USANA Slim Down Treasure Hunt


I hope you enjoyed the Slim Down Treasure Hunt.  We had 12 weekly winners and one Grand Prize Winner for the summer!  All enjoying a healthier lifestyle while having fun!


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Do you remember treasure hunts?  My friends and I used to make clues for each other to follow, included with pictures and fun activities along the way.  Then when my boys were growing up, we had treasure hunts for birthday parties, egg hunts, those oversized Christmas gifts ( the basketball goal) and just for fun in the summer.


Summer Slim Down Treasure Hunt *

USANA Summer Slim Down Treasure Hunt

Slim Down Treasure Hunt #slimdowntreasurehunt


This summer I’m ready for some FUN!   I’ll be sharing clues across social media. Search for the hashtag #slimdowntreasurehunt and subscribe to my my healthy tips newsletter TODAY.  These clues will include quick tips to help you slim down and healthier over the summer while having fun.

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Prizes?  Of course!  


No treasure hunt is complete without prizes.  I will be offering free USANA products, gear, healthy living cookbooks, and more.  There will even be a GRAND PRIZE for one lucky winner.


When does it begin?  How long will it last?


Sunday, June 1 to Sunday, August 24


I will post my first clues on my Facebook page and at G+ USANA.  Every Wednesday I will post the largest and best clue in my newsletter.  A new prize for the Slim Down Treasure Hunt will be awarded each week on Sunday, so keep playing to win! Be sure to make a comment at each treasure site so I can count you in for prizes.  Those who post the correct answer for the current week’s treasure will be entered into a drawing for the week’s prize.


Hint: While looking for clues, watch for the flying robin, and the hashtag #slimdowntreasurehunt!


Live Well!



* Summer Slim Down Treasure Hunt Prizes are not available for current USANA Associates 

Feel free to have fun with the hints and tips though!

Maximizing Fat Loss

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Many people tell me that their slow metabolism prevents them from losing weight. Metabolism is the way your body breaks down and uses the nutrients it gets from the food you eat. The food we eat is either broken down to be used as energy or it is stored as fat or muscle.  Paying attention to what affects our body’s metabolism allows us to be maximizing fat loss through simple lifestyle adjustments.

Tips for Maximizing Fat Loss

If at all possible, AVOID 

  • food additives
  • drugs (prednisone, birth control pills, many other medications
  • not eating enough
  • starchy breads and potatoes
  • processed carbohydrates low in protein, fiber and nutrients
  • soda

Increase in your diet

  • Protein- eat half of body weight in grams per day, protein does not have to be from meat.  Many vegetables contain 1-4 grams of protein per serving.
  • Fiber- ultimately you need 30-35 grams of fiber per day.  Includes carbohydrates that your body cannot digest.  Most high fiber foods include both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Fiber is filling, has almost no calories, and helps maintain blood sugar- all factors that help control hunger and body weight.  Increase fiber slowly, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Water- drink half your body weight in ounces per day.  Filtered or reverse osmosis water is best.

Add these tips to a sensible exercise plan that includes resistance training to increase lean muscle mass.  Strength training makes fat cells more sensitive to the hormone epinephrine which stimulates the release of fat.

***Be sure to check with your doctor if you are having trouble releasing weight on this lifestyle.  There may be a medical issue going on that needs specific individualized treatment.


Be Well!


10 Healthy Tips for Eating Out

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Some of us eat out only once a week or less.  Others make eating out a daily occurrence.  Everyone loves to eat out at restaurants for special occasions. Whether you rarely eat out or regularly eat restaurant meals, when you are trying to be healthy, become empowered by taking responsibility for your food choices with these healthy tips for eating out.

10 Healthy Tips for Eating Out

  • If you eat bread, have it WITH your meal, not before it.  You will be less likely to fill up on empty calories.
  •  Avoid rice or pasta based meals- instead choose brown rice or whole wheat pasta for side dishes. Tomato based sauces are healthier than cream based.
  • Ask for grilled fish or vegetables using little butter or oil
  • All meats need to be grilled, broiled, roasted or baked without added fat
  • Salad with Dressing On The Side!  Balsamic vinaigrette or vinegar and oil are the healthiest dressings.  Dip your fork in your dressing First and then go to salad.
  • Order a la carte instead of the full plate dish.
  • Order main dishes without sauces- always order on the side, and dip the fork into the sauce FIRST and then take a bite of the main course.
  • Soups may have a lot of sodium, but go for tomato or vegetable based instead of cream based soups
  • Dessert should be low-fat or fresh berries and fruit.  If you do indulge, spit the dessert with a friend, be sure to have eaten a healthy entree, and don’t beat yourself up if you CHOOSE decadence.
  • You DON’T have to eat it all! Really! You can choose to take some home, no “clean plate club” necessary!

Live Well!



What are Super Foods?

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Super Foods Don’t Have to Come From a Mountain Top or the Deepest Jungle.


I make a habit of eating 6 or more servings of super foods a day.  Most people think super foods are rare berries or exotic grains and roots you’ve never eaten before.  So, am I munching on goji berries and seaweed?  Not exactly!

What is a Super Food?

Super Foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined.  Most people call them Whole Foods. Super Foods can be a fruit, a vegetable, bean, organic lean meat, organic egg, nut, seed or grain.

It may even come in a package, depending on the ingredients.  For example, a bag of dried beans has only one ingredient: beans.  And a bag of frozen peas is the same.  Just look on the package!

Under this criteria that healthy sprouted whole wheat bread is NOT included as one of my 6 a day.  It’s still a healthy choice for most people, but just not one of the super foods.  See the difference?

Should Super Foods be Organic?

To avoid excessive exposure to antibiotics and/or growth hormones, if I were eating meat or eggs, I would make sure that it was organic.  In general, when buying fruits and vegetables, follow the rule that if you eat the skin of the fruit or vegetable, buy organic.  If you peel the fruit or vegetable, my may choose to not buy organic.  Many people have heard of the Shopper’s Dirty Dozen guide which is quite helpful, too.

Sample Day Eating at Least 6 Super Foods

  • Breakfast: Bowl of steel-cut oats and a cup of organic blueberries (2 Super Foods)
  • Morning Snack: One organic apple and a small handful of raw almonds ( 2 Super Foods)
  • Lunch: Large leafy green organic salad  with a variety of organic vegetables, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, organic feta cheese and organic chicken ( 2 Super Food servings) We only count the servings, even though there is a variety of super foods in the salad.
  • Afternoon Snack: 1/4 cup homemade hummus with a handful of organic cucumbers and organic carrots.  ( 1 Super Food serving)
  • Dinner: Salmon, a serving of quinoa with homemade sauce, and steamed asparagus. ( 3 Super Foods)

You can now see how easy it is to include at least 6 servings of Super Foods.  The above example includes 10! Comment with examples of your own favorite Super Food combinations.  I can always learn more from my readers!

Live Well,