THE ADVANTAGES OF FRANCHISING

By Weight Loss Tips

franchise owner, or a franchisee, is someone who buys a business that is part of a chain, using the same name, trademark, product, and services.

The franchise organization model offers the franchisee the ability to grow under a common brand and share in the benefits of a larger group of business owners. Though each business is independently owned and managed, all franchisees share in the collaborative benefits of the organization through the support and oversight of the franchisor.

Franchising can be an intimidating venture, and weighing the “pros and cons” is imperative to making the decision to become a franchisee. Check out the list below and ask yourself if these advantages could work for you!

Advantage 1: Explore a New Career, Work in a New Industry! No Experience Necessary

Buying a franchise allows you to work in a field that you don’t necessarily have any previous work experience in, but that is intriguing to you. Franchise brands (also known as franchisors) offer extensive and thorough support and training to franchisees in order to educate them and help them understand their company’s business model. By entering into an already established brand that has been operating (assumedly) for years, you will be privy to knowledge, experience, and industry secrets that you would otherwise have had to learn over the course of your career through a trial and error process. Owning a franchise allows you to tap into previous owners’ and leaders’ collective years-worth of first-hand experience, increasing your chances of success.

Advantage 2: Lower Risk

Franchises are a more secure investment than new businesses because they have the support and backing of a larger, established corporation. These corporations have business models that have been tested, often in different markets across the country, and have already proven themselves to be effective.

Advantage 3: Loyal Customer Base and Brand Recognition

One of the hardest parts of starting any new business is finding your first customers, which is one of the reasons so many people turn to franchising; when you buy a franchise you get to bypass a lot of the work that goes into marketing and branding a new, unknown business. Investing in a franchise grants you access to an established, loyal customer base and potential employee pool. Buying an established and recognized brand can give you an accelerated path to profitability by bringing in customers and prospective employees from day one.

Advantage 4: Collective Buying Power

When you purchase a franchise and become part of the franchise system, you’ll benefit from your franchisor’s established deep-rooted relationships with suppliers. This means that materials will be less expensive because of the franchisor’s collective buying power.

Advantage 5: Hit the Ground Running with Extensive Franchisor Support

Most franchisors prioritize supporting their franchisees — especially when they are just starting out — by offering them pre-opening assistance with operations like site selection, design, construction, financing, training, and grand-opening programs. The help doesn’t stop there: Some franchises even give loans and other forms of financial assistance to their franchisees.

Advantage 6: Be Your Own Boss

Owning a franchise allows you the chance to be your own boss. You’ll be able to craft a more flexible schedule for yourself; revel in having more autonomy over your career; you can even choose to work from home, if that’s what you want. You’ll own a business while having a support system to turn to when you’re in need of advice or assistance. In franchising, there’s a saying that you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

It’s been said that if you love what you do, you can’t help but succeed. There’s a lot of truth to this statement. If you can align yourself with a franchise that really fits, you’ll be much happier, which in turn results in higher productivity. Being a franchise owner can improve quality of life and adventure! You can put your hard work ethic and drive into something to call your own.

Why dream it when you can live it?

EWYN Studios is always looking for new franchising opportunities! Think you may be interested? Click HERE to learn more.

CAULIFLOWER NACHOS

By Recipes, Uncategorized

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup peppers and mushrooms (chopped)
  • 4 oz cooked ground chicken
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 oz shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425C. In a bowl mix all vegetables, oil and spices. Place vegetables on parchment paper and put onto cooking tray. Spread ground chicken over seasoned vegetable mixture. Bake for 20 min. Remove from oven sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 5 min. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Thank you to Stacey Burchat from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING A “WATER PILL”

By Uncategorized, Weight Loss Tips

Written By: Dean Esser

The human body consists of approximately 60% water. Water is vital in helping the body function properly and is largely responsible for dissolving nutrients and eliminating waste. When the body fails to eliminate excess water, this is referred to as water retention.

Water retention or edema means that there is excessive water in the tissue of the body which causes the body to swell, especially in the extremities. Fluid retention is often caused by the increase of blood pressure on the veins which adds to the pressure on the capillaries. The irregular changes in the blood vessels are often associated with poor eating habits or eating foods that do you do not utilize properly.

So how does one recognize water retention in the body? It is typically first noticed because of the swelling of extremities. Another indication of water retention is the difficulty to lose weight, despite diet efforts. The physical signs are more evident, however. Physical signs of water retention include swollen ankles and unexplained weight gain over a very short period of time.

It is possible to retain up to 5 pounds of water weight, most of which is stored in the fluid that surrounds the cells throughout the body. Overweight people tend to retain more water because they typically consume more calories and as a result, tend to consume higher amounts of sodium which greatly contributes to water retention.

Sure, “water pills” help you shed the excess water that’s making you feel super bloated—but only temporarily. Once you stop taking them, your kidneys go back to reabsorbing the normal amount of water and salt deemed necessary for your body.  You then go back to your previous body weight soon after you stop taking them.

In fact, some water pills may make you gain weight.  Yep, you read that right. If you take any type of diuretic over a long period of time, your kidneys will eventually overcompensate for their use and you’ll end up holding on to more water weight than you did before you started taking them.

There are two extensive types of fluid retention. The first one is generalized oedema that is characterized by swellings all over the body (inflammation). The second type is the localized oedema that affects particular body parts (typically in the extremities). This condition is most common in the legs and feet, and can also affect the face, hand, and arm areas.

So how do we reduce water retention safely?  One way to reduce water retention is by increasing potassium intake by eating healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits (this is not an endorsement to eat 4 bananas a day). Also, by drinking more fluid (mainly, water).

Skipping junk food and cutting down on processed foods (specifically carbohydrates) that have hidden salt ingredients are also necessary changes.

Eating a higher protein diet will help as protein is an important nutrient in preventing the abnormal changes in body tissues. Eating smaller meals at regular intervals combined with regular movement/walking will also help increase circulation, eliminate waste in the body and reduce excess water.

Improved diet and consistent movement (exercise) are the biggest factors in reducing water weight.

Now, is all water retention supplementation bad?  Aren’t some “water pills” less than optimal for you and can cause weight gain?  Why would someone want to take Ewyn’s – Fluid Control Plus?  Many “water pills” can have some side effects but EWYN’s – Fluid Control Plus is not made like other water pills.

Fluid Control Plus was made to provide mental focus, motivation, fat burning, inflammation reduction & shed some of that excess water weight.  The ingredients for water retention are mild, so as not to cause a rebound in weight gain.  When used in moderation (we recommend 2 months or less), Fluid Control Plus is great for fighting inflammation & breaking weight loss plateaus.

It’s Exactly What You Need.

EGG SALAD BOWL

By Recipes, Uncategorized

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites (boiled)
  • 1 cup veggies: celery, green onion (chopped) and spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • pinch of paprika

Directions:

Boil 4 eggs. Peel, remove 2 yolks.  Mash or blend together.

In a separate bowl, mix dressing ingredients and add to egg mixture along with chopped veggies.

Place on a bed of spinach. Enjoy!

Thank you to Carol Tieu from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

CHRISSY’S BALSAMIC DRESSING

By Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar (condiment)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (condiment)
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together. Store in air tight container.

Thank you to CHRISSY from Owen Sound, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

GROUP OF FIVE

By Weight Loss Tips
Written by: Barbara Baristow, Manager Ewyn Studios Leduc

 

We are surrounded by people every day. We are interacting with people every day. We are influenced by people every day.

Take a look at the five closest people to you. Do you emulate yourself to be like them? Do they have habits and behaviors that will be successful to you? Who is your support circle, the most influential people around you, your group of 5?

In the motivational words of speaker Jim Rohn…”You are an average of five people you spend the most time with”.

Look around at the people nearest you as you continue your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Are those closest to you helping you or holding you back? Your motivating factor, your “why”, that leads you to make the change is what will keep you focused on your success. Your group of 5, are who will support that “why” and will encourage you to achieve that success.

Your support system is most important in your weight loss goals and life. It can make you or break you. If you have someone who acts as a temptation, not understanding or respecting your choice and how difficult it can be, you may want to change those who you surround yourself with. The wrong people may eat the “forbidden” foods in front of you, may tell you “it’s just one bite”, maybe they surprise you with treats and dinners out, but they are not thinking of how important your goal is. Honestly, there will be some people who actually do not want you to succeed, but do not let that stop you from success! You may have to distance these people until you feel strong enough to be around them. But do not forget! There will be those who empower you! Cheer on your success! They have your best interest in social situations, and they support your goal. They may not always understand it, but they support it none the less! These are the people you want around you, that you need to choose for your group of 5.

If we are the product or likeness of the closest 5 people around us, why wouldn’t we have those cheering for us, the determined and driven, the winners with you all the time? With these 5 chosen people, your chance of success in both weight loss and life will be greater than it has ever been. Remember, you don’t have to turn away from the people who don’t have your best interest, they just need to be distanced for a while and given a “limit” to what they have access to.

Who are the people with characteristics you wish to have? Who are the people that make you feel like Superman or Superwoman? That empower you to rise up? Those are the people you want to initiate into your group of 5. If they are not already around you, reach out and tell them their value to you, ask them to join you during your journey. I can guarantee you they will not say no. These people are leaders and mentors by nature and will act when called upon.

“If you build it, they will come”

“THE SKINNY” ON FAT BLOCKERS

By Weight Loss Tips
Written by: Dean Esser

 

A supplement that you can take once a day and will prevent you from getting fat despite allowing you to eat anything you want. That magic pill to eliminate your fat, unfortunately just does not exist, but it hasn’t stopped researchers from trying to discover it. But what if you just didn’t absorb the calories you ate?

Fat Blockers are dedicated to preventing calorie uptake and absorption. Only one problem is, they can’t block all your calories alone, they sometimes block nutrients as well. So, the question is, are they worth taking? If you are absorbing fewer nutrients, is it worth taking to absorb less calories?

Any fat blocker will work in one of two ways:

  1. There will be an enzyme that’s vital in digesting a macro nutrient and the blocker will target it and keep it from doing it’s job.
  2. The blocker itself will seek out and bind to the fat molecule. When the blocker and the fat molecule are connected, the fat molecule can’t be absorbed.

Do Fat Blockers work for Fat Loss?

Yes they do!  But a few things to remember:

  1. They can’t cause fat loss, only prevent fat gain.
  2. They can reinforce bad habits since many people think they can get away with eating anything they want regularly.
  3. Taken too often they can create a compromised metabolism and prevent your body from burning fat properly.

So, should you be taking a Fat Blocker? If used in moderation and properly, they can be a very effective tool for eliminating weight gain, especially during a ‘treat meal’ or ‘cheat meal’. They can help reduce weight gain during these high caloric times. So Yes, a Fat Blocker used in moderation can be a great tool to stay on track when the road gets tough!

Why Ewyn Weight Loss Studios Fat Blocker? Our Fat Blocker not only blocks fat, but carbohydrates as well! Whatever the meal, whatever the occasion, we have Exactly What You Need!

Interested in giving it a try? Read more about our EWYN Fat Blocker here.

ZUCCHINI PIZZA BITES

By Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced baby tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced red onions
  • 2 oz the cheese of your choice (we love feta!)
  • 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning

Directions:

Preheat oven to broil.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet, in batches cook the zucchini for 1-2 minutes per side to seer, once cooked place on a baking sheet.

Place a dab of marinara sauce, some onion, tomato, and cheese on each one, sprinkle with Italian seasoning if desired.

Place in oven and broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Makes approximately 3 servings of 6 slices