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Cinch, Brad Lamm, Dr Oz and Weight!

In 2011, Shaklee teamed up with Brad Lamm, a board-registered interventionist who has worked on The Oprah Winfrey Show in addition to his spot as a regular contributor on The Dr. Oz  Show.   Brad has a Powered By Shaklee  Tourbrand-new book, Just 10 Lbs,in which he provides insight into the various emotional triggers that may result in weight gain and/or get in the way of weight loss.

His focus is on “just getting started,” beginning with “just 10 pounds!” Brad loves Cinch and uses Cinch products every day; he mentions this in the book. So don’t get overwhelmed by the number of pounds you may need to lose. Just focus on those first 10. And when you’ve accomplished that, you can stand up to the next 10.

Today, over 65% of American adults are overweight – an alarming statistic! Overweight is established using an individual’s height and weight to measure body mass index, or BMI. An adult with a BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight.

So where are you with your weight? Is your BMI less than 25? If not, it is time to get serious and get “Cinched”! If you’re already at a healthy weight, reach out to those around you who aren’t. Click here to read more about Brad’s book – an invaluable tool to help you on your Cinch path.

The products in the Cinch Inch Loss Plan are formulated to help you break the vicious diet cycle. To lose weight the right way, you need to prevent muscle loss.  

Why?    Because Muscle = Metabolism    Cinch contains a proprietary clinically tested LEUCINE formula*    Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps you lose weight the right way

  • It helps the body retain and even build lean muscle
  • It supports a healthy metabolism by preserving muscle

Over two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and the associated health risks are staggering. You have the answer.  The Cinch Inch Loss Plan is not only clinically tested, it’s also covered by the 100% Shaklee Satisfaction Guarantee. Shaklee's  100% Money Back Guarantee

What is there to lose, but pounds and inches?  Find out more— Cinch!   Through July 31, 2012, when you commit to purchasing 3 consecutive months of the Cinch Transformation Pack, you will get the 4th month FREE!  There will never be a better time to Transform Your Life!


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Coming Soon – The Opening of Shaklee Indonesia

We are excited to announce the opening of our Shaklee Indonesia office. On June 10, 2012 we will mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the head office in Jakarta.

We expect to be able to commence product sales by September 2012 or earlier, depending on final licensing approvals. The initial product offering will include Vivix®, Vita-Lea®, Energizing Soy Protein, OmegaGuard®, NutriFeron®, Vita-C®, Vita-E®, CarotoMax®, Alfalfa Complex, GLA Complex and Osteomatrix®.

In the meantime, Distributors may participate in Opportunity Meetings and Health Fairs offered throughout Indonesia. All pre-launch activities are being coordinated by the General Manager, Enlie Widjaja, and her staff in the Jakarta office.

To learn more about Shaklee’s Global Opportunities, please contact Elise at Elise@EliseHearn.com   and visit http://Elise.MyShaklee.com

Is What You are Eating Worth Dying For?

Recently I have a friend who was told she has some per-cancerous cells, cells that are not looking healthy.  Her doctor offered her 3 options if the cells did not look better in a few months.  The three options were Surgery, Steroids, and Chemotherapy.  None of these sound good to me.

What the physician did not offer were suggestions for healthier cells.  The Doctor did nothing to help her change the reason the cells were looking bad to begin with!  It only makes sense that if you keep on doing what you have been doing, you are going to keep on getting what you have gotten.  You cannot keep eating too many calories each day with no exercise and expect to loose weight.  Not going to happen.  Hence the lap-band surgeries and such for the obese.  Oh my!

I sent my friend several pages of suggestions on how to stop or curb cancer’s growth from as assortment of different Natural Physicians, Nutritionists, Bio-Chemists and Cancer researchers.  My friend read through the suggestions and the response was not what I had expected, I can tell you!  Her response was that “these people want me to give up my favorite foods” and I don’t want to do that.

I asked, “So you are telling me that the prospect of loosing your hair, being nauseous, going to the hospital for weeks on end for treatments, being sick, maybe even dying is more appealing than changing your diet so you can live a longer, healthier life?”  Yes, was her response.  I cannot print my un-ladylike response to that answer.

Really, are you taste buds so much in power over your decisions that you cannot give up a few things in moderation to be healthier?   The suggestions for helping your body fight cancer cells and creating an environment where the cancer cells are not being fed included eliminating sugars, dairy and meats.  Cancer cells use glucose, carbohydrates, to grow.  So not eating breads, cookies, cakes and such while fighting cancer is not so bad if you have a quicker, healthier recovery.

Keeping your body as alkaline as possible is also suggested.  I use Alfalfa Complex each day to keep my sinus issues at bay and help keep my system alkaline, so taking that kind of supplements is not an unusual.  Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding carbohydrates, dairy and bad fats, eating fresh fish rich in Omega3’s and non-GMO soy protein are not bad things!

I just hope others will make a different choice when told they have “ugly cells” and are willing to make a few changes on their own for better health.  Doctors are not taught about nutrition as they should be, nor are they taught other options for getting better.  Doctors are taught to control diseases, not keep you well.  Just the way the system works for the most part.  Thankfully, there are a growing number of Natural Physicians who look at a bigger picture of wellness and disease.

So when you are faced with a similar situation, what will your response be?  Will you decide that eating what you have been eating is worth dying for? Stay well, Elise 

Targeted Solutions to Aging

Aging.  Well, we are all aging if we are over 18 years old or so!  Some of us age more “gracefully” than others.  Gracefully, meaning that we don’t physically show the signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles as soon as others.  However, those Hollywood mandated signs of aging are only superficial.  Aging is at the cellular level and is happening everyday.

Recent research has found that anti-oxidant support can shore up your defenses against aging diseases. Oxidation and inflammation are at the heart of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems and every other degenerative disease.

Inflammation is not always a bad thing, like when you scratch your finger on a tack and the white blood cells jump into action with the body’s inflammatory chemicals to rush in and take care of the invasion caused by the scratch. However, these same inflammatory fighting compound also go into emergency response to gradual cell damage from free radicals.  Chronic inflammation is the results when the body does not know when to stop.

According to author Jonny Bowden, PhD, should you find that you are overweight, have diabetes or dementia, you definitely have chronic inflammation. To find a measure of inflammation, you can look at your C-Reactive protein test (CRP). The CRP test measures the liver’s response to inflammatory conditions. Even though the test is not perfect, it tells you whether you have inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it does not tell you where the inflammation is in your body.

So what supplements help with aging and anti-inflammatory responses? What can I do to age better?  Here are some supplements that help slow aging by reducing inflammation.  We are fortunate that Shaklee has Targeted Solutions for Aging!  Here are a few of my favorites supplements that I take each day to help maintain a healthy body.  I may be aging, but I am going to do everything I can to slow aging and fight against those free radicals that cause cell dShaklee's CarotoMaxamage.

Astaxanthin: a powerful and potent Carotenoid found in salmon, krill, algae and yeast and is known to scavenge free radical.  Protects against damage to LDL cholesterol, cell membranes, cells and tissues in the eyes, prostrate, cervix, lungs and heart.

Found in Shaklee’s CarotoMax

N-acetlylcysteine (NAC): A primary building block for glutathione, n-acetylcysteine helps boost immunity, detox the liver, and lessen the effects of infection and oxidative stress.

Found in Shaklee Vitalizer Gold, with and without Vitamin K, also in VitaLea Gold with & without Vitamin K

Trans-Resveratrol:  The active part of Resveratrol, this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compound is found in red grape skins and red wine.

* Key ingredients in Vivix have been shown in a clinical study and numerous laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance*
* Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols—including ellagitannins, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants*
* Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging*
Found is Shaklee’s Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement.

Proanthocyanidins: Strong anti-oxidant that protect against oixidative stress. One of the two stong anti-oxidants found in grapes seeds and skins, (resveratrol is the other), Proanthocyanidins have been shown in clinical research to have anti-oxidant protection from oxidative damge caused by smoking, pollution and free radical damage formed in our body during normal metabolism. Studies have also show anti-cancer, anti-tumor and anti-allergic protection along with prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Proanthocyanidins are compounds that appear to have more powerful antioxidant properties than both vitamins C and E*

Found in Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex and Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement and Shaklee’s FlavoMax Complex.

Curcumin or Tumeric: Strong anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s and colorectal cancer.

Found in Shaklee’s Liver DTX Complex

Good Health is a choice we make each day.  Are you making the correct choices to have a healthier life, a longer life, a better quality of life as you age?  Don’t you deserve the best life has to offer?  My choice is prevention.  I am doing all that I can to prevent disease.  Prevention is better than disease care any day.  So make you choice and join me in prevention.  Stay well!

Sleeping Pills and Death

So you need a little more sleep, your Doctor prescribes a sleeping pill and you are a happy camper with that little pill. You ignore the groggy mornings and the fuzziness. Can you ignore the increased potential of Death?  In a recently published study from the British Medical Journal the BMJ Open Journal, evidence has been found to link the use of sleeping pills to increased death rate amoung the users.

This study was carried out in the US, led by Daniel Kripke from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla CA. It studied the population severed by the largest rural integrated healthcare system in America in Pennsylvania over a 2 1/2 year period. Researchers compared the death rates of more than 10,500 people who received sleeping pill prescriptions with those of more than 23,600 others who did not receive such sleeping medications. The groups were matched for health and other factors such as age, gender, smoking, body mass index, ethnicity, marital status, alcohol use and prior cancer.

The results found that patients prescribed any hypnotic (sleeping pill) had substantially elevated hazards of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics. Receiving hypnotic prescriptions was associated with greater than threefold increase hazards of death even when prescribed less than 18 pills per year. Patients taking between 18 and 132 doses or more per year had a risk of death more than 5 times those that did not take the sleeping pills.

There have been several reason put forth to explain the higher death rates, such as use of the pills hiding symptoms of disease. Sleeplessness is a sign of some diseases and is often overlooked as such. Treating the sleeplessness with sleeping pills rather than looking further into possible causes has covered up diseases that when discovered have moved to worse stages had they been discovered earlier. And there has been an association between sleeping pill use and higher cancer rates although they had not been at greater risk of cancer prior to taking the pills.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to sleeping pills that work.  Gentle Sleep Complex from Shaklee is a unique combination features passion flower, German chamomile, and valerian. Valerian has been used for over a thousand years because it helps maintain a calm state, promotes relaxation, and is a natural means of promoting restful sleep.

Gentle Sleep Complex:  • Used safely and tradidionally to promote restful sleep*
• Natural support for maintaining a calm state*  • Guaranteed to provide 0.8% valerenic acid per serving.  When combined with good natural nutrition, proper diet and exercise, sleep and better moods are possible.  Stay Well!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

It’s a Matter of Life or Death

Your weight.  It is a matter of Life or Death.  Your Life or Your Death.  What will you choose?
Fact:  1 out of 2 obese people will die prematurely due to complications associated with their weight.
Health Consequences:    
Stroke
Dyslipidemia
Hypertension
Osteoarthritis
Type 2 diabetes
 Gallbladder disease
Coronary heart disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Why most diets fail: You Lose Weight from Lean Muscle & Fat, That leads to a  Reduced Metabolic Rate, which leads to an Increase in Fat Storage
Then:  with a Reduced Metabolic Rate and the Loss of Muscle you Regain Weight from Fat.  YoYo.

This vicious cycle is repeated over and over each time you try to lose weight incorrectly.  To lose weight the right way, you need to prevent muscle loss.
Why?  Because Muscle = Metabolism.   Stop YoYo-ing!

Shaklee has a Weight Loss program that is powered with an essential amino acid called Leucine.  The products in the Cinch Inch Loss Plan are formulated to help you break the vicious diet cycle.

  • Cinch contains a proprietary clinically tested LEUCINE formula*
  • Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps you lose weight the right way
  • Leucine helps the body retain and even build lean muscle
  • Leucine supports a healthy metabolism by preserving muscle

In a pilot study, participants lost an average of 15 pounds in 12 weeks.  Thousands of people have lost weight safely with Cinch and kept it off for years! Join the Cinch Inch Transformation this year.  I have used Cinch Shakes, Snack Bars and Meal-in-a-Bars for several years with success.  The Cinch Protein Shakes for breakfast keep me going during my busy mornings while the Cinch Tea with a Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bar in mid-afternoon make for a successful day.

Free $100 Shaklee CInch Sampler with $70 order*

Join me in getting back to your healthy weight.  Having more energy, lower blood pressure and more fun are some of my reasons to get Cinched this year.  What are yours?  For details on 2 great Shaklee Cinch offers, visit my Shaklee online store.

Weight Loss Tips for 2012

So how are you doing with your 2012 Resolutions?  Had any results yet?  Started yet?  I know.  It is hard to get started on some of these crazy diets that float around this time of year!  Changing habits is hard.  We all like doing the same things since that gives us a sense of security and continuity in our lives.  Control too if we will admit it.

Take Those Measurements

However, if your goal is to loose some of those unwanted pounds, there are some things you can do to make the new habits easier.  First of all, weight and measure yourself so you have a base measurement for future comparison.  Take a photo of yourself in comfortable clothing, like a T-shirt and gym pants.  Between the measurements and the photo, you will have a good baseline.

Now, habits take a while to change.  So make only a few changes in your diet and exercise at first.  Making only a few changes will help you achieve results quicker.  Focusing on only a few changes is easier and you don’t feel out of control.  Make a short list, create a chart of those few changes and note your progress each day.

Easy Changes that Work:

1.  Add Filtered Water each day.  I have talked so much about how our bodies need quantities of filtered water so check out some of my previous posts.  I drink about 10 to 12 cups of water each day.  My skin is healthy, my body feels good and I get rid of toxins.

2.  Add Exercise each day.  Park further from the door of work or at the grocery store.  Take the stairs up a few flights instead of the elevator.  Walk the dog or the neighbor’s dog each day.   A brisk walk around your neighborhood, just move.  On really hot or really cold days, I walk in my house, listening to a learning CD, but moving for at least 45 minutes.

3.  Add Protein while cutting Carbohydrates.  I use Shaklee’s Cinch Snack bars which give me a low glycemic option each day.  They are crunchy, filling because of the fiber and have the right balance of protein to carbohydrates.  You need carbs to burn fat!  So don’t completely cut out the carbs.  But having too many carbs is bad.  So watch the balance.  Add the good Shaklee Cinch protein, clinically proven to work.

4.  Add Fiber to your diet in the form of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.  Avoid grapes and tomatoes as they have high sugar and low fiber.  Crunchy goodness like apples give you fiber, good carbs and vitamins.

5.  Take your Measurements and weigh once a week.  If you are loosing fat and not muscle mass, the inches will drop more than the pounds at first.  Muscle mass weighs more than fat!  And building up muscle mass is important to maintaining a healthy weight.

Make slow changes, be consistent and watch that extra weight gently fall off and stay off.  Stopping the YoYo diet cycle is crucial to keeping the weight off. Cinch was created to stop the YoYo diet cycle.  For more information on Cinch, look at this siteStay well and healthy in the new year!

 

 

Hidden Sugar can Derail Your Weight

You know when you eat a candy bar or a few cookies that you are eating sugar.  You plan on those calories and carbohydrates.  However, you don’t expect to find high amounts sugar in some of those “healthy” sounding beverages or in “weight loss” foods do you?  I did not think about pasta sauces having loads of sugar!

I recently read an interesting article where the author, Elaine Magee, MPH RD, explored some hidden sugar in our commonly used foods.  Foods that are often marketed as “healthy”.  Foods that are not associated with sugar in our general mindset.

Being hypoglycemic, I have to be careful of my sugar intake or I feel bad quickly and have even fainted! Not fun.  So reading Elaine’s article was eyeopening.  Here are a few things that caught my eye.  Hopefully they will point the way for you to read more labels and be aware of the possibility of hidden sugars.  Keeping weight down, keeping sugar in check for a diabetics while  feeling better is our goal each day.  Wellness is better than Disease Care!

Sugar Cubes

Sugar Cubes

Seems like sugar hides in strange places!  Did you know that Sugar is the first ingredient listed in Fiber One’s muffin mix?   A muffin’s worth of mix contains 15 grams of sugar.  Fiber One Muffin Mix,
Apple Cinnamon: 1/4 cup mix (as packaged) = 15 grams sugar, 130 calories.
Also, in Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (all flavors): 1 bar = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories.  Now that is is shock since you think these bars are “healthy”.

Elaine found sugar in Pasta Sauces too.  Now I am not a big fan of pasta, but all my friends and family love pasta dishes and boy, do they have a surprise coming!   According to Elaine’s research for WebMD, popular pasta sauces:                                                                                               Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 90 calories
Bertolli Vineyard Marinara: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 80 calories
Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories
Prego 3-Cheese: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 80 calories

So learn to read labels.  Learn the different names of “sugar” such as natural sugars from fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) as well as added sweeteners like refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.  Keeping a healthy weight is a challenge for many of us.  Now that you have a hint of what to look for in foods, be armed and vigilant as you shop and make choices in restaurants.  Remember that diet, exercise and wise supplementation are the keys to Wellness!  Stay well!

As in my Grand Parent’s Day

As you know I am a big, big fan of Green products and being kind to our planet.  All that started when I was a kid and lived on a farm.  Used to use as little chemical products as possible.  Compost,  crop-rotation and natural fertilizers were popular even then.  Up early with a very sharp hoe, my Grand Mother and Grand Father did more in the early morning hours than most folks today do all day.  They knew the true meaning of work and it was their guiding principle each day.

Rocking Chair with Blue Flowers

They never put off till tomorrow what could be done today.  Since they knew that tomorrow would present a whole new packet of opportunities, work for today was done today.  We spent Summer evenings shelling peas or beans on the front porch watching the fireflies do their thing!  From early morning till late evening they never stopped.  Vegetables picked, shelled, canned or blanched for freezing, hulls put in recycle bins, worms fed and the cycle began again.

And we can all follow this example.  Ask yourself if you are really doing all you can to recycle?  Do you purchase products that are in recyclable packaging, from sustainable resources?  Do we use too many take-out plastic containers when we know we can bring along our own containers to carry home our leftovers?

Are we putting off till tomorrow making a few small changes that can make a big difference for us as well as the planet?  Are we using green cleaning products that don’t pollute, don’t contain harmful chemicals that cause asthma problems in our children or peril for our pets should they wonder into a spill?  Are we using the safest green cleaning products that can be found or just looking at the labels buying from the pictures?

As in my Grand Parent’s day, we need to take responsibility for ourselves, grow more of our own food, learn how local farmers keep prices down by selling locally, learn that fresh is better and organic means no chemicals.  Eating local produce, local beef, chicken, fish may mean a bit higher price since it is not massed produced, but it also means better taste, higher quality of product available and is always a boost to the local economy!  Win – Win for all involved.

So scout out some local farmers markets, local fisheries and local chicken farmers who have free-range chickens for eggs and meat.  Yummy.  Local fruit is delectable since it can stay on the tree or vine till ripe.  An amazing idea!  Ripe fruit, tree ripened is wonderful in desserts, salads and just as an afternoon snack.  Fill those lunch boxes with fresh local fruits, vegetable salads and enjoy.

Look at your habits, see where a few simple changes can bring you back to using local produce, local fruits and local eggs etc.  Plant a few rows of corn next spring, a few tomato plants for sweet goodness to add to salads and salsa all summer.  Now is a great time for winter squash, turnip greens and collards.  Plant in a flower pot or in a small garden, but get involved in your own life.  Feed yourself and you will appreciate the work and effort of the local farmers when you purchase you next batch of vegetables for that big pot of vegetable soup!   Stay well.

Easy Open is still an Oxymoron!

Some how it keeps happening to me.  I get a package of some sort with the words “Easy Open” printed prominently on the package.  Great I think, I can easily get to my whatever and munch away to my heart’s content.  How could I ever be so wrong?!?

I had the opportunity to fly to New York and spend some wonderful time with friends in Yonkers! Wonderful food, marvelous friends and perfect weather.  If you are in Yonkers, head

Anna Artuso's Pastry Shop Specialty Cake

over to McLean Avenue and  Anna Artuso Pastry Shop for the BEST in Italian pastries along with great Irish and Italian restaurants.  I gain weight just breathing the air in the pastry shop.  Stop in, say hello to RJ and his crew and be prepared to take home box after box of goodies.  At least their boxes are truly easy to open!

But I digress.  One the flight up to NY, I was offered a really bad cup of coffee.  Sorry Delta, Southwest has so much better coffee.  Anyway, as I was trying to sip the not-so-palatable coffee, I was also trying to carefully open one of their packages with Biscotti cookies inside.  Long,  somewhat narrow package, 2 thin cookies high.  Should be simple enough to get open.  Ha!  I tugged on both ends.  Nothing.  I then did the opposite way twist on both ends thinking the area where all the sides met the ends would be weaker, and let me in to get to the Biscotti.  HA!

So there I am, it is 6:45AM and I have a cup of really bad coffee and no way to open this little Biscotti package.  You can’t carry scissors anymore, no sharp nail files, no letter openers.  Finally after several minutes of wrestling with the red package, I finally got it open!  The opposite twist at one end finally did the trick.  But then the whole package started to fall apart.  It was as if once you got a chink in the armor, the rest feel apart. Easy open fail #1.

As the day continued, the opportunity to have some legendary airline peanuts came along with a small cup of Coca Cola (enough with the bad coffee).  Peanuts are some of  my

Stuckey's Candy

favorite munchies, being from Georgia where peanuts and pecans are so very good.  Spent high school years in Eastman, GA where Stuckey’s Candy was founded.  Right in the midst of peanut and pecan country.  Yummy treats that can each be cooked, used in cooking and eaten by the handfuls.

Now these little packages contain about 21 peanuts, all roasted and salty.  Just need about 21 bags to make it worth my while to try to open just one without scissors or a knife.  Again I am struggling to open the package.  No arm movements are enough since the package is just not budging at the little place where the opening is supposed to be.  Finally I turn the package over, twist and peanuts pour out!  Easy open #2!

Today the fun continued with Easy Open #3,  with a box of Peanut Butter Cookies, natural ones in a simple but well closed box.  First of all the construction of the box leads you to believe that the makers don’t want to hurt the environment any more than necessary, so there is no built in closure slots on the top.  Then, once you do manage to open the box, the package with those yummy cookies manages to slice itself all the way from top to bottom!  So I guess the idea of natural Peanut Cookies is to put them in a piece of Tupperware after opening so you can immediately recycle the box!

Easy Open is an Oxymoron!  Will I never learn?  Laughter seems to be the best way to deal with the term Easy Open!  Laugh when I see the term and head for the drawer with the scissors!

Stay well and have fun!!

 

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