Sunday, November 28

Three weeks with Herbalife. My take on the big Health Lifestyle Company

What is Herbalife?




Herbalife is a lifestyle system that was started in 1980 and has health supplements ranging from protein shakes, vitamin supplements, bars and more. It has a big following and sponsors various sports teams and individuals such as La Galaxy, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Israel Olympic Committee just to name a few. 


It is a multi-level networking company that is introduced to members by other members by talking about the benefits of the supplements etc. Then getting people to be representatives for the company and introducing more people to the products and lifestyle. 


There are lots of companies that do this, such as Forever Living, Juice Plus, Younique, Fredric Mohra (FM World). 


I am not here to diss the way the companies are run as I have tried many of them as a distributor and found that way of work is just not for me. 


However, as a person who is very conscious of what I should eat because of the way my weight also affects my joints and what agility I have left because of my cerebral palsy. I was very curious to know more about the company. And what they could do for me.


How did I get to know about the business?



Originally I saw a box with the name and also noticed that here in the UK the company was sponsoring the Paralympic team. During the original lockdown in 2020, I joined a Facebook page about cerebral palsy and got to know many people who have the same condition. But various types and stages depending on the person etc. One of whom is the Paralympian David Smith MBE. When he mentioned Herbalife and that he uses the products himself.


I have been sceptical about any lifestyle products that weren't being advertised by a person with the condition. So knowing someone else who has a similar condition using these products. Also seeing that the Paralympic team was using them intrigued me.



What happens first?


First of all, I was asked what I wanted as a goal and what I was eating generally. Also how much was I spending on lunchtime food?  From this, David worked out that having 2 shakes a day if I wanted to lose weight or 1 if I was thinking of maintaining. Originally I was thinking of losing weight but I wasn't sure.


What next?


After much deliberation on my part and life getting in the way. Along with David winning a gold medal in the Paralympics 2021 with  I was ready to take the next step in what I wanted to try. 


Then what?


After the break and life getting in the way. I got back in touch with David Smith and said I was ready to start. We recapped on what were my goals. At which point I said I wasn't exactly sure so wanted to trial the shakes on the whole. Especially as I wasn't sure about what would happen because I have endometriosis as well. And that is affected too by what I eat and drink.


Once we agreed that it was to be a general trial of the shakes he asked me what flavours I wanted. I replied with chocolate and cookies and cream.


The next day!


The following day my order arrived and there was so much more than I expected and included everything I needed. Such as the shake cup, measuring tape, measuring scoop and cookery book. As an extra David had sent me some skincare.







To make the shakes!





To make these it is completely easy. All you have to do is add 1 scoop of the actual shake mix and a scoop of the protein powder to 300ml of water. You can add ice too but I didn’t. My favourite flavour is cookies and cream. I was told you can mix the 2 flavours to make a 3rd of Chocolate Cookies and Cream but haven't as of yet.






What I did next!


Over the next week, I tried to follow his suggestion of having 2 shakes a day however because of added complications I have decided to just stick with having one shake a day when I am super busy as they are the most compatible with me as I have been poorly with other types. 


If you are interested in them please don’t hesitate to contact me.






Sunday, November 14

Being healthy! While having cerebral palsy. Doesn't have to be a struggle!

Trying to be healthy with Cerebral Palsy



Trying to be healthy with this condition can be so hard at times and I have mentioned this in a couple of my posts, such as Exercises or no exercises, and 4 Amazing healthy eating ideas with a disability and since writing these posts originally so much has changed. I have learned a little bit more about the way that food is affected by the way a disabled person digests it. You may think we are the same and yes in many ways we are but we are different. One of the differences I never considered until recently is how we get the nutrients that we need to live.


The physical act of chewing







Every time anyone puts some food in their mouth there is the act of chewing the food. You may think this is the easiest way to get the nutrients that we need and yes it should be. However, it not always the case. Unfortunately, when a disabled person eats food it can be the case that we may not be able to chew the food sufficiently. This means that there are often bigger lumps going into the stomach. Consequently, the nutrients that we need are not got because the stomach is unable to get them.




Vitamin and Mineral Supplements





Another way that it is possible is to take multivitamin tablets to help your body get the stuff that it needs. 

Ok, so these are great if your want to boost things especially if you are feeling a bit poorly. These are also a great way of boosting everything if you are not able to eat everything. This might be because you are allergic to specific things. This might be fruits, nuts or something else. That's ok but also check that the supplements that you are taking don’t include something you are allergic to because that can cause problems.


Shakes and bars





These are great if you are monitoring what you are eating and drinking. But as I have mentioned in an earlier paragraph chewing or lack of chewing is part of the way of reason for not getting the correct amount of nutrients that you need. A shake might be a good way of boosting everything as you may not be able to chew enough. And that's ok.


Feeding tubes



Another way that is done for people who are unable to chew. For me, this is not something I know about but I do know that this is a way that it is happening at hospitals and homes. So if it is an option for you then you will need to research it. Making your own decisions in the end. 



My take on this


After discovering that because of my disability I have not been able to chew my food properly. I have made a conscious effort to chew more effectively as well as have supplements for anything that I am missing if along with the occasional shake to replace some of the stuff that I need. I have tried many different types of shakes and the one that I have found that works for me the best is Herbalife. I was introduced to it by the Paralympian David Smith. I will do an in-depth review of the shakes I was given in another post as well. as an interview with David Smith about everything, he is about.




What Now?


For me the choice is easy and it's to do a combination of everything because I am the only one leading my life and there are days when I forget to chew my food properly, so I will have a vitamin supplement. There are days where I won't be eating the right stuff so a supplement is needed. And when I don’t feel like eating so to speak yet I will need to have something so again a shake might be an ideal compromise.


Final thoughts


That is up to you and what you think is the best option for you. Because only you can live your own life. No one else can. My advice to you is to research everything you can. but make your own mind up to what you actually need to live your life to the fullest no matter what.







Sunday, November 7

So the year has nearly finished! What a crazy one.

Oh my goodness what a crazy year this has been. A quarter of which has been in yet another lockdown because of the pandemic. If you didn’t know about it, where have you been?


This year has been a year of almost normality yet not! There have been things that have been shut, new rules to follow set by the government. Then more changes as some of the rules were reversed. And as I write more things are happening.  In the sense that other countries are opening up for us to travel to but not everywhere.


What has this year given me?

This year has given me a real sense of change in myself. Yes, I have cerebral palsy but the fact I moved house at the end of 2020. That was a big change in its self after 23 years in the same place. It was a positive move although there were challenges.

What hasn't this year given me?

The biggest thing is that it hasn't allowed me to get the dream home the way I wanted but that's ok. There are more changes ahead but they are for the future of me and my family. 

These have to be done in stages so that that's ok.

What do I think the rest of the year has got for me?


This year has got me a few lovely things as well as a few awesome memories. It also has been able to have some brilliant experiences that are still continuing.


and some not so good ones. But that's ok. Life has got to give both sides of things because that's what we as humans, disabled or not need as well as the food and drinks that we need to have to survive. But I'm not sure what the last few weeks are going to give me.

What has the year taught me?


I'm not sure about that point but I'm learning all the time and sometimes the lessons are not finished in one day. They may take weeks or months to actually learn the things that. But that's alright and it doesn't matter how long the lessons are needed. However, these lessons are not necessarily wanted despite being taught them anyway. And that's fine.


What did I want to learn?


That's an interesting question to have but I'm not sure exactly. The fact that I'm learning a lot more about how things have been and can be. These are long term lessons that I personally need to learn. Everyone's different but the lessons that are taught are universal ones that everyone should know. yet not everyone knows them all.


So what's next?


Who knows what is around the corner life has for me in the next year but I'm beginning to learn that despite all the best intentions things can and do go wrong even with planning.





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