizzy drinks, energy drinks or fruit juice.

Read more about this here:  http://www.ditchthecarbs.com/2014/07/15/low-carb-lunches/