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2018 Brings Shaklee Gold and Green!

2018 has brought Shaklee more Gold and new Green!  The Shaklee Pure Performance Team brought home Gold from the Winter Games in PyeongChang.  The Shaklee Powered Athletes brought home 7 medals, 4 of which are Gold.  To learn more about the Shaklee Pure Performance Team, visit my Shaklee Blog with this secure link.  My Shaklee blog is found at http://go.shaklee.com/naturally/?pws=elise.myshaklee.com

The Green comes from our newest product:  NEW! Organic Greens Booster, your shake’s power partner.  Organic Greens Booster is a whole food supplement providing one cup of raw, organic,

nutrient-rich green vegetables in every scoop, making it easy to get the vegetables often missed in meals. Contains 30 servings in every canister.

Contains dehydrated kale, spinach and broccoli in their purest form with all the fiber intact
Excellent source of vitamin K and delivers the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, along with other vitamins and minerals
Supports eye, cardiovascular, and bone health*
Only 10 calories per serving  as well as Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Star-K   For more information and to order, visit Elise.MyShaklee.com or use this link.

Shaklee Pure Performance Team Brings Home Gold!

The Shaklee Pure Performance

Team members can be proud of their accomplishments in the recent Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.  The 21 members came home with 7 medals, 4 of those are Gold!

Here is the list of the Medal Winners powered by Shaklee nutrition:

• Kacey Bellamy            Gold medal      Women’s Ice Hockey
• Dani Cameranesi       Gold medal      Women’s Ice Hockey
• Emily Pfalzer              Gold medal      Women’s Ice Hockey
• John Landsteiner      Gold medal      Men’s Curling
• Tyler George               Gold medal      Men’s Curling
• Carlijn Schoutens      Bronze medal  Team Pursuit, Long Track Speed Skating
• Bradie Tennell           Bronze medal   Mixed Team, Figure Skating

To learn more about these amazing Athletes, visit my Shaklee Blog at http://go.shaklee.com/shaklee-pure-performance-team-members-bring-home-gold/?pws=elise.myshaklee.com

 

Preparing for Holiday Stress and Weight Gain

Southern FallIt’s that time of year again.  Fall means that the Holiday season is not far off.  And that means Stress and Weight Gain are lurking, waiting to pounce again this year.  Stress can elevate your body’s levels of cortisol, and continuously high levels have been linked to long-term health impacts.

Well this year can be different!  You have the power to nip all the stress and weight gain possibilities in the bud, way before they poke their ugly heads into your days.  How can this be so, you ask?  Taking steps now, before the start of the craziness will make all the difference when the time comes.  Small steps over time make big differences.

Start by making lists of presents to purchase.  Be realistic in how much to spend, don’t go over your budget.  Stress from large credit card bills is no fun in the new year.  Find ways to give your time, your presence rather than presents.  Much more fulfilling and easier on the budget.  And usually a lot of fun as well.

Decide which parties and family events you can attend and so NO to the rest.  Keep the list small and doable so you can actually enjoy your time togetheChristmasr.  Running, tired, stressed and irritated do not make for fun party guests.  NO is a wonderful word to use when your schedule is booked to the max!  USE IT!  Say NO! and then breathe deeply.  The world will continue to spin even if you don’t make it to all the events of the season.  You will, however, appreciate and savor the ones you do attend.

Keep the decorating to minimum this year.  Pick a few favorites and display them.  Add holiday music, a selection of your favorites to set the mood each day.  Put lights on timers so you are not running around turning on trees, window displays, outside lights.  Keep it Simple!  Personally, I like replacing the throws, pillows and area rugs with holiday themed items along with those battery operated candles that flicker like real candles.  High impact visually, low impact physically.

Keeping stress lower makes for less stress eating and less weight gain.  Preparing ahead of time for attending a party will help with 15-412_180MealInfographicthe mindless snacking that can occur at parties.  I eat one of my Shaklee 180 Meal-in-a-Bars or Snack Bars before each party to help with the empty calorie munching that I am prone to indulge.  Keeping my protein intake high, as well as the full feeling I get with the fiber in the bars and shakes,  lets me enjoy a dessert item or two without guilt.  Holidays mean treats to me, so keeping those treats at a manageable limit is desirable.  And I have found that I truly enjoy the treat if it is carefully chosen, savored and admired, rather than stuffed in my mouth out of hunger!

When all else fails, and the stress level begins to rise, reach for Shaklee Stress Relief Complex!    Stress Relief Complex contains a blend of clinically tested ingredients and has been designed to support a calm, more relaxed state without causing drowsiness.  Stress can elevate your body’s levels of cortisol, and continuously high levels have been linked to long-term health impacts. Stress Relief Complex was designed to help support your body’s response to stress.

b22030Also, drinking lots of pure, filtered water, Green Matcha Energizing Tea along with Pomegranate Energizing Tea keep me hydrated and energized each day no matter the schedule.  And make certain you get plenty of exercise and sleep this holiday season!  Be good to yourself, Elise.

Sabotage

Sabotage.  One of my favorite movies from Alfred Hitchcock in the 1930’s.  But Sabotage is not something I want to do to my self.  Yet, many do just that.  How you might ask?

Sabotage is “the act of destroying or damaging something deliberately so that it does not work correctly” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.   It is sometimes thought of as a sneaky attack by an enemy, but often Sabotage is closer to home.  Closer than you might expect, just look in the mirror!

IMG_2624 webYou know what I am talking about.  You know that weight loss plan you decided on back at the end of last year, or was it the exercise plan you were “committed” to at the first of the year.  Remember?  You had plans, you had a goal, you had dreams….. once upon a new year.  But somewhere along the way, the Sabotage started and your plans were derailed.

What happened to derail such commitment?  What kind of Sabotage did you encounter?  Was it from your friends and family?  Did they invite you to dinner and offer your fattening favorites?  Did you feel you had to eat more than you had planned out of guilt?  They had cooked your favorites after all!Cake & Berries 3 4 x 3  72

Or was it boredom on your part?  Did you Sabotage yourself by mindlessly eating a bag of potato chips while watching some mindless TV program?  Did you see your favorite goodie at the grocery store and could not resit bring it home, telling yourself all along that you could control the portions each day?  Was that you?  Did you then proceed to eat the whole thing?  Then felt guilty about that?

Or was that Sabotage from your own body?  Your own body!  Well, studies have shown that when we get hunger pangs after we have eaten a reasonable meal we are often THIRSTY!  Somehow the signals get mixed up and we end up eating a fattening snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon when we should have a nice glass of water!

Water BottlesImagine that.  We need to drink more water.  Simple, clean, filtered, pure water.  H2O.  Plain and simple.  Water.  From an article I wrote several years ago, “We need to remember that your body is about 60% water, you brain is about 75% water and your blood is about 82% water!”

The article goes on to explain:  “The main thing to remember is that we need to stay hydrated each day, even in the winter.  Turns out our body relies on water to help keep our temperature regulated.  So to stay warm in the winter, drink water.”   Seems every part of our body needs water as much as our diet and exercise program!

So stop the Sabotage and drink water daily.  I use a Get Clean Water Pitcher from Shaklee to provide good, lead-free water.  I mix in some Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea for a bit of flavor and refreshing energy boost.   Stay well!

Tips for Immune System Support

Cold and Flu Season is here again!  Keeping healthy during the Winter and early Spring makes for a happier Holiday Season and start to the New Year.  Since your immune system is complicated, there are many components to keeping healthy.

One part is Lifestyle.  If you smoke, are stressed, eat the wrong kinds of foods, drink too many Sodas,  don’t get enough sleep and so on, your immune system can be compromised.  Make a few simple changes over the course of a month or so. I know, I know, change is not fun, but then neither is the Flu!  So you decide:  Make a few changes or get sick.  The choice is yours.  I choose to be healthy!

Start with getting enough sleep.  Go to bed a bit earlier.  Turn off the TV!  In fact, don’t even have a TV in the bedroom.  Replace your pillow with one that properly supports your head and neck.  Keep the room at a comfortable temperature for sleep.  I don’t like to be too warm when I sleep, but you might like a warmer room, so adjust the temperature to your needs.  Get those 8 hours each night and your body will thank you!

Now look at your diet. Keep your weight at it’s optimum number. According to a blog post by Dr. Jamie McManus, “Supporting your immune system with great nutrition is one of the best ways to get a leg up in keeping you well.”

Dr. McManus suggests  “the first place to start is to ensure your body is getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Protein is especially important and essential for the health of the immune system. Healthy fats (EPA and DHA) are important to the immune system as well.”
Look for foods withMushrooms the nutrients your body needs to stay strong such as vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, zinc and magnesium.

For an extra boost, remember foods have medicinal properties!  So include these often in your diet and enjoy the goodness of taste and immune system support.  Here is Dr. McManus’ list of medicinal foods:

1.  Mushrooms (shiitake, matsutake, and others) have a long history of helping support the immune system, especially the reishi mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern science has shown that mushrooms contain substances (such as beta-glucans and others) that can enhance immune system function.
2.  Garlic and onions not only taste great but research suggests they have the ability to modulate immune function.
3.  Herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and others have long been used as spices and to preserve foods; these herbs also have benefits for our immune system.Vitalized_Immunity

Of course I use several products from Shaklee that target the immune system components.  I take Shaklee’s Vitalizer each day which is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and so much more.  In addition, I add NutriFeron each day and Vitalized Immunity.  I keep the good fats high such as EPA and DHA found in the OmegaGuard and Vitalizer.   Visit my Shaklee site for more immune system products.

Staying healthy year round is possible when you make smart choices for your good health!  Don’t wait till you start feeling bad, start now and enjoy a healthy Holiday Season and New Year!

My Favorite Snack for Summer!

Summers should be spent by the water, or on the water in a boat, splashing about.  Laughing and having fun while getting some exercise is the best way to spend a hot summer afternoon.   Growing up in the South, I spent my Summer days outside playing.  Splashing in the lake or hiking in the woods, both were adventures.IMG_3789 Beach with Umbrella and Palm Shadows 4x6 100dpi

After a few hours of playing, we would be ready for a mid-afternoon snack.  Of course, cold watermelon was delicious, along with strawberries and peaches.  To add some crunch to the fruits, we often had a big bowl of popcorn!  Back then, we did not have a microwave to instantly nuke some kernels of corn coated in a variety of chemicals.  No, we did things from scratch.

Now that I have my own family to make snacks for, I find myself going back to the easy way to make popcorn, on the stove top!  It is yummy and easy.  The recipe has been handed down in the family for generations, and I just passed it on to my niece while we were on a family vacation.  She could not get enough of my popcorn.  Puts the microwave stuff to shame!

The recipe is simple really and even the older kids can get in on the fun.  Make this a family cooking event.  And it is good year round as well.

You will need:Popcorn_1_2 5x3 5_72copy
1.  Large Dutch Oven or Pressure Cooker base (larger the pot the better).
2.  Splatter guard.  I use a silicon one, but a metal one would work as well.
3.  Organic Coconut Oil.  This is what makes the popcorn have a yummy flavor.  And no, it does not taste like coconuts when popped.
4. Non-GMO Popping Corn.  I like the Organic Popping Corn from the Farmer’s Market as well as the Orville Redenbacher Non-GMO White Popping Corn.  White or Yellow is your personal choice.  They both taste good, just slightly different!
5.  Table Salt.  I used Iodized Table Salt.  It is fine and sticks to the kernels.  And that is important since unsalted popcorn is just yucky!  Kosher salt is usually to large and does not stick as well.

Now, put your pan on the eye of the stove, medium high heat.  Add 1 Tablespoon to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil to the pan.   As the coconut oil melts, lightly cover the bottom of the pan with the popcorn kernels.  You might need to adjust the amount of popcorn to suit your pan as you don’t want the corn to overflow the pan when popped.  Give a light dusting of salt to the kernels, and add the splatter guard.

As soon as you hear the kernels begin to pop (several minutes will pass depending on pan and stove!) get ready to add some more salt.  When the pan is about half full of popped kernels, carefully slide the splash guard to one side, uncovering enough to peek into the pan.  IF the kernels are not hopping out of the pan, then add a little more salt.  Wait till you can safely add the salt as you don’t want corn everywhere!

Now is the time to start a gentle shake of the pan, still covered with the splash guard. Or you can take a big spoon or rounded tip knife to gently stir the corn kernels.  This will make certain that all the kernels come in contact with the hot bottom of the pan, so they can pop.  Fewer old maids this way! b22030 But do be very careful as the oil & pan are HOT!

When you hear the popping becoming less frequent, it is time to remove from the heat and salt one last time, stirring as you salt.  Grab some bowls, a glass of Shaklee’s Energizing Tea and get ready for the best afternoon treat anywhere!  You will never eat microwave popcorn again.

Back to School…Already!

August is well underway and Back to School ads are filling the airways!  Kids of all ages are excited about new school supplies:  backpacks, fresh notebooks, pencils, laptops, new clothes and maybe even a new school.

To help your kids have a productive school year, plan for healthy starts to their days with a protein and vitamin rich breakfast.  Your mother was correct when she told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  According to an article in WebMD,   “Their growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for long periods of time without food and this period of semi-starvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them.”

Cost savings and those few minutes of extra sleep are excuses for skipping breakfast, but as you can see, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids!  So what can you do?  I suggest doing what I do each day to get my day off to strong start.  I use a variety of Shaklee 180 Smoothees andSmoothees_peaches_3x3_72 Meals-in-a-Bar!  Yummy and healthy start, with just the right amount of protein, carbs and vitamins.  Each Smoothee delivers:    24 grams of hunger fighting protein when prepared as directed,
    6 grams of fiber
    Powered by Leucine TM
    23 vitamins and minerals
    Non-GMO soy protein
    Low glycemic.
    No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
    Gluten free, lactose free.

These come in 5 flavors, the newest being Vanilla Chai, and can be enhanced with different fruit and peanut butter or such.  One of my favorites is Strawberry Smoothee blended with an organic banana and some extra Instant Protein Soy Mix instead of Soy Milk.  The Instant Protein Soy Mix is cheaper than typical soy milks, along with being an IPP certified non-GMO soy protein.

Now for those days when time is short and even making a quick Smoothee to drink in the car is not an option, grMeal_Bar_3x3_72ab one of the Shaklee 180 Meals-in-a-Bar!  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Blueberry Almond Crisp.  Both are delicious, easy to eat on the go and again, provide the nutritious start to the day you and your kids deserve.  Each bar provides:  20 grams of hunger-fighting protein6 grams of fiber,  Powered by Leucine TM,  24 vitamins and minerals,  Non-GMO soy protein
Low glycemicNo artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives added, and is Gluten free.

And for afternoon snacks, there are 4 flavors of Snacks_3x3_72Shaklee 180 Snack Bars and Crisps, providing a healthy alternative to junk food.  My new favorite is the Toffee & Chocolate Crunch Snack Bar, beyond yummy!  The bars and Crisps provide protein, fiber and best of all, flavor.  Add a glass of iced Shaklee 180 Pomegranate tea and your afternoon is refreshed. 

So start the school year with a head start on nutritious breakfasts and give your child the best breakfast on the planet, Shaklee 180 Smoothees and Meals-in-a-Bar.  Stay Well, Elise

Traveling and Eating Well: Fuel for the Body

Summer is the time when we all seem to be on the road, in the air, or cruising to exotic lands.  I like to travel, but find I have to watch my eating or I will gain more pounds than I need.  Road trips and airports have many things in common:  fast food and stress! 

I have in the past experienced a weakness for french fries from several different fast food eateries.  Burger and Fries jpgHowever, the overall effect of those high calorie, high fat goodies is not especially positive.  I find that eating french fries is less satisfying now since they tend to be a heavy carb load that is difficult to digest when seated for extended periods of travel.  Sign…sad but all too true.  Just because the taste buds once liked a food, doesn’t mean the food was particularly good for me.  And now that I don’t eat them often, the taste buds don’t seem as enamored of them!

So now I avoid the fast food carbs, but still need to eat as I travel about the South in my automobile or fly across country.  Food for me has long been fuel for my body.  I have worked hard to remove the “treat” side of thinking about food, and moved to looking at what I consume each day from a fuel efficient point of view. 

It is kind of like shopping, you want the best value for your dollars spent when purchasing new cars, houses, and clothing. Purchasing quality fabrics in clothing with classic styles rewards me with items that outlast trends, acting as the backdrops to accessories for a modern look.  I do the same with food in a way, I look for the best value of protein and fiber to the carbs in each food.  That way I get a food that fuels me with good amounts of protein, enough good carbs for energy and fiber to keep me from getting hungry too quickly. 

Traveling is fun when you think ahead, planning what to take in the way of clothing, shoes, jackets and accessories.  Making lists of what to wear each day for each event, packing according to the list and sticking to the list, makes for an easy vacation.  No decisions to be made, it is all on the list!  But if a new souvenir in the form of a great scarf invades, of course the list gets modified and the new scarf is added to the rotation.b22030

Same thing with food on the trip.  I plan ahead, bringing Snack Bars, Meals-in-a-Bar, Smoothee packets and Pomegranate tea pouches with me.  The Snack Bars etc are all part of the Shaklee 180 Weight Management Program, designed with the right balance of carbs, protein and fiber to make for the perfect traveling companions!  Packing these items in my carry-on suitcase makes sense to me.  I also put them in the cooler of the car when I am traveling locally.  And a Snack Bar is alchocolateshakeways in my purse.

So join me in traveling safely and easily the rest of the year by spending a few minutes planning ahead.  Plan your itinerary, your clothing combinations and of course, your food options! It is a pleasant surprise to find a wonderful salad with grilled chicken, but there are times when a greasy burger is the only option in the airport unless you think ahead and bring the best Meal Bars and Smoothees packets with you.

 

Real Dirt on Clean Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what’s coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Sure, your water may look clean but is it?

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Most people think that governmental agencies ensure that our water’s clean. And while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Water Act to safeguard our water supply, it only set standards and testing requirements in our municipal water treatment facilities for 114 different contaminants out of literally hundreds more.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group obtained test results from a database of over 20 million records from state water officials to determine the quality of drinking water in 45 states. The results revealed 316 contaminants were present in our water supplies. Among them were 202 chemicals that aren’t regulated by any safe water standards.i

Checking the quality of your local water is easy to do. Just visit the National Drinking Water Database.

So yes, your water looks clean. But really, it’s not.

Why Filtration?

The simple answer? You either use a filter or you are the filter.

Only 2% of all treated water is used for drinking water. The rest is used on your lawn, shower, laundry, or used for farms or industry. It’s simply too time-consuming and expensive to test and remove the thousands of chemicals that may be present in any particular water source.

And even if your water was perfectly clean before it left your municipality, it still has miles to travel in pipes before it gets to your home. Who knows what it runs into along the way?

What are you really drinking?

Here’s what may be in your water, and some of its hazardous effects:

Industrial Pollutants (such as benzene, nitrates, and petrochemicals): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as blood, nervous system, kidney, and liver problems.

Agricultural Pollutants (pesticides such as atrazine, lindane, alachlor, and others): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as eye, liver, kidney, spleen, blood, and nervous system problems.

Heavy Metals (such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium): Even at low levels, long-term exposure may cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The EPA estimates that between 10 and 20% of total lead exposure in young children comes from drinking water.ii

Disinfection By-products (such as: trihalomethanes, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane,and bromoform): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as liver, kidney, or central nWater Bottlesrvous system problems.

With all these problems with tap water, you might think that bottled water is the answer—but you’re wrong. What most people don’t know is that there’re no regulations regarding the quality of bottled water. That’s right, none. Bottling companies don’t even have the same regulations to follow that your local municipal water supply does. That means that despite the clean look of your bottle, in many cases the water it contains isn’t any better than tap water.

The bottom line is that you can’t control what happens to your water before it gets to your house. But you can control what happens after. If you want to make sure you have r

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

eally clean drinking water, you really have to use a filter—a good one.

Why Get Clean® Water?

Because it’s safe, powerful, green and smart—and it outperforms both Brita® and PUR®*, hands-down:

Safe:  It reduces 59 harmful contaminants—at least 21 of which Brita doesn’t even touch—including up to 99% of water-borne lead.

Powerful:   It’s incredibly thrifty, delivering over 80 gallons of purer water from every hardworking, environmentally friendly filter—twice as much as big-name brands—for just a little over a penny per glass**.

Green:   It uses a unique refillable filter system, so there’s less waste in landfills.†

Smart:   It features a convenient smart-meter that shows you exactly when to replace your filter, so there’s no more guessing. And on top of all that, it’s ‘Gold Seal’ certified to tough ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 53 by the Water Quality Association (WQA).

Ready to feel better with good Clean Water?  Visit my site  Elise.MyShaklee.com for purchasing options and more information!  Good health is a choice we make all through the day, make Shaklee Products part of those choices. Stay Well! Elise

i http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/executive-summary.php

ii http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/lead1.cfm

* Comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims conduced on May 26, 2011, referencing Brita® pitchers using OB03 cartridge and PUR® pitchers using CFR-950Z cartridge and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Product data claims obtained from the NSF and WQA website certification listings. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. “Big name brands” defined as Brita and Pur.

** Compared to Brita and Pur pitcher filters at 40 gallons.

† Compared to traditional carbon production.

Source: Shaklee Corporation 04/10/13

Throw away that Heart Shaped Box!

It is that time of year when we are accosted with ads for candy, diamonds and more candy.  This year is the year to throw away that Heart Shaped Box and do something Out of the Box!pictures_of_hearts

Now what could that be, you might be asking yourself since you were wanting to have a few choice pieces from that heart shaped box.  Well, thinking of new and fun things to do just takes a few minutes of looking around your local area to see what opportunities await your senses.

Look for a cooking class, something fun that you two can do together.  Cooking a fun, different meal together can lead to a whole new side to your relationship.   Who knows what talents you both might have when working together in the kitchen.  Experiment with different spices, different vegetables, different recipes.  Have fun and laugh.  This could be the start of many new traditions.

Volunteer in your area or the surrounding areas.  There have been so many storms IMG_3620 Old Barn 150dpi 5x7and fires this past year that many people are still struggling with repairs to homes and businesses.  Reach out to one of the local churches or Habitat for Humanity for their volunteer programs.  You may have talents in building or painting that would be of help, or you could partner with others to move much needed supplies to a stricken area.  Bringing a hot cup of coffee and a hot meal to those working to repair their lives can make a big difference in the day of a survivor.  And the benefits to yourself are immense

Plan a day trip to one of the local “tourist sites” that most locals never visit.  Many people live in a town with a wonderful museum, park, factory or historic site that they have never visited.  So “play tourist” for a day and visit something local.  Tour that dairy farm outside of town that makes that wonderful cheese you both love.  Wineries and Vineyards are popular tours, look for a new wine to share with that meal you cooked from your cooking class!  Our area is full of Revolutionary and Civil War battle grounds, so if you are a history enthusiast, visit your local historic sites.  Have fun doing something out of the ordinary!

Get creative, have fun, plan the budget so you don’t get in trouble with the costs, laugh as you explore new things together!  Elise

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