Fit is the New Thin: Caitlin Lawrence

Shared by Caitlin Lawrence, AIM Preferred Member

I was born at a normal weight but with a big appetite. I remember dieting from an early age without much success. Although my mom was always into health foods and we were notoriously known as “the healthiest family in the neighborhood,” my weight tended to make people to think otherwise.

My mom was introduced to AIM products when I was about 14. She began forcing the whole family take greens and fiber. As a result of the healthy diet and AIM products, my brother and I rarely got sick. When we did have an illness or surgery, our recovery time was much shorter than average, like the time I had to have my stone-filled gallbladder removed.

When I entered university, I lived in residence for two years and my food choices became increasingly worse. I gained weight, became extremely depressed and anxious and did poorly in school. I suffered terribly from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), to the point where I’d have to eat two hours before going out because of the attacks that followed meals.

I finally decided to move back home and attend community college. My first year went well, but my food intake was still unhealthy. My weight ballooned to 230 pounds, and I was extremely unhappy and self-conscious about my body.

I made up my mind that 2013 was the year for me to make a change, so planning for my weight loss and health gain journey began. On April 28, I started Weight Watchers and began exercising five times a week while working full-time at a fast food restaurant. By December, I dropped to 165 pounds but reached a plateau that I struggled to break through.

I decided to try an elimination cleanse that worked dramatically for my mom, who had strug­gled to lose weight her entire life. The main com­ponent was filling your body with beneficial and nutri­tious food. It was at this point in my life that AIM products became vital to my journey.

My weight has fluctuated over the last three years, but three things have remained consistent: my exercise routine, my healthier food choices and the inclusion of the AIM products in my life.

Since I am lactose intolerant, have IBS and don’t have a gallbladder, I am unable to consume milk products and find it difficult to digest fats, particularly those found in deep-fried foods and meat products. I rely on the ProPeas for protein boosters because I do not eat much meat.

I love to start my day with a smoothie that contains ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and CoCoa LeafGreens. I have taken BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend capsules in the evening for the past eight years, but since attending the AIM Celebration in Toronto, I am now taking the Garden Trio in the morning and for lunch instead. I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of this inclusion.

Other products I rely on include FloraFood and PrepZymes to help absorb and digest fats, AIMega to provide good fats for brain and skin health and Composure to relieve anxiety and depression.

I’m happy to say that I’m maintaining a weight of 140 pounds and haven’t felt better. My IBS and anxiety still like to rear their heads from time to time, but I am able to control them for the most part through a controlled diet that includes AIM products. While losing weight and gaining health are largely based on determination and drive, I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today without AIM.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Certifications Matter

Members (whole-food concentrates and nutritional supplement distributors for The AIM Companies) worldwide recognize that our products are the finest. However, people outside of the AIM family are faced with many choices, so it isn’t easy for them to make the best selections when it comes to natural health products.

Independent distributors of AIM’s substantial line of high-quality products have several helpful deciding factors at their disposal to encourage people to make the finest choices: product certifications.

Knowing Product Certifications

AIM has five certifications that are featured on product labels and the website and in catalogs, datasheets and other AIM literature: Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, certified Vegan, Kosher and Sport Approved. It is important to be familiar with each certification when speaking to people who may be interested in purchasing AIM products.

As an example, people who are vegetarians or vegans are likely to share this aspect of their lives when talking about health-related issues and would be more inclined to purchase a particular supplement that fits their lifestyle choices.

Awareness of the certifications increases the product knowledge and credibility of AIM independent distributors and prevents unsuitable recommendations.

Non-GMO products do not contain genetically modified ingredients

Every AIM product is certified Non-GMO, so this fact is easy to remember for the entire AIM lineup. None of the ingredients that AIM uses contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are bioengineered animals or plants through the use of gene-splicing.

GMOs have created a worldwide concern for people who want only natural sources of nutrition. All AIM products respect that concern. Telling prospective customers that every AIM product is certified Non-GMO is as good an introduction as any.

Gluten-free products contain less than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten

The AIM Companies™ has tested for the presence of gluten in all of its products. Most AIM products have tested gluten-free except for BarleyLife capsules, BarleyLife Xtra, Herbal Fiberblend, CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens and Canada Herbal Release. Knowing these six exceptions confirms the vast majority of AIM products are gluten-free.

Being able to identify gluten-free supplements is of utmost importance for the health of people who have gluten-related disorders. For such individuals, consuming gluten—distinctive proteins found in wheat and other grains—can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, poor absorption of food nutrients and diarrhea or constipation. Those with gluten issues can take comfort in knowing that AIM has a substantial lineup of gluten-free products that can help to improve their health.

Certified vegan products contain no animal products or by-products

For anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, the AIM products that are certified vegan can be easily identified by a logo or vegan indications printed on labels, signifying no presence of animal products or by-products and no testing on animals. This information is essential for vegans and vegetarians to decide which supplements are appropriate for them to take.

Kosher certification indicates the product, process and system comply with the highest kosher standards and regulations

Kosher food laws set a high bar in terms of cleanliness, purity and quality, so people not only of the Jewish faith look for the OK symbol on labels.

The Garden TrioBarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets—as well the BarleyLife powder in the 180-gram canisters and sample packs are certified kosher, and The AIM Companies will continue to expand kosher certifications for those who look for the OK symbol on product labels.

Sport-approved products contain no substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency

The AIM lineup contains three products that are sport approved: Peak Endurance, ProPeas and Red Rush. All three are available individually or as a combination in the Sports Pack. For competitive athletes, enhancing performance with natural products that contain no banned substances is an intelligent choice.

Helping people to make intelligent choices when it comes to their health and lifestyles is a goal for all AIM independent distributors. Use prod­uct certifications wisely to achieve this aim.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

It’s All about Quality

The evidence is out there: the more plant-based food a person eats, the lower the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, which, in turn, leads to a longer life.

But let’s be clear about one thing. Quality counts, so if your diet includes French fries and potato chips, both of which are plant-based, these so-called foods are not going to count as quality choices that reduce your risk of diseases. Refined grains that are usually found in crackers, cookies and cakes are also unhealthy plant-based food.

It’s really not confusing as to what constitutes quality plant-based food. Choose plant foods that haven’t been messed with, altered or packaged. Instead of processed apple slices sealed in plastic with a pretty label decorated with apple illustrations, eat a whole apple. Eat fresh kale, not processed kale chips in a plastic bag with an attractive green, leafy motif. Consuming plant-based food packaged by nature provides quality.

And you don’t necessarily have to eat vegetarian only. From the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Ambika Satija stated, “For heart health protection, your diet needs to focus on the quality of plant foods, and it’s possible to benefit by reducing your consumption of animal foods without completely eliminating them from your diet.” Even the medical profession is getting and giving a much-needed education.

 The Difference Quality Makes

Study after study shows that consuming more high-quality plant-based food and less meat results in better health.

Mortality (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2010)

Those with a high-quality plant-based diet were 27 percent less likely to die of any cause and 37 percent less likely to die of cancer.

 Coronary Heart Disease (Rotterdam Study):

Eating more plant protein and less animal-derived protein lowers the risk for coronary heart disease.

Consuming more animal protein and less plant protein increases the risk of heart disease.

Arterial Plaque (ELSA- Brazil Cohort Study)

Participants who regularly ate more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely to develop plaque in their arteries than those who ate more animal-based protein.

Type 2 Diabetes (The Singapore Chinese Health Study)

High intakes of red meat and poultry were associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

 AIM Quality

Supplementing high-quality plant-based food with high-quality AIM products providing concentrated plant nutrients packaged by nature can help to increase health benefits.

BarleyLife’s green nutrition from the juice powder of young barley plants delivers vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and a virtual wealth of plant nutrients.

ProPeas offers an alternative to meat so that you have a healthy choice of protein from peas.

AIMega provides every cell in your body with omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids from organic seed oils.

Just Carrots, RediBeets, LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens provide more quality choices of supplementation. And Red Rush contains 500 mg of vegetable nitrate per bottle of beet juice. All deliver high-quality plant-based nutrients from whole foods. Quality counts.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and RediBeets and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

Whole-Food Powder Nutrition

The AIM Companies‘ Members are in the know when it comes to the differences between AIM products and those that try to compete. Take green powders as an example. All you have to do is look at competing product labels to see a whole lot of ingredients in small amounts only, including not so natural ones. In other words, most are highly processed versions of natural greens with a myriad of ingredients tossed into the mix that do not work well together, such as enzymes and probiotics.

The Fewer the Ingredients the Better

In contrast to a long list of ingredients designed to impress rather than nourish properly, BarleyLife sports a very short ingredient label list: the juice powder of young barley plants, a little bit of kelp and brown rice oligodextrin, which buffers the barley grass enzymes to stabilize them with all of the other nutrient molecules.

There’s a reason why AIM limits the number of ingredients in its whole-food powders. Members don’t need a lengthy list with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. Green powder such as BarleyLife can stand on its own in delivering superior supplemental nutrition. At the same time, barley grass provides an incomparably long list of nutrients from a single natural source, which is why AIM provides BarleyLife.

With BarleyLife Xtra, you still get the same amount of BarleyLife but with additional fruit and vegetable powders for Xtra sweetness and vitamin C. And when the juice powder of young barley plants is mixed with the superfood leaf powders in LeafGreens and the cocoa powders in CoCoa LeafGreens, you still have a natural source of plant-based nutrition with a short list of natural ingredients that deliver an astonishing abundance of nutriments.

Whole Food Matters

There are some people who think that it’s a good idea to take supplements only to fill their nutritional needs. It’s an experiment that no one need try. At no point in the 36-year history of AIM has the company suggested that Members live on supplements alone and it never will.

As a matter of fact, the very first component of the AIM Healthy Cell Concept™ stresses the importance of eating whole foods and the benefits of proper nutrition. AIM whole-food powders supplement your food intake, adding an additional concentration of nutrients to a diet of wholesome food.

What AIM does encourage is the nourishing of cells with its nutrient-dense, power powders that are easily absorbed by the body, providing a nutritional advantage above and beyond healthy food intake.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Getting a Nutritional Education

Late August or early September is the time associated with going back to school. Education time. Beyond what is learned from kindergarten through col­lege, parents have the ability to educate their children with an important, long-life lesson: the value of wholesome nutrition. It’s significant because there’s a media marketplace—TV, the internet, smart phones—that sells young people a poor-nutrition road to bad health: fast foods, soft drinks, processed snacks, to name just a few.

Unwholesome Advertising

It’s still an eye-opener to look back at the early days of advertising, when doctors promoted one cigarette brand over another. Have we really come that far since then? Possibly not, when you consider the marketing of so-called food and beverages that study after study show the likelihood for promoting the onset of diseases, such as obesity and diabetes1 as well as cancer2.

Such advertising is still legal and very profitable . . . just not ethical if a company truly cares about the long-term health of consumers and their children. In 2013, Fast Food Facts reported that children and teens remained key audiences by the fast food industry, which spent $4.6 billion to advertise mostly unhealthy products3. Even under all of the marketing pressure, parents can step in and make a difference.

Taste Training

Getting your kids to eat well is a worthwhile task. As a parent, you have the power of providing nutrition, so make choices that create good food habits. For example, introducing a variety of vegetables to young children and “marketing” them in a fun way can shape their taste for healthy foods4.

Introducing AIM nutrition to your children gives them a supplemental advantage for a long, healthy life­time. Kids who crave a glass of BarleyLife or Co­Coa LeafGreens instead of a bag of po­tato chips nurture their physical and mental well-being.

Chairman’s Club Director Sandy Combs has been such an educator since becoming an AIM Member in 1985. Sandy and her husband, Wayne, have six children, 21 grandkids and “a bunch of great-grandkids.” AIM nutrition has been a big part of their lives and the lives touched by Sandy’s help.

“Moms put BarleyLife into baby bottles to help children stay sat­isfied longer,” Sandy explained. “As my grandkids grew, AIM products entered into the school sports scene, fueling winning positions in baseball, softball, football and cheerleading. Championship com­petitions were joined with AIM’s champion products.”

Giving children a nutritional education helps them to graduate with a high degree of good health in life.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Co­Coa LeafGreens and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Three Generations Using the AIM Products

AIM Group Builder Wendy Hewett lives in Australia. She became a Member in 2003 after picking up a copy of Dr. Hagiwara’s book in a local store. Wendy had always been interested in health, so she was constantly on the lookout for products to improve her own health and that of her children.

The health benefits of barley grass grabbed her attention, especially the growth factor, so she immediately started taking AIM’s green barley powder along with giving it to two of her three teenage children. The third teen was living away from home at a boarding school but would eventually enjoy AIM nutrition as well.

Through Wendy’s efforts, she won a prize to an AIM conference held in Cronulla, Sydney. And as another way to share AIM goodness with her family, Wendy brought along her daughter, Raven, who loved taking the Garden Trio for breakfast.

Today, Wendy continues to work night shifts and attributes her good health to the daily intake of BarleyLife, LeafGreens, Cocoa LeafGreens, Herbal Fiberblend and ProPeas along with rubbing Mag-nificence magnesium lotion all over her body. Interestingly, after using Mag-nificence lotion, she massages the excess on her hands through her hair and leaves it in. She believes it’s the shea butter in the lotion that makes her hair feel extremely soft.

Wendy’s mother thought that once her grandchildren were old enough, they would stop taking the AIM products. But little did she realize that not only would they continue on this healthy path but also start their own children on the products.

In fact, Wendy’s AIM nutritional intake has translated into a “like mother, like daughter” situation. Raven now shares her mother’s daily products as well as fit ’n fiber with her three children and her partner, encouraging them to use the products diligently. The AIM products now have a generational following with Wendy, her three children and four grandchildren, all powering ahead today.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Product Certifications: Why They Matter

Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan

For consumers who want accessible information to assess products they pick up from store shelves or view online, certain certifications can be a deciding factor in making choices.

The same can be said for AIM independent distributors sharing the healthy benefits of AIM products: certifications matter. The AIM Companies recognizes their importance and has taken steps to certify the AIM lineup. Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan certifications help assist Members and those beginning to learn about AIM in choosing high-quality AIM supplements. Some certification logos are already printed on a variety of AIM product labels.

Non-GMO

Nature creates plants and animals that are NOT genetically modified organisms: Non-GMOs. Every AIM product is certified Non-GMO, one of several important certifications in regard to food and natural health products.

Unlike what occurs in nature, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are “bioengineered” plants or animals through the use of gene-splicing. Genetically modified foods remain a worldwide concern. The safety of consuming GMO food is unproven even though Americans have been eating genetically modified ingredients in most processed foods since 1996.

A wide range of environmental damage and health risks has been linked to GMO food. By 2020, all food makers in the USA will have to label bioengineered (BE) food and ingredients. Having bioengineered (BE) on the label instead of genetically modified organism (GMO) suggests the negative association that GMO has in the minds of people all around the world.

It’s worth repeating: every AIM product is certified Non-GMO.

Gluten-Free

Celiac disease is a widespread health problem, roughly affecting 1 in 100 people globally. Those with this disorder have to avoid foods that contain gluten because eating these proteins found in wheat and other grains can cause damage in the small intestine, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms and poor absorption of food nutrients.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been deemed “The New Frontier of Gluten Related Disorders” in a 2013 study, so gluten issues are affecting even more people. Being able to identify gluten-free foods and supplements is of utmost importance to anyone with gluten sensitivity.

The AIM Companies has tested for the presence of gluten in all of its products. The vast majority tested gluten-free. Members and those new to AIM can refer to the and AIM website to easily identify all of these gluten-free products, including BarleyLife powder, which is a safe “superfood” for anyone with gluten issues.

Kosher

Kosher food laws set a high bar in terms of cleanliness, purity and quality, so people not only of the Jewish faith look for the OK symbol on labels. The AIM Companies has achieved kosher certification for the Garden TrioBarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets—as well the BarleyLife powder in the 180-gram canisters and sample packs and will continue to expand kosher certification to its product lineup. Watch for the OK symbol.

Vegan

For anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it is essential to know what can and cannot be consumed. The certified vegan logo indicates products that do not contain animal products or by-products and have not been tested on animals. All of the AIM products that are certified vegan can be easily identified with this logo on the AIM website and AIM product catalog.

As time and label space allow, more of these certification logos will appear on AIM product labels. In the meantime, if you are an independent distributor, let people know about product certifications whenever you share your knowledge of AIM nutrition. Certifications matter.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.