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.

My Cells Were Being Well-Fed

Shared by Valerie Pope, AIM Wholesale Member

About 20 years ago, I began taking BarleyLife. I did that for awhile, feeling so much better and having much more energy. I would awake in the morning feeling refreshed. But then I let it go. I did not continue taking it.

As a result of taking massive doses of prednisone over 30 years ago during a pregnancy, which was on top of a blood disease, I was told that at some point I might get diabetes, and it did show up over three years ago.

I started taking BarleyLife again in 2016. I have noticed some incredible changes because my cells were being well fed, trusting God along the way.

God has put another person in my life, an incredible individual who has blessed me with the ability to try some more of the products. One of them is GlucoChrom, which is helping to stabilize my A1C and blood glucose levels.

I have seen remarkable improvements by being better cared for, so much so that I decided to try life without insulin injections around May of 2018. At my last doctor’s appointment, my A1C was the lowest it has been in three years. I’m really happy about this because I do not want to take medication to manage any system in my body. My desire is to use what God created.

I also had a catastrophic event with my left eye almost three years ago. It was called a type of glaucoma attack, wherein I lost most of the vision in that eye. However, at a checkup with my eye specialist around the beginning of the year, I was told that for whatever reason, things are looking better.

It’s amazing how God puts people on your path and in your life over the years. I thank Him and the people who have helped me along the way … that I will continue to see improvements in my health.

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.

Natural Solutions

Shared by Cindy Ponchot, Star Sapphire Director

On April 11, 2018, I went with my husband, Don, to his appointment with our primary care physician, suspecting a diagnosis of diabetes. Don’s symptoms were unquenchable thirst, constant urgency to urinate, fatigue, tingling in his feet, vision issues and other indications of this disease.

The doctor conducted an A1C test that read 10.4. She was shocked and said that Don had probably been a diabetic for some time now.

After sharing my primary peritoneal cancer testimony with her, I asked her if she would be OK if we tried similar measures to see if we could get Don’s blood sugar under control. For my cancer, I had used a mind, body and spirit treatment versus chemotherapy or radiation. I had been given six months to live. That was 10 years ago. She agreed and said, “I will see you back here in three months to see how you are doing.”

We went home that day and started our program. We ate a whole-food diet, no sugar or white foods, no bread and plenty of green vegetables. With every meal he took a capsule of AIM GlucoChrom. After dinner, we would ride our bikes for four miles. Intermittent fasting became part of our routine also. Don had been using BarleyLife for a while along with some supplements, so we continued those.

The doctor wanted Don to take three prescriptions—Metformin, Lisinopril and
Lipitor—saying that diabetics die of heart disease, not diabetes. These drugs have terrible side effects, and we did not want to deal with this. Don had already overcome acid reflux and high blood pressure, so we felt we could control the diabetes too.

On July 18, we went back for the follow-up visit. To the doctor’s surprise, Don had lost 20 pounds, his blood pressure was 116/66 and his A1C was 6.4. She was shocked and said she did not ever think we could achieve this success.

My A1C was 5.5 and prior to the visit she thought I may be borderline dia­be­tic. I can say, if you put your mind to this, it can be done naturally!

Thanks, AIM, for all the resources you give us to live healthy lives!

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.

Fit is the New Thin: Mélanie’s Story

It is important to note that maintaining an ideal weight for your body composition goes well beyond being skinny or thin. It’s about being fit. It’s the new thin in wellness.

Over the years, many Members (The AIM Companies’ distributors) have managed their weight by using a variety of AIM products, including BarleyLife, ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and GlucoChrom. A selection of recent testimonials comprise the “Fit Is the New Thin” series, beginning with a personal success story from Mélanie Villeneuve, an AIM Group Builder who lives in  Quebec with her husband and their two daughters.

Weight Loss Made Easy

As a working mom with two young girls, I need a lot of energy. But I had been experiencing health issues: stomach problems and mostly feeling tired all the time. I had poor nutritional habits and was overweight. I wanted to take charge of my health.

In September 2017, I started using AIM products, learning about their benefits for my family from AIM Director Sylvie Adam. I began by taking BarleyLife Xtra every morning for a month because I wanted to try one product first on myself and see if I felt any different.

After only four days, I noticed an increase in my energy levels, better digestion and reduced bloating. And at the end of that first month, I had lost 8 pounds.
Since then, I’ve been eating healthy, alkaline, raw food along with taking additional AIM products: the Garden Trio, which my girls love, ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and GlucoChrom. When I weighed myself four months into this lifestyle change, I had lost 30 pounds … and I’m keeping it off!

I couldn’t keep this a secret just for myself, so I’m promoting this healthy lifestyle and building an AIM business in the process. I began by telling family and friends about AIM nutrition. Some people didn’t recognize me after my weight loss. I look healthier, happier and fitter.

AIM makes it easy to introduce good nutrition to your routine, and you can start by changing one thing at a time. I know that I am now at my best to take care of my family. I’m full of energy, so I can do whatever I want. And I’m also ready to help people who want better health.

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.

 

No Longer Suffers with Hay Fever

Shared by Angela Lu, AIM Director

Initially, when I came to America, I suffered from serious hay fever every spring. My friend who lived far away in Texas would send me canisters of BarleyLife powder, instructing me to take it on an empty stomach every morning to improve my health so that I would be no longer troubled by this allergy. I tried it for several months and it worked.

Little by little, I also noticed that my skin and hair quality improved. Even when I had knife cuts or oil burns from working at my restaurant, BarleyLife helped me to heal quickly, and I never needed to worry that these injuries might get infected.

For almost 30 years, BarleyLife has been my only supplement. One of its main benefits is to strengthen our body cells, and it makes me strong to be able to do the physically demanding work required at the restaurant. My health is even better than when I was young.

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.

Anti-Aging AIM Supplements

In the overall anti-aging AIM product lineup, the following four supplements can help turn back the hands of time.

Proancynol 2000

Every time you take a breath, you inhale life-giving oxygen. But breathing also has a death-giving aspect in the form of oxidation. Oxygen loves to steal electrons from stable molecules in your body, turning them into unbalanced free radicals that damage cells, proteins, lipids and DNA. This destruction accumulates and increases over time causing age-related illnesses that include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.1 Your main defense against free radical damage is antioxidants.

Proancynol 2000 contains seven antioxidant-providing ingredients: green tea leaf extract, rosemary leaf extract, grape seed extract, N-acetylcysteine, lycopene, alpha-lipoic acid and selenium, delivering an incredible diversity of protective antioxidants. For example, green tea extract is literally loaded with polyphenols2 such as catechins, the benefits of which include preventing cellular damage, protecting neurons and increasing the antioxidant activity of blood. You give your body a wide range of antioxidants from just this single ingredient. So with seven antioxidant-packed ingredients, Proancynol 2000 helps protect you from the damaging and ultimately aging effects of free radicals.

Frame Essentials

Joint pain is an inner sign of aging. Frame Essentials helps to revital­ize aging joints with a combination of interacting ingredients: glucosamine sul­phate, glucosamine hydro­chloride, boswellia extract and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). You can think of them as reparative building material for joints.

The glucosamine sulphate in Frame Essentials may also help prevent one of the most visible effects of the passing of time: skin aging. A 2017 study concluded that “glucosamine sulphate has a positive effect on epidermal and dermal markers associated with age.”3 Support your inner and outer frame against the wear and tear of time with Frame Essentials.

GinkgoSense

As the years go by, time dominated by free radicals can have a damaging effect on sight and thought processes. “Almost every single one of the risk factors we have for macular degeneration can be linked to free radicals,” stated Dr. Lylas Mogk, ophthalmologist and author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight. Age-related memory loss can result from the brain’s susceptibility to free radical damage due to its high rate of oxygen use, high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids and relatively low antioxidant capacity.4

GinkgoSense supports eye and brain health with a combination of natural, anti-aging ingredients—ginkgo biloba extract, bilberry fruit, omega-3, lutein and zeaxanthin—that improve blood flow to the brain and eyes and deliver powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage.

BarleyLife

In 2018, a review article published in the online journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity analyzed the nutritional makeup and health benefits of barley grass powder as “the best functional food that provides nutrition and eliminates toxins from cells in human beings.”6

With a natural source of antioxidants, chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins from the juice powder of young barley plants, BarleyLife nourishes the cells with nutrients that repair, build and protect the body. It’s a must for anti-aging nutrition.

There’s even more to explore among AIM’s whole-food concentrates and natural supplements that promote healthy aging. The 2018 AIM Prod­uct Catalog contains them all, and you can find it and more at www.theaimcompanies.com.

[References accessed June 29, 2018]
1 Studies on free radicals, antioxidants, and co-factors [Clinical Interventions in Aging 2007]

2 Beneficial effects of green tea [Chinese Medical Journal Published online 2010]

3 Efficacy of Glucosamine Sulphate in Skin
Ageing [Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 2017]

4 Free radicals in brain, functions and failures

5 Anti-Aging Effects of Probiotics [JDD Jan 2016]

6 Preventive and Therapeutic Role of Functional Ingredients of Barley Grass for Chronic Diseases in Human Beings [Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity 2018]

Red Rush Powers Sue On!

In April 2018, AIM-Sponsored Athlete Sue Phillips-Leclerc faced another beast . . . the Spartan Beast in New Jersey that is. This means Sue endured over 12 miles and more than 30 obstacles that include climbing ropes and crawling under barbed wire until crossing the finish line.

This is something Sue does for fun: testing her strength, endurance and resolve. In the end, she placed 3rd in her age group in the Spartan Beast. Red Rush is an essential supplement for her intensive training and challenging competitions.

The Beastly Beginning

“I guess I was always big into working out, mostly just going to the gym and lifting weights,” Sue explained. “I was a spin instructor for probably 15 years. And I love the mountains and trail running.”

After Sue entered her first Spartan Beast in Killington, Vermont, she was hooked. Both her husband, John Leclerc, and her daughter, Red Rush Athlete Taylor Witkiewicz, were great motivators because they competed as well.

Mountain Life

Sue and her family live in Plattsburgh, New York, in the Adirondacks, so their virtual backyard contains 46 high-peak mountains. “We spend a lot of time on the trails in the summertime,” Sue said. “Sometimes we’ll go hiking, and I’m religious about taking Red Rush. But occasionally my husband will say, ‘Oh man, I forgot to drink my Red Rush!’ It’s so funny the difference that it makes. It gets the blood flowing and increases stamina.”

Even their 2018 travels took them to high heights and physical challenges: Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and the 6-Pack of Peaks Challenge™ in Southern California. Red Rush came along for the bumpy ride.

Training Schedule

Sue’s day job as a speech therapist in a public school means that she has an interesting work-week exercise routine. “I get up at 3 a.m. and train for 2 hours, a combination of running and weight training,” Sue stated. Her husband set up a workout room in their garage that she half-jokingly refers to as a torture chamber. “I work out six days a week.”

Her job gives her the summers off to focus on training for upcoming events, such as the August 10 North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships and the September 15 Killington “ULTRA”, which is at least 30 miles and double the obstacles of the Beast.

To power Sue on, Red Rush will be her supplement of choice because “Red Rush makes a world of difference for training and competitions.”

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 Red Rush and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.