Why Change Is So Hard?

By Weight Loss Tips
Written By: Craig Warrian

In the “weight loss/health and wellness industry” I often say we’re trying to play “2 games” (though they’re not really games). These so-called games are hormone management and change management.  In this article, we’re going to dive into the latter, change management.

Do you want some kind of change in your life? Perhaps it is to own a home, buy a new car, learn how to play the guitar, meet someone new, lose weight etc.?  If so, get ready to embrace change.

I am sure you have heard the saying “we’re creatures of habit”, and indeed we are. We like repeatability, predictability and standard rhythms. Take us out of our comfortable “routine” and watch us push back almost instantly. The challenge is, if we want change in our lives, we need to adopt change.

If that is all it takes to get what we ultimately want, why do we not just simply change, and in turn get everything we desire?  Simply put, because change is hard.  There are many reasons as to why we resist changing our behaviours, so let us take a look at a few key fundamental reasons why we resist change:

  1. Negative Emotions Drive Us: While one might think that strong negative emotions such as fear, regret, guilt and shame would be key drivers towards long lasting change, the opposite is unfortunately true.  Negative thoughts and emotions, may point out our faults  and the things we should be doing, but it is not a recipe for long term positive change.  Those same thoughts may bring the initial ideas of change to the forefront, but until we put the power of positivity, support, love etc. behind them, we will not have long term success.  Always remember, “YOU ARE WORTH IT”.  You are worth the hassle, the struggle, the pain, the anguish… and the success, the joy, the enjoyment and the elation of achieving your goals.
  2. All or Nothing Belief: How often have you tried to make a positive change in your life and things are going well, to all of a sudden succumb to temptation and then feel flooded with the thought of “I’m a failure, I can’t do it!” and we give up?  One deviation from the plan, and we feel that all is lost.  For many of us, this all or nothing headspace is a no-win situation.  The likelihood of you taking on a significant change and having a slip up along your journey of change is almost 100%.  Therefore, one of the first things you have to kick to the curb is the thinking of “all or nothing”.  If you want to make substantial, successful lifelong change, one stumble cannot stop you from finishing the race.
  3. Bite More Than You Can Chew: Transformative change is a big deal. It is one of, if not the biggest challenge we will face in our lives.  Therefore, do not underestimate it.  Too often, the changes we take on feel incredibly BIG and… heavy.  Lighten the load with smaller and very specific and measurable goal(s).  Rather than just saying “I want to lose weight” or “I want to lose 20, 40, 80, 100 pounds etc.”, replace big and vague with small and specific.  Perhaps try “I’m going to lose 5 lbs by the end of the month, by walking after work 4 times per week”.  It is a small enough goal, with an achievable timeframe and a bite-size method. If you like, take a peek at one of our previous articles for more information on goal setting (click here).
  4. Right Tools For The Job: No matter the challenge you are taking on, changing a faucet, cleaning your BBQ, power washing the deck or trying to lose a few pounds, you will need the right tools for the job to make the difference.  Most of us do not think twice when it comes to using the right tools when we take on a project around the house.  Why would it be any different when we are taking on a project focused on self-improvement?  The tools may be different but having the right tools can make all the difference.  A supportive partner, the right information and a coach are all great tools for being successful if weight loss is your chosen change (amongst many other changes).  Lean on others, set expectations, be clear and use the tools around you.  You are never alone!
  5. Don’t Take On Too Much: One small change long term is admirable.  It takes a lot to make even a small change and make it stick long term.  Therefore, piling on change after change after change is a sure-fire way to be overwhelmed and fail on all desired changes.  Think about it, our mechanisms of change are limited.  We only have a limited amount of focus, will power, motivation etc.  If you adopt too much change at once, those resources will be taxed quickly.  Therefore, if your change is to lose body fat (for example), focus on that specifically and don’t try and layer on too much (join a gym, start running, get a dog as a running partner, become vegan, buy a $5,000 mountain bike … I think you get the picture).  Keep this in mind, take on small and manageable change to get your desired results and be CONSISTENT.
  6. Failure Is Part Of The Process: If you’ve tried to adopt meaningful change and failed…  welcome to the club.  Part of the process of change is failure.  The sooner we can adopt and accept failure as part of the process, the quicker we can move past our stumbles and stay on our new path.  If failure is part of the journey, we also need to appreciate the journey itself.  Change happens in stages.  It is not simply flipping a switch and voila.  Stages of change include: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, failure, reaction and maintenance.  Fall in love with the journey, the results are worth it and you are worth the effort.
  7. Commit: Last, but certainly not least, is the simple step of commitment.  Without committing to the change, all of the other steps, understanding and beliefs won’t really matter.  We need a strong understanding of what we are after and how we are going to achieve it.  Start here, make a strong commitment to a change and you are already laying out a path of success!

In summary, remember to commit strongly to a desired result. Take on a manageable amount of change that will allow you to achieve your goal. Lasting change is not going to come from a place of negativity or a “all or nothing” attitude. Also remember that failure is part of the process and without it, the change would not be worth it.  Help is out there, use the tools that are available to you… you are not on this journey alone. EWYN Studios is here to be an extra tool or two in your toolbelt. Reach out to your EWYN health coach to help streamline and re-focus your desired change.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

MEASURABLE GOALS

By Uncategorized, Weight Loss Tips
Written By: Dean Esser

Goals. What is a Goal? How do I set Goals? How do I achieve goals? We all know what a goal is, but how to achieve a goal is where we get lost. When we get lost on how to succeed, the goal gets lost and it’s nothing more than a forgotten hope of what we wanted to accomplish.

So how do we achieve a goal? Once you set your goal, the key is setting Measurable Goals to achieve that goal. The main difference between a Measurable Goal and a Goal is the Measurable Goal gives you precise actions or steps to take you closer to your goal. They are specific targets to achieve your goal.

The next key is to start off by setting very simple, understandable tasks to complete. Creating simple and easy actions will give you a feeling of accomplishment on your way to the finish line.

Here are some examples:

Say my goal is weight loss and my first step is to drink more water every day. Even setting a goal of drinking 10 water bottles per day is probably too complicated as I will probably lose track and then the task to get me drinking more water will be lost and thus leave me frustrated. Now, just setting a goal of drinking more water every day is even worse, as I probably don’t know how much water I drink on average per day. If I set a goal of drinking 3 water bottles before noon. This is an easy goal, an achievable goal and a measurable goal. If I drink 3 water bottles before noon, there is a very, very high likelihood I will drink more water then I normally do, therefore completing a task to get me one step closer to my ultimate goal of weight loss.

Now, what if I’m a Health Coach trying to have a client lose weight. My client shows up on Monday and did not lose weight over the weekend. I want to get that client’s weight loss moving so she is down 2lbs by Friday morning. Obviously, I would give many tips and recommendations on how to succeed, but one of the easiest tasks to make into a Measurable Goal is her cardio. I need her to complete 3 – 30 minute cardios before Friday morning. When I see her on Wednesday, I ask her ‘How many 30 minute cardios have you done so far?’ If she says 1, I instruct her that we need to get a cardio in tonight then and 1 more tomorrow to have 3 cardios before Friday Morning. This is an easy goal, an achievable goal, a measurable goal and even better – an easy task for me to follow up on.

Setting small, obtainable, easy tasks, not only simplifies the process and gives us a sense of accomplishment. It also gives us the precise actions and steps to take us closer to our goals. Whether you want to hit the gym, lose weight, buy a house or run a successful business. Whatever the goal at hand, setting measurable goals will give you steps to reaching your ultimate goal. And there is nothing more rewarding then that ultimate goal.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

HANDLING THE HOLIDAYS

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Written By: Nicola Desrochers

And it begins…the food holidays are upon us!

This time of year, can seem daunting when you are on a weight loss journey. We start with Thanksgiving and find ourselves inundated with get togethers, holidays and treats clear into the new year. So how do we survive the next few months? Here are a few tips to guide you through not only now, but years to come, so you can keep weight gain to a minimum and maintain your goal you worked so hard for regardless the time of year.

First, like anything in life you want to achieve, you have to decide that what you want at the end of the day is more important than that want ‘right now’. Before you go into Thanksgiving make sure you look at why you started your diet and remind yourself why it is important to stick to your goal!  Once you are motivated and strong… plan! You know the saying, “fail to plan and plan to fail”.

Start your day with a fasted cardio, yoga session or something that gets you into a good mind set, even if you do not manage to be 100% on plan that morning exercise will help minimize the damage! Next look at your day or weekend and decide what days are going to be the trickiest.  What members of your family are going to be the ones, even if not purposely, sabotaging you to make the wrong choices? By pre planning the obstacles that you are going to face you can make sure you are prepared to handle these situations. Does grandma insist you are “too thin” and is adamant she needs to “fatten you up”, is your cousin still your “drinking buddy” from days gone by? Remember your goals are not going to be the same as the people around you so you must be ready to handle these situations before they arise. Trust me it is a lot worse to go up 5 pounds on that scale Tuesday than “offend” a family member (who really won’t be offended if you say no to that piece of pie, or the 6 beers with your cousin).

Here are some ideas to handle these tricky situations:

  1. If you trust the people you are around, be honest with them. Explain that you are really committed to your healthy lifestyle and trying to lose some weight. Let them know you are not trying to offend anyone but its important for you to keep a close eye on what and how much you eat. Even go so far as to let them know you have hired a coach and you spent a lot of money on it and do not want to waste your investment!
  2. Not in a trusting environment, then ensure your portions are within your program guidelines, chose more meat, veggies and salad and keep the potatoes, stuffing etc. to one spoon. If your plate is full, most hosts will not even notice that you have skimped on the higher carb or fat options for lower calorie dense options.  Dessert? Ask to take yours home! You are not offending just too full and will enjoy it later…but do not! Give it to the kids or hubby or just toss it.  Are you concerned about wasting food? How about wasting your investment… its just not worth it!

I have clients who are so strong willed when it comes to their goals they will bring their own food to a function. I have one EWYN member who just tells family and friends that she is on a strict plan right now to improve her health and she cannot chance de-railing her efforts. Trust me, when you bring up health, not too many people are going to go against your wishes. In the end, you are working on your health, not just weight loss!

So now we know how to handle the people around us during the holidays, but how do we handle our thanksgiving meal? Ewyn puts out a handy survival guide each holiday with a meal plan, product recommendations to assist you with those tough situations and support from your coaches. Do not go into any holiday with “oh we aren’t doing anything it will be fine”.  I have heard this too many times to count and guess what, it never ends up like that…plan with your coach before the holiday hits. Visit Friday and DO NOT miss your Tuesday visit no matter what happens! The best laid plans can have hiccups sometimes and we know that, so if you fall off get in to see your coach as soon as possible. Trust me, when you “can’t make it Tuesday” we know what’s going on, that extra day without a weigh-in is your way of minimizing the damage yourself before getting on the scale. Here’s the thing…you come and see me, I can have you down 2 days sooner than you trying to do it yourself. We are your coaches, we are here to support you no matter what. We know sometimes life happens, so don’t avoid us as we have the solutions in our tool belts no matter the situation.

Eating better got easier when “I can’t have that” turned into “I don’t want that”-unknown

FINDING YOUR WHY

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       Written By: Nicola Desrochers

 

Experts agree that one of the best ways to achieve any goal is to have a clear understanding as to why that goal is important to you! Weight loss goals can seem daunting and overwhelming and a constant battle with ourselves on making good choices versus succumbing to the constant bombardment of fast food, unhealthy snacks and those around us that push us into “oh just one wont hurt” If you have any chance of surviving all the obstacles you will face, you must understand why you started in the first place!

Finding your why can be an emotional process as you must dig deep and be completely honest with yourself. Maybe it is playing with your kids without getting winded after 5 minutes, maybe it is feeling good about yourself when you meet someone special, maybe it is feeling sexy and rekindling a relationship or my absolute favourite client memory “I want to fit into an airplane seat and not be “that guy” walking down the aisle that no one wants to sit beside” This client went on to lose 145 lbs. with Ewyn Studios and took that trip that he had waited 20 years to take!

Finding your why is looking at your current situation and deciding that you are not where you want to be. Sure a vacation, outfit or even a wedding dress can motivate you to work towards that goal but in my experience these are short term motivators and once we take that trip, or wear that outfit we lose drive and head back in the wrong direction. Long term success is about not wanting to spend one more day, sad when you look in the mirror, defeated when you go shopping or too tired to play with your kids.

If you are ready to commit to a lifestyle change, do not want to spend the rest of your life on the dieting rollercoaster then it is time to work on your why.

We have created a why worksheet that will help you start to map out your journey, do not rush this process, be honest with yourself as it is always easier to find an excuse than to find one thing that you can do and do it. If you need help with some areas reach out to your Ewyn Health Coach to help you with some action plans to overcome those obstacles, and this why worksheet is for you, you do not have to share it but if you do you will give your Ewyn coaches, your partner and even your family some insight into why this journey is so important to you and the support you will receive will help guide you through those days you feel like you are failing. But remember one, two even three bad days is not failure its just a couple bad days! You do not think top athletes have bad days? Sure, they do! They just had a crystal-clear vision as to why they wanted what they wanted and they pushed through, oh right with the help of a coach!

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it”-Amelia Earhert

CALORIES, FRIEND OR FOE?

By Weight Loss Tips
Written By: Craig Warrian

Let’s talk calories. It’s everyone’s favourite subject… isn’t it? Do we need calories? What the heck even is a calorie? A calorie is just a calorie, right? Or is it? In this article, we’ll explore these questions about our friend (or foe) the calorie.

Let us start by taking a step back and answer the question “What is a Calorie?”. A calorie isn’t a “thing”. You can’t actually see a calorie or taste it… it is a unit of measure. A calorie is typically defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. Therefore, a calorie is a unit of energy. Now, you’re armed with information that many of your friends don’t have, go out and tell someone!

Funny enough, when people are standing around talking about calories or you’re in the grocery store reading a food label and looking at the number of calories in food, those are actually kilocalories (kcal). A kilocalorie is sometimes referred to as a “large calorie”. The definition for kcal is a bit different. A kilocalorie is typically defined as the amount of heat required to heat 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree celsius. Therefore, a kilocalorie is equal to 1,000 calories (or small calories). For the purposes of this article, we will refer to a kilocalorie as a “calorie”.

If a calorie is the amount of energy or potential energy that an object contains, what does that mean to me? And do I need them?

Yes, you absolutely need a certain number of calories to survive. If you consumed zero calories for an extended period of time, your body, your organs etc. would begin to shut down and stop functioning. Energy is required for our bodies to function. The way we acquire calories/energy is in the form of food and drink that we consume.

If all we need is energy to fuel our systems, then a calorie must be just a calorie. Are all calories created equal? Now, this is a much more difficult and highly debated question to answer. The quick answer I will provide is NO, not all calories are created equal.

When looking at weight management, the question is how do calories factor in? It is generally believed that to “lose weight”, all you have to do is burn more calories than you consume. Is it the simple belief that by dropping daily caloric intake one drops unwanted pounds? This is where the debate starts … “is a calorie just a calorie”? In theory, yes, if you burn more than you consume, you’ll eventually lose weight. What this doesn’t take into consideration is the make up or quality of those calories. Certain sources of calories have a very different impact on our bodies.

At a very high level, the caloric load of our 3 main macro-nutrients are as follows (per 1 gram):

· Carbohydrate: 4 calories per gram

· Fat: 9 calories per gram

· Protein: 4 calories per gram

Taking a quick glance at the information above it’s easy to see why we might cut down on our daily intake of fat if we’re just trying to “manage” our daily intake of calories. Wouldn’t it make sense to eat a little more carbohydrates and protein and drop the fat? Fat has over double the caloric load of

carbohydrates and protein (9 vs 4) per gram. But (there’s always a but), is it that simple? If I reduce my dietary fat intake and eat a little higher amount of carbs and proteins, while keeping my calories at a “reasonable” level, will I lose the weight I want to lose? To answer that question, I will refer to the past 50 years as our test case. Over the past 50 years, the North American population has gotten heavier and unhealthier in the form of obesity and chronic diseases. Since about the 1960-70s, our percentage of total daily calories in the form of fat has indeed dropped, by approx. 10% (from about 40% to 30%). Now the question is what has gone up?

In short, carbohydrate consumption is what has increased over the past 50 or so years. One quick example is that the consumption of soft drinks and fruit drinks has increased tremendously over this time period. As a conservative calculation, 1 can of a soft drink consumed a day equates to approx. 15.6 lbs of weight gain per year. This is most likely higher as items that elevate your insulin (storage hormone) rapidly, will cause you to gain more weight even if the calories are the same. You might be thinking, “thank goodness I don’t drink a can of pop every day, this doesn’t apply to me”. This isn’t reserved to a can of pop or fruit drinks. That sweetened tea, sweetened latte, few cookies, Halloween treat, store bought crackers/snacks etc. (processed foods) all have a similar impact.

Here’s the thing, we’re not trying to vilify all carbohydrates. The message that we’re trying to point out is that processed foods, especially those with added sugar (almost 75% of packaged foods do) are the ones that we really need to limit/avoid.

Calories aren’t the enemy. They are nor good nor bad. Carbohydrates are nor good, nor bad and the same goes for fats and protein. (In case you missed it, check out our previous blog post regarding fats.) Not all calories are created equal. You can eat the same amount of calories in the form of snacks, juices, pop etc. versus wild salmon, broccoli and sweet potato and have a very different outcome of health and weight gain/loss. Keep the vast majority of your daily/weekly/monthly caloric load in the form of “real food” and your health and waistline will thank you for it.

Remember, a calorie is not just a calorie. In the end, embrace all the calories you consume, they make up the energy of life. Just make sure the calories you are consuming are coming from a great source. Take control of your calorie consumption. Take control of your health.

Sources:

Is a Calorie a Calorie? Processed Food, Experiment Gone Wrong
https://www.verywellfit.com/what-is-a-calorie-and-why-should-i-care-349623

MAGNESIUM… THAT MINERAL YOU MAY BE MISSING!

By Uncategorized, Weight Loss Tips
Written By: Dean Esser

 

What does Magnesium do for you? What doesn’t it do?!

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes within our bodies. This means that if you’re deficient in magnesium, your body is unable to do these 300 things effectively. Slightly more troubling, upwards of 80% of us are deficient in this key mineral. Let’s take a closer look at a few important processes that magnesium plays a vital role in.

Lacking sleep? Having trouble getting to sleep? Many of us don’t sleep well. In fact, nearly 50% of older adults have insomnia, with difficulty getting to sleep, waking up early or worse yet, not feeling refreshed when you wake because you didn’t sleep well. This is partly due to our lifestyle factors and changes in your circadian rhythms, but also from a decrease in nutrients. You may have heard that magnesium helps you sleep. Well, you are right! In fact, it’s a key nutrient for sleep that must be eaten or taken in supplements and properly absorbed to get a good night’s sleep.

Magnesium prepares your body for sleep by relaxing your muscles. It also helps to “shut your mind off,” and calms your nerves by regulating two of your brain’s messengers called neurotransmitters that tend to keep you awake. Magnesium is also essential to maintain a healthy ‘biological clock’ & sleep cycle. Getting enough magnesium helps reduce & prevent sleep disorders.

Magnesium can protect your heart! If you’re an athlete, I’m sure you already know that magnesium is important for muscles. So, what about the most important muscle in your body? Lower magnesium in your diet equates with higher risks of heart disease. That’s because magnesium fuels the heart, protects your heart’s pump, prevents heart attacks, and provides elasticity for heart & blood vessels. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating your blood pressure. It relaxes “smooth muscle” cells, meaning those in your veins and arteries, so they don’t constrict the flow of blood. It also regulates other minerals vital to blood pressure.

Magnesium even helps prevent asthma! Shortness of breath? Tight Chest? Trouble sleeping because you’re coughing or wheezing — you know it when you have symptoms of asthma. Magnesium is often used as therapy in hospitals for life-threatening asthma.

Looking to improve your digestion & relieve constipation? Magnesium can do both! But don’t forget to listen to your gut. Rectify a digestion problem before it becomes chronic. Whether you suffer from acid reflux, constipation, gas, bloating or indigestion, the food you eat isn’t being properly processed. This reduces your ability to absorb nutrients from it, and can result in long-term, serious health issues.

Without magnesium, your body can’t perform the “mechanics” of digestion, make hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), make digesting enzymes for processing carbs, proteins and fats, and repair and protect your digestive organs (esophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, colon).

As soon as you put food into your mouth, magnesium comes into play. It helps to make enzymes in your saliva that break food down into smaller parts, helping the entire digestive process. The hormones that tell your stomach to produce digestive acid need magnesium to be made; without it, you can’t digest food.

So, if you are looking for a better sleep? Or better digestion? Or constipation relief?

Ewyn Weight Loss Studios PM/BM Magnesium has Exactly What You Need.

THE NEW AGE OF COCONUT OIL

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Written By: Craig Warrian

 

Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic. Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or “meat” of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.

When we consume coconut oil, our bodies break the oil down into its individual components of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) or Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs).  These individual components are what make coconut oil unique.

Below are the 4 types of Fatty Acids that make up coconut oil:

  • 48% Lauric Acid, which is a 12-chain saturated fatty acid
  • 7% Capric Acid, which is a 10-chain saturated fatty acid
  • 8% Caprylic Acid, which is an 8-chain fatty acid
  • 5% Caproic Acid, which is a 6-chain fatty acid

So how do these fatty acids help and why do they matter?

Let’s take a quick step back. When we get sick with some bacterial infection, our Doctors have the ability to prescribe anti-biotics to help us fight that infection. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Viruses. Anti-biotics do not help us fight viruses.

Many Viruses and Bacteria are enveloped in a very flexible, lipid (fat) membrane. This allows these organisms to move, bend and flex freely and to squeeze into very tiny spaces.

Lipid-coated viruses and bacteria are easily killed by MCFAs. Compounds such as Lauric acid (C-12) (found most abundantly in nature in Coconut and Palm Kernel oils) have the ability to disrupt the viruses outer membrane and destroy them.

MCFAs are smaller than other fatty acids in the “skin” and have the ability to weaken the already very fluid membrane to a degree that it falls apart, and in turn destroying the virus. The best part is, these MCFAs will help destroy unwanted visitors without causing any harm to human tissues. WIN WIN!

Our recommendations for using Coconut oil? Keep plenty of Coconut oil on hand! When using it on your skin as a moisturizer, it makes your skin look and feel beautiful, but also provides a barrier of protection.

Coconut oil can also be ingested when feeling sick! If you’re feeling symptoms of an illness, take 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in luke warm water! (yes, I know that doesn’t sound tasty, but it will help) Your symptoms may naturally worsen over the short term (1-2 days) but will improve over the next few days as the MCFAs do their thing.

Some of you may be wondering, is MCT oil the same thing and have the same benefits? The answer is Yes and No. MCT oil is typically a combination of Capric (C-10) and Caprylic Acid (C-8). Both have anti-microbial properties, but not as impactful as Lauric Acid (C-12). Therefore, for maximum benefits use Coconut Oil when you can, but don’t avoid MCT oil, it will also have benefits (Brain, Immune etc.).

FYI consuming coconut oil is not going to prevent you from contracting COVID-19. This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not to replace any health recommendations from your Doctor or Health Canada.

If you currently do not consume Coconut oil on a regular basis, increasing its consumption may create a bit of stomach upset. As your body gets used to the Coconut oil, this feeling will go away.

In recent years the popularity of coconut and particularly coconut oil has soared because of publicized health benefits. Fueling the coconut oil trend, celebrity endorsements have claimed the ingredient to help blast away belly fat, curb appetite, strengthen the immune system, and even prevent heart disease!

As consumer demand for plant-based foods increases, coconut oil has become a popular fat choice for its rich flavor with a mild coconut aroma.

Remember to store coconut oil in a cool dark location in a sealed container or in the refrigerator. The shelf life will vary depending on the type of processing and how it is stored. Refined coconut oil generally lasts for a few months, whereas virgin coconut oil may last for 2-3 years if stored properly away from heat and light.

THE ADVANTAGES OF FRANCHISING

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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.

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

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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.

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”