Avoid These 7 Pitfalls If You Want To Lose Weight…

Weight Loss TeaThe other day, I was visiting my good friend Lacy Arnold (founder of LeanMoms.com).

She told me several things I should be avoiding if I want to lose fat, plus a secret recipe for tightening up loose belly skin.

I was actually shocked at what she told me.

She said I should share this information with every single mom I knew, or woman for that matter.

===>>Go here to find  out these 5 things we should AVOID and get the secret DIY recipe

Now most of us want to lose weight it seems, but it’s often those last few pounds that hang on like blood-sucking leeches, and refuse to leave.

Too bad they’re not fat-sucking leeches, lol.

Anyways, Lacy told me why this happens and what four things I can do to finally be free of my belly fat for good (no leeches required), plus a little weird trick for tightening up that muffin top.

===>>Go here to find out the information Lacy shared with me.

I just started in Lacy’s four part program, and I am loving what I see every morning when I wake up!

I’d love to hear if you’re trying it out, too.

Here’s to fat loss!

PS  You are going to love the Mom’s Guide To Stretch Marks & Loose Belly Skin!  Click here now to get your copy.


The Easiest Way To Fight Over A Dozen Diseases? (while losing weight…)


Here’s A Scary Thought…

Because of modern movements such as the Industrial Revolution and the shift from rural, farm and small community living to large cities; people have become completely separated from their food.

When is the last time you ate something that you picked, pruned, or nurtured from its natural state?

It’s actually a really scary thought!

We don’t see where our food comes from; who or what touches it; or even what it’s sprayed or infested with.

But, when you drink a cup of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea, you can close your eyes and feel gratitude: our Oolong is 100% pure tea with NO coloring, preservatives, flavors, or additives in any way, shape, or form!

Because we don’t add anything to our rare Oolong Tea, it is also some of the most powerful tea on the planet.

Wu-Long Fights Wrinkles… AND Cancer, Too?!

Tea has been used for thousands of years in a myriad of medicinal purposes.

It calms cold & flu symptoms, promotes healthy hair and skin, and soothes the soul.

But Okuma’s rare, 100% pure, medicinal grade Oolong goes far beyond these nice “comforts”.

All Oolong contains antioxidants which can help slow down the oxidation of cells.

This also slows down the onset of wrinkles on your skin… as well as the growth of cancer cells in your body!

And guess what?

The antioxidant power of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is many times more powerful than most any other tea!

So don’t drink ‘watered’ down grocery store teas – drink the best, highest quality, rare, antioxidant-rich Wu-Long.  <–Stock up now for the New Year… Free Shipping for U.S. customers while supplies last!

Ways Wu-Long Fights Fat

Wu-Long Tea promotes healthy weight loss on many levels.

Namely, Oolong Tea contains high polyphenols.

Polyphenols activate enzymes in your body that can increase your metabolism.

They also work to hinder fat absorption in your body.

Oolong is also known to reduce Triglycerides in your body, further assisting in your weight loss efforts.

Wu-Long Fights Diabetes 

It also provides incredible benefits for people struggling with Type 2 Diabetes.

In fact, studies show that diabetic individuals who drink Oolong daily can have reduced plasma glucose concentrations.

The effect of Oolong tea in Diabetes patients is referred to as an antihypoglycemic effect.

Some studies have even asked patients to replace water consumption with Oolong Tea, which can show some pretty incredible results in the restoration of the body’s organ function… not to mention results in the waistline, as well!

Wu-Long Fights High Cholesterol & Heart Disease

Oolong tea helps to raise good cholesterol while lowering the bad.

One way it does this is by cleansing and removing cholesterol deposits and other plaques that may stick to your blood vessel walls.

As it cleanses your vessels and arteries, it lowers your cholesterol, which may help prevent the narrowing of your arterial walls, also known as arteriosclerosis.

This will, in turn, help prevent heart disease, stroke, and even high blood pressure.

Drinking just two cups a day of Okuma’s high-grade Oolong provides numerous heart benefits.

Some of The World’s Most Rare Tea…

Did you know that Okuma’s Wu-Long is actually grown high in a Chinese mountain town on a Unesco World Heritage site?

In fact, tea connoisseurs who have been raised among generations of tea experts take part in the inspection process and qualification of our tea.

Then we perform rigorous testing of polyphenol content, caffeine, and even the texture of our teas before we even think about putting the prestigious Okuma label on them.

So don’t waste time with tea that comes from pesticide-ridden farms, or tea that is riddled with fake ingredients to make it taste good.

Okuma’s Wu-Long is made with nothing but 100% Oolong.

New Years Day is coming in just 15 days.

Order your Wu-Long now in order to start drinking, and benefiting from the incredible weight loss and cholesterol-lowering benefits of Oolong by the New Year!  (Click here for your Free Shipping discount.)

 The Last Tea You’ll Ever Buy…I don’t know about you, but I have completely trashed what used to be an entire drawer devoted just to tea.

I had tons of cheap slimming tea, sleepy-time tea, or just plain soothing tea.

After tasting Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea, I don’t even consider wasting time with low-quality grocery store teas.

It’s true…

If you’re really looking to reap the benefits from Oolong Tea, only drink high-quality Wu-Long!  

With only two cups a day, it may be one of the world’s easiest ways to fight disease, while slimming your waistline!



The Trick To STOP Having Fat Days

Fat man

Few things can make your day stink worse than these 4 evil words:

“I feel fat today.”

You know those days; when no matter how loosely you wear your tie – you keep feeling like you have a double chin…

..Or when you put on your pants or nylons… and feel like a stuffed sausage.

It’ s not just a miserable feeling, but it’s also a dangerous one.

Before I took control of my own body – I remember waking up and just wishing I could swap my body with another woman’s.  Maybe somebody tall, long-legged, skinny, and with a super-fast metabolism!

Feeling “Fat” is a very dangerous thought.

Here’s how to nip it in the bud once and for all…

How To Overcome “Fat Days”

There are few things that can cause you to skip workouts, eat bad foods, and even swap your Oolong Tea for nasty sodas more than “fat days”.

Why?  Because you create defeat before you’ve even given yourself a chance to have a great day!

Plus – telling yourself you’re fat or ugly won’t just make you feel fat or ugly – it will actually make you look that way.

What To Do When You “Feel” Fat…

1.  Do some squats, sit-ups, or another quick exercise that gives you a nice burn in a place where you “feel fat”.  Being curvy and with super-short legs, I like to do 25-50 squats to make my legs feel strong and tighter.  It only takes a few minutes – but gets my day started on the right ‘foot’!

2.  Fill your mind with something uplifting.  I enjoy listening to books on Audible while I get my briefcase ready, walk the dog, or prepare breakfast.  Choose something powerfully motivating to you.  If you want a few suggestions just Reply to this email and I’ll share a few that I love.

3.  Stop the ‘feelings’ in their track.  Just stop.  Don’t repeat them – and fight tooth and nail to think about something positive!!!

You see, when you fill your mind with negative feelings, this may trigger bad behaviors.  This will cause you to feel even worse, which may lead to even more destructive behaviors, and so on and so on.  I like to play this video of Bob Newhart for my friends.  It will have you rolling on the floor laughing – and laughing feels great!

Bob Newhart Stop It

Picture yourself as the woman in the chair constantly repeating the fact that you ‘feel fat’.  Then picture Bob Newhart yelling, “Stop That!”  “Fat is not a feeling!”  You will soon see the absurdity of telling yourself that you feel fat!

4.  Use a Jedi-Mind-Trick.  Really… it’s not a Jedi-Mind-Trick.  But it feels good.  Practice looking in the mirror and instead of focusing on the irritating place where your gut hangs out too much or your thighs rub together… focus on the thing you love most.  (If I sat and looked at my thighs all day – I’d develop a complex about them!)

Look in the mirror and see how beautiful you look when you smile.  Or sing.  Or dance.  Now you are creating positive energy that will permeate the rest of your day.  Stress causes our bodies to produce cortisol – which can cause you to overeat and gain weight.  That’s how telling yourself you’re fat can actually cause you to gain weight!

5.  Make a cup of Oolong tea with lemon.  Sometimes when you’re feeling fat, you’re simply bloated and in need of a nice healthy bowel movement.  Drinking hot Oolong first thing in the morning with lemon (on an empty stomach) can help your digestive track get back into gear, which will usually make you feel much better – and much less ‘fat’.

I don’t know about you, but I will never look like the models in the magazines – never.

But I choose to look in the mirror and love what, and who, I see.

Love yourself… and drink Oolong Tea every day to have healthier skin, teeth, organs, bones, and heart health.

I hope you and your body are here for a long time; that’s why I’ve devoted my life to naturally-occurring health miracles like Okuma’s Oolong Tea.

Show your brain and your body the love they deserve.

Go ahead – look in the mirror right now and just remind yourself – you’re beautiful.

(Doesn’t that feel better?)

Lose Weight During The Holidays? Yes, please!

sexy christmas girl blowing a kiss

 The holidays are here… and it’s going to be so much fun!

But let’s face it…

With all the food and drinks around us, the holidays aren’t exactly the best environment to try to lose fat.

Everyone around us is going to be stuffing their faces…

So what do we do?

Do we have to sit and watch… feeling deprived… just because we’re trying to lose weight?

My friend Ingrid Macher says… absolutely not!

If you don’t know Ingrid, she’s a celebrity health coach and mother of two who dropped 55 pounds in just 90 days…

And in her latest blog post…

She shows you how stuffing your face during the holidays… can actually help you become slimmer and sexier!

It sounds crazy, I know… but it works.

And when you click here, you can find out why!


~ Stephanie

How To Trade-In Fat For Energy (weight loss tip)

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Did you know…

White, yellow, pu-erh, black, green, AND oolong tea all come from the same plant?

It’s called Camellia Sinensis.  

So what makes all these teas so different?

Well, one way that teas vary is the way they’re processed.

Oolong is made from the buds, leaves, and stems of the Cemellia Sinensis, similar to green tea.

But it isn’t green, black, white, pu-erh, nor yellow.

Oolong is a special type of tea that encompasses only 2% of the world’s tea.

Unfermented teas, such as green tea, are picked, heated, dried out and then rolled, thereby breaking down it’s cell structure.

Oolong tea is partially fermented, which allows it’s cell structure to remain intact.

Why We Love Oolong…

Oolong tea is widely believed to:

  • Sharpen thinking skills
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Prevent cancer
  • Fight Tooth decay
  • Improve heart function
  • Prevent Osteoperosis
  • Treat “Atherosclerosis”, or hardening of the arteries
  • Assist with high cholesterol
  • Boost the immune system
  • Treat skin allergies, such as exzema
  • Fight obesity & diabetes

​How Does Oolong Promote Weight Loss?

  • Oolong tea blocks the absorption of carbohydrates and fats. This is one of the major benefits of oolong tea for weight loss.  <–(Free Shipping on tea this week!)
  • Oolong tea also has a moderate amount of caffeine, which increases energy expenditure.
  • Oolong tea increases oxidization of fat.  Think about a car rusting out.  Oolong tea tells your body to eradicate fat, or oxidize fat, and use it for energy.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll trade fat for energy all day, every day!
  • Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is loaded with compounds called polyphenols.  In fact, more than most Oolong’s out there, Wu-Long has about 2.4 times the fat-burning polyphenols found in green tea.
  • The high polyphenols in Wu-Long strengthen teeth, fight allergies, and give your skin a healthy glow.
  • Take Oolong capsules in the morning or before meals to help burn more calories, lower carb cravings, and feel increased energy throughout your day.
  • Drink a cup of Oolong in the afternoon to fight drowsiness and sustain energy levels into the evening.

If you already love drinking tea, the switch to Okuma’s Wu-Long is easy.  (I don’t even look at the “grocery store” teas in my cubboard any more!)

And if you love the 240% increase in metabolism from Oolong Tea, why wouldn’t you more than double the fatburning power and try our Slimming Tea Capsules?

To Your Health & Happiness,



The Superfood Of The Future (May Replace Pasta?)

Quinoa Salad

The days of ordering wheat toast or an English muffin as the ‘healthy choice’ are pretty much over.

Thanks to pioneer researchers and nutritionists, the symbiosis of ‘health food’ and ‘processed foods’ is a myth we’ve pretty much debunked.

The Great Grain Debate has been around for an incredibly long time – but really began gaining traction when low-carb diets became popular.

Why Grains Aren’t What They’ve Been Cracked Up To Be…

Researchers found that despite the fact that birthday cakes, baguettes, cereals, and spaghetti have become commonplace in societies around the world – even the foundation of the U.S. food pyramid – most grains aren’t even remotely good for us.

Our bodies simply do not digest grains well.

Carbs from grains spike insulin levels, and they effectively block our body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Moreover, gluten found in some processed grains causes digestive problems in up to 1/3rd of the population!

Leaky bowel syndrome and gluten sensitivity are two of a myriad of digestive issues that manifest themselves in even non-Celiacs.

Whereas children grew up believing that whole grains were a necessary part of a balanced diet – we now know that grains have wreaked major havoc on our health.

What’s The Alternative?

 There are a plethora of substitutes we can use for traditional bread/pasta products in our diets.

Instead of traditional spaghetti, learn to make zucchini noodles (It’s the easiest thing in the world!)

But what’s my favorite grain replacement?  Quinoa!

Quinoa is a seed that derives from a grain-like plant.  That’s why quinoa, though being a seed, is classified as a grain – or a pseudocereal.

It’s not new – in fact it was discovered almost 4 thousand years ago in Incan civilization.

…Or some believe it was only 3,000 years ago by the Andian people.

Nevertheless – it’s definitely been around a long time!

It was even believed by ancient peoples to give energy to warriors before a fight!

The Quinoa Company has dubbed this yummy food the “Supergrain of the coming times”.

(It’s enjoying quite a resurgence of popularity, so we’ll forgive The Quinoa Company’s implication that it hasn’t been around for the past 4,000 years… and the fact that it’s NOT technically a grain.)

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa looks like miniature balls of cous-cous when cooked.

You can usually find fresh, organic quinoa in the store where the loose grains, rice, and beans are sold.

Quinoa can be prepared and served as an almost perfect substitute to rice and barley, but it’s also creatively used as a pasta and an oatmeal in my new cookbook.

Quinoa is full of protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids.

It has double the benefits of most other foods that are used in it’s stead.

A short list of quinoa benefits:

  • Fiber – known to help your digestive system
  • Naturally lowers blood pressure
  • Fights high cholesterol
  • May decrease hemorrhoids
  • Regulates appetite by helping you feel full longer
  • Helps regulate sugar in the body – beneficial for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight!

Exotic Benefits of Quinoa

Our bodies create blood with the assistance of iron, which is found in quinoa.

Did you know that our brains consume approximately 20% of the oxygen our bodies use?

Iron carries oxygen between cells in order for our bodies to make use of oxygen – and quinoa is a great source of iron.

It also has magnesium that helps your body get rid of headaches naturally.

Additionally, magnesium is powerful in helping your body to regulate blood sugar.

If you aren’t sure how to cook this gluten free ‘non-grain’, check out some of the recipes I’ve included here with quinoa… and get started switching out those carbs that are nutrient-void and harmful to insulin levels!

I’ll teach you how to cook quinoa and a plethora of other gluten-free items in my Holiday Cookbook.

I’ve included warm winter recipes for baked apples, quinoa oatmeal, and quinoa salad to share.

Check some of them out here today, because even though these recipes will be delicious all year round – I’m only selling my cookbook for a couple more weeks!

Read here about how weight loss and longevity can be absolutely delicious, and easy-to-share with friends and family!



Why Tea Makes You Healthier… And Happier!


The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published some very good news in it’s December 2013 issue.

Among other things; 12 new studies indicate that tea makes you happier, more productive, and helps you lose weight.


Here’s a summary of what they found:

1.  Tea Makes You More Productive

In a society that prescribes aderol, ritalin, and other drugs for ADD; you’ll be happy to know that green & black tea can help you concentrate better.  This may be due to the presence of both caffeine and an amino acid calld L-Theanine in tea.  Drinking 2-3 cups of tea in a 90 minute period will stimulate your mind without giving you the jitters that drinking coffee will give you.

2.  Tea Makes You Happy 

When you think of things that make you happy; on that list might be “my children”, “music”, “puppies”, “exercise”.  Well add one more to the list: tea!

The same amino acid that helps simulate your brain, L-Theanine, begets the production of dopamine and serotonin in your brain!

Both dopamine and seratonin are mood-enhancers.  Do you get blue around 3 p.m.?  Or is waking up hard for you?  Make a pot of delicious Oolong to help you wake up with a skip in your step because tea, indeed, makes you feel happier.

3.  Tea Helps You Lose Weight

We’ve known for years that green tea drinkers have lower BMI’s because of green tea’s fat-burning properties.  That’s because of the polyphenols & catechins found in green tea.

Polyphenols increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation.  Catechins raise your basal metabolic resting rate.


Green tea can help you burn 100 MORE calories throughout the day without changing a thing about your routine.  But Okuma’s Wu-Long helps you burn 240 MORE calories because of it’s higher polyphenol and catechin content. 

(It’s truly one of the easiest ways in the world you can shed weight without changing a thing about your life, exercise routine, or even overall food choices!)


4.  Tea Helps Strengthen Bones

For years we’ve seen the “Got Milk” campaign host hundreds of strong beautiful athletes and celebrities touting milk’s benefits, especially to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.

But did you know that the same polyphenol compounds that help you lose weight in Wu-Long also help you build up the cells that fortify your bones?

I’ll never forget when my grandma told me recently that she’s ‘shrinking’.  Men and women often experience a deterioration of their bones in later life.  Tea actually contains antioxidants called flavanols that slow down the bone loss in women.

5.  Tea Strengthens Your Heart

Drinking tea after a meal can actually combat the negative effects of fatty foods on your blood pressure.  While lowering your blood pressure, it also helps blood circulate more freely in your body.


In order to experience the fat-burning effects of Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea, we recommend at least 2 cups per day, but many people drink 1 liter or more!

Because it only has about 1/3rd the caffeine of a cup of coffee, you can consume more of it without wreaking havoc on your energy levels.

Moreover, Wu-Long gives you a natural, sustained energy without the crash that coffee or sugary drinks gives you!

Click here now to order your heart healthy, energy-producing, happiness-promoting Wu-Long!

To Your Health & Happiness,




Is Oolong Green, Black, or Neither?

In fact, Oolong teas are semi-oxidized, making them mid-way between green and black teas.  Oolong drinkers find that the tea has the freshness of green tea with the complexity and depth of black tea.

As evidenced above, 12 scientific studies point to the fact that tea makes you happier, more productive, and more heart-healthy.

Okuma’s Wu-Long blows traditionals black and green teas out of the water – with some of the highest content of polyphenols and catechins on the planet to help you burn more calories, increase energy expenditure and bloodflow, and even enhance your mood.

Order yours today!



#1 Food To Avoid For Weight Loss (What IS This Nasty Stuff?!)

Truth About Gluten-Free Food

OK, Enough With This Gluten-Free Diet “stuff”!

If you’re anything like I was only one year ago – this “Gluten-Free” thing may seem out of control.

But like I was just one year ago – you may also be plagued with digestive issues, bloating…

Even weight that you absolutely CAN’T seem to lose no matter how hard you diet, exercise, or even fast.

The presence of Gluten in our diets is  widely acknowledged by medical doctors as a cause of weight gain and sluggishness.

Today, most people certainly know the word “Gluten”; but just ten years ago it sounded totally foreign in our vocabulary.

This begs the question: if it wasn’t such a big deal then – why is it suddenly such a big deal now?

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is, in fact, a protein.

It’s found in grains, barley, rye, and wheat.

(Yes, I said it. “Wheat toast” is no longer the health food of choice at breakfast time.  Nor are English Muffins…)

Some people are actually allergic to gluten; they have a disease called Celiac.  But you’re not likely one of these people.

So Why Do You Care?

Even though your chances of being Celiac are perhaps only 1 in 33 people, gluten still concerns you.

You see, gluten is found in a lot of processed foods.

This means that avoiding gluten coincides with avoiding foods that you shouldn’t eat when you’re trying to lose weight.

Processed foods are riddled with empty calories, chemicals, and even preservatives and artificial flavors that are toxic to our bodies.

Moreover, our bodies still aren’t evolved in a way to process “processed foods.”

We just don’t digest them as well!

Just because you don’t have Celiac disease doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.

You may be gluten intolerant.

Yes, Gluten Can Be Devastating For Non-Celiacs!

Cutting out gluten includes cutting out wheat.

Wheat has gluten-containing grains that have “gliadin” in them.

Gliadin binds to cells in your body.

This causes your body to make antibodies to gliadin.

Then your body attacks it’s OWN cells – the ones to which gliadin has attached itself.

As your body attacks it’s own cells, surrounding tissues in your body is damaged.

This can set off a myriad of other health problems in your body – preexisting or original.

BEWARE:  Why 81% of People On A Gluten-Free Diet GAINED Weight!

Gluten is hiding everywhere!

But avoiding it isn’t the problem.

In fact, one study of Celiac patients found that 81% of them GAINED weight over a two-year period.

That’s because cutting gluten doesn’t eliminate high fructose corn syrup and other nasty, processed foods.

Rather than cutting gluten, cut ALL processed foods where possible.

Processed foods often contain refined carbohydrates; which are linked to weight gain.

Beware!  Many “Low-Fat” and “Fat Free” foods are the WORST offenders.

And don’t be fooled by “gluten-free” processed foods, either.

While I occasionally use gluten free table crackers or snack on gluten-free pretzel sticks; it’s FAR better to avoid processed foods and stick to foods as Nature has provided them!

This Is Your Brain On Gluten…

This might be the most shocking gluten fact of all.

Researchers found that proteins like gluten contain exorphins.

Exorphins find a way into your brain and may cause brain disfunction, even symptoms like schizophrenia!

Moreover, grains cause inflammation.

Therefore, they can exacerbate any disease or ailment you have which is tied to chronic inflammation.

Mental health issues, for one, are widely accepted to be exacerbated by inflammation.

This is why people commonly claim that their mental and emotional health benefit when gluten is removed from their diet.

What Can I Do?

To truly benefit from a gluten-free life, you need to learn how to use foods as nature provided them, without the processing.

But, you DON’T have to be an expert chef!

That’s why we created this Holiday Survival Guide to help you keep torching fat, and feeling GREAT throughout the Holiday Season.

Start practicing the recipes at home by yourself, and then use them to share during the Holidays!

STOP counting calories this Holiday Season without sacrificing taste, texture… and even the classic foods you love.

The Holiday Survival Guide even includes Gluten Free, Non-Processed Tear-Away Bread Rolls, Fried Chicken, Cheesy Broccoli, Egg Nog… and even Fried Onion Rings!

60 Recipes are included; 100% Gluten-Free with over 45 Dairy-Free Receipes, 30 Vegan Recipes, and nearly 50 Vegetarian Recipes.

In fact, 11 Recipes use our fat-torching Oolong Tea!

Get your Holiday Survival Guide here today.


Why I'm Thankful For Oolong…

Give Thanks Tecumseh

Study Shows Oolong Tea Can Burn Extra 240 Calories Per Day…

Did you know that a study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that drinking regular amounts of oolong tea not only increases your metabolic rate…

It also increases fat oxidation.

…To the tune of a 12% increase over a mere 24-hour period after drinking the tea?!

In addition, drinking oolong showed an overall significant increase in energy expenditure (EE).

That’s like burning an extra 240 Calories per DAY!

Imagine needing to spend 30 minutes LESS on the eliptical or treadmill to burn those calories!  (If you’re averaging an average 8 cal/min.)

POW:  Oolong Tea Fights Obesity!

Another study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2009 reflected these results when including oolong tea in the diet of overweight and obese subjects.

They found that Oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving metabolism… and that it might help to prevent obesity.

In fact, they found that a total of 70% of the severely obese subjects showed a decrease of more than 1 kg in body weight, including 22% who lost more than 3 kg.

There’s no better time than now – while it’s brrr…. freezing outside… to start reaping the fat-torching and life-regenerating benefits Okuma’s Premium Slimming Tea.

Oolong Tea Boosts Your Immune System

We’re not just any Oolong Tea purveyor – Okuma’s Premium Wu-Long tea is some of the most rare, pure, and richest in polyphenols on earth.

Drinking Wu-Long is one of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to support your overall health, and the perfect compliment to any diet and exercise program!

If you’re like me, it seems like everybody around you is suffering from the sniffles, a nasty head cold, or even a flu.

Did you know that Okuma’s Wu-Long strengthens your immune system, too?

Read more about some of earth’s most rare tea products here.

12 Tips To Stay Trim Through The Holidays [without being a party pooper…]

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If you aren’t the chef de cuisine at this year’s holiday gathering, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Fret not!

Here are 12 stellar tips to keep you on track with your weight loss goals, without being the party pooper!

1.  BYOF

Bring Your Own Food.  There are two benefits to contributing to the meal, whether it’s at your house or at the home of a loved one.

1.   Not showing up empty-handed is the generally the polite thing to do. 

Plus, if you’re a guest at somebody’s home, you can’t expect them to fuss with a 100-year-old family green bean casserole recipe on account of your not eating bacon… err… you get the point.

2.   Nobody is going to care about your weight loss goals like you do.  

Even if they say they do – it’s unreasonable to expect people to cook around your diet.

That’s why I recommend bringing a snack to share with everybody.

One of my favorite snacks to bring to the holidays is a seafood platter with shrimp, gluten-free low-sugar cocktail sauce, grilled calamari, and even some fish roe that I get for a reasonable price at a local Asian foods store.

If you’re attending the party of a more “beer-n-brats” type gathering, bring something low-key that people can still slather in their chemical-laden ranch dressing.

Veggie platters don’t have to be the overpriced grocery store version with fatty, sugary salad dressings in the middle.  Head to the local organics section for Belgium Endive, Snap Peas, Baby Zucchini, Asparagus in every color… and Radishes!

Next week Okuma is releasing our Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide – a cookbook and collection of stories that will help you keep Merry AND Trim throughout this holiday season.

I’ll provide you *better* dressings (fresh and in just 2 easy steps!), great snacks and desserts to share, and lots of incredible stories that will help you stay on track without being a party pooper – no matter how many holiday parties you attend!  Stay tuned!

2.  Juice Before Getting Loose…

My sister Val is notorious for stopping at the coffee shop for a hot tea with milk or a latte before holiday gatherings.

A professional dancer for many years, she was under intense pressure to keep her tummy taut throughout the season.

This has become one of my favorite tricks for holiday healthfulness!

I stop at the Whole Foods or local juice bar before attending a party to get a nice green juice.

I sip the juice before arriving so that I won’t be hungry during the snacking phase of a party.  I may nibble on some olives, veggies, or protein-packed mixed nuts, but it keeps me satisfied until the main meal is served.

When I’m really in a rush, I arrive at the party empty-handed, but request a cup of hot water for my Oolong tea with honey and sip that for an hour or so in order to pace myself for the long, food-filled parties my family throws.

3.  Beware of Portion Distortion

Nothing can keep me away from my Grandma’s Homemade Ravioli or my Mom’s Famous Breakfast Casserole (I included a gluten-free version in my cookbook), but instead of twelve raviolis, I fill my plate with salad and have one piece of each filling.  (One ricotta, one beef.  Mmmm…. ravioli.)

Instead of two slices of my dad’s to-die-for homemade bread, I eat the crusty end of the loaf – my favorite part, and a decidedly smaller piece than one from the massive gooey middle of the bread.

4.  Don’t Deny Yourself

Who am I to turn my nose at fine champagne or my Aunt Diana’s mouth-watering meatballs?

The key is portion control.  

I don’t go back to the crock pot with my toothpick four or five times for meatballs.

Instead I take one, try a reasonable bit – savor that bite and let my mouth and taste buds enjoy the fatty meat and fruity sugars – and share the rest with somebody who isn’t watching their diet.

I’ve never had a problem taking half-portions or small bites of anything.  In fact, you enjoy the food MORE when you savor each bite slowly than if you scarf down seventeen meatballs.

Instead of a glass of champagne every hour – I’ll have a half a glass with my desert. That way I’m enjoying 50 calories of a sugary drink instead of 700 calories of French Silk pie.

And frankly, I prefer to “drink my dessert” as it is!

5.  Choose Your Battles…

There are some foods that I absolutely won’t touch at parties.

It’s good to use a bit of discretion – or even to be resolute about certain foods. There’s something wickedly cool that happens in the brain when you make a choice.  When you willfully choose to do something – your brain is filled with chemicals that fill you with a sense of reward.

The more we practice the art of willfully choosing a course of action – or saying “no” to foods that nobody should ever eat – like Velveeta cheese dips – the easier it becomes to practice self-control on a regular basis.

If you have ever suffered from addiction, you know that until you cultivate these higher self-control processes, you feel like a an teenager on the school yard who falls into smoking or drinking habits – it’s harder to say no to things when you haven’t practiced.

Your brain – and your body – will become stronger with each good choice you make.

6. Choose Your Booze Wisely!

I love to enjoy a nice glass of wine many nights of the week.

I live in the city so it’s a great way to break from my beloved work here at Okuma and meet a friend out on one of our notoriously warm, dog-friendly Austin outdoor patios.

I find that most parties, weddings, and celebrations tend to provide an abundance of drinks with high-sugar, empty calories, and inevitable hangovers.

My trick is to show up with a nice bottle of wine (or two) – something that’s a treat even for me to drink.  Then I’ll set it on the counter and let it breathe for 30 minutes or so.

If you start the celebration off with a sugary drink such as a martini or champagne right away, this has a few really negative side effects.

Here are a few that are excerpts from our upcoming Holiday Recipe Book!

Bonus Tip:  3 Reasons NOT To Start The Party With Sugary Drinks

  1. Sugary drinks spike insulin levels.  When you have excess insulin levels in your blood – your brain signals your body to pick up fat cells from the bloodstream in order to store more energy.  That’s why sugar is your worst enemy for fat loss – an excess of sugar = excessive fat storage.
  1. Alcohol affects your judgment – if you drink on an empty stomach you’re more likely to drink more, and use less discretion with your food choices.
  1. Eating sugar doesn’t satisfy you – in fact when you eat an excess of sugar – your brain doesn’t pick up on the fact that you have enough energy in your body and are full.  Therefore, you overeat.

My tip is to sip a delicious wine and really focus on it’s flavors, aromas, and texture.  Wine has unbelievable health benefits, such as antioxidants and the resveratrol in wine is linked to a healthier heart.

Not a fan of wine?  There are a plethora of other low-sugar options that I share in our Holiday Recipe Book.

Best yet – almost every one of our alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be prepared with Okuma’s Slimming Wu-Long Tea!

Tip #7.  Use Your Guests To Divert Your Attention From Food

My favorite way to divert my attention from food and booze at a party is to play with kids.

I have tons of cousins and it’s easy to spend hours running around, playing games, or throwing a ball with them.  In Chicago one of my favorite holiday pastimes is getting bundled up and creating a snowman with the kids.

It’s amusing for the guests – and it’s an incredible workout.

In Texas where I live now – it’s almost always perfect weather for a walk.

Make a game of it: take a group with you to have a holiday scavenger hunt or sing a carol to your favorite neighbor who lives a few blocks away.

Dig up your dad’s old Radio Flyer sled and trek to a hill near the house.

BONUS:  The parents will love you for minding the little ones for a bit while they relax and enjoy the holiday.

And the kids will think you’re the bee’s knees for years to come.

Tip #8.  Don’t Dip

It’s rare to find a dip that isn’t loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, and preservatives.

One way to stay on-track with your holiday is to avoid dips altogether. Ketchup, dressings, barbecue sauces, and cheese dips are the nastiest offenders.

Instead of dunking your veggies into a bath of chemicals, bring an organic hummus on-hand that will give you protein, vitamins, and is just as satisfying on your veggies.

Opt for mustard instead of ketchup on your grilled foods and if the menu calls for steak sauce or barbecue – find a special gluten-free one and offer it as a gift to the host or hostess.

One trick I use when going to a barbecue is to find a fancy, $8.00 bottle of sauce that is locally made, organic, and gluten-free.

Now you don’t look like you’re not gracious to your host – you’re presenting your healthier option as a gift to the party-thrower!

BETTER YET – make fresh, gluten-free homemade dips.

I’ll share tons from my new recipe book with you next week!

Tip #9.  Be Sweet… But Picky!

Loading up on turkey and salad is the easy part of a healthy holiday meal.

But what if you’re suddenly confronted with a room full of ice cream, pies, cakes, candies, and coffee drinks?

This is one of the easiest ways to take an otherwise healthy meal and blow it.

My trick has become a fun game for the whole family.

Everybody wants to try every treat – but it seems like each family brings enough dessert to feed the whole party!

That’s when we cut a couple slices of each desert and put them on plates with a few forks around each plate.

Now I’ll taste my Mom’s homemade pies while also getting a reasonable bite of my Uncle’s authentic cannoli too.

Or if there’s just one dessert you must have – cut yourself a mini-slice and slowly savor each bite.

You may find that the first bit is out of the world – and by the end you’ve spent so much time savoring and appreciating the dessert that you don’t need to finish it!

Tip #10.  Make Post-Holiday Plans…

My father loves to make post-holiday plans that keep him and my mom on track the day after a party – when most people want to sleep in and gorge themselves with fried eggs and toast in front of a football game.

My family, however, started a tradition of going on a hike the day after the holiday.

We all pile into cars and trek a few hours south of where they live to hike trails.

It gives us a reason to burn beaucoup calories – and spend quality time together as a family.

Nobody associates it with working out – everybody sees this as a cherished family adventure.

Plan an activity the day after your holiday that will inevitably get you back on track with your weight loss goals, and provide you with quality family time.

Tip #11.  RELAX A Little!

If you’re preoccupied with thoughts of calories and weight loss, your holiday will be anything BUT merry.

If you enter the holidays feeling confident about your workout routine, weight loss successes, and realistic about your goals; you will BE stronger.  At the bottom of every email I write is this quote:

“A Person Is Limited Only By The Thoughts That He Chooses”  ~James Allen

Go into your holiday season envisioning all the ways you will stay fit, and merry!

Visualize yourself using all these tricks to conquer the food frenzies.

Envision yourself going to bed at night after the holiday party and feeling fit, sober, and satisfied.

Know that you have already maintained your weight loss goals over the holiday season… you’re just waiting for the universe to catch up to what you’ve already accomplished.

REMEMBER:  If you believe it, you WILL achieve it!

Tip #12.  Curb Carb Cravings BEFORE You Indulge·

I ALWAYS keep Okuma’s remarkable Slimming Tea Capsules in my purse at ALL TIMES.

Taking one capsule 15 minutes before a meal CURBS carb cravings.

Wu-Long Slimming Tea capsules also rev up your metabolism for increased fat burning.

Our capsules are some of the BEST, 100% NATURAL ways to kill cravings and melt belly fat.

One Oolong Slimming Tea Capsule has nearly TEN TIMES the powerful fatburning polyphenols of green tea!

Busy days don’t always allow for a nice, relaxing cup of Oolong Tea. But there’s ALWAYS time to take advantage of our revolutionary tea capsules.

Get yours here today so that they arrive before the holiday parties begin!




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