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HCG Diet + Sunrider = Success…Week 3 Truths Uncovered

This Blog Post is a continued series of articles about Christine Marek’s  journey on the HCG Diet- beginning June 2011. She hopes these posts help others to be able to enjoy the Sunrider nutrition and benefits during the HGC diet process.

August 7, 2011-

I write this post on Sunday night 8 weeks after starting this blog ( 6/10/11). I am 8 pounds lighter. My goal was ten, I achieved 11 and I am no longer on an HCG diet.

You may be wondering what happened to my diet after week 2? I stopped blogging because life happened. My blogging prioirty was tosted down the list of things to do.

Here’s the updated truth…Into my third week I began my menses. My doctor advised me to stop the diet during this time of female cleansing. Actually I was relieved to go back to eating more calories. Even if I could have continued I’m not sure if I would have. I just did not feel very good on the diet.

The 500 caloric intake was so difficult for me. I was tired, cramping and my mental clarity was not strong, either. I didn’t even want to drive. Granted I was only on the HCG diet for 2 weeks and others say, including my doctor,  that HCG absorbed over time will increase my energy levels and also deter my food cravings. This arguable fact from many I did not test.

After I got off the diet I went on a California business trip and vacation. Yes, I was lighter as I hit a weight goal of 113 pounds. At the beginning I was 124. Best part was that even off the diet I kept losing. Yeah! I believe this happened because I kept to the recommended food intake only eating more. And then I have slowly  added the bad habit foods into my life. This includes  occasional alcoholic drinks, (yes, I love Pinot Noir), breads, some sugars and nuts. I so missed the nuts!

Hey, I’m not perfect and some of those foods I abandoned during the HCG diet I love and they ARE good for me. For instance SunBars are so yummy and I feel so good when I eat them.  It’s just that they are high in calories and/or complex carbs and I know I can only metabolize 1200 calories a day. If I want to loose weight I need to take in less calories. Plain and simple. I choose and those choices are reflected in my weight and body appearance. It’s also reflected in my mental attitude. Yes certain foods make me feel more confident and others can make me feel sad.

So far my weight has fluctuated from 116 to 120 pounds depending on what I splurge on.

Would I go on the HCG diet again? Probably not, but I am happy that I did because I had the toughest time getting my weight under the 120 pound plateau. I’ve been trying with no success for 6 years. Today, I believe I will  keep my weight maintenance thanks to the HCG diet for bumping up my middle age metabolism and I also thank Sunrider foods for keeping my weight down below 120. When I eat my nourish, balance and cleanse Sunrider foods and teas my weight is great. It’s when I eat the bad foods – sugar, pasta , processed foods, too large of portions, breads and alcohol I will gain back the weight.

Exercise has to be a big part of my weight maintenance, too. I love the look of lean, toned muscles on me and as I continue to excercise and discipline myself to eat foods that are best for me I’ll see more progress in my personal health goals. Heck, if I’m really good I could look like my favorite body builder friend, Jamie Ambler. … OK I’m dreaming. It’s not that big of a deal to me…yet.

It’s all about choices and I loved learning about them with the HCG diet. I’m sure glad Sunrider was there for me on this journey, too!

Let me know what you think about HCG Diets and Sunrider. I’d love to share my thoughts and education on this matter with you.

Fighting for my best health,

Christine Marek

Sunrider Consultant/ p. 480.491.9551

 

Spring Liver Cleanse Time with wonderful Sunrider

According to the Chinese, spring is the time to cleanse and nourish the liver!   Should you cleanse your liver?   In traditional Chinese five element theory, the liver and gallbladder are ruled by the wood element. The liver is seen as regulating the flow a chi (vital life force) and blood throughout the body, regulating normal digestion, and creating harmony of the emotions. Emotions of anger and frustration are often seen as “hot” or “stagnant” liver imbalances.

 History of The Liver Cleanse

There are few time-honored traditions in existence today as important as the spring liver cleanse. The liver cleanse has been seen as a vital part of health by almost every culture for over a 1,000 years. People often wonder why cultures ranging from China to Egypt to South America valued the liver cleanse.    The answer is clear – it is the foundation of a healthy body and mind!    Traditionally, liver cleanses were most often used to help purge the body of excess toxins and alleviate digestive problems from the heavy meals eaten during the winter months. Then many started to use olive oil and lemon juice followed up by Epson salts to cleanse gall stones and bile. Some old time cleanses may be too strong or even detrimental according to modern research.    However, it is easy to understand the importance of the liver in cleansing, because it serves as a filter for everything circulating in the blood. It has to break down hormones (testosterone, estrogen, etc.), detoxifies water and fat based soluble chemicals (including drugs, medications, pesticides, etc.), and neutralizes toxins. The liver even stores necessary vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, it also stores most toxins the body cannot breakdown.     Signs of liver imbalances that may indicate the need for cleansing:

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    • PMS
    • Poor Digestion (Especially Fats)
    • Frustration & Anger
    • Chronic Stress
    • Chronic Allergies
    • Weakened Immunity
    • Hormonal Imbalance
    • Poor Eyesight
    • Fatigue, Lowered Energy
    • Skin Problems (Rashes, Eczema, Acne)
    • Elevated Liver Enzymes
    • Constipation
    • Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Toxins in the Environment
    • Frequent Alcohol Consumption
    • Headaches & Migraines
    • Pains In the Upper Back & Neck

Table Foods for the Cleanse!

    Eating the following whole foods diet while cleansing is very important: 

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    • Organic fruit and vegetable juices
    • Beets, carrots, artichokes, chicory root
    • All cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, etc.)
    • Bitter greens (collard, kale, mustard greens, dandelion greens)
    • Wild greens (nettles, watercress, purslane, lamb’s quarters, amaranth)
    • Lemons, bitter melon, fresh parsley

Cleanse & Nourish with Sunrider Calli, Dandelion & Slim Caps!   I personally like simple, safe, food grade herbals to help cleanse the liver.    Dandelion Root, Calli and slim Caps are my favorite!     Dandelion: What is it good for?   Dandelion is one of the best blood builders and gentle purifiers available. It contains nutritive cell salts for building healthy blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood.Historically, it has been used to help low blood pressure.         Dandelion is good for the female organs, and has been used to open the urinary passages and nourish the kidneys. Dandelion is high in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.  It helps build energy and endurance.    More info on Dandelion Root         Vitalite® Slim Caps™ Formulated with owner expertise and based on the Philosophy of Regeneration™, Vitalite® Slim Caps™ supplements are designed to work synergistically with the body’s own natural cleansing systems.* Vitalite® Slim Caps™ are designed to give you a jump start on a healthy lifestyle that will help promote longevity and happiness.   Unlike many other weight-management products on the market today, Vitalite® Slim Caps™ are all natural, made without chemical and synthetic additives. Because Vitalite® Slim Caps™ are designed as part of a sustainable weight-management program, we also recommend daily exercise in combination with a sensible diet, including high-fiber, low-fat foods such as vegetables, fruit, lean white meats or fish.      Drink Calli Daily!      I love drinking Calli everyday. Calli not only helps cleanse gently but I love he way Calli cleanses the cobwebs from my mind!   Remember, before doing any cleansing always check with your health care provider for guidance and advice.           * This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.        

To contact Christine Marek at the Get Whole Food Nutrition Store  - Christine@GetWholeFoodNutrition.com

 or CALL your Phone order to Christine at 888-988-4882. 

Be Well Naturally- Everything Else Will Fall into Place!

You understand how taking care of yourself naturally is what our bodies need. Point blank, it’s that plain and simple. I know you know these things because you found this website, you found this article.

This knowledge is our common bound. We both know that we need to consistently rest up to 7 hours a day, exercise and stretch daily, stay away from toxic environments and high stress and lastly eat reasonably with a 70% living food diet. Again it’s that simple but then our commonalities differ at this point.

We don’t do all those things our bodies need. We are not perfect. DARN!

For me I do pretty good at rest, exercise, lowering stress but the foods I consume aren’t always perfect for me. A year ago, my eating habits were worse, five years ago they were awful, but then ignorance is bliss. Don’t you agree?

Today I know that if I nourish, balance and cleanse daily with whole foods then I am incredibly well.
I naturally take care of myself and everything else falls into place- weight, headaches, chronic joint pain, fatique, anxiety, depression, etc…

I have found the easiest and least expensive way to do this is by enjoying Sunrider foods.

Sunrider herbal foods (the best in the world) help me nourish my body with NuPlus that contains a plethora of fruits and vegetables. I don’t have to go and buy at an organic farmer’s market. Then chop, combine and/ or juice. Sunrider makes it so easy for me to eat, enjoy and go. Each day I’m adding ways to enjoy them even more in my other whole foods, like my steel cut oats, my juice, my tea, my fruit smoothies, salads and as I do that I can feel how GREAT it makes me feel.

I also balance my body; weight, hormones, mental attitude with the Sunrider foods. And Quinary helps me do this so perfectly by feeding my body’s five systems 47 fruits and vegetables in one serving.

And I also cleanse my body all day long with the Surnider herbal teas- Calli and Fortune Delight. This natural nourish, balance, clease program is not a fad, not a diet, it’s a wellness lifestyle. Cultures from different lands have enjoyed this lifestyle for centuries and more. My culture doesn’t know much about it. That’s why so many of us are sick.

I’m not perfect. I eat a donut now and then, a slice of pizza, even a juicy steak and a beautiful glass of wine. And what happens when I do? What I find when I do eat and enjoy food that does not serve my wellness purpose is that they are becoming less enjoyable, less fulfilling to me. It’s amazing how my body is now communicating with me about how it appreciates me taking care of it naturally. And it wants me to continue!

If you are wondering how to incorporate Sunrider whole and herbal foods in your wellness lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am there in your support. It’s not a race it’s a journey to a long life intended for great health and joy.

Yours in wellness,
Christine Marek
p. 480.491.9551/ 888-988-4882 toll free