The Weight of It All

It’s the New Year and already the weight of any resolutions you made can feel like someone nagging you to do something about it. If you have resolutely made up your mind to lower the number that appears when you step on a scale, then at least you can be comforted in knowing that you are not alone. An online survey that asked “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” revealed that 45 percent of the people who responded wanted to lose weight or get in shape. Many fail.

Looking back at all of the weight-loss fads that have been foisted on the public over the years, it would seem that all of the diet plans that have come and gone were most successful in gaining fees and royalties for the people who happened to come up with the latest craze. It’s still happening. What is rarely happening is healthy weight loss that stays off.

 Burn More Than You Consume

Sometimes the most practical way to do something successfully seems . . .  well, too sensible, as though it has to be a case of no pain, no gain. But what if being practical actually works best for losing weight?

Every body is different, but every body burns calories daily. This works for maintaining an ideal body weight. If inactive, your body burns anywhere from 1,800 – 2,400 calories daily in the normal metabolic process. So if your daily caloric intake outweighs what your body burns, you become overweight. It’s pretty much that simple. To reverse this, burn more than you consume to lose weight.

Hunger Pangs

The primary feeling that works against the balance of calories in and calories burned is hunger. We all get hungry. How we react to hunger is what separates the “lightweight” from the overweight.

Do you know that you can eat a big bowl of raw vegetables that gives you healthy plant nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber but with minimal calories? The most difficult part is washing and chopping a daily supply and storing it in the fridge. For some, the most difficult part will be training their minds and bodies that vegetables are a better choice than a big bowl of potato chips. It’s called being in charge of your health.

Suppose you make this vegetable feast one of your three meals of the day. The pounds will slowly waste away from your waist. Slow but sure is a healthy approach to weight loss.

AIM for Satiety

AIM provides another way to have a replacement meal without a lot of calories: the Weight Loss Pack. And a fine mix it is—vegetable protein from ProPeas, a variety of filling fiber from fit ’n fiber and fat- and carbohydrate-metabolizing nutrients from GlucoChrom. Drinking daily smoothies made with ProPeas and fit ’n fiber are an effective way to feel satiated for hours. AIM for weight loss through healthy nutrition.

Helping Your Body’s Metabolism

This is the point where the E-word appears: exercise. Some people cringe at the thought, even though they know it’s good for them. Others don’t feel balanced unless they get some exercise.

These days, there are a lot of extreme forms of physical activity. Do not even go there if you’re someone who tends back away from the idea of physical activity. There are simple ways to get some beneficial exercise without having to go to extremes or a fitness center for that matter.

Take a Walk

Walking is natural for human beings and really easy. Cars and public transportation are great inventions, but they have eliminated the need to walk from point A to B. This vehicular convenience is the usual go-to choice even for short distances, so a simple way to get some daily exercise is missed by walking to a vehicle only.

Climb Stairs

Stairs are a great way to get a cardiovascular workout, but elevators are the vehicle of choice for the ups and downs of daily life. Taking the stairs instead of entering an elevator and pushing a button gives you a lot more exercise. And if you need to go up several flights, start by climbing stairs for a floor or two to build your stamina. You may eventually be able to climb to the top all on your own steam.

In the end, losing pounds that you don’t want to carry around can make living in your body feel so much better. It’s a worthwhile New Year’s resolution that’s doable. Just do it sensibly and get some help from AIM.

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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: Cassey Shaw

Shared by Cassey Shaw, AIM Preferred Member

I am a wife, mom, business owner and recovering food addict. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.

In May 2018, I decided enough was enough. I focused on changing my mindset and nutrition. I counted calories and ate whole foods. I worked hard for those first two months to fight the mental battle that has always plagued me and in two months I lost 25 pounds!

At this point, I began running, and I purchased my first Garden Trio. I could have never imagined that I would fall in love with this drink so much. These products are not new to me because my in-laws, whom I’ve known for over 19 years, have been faithfully taking them. However, this is the first time I started taking AIM products.

By including my two children in my health and wellness journey, it has held me accountable. No matter what, I wanted them to grow up in a healthy home, making healthy choices, even if mommy was closet eating. Making our [Garden] Trio smoothies together has been a game changer for my kids and now my whole family enjoys smoothies multiple times a week.

Today I am down 55 pounds and use the Garden Trio regularly. When I feel bloated, need a quick meal on the go or a quick post-workout smoothie, I always reach for my power drink. As a homeschooling mama and business owner, this smoothie gives me the energy to keep up with life. I travel often and being able to pack my powders and blender not only saves me money but keeps me on track.

I never thought I would enjoy these products so much, but today I CRAVE THEM!

Cassey’s Smoothie Ingredients:
1½ cups of water
1 tsp. RediBeets
1 tsp. Just Carrots
1 tbsp. BarleyLife
1 tbsp. fit ’n fiber
2 small handfuls of mixed frozen berries
2 handfuls spinach

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.

 

AIM Nutrition Changed My Life

Shared by Tina Wilkerson, AIM Director and Personal Trainer

Back in 2001, after my daughter, Jordan, was born, I felt very poorly. I had a number of health issues: fatigue, headaches, aching joints, and I was overweight. At that point in time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, but I began a wellness journey that would change my life for the better and allow me to help others do the same.

The Journey

I managed to go from size 14 to 2, but, honestly, I didn’t do it in a healthy way. I wish I had had the knowledge that I have now so that I wouldn’t have taxed my body as hard as I did. I would have been able to maintain my weight in a healthy way.

During my wellness journey, I got into personal training and opened my own studio. However, the stress of starting a business and raising a daughter caught up with me. I regularly worked 12-hour days, and I was getting sick a lot and taking antibiotics probably four times a year.

Discovering AIM

Six years ago, I met Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson, who mentored me on the use of AIM products. I started on a committed regimen of the Garden Trio, FloraFood, AIMega, Composure and Renewed Balance body cream. Within three months, I was feeling completely renewed, capable and energetic.

I credit AIM nutrition with these positive changes because I didn’t do anything else that was different. As a personal trainer, I already exercised and ate well, so it was the AIM products that really changed my life.

That’s when I started telling all of my clients about AIM, recommending products not only for losing weight but for improving all kinds of body functions. Those who come to my studio are generally middle-aged woman, many of whom have chronic pain, don’t sleep well, have poor digestive function and hormonal imbalance. Many want to improve their mobility, or what I call the “feel good” factor.

In addition to the exercise component to enhance mobility, I use AIM products to improve their wellness on an intracellular level. Addressing external factors of wellness, such as exercise (mild to moderate), sufficient sleep, sun exposure, etc., and the internal factors of eating well and supplementing with AIM products has helped a lot of my clients to get stellar results. They are able to look better, move better, feel better and be better from the inside out.

AIMing for Weight Loss

Most of my clients have weight loss goals. Last year, I ran a six-week weight-loss challenge. I had them replace their highest calorie meal of the day with a ProPeas shake. The average weight loss was eight pounds.

ProPeas and fit ’n fiber are mostly used for meal re­placements, having developed a couple of recipes that include adding kale or spinach and a teaspoon of healthy oil. Almost all of my clients also use Peak Endurance for supplemental energy.

The combination of AIM products and functional exercise—movement that helps you age well—is a sustain­able, balanced approach to weight loss and wellness, which I believe is healthiest after experiencing my own health journey and 14 years as a personal trainer.
At the same time, there are definitely unhealthy, unsustainable ways to lose weight. Because of my own history, I don’t encourage extreme exercise, which is not helpful and likely harmful for your body in the long run.

As men and women age, exercise can actually become counter-productive very quickly. Exercise naturally creates inflammation in the body. And if you’re an older person, overweight, have health issues, have been on a lot of meds or you haven’t moved well in a long time, then you’re already walking around with a lot of chronic, low-grade inflammation.

Increasing inflammation with the wrong kind of exercise is only going to make matters worse. And while we’re on the subject, reducing inflammation with AIM whole-food concentrates such as BarleyLife is an ideal approach to wellness. And as for exercise, you just have to move smart.

I don’t even like to use the word exercise; I just think movement. The right kind makes everything better; the wrong kind makes everything worse. Keep moving in the right way that makes you feel better and your life better.

Everything that has transpired in the 10½ years that I’ve owned Elite Personal Training has come out of my own wellness journey, just like my use of the AIM products. I will continue to promote them in my studio because they have changed my life and have been changing the lives of my clients.

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: 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.