Sunday, 19 October 2014

ESPerience It

A lot of my friends been saying that they're either bored with the plain Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein (ESP for short) or they can't stand the soy taste.

Well, I say why not spice the ESP a little bit. Here are some recipes that I've tried for the past few weeks. 

Yummy, no soy taste, no shaker used, no cooking involved and yet SO NUTRITIOUS!


#1
Overnight Oats for breakfast

Definitely on the top of my list.

Ingredients:
Rolled Oats
Prunes/dates/raisins
Chia seeds
1-2 tbsp of Shaklee ESP
1 tbsp of Shaklee Meal Shakes
Honey (optional)
Low fat milk (optional)
Water

Mix all well with ratio of oats to milk+water 1:1. Refridgerate overnight. In the morning, add fresh fruits preferably strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries. And maybe some chopped almonds or bits of dark chocolate. Be creative and crazy :)


Overnight Oats with kiwi

Overnight Oats before been sent to rest overnight
Overnight Oats with strawberries

Overnight Oats with bits of Oat Krunch (Dark chocolate) cookies


#2
Fruit smoothie for tea or a snack

Ingredients:
Some strawberries or banana or any fuits you like.
2-3 tbsp of Shaklee ESP
Water to your liking

Blend them all together to form your fruit smoothie hooray! Yummy goodness in a cup :)

Banana and strawberry smoothie with crushed Oat Krunch cookies on top

Orange smoothie

Banana smoothie


#3 
Protein cubes

This is SUPER EASY i promise.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp of Shaklee ESP/Mealshakes/Cinch (Vanilla/Choc/Cafe Latte)
Water

Form a thick mixture and pour them in ice cube containers. You can be creative by using funky shapes and maybe add some chocolate chips for your little one(s). Let them rest in the freezer. When they're frozen, you can eat them raw, put them in your overnight oats or in a hot steaming coacoa. Your pick ;)

ESP + Cinch Cafe Latte cubes

ESP + Cinch Cafe Latte cubes

Overnight Oats with apples and protein cubes yum!



You can also follow @esperience _it on Instagram for more cool ESP recipes.




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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Confessions of a Sugarholic

#14daysnosugarchallenge. The Post Mortem. #sweetenoughchallenge


At first, I was a bit sceptical about it. Like do I have to cut sugar totally and can I really benefit from it coz I'm not that much of a sugar fan (in my opinion). Apparently I WAS WRONG!

I used to keep on hearing my mom saying "Jangan asyik makan manis je. Kau tu ada keturunan (diabetes)." 

Ayah saya diabetes and on medication.

Pakcik diabetes sampai kena potong kaki.

Nenek diabetes. 

And my answer was always "Sekali-sekali je Mama."

When the truth is I eat sugar whenever I have the chance to! I can NEVER SAY NO to desserts

After accepting the challenge, I found out that I was actually trying to cheat myself that I don't really eat much sugar when I really do. 

Confession(s):

Day 12 - The night of my nephew's birthday party, i quietly chucked in a Mini Belgian Chocolate Magnum Ice Cream in the kitchen alone. I mean who can resist Magnum?!

Day 13 - At my friend's daughter's 1st birthday party, I had two slices of yummy trifle (it was reallly goood), a slice of the vanilla Hello Kitty birthday cake and a blueberry cheese tart. Like a fat kid eating candies! 

Pic credit to Wahidah. Tell me who can resist this??!


NOTE TO SELF and others:
If you plan to join this challenge, start small. Perhaps start with less/no sugar drinks first then only move on to foods. Or you'll become a monster like me.

Today it's Day 19 of less/no sugar for me. I shall continue. My plan is, to avoid birthday parties! if I'm attending a party with a lot of desserts, I'll just take a few bites :)


Tips to stay in the challenge:


#1 Know your weakness and start from there

I'm a sweet tooth. I go Gaga over desserts (any kind from cheese tarts to chocolate cake) and sweet drinks like Strawberry Milkshakes and Hot Chocolate when I go out to eat. 

My solution: Avoid eating out as much as possible. 

#2 Eat lots of fruits

Helps you ward away craving for sugary snacks and drinks. I stocked up my fridge with apples and kiwis the past few weeks.

#3 Start small but be firm

I started with NO SUGAR for my drinks. Strictly Cinch Tea Mix or plain water. And I've also started to drink infused water (will blog about this later). Then eventually I started to feel guilty about eating sugary snacks and rice (gula tinggi tuu). We only have rice ONCE per day or none at all at home and we only eat Basmathi rice. So yeah you gotta start somewhere and eventually you'll figure out the rest.

#4 Know your why(s)

Why do you want to join this challenge? Macam saya, saya ada family history of Diabetes. I also plan to lose weight. Also do some reading on why sugar is bad for you. There are tonnes of infos on the net. And you can also follow sweet_enough_life on Instagram for a lot of info on Sugar. Account is managed my Shaklee mentor - Master Puteri

Follow this IG pasti takuttt nak makan gula dah pasni hehehe

#5 Never skip breakfast

Breakfast like a champ coz it's the most important meal of the day. And it will certainly avoid you from having snack craving before lunch

My current favourite POWER brekkie - Overnight Oats

Ingredients:
1 tbsp of ESP (to replace Milk)
1 tbsp of Meal Shakes
Few pieces of pitted prunes
6 tbsp of Oats
Refrigerate overnight
Add in kiwi (or your preferred fresh fruits) in the morning!



#6 Learn to read the Nutrition labels

Sebelum ni tak pernah kisah nak check labels. Since I started to join this challenge, I learnt that anything with sugar content more than 12 grams is not good. Also search for foods with low GI (like ESP, Cinch and Meal Shakes) Don't be fooled by so-called nutrition bars. Choose wisely.



Untuk makluman lanjut tentang produk dan bisnes Shaklee,
HUBUNGI SAYA | Sumaiyah | 6012-7428446 | sumaiyahag@gmail.com

Friday, 3 October 2014

8 Tips to Lose Weight Postpartum While Breastfeeding


Tip #1

Do not overeat thinking that u need to eat for your baby. Just eat a well balanced diet.  



Eat well


Tip #2
Do not skip breakfast. Even if you're not breastfeeding. Because it will make you more hungry and less energized even before lunch time. For a breastfeeding mother, it is recommended to have a high protein breakfast as it can help meet their increased protein needs (20 grams if you're breast feeding) , which can help maximize milk production. My current favourite breakfast is Overnight Oats. It's just oats, ESP, Meal Shakes and pitted prunes left overnight in the fridge and pop in some honey and fresh fruits when you have it in the morning. Certainly an On-The-Go brekkie (not to forget HEALTHY).


Yummy Overnight Oats with Kiwi - the Before


Tip #3

Eat supplements. Seriously. Because u need all the energy to stay awake, stay fit, stay energized, stay healthy for your baby. When you're healthy and happy, eventually inshaAllah (with Allah's will) you'll have a good milk supply and you'll have more energy to take care of your baby. The first six months are definitely the toughest. Click HERE to read on supplements that I take during my breastfeeding journey.


Tip #4 


If you can't exercise, detox and burn those fat with natural foods and supplements. Exercise is quiet difficult during the first six months (at least for me. Until now). So what I do is go for Shaklee (coz it's natural and it doesn't interfere with my milk production. In fact it aids me with breastfeeding. No I am not being biased just because I'm selling them. I;m just sharing my experience as a user myself. I take Alfalfa for detox, Lecithin to burn fat and  ESP to build muscle to make sure they don't go all flabby. Best part is Alfalfa and ESP both helps to improve the quality of my milk by making it thicker. Lecithin on the other hand also helps to reduce breast engorgement.


If you're exercising, start with some light movements


Tip #5


Remember that because all of this is natural DO NOT expect fast results. However expect slow and steady results which you can mange to sustain with a healthier lifestyle.


Tip #6


Recently, I just discovered that green tea can help a lot in losing weight by helping to detox. I've been drinking Shaklee Cinch Tea Mix for about 20 days plus now. I feel lighter and suprisingly it wards away my hunger and craving for caffeinated coffee. Read how I drink my tea HERE.


Tip #7


This is the basic but people tend to forget. DRINK A LOT. At least 2 Litres a day. Because the more you drink, the more u lose your 'gemuk air'. Helps your milk production too. If you're not so keen to drink plain water. Try infused water - very refreshing.



Infused water - Water with slices of lemon, cucumber and kiwi to be left overnight in the fridge.



Tip #8

Last but not least, anything good that you practiced during pregnancy; less sugary drinks and foods, junk food etc, just continue. Those bad habits will not help you lose weight nor stay healthy. Join me in my #sweetenoughchallenge if you are having problem to resist sugar like I do. I used to love to drink hot chocolate, strawberry milkshakes and teh tarik. Nowadays, when I drink outside or go to a friend/relative's house, I ask for a cup of hot water and add on my Cinch Tea Mix (which is always in my handbag).

video



Just remember, health and baby's milk comes first, then eventually, you'll lose weight :) 




Lots of love,
Mom of Maryam Sofea, engineer and Shaklee entrepeneur,
Sumaiyah Abd Ghani
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