10 High & Low Histamine Foods

high and Low Histamine Foods

 

If you’ve ever dealt with seasonal allergies, or you happen to have a serious food allergy, then you’ve likely heard the term “histamine” in one context or another. While histamine is directly related to allergic reactions, it’s technically a chemical in your immune system which cause an immediate inflammatory response after coming in contact with any food or drink item that your body deems a potential health threat.

It works a bit like this: imagine a peanut allergy. When you eat a peanut, histamine automatically inflames your blood vessels. This lets your body know it needs to send as many white blood cells – the kinds that attack infection – to the affected areas as possible. However, too much histamine sent at once can obviously cause a severe allergic reaction that, if not treated quickly, can cause anaphylaxis.

However, it’s also possible to have too much histamine present in your immune system – even if you’re not allergic to any food or don’t have seasonal allergies. It’s also possible to have too little histamine. Regardless of your need (more or less histamine) let’s look at ten different foods that are either high or low in histamine. This list should help you make better dietary choices, leading to a greater overall systemic health.

High – Fermented alcohol

If you enjoy a drink every now and then, it’s unlikely fermented alcohol – such as wine, champagne, and beer – will have an effect one way or another on your histamine level. However, if you consume the aforementioned beverages on a regular basis and find yourself suffering from histamine intolerance (the symptoms of which closely mimic regular allergies) then you’ll have to look into reducing your intake of fermented alcoholic products.

High – Cured meat

Bacon may feed the soul, but aside from being outrageously high in fat and sugar, cured bacon is also high in histamine. The same goes for any cured meat – that is, it’s set to “marinade” in usually sugary or savory solution before being packaged and shipped to your local grocery store – such as salami, pepperoni, lunch meats, and even hot dogs.

Red meat, such as steak or hamburger, is a better choice if you can’t live without meat but need to decrease your histamine intake.

High – Citrus

Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes are all high in histamine. They’re also high in citric acid which is especially harmful for the health of your tooth enamel. While that may not seem like a big deal on the surface, if your teeth become weakened due to excessive contact with citric acid, and you develop a histamine intolerance and have too much in your body, you could end up with some serious health problems. It’s worth your time to cut out your citrus intake, for both your histamine level and your teeth.

High – Vegetables

Finally! It’s the excuse you’ve been waiting for to get you out of the nightly serving of vegetables inevitably heaped on your plate.

Well, don’t get too excited right off the bat. Not all vegetables are high in histamine. The ones that are high in histamine are avocados, eggplant, spinach, and tomatoes. Avocado and tomatoes are easily the most popular in that list – and therefore the most difficult to avoid. However, a bit of planning and research for alternate recipes (spaghetti sauce made with non-cured meat, for example) can help you get around the issue of not being able to indulge in a great seven-layer dip or your mom’s homemade salsa.

High – Fish

If you’re a big fish fan but have too much histamine in your diet, you’ll likely need to cut back. Most smoked fish is high in histamine, in addition to mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna, anchovies, and sardines. For most people, finding fish substitutes for mahi-mahi and tuna will be difficult. However, halibut and salmon are both viable options, in addition to cod or wild-caught trout. Regardless, you don’t want to have your fish smoked. Smoking fish subjects them to a very similar treatment as we see with cured meats, which are also on the high histamine list – the list to avoid if you have any histamine problems at all.

Low – Eggs

Your breakfast of bacon and eggs isn’t quite lost! You’ll just have to cut out the bacon. Eggs are a great low-histamine food, so if you’re transitioning from a high-histamine to a low-histamine diet, you’ll be set for any of your favorite omelets or other egg-based dishes. While you need to watch what you put in your omelets – avoid the diced ham, bacon, etc. – bell peppers, cheese, and steak are viable and low-histamine additions to help spruce up your morning meal.

Low – Pure peanut butter

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich may be the most iconic sandwich ever made, and for good reason – they’re oddly satisfying. This is great news for any peanut butter lovers out there, as the pure peanut butter (nothing but crushed peanuts and a bit of sugar or oil) is a low-histamine food that some would argue tastes better than the processed version. Of course, that’s a call you’ll have to make on your own.

Low – Fresh fruit

You can still have plenty of different fruit if you need more low-histamine food in your diet. Fruits such as mangoes, pears, watermelon, kiwi, and grapes are a low-histamine go-to. This also helps balance out any lost nutrition you may have lost from cutting a bit of your vegetable intake as mentioned above.

Low – Tea

If you’re a big tea fan, you can keep on drinking! Leafy and herbal teas are low-histamine and provide some of the same antioxidants and immune-boosting effects vegetables do – without the added histamine.

Low – Fresh meat

Finally, make sure that if you’re eating meat it’s fresh, and that your poultry is as fresh as possible.

This list is intended to be a jumping-off point in your quest to improve your health and balance your histamine level. If you have further questions about histamine and how it may or may not be affecting you, contact your doctor.

Where Can I Buy Essential Oils?

Essential oils are a big deal these days – and for good reason. They provide numerous health benefits, can easily clean your home, and perhaps best of all, they remove the need for harsh cleaning chemicals and other harmful products that pose a threat to the health of you and your family.

With the popularity of essential oils, however, comes another problem – how do you know which oils are worth your money and which aren’t? Are these new blends of oils really going to do what they say, or are you just getting taken for a quick buck? These are legitimate concerns you have to take into consideration when buying essential oils.

Unless, of course, you buy them from Nature’s Sunshine. We began offering essential oils fifteen years ago, and even then the market was incredibly competitive. What we found was that a large portion of other companies offering essential oils offered diluted, altered, or standardizes oils. They weren’t pure, 100% natural and authentic oils. Instead, they’d been enhanced for flavor, fragrance, and economic advantage. While that lines the pockets of certain companies, it doesn’t do much in the way of helping you get the most out of your essential oils purchase.

That’s why Nature’s Sunshine is committed to offering only 100% authentic oils. No additives. No gimmicks. What it says on the bottle is what you get, and we’re confident our products – over 30 oils – will outperform others due to their all-natural state.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the oils we offer and why you should consider making Nature’s Sunshine your essential oils retailer of choice.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (15 ml)
When the seasons change, it’s not uncommon to start feeling a bit down. It’s a proven fact that depression rates skyrocket when fall gives way to winter, largely due to the lack of sunlight. So if you’re like most people who could use a pick-me-up when the seasons change, then our eucalyptus oil is the choice for you. It’s organically grown, 100% pure, and is best applied topically in your neck and chest areas. However, as with all essential oils, we recommend diluting them before use with Nature’s Sunshine Massage or Carrier oil if you apply them topically. This helps get the most out of the oil without using too much at once and causing any unwanted side effects.

 

Tei-Fu Essential Oil

Tei-Fu® Soothing Essential Oil Blend (15 ml) Tei-fu is an invigorating blend of menthol, camphor, wintergreen, eucalyptus, lavender, clove, and safflower oils that combine to create a soothing and refreshing oil. Tei-Fu is most commonly used after hard workouts. Applying it directly to your muscles following a rigorous day at the gym or a long run will help soothe your muscles.

Another lesser-known effect of Tei-Fu is oil is its ability to eliminate unwanted odors. When you use it with Nature’s Sunshine Carrier Oil, you can easily spray it or roll it on to smelly gym clothes – or even your gym bag – to get rid of those workout odors. It also works for laundry, house cleaning, and any other activity in which you’d usually use a harsher cleaning chemical.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential OilSmooth, pure skin is something we all want, right? But achieving and maintaining skin like that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Lotion helps, but often you need something more. That something more is the lemongrass oil we offer here at Nature’s Sunshine.

Lemongrass is designed to specifically target your skin, making it smoother and more toned than before you used the oil. It’s also great for elevating and brightening your mood – something lotion can’t do. Combine that with an all-natural grassy aroma and you have a skin care product that’ll make all of your friends instantly jealous.

 

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

If you struggle with sleeping – and especially if you lay down at night only to have your mind constantly churning with thoughts about your day – you’re not alone. Millions of people deal with this problem, but they don’t have to. Roman Chamomile oil from Nature’s Sunshine holds the answers.

You’re likely familiar with chamomile tea and its calming essence. Roman chamomile is the most versatile member of the chamomile family, with a potent yet natural floral aroma that promotes a restful state of mind and helps calm you down.

To help promote that restful state of mind, it’s recommended that Roman Chamomile is diffused at bedtime. If you need to calm your nerves, applying it topically is a great choice as well.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine Essential OilLet’s be honest here for a moment – what couple can’t use a little help in the romance department from time to time? If your love live needs a bit of a pick-me-up, jasmine essential oil from Nature’s Sunshine could likely help. It’s a natural floral scent that’s been used for centuries to promote and enhance a romantic mood. It has the added benefit of ease dry and sensitive skin.

Jasmine originated in Egypt but is now used globally, and out 100% authentic offering ensures you’ll get the best results from our jasmine possible.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose Essential OilRose essential oil is a bit tricky to pin down. It has so many uses, and it’s a complex, thought-provoking aroma that stimulates different emotions in different people. However, it’s most common effects are promoting emotional calm, stability, and feelings of tenderness. If you have a lot of stress in your life, a loved one just passed away, or you’re working crazy hours to get the job promotion you deserve, rose oil is a great product to calm matters of the heart. It may even help during times of heartbreak. It also has the added benefits of promoting affection and warmth when diffused in a room. It’s a great oil to use to help calm down your home.

While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the myriad choices of essential oils, it’s important that you pick oils which are 100% pure, proven to work, and come from a company who knows what they’re doing. Nature’s Sunshine is proud to offer those services and prove to you that we’re a great destination from which you can purchase essential oils.

Food Cravings – What Your Body Really Needs

Vegetables

Listen to Your Body

If you are craving something your body is speaking to you. Listen to it! For example, if you are craving sweets, your body may need chromium, phosphorus, sulfur, or tryptophan. Instead of going for a sweet you can take a supplement or find the chromium, phosphorus, sulfur, or tryptophan in the foods you eat. For example, chromium can be found in broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, and chicken. One specific sweet that people often crave is chocolate.

Another craving you might get is for bread. It may mean that your body is in need of nitrogen. You can find nitrogen in meats, beans, and nuts. If you are craving soda or other carbonated drinks, eat high-protein foods that contain nitrogen.

Some crave fatty foods. If that’s the case for you, give your body some calcium. When it comes to calcium, it is important to know that calcium and magnesium depend on each other for proper assimilation in the body. Calcium is found in mustard or turnip greens, broccoli, kale (basically any dark green vegetable) as well as legumes and cheese.

One last craving that we’ll mention is salty foods. It may mean you need chloride, which can be found in fish. The next time you have a craving, try a supplement or one of the foods listed in the food cravings infographic below and see if the craving goes away!

Food Cravings Info graphic

Daily Detox is One of 8 Things You Can Do For a Healthier You

How many times have you woken up motivated to get healthier? You start going to the gym, you eliminate junk food in your kitchen, you buy a new water bottle. And then, two weeks later, your health binge ends and you’re back to your old habits.

Don’t slip back into the same old routine this time! Use these simple daily habits that will help you finally become that healthier you that you’ve always dreamed of.

1. Drink More Water

Water helps everything in your body function better, so make sure you’re giving it plenty of hydration each day. The recommended amount varies, but drinking at least 2 to 3 liters of purified water a day should do the trick. To get extra benefits out of your hydration, put some freshly squeezed lemon in your water. Lemon helps your liver detox so your whole body is healthier.

daily detox2. Please, Stand Up

You don’t have to be the real Slim Shady to incorporate a little more standing into your day. Standing helps stretch your muscles and burn some calories, so try taking work conversations outside or conducting meetings on foot. As an added bonus, a little movement can help you work more productively and focused, so it’s an all-around win.

3. Pack Your Lunch

Although a lot of restaurants are creating more health-conscious meals, they don’t always offer complete meals and easily tempt us into splurging on higher calorie options. Make sure your lunch is well-balanced and avoid the tasty temptations by packing your own delicious lunch. Make sure to include whole grains, protein and a fruit or vegetable. And bring healthy snacks to keep your energy up and hunger at bay all day.

4. Learn to Meditate

You don’t have to sit cross-legged under your desk chanting “Om” to meditate. In fact, there are tons of ways to learn to meditate for just five minutes that are sure to brighten your day. Meditation helps reduce stress, which can make you look haggard over time and lead to a number of health problems. Instead of stressing, learn to breath deeply and clear your mind in trying times.

5. Hug Your Neighbor

Or hug anyone for that matter. Physical affection releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which instantly gives your mood a positive boost. If you’re feeling blue, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or are just about at the end of your rope, reach for a hug. It can stabilize your mood and even help your physical health by calming you down.

6. Stave Off Sugar

Processed sugar is the new super villain of the food world. But, food trends aside, processed sugar really doesn’t do your body any good. The sugar rush leads to a disastrous energy crash and eating high-sugar foods too often can cause an imbalance in your blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes and other health problems. If you have a sweet tooth or need an energy boost, there are plenty of natural, healthy options that will get the job done, like dried fruit or mate tea.

daily detox

7. Do a Daily Detox

Your liver is your second biggest organ and it definitely takes a beating over the years. To help your whole body function better, you can help your liver detox and remove some of the built up sludge. You don’t need to do all of these every day, but every once in a while is smart. Things like drinking detox teas or green smoothies, sweating it out through exercise or in a sauna, or taking supplements like turmeric are great ways to do little daily detoxes.

8. Go Enjoy Nature

It’s been proven that spending a little time in nature is good for the body and mind. Part of that is getting your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun. A few minutes outside a day can help your body absorb this natural nutrient. Other interactions with nature, like gardening, walking barefoot outside or eating lunch in the park, can have big positive effects on mood and even help alleviate depression.

Conclusion

It can be easy to forget about the little things we can do to take care of our bodies. You don’t need a total lifestyle overhaul to stay healthy. In fact, small steps that can become long-lasting habits are going to be better for you in the long run than a two-week gym binge.

Listen to your body and try to understand what it needs, then find ways to fulfill those needs without having to disrupt your day-to-day life too much. Healthy habits like taking nutritional supplements and deep breathing exercises can help you help your mind and body every day.

Sources

http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-motivation/healthy-you.aspx

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/40-simple-things-you-can-every-day-become-much-healthier.html

About Dan Bischoff

Dan is a fanatical health nut who religiously takes supplements every day. And when he’s not taking supplements, he’s reading just about every health article he can find. He’s addicted to NSP’s Nature’s Harvest, Ionic Minerals, Relief Formula and Chlorophyll ES.

Omega-3s: What are They?

Foods high in omega-three

If you’ve ever looked into a diet, nutritional supplements, or simply improving your overall health, you’ve likely heard of about omega-three fatty acids. But how many people really know what these are, or what they can do for your health? In this article we will answer those questions.

What are Omega-Threes?

Omega 3s are simply a different type of fat than what you’re used to – these are healthy fats. While that claim may seem impossible at first glance, it’s the truth. Without a certain level of healthy fats, you’re at risk for heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and even depression. While omega 3s won’t cure the aforementioned health problems, they may help decrease your risk.

What else do Omega-Threes do?

Omega-3s also play a part in balancing out your diet. Americans typically have a diet that’s extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids. While these are another essential fat, having too much omega 6 in your diet creates much more acid in your body than usual. Omega 3s are great at counteracting that acid production.

Omega-3s have also been proven through clinical research to be essential for brain functions, like memory, and behavioral functions. It’s even been proven that infants who don’t get enough of these essential fats in their early diets and develop vision and nerve problems.

How do I know if I need Omega-Threes?

If you’re wondering whether or not you need more omega-threes in your diet, there are a few symptoms to watch out for. If you have chronic fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings, depression, or poor circulation, these could all be signs of low omega 3 levels in your blood. You’ll want to consult with a health professional before deciding that low omega-3s is the cause of the aforementioned problems.

Where do I get Omega-Threes?

The next logical question to ask is where to get more omega-3s so you can increase their presence in your diet. Omega 3s are found in high concentration in fish, especially salmon and trout, in addition to walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil, and even flaxseed.

If you can’t – or don’t want – to eat any of the aforementioned foods, then omega-3 supplements are a great step to take in upping your overall health. Supplements usually come in the form of fish oil capsules, although they can be found in other sources as well. These supplements have directions for dosages, whether they need to be taken with food, and other pertinent information to ensuring that you get the most out of your supplements.

While it may seem counteractive at first to add more fats to your diet, the truth is that you just can’t live without omega-3s. They’re essential in so many bodily functions that going without them can cause some serious health problems. Make sure to do your best to incorporate more of them into your everyday diet.

Acetogenins: What are They?

Back in the 1980s, Dr. Jerry McLaughlin researched and found that the paw paw tree is a major source of acetogenins.

So what are acetogenins? (Besides a difficult name to pronounce.) And why do you need to know about them? We’re glad you asked, and before we get into what they are, we’re going to talk more about where they come from.

Paw Paw Tree

If paw paw sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because you heard it when you were a kid watching “The Jungle Book”. Baloo sings about picking a paw paw in “The Bare Necessities” song.

But the paw paw isn’t simply a fruit; it’s a fruit-producing tree, whose Latin name is Asimina triloba, that’s native to North America. Native Americans have used the fruit and leaves of this tree for food and medicine for centuries, and ancient farmers used paw paw as a natural pesticide.

It’s only been in the last few decades though that the rest of the world has starting reaping the various benefits of this tree. And we have Dr. Mclaughlin to thank for much of our knowledge about the health-benefitting Annonaceous acetogenins found within the paw paw tree.

Acetogenins

Acetogenins are natural and safe chemicals. They’re active compounds that affect the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in the cell’s mitochondria. ATP is the main source of energy inside your body that keeps everything moving along. It’s the high-energy molecule that stores energy in your body and gives your cells the energy they need to function. Acetogenins selectively regulate ATP’s production in certain cells, and by doing so, can also help regulate the blood supply to them.

Acetogenins have diverse and powerful biological effects, including cytotoxic, antitumor, antimalarial, anthelmintic, antiviral, antimicrobial, piscicidal and pesticidal effects. They support and amplify the usefulness of conventional medical treatment regimens.

There are different types of acetogenins, as they vary from species to species of trees within the paw paw family, as well as in other kindred trees. And the various types are found in various parts of the paw paw tree. You can get them from the tree’s fruit, seeds, roots, bark tissues and twigs, with the latter being where the highest concentration of acetogenins is found.

Acetogenins are an active ingredient in our paw-paw-cell-reg-180-caps, which selects certain cells inside your body and modulates their ATP production and blood supply to help improve your overall health.

5 Benefits to Meal Replacement Shakes

Woman drinking a meal replacement shake (protein shake)

 

Dieting is a tricky business, and for those who aren’t used to such drastic cuts in calories and sugary foods it may seem downright impossible.

That’s a big reason why meal replacement shakes are so popular. They’re a great if you’re looking to shed those final few pounds of stubborn belly fat, or if you’re wanting to just get started on your weight-loss journey.

So let’s dig in to five of the benefits that exist with using meal replacement shakes.

  1. They’re packed with protein.

Losing all the calories you were used to eating is a really difficult part of the diet process. Anyone who has dieted can attest to this. However, protein shakes are packed with protein to help you feel full. They’re also loaded with the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy diet.

  1. They’re nutritious.

As touched on in the previous paragraph, meal replacement shakes are designed to replace well-balanced, nutritious meals. They have almost all the nutrients you need to kickstart your body into burning fat, having energy and staying healthy.

  1. They’re easy to make and take.

Another problem with healthy eating is that preparing healthy food can be a time-intensive task. In the mornings, when we always feel as though we’re in too big of a rush, a meal replacement shake is a great option because you can grab it on your way out the door and drink it on your way to work.

  1. They help cut down on binge eating.

Dieters are known to be the group most prone to binge eating, since they’re going without a good portion of the calories they’re otherwise used to. Meal replacement shakes eliminate that issue by providing plenty of protein to help you stay full longer and not get pesky afternoon junk food cravings.

  1. They’re great for people on the road.

If your job takes you on the road often, or you find yourself without enough time for both breakfast and lunch, a meal replacement shake is just as easy as going through the drive-thru—only this meal is infinitely better for you and your dieting goals.

At the end of the day, meal replacement shakes provide a ton of value, most of which you’ll have to experience for yourself in order to believe. Plus, meal replacement shakes come in a variety of types and flavors (even vegan options) to help you enjoy the process of losing weight and training your body to have a greater appreciation for healthy food.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Meal Replacement Shakes

Protein Mix

Hoping to sip your way to a slimmer you? Then meal replacement shakes might just be your golden ticket. These shakes are low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals.

But, before you decide, you need to really understand what meal replacement shakes are and how they work. Read on to learn five things you need to know about meal replacement shakes before deciding if this weight-loss method is right for you.

1. Meal replacement shakes aren’t what you think they are.

You’ve seen your neighbor drinking them, and you’ve seen them advertised on TV showing people’s amazing before and after photos. But do you really understand what a meal replacement shake is? First off, they’re not going to magically help you shed 50 pounds (no matter what that inspiring commercial showed), they’re not meant to be used to starve yourself and they’re not protein shakes.

Meal replacement shakes do contain ample amounts of protein and other nutrients your body needs, and they can help you lose some weight, when used right. That means you drink a nutrient-rich shake in replacement of one or two meals a day to help you cut your calorie intake during that mealtime.

2. Successful meal replacement diets require more than drinking shakes.

You can’t drink a shake, wait 10 minutes, step on the scale and expect to see that you’ve lost a couple pounds. If you really want to lose weight, you have to eat less and exercise more than you currently are. Meal replacement shakes help with the first part. When you drink a shake packed with good nutrients, it’s less than eating a normal meal that’s typically filled with unneeded calories, fats and sugars. It should also keep you full longer so you don’t get the munchies before your next meal.

The exercising part, that’s on you. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends you exercise 150 minutes a week.

3. Meal replacement shakes are filling—when they’re made with the right ingredients.

A growling stomach too often keeps people from being able to lose weight. Feeling hungry, and having others hear your hunger pains, is what causes many of us to overeat during and in between meals. But, meal replacement shakes help keep you full and slim down. And the best meal replacement shakes contain a healthy trio of ingredients:

  1. Protein—Helps you stay fuller for a longer time frame.
  2. Fiber—Makes you feel full instantly.
  3. (Good) Fat—Work with your body’s hormones to tell you to stop eating.

4. It’s an easy, convenient diet to follow.

Some people worry they won’t be able to follow the strict rules some diets require. But with meal replacement shake diets, it’s a pretty easy daily system to follow that doesn’t require calorie counting at every meal or reading every label of everything you cook with. Just replace one or two of your meals a day with a meal replacement shake, most choose breakfast or lunch, and then eat a healthy mid-afternoon snack and a balanced dinner.

Along with easy to follow, it’s also convenient. Wouldn’t you rather sleep longer and whip up a shake in five minutes or less in the morning that you can drink in the car on the way to work than wake up 20 minutes earlier to make and eat a hot, healthy breakfast?

5. You can choose whichever meal you want.

The best time to drink a meal replacement shake is whatever time you feel is best for you. Nobody knows your body better than you. Some people choose breakfast because they’re not super hungry in the morning and need something convenient, and shakes are light and filling, plus easy to make and take. Others pick lunch so they’re not tempted to get a calorie-filled, drive-thru meal on their 30-minute lunch break or for dinner as a post-workout source of protein that supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s up to you to decide which meal or meals you want to replace with a shake.

If you’ve decided to try meal replacement shakes, then you need some delicious, nutrient-dense shakes to drink. Check out our favorite shake recipes that give you a healthy, well-balanced meal replacement option—and don’t skimp on the flavor.

Your Option for High Protein Meal Replacement Shakes

Meal replacement shake powder on a plate with scoop

Around the holidays, we all want to drink as much eggnog and eat as many Christmas cookies as we can, without gaining any weight—but we all know that’s a dream that unfortunately is never going to come true. (If you’re someone who can do that, I envy you.)

While this time of year isn’t the time to restrict yourself from all the tasty goodies or try and lose weight, it’s also not the time to just let your waistline and your health go. You may not be able to lose weight; but what you can do is maintain your current weight by regularly exercising, eating only one of Grandma’s sugar cookies instead of five and cutting your calorie intake each day.

The first two I can’t help you with. But the last one, I have your answer—meal replacement shakes.

Meal replacement shakes aren’t just low in calories, they’re high in essential nutrients your body needs to keep yourself nourished and your stomach feeling full, while helping also you maintain or lose weight. And the best meal replace shake in my opinion is one that’s packed with protein. Like how your iPhone charger powers that handheld device you can’t put down, protein powers your life. Protein provides numerous benefits to your body, including fueling the entire body, helping build muscle mass and being a key component to essential substances your body needs, like antibodies and blood.

You can get protein from meat, eggs, nuts and even some plants and seeds. But, sometimes our busy schedules or taste buds don’t allow us to get the needed amount of protein we need from these foods. If you’re looking for something that’s quick, convenient, tastes good and is loaded with protein, then you need to start drinking high protein meal replacement shakes.

And lucky for you, Nature’s Sunshine offers two viable options for protein shake powder. Both our Nutri-Burn Vanilla and Nutri-Burn Chocolate shake powders provide 25 grams of lactose-free whey protein per serving and promote lean muscle mass. But that’s not all these delicious powders can do for you. They also:

Promote weight loss
Boost energy levels
Increase resting metabolic rate
Provide 60 percent more of the Daily Value of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
So to help you balance out all the extra calories you’ll likely be consuming during the next few weeks, swap out your breakfast or lunch with a high protein meal replacement shake. Consuming enough protein not only nourishes and repairs your body, it’s going to help stop those hunger pains you normally feel two hours after eating so you don’t overeat and gain any extra weight.

If you want to look and feel great throughout this holiday season, start drinking Nature’s Sunshine meal replacement shakes.