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Feeling Down? Try AdvoCare Clear Mood

AdvoCare Clear Mood

For an individual interested in overall wellness, they need to focus on both the physical and mental health. AdvoCare Clear Mood can help!

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AdvoCare Clear Mood Reviews

One of the most renowned supplements that work towards the general well-being of the body as well as greatly improving your mood is the AdvoCare Clear Mood supplement.

If you are that individual who wants to deal with stress and wants to feel uplifted by improving your disposition or wants to improve their general performance and mood, then this supplement may come in handy.

The following AdvoCare Clear Mood review will go a long way into shedding more light about what this product is and what you stand to gain from using it

Clear Mood provides a wide array of benefits to the individuals who use it.

Check out my video below:

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They include the following:

1) Helping nerve cells and brain function and work towards the elimination of nervousness, worry and stress.

One of the most important neurotransmitters is the 5-hydroxytryptophan or 5HTP.

5HTP facilitates serotonin production which is a vital component for proper functioning of both the nervous system as well as the brain.

Advocare Clear Mood contains the 5-HTP which is important for this process.

2) In addition to the neurotransmitters, Clear Mood also contains important herbal components that are very vital for body relaxation.

One of those herbals is the L-theanine.

This amino acid is a tea leaves derivative that has a very powerful body relaxation effect as well as antioxidant effects on the body.

Furthermore, this supplement also contains magnolia extracts that are responsible for the stimulating the release of acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter responsible for a positive outlook that is consistent.

It also gives the individual a feeling of general well-being which we all need right?!

STRESS LESS BUNDLE-Clear Mood and Oasis

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How Advocare Clear Mood Works

Human genes plays a major role in the activities of the brain including the proper functioning of an individual’s nervous system.  Who knew??

In addition to the genes, the hormones also play a crucial role in normal body functioning.

For example, when an individual is under worry, stress or apprehension, the body reacts by triggering hormonal reactions which affects both the mind and the body.

As you know stress can play havoc on our bodies in a number of ways….

Therefore it’s important that you get nutrients that help combat stress.

In order for you to feel your best, certain biochemicals such as neuropepetides and hormones need to be constantly produced by the brain as well as other body organs.

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It is the interaction of these biochemicals that help you!

This has a direct impact on an individual’s sleep, mental performance and the mood patterns.

The best way of getting serotonin is throughout our diet but not everyone gets enough this way and it is difficult.

Eating a well-balanced diet and taking supplements like Clear Mood is the best way to go.

So- with all that being said, the combination of 5HTP (helps increase serotonin), L-Theanine (derived from teas and promotes relaxation, and Magnolia Bark (from a Magnolia plant and helps with anxiety, stress, and depression) helps make up the amazing Clear Mood by AdvoCare!

Is AdvoCare Clear Mood Safe?

  • Only those individual who are 18 years and above are eligible to take this supplement
  • Pregnant women or those who are currently nursing are not eligible to take this supplement.
  • After its consumption, avoid operating or driving any machinery.
  • Do not use it with alcohol, sleep aids, tranquilizers or antidepressants.
  • One capsule is recommended per consumption. However you can take 1-3 capsules each day.

As stated above it’s highly recommended that you consult your doctor for any medication changes.

Key Ingredients in AdvoCare Clear Mood:

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), L-Theanine, magnolia extract- all ingredients described above in more detail.

Key Benefits:

  • Helps Brighten Mood
  • Supports Sense of Well Being
  • Provides Support for Relaxation
  • Helps ease the effects of stress and worry

Advocare Clear Mood for Anxiety:

Clear Mood works very well combined with Advocare Oasis. You can see my Advocare Oasis Reviews there.

All these advantages will accrue you at very affordable prices. This supplement goes for only $27.95 for a bottle.

The information in this review was derived from the Clear Mood product page put out by AdvoCare.

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 AdvoCare Independent Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

How to Meal Prep for the 24 Day Challenge

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal Plan Ideas

In order to have a successful AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge you need to prepare!  

Preparation is Key!  So this post will help walk you through how to meal prep for the 24 Day Challenge.

There is no right or wrong way I guess I’m just going to show you what I do and what works for me so improvise if you need to!

24 day challenge meal plan ideas

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Meal Prep

Step 1.  Decide what meal prep containers to use.  Don’t spend too much time on this.  I went ahead and purchased containers that had 3 sections to keep the food separate and for portion control.

I got them on Amazon:

If your doing the 24 Day Challenge this can be very helpful.

Step 2.  Decide on what foods your going to add to your meal prep containers.  My suggestion is a 3 part container so you can put your protein, complex carbs, and fruit in three separate sections but that’s up to you.

Step 3.  Shop for your healthy food items.  Here is a post on grocery ideas.

Step 4. Prepare your Containers for the week.  I like to do  3-4 days at a time to keep things fresh but you can also do a week.

Step 5. Prepare your snacks and make them easily accessible whether you work at home or in an office make sure and have them handy so when your hungry you have a healthy snack to grab.

advocare 24 day challenge meal prep

Make sure and follow the 24DayChallenge-Daily-Guide for a list of food ideas and what is suggested in terms of portion sizes.

A good rule of thumb is to use a fist size portion for your protein, veggies, and fruit.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Meal Prep Ideas

Protein:

eggs- either hard boiled or made in a cupcake tin pan with veggies and egg whites

Healthy Nut Butter- put on a piece of whole grain toast or fruit

Blueberry Parfait- lowfat Greek yogurt with berries and nuts and quinoa (I suggest no dairy during cleanse phase but fine for max phase)

Healthy Energy Bites- Mix healthy nut butter, protein powder, oats, coconut oil, small amount of honey, and ground flax seed.  Make into balls and refrigerate.  Great for a snack as well!

Chicken breast
Turkey breast
Lean ground turkey
Swordfish
Orange roughy
Haddock
Salmon
Tuna
Crab
Lobster
Shrimp
Top round steak
Top sirloin steak
Lean ground beef
Buffalo
Lean ham
Egg whites or substitutes
Trout
Low-fat cottage cheese
Wild-game meat
Turkey Bacon

Fruit:

Berries- fist size

Apple Slices

Orange

Make sure if your eating fruit to put some protein with it like nuts!

Complex Carbs: fist size

Brown Rice

Whole Wheat pasta

Potato
Sweet potato
Yams
Squash
Pumpkin
Steamed wild rice
Lentils
Couscous
Kashi
Bulgur
Whole-wheat pasta
Oatmeal
Barley
Beans (black, kidney)
Whole grains

Veggies:

Broccoli
Asparagus
Lettuce
Carrots
Cauliflower
Green beans
Green peppers
Mushrooms
Spinach
Tomato
Peas
Brussels sprouts
Artichoke
Cabbage
Celery
Zucchini
Cucumber

I hope this lists gives you some ideas of how to get started Meal Preppin for the Challenge!

To Order the 24 Day Challenge or get more information please click below!

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AdvoCare Independent Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

 

Does AdvoCare LeptiLean Work?

AdvoCare LeptiLean

I’ve been using AdvoCare Leptilean for the past couple months now and am very impressed!  This product has really cut down on cravings and overeating for me.

So I wanted to do a post on the product and help explain what it is and how it works.

advocare leptilean reviews

According to AdvoCare.com here is the description of LeptiLean:

AdvoCare LeptiLean® is an innovative weight-management product that supports appetite management, satiety and helps boost metabolism.* Ingredients in LeptiLean® also help support a healthy cardiovascular system, help maintain a normal blood glucose level, and promote overall well being.* This convenient and flexible product, free of caffeine, can be taken before any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner – and can be easily combined with other programs.
LeptiLean® approaches appetite control with two patented ingredients – Lepticore® and PhosphoLean™. These two ingredients help promote a feeling of fullness and aid in boosting metabolism, ultimately helping you look and feel your best.*

AdvoCare LeptiLean Instructions:

AdvoCare LeptiLean

For ages 18 and older.
Take two capsules daily as needed. Consume at least 45 minutes before a meal.

CAUTION:
This product is not intended for pregnant or nursing women.

Leptilean by AdvoCare

  • Non-thermogenic weight management product*
  • Helps promote a feeling of fullness and satiety*
  • Helps support appetite control*
  • Aids in boosting metabolism*
  • Is easily usable with other great AdvoCare products

LeptiLean Side effects:

Specifically I never had any negative side affects so can’t speak to this and as of now have not heard any from customers etc..

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LeptiLean vs. ThermoPlus

LeptiLean:

  • non Thermogenic
  • Caffeine Free
  • Helps with a feeling of fullness

ThermoPlus:

  • Thermogenic
  • Caffeine through herbal components
  • Converts Fat into energy

AdvoCare LeptiLean Reviews:

Because I have used both of these products, I would have to say the biggest difference for me is the added energy you get with ThermoPlus.  But I feel personally more of an appetite control and feeling of fullness with the LeptiLean.

I will say that some people do no do well with Thermogenics.  If you are very sensitive to caffeine or have sensitivity to some of the herbs used in ThermoPlus that you may not do as well with ThermoPlus and LeptiLean would be a much better option for you!

LeptiLean has been great over the holidays!  With so many holiday party’s and get social time with friends, it’s not always easy to stay on track diet wise with my food choices.

Leptilean has been a big help!  No weight gain this holiday season!

If your interested in learning more or purchasing LeptiLean, click on the button below.

*SPECIAL LeptiLean is on SALE right now through January 5th, 2016 for $42

Regular price is $45.95

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You may also be interested in AdvoCare Catalyst

AdvoCare Independent Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

Advocare Meal Replacement Shake

What is an Advocare meal replacement shake like?  I get this question a lot so I thought I would do an Advocare Shake review and give you a lot of information about the shakes.

First off the Advocare meal replacement shakes are one of the items that comes with the 24 Day Challenge bundle. That is the link where you can build your won bundle and pick which flavor shakes you want.

For the Slide Share Version (the post has some additional recipes and details not covered in the slides):

 

Advocare Meal Replacement Shake from Joanna Bostwick

Advocare Meal Replacement Shake Flavors:

1. Advocare Chocolate Shakes

Advocare Meal Replacement Shake

2. Advocare Chocolate Mocha Shakes

3. Advocare Vanilla Shakes

4. Advocare Berry Shakes

5. Advocare Vegetarian Dark Chocolate Shakes

I have tried all the shakes!  I put my favorites in the order above!  LOVE the Chocolate and the Chocolate Mocha!

Below I will show you some different yummy shake recipes as well.

What myself and many other people say is that the shakes do not have a chalky taste or weird after taste to them. They really taste very good!

When I’m not on the 24 Day Challenge now I still drink the shakes for weight maintenance at least one every other day for a dinner, breakfast, or lunch.

Advocare Meal Replacement Shake Nutrition Facts:

Key Benefits:

  • Only 220 calories
  •  Balanced meal for optimal nutrition and weight management
  • 24 grams of easy-to-digest protein
  • High in dietary fiber (5-6 grams)
  • 50% of the Daily Value of calcium
  • 26 vitamins and minerals
  • 1:1 ratio of proteins to carbohydrates
  • Low sodium and low fat

Is This You?

  • Someone who wants a nutritious meal on the go
  • Someone seeking a balanced, low-calorie meal for your diet and exercise program
  • Someone seeking to lose or maintain weight in a healthy manner
  • Someone who has limited gastric capacity or requires an easy-to-digest, light meal
  • Someone looking for an additional source of protein to supplement your diet

Advocare meal replacement shake

 

Some of the biggest challenges we face as a country in terms of health is not only the obesity issue, but the fast paced lifestyle that we live.  Because so many of us are in crazy schedules, it is easy to grab fast food through a drive thru. The solution to this problem is the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes!

We shouldn’t sacrifice good nutrition for convenience.   Other food options that look healthy really are not filled with the level of nutrition that you can get through the meal replacement shakes.  What I love about the shakes is that you know you are getting high quality nutrition with the right amount of proteins and carbs to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Most of us only consume 12-15 grams of fiber a day but we need to be consuming 25 grams of fiber!  The meal replacement shakes helps this by adding 5 grams of fiber per serving.  What’s great about this is that people who eat high fiber diets are less likely to gain weight because that fiber curbs your appetite.

TheAdvocare Meal Replacement Shake also addresses the calcium intake that we consume.  It is recommended that most adults need to consume 1000-1200 mg of calcium each day.  The majority of Americans only consume between 500-800 mg a day.

Calcium is vital and plays a role not only for strengthening bones and teeth, but a vital role in every cellular activity in our bodies!  The meal replacement shakes provides 500 mg of calcium in every single serving.  This is an added bonus.  Below is a fast food comparison of the shakes and meal bars to popular fast food joints.

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Advocare Meal Replacement Shake Recipes

Food Recipes:

Berry Yummy Pancakes:

  • 1 (7 oz.) container Shake’n Pour pancake mix or Organic Pancake mix like Bob’s Red Mill in Health Food isle
  • 1 (2.08 oz.) package Advocare Berry Meal Replacement Shake powder
  • 1 1/4 cup water

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

Olive oil spray
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed, and cooked
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
2 scoops Advocare Vanilla Meal Replacement Shake
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
2. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish or pie plate with olive oil spray.
3. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor until well blended.
4. Pour into baking dish or pie plate.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until knife inserted into center comes out clean.
This dish may be made up to 3 days ahead; cover and refrigerate. Reheat at 250° F for about 15 minutes, or until warm. May also be frozen.

 

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sludge:

advocare meal replacement shake recipes*Picture from muffin-topless.com

Shake Recipes:

Pumpkin Pie Shake:

add some water and 3 ice cubes and blend

Snickers Shake:

add some water and 3 cubes of ice and blend

Advocare Orange Julius 

Tip: with out the pineapple it can be like the Orange Cream Holiday Meal Replacement Shake

Advocare Peanut Butter Berry Banana Smoothie

  • 5-6 frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 a banana (frozen or not)
  • 1 Tbs natural Peanut Butter or 1 tsp of PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 3 ice cubes
  • water

I blend all of that together first.  After that I add 1/2 Packet of Advocare Berry Meal Replacement Shake and pulse blend a few times so it doesn’t thicken up too much.

Root Beer Float

  • 1 Package of Advocare Vanilla Meal Replacement Shake
  • 1 squirt of Root Beer Flavoring or extract
  • water
  • ice cubes
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  • AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake packet (any flavor)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • add some water to make the batter smooth

Mix together and cook on a griddle.  Add fruit or other toppings if you’d like! Yum!

Hope you enjoy those recipes!  Feel Free to comment below on any others you have tried!

Here are the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes Ingredients  in a pdf form for more information.

You can also see my post The 24 Day Challenge Instructions to see how the Meal Replacement Shakes are incorporated in the challenge.

I really enjoy these shakes and they often come out with limited edition flavors which are always awesome!

I’ll be adding recipes as I try them :)

AdvoCare Independent Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

AdvoCare ImmunoGuard and How it Can Help

 AdvoCare ImmunoGuard

Strengthen Your Immune System

Ever wonder how some people avoid getting sick when a cold or flu is “going around?” A strong immune system keeps them healthy; here are some things you can do to keep your body running smoothly even when half of the office is sidelined by the sniffles.

Eating the right combination of immune boosting nutrients can be a difficult task. AdvoCare ImmunoGuard is the once daily supplement to support your body’s immune system. Advocare ImmunoGuard combines vitamins C, D, antioxidants, mushrooms, and other special ingredients to keep your immune system fighting like a champ!

Your immune system protects you from more than just colds and flues; did you know that a strong immune system helps fight cancer? The immune system keeps track of everything that is supposed to be in your body like your blood type, your organs, and harmless bacteria; when something foreign enters your body like a cold germ, your immune system attacks it.

These invaders are called antigens. Any cell that is not normal in your body is an antigen and cancer cells are not normal. Sometimes a healthy immune system is not enough to fight off the cancer before it spreads, but it is our natural first line of defense so we should strengthen it however we can.

Stress, the environment, and even depression can have a negative impact on your immune system. Advocare Oasis is a good product for stress relief but, if any of these issues are factors in your life then you need AdvoCare ImmunoGuard. Everyone knows that vitamin C is good for your immune system, but do you know why? Vitamin C acts like an antioxidant and helps combat free radicals. It is also thought that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) attacks the nucleus of viruses to wipe them out for good. It also helps with collagen production that helps repair your skin when it’s scraped or cut.

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AdvoCare ImmunoGuard Review

Immunoguard contains vitamin D. A study from Denmark found that vitamin D is crucial for immune response. The cells of your immune system must be alerted and sent into action for them to fight invaders; without adequate vitamin D your immune cells won’t respond. AdvoCare ImmunoGuard is an excellent source of vitamin D which also helps with the absorption of other vitamins and minerals.

ImmunoGuard’s immune boosting complex has harnessed the immune enhancing power of mushrooms. Three types of Japanese mushrooms come together in this supplement to form MycoFusion: a blend of Shiitake, Maitake, and Reishi mushrooms. The unique properties of these three super-food mushrooms help to stimulate the cells that fight cancer and infection. Mushrooms also contain a wealth of minerals to keeps bones and muscles strong.

If all of these benefits aren’t enough, AdvoCare has included an exciting new ingredient called EpiCor. Clinical research has shown that EpiCor’s yeast extract has an effect on histamine (the body’s response to allergens) and many other respiratory ailments. So if you have seasonal allergies like many people, AdvoCare ImmunoGuard may help your body to deal with all that pollen in the air and other environmental allergies.

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Whether you’re worried about catching a cold, counteracting the health effects of stress or something more serious you should consider adding AdvoCare ImmunoGuard to your health regime. Just three capsules a day with a meal will give you the immune boost you need to fight those germs and keep you healthy!

Immuno Boost Bundle

Your AdvoCare Advisor,

Joanna Bostwick

 

The AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Guide

The 24 Day Challenge Guide

It’s important when starting the challenge to have the guide book or at least have access to the NEW Updated NEW 24 Day Challenge Guide.

Here is what the 24 Day Challenge Guide will help you with throughout your journey.

It will give you a daily follow along for what to take, eat, and do throughout each day of the 24 Day Challenge.

Here is an example of what the AdvoCare guide looks like for days 1-5:

10 day herbal cleanse phase updated

So the Challenge Daily Guide helps in a number of ways.

It not only shows you what you are doing throughout the day but it has a place for check marks for each item done, water intake, and a physical activity fill in at the bottom.

It’s also helpful in reminding you about snacks which is a big component of the 24 Day Challenge.  You don’t want to go too many hours throughout the day without getting some kind of healthy food in to keep your metabolism going.

Protein is very important during the 24 Day Challenge and it’s great to get this protein in on all of your meals and snacks if you can.

Below is the 24 Day challenge water guide and food portions/size recommendations to go by throughout the 24 day challenge.

For the water recommendations, divide body weight by 2 and that equals how many ounces of water you should consume per day!  It’s very important to get that water in!

24 day challenge instruction booklet

Here is a picture of the

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Guide Book the MAX Phase

24 day challenge instruction guide book

Again what’s great about this 24 Day Challenge guide book is that is shows you step by step what to take and do throughout the day of this second phase the MAX phase.

The MAX phase is a 14 day phase of the 24 day challenge that focuses on the MNS system (Metabolic Nutrition System).  This is the fat burning weight loss phase of the overall program.

The MNS system builds up your metabolism while burning fat and building lean muscle.  You are getting high quality nutrients along with high quality weight loss products all in 14 day strip packs to make it very convenient.

24 day challenge food guide suggestions

So I hope this post helped you get a better idea of what is in the guide book and how you use it during the 24 Day Challenge.

Click on link if you are interested in ordering the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.

For more information see The Advocare 24 Day Challenge post.

Here are some healthy snack ideas for the AdvoCare Challenge:

1. Edamame

2. Humus and veggies

3. Natural Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes

3. Handful of Almonds

4. AdvoBars

5. No Bake Energy Bites-(omit Chocolate Chips)

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6.  Low Sodium Deli Turkey and Lettuce Wraps

7.  Sweet Potato Fries – Sliced and roasted in oven with olive oil spray

8.  No Bake Protein Peanut Butter Cups- After Cleanse Phase

muscle gain peanut butter cup

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
-4 cupcake liners
-2 TB powdered peanut butter
-1 TB water (additional as needed)
-2 TB 0% plain greek yogurt
-1 TB cocoa powder (unsweetened)
-1 scoop Chocolate Muscle Gain™

Optional:
-1 Packet of Sweetener (to taste)

Mix together cocoa powder, greek yogurt and chocolate Muscle Gain. Slowly, one tablespoon at a time, add water until the mixture is easy to pour. Note: you do not want the mixture to be thick!

In a separate bowl, mix together powdered peanut butter and water. Add water slowly so that this mixture is also a liquid consistency.

Pour your chocolate mixture into the bottom of the cupcake liners, about a quarter of the way up. Then pour your powdered peanut butter mixture in.
Top it off with some more of the chocolate mixture.

NOTE: You don’t want to fill these up too high since they are mostly liquid.

Finally, pop them in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes and you’re all done! Store leftovers in the freezer in tupperware containers.

9. Roasted Chickpeas

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Ingredients:

  • 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • olive oil spray
  • salt
  • 1 tsp chili pepper powder (to taste)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°. Drain chickpeas in a colander and let them dry completely. Pat dry with a paper towel if needed.

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for about 30-35 minutes, shaking the pan every ten minutes. All ovens are different so make sure they don’t burn. They will be golden brown and crunchy on the inside when done, not moist.

In a medium bowl, combine all the spices. Remove chickpeas from oven when done and spray with olive oil spray. Immediately toss with spices while hot. Eat at room temperature.

10. Fruit Smoothie with half packet meal replacement shake-include frozen fruit, 1/2 meal replacement shake packet, and water. Blend and enjoy!

 

Independent AdvoCare Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

The True Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Cost

I decided to do a post on this topic because after meeting so many people with weight loss challenges, this is a topic that has come up over the years and I thought I would address some of the concerns that people may have with this type of surgery for weight loss.

Over the past 50 or so years, the population of obese Americans has grown by 20%. In the 1960s, less than 10% of the population was clinically obese, now it’s over 30% or about 1 in 3 people. Clinical obesity means that a person is at least 20% heavier than their ideal weight. People that are only 10% heavier than their ideal weight are considered overweight—not obese yet. Sixty percent of Americans are overweight; together obese and overweight Americans account for 2 out of 3 people.  These statistics are according to the CDC.gov site.

Being overweight is linked to many health problems like type II diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, joint problems, sleep apnea, some cancers, and dozens of other ailments.

The Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Many people turn to risky bariatric surgery to solve weight problems. The average cost of this surgery is $20,000-$25,000 and more insurance companies including Medicare are paying for it. The obesity epidemic is costing taxpayers about $190 billion a year and this figure is rising. People that have weight-loss surgery often don’t change their habits and as many as 80% regain the weight within 10 years. The invasive, stomach-reducing surgery is often seen by obese individuals as a “magic pill” because weight comes off quickly with little or no effort.

bariatric surgery cost

How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?

The answer to this question goes beyond dollar bills.  Here are some of the true risks. Every year 1 out of 400 people die from bariatric surgery itself. As many as 20% need additional surgery to mend complications such as abdominal hernias.  Due to some of the procedures that involve shortening the digestive tract, 30% of patients may experience malnutrition.  There are also a number of complications that can arise after surgery that people do not take into consideration.

The Advocare 24 Day Challenge  vs. Bariatric Surgery

Diet and exercise involves a serious commitment and often takes years. Over time, bad habits can change and the satisfaction of weight loss will keep you motivated to continue.

Embarking on a weight loss program can be daunting; using a jump start program like the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge can start you on the right track.

The AdvoCare 24-day Challenge consists of 2 phases: the Cleanse Phase and the Max Phase. The Cleanse Phase helps to flush the toxins from your body so that you can absorb more nutrients. The Max Phase emphasizes giving your body the right fuel so you feel energized, and controlling your appetite so you are not tempted to over eat.

Even though the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge is followed for less than a month, it should not be considered a “diet.” You should consider the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge a jump start to a new way of life. The 24-day Challenge emphasizes healthy food, portion control, and supplementation.

Healthy eating should be continued after the 24-day Challenge in order to maintain and continue weight loss. You will also find with the program meal plans and supplement facts to help you get started.

Adopting a healthy eating plan and moderate exercise can help even the most overweight people lose weight. Nutrient rich foods are much less expensive than the processed food in the grocery store that is causing people to gain weight.

Choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and using the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge to jump start your weight loss, will cost thousands less than bariatric surgery. Getting healthy may also save you years of suffering with an obesity related disease.

Unfortunately, many people prefer to take the easier way out, opting for risky  and costly bariatric surgery instead of making a lifestyle change that is needed to lose weight.

bariatric surgery cost

Insurance companies must also shoulder some of the blame, weight loss surgery is covered for the obese and overweight, but healthy foods, and supplements must be paid for out-of-pocket. People see the surgeon’s knife as a better guarantee against future health problems than trusting people to lose weight themselves!

The problem is that many times the weight comes back because long term eating habits are not changed and the mindset of an obese person has not changed in terms of eating habits.

It is better for your body to lose weight slower; it is recommended that you lose between 2 and 5 pounds per week. Losing weight slowly may also help you retain skin elasticity so you can avoid the problem of excess skin. Insurance companies rarely pay for plastic surgery after weight loss surgery because they consider it cosmetic.

Changing your habits or getting a jump start on weight loss with something like the 24 Day Challenge may be a more effective solution for long-term weight loss than using a risky surgical solution.

Why not try a less invasive program than surgery and Start the 24 Day Challenge?  On my team alone we have 6 people who have each lost over 100 lbs!  Be the next one to get healthy and Take the Challenge!

AdvoCare Independent Distributor,

Joanna Bostwick

ALL IN Challenge Webinar

AdvoCare ALL IN Challenge Webinars

In case you missed the AdvoCare ALL IN 24 Day Challenge webinar, here is webinar number 1 replay.  This webinar goes over the overall goals of the 24 Day Challenge and what to expect during the different phases.

There is also information on what you are going to do exactly on day one of the cleanse phase!  This is a very helpful webinar by AdvoCare and I hope you all get a lot out if.  Post a question or comment and I will also be updating new webinars as they come out.


AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge ALL IN 2015-2016 is over but you can still Order the 24 Day Challenge from my shop and receive daily emails, facebook group support, and Free meal planning and more!

Order HERE

AdvoCare Fibo Trim..What is it?

AdvoCare Fibo Trim

Another great product by AdvoCare is their Fibo-Trim product that is in their trim product line.  This is a wonderful add on product to the 24 Day Challenge

What does AdvoCare Fibo-Trim Do?

  • Assists in the Binding, Transport and Removal of dietary fats
  • Aids in the elimination of fatty waste materials
  • Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range
  • Provides a feeling of fullness and aids in appetite control
  • Supports intestinal health and regularity

AdvoCare Fibo Trim Review

is great for people who:

  • have trouble avoiding large portions at mealtime, particularly fatty foods
  • want to fill up without over eating
  • want to reduce their caloric intake

Why Fibo-Trim?

  • Today, Americans consume 200 calories more per day than they did 20 years ago
  • The typical diet is dominated by refined and highly processed foods, making it easy to consume hundreds or even thousands of calories in only minutes.
  • These highly processed foods also tend to contain elevated fat contents
  • The human body takes in more energy than it uses, it stores the excess as fat.

At nine calories per gram, fat is the densest form of food energy consumed, and it’s efficiently stored in the body.

With American culture being centered around meals (meeting friends for dinner, holiday feasts, etc.), and with the pace of life sometimes leaving us no choice but to stop by the nearest fast-food chain, even the health-conscious eater often must make poor food choices.

What can we do in these situations to help shield our body from the excess fat and calories that will inevitably come?

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 How Does AdvoCare Fibo Trim Work?

It contains a proprietary blend of fibers and nutrients help bind, transport and remove dietary fats from the gastrointestinal tract, helping to move the fat through your system before the body has an opportunity to store it.*

This unique blend of fibers such as chitosan, guar gum, xantham and psyllium reduce the absorption of fat molecules and then move them quickly through your system before they are broken down.*

Furthermore, Fibo Trim contains key ingredients that are shown to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range.*

In the proper proportions, these ingredients make Fibo Trim a revolutionary weight-management product when combined with diet and exercise.*

Fibo Trim is recommended to take with MNS for even better results.

What’s in Fibo Trim?

advocare fibo trim

Fibo Trim Ingredients:

Psyllium Husk Powder| Xanthan Gum| Beta Sitosterol

AdvoCare Fibo Trim Dosage:

  • For ages 12 and older.
  • Take three capsules 10 to 15 minutes before a meal.
  • Take with a full glass of water and continue to drink water throughout the day.
  • Taking Fibo Trim before your heaviest meals may be especially beneficial.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

AdvoCare Fibo Trim Review:

I recently tried the fibo-trim product and I have to say it’s one of my new favorites!

I love that you can take it a few minutes before eating a big meal and not feel guilty about indulging a little.

I did not feel gassy or bloated while taking this and I thought that may be an issue. I think this is a great addition to a healthy diet and exercise or many other AdvoCare products.

This pdf is a great resource which is a weight managment timeline for the trim and well line products.

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Joanna Bostwick

WARNING:
This product contains chitosan, an ingredient obtained from crustacean shellfish (crab,lobster or shrimp). Persons who are allergic to
shellfish should not consume this product.
CAUTION:
This product is not intended for pregnant or nursing women.

New Advocare SYS Skin Care Review

Advocare SYS Skin Care Product Review

The AdvoCare Skin Care line came out in August 2014.  I was very excited about these products and wanted to test them all for a review.  Below is each of the 6 products, what they do, ingredients, and my opinion of them.

  • All of the products are made with many of the trusted ingredients that AdvoCare already uses.
  • All of the products are water based which is much cleaner and more effective than oil-based skin care products
  • There are 6 products in the Supplement Your Skin care line.

Advocare Skin Care

 SYS Eye

advocare sys eye

As the name suggests, this product is ideal for eye care. The product is ophthalmologist tested, hypoallergenic, and helps reduce eyelid crepiness

SYS Eye also prevents the skin around the eye from looking uneven. Apart from this, this supplement makes the skin around the eyes appear smoother, reducing the lines and wrinkles. SYS Eye is odor-free.

Why Do You Need An Eye Cream

For skin care, using eye cream is a must during the day or at night. A good eye cream helps you look younger and keeps your skin looking brighter. SYS Eye moisturizers the skin surrounding your eyes to prevent wrinkles. 

*At the time of this post the Eye Cream is coming out November 2014 so I have not tested this one. 

How To Use SYS Eye

With your ring finger, you can apply SYS Eye cream to the eyelid and the areas below your eyes. So simple!

Ingredients

  •  Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract
  • Hibiscus Extract
  • Fragmented Matrix Peptide
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginseng Root Extract

 SYS Cleanser

SYS Cleanser

SYS Cleanser is a cleanser and exfoliate, which is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic. It cleans skin, removes dead skin cells without leaving any residue.

SYS Cleanser also has a nice fresh currant scent.

Why Should You Cleanse And Exfoliate The Skin

For healthy skin, you need to take care of it. Cleansing skin at night will help you get rid of impurities, excess oils and dead/dry skin cells. For the removal of toxins, it is a good idea to apply some SYS Cleanser on your skin in the morning.

With age, our skin’s ability to shed dead cells and regenerate new ones comes down. The skin looks dull, dry and rough because of the accumulation of dead cells.

The build-up of dry/dead cells on the skin causes excessive oiliness and blocked pores. As a result, you are likely to have breakouts and blemishes.

To rejuvenate your skin, exfoliation is necessary on a regular basis, and this what you can do with SYS Cleanser.

*One of my favorite skin care products I will never do without!  I love this and everyone I know who has tried it has loved it as well.  It’s not a hard rough exfoliate but just enough to make your skin feel very smooth but not dried out.  Excellent product! I highly recommend.

How To Use The SYS Cleanser

All you need to do is massage the cream on your wet skin in the morning or at night. Make sure the cream doesn’t come into contact with the areas around your eyes. Rinse your face thoroughly.

Key Ingredients:

  • Bilberry
  • Sugar Cane
  • Green Tea Extracts

SYS Serum

sys serum

SYS Serum is another great product in the bundle, which is a rejuvenating serum. It is ophthalmologist & dermatologist tested, and hypoallergenic.

Adding a facial serum to your daily skincare routine can help maximize the look and feel of healthy skin.

Why Do I Need A Facial Serum

A facial serum works like a cleanser and moisturizer to make your face look healthier.

Actually, serums are very concentrated and have vitamins and antioxidants to meet the needs of your skin. If your skin is dry, SYS Serum will keep your skin hydrated.

*Because I have dry skin and I’m getting older :(  this product does make my face look brighter and reduces the look of those pesky age spots.

How To Use SYS Serum

In the morning, you can apply a little bit of lotion to your face and neck. At night, you can apply a small amount of it to your chest as well.

Key Ingredients

  • Algae Extract
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Fragmented Matrix Peptide
  • Beet Root Extract

 SYS Day Moisturizer 

sys day

SYS Day is a moisturizer with 20 SPF sunscreen, which is hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist & dermatologist tested.

It protects your skin against damage from UVA/UVB. Aside from this, the regular use of SYS Day keeps your hydrated, fresh and smooth.

Why Should You Go For Moisturizer With SPF

For your skin to glow and look youthful, you need to cleanse and wash your face, eat well, stay hydrated and take exercise on a daily basis.

SYS Day is a daily moisturizer and moisturizers should be used for basic skin care and keeping your skin in good health. Not only do they keep the skin hydrated, they also give protection against environmental pollution.

Experts recommend using a moisturizer with an SPF value of 15 at least, on a daily basis. Actually, your face skin is more prone to sun damage than other parts of your body.

*This is an amazing daily moisturizer!  I love how it is not greasy at all but you really feel like your face is hydrated.  The SPF is just a bonus.

How to use SYS Day

You should apply SYS Day to your face 15 before you get out in the sun. Apply it at least once every 2 hours. If you daily do some swimming, go for water-resistant sunscreen.

Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide 6.0%
  • Octinoxate 7.5%
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin F
  • Hibiscus Extract
  • Grape Seed Extract

SYS Night

sys night

SYS Night is a skin renewing moisturizer, which is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested. It is a type of nourishing cream that contains glycolic acid which make your skin firmer and more elastic.

Aside from this, SYS Night keeps your skin from dehydrating, so while your resting, the nutrients and vitamins are absorbing into your skin.

Why Do We Need Night Cream?

At night, since your skin takes rest, repairs itself and absorbs essential nutrients, it is recommended that you use some night cream before going to bed. SYS Night improves your skin health by keeping it hydrated. In addition, it helps your skin look younger, improves skin quality and makes it firmer and more elastic.

*I use this face cream every night and highly recommend it for dry skin.

How To Use SYS Night

Apply a small amount of it to your face, neck and chest.

Key Ingredients

  • Vitamin E
  • Shea Butter,
  • Beet Root Extract,
  • Glycolic Acid (5%)
  • Fragmented Matrix Peptide

SYS Body

sys body

SYS Body is one of the best body firming lotions.  It is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

The plant extracts in this lotion make your skin firmer, reduce inflammation in the skin and enhances skin quality by keeping the skin.

Why Do You Need Body Firming Lotion

Body lotions are common skincare items for everyone. Environmental factors affect your skin making you look older for your age. Using a body lotion like SYS Body is an easy way to augment your skin quality by replenishing and nourishing the lost natural oils of the skin.

SYS Body has plant extracts that nourish the skin, improve its texture giving it a smoother appearance. Your skin will feel even more moisturized and hydrated.

*This is a great overall body lotion and I like the smell. I haven’t tested long enough to see the actual firming but it’s a great product!

 

How To Use SYS Body

All you need to do is massage gently in the morning and at night on the problematic areas, such as arms, abdomen, butts and thighs.

Key Ingredients

  • Capaibia Oil
  • Globularia Cordifolia Extract
  • Caffeine
  • Ginger
  • Beet Root Extract

AdvoCare Skin Care Review:

After trying all of the products, I really think for the cost and quality, the Advocare Skin Care line is excellent.  As stated above, I do have dryer skin so I can’t speak for people with oily skin.

The only product I think may not work great with oily skin would be the SYS Night.  This is only because it has such a hydrating component to it but I could be wrong on that.

When your supplementing your inside with the high quality of Advocare supplements, it only makes sense to supplement the outside as well.  If you can’t decide on a product go for the AdvoCare Skin Care SYS Bundle that is composed of 5 products in total.

*At the time of writing this post the SYS Eye is on backorder so the bundle includes all of the above products except for the eye cream.

advocare SYS bundle

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Joanna Bostwick