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.

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.

 

To Wheat or Not to Wheat … ?

That Is the Question

In North America, one of the most commonly eaten grains is wheat. Toast in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, bread with dinner, not to mention the fact that wheat is an ingredient in the majority of processed and packaged foods found in your local supermarket and 7-Eleven.

Think about it, wheat is omnipresent. You can find it in different types of flour, bread, cereal extract, crackers, pasta, wheat germ, wheat starch: wheat, wheat, wheat . . . (resembling the shower-scene soundtrack of the movie, Psycho, for those with gluten issues).

And wheat is often present in somewhat hidden ways, such as artificial flavors, food starch, soy sauce, syrup, etc. You cannot escape it unless you carefully read labels and know which ingredients are wheat-based.

Good or Bad?

Here’s the thing: people have been eating foods that contain wheat for millenniums. But how wheat is grown and harvested has changed dramatically over thousands of years. Today’s crops are said to be vastly different from wheat plants of the past.

In fact, the past four decades have seen a shift to hybridized, high-yield wheat, which to quote Dr. William Davis, “is a genetically-unique plant that stands 18-24 inches tall, not the 4 1/2-foot tall ‘amber waves of grain’ we all remember.”

Dr. Davis is a renowned cardiologist who came to the conclusion that eliminating wheat from your diet can result in all sorts of health benefits, including weight loss, after asking his pre-diabetic and diabetic patients to remove wheat from their diets. The across-the-board positive results were beyond coincidence: weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and relief from a variety of health issues that included acid reflux, arthritic pain, chronic sinus infections, irritable bowel syndrome and migraine headaches. His claim that eating wheat causes heart disease remains controversial.

His book, Wheat Belly, became a bestselling book, and Dr. Davis went on to write several other well-received titles, including Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor. And a lot of people stopped eating wheat, which caused huge drops in sales of cereals and wheat in general.

It wasn’t just about eliminating gluten. Wheat contains over 1,000 proteins that have the potential to cause unexpected or odd responses, according to wheatbelly.com: “You might say that wheat is a perfectly crafted Frankengrain that almost appears like it was created to exert maximum health damage in the most desirable, irresistible form possible.”

Believe It or Not

Now, it is difficult to know what to believe these days, but with all of the Wheat Belly information and the initial idea of this blog being that wheat is such a dominant daily ingredient in North American diets, maybe there is something to be said for making a change.

This point in the blog is a “believe it or not” marker. Keeping anonymity by request, let’s just say that many years ago in a seasonally allergenic North American city, an individual was plagued by miserable springs, when pollen allergies created flu-like symptoms that made this person want to do nothing except lie on the couch, exhausted by sneezing and ever-flowing congestion. It was before the 2011 publication of Wheat Belly or the knowledge that city planners had played misogynistic Mother Nature and planted all-male varieties of trees that only produce pollen without dropping petals, berries or fruits that this red-eyed-in-the-spring individual decided to stop eating wheat. Why? Because wheat was something this person had eaten daily for a lifetime. Believe it or not, the result was no more seasonal allergies. No wheat, no allergies.

Perhaps others may want to take the wheat-less way and see what results. It’s tough because things like bread taste so good (because apparently wheat stimulates your appetite . . . and weight gain). Replacing wheat-based food with more vegetables that are fiber- and nutrient-rich without the weight gain is just one helpful step.

From an AIM perspective, choosing a glass of BarleyLife or the Garden Trio over two slices of buttered toast offers a nutrient-rich habit that you make on a daily basis. In other words, you train your stomach what is actually good for your body and not the other way around.

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

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

Fiber & Weight Loss Simplicity

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people, especially when they attempt to follow complicated “diet plans” that end up not being effective in permanently taking off the pounds.

So how about keeping weight loss simple and effective by introducing more fiber into your diet? A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® demonstrated that increasing fiber intake only may be “a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”

Fiber: The Low-Calorie Carbohydrate

Yes, fiber is a carb although your body does not easily digest it. That means it goes through your digestive tract without increasing blood sugar.  And along the way, fiber cleans the intestinal walls and bulks up waste to create soft stools that are eliminated in bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with increasing fiber intake, enhancing its effectiveness.

Another great thing about this low-weight carbohydrate is that it is plentiful in healthy whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables.

Fiber Full Foods

When you fill up on fiber-rich foods, your stomach gets full, which tells your brain (and you) to stop eating. That’s where the simplicity comes in.  And because most fiber goes undigested, you stay full for longer periods of time.

Eating an apple or a baked potato with the skin left on gives you fiber. Or suppose you chop up a variety of fresh, colorful veggies and snack on them instead of a bag of cookies or chips. You’re getting whole-food nutrients including a load of fiber, all without a lot of calories. Fewer calories means less weight gain. And again you’ll feel full much longer than after a cookie or chip binge, so you’ll eat less.

How Much Fiber?

According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily fiber requirement for an adequate intake is 25 grams for women (age 19 – 50 years) and 38 grams for men (age 14 – 50 years).  For women aged 51+, 21 grams is considered adequate while men in this age group need 30 grams daily.

Getting even more fiber may be a preventative measure. For example, rural South Africans often have more than 50 grams of fiber in their daily diets compared to African-Americans who average only 15 grams per day. A notable result of the high-fiber intake is that chronic diseases such as colon cancer are much rarer [PubMed Central® (PMC)].

A high-fiber intake goes way beyond just simplifying a weight loss program as it may contribute to blood sugar regulation, LDL cholesterol reduction and lower risk of chronic diseases (SAGE Journals).

Supplemental Fiber from AIM

For additional help with weight management, Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber are two supplemental fiber options that can help add to your “food” fiber intake.

If you want to begin with an intestinal cleanse, start by taking Herbal Fiberblend because along with psyllium fiber, it provides detoxifying herbs that will help to get your weight loss goal off to a cleansing beginning.

For an everyday fiber supplement, take fit ’n fiber to get more of this low-calorie, stomach-filling carbohydrate into your diet as a simple step toward losing weight.

The Heavy Weight on Children

The World Health Organi­zation states childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century with 2015 statistics showing that the global number of overweight children under five years of age is over forty-two million.

Since the 1970s, the percentage of obese children in the USA has more than tripled. Today, statistics indicate that one in three children in North America is overweight or obese. And the likelihood is that half all these children will be obese adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat and overweight as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. However you define the two terms, it puts children at risk for health problems that used to be seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even with all of the scary numbers and likely negative results, the fact is that obesity can be prevented or reversed. Parents are encouraged to help their children make a couple of healthy lifestyle changes and enact them together as a family.

Reduce Screen Time

We live in a world where the majority of children spend more time looking at TVs, video games, computers, tablets and smartphones than gazing up at the sky and being physically active beneath it. Limit their screen time and increase physical activity time outdoors.

If all family members regularly disconnect from their gadgets, it opens the door to connecting with each other. And that’s the most important connection of all.

Increase Healthy Nutrition

Eating the right food is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight. Fruit and vegetables should make up 50 percent of the meal on every plate. Getting creative in the kitchen so that children ask for healthy food is a step worth taking.

AIM can provide supplemental help. Whole-food powders such as CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas create a healthy chocolate drink that delivers stomach-filling pea protein and nutrient-packed greens. Getting your kids to ask for BarleyLife or naturally sweet BarleyLife Xtra may be one of the healthiest lifestyle changes you can do for them.

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Large Scale Study: “Protein Keeps You Full”

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Most of you have heard by now that protein increases feelings of fullness.  This is due to a number of small, insular studies. However, this premise had never been tested on a larger,  more diverse set of populations.  Researchers decided to combine all the information from the previous studies to try and conclusively prove this effect. Their positive results were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

After they compared all available data, the scientists were able to conclude that a high-protein diet improves feelings of satiety when compared to a low-protein diet. Furthermore, a modest uptick in protein uptake may allow folks to feel fuller between meals.  This, of course, can aid with weight loss.

From the Press Release

 “Though this study did not specifically evaluate dieters, feeling fuller could help to reduce food intake, an important factor when dieting,” concluded Dr. Mattes. “If these effects are sustained over the long-term – and our study only looked at short-term effects – increased protein intake may aid in the loss or maintenance of body weight.”

The AIM Companies is proud to offer protein in our world-famous ProPeas. With only 60 calories per serving, ProPeas is vegan, Non-GMO protein powder that can fit into any diet or workout program. It has a smooth vanilla taste and mixes well with our other AIM products. So stay fuller, longer with low-calorie ProPeas.

Achieve Your Goals with AIM

 

Goals

With AIM’s natural whole-food concentrates and supplements, you have the nutritional power to maintain your health. By introducing others to this wealth of health support, you also have an opportunity to build a home-based business and earn an income.

Look what you have at your disposal: the finest natural products that promote good health and offer targeted nutrition for specific conditions, including constipation, poor circulation, joint pain and high blood sugar, just to name a few.

With nutrients that provide the building materials for wellness, concentrated greens such as AIM BarleyLife® and AIM LeafGreens™ can be the foundation of any

goal to improve health. The alkalizing, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits of these nutritious greens begin at the cellular level and deliver whole-food nutrition for whole-body wellness. As opposed to a product that is synthesized in a laboratory and, therefore, foreign to the human body, BarleyLife and LeafGreens offer a natural multivitamin/mineral supplement made from a plant source produced by nature. As a result, these essential nutrients are accepted and easily assimilated by the body. The same can be said for the wealth of enzymes, chlorophyll and antioxidants and the myriad of unique plant nutrients found in BarleyLife and LeafGreens.

AIM ProPeas™ contains a vegetable source of protein from green peas, providing an essential component of every human cell. The body uses protein for building and repairing tissues; for making body chemicals, enzymes and hormones; and for the building blocks of blood, bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin.

As with alkalizing greens, the vegetable source of protein in ProPeas contributes to a healthy body pH, so it offers a meat alternative. Meat has an acidifying effect on the body, and an acidic body environment literally opens the door to disease. In fact, as of October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the consumption of both red meat and processed meat as probably carcinogenic to humans.

Natural health products such as AIM Herbal Fiberblend® and AIM fit ’n
fiber™* contribute to a high-fiber intake, which research has revealed to be a leading dietary factor in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The detoxifying properties of the fiber and herbs in Herbal Fiberblend provide a cleansing first step in health-improvement goals. Adding hunger-satisfying fit ’n fiber to a daily weight-loss routine will assist the goal of shedding unwanted pounds.

The balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) in AIMega® deliver the good fats that can only come from EFA-rich food or supplements. The body cannot survive without EFAs because they are essential for the repair and function of cells. The fact that omega-3 is a vital component of every cell membrane makes it less surprising that they are fundamental for so many workings of the human body, including the brain, the digestive system, the eyes, the heart, the hormonal (endocrine) system, the immune system and the skin. The EFAs in AIMega come from organic seed oils such as flaxseed, one of the richest plant sources of omega-3.

All you have to do is glance through an AIM product catalogue or visit the website to discover even more to assist you in your goals for the future. The entire AIM product line-up is available as supplemental health support for you, your family and friends. By introducing AIM benefits to others, you can become a commission-earning AIM Member. It’s a healthy win-win situation overall.

Simple Plans for Completing Goals

Motivation and willpower are necessary, but both can be short-lived. If you plan the when, where and how of your behavioral changes, you are far more likely to achieve your goals. For example, suppose you want to improve your health. Tell yourself, “Thirty minutes before every meal, I’m going to take AIM BarleyLife.” It’s much easier to accomplish health goals by giving yourself achievable tasks.

Having back-up plans when obstacles get in the way keeps you on track with your goals. For example, tell yourself, “If I’m not at home for meals, then I’ll carry some BarleyLife Sample Packs or capsules so I never miss taking these health-improving greens.”

Believe it or not, studies confirm the effectiveness of what psychology professor Peter M. Gollwitzer calls implementation intentions—simple plans that move you around obstacles and closer to your goals. It works for business building as well. So keep telling yourself, “Even if some people say no to AIM, I’m still going to find people who say yes to Nutrition that Works!”