Isagenix vs 21-Day Fix Shake

If you decide to buy a meal replacement (MR), do no rush into picking your choice. An improper shake can lead to contrary effects than what is expected. For example, if you expect to shed some weight, a wrong choice of MR solution can result in gaining excessive weight. Besides, there are many products in the market that can cause negative side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, digestion issues and other health problems.

Therefore, it is quite important to use a profound approach in selecting a meal replacement product. You are  also advised to pay attention to comparison of various brands. The following review of Isagenix Shake versus 21-Day Fix reveals the strengths and weaknesses of these products.

Actually, 21-Day Fix is not a meal replacement supplement but a diet program consisting of workout plan and eating plan. The consumers receive two DVDs with special 30-minutes-workouts. Each of this workout is aimed at specific muscles and training.

In the beginning of the program, users are offered to train once a day. During the last week, users have to train twice a day.

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Isagenix Shake is a meal replacement, which is not designed especially for weight losing purposes. In fact, the nutrition value of the product makes it a bad choice for those who need to reduce fat in the body. The shake is rather natural and does not contain harmful ingredients except for fructose.

The intended purpose of the shake is to substitute a full meal. It is a perfect solution for the people who lack of time to prepare meal or to eat wholesome food. Due to the large amount of calories, Isagenix supplement is a good hunger suppressant. The energy value of the shake is 240 calories. The main ingredients in this shake are fiber and protein. The content of the first is 8 grams in each serving of the shake.

The protein is represented by three soy-free dairy sources. The quality of protein is rather good. Each serving of the product contain 24 grams of this essential component. Moreover, Isagenix provides a special bonus for vegetarians containing 22 grams of plant-based protein.

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As for the eating in 21-Day Fix, there is a special diet plan that focuses on appropriate ration of a user. The solution offers seven food containers of various colors. Each container provides a special portion control regarding the type of food. For example, red container is designed for proteins and is rated for ¾ of a cup.

The implementation of meal plan starts with calculation of target caloric intake. After that a user understands the number of containers to be used in the diet. The program is very simple and clear. Users do not need to count calories. They just use the proper containers instead.

When comparing these two brands, we must understand that Isagenix is a meal replacement, while 21 Day Fix is a diet program. However, each of these products are aimed at providing benefits for the customers. 21 Day Fix is a very effective and healthy way to manage weight. Isagenix is designed to suppress hunger and replace meal.

Cell Phone For Children

The hubby bought our eldest daughter an iPod Touch when she was 12 years old. It was a present for her for getting good grades and position in her school exam. It was given to the big girl after much lobbying, begging and whining. Her plea was “everyone else she knows has a cell phone or iPod”.  Finally her dad challenged her that should she get first placing in her exam, an iPod will be hers. She managed to prove it to her dad and she claimed an iPod from her him!

If you are wondering what an iPod Touch is, it functions just like an iPad where one gets to surf the internet, engage in social media, play music, watch videos except that it does not come with a SIM card function, thus you cannot make phone calls. It looks like an iPhone.

Our middle child got her first cell phone at the age of 11 and it was by a stroke of luck that she earned herself a Huawei cell phone. The hubby had bought me a new Huawei cell phone and with this purchase, he was given a chance to do a ‘spin and win’ at the shop.  He enlisted the girl to do the spinning and what did he know? The stars and moon must have aligned right that day, the spin won her a brand new Huawei cell phone!

And so now both our older girls have a cell phone each. I associate the iPod with an iPhone as it functions just like an iPhone sans the ability to make calls. But I can get in touch with the big girl via Facebook messenger and Facebook voice call provided there is WiFi. I find it very useful to get in touch with the girls when they go on field trips and have outings with their friends. I have made it clear to them that when they are on outings, they have to ‘report’ to me regularly, informing me of their whereabouts. It’s also very useful when I need to fetch them back from the tuition center, school or outings. They get to call me to let me know what time I should fetch them and where to wait for them.

Many parents wrestle with the issue of cell phones for kids. Should they or should they not give their child a cell phone? There are pros and cons to your child having a cell phone. We as parents need to lay the ground rules and make sure that our kids are aware that we mean what we say. I’ve had bad days with my girls over the cell phone, I’ve had days when I confiscated the phone as punishment. All in all, it’s not a bad idea for my girls to have a cell phone.

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Just remember: When you give your kids the access to cell phones, you’re giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can create text, images and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to social media and sites. They can broadcast their status and their location. I have made it clear to my kids that they should never show their location. They can download just about everything in the world. If you think your children’s technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times have definitely changed and we need to keep up with the times, but parenting hasn’t. We’re still the parents. And it’s our job to say “no, not yet.”

Oh, make sure that your kid’s cell phone is equipped with a top anti-virus app. There are many free anti-virus apps available for android now. Do your research and get the best for your child.

 

Instructions And Tips On Writing Main Paragraphs For Dissertation

How to write main paragraphs for your dissertation?
Creating a dissertation demands arriving at exquisite, complicated and peculiar ways of texturizing the reflections. The significant aspect is division of the graduation work into purposeful paragraphs. Therefore, you develop your supporting points, and the reader will keep up with the thread of your reflections as they evolve throughout the chapters. This article offers some tips that will ease crafting paragraphs for the thesis. Assignment baron is ready to help you with your academic paper 24/7.

Paragraph determination
Union of conjunct clauses dedicated to a certain theme is called a paragraph. Ability to craft compelling paragraphs will provide the possibility to keep on track while making, drafting, and correcting the text. Besides, valid paragraphing helps the reader to follow the development of ideas contained in the paper. Your ideas may be really great, but you should introduce them in a structured way, or there is a possibility to forfeit the readers, and not to succeed in writing.

Remember: One thought in one paragraph
The golden rule of making paragraphs is to dedicate one thought to one paragraph. If you want to start a new thought, you should start the next paragraph. There exist several easy ways to define whether you are keeping to the same theme or another one. There may be one reflection and more than one confirmation contained in a single paragraph. There also may be more than one point in one paragraph as long as they cover the general theme of the paragraph. If some points are getting too long, then possibly developing each of them and putting them in the paragraphs where they belong is the right thing to do.

Paragraph components
To make an efficient paragraph it should have the following components: unanimity, cohesion, a topic sentence, and corresponding development. These features are partially connected. By utilizing them for your personal goals, you will write informative paragraphs.

  • The whole paragraph must be focused on a single thought. If it is focused on the main deliberation point, it must not be finished with another one; neither should it roam within various thoughts.
  • Cohesion is the feature that simplifies the paragraph for reader. It can be crafted logically and verbally.
  • Logic. One thought of the theme is transferred from clause to clause. Parallel forms may be used for the following clauses verbally, repeating of main words in some clauses.
  • A topic sentence. This is a clause that reveals generally what thought will be covered in a paragraph. Not all paragraphs include distinct topic clauses and sometimes they may appear in various parts of the paragraph. They may become the first clause, the last clause, or be placed in the middle. But if you want the reader to understand the paragraph theme, place the topic clause somewhere in the paragraph beginning.
  • Corresponding development. The theme presented by the topic sentence must be discussed completely and relevantly. This may also vary in paragraphs and depend on the aim of the author, but writers must avoid paragraphs with two or three clauses. In this case, there is a possibility that the paragraph is not developed properly.

Following this simple structure and keeping these components in your paragraphing, you will be able to write strong introductions.

 

Cuti-Cuti Malaysia

This school holidays, we are staying put in KL as it is only a week-long holiday. Plus, Drama Queen has to attend school for the first three days of the holidays to attend UPSR exam preparation classes.  Today I brought the girls to Mid Valley Megamall to chillax. We had a sumptuous dim sum  lunch at Han Room and then did what girls like best – retail therapy 😀

With our Ringgit shrinking to such a miserable value, I doubt we will be having any overseas holiday this year.  We shall be exploring our very own beautiful country, Malaysia.  There are so many places in Malaysia that we have never been to. We have never visited East Malaysia and even in the capital of Malaysia where we live in, there are so many places of interest that we have not brought the girls to.  KL Tower (at present, the world’s fifth tallest structure), Batu Caves (400 million-year old limestone hill with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it) and Istana Negara are some of the places that I have in mind to bring our girls to.

Revolving Atmosphere 360 restaurant at Menara KL Tower (picture below) is one of the to-visit places in my bucket list. Hailed as one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world, Menara KL plays host to a revolving restaurant,  Atmosphere 360.  You can have a meal or enjoy high tea along with the most spectacular view of the city centre, bar chartering a helicopter (though that would be very costly!).  Boasting a theater, an amphitheater, beautiful cascading pools, a fast food restaurant and souvenir shops, this tower is a definite must-visit sightseeing attraction in Kuala Lumpur.

We could even do a staycation at Best Western PJ Hotel or any hotel in the Klang Valley. I know our girls would love to have a staycation in a luxurious hotel to enjoy the rooms, the swimming pool, the hotel food and the feeling of being on a holiday. We can get the best of our holiday right in the heart of where we stay at a fraction of a cost of an overseas holiday.

For an inexpensive half-day tour, we could do a little jaunt in Batu Caves (picture below). Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.  The last time I visited Batu Caves was exactly 30 years ago!  I was 14 then (Alycia’s age now) and had followed the school on a trip to Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. That trip was my first ever trip with my class and school mates as a teenager and remains as one of my fondest memories up until today.

Another place that I would love to go with our girls is Langkawi Island. The hubs and I went to Langkawi for a holiday 17 years ago (with our buddy, Alan Yun) and fell in love with this island. We vowed to visit there again. Our most memorable experience in Langkawi was a deep sea fishing adventure where we caught a huge rainbow trout and then brought the trout to a restaurant in the Langkawi Yacht Club to have it steamed. The rainbow trout was sinfully fresh and sweet, though I felt really sorry for the trout.  One of the island’s highlights that I really want to visit is the Langkawi Sky Bridge (picture below).  It is a 410ft-long curved pedestrian bridge located 2,300 ft above sea level with stunning views.

With so many places to visit in our beautiful country, there is just no necessity to splurge on an overseas holiday in this gloomy economy that we are in now. Here’s a tip for you. To get the best deals on flights and hotels, go to Traveloka Malaysia.

 

Funky Wigs

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I used to have thick luscious hair but I have lost a great deal of my precious locks after the birth of my children. Blame it on the hormones. Thankfully when my babies started to creep and crawl, I saw lots of baby hair sprouting and standing atop my crown 😆😅 What glorious sight!

A few months ago, I started to shed hair again. The amount of hair that fell off my scalp after each hair wash was worrying. I wondered what was wrong. Could it be that I am aging? Was it caused by stress and worriment? Or do I lack  certain nutrients?

I later learned that my hair loss was contributed by iron deficiency. After my diagnosis of being anemic with low red blood cells early this year (no thanks to a uterine fibroid), I did some research on anemia and learned that being anemic can cause hair loss too. Ahhh, this explains the unusual hair loss!

I am now on a high iron diet to boost my red blood cells. Hopefully my effort pays off and my hair follicles will strengthen, else I will have to get myself some wigs online!  Actually it’s not that bad an idea to wear a wig.  Celebrities don on them and they look terrific.  Most times, you can’t even tell when they wear a wig.  Keira Knightley has been wearing a wig for years and no one realized it initially.

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Hair loss happens to even the best of us. Wigs give us fresh hope, positive transformation and confidence.  At BlackHairspray.com, you’ll find a complete range of wigs, weaves, lace front wigs, ponytails, braids and beauty supplies. Buying wigs online gives us the privacy that we need as opposed to buying from brick-and-mortar shops. If you are worried that the wig wouldn’t suit you, no worries, as BlackHairspray.com offers a no hassle, 30-day return policy.

 

 

BlackHairspray.com offers same day shipping on nearly all products when orders are placed before 4PM EST. Looking at the wig samples at BlackHairspray.com (OMG, they look like real hair!) gives me the itch to try out a wig too! Wigs will come in handy on bad hair days. I’ve plenty of such awful days. 😄

Frenemy

Cass and I, we are ‘frenemies’.  We argue a lot (she’s very headstrong and so am I!) yet at the end of the day, we give each other hugs and kisses before going to bed. We share stories a lot and she tells me everything that had transpired in school.  Today she shared with me that her drawing of the human dental anatomy got a lot of likes from her Science teacher.  Cass’ teacher pulled off the page of the drawing from her exercise book and pinned it to the bulletin board in her classroom. She also got some chocolates from the teacher as reward. She was so happy!   We both  laughed that she actually drew that dental anatomy while in a really groggy state of mind as she was struggling to keep her eyes opened that night. This year her teachers give the class a lot of homework and she’s been working hard on the homework late into the night on most days.

Last night, Cass told me that her classmate (a boy) informed her that a Malay boy from another class admires her secretly… HO HO HO!!!  She is now dying to know who the boy is and so do I! HA HA!

Cass loves to ask me questions. One of the questions that she asked me recently is how Jesus became God. As it’s lengthy to explain it to her, I told her to go to the iTunes video learning app  where she can download The Great Course  and read in detail how Jesus became God. My girls download books to read a lot. iTunes has  many apps where you can download books to read as well as stream educational videos and lectures taught by top professors in the world.  I’d like to try the Android video learning app too to equip myself with some self improvement courses. I wish I had the time to do so.

 

 

Relaxation for Moms

Daily life as a mom can get incredibly hectic and if you are one among us, you are bound to feel the need for relaxation sometime or another. Kids and work may present you with challenges but it is important to know that it is these hurdles that help us grow. So whenever you feel a little drained, try any one of these things to make your day a little easier:

1. Go out with a friend: Have a weekly date night with your girlfriends and enjoy a little chat. This works great once a week because you can stay on top of your conversations, have a laugh and relieve the day to day stress that a week of work brings. You can either choose to go out and have dinner with them, or just stay in and play free bingo games.  Really, anything goes as long as your are comfortable and having fun!

2. Write it out: If things start getting too overwhelming at work and home, start writing. It is a great way to let your thoughts out and have a clear picture of what it is that needs to be done. It is also a good idea to write a ‘gratitude list’, a list of all the things you are thankful for in your life to feel a little more connected to those around you.

3. Bath, book, and wine: There are very few things that a bubble bath can not solve. Fill your tub with some warm water and add some scented oils and bath bombs to make it even better. You can also take along a book and a glass of your favorite wine.

Are you getting enough REAL relaxation?

4. Move with the beats: Put on some dance music and get moving. Ask your children to join in on the fun and see how happy they get. You and your kids will both have a fun time together, far away from routine troubles. Being physically active will not only release endorphins in your system but also make you feel stress free and stronger.

 

Things In Your House That Make You Feel Tired All the Time

Where do you spend most of your free time? Where do you go in the evening to reinvent yourself and absorb energy for the next day? What’s the place you love the most? It’s your home, certainly. This place should be treated with attention. Everything should be harmonized in the most logical way. There’s even a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing yourself with the surrounding environment. It’s called Feng Shui and it’s been provoking numerous disputes throughout centuries. Nonetheless, we are not going to spend time writing about peculiar Asian methodologies. We’ve got better things to discuss 😀  Our kind friends from  Contact Russian Brides gave us a great idea. This is how it goes…

People don’t actually realize that they have a lot of distracting and useless stuff in their houses. We are not even going to talk about how many impractical gadget and pieces of furniture we spend money on every day. Consumerism is not our today’s topic. Let’s talk about the stuff that are visible which unnoticeably ruins your tranquility at home. You’ll be surprised with how many things can be changed or thrown out to make your stay more comfortable and relaxing. If you find yourself yawning and feeling sleep throughout the day without a clue as to why, your home might just be the culprit.  Watch out for these household items that may  negatively affect your slumber and making you feel tired the next day:

Blue walls
In general, blue color relaxes you and helps reduce stress, lower down your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, and make you feel overall sleepy and comfy. It sounds nice for your bedroom but everywhere else it can ruin your day and make you feel tired and depressed. Such colors as beige and terracotta can relax you even better than blue while not making you unhappy and drowsy.

As age increases people are less likely to yawn

A coffee machine
Depending on your metabolism, coffee can actually be a great energizer or a sleeping pill. Regardless of the results, people still drink several cups of coffee every day and get nothing off of it. However, the effect wears off over time and leaves you feeling even more tired than you were. The same about tea – its effect can be even more stimulating and you can end up lying sleeplessly all night. If you want a cuppa tea, try chamomile tea or peppermint tea as they are caffeine-free and do not cause insomnia.

Cell phones
Yeah, we know – the modern world is unimaginable without such means of communication as mobile phones and laptops. However, if you want to get enough rest, you need to reorganize your relationship with your phone. Most of us feel perfectly fine about waking up in middle of the night to reply to an SMS or a call. Getting back to sleep is not always easy and, therefore, you don’t get enough rest. Aside from that, modern people spend a lot of time aimlessly scrolling news feeds and surfing the Net “just to spend some time”. Well, you know, you could devote that time to something much more useful.  To have restful nights with uninterrupted sleep, switch off your mobile phone when you go to bed.

Your Favorite Junk Food
Put down the potato chips, doughnuts and pretzels: Foods loaded with simple carbs and sugar result in frequent blood sugar spikes, followed by sharp drops that will make you feel tired over time.

Drawn curtains
The lighting in your house is exceedingly important. We don’t even recognize the meaning of light in our life unless we experience a severe lack of it. Statistics say that people who live with a little of sunshine and overall daylight are more inclined to commit suicides. And while suicidal and gloomy thoughts have nothing to do with you, your permanent fatigue can be caused by your drawn curtains and poor illumination.

 

Meal-Replacement Shakes

Designed to have fewer calories than an average meal, meal-replacement shakes include all the vitamins and nutrients needed for the rest of the day. While taking such shakes, one needs to make sure it is followed by healthy dietary and lifestyle habits in order to drop some weight.

Generally, it is a good idea to drink the shake for breakfast in the morning. It goes without saying that your dinner, lunch and snacks ought to be low in calories and sugar-free. Such changes make you lose weight faster and easier to sustain.

Here are a number of tips on what properties to look for:

Avoid sugar
When your liver is unable to absorb the excessive amount of sugar, it is turned into fat.

You should avoid the following foods, among others:
~ Spirits (and alcohol)
~ Sweets, pastries, cakes, biscuits
~ Jarred fruits

Fruits can be consumed in larger quantities quite safely as fructose doesn’t make you gain weight like sugar. However, it is best to eat everything in moderation. Fruit is an excellent choice as a healthy source of carbohydrates.

Low-caloric diet makes our body use fat as fuel
Consuming excessive calories, your liver transforms them into fat. If you alter your dietary habits and avoid sugar, your body will use fat for energy. Seek shakes that are lower than 200 calories. Also, avoid eating foods low on nutrient properties such as donuts, French fries, corn dogs, popcorn, etc. Such foods are rich in calories and low in nutrients.

Know that there are different carbohydrates
After consumption, they can either be transformed into sugar or as protein. Simple carbohydrates are easier to digest providing us with energy in a short term. Dairy products and juices are the sources of such carbs. Complex carbohydrates work vice versa – they take more time to digest, yet provide more energy in a longer term (grain products, greengrocery). Thus, aim for shakes with food fibers and low on carbs so that they fill you up and you shed weight faster.

20g of protein or less
In addition to enhancing your metabolic process, shakes also help to get rid of fat and keep you full longer. For you to choose the right shake, choose one with 20g of protein per serving.

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Add greengrocery in your menu
They are rich in fiber, which is paramount for you to lose weight. It goes without saying that fruits and vegetables are the key to good health due to the abundance of vitamins and minerals. What’s more is that they reduce your craving for unhealthy snacks, give you energy and are low in sugar.

Cut Down On Salt
We should aim for less than 1500 mg of sodium per day, and definitely not more than 2300 mg. 1500 mg of sodium amounts to 0.75 teaspoons or 3.75 grams of salt per day, while 2300 mg amounts to one teaspoon or 6 grams of salt per day. Try to avoid eating foods high in salt.

Meal Replacement Shakes: A load of crap or loads of help?

 

GMOs and gluten-free
Your diet should be free from GMO and gluten containing products. This includes paying close attention to the greengrocery you buy.

There are plenty of shakes available in the market to meet the preferences of vegans, lactose intolerant patients, those on a weight loss diet, sports enthusiasts, etc.

With the above tips, I am sure you now have a better idea on how to choose a proper nutrition shake.

 

Shopping Passion

I am a self declared shopping queen. Shopping can do wonders to my body. Besides melting away my stress, worries and anger, it is a great way to burn calories too 💪😆.  I can shop for hours and hours on end like there is no tomorrow. I can walk around the shopping mall for over 10 hours and yet do not seem to feel tired at all!  I am indefatigable when I indulge in something that I have passion in.

Before the kids came along, I had all the time in the world to shop till I drop – from the moment the mall shutters were opened till they were shut. I truly relish those worry-free days where I had so much time on hand including those extra cash for me to splurge on every single month!

These days, if I get to shop for more than 3 hours in the mall, it is a luxury. A WFHM or a SAHM would know how precious and limited time is for her. There is always something at home that needs to be done by a specific time, which means that my shopping trips always have to be truncated with me rushing home like Cinderella.  This is part of the reason why I love online shopping. Some of my friends are ambivalent about online shopping but I have always had pleasant experiences buying stuff online from local and international sellers.

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Online shopping comes in  handy when I need something urgently and do not have the time to get it physically from the mall.  I could make an online purchase on  just about anything at any time convenient to me. I could check out on some nifty summer wholesale clothing  or vintage wholesale sunglasses at affordable wholesale prices. There are so many shopping websites that I love to hang out virtually. One of them is Apparel Candy. You can check it out too to find out what it has to offer you.

 

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