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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.

Back to School Realities

It is the end of July and already the buzz about school starting is floating around the neighborhood and Church.  Seems the kids just got out of school, and here we are going back.

Getting prepared for classes each year is a challenge all parents face. New clothes, new shoes, school supplies, uniforms for sports, tutoring sessions, doctor’s visits…the list goes on and on.  Needing to have healthy students is important.  Having the right supplements, snacks, immunity boosters and cleaning supplies can make the difference is a student who is focused and ready to learn, felling good each day or one who is fighting colds, flu, sinus problems, unfocused, tired all the time.

b20076 Mighty Smart Choice 2012Take control now before the colds and flu start.  Keep those minds sharp and focused without drugs and those nasty side-effects that drugs bring. Boost brain power with Shaklee’s Might Smart Choice .  Kid-friendly, Shakleekids Mighty Smart Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA, one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids in the brain and eyes. They are 75% organic and contain no added artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  And add the Incredivites Multiple Vitamin/Mineral chews as well!Incredivites  kids 20002


Vitalized_ImmunityBoost those immune systems with an easy to take immune booster called Vitalized Immunity!  
Vitalized Immunity is naturally sweetened with Monk Fruit, and contains as much vitamin-C as 16 oranges.   Helps support your immune system.   Delicious effervescent formula.  Provides the nutritional support your immune system needs to stay strong. Vitalized Immunity includes a proprietary blend of 19 vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Drop in a glass of water, watch the fizzing and then drink!  Fun and good for kids of all ages. 

Send kids of all ages off to school with a great breakfast. Easy to make, providing the protein needed for a successful morning in school or work.   Vitalizing Protein is the perfect start to the day and a great afternoon snack as well. Vitalizing Protein™ contains a proprietary blend of 23 grams of highly concentrated protein, with antioxidants and omega-3 support, and 23 vitamins and minerals to help support your overall health.

And don’t forget the snacks and crisps that make the day feel special while providing protein and Snacks_3x3_72fiber. Shaklee 180 Snacks has Snack Bars in 4 flavors and Snack Crisps in 2 flavors.  Just right for parents too!  Crave no “mmmmore”. Our snack crisps are baked to golden perfection with a hint of salt or tangy barbecue in every satisfying bite. 100% guilt-free with plenty of protein per serving to keep hunger away and cravings under control. 100 calories, 6 grams of protein, Non-GMO soy proteinGluten free, low glycemic, No artificial flavors, colors sweeteners or preservatives added.

So get ready for another great year of school projects, new opportunities to learn and explore.  Keep the kids healthy and in school so you don’t miss any work.  

Stay well, Elise. 

 

 

Problems with Swallowing Capsules

Problems with Swallowing Capsules is a challenge I find in many of my clients.  They get to a certain age and seem no longer able to swallow capsules or larger tablets without pain. This affliction has people shying away from good vitamins and minerals in lieu of chewable options like babies use.  What the chewable companies don’t tell you is that, even though their products may contain a certain amount of vitamins, the saliva and digestive acids in the stomach destroy most of the vitamins before they enter Pill Man 1 75 x 1 75 300  copyyour system!  So chew all you want on those gummy like substitutes, but don’t do it for nutritional value!

After much research, I have found a few solutions that help!  One is to realize that you swallow food each day without problems, so swallowing a pill is not harder.  It seems when we look at a tablet or capsule, we think it is going to be difficult, so it is.  Our thoughts make it hard.  Decide you can swallow those supplements and it will be easier.

Another thing adults do is to take a big gulp of air as they are trying to swallow vitamins or medicine.  This gulp of air gets caught in the esophagus, causing pain and then some burping.  You don’t take big gulps of air when you eat food, so why do that when you take a vitamin?  Humans!

Some friends eat a few bits of popcorn or a little cracker as they are taking their supplements and medications.  The chewing and swallowing of food mixed with the mock chewing and swallowing of capsules aids in the success of the getting your vitamins down without problems!

Now I don’t like to take a handful of vitamins myself as some of my friends do.  I take my supplements one or two at a time with my Shaklee 180 Smoothee or a glass of water.  Put the capsules in your mouth, and gently make a chewing motion with your mouth.  Now, don’t bite the capsule, just pretend to chew.  This will signal the brain that something larger than water is about to be swallowed and the throat will naturally open wider.  After a few mock chews, swallow the capsule or tablet.  If you need to add a little water, you can do that when you put the capsule in your mouth.  But not too much!

And don’t gulp air.  Air in the wrong place hurts!  It is not the capsule hurting, it is the air trying to escape that hurts.  And you did it to yourself.Vitalizer New Stacked Boxes 2011 3 x 5 100  copy

Shaklee Corporation has worked over the many years to create tablets and capsules that are easy to swallow, which is one of the reasons I use Shaklee products each day.  Shaklee Micronutrient Advanced Release Technology™ is knows as S.M.A.R.T.™Shaklee Vitalizer is the only multinutrient supplement pack in the marketplace with S.M.A.R.T.™, a patent-pending delivery system designed to dramatically improve absorption of key nutrients.  Getting the right nutrients to the right place at the right time, your body can make the most of their nutritional benefits.   12 patents and 2 patents pending on the S.M.A.R.T.™ delivery system means you can’t find it anywhere else!

Happy Swallowing!  Stay well and give you the kid’s candies for better health.

 

 

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.

 

Alternative to Juicing, Easy & Simple

vegetables natural_smallIn December, I had a fun get-together with a former co-worker.  Adrienne and I decided to meet at the beach for a much needed restful weekend.  Adrienne wanted to share with me her new juicing machine and how she was enjoying the juicing experience.

When we got to the resort, her car was filled with this huge juicing machine, a large cooler with organic fruits & vegetables, cutting boards, colander and knife. We lugged all this stuff up to our room which fortunately had a small kitchen area with a good size refrigerator.

Adrienne was excited to show me how she was making her shakes each morning.  She began cleaning and chopping fruits & veggies, adding protein powder and soy milk.  The small kitchen was a mess from preparing all the different items, then all the washing-up and drying of the machine and other tools.

As I was watching her make this shake, I was asking questions about why she was wanting to add juicing to her routine.  Adrienne said she was interested in adding more anti-oxidants to her diet, more fiber along with readily available vitamins & minerals. Made sense, but the process was too involved for me, and really for Adrienne too since she was a bit overwhelmed with the whole lengthy process.

Wanting to help Adrienne achieve her goals easier, we explored some of the Shaklee products that I use daily.  To get all the vitamins and minerals she was wanting I suggested using Shaklee’s Vitalizer, Vitalizer Gold for her since she is over 50 yrs old.  Vitalizer is the most advanced multinutrient supplement in the marketplace today with 80 bio-optimized nutrients clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life.* Vitalizer is the powerful and convenient approach to complete supplementation providing the best spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-aging phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics*, all in one daily serving.
Custom formula created specifically for today’s healthy active adultVitalizer from Shaklee
Patent-pending delivery system designed to enhance absorption of key nutrients
Based on 12 clinical studies and a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study.

So Vitalizer met her needs for antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that were readily available and easily absorbed, plus added omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

Now to meet her need for protein and even more fruit, I had her use Shaklee 180 Smoothees.  She liked the Vanilla Smoothee since she can add apples with cinnamon for an apple pie flavor or add oranges for an “Orange Julius” taste. Make them to your taste for the season you are in. Great protein, easily absorbed, with the right kinds of fiber for healthy digestion.  Perfect!  

Vanilla Shaklee 180Smoothee_b2124224 grams of hunger fighting protein when Mixed in 1 cup of nonfat milk or light soymilk
6 grams of fiber
Powered by Leucine TM to signals body to retain muscles
23 vitamins and minerals
Non-GMO soy protein
Low glycemic. GI Value: 31
No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
Gluten free, lactose free

Now her days are filled with good protein, easily absorbed vitamins and more free time! Shaklee 180 Smoothees, fresh fruit and Shaklee Vitalizer fill the bill! Wow, “juicing” is now simple and easy for Adrienne and others who want to have a healthy start to the day without all the mess and bother.  For more information on Shaklee products mentioned here, visit my Shaklee website  Elise.MyShaklee.com    Stay well, Elise

The Wonders of an Ice Cube Tray

Going up as a kid in the 50’s meant that refrigerators did not have ice makers.  There were no fancy buttons and doors on the front of the refrigerator to dispense ice to the hot and dusty children.  No, back then we had metal ice cube trays that were fun to operate since there was a lever in the middle to release the ice.

It made a wonderful cracking noise when you finally got the ice to release.  The lever was attached to a grid section of metal leaves that was separate from the tray.  The grid section was put in the tray, water was added, tray with grid was placed in the freezer section, hours went by and the frozen tray was removed.

Now the fun part was getting the lever to release the ice. If you put a bit too much water in the tray, as I always managed to do, the ice was up and over the grid, making it hard to release the ice cubes.  After much tugging, groaning and maybe a little run under some water, the lever would move, ice would shatter from the top of the cubes and drinking cool water and iced tea would begin.  Wonderful time!

Now that we have automatic ice makers, we have almost forgotten how wonderful ice cube trays are.  When we were kids, Mother would add orange juice or apple juice and occasionally Kool-Aid to the trays for a cold summery addition to water, juice or sweet iced tea.  Remembering those flavored cold additions to our beverages as a child got me to thinking about what we could do today.  Kids are still kids when it comes to liking cold drinks after play.

I went to the store, found some plastic ice cube trays, and have been making my own filtered ice all summer!  I had forgotten the fun of popping the ice from the tray, even in plastic.  My favorite benefit of not using the in-freezer ice maker is the taste of the ice, or should I say, the lack of taste of the ice.  I use a Shaklee Get Clean Water Pitcher which is an amazing filter system, getting out a multitude of pesticides, herbicides, 99% of the lead and more, leaving me with water as it should be, clean and “taste free”.  The automatic ice maker, with the puny in-refrigerator filter always gave the ice a “whang” (Southern for icky taste!).

Now that I make my own ice, with my 3 ice cube trays, I fill the dispenser each day and let the crusher on the freezer do it’s magic as I really like crushed ice.  The true flavor of my iced water,  iced tea and iced coffee come through each time.  Yummy!

But even more fun are the additions to the clean, filtered water in the trays!  Mother was always adding juice to the trays so her punches for parties would not water down.  Same thing with iced tea.  Now I suggest that you make a pot of your favorite tea and then make several trays of frozen tea cubes for use in your iced tea.  Make tea, freeze, remove from trays to store in a freezer bag or container with air-tight lid.  Makes the tea even better.

Freeze your favorite lemonade to add to iced tea or other beverages.  Think of all those “adult” beverages that are make in the fall and winter at the various tailgate, harvest and holiday parties we throw.  That little extra touch makes the drink that much more special and the ice cube tray an essential in any kitchen!

Just think of all the things you can freeze in the ice cube trays!  Cut little pieces of strawberries and blueberries in orange juice for use in morning protein shakes or other beverages.  For a savory cube for some of those adult beverages you could add celery or small onions, yellow & red peppers.  And for those fall stews, fill those trays with you chicken, beef or vegetable stocks for a quick infusion of flavor in future meals.  Freeze and store most any liquid for use at a later date in convenient, easy to use cubes!  Just label the containers since frozen broth in iced tea would not be ideal.

Let your imagination run wild!  What will you freeze for your next party?  Your next family reunion?  Your Thanksgiving dinner?  Miniature frozen salads?  Miniature ice creams?  Miniature pop-icicles?  You can find the metal trays from my childhood online at several retailers.  Or look in your favorite kitchen shop or variety store for the plastic versions.  Enjoy the Wonders of the Ice Cube Tray!

Fueling Options for Sports Events

Before, during and after events, be sure to hydrate with cool liquids in small amounts,early and often.  According to Les Wong, Shaklee’s VP of Health Sciences, Shaklee Corporation, Shaklee has been working with Elite Athletes for over 30 years.  Shaklee Powered Athletes have won over 100 medals in the Winter and Summer Olympic games along with many other elite athletic competitions.  Sports drinks like Shaklee Performance can be especially helpful but should first be tested in training before use in competition.
Pre-Event:  Nutritious foods including sandwiches, salads, fruits, and Shaklee Cinch Meal Bars or Snack Bars are best consumed 2 – 4 Hours before exercise.  More rapidly absorbed Nutritional Shakes including Cinch Shakes or Meal Shakes may be consumed as little as 1 Hour before a event depending on an individual’s digestive comfort.  Continue hydration right up to the start of training or competition  (Energy Chews may be considered an energy boost 15-30 minutes prior to competition.)

During:  Continue hydration every 15 – 30 minutes, depending on conditions. For events lasting more than an hour, nutrition bars, gels and rapidly digested carbohydrate rich foods, including fruits like bananas, apples and bagels, may be consumed in addition to fluids.

Post Event:  Protein, carbohydrate, and fluids should be consumed immediately after exercise to maximize muscle energy refueling, muscle repair and ,muscle rebuilding.  Physique is proven to trigger the body’s anabolic state and enhance the body’s recovery process in response to exercise.  Continue to hydrate post-exercise and consume additional Physique (or other foods) an hour or two after exercise, especially if you have daily or multiple workout sessions.

Body Mass Index–Is it an Accurate Obesity Measure?

We all are bombarded with information about BMI, Body Mass Index and personally, I find BMI  a frustrating measure.  I have seen policemen with more muscles than I could count, no fat anywhere, being told on a BMI chart that they are Obese!  Really?!  So when Dr McManus sent this letter I felt I finally had additional options of finding out body fat percentage.  Enjoy Dr McManus’ article.

This is from  Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Science, & Education, Shaklee Corporation.

Body Mass Index — Is It the Best Measure of Obesity?

For decades, public health officials and doctors—including myself—have relied on Body Mass Index (BMI), a number calculated using height and weight, to categorize people as overweight to obese. That’s because we know in most cases BMI correlates highly with body fat and serves as a good gauge for assessing one’s risk for diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and several other diseases.

However, what you may not know is that BMI is not a perfect measure. In some cases it may actually overestimate body fat—especially if you’re an athlete or body builder with a lot of lean muscle mass. If you’re older or have low bone density, it may actually underestimate body fat. In fact, some researchers believe the use of BMI may be leading us to underestimate the already out-of-control obesity rates here in the U.S.

A recent study revealed that almost half of adults whose BMI placed them in the overweight category (BMI 25–29.9) actually would be considered obese if their body fat percentage were taken into account!

So how do you test for your body-fat percentage? There are several ways to determine this number, which may very well be the best way to assess where you fall along the overweight-to-obese continuum. Here are the top four methods:

Hydrostatic under water weighing is considered to be one of the most accurate methods (the “gold standard”), but has its limitations. For one, it requires that you exhale as much air from your lungs as possible before being immersed for 10 to 15 seconds under water, and two, it’s not widely available.

Bioelectrical impedance is based on the fact that lean body tissue is much more conductive than fat tissue because of its higher water content. A bioimpedance meter is attached to the body and measures the body’s ability to conduct current. It’s noninvasive but less accurate than underwater weighing.

Skin-fold measurements also are less accurate, but are commonly used by nutritionists and dietitians. Several skin-fold measures are taken on different sites on the body using a caliper device, then used to calculate body-fat percentage. Look for someone well trained in this method as large inaccuracies can occur due to technician error.

DXA, known best for its utility in measuring bone density, also has been used in clinical and research settings to measure body composition. Today you may find it used in weight loss clinics, with professional sports teams, and even on reality TV! NBC’s The Biggest Loser ™* has used this method to chronicle the dramatic weight loss of the show’s contestants.

So, although not perfect, BMI is a useful starting place to assess your body weight. Combine this with body-fat testing, and together you’ll have a more accurate picture of whether you are at a healthy weight (and body fat), or if you are overweight or obese. You can’t attack a problem if you don’t know you have a problem, so let’s all be accountable for our weight since it is such an important predictor of health. And remember, too, that if you are overweight, even modest changes in body weight (5%–10%) can help lower your risk of weight-related diseases and improve your health.

*All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Be well!

Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP   Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Science, & Education

Are you Prepared?

My last post was about being prepared for power outages, severe storms and earthquakes, etc.  Living in the South, we are bombarded with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds along with hurricanes!  We even have ice storms and snow storms some winters, so even then we are not safe from interruptions in our daily routines.

Being ready for such an event physically as well as emotionally takes preparation.  In the calm of a pretty day, you have to think about what you will need when the power goes out for a length of time.  When hurricanes and tornadoes knock out power, the need for normalcy becomes acute.  It is then we realize how much we rely on flipping that switch for everything we do.  Our cell phones, iPads, tablets, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners/heaters are all powered by electricity.  Unless you are lucky enough to have a gas stove and a gas fire starter in your fireplace, you will have a hard time cooking and staying warm.

All of our communication tools need cell towers to work, and these have been known to have issues when there are storms.  Wind, hail, ice and lightening can damage or destroy cell towers and power lines.  Some events even take out gas lines!  Oh my.  So how are you going to feed your family, keep them warm or cool,  keep them hydrated,  calm their fears?

Now is the time to get ready.  To power your cell phones, iPads, tablets and such, there are portable solar chargers on the market that allow you to use the power of the sun to charge your laptops, cell phones, tablets and more.  Since the power grid may be down for days or even weeks, the ability to keep these items charged and useful is important.  The internet connection may be down, but the information you have downloaded can be accessed.  There are many solar chargers on the market and TreeHugger.com has an informative article on several options.  Use this link for more information.

After the event, trips to the local grocery store may not be possible.  Stock up your special cupboard with boxes of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins in water proof bins.  Remove the toilet tissue rolls from the outside plastic and  press them flat, making the center roll as flat as possible.  This way you can fit more rolls into the bin, and when you need to add one to the spindle in the bathroom, the center roll will pop back in to shape.  Same with paper towels.  Just make certain your bin is water proof since you might have to contend with rain and high moisture for a while.

Space Bags work well for keeping paper, clothing, blankets, pillows and such dry and clean. I use them for travel as well as in my home for  linen storage.  Putting down comforters, blankets and extra pillows in a Space Bag makes more room in the linen closet, keeps bugs and dirt out as well as moisture.  So make a small investment in some Space Bags  for emergency storage options.  You will need to make the most of the storage area you choose.  Now with new technology, you can use a vacuum or roll the Space Bags to eliminate the air!   Use this link to find out more.

Don’t forget the pets in your family.  Put away some bedding for them to use when the event happens.  They will need to be warm, safe and dry too.  Rotate their food supply since dry food can get rancid if kept too long so keep fresh food in the bins for them. Don’t forget cat litter.  My kitties are spoiled, liking wet food for dinner and dry food during the day, so my closet is full of their stuff!

Now that I have given you a few ideas, sit and make your own personalized list of things to put into your safe place.  Being ready for the possibility of a catastrophic event makes the reality of the event less horrible.  Having medicines, foods, water and shelter options makes all the difference!  Tents, tarps, tools, camp stoves, candles, wind-up lights and radios, solar powered options and so much more.  The list is yours to make and even more important, yours to fulfill!  Stay well and be safe.

 

 

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