Drinking Iced Coffee Calorie Bombs?

Iced CoffeeCoffee shops have always been a place to socialize, and in recent years they have become popular as a place to relax, study, surf the web, do schoolwork, and meet with new or prospective business associates.

Iced coffee has become one of the most popular drinks available at coffee shops.  These drinks became so popular that fast food restaurants have added them to the menu.  Iced coffees which come with Fast food thirst quenchers hit the spot, especially during the warm-weather season.  But some of the creamiest, tastiest blended frappes can be a big threat to your swimsuit figure.

Although a simple iced coffee with skimmed milk in a sixteen ounce cup typically delivers less than 100 calories, when iced coffee is souped up with other ingredients it can become a real “calorie bomb”.   Here are some examples:

Starbucks’ Iced Caramel Macchiato with espresso, vanilla-flavored syrup, milk and caramel sauce over ice, venti size with whole milk:  370 calories

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Turtle Iced Latte (large size):  440 calories

Cold Stone Creamery’s  Raspberry Truffle Iced Latte:  520 calories

Seattle’s Best Coffee’s Cold-Brewed Marble Mocha with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, and chocolate drizzle, large size:  540 calories

McDonald’s McCafe Iced Caramel Mocha, large size with all the trimmings (whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and drizzle):  390 calories and 14 grams of fat

Baskin Robbins’ Iced Cappy Mocha Blast, large size:  610 calories and 10 grams of fat.

With these diet-busting high calorie coffee drinks, if the caffeine doesn’t keep you awake, worrying about the added pounds probably will.

mtechlinkedinpumpkinfinalIf iced coffee is living large in your regular diet or if you’re trying to maintain or lose some weight there are some healthier substitutions you can use.  For instance, Mannatech’s TruHealth Latte has less than half the calories, seven times less fat, less sodium, more protein and ten times less sugar than the Pumpkin Spice Latte you buy at the coffee shop. PLUS it is a complete meal replacement, high in fiber, active enzymes and probiotics. With a one container month’s supply for around $60 you can save some money and make one for yourself whenever you want!  Use our Contact Form to learn more.

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Do Behavior Styles Matter In Network Marketing?

mlm-companionscaled   You pick up all kinds of companions in network marketing, and it’s important to recognize their different behavior  styles or types if you want to have success as a team.  Recognizing behavior styles can empower your team members and make your organization more effective.

It is not your personal style that is important.  What is important is to recognize the behavior style of others so that you are able to deal with them effectively.

According to the DISC model, there are four main or primary, behavior styles.  The DOMINANT type, the INSPIRING type, the SUPPORTIVE type, and the CAUTIOUS type.  However, each individual can and will most likely display some of all four behavior styles depending on the situation.

  • DOMINANT – Outgoing and task-oriented.  Focused on results, problem-solving, and the bottom-line.  Favorite word is When?  They give best performance when you give them options and probabilities, allowing them to formulate their own decisions whenever possible.
  • INSPIRING – Outgoing and people-oriented.  Focused on interacting with people, having fun, and/or creating excitement.  Favorite word is I.  They give best performance when you show interest in their ideas and compliment them.
  • SUPPORTIVE – Reserved and People-oriented.  Focused on preserving relationships and on creating or maintaining peace and harmony.  Favorite word is We.  They give best performance when you encourage them to initiate and stand behind their ideas.
  • CAUTIOUS – Reserved and Task-oriented.  Focused on facts, rules, and correctness.  Favorite word is Why?  They give best performance when you allow them sufficient time to gather and interpret information.

Recognizing the four major behavior styles and how to interact with them can improve the effectiveness and success of your team.

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Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Popular diet plans for vibrant health   Okay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture. Continue reading Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

jackolanternscaledHalloween is the time of year when we think about pumpkins.  But it’s always the time of year to think about eating right.  In that regard, pumpkins are frightfully good for us, not in a jack-o-lantern but in our diet.

Pumpkins are very beneficial for heart ailments and also help in reducing cholesterol.  Cooking pumpkins for heart patients is a great addition to their diet.

What’s in a pumpkin?  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, and EFA’s, potassium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.  Pumpkins are low in calories, have no saturated fats, and no cholesterol.  Pumpkins are rich in anti-oxidants, reduce inflammation, and can help in disease prevention.

Pumpkins have some impressive health benefits when we include them in our diet whether in pumpkin pie or some other tasty dish or drink.

Some benefits of pumpkins are:  1) aid with weight loss.  2) energy booster.  3) eye health.  4) heart health.  5) high in fiber.  6) immune system booster.  7) mood enhancer.  8) rich in vitamins and minerals.  9) skin health.  10) may reduce cancer risk.  11) can help after a hard workout.

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If you’re looking for some delicious recipes that make use of the healthy pumpkin, you’ll find some great ones online at Food Network including Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice Buns shown in this picture.

Happy trick or treating and happy eating!

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Social Entrepreneurs Fight Global Malnutrition

What if by nourishing yourself you could also help a malnourished child?  A group of social entrepreneurs have set up a program to do just that.

Social entrepreneurs, according to Wikipedia, recognize a social problem and use entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change.  They are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.  Ambitious and persistent, they tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change.

Global malnutrition is a huge social problem.  Each year, millions of children die from malnutrition.  Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five and is a cause of 3.1 million child deaths annually (The Lancet, 2013).

Our company has partnered with the M5M Foundation, a non-profit organization.  The M5M Foundation exists to help fight the global problem of childhood malnutrition.

Malnutrition is more than a measure of what we eat or fail to eat.  It is characterized by inadequate intake of protein, energy and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and by frequent infections and diseases.  When people are starved of the right nutrition they will die from common infections like measles and diarrhea.

Malnutrition thus doesn’t just mean an inadequate intake of food, but an inadequate intake of foods containing the required nutrition.  Micronutrient deficiencies affect nearly two billion people worldwide.  According to the World Health Organization, deficiencies of iron, vitamin A, and zinc rank among the top ten leading causes of death through disease in developing countries.

A major challenge in combatting global hunger is how to fund and sustain programs which provide food relief.  Without sustained, consistent, and growing funding, relief efforts are at the mercy of shifting economic conditions and the good will of governments and governmental organizations.

With a growing need for food relief, social entrepreneurship programs like ours may provide the best solution.  In social entrepreneurship programs, companies, their consumers, and a charitable cause are united.  A portion of company income from consumer purchases of their products is dedicated to a charitable cause.  With a donation consumers not only donate to others by their own purchases, but receive products and income in return.  That’s a tremendous incentive to support a worthy cause.

With every product sale, funds are provided to M5M for the purchase of PhytoBlend powder–an all-natural, food-sourced powder that supplies vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants.  M5M partners with orphanages all over the world to distribute PhytoBlend to malnourished children by mixing the powder into their food.

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Networkers Should Read Westerns

Most entrepreneurs recognize the value of learning and practicing the skills required for success.    There are many good books about network marketing and MLM.  Some of the authors are shown here.  These books are typically written by successful leaders and some focus on marketing skills and techniques while others, applicable to any field, concentrate on leadership and personal development.

A few examples of these books are:  The Greatest Networker in the World by John Milton Fogg, Your First Year In Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell, The 45 Second Presentation by Don Failla, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiosaki, and books by John Maxwell, Stephen R. Covey, M. Scott Peck, James Allen, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rhon, and many others.

We can also find inspiration and lessons in leadership and character in works of fiction.  – I was reminded of this when my brother recently sent me a box of my old paperbacks found in the attic of the house where I grew up.  Included in the box were three westerns: Flaming Lance, Death of a Gunfighter, and Hondo.

Flaming Lance, copyright 1958 was written by Clair Huffaker  and made into a movie starring Elvis Presley.  Death of a Gunfighter, copyright 1968 was written by Lewis B. Patten and made into a movie starring Richard Widmark and Lena Horne.   Hondo, copyright 1953 was written by Louis L’Amour and made into a movie starring John Wayne.

About now, if you read all kinds of books you’re probably agreeing with me that you can find inspiration in all kinds of books, even Westerns.   If not, you’re probably saying “What?  Lessons for network marketers and entrepreneurs in Westerns?  He’s crazy!

The popularity of these books and of the movies they became are evidence that people looked up to the heroes in them, admired the character traits they exhibited and identified with their values .

The main characters exemplify several character traits and values– a good work ethic, a determination to keep trying until they succeed, courage, independence, willingness to sacrifice, strength, initiative, and caring about others.

We see loyalty, teamwork, and the willingness to accept personal responsibility for success or failure.  The heroes demonstrate their honesty, focus, commitment, knowledge, trust and honor.

These are all traits worth emulating if we wish to be a success in life and business.  So keep on reading, watching, and above all learning, and here’s to your success in Network Marketing and life.

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Flushing Drugs Into The Environment

drugfishscaledNew studies indicate that potent pharmaceutical drugs flushed into the environment through human and animal sewage could be one of the causes of a global wildlife decline.

Research published in September, 2015 indicates that half of the world’s wild animals had been wiped out in the last 40 years and that in freshwater habitats, where drug residues are most commonly found 75% of fish and amphibians had been lost.  At the same time worldwide use of drugs, which are designed to be biologically active in low concentrations is rising rapidly.  There may be a connection.

Pharmaceuticals can contaminate the environment through discharges from drug factories as well as through sewage.

What’s showing up in our lakes, streams, and water supplies?  Residues of anti-depressants, amphetamines, synthetic hormones used in birth-control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, and others.  A paper by Anette Kuster and Nicole Adler of Gernany’s Federal Environment Agency identified the most environmentally dangerous drugs.  For medicinal drugs taken by humans, it’s hormones, antibiotics, painkillers, antidepressants, and anti-cancer drugs.  For veterinary drugs given to animals, it’s hormones, antibiotics and parasiticides.

There are some dramatic examples of wildlife harmed by drug contamination:  male fish being feminized by the synthetic hormones in birth-control pills, vultures in India almost wiped out by an anti-inflammatory drug given to cattle whose carcasses they feed upon, and inter-sex frogs found in urban ponds contaminated with wastewater, and minnows in lakes wiped out by the synthetic oestrogen used in the birth control pill.

Just as people are concerned about how drug contamination impacts the environment, consumers are increasingly concerned about pharmaceutical residues and other hormone disrupting chemicals in drinking water. These chemicals are not regulated, but studies have shown that they are showing up in trace amounts in drinking water.   The source of the drinking water that comes out of your tap and it’s quality are the primary factors here.

As water quality continues to be impacted by drugs flushed into the environment, we may soon be asked for a doctor’s prescription when we order a glass of ice water at a restaurant.

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Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

FDAwarningsignscaled     There’s bad news for supplement users in the long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements which are finally here, very bad news.

The rules if implemented without modification will basically result in the supplement industry not being allowed to innovate and create new supplements.

This looks like more of the FDA’s usual stance, working as usual on behalf of the drug industry.
The DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) was passed by Congress in response to the publication of the FDA’s Task Force Report on Dietary Supplements in 1992 which included a statement that dietary supplements represented a “disincentive for patented drug research.”  Over two million letters went to Congress, which led to the passage of DSHEA.

Under DSHEA, any dietary supplement introduced to the market in the US after 1994 is considered “new” and must notify the FDA at least 75 days in advance of marketing the product. The FDA was to provide guidance on this process and in 2011 published draft guidance which would have crippled, if not eliminated, the supplement industry.  After a major backlash Congress once again stepped in and added language to an appropriations bill urging the FDA to revise the draft guidance.

As noted in our opening paragraph the revision is finally here, over twenty-two years after the passage of DSHEA.  Little better than the original guidelines on new ingredients/supplements, they represent a dire threat to the supplement industry, and by extension, consumer access to supplements.
ANH USA, the Alliance for Natural Health, has published an article in their online newsletter with full details on the negative impact of the revised FDA guidance.  The article also provides information on how you can get involved in responding to the FDA’s revised guidance on new supplements.

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Dietary Supplements – 12 Tips for Consumers

Supplements Pic   It’s a safe bet that you’re taking a dietary supplement or have taken them in the past.

According to the results of an October 23, 2015 survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) the majority of U.S. Adults – 68 percent – take dietary supplements.

There is a wide variety of choice when purchasing dietary supplements – choice in selecting product categories and specific products and choosing the company or source that sells them.   Some choices are smarter than others, and CRN recommends that consumers do their homework when making their choice of dietary supplements.  Based on CRN’s recommendations here are 12 tips to help you in selecting a dietary supplement.

1.  Manage your expectations.  Dietary supplements are meant as supplements to other healthy habits and should be used in combination with other smart lifestyle choices like exercising regularly, trying to eat a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and seeing your healthcare professional periodically.   Dietary supplements are not drugs and are not intended to have the same immediate impact that drugs are expected to provide.

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