Why Advocare is right for me, and (maybe) for you

As someone who works in the health and fitness industry, I’ve spent years discrediting diets and supplements. My motto has always been that you should stick with things that have a proven record and the least amount of manipulation. Eat things as close to their natural form as possible, and put in the work when it comes to exercise. There is not pill that will make you skinny without any side effects.

My reasoning for not supporting most supplements on the market is because they are not tested or regulated. No one can guarantee what you’re using or tell you exactly how to use it, so you’re swallowing a mystery, and most likely flushing your money down the toilet (literally and figuratively).

I still feel this way, but I support a company that makes supplements. Why?

Most people do not get everything they need from the foods they eat. In an ideal world, we would get everything directly from the source, but the reality is, we all have holes in our diets.

Why Advocare?

The first things that made me turn my head and look at Advocare differently were the people (who use it, who make it, and who are behind it), the testing processes, regulations, nutritional panel, long-standing history and time on the market, and the support provided along with the products.

I played devil’s advocate for a few months. I would email Advocare with questions and get on the phone with people, ready to discredit everything, and I was always pleasantly surprised at the responses. These people make things for olympic athletes, they’re a member of the council for responsible nutrition, they have an alliance with informed-choice,  and they just really know their stuff. Every step and decision for the products and the company has been very intentional.

Could I find any negative reviews or stories of adverse reactions, of course. My take aways were that they were normal, one-off circumstances. Just like skin care products, anything potent enough to produce results could also produce an unwanted result if someone is sensitive to a particular ingredient. When ESPN and people like Dr. Oz,  Mark Cinelli, Dr. Stanley Dudrick and Dr. Leanne Redman put themselves out there in the press and say they’re behind Advocare, I think it’s safe for little old me, with my blog and my fitness company, to put it out there, too!

The thing that sealed the deal for me was my own personal experience.

As someone who already walks the walk when it comes to making healthy choices, I didn’t know I had room to improve that didn’t require a truly drastic, unrealistic change. Besides, there is nothing harder to trim than the last few pounds. Anyone who has watched “The Biggest Loser” knows that the biggest contestants lose big numbers at each weigh-in. Once you get within several pounds of your goal, the weight comes off more slowly.

I didn’t use the products to lose weight, specifically. I was already happy with my body, but we’d been away from home for 3 months, and I felt like I needed to get back on track. Using the products as needed my energy soared, I dropped pounds I wasn’t even trying to drop, and overall have had an easier time maintaining my health and fitness.

When I began my journey as a distributor, it was to round-out my wellness business, and I assumed I would only sell it to clients – I steer away from selling to friends and family. As my journey continues, I can’t imagine not sharing this with everyone. If I can make anyone’s life easier, or make anyone healthier, wouldn’t the people I love be the first people I would want to help?

Advocare is a companion to your health that comes with a coach. Because you can’t buy it off a shelf, you can’t buy the products without someone explaining them to you. You buy a product, and you automatically get an education on how to use it. I know a lot more about nutrition and fitness than your average Joe, and my education and background comes with your product. That’s a bit better than just directions on a label, don’t you think?

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase performance, gain energy, sleep better, or even go to the bathroom more easily (potty talk has become pretty normal…ha!), there is something here for you. Tell me how you would like to feel better. If I can help, I will; if I can’t, I’ll be honest. I don’t want to sell anyone anything they don’t want. I don’t like selling enough.

From the business side, there wasn’t any risk or a pyramid structure. There was simply an opportunity to get my products for less, and the potential to pay for my childcare while I train clients. For my family, it’s a win-win. Plus, unlike even the best Black Friday sale, people can choose to buy wholesale rather than retail.

It’s a way of life, and it works well in ours.

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You stopped growing up (height), now stop growing out (weight)

I use to be able to eat anything I wanted and not gain an ounce.” I’ve heard this phrase a million times from clients frustrated with what they consider age-related weight gain.

It’s maddening to go from a slender teen with a lightening-speed metabolism to a pudgy adult, while maintaining the same diet and lifestyle.

Why does this happen?

Part of it is metabolism, which correlates with muscle mass. (Read about that here.) The other part is that you need to relearn how to eat.

Allow me to explain.

When we originally learn to eat, as children, we are growing up.. as in height, and we need more calories to utilize as building materials. Imagine building a skyscraper (or, if you’re short like me, a ranch-style house). You need materials galore to keep stacking story upon story; however, once the structure is there, you don’t need anymore beams, and you can only fit so much furniture.

Your body is the same as a building. Once the initial structure is complete, you don’t need to keep supplying the same amount of materials, or, in the case of your body, calories.

Once you’re done growing up, the same amount of calories will only serve to grow you out. Make sense?

Most of us stop getting taller around the end of puberty. I haven’t grown an inch since I was 12 (cue tiny violin).

What should you cut out of your diet? Clutter. Just as you don’t want to junk up a nice home, you also don’t want to junk up your body. You’re a grown up now, and you should select a few really nice pieces, foregoing the stuff that just takes up space.

Refine your diet, sticking to whole grains, lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheeses, etc.. Get rid of empty calories that only take up space on your plate. If you need more guidance, seek out a nutritionist to get you on the right track.

Expand your nutritional knowledge, and you’ll stop expanding your waistline.