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March, 2011:

Leo and the Bird

I have a cat named Leo.  He is one of several who have found their way to our home.  None have been purchased.  Must be some mark on the front of the house that tells cats that we are a good family to live with.  I really must find that mark and remove it!


Yesterday was a beautiful day here.  About 80 degrees, light breeze, perfect spring day.  Pollen and all.  Since I get to do the “carpet commute” I was working on the computer while the kitties were on the screened porch enjoying some time napping in the sun.  Getting their Vitamin D!

I was in the midst of composing an email when I heard a commotion on the porch.  Thinking it was just the boys having a dispute over who was napping where, I opened the door to have a chat with them.  Boy, did I get a surprise when I saw Leo charging through the doorway with a bird in his mouth!  A BIRD!!! LIVE BIRD!!!! Oh My!

Leo raced towards the front door, ducking into the dining room.  Somewhere along the way the bird got free and started to fly about.  Of course the other cats thought that was wonderful.  A new play toy for all.  Oh My….

The poor scared, but unharmed bird, flew up to the top of the palladium window in the foyer.  The front door is topped by a large palladium window that is curtained with sheers (faces west) except for the top arch of the window unit.  The bird perched on the thin curtain rod and tried in vain to push through the glass to his freedom.

Now I have 6 cats, watching with great intensity as this poor bird tried to escape.  I am in a panic since I don’t want to the bird to fly to the other side of the house where the great room has upper windows too.  I knew if he got into that room it would be harder for me to set him free.  I began to try to get the cats back on the porch.  They were not as cooperative as one might think.  Boring porch or new play toy that might turn into lunch.  Not hard to see why the porch was not their first choice.

I opened the front door and propped it open with a box since the wind blew it shut each time I opened the porch door to put another cat out.  I was hopping the bird would sense the door was open and fly down and out.  No such luck.  He just keep banging into the glass arch window at the top.

I finally got the rest of the cats on the porch so I could turn all my attention to the poor bird.  He just keep trying in vain to push his way through the glass in the arched window.  I know how he must have felt, frustrated at seeing the outside and not being able to get where he was wanting to go.  Freedom so close and yet so far away.  Lessons to be learned from that little bird’s plight.

Finally, the bird began to fly to the chandelier over the steps to the upstairs.  Trying to keep his focus on the open door below his normal perch, I used a long board to help me keep the chandelier turned so he was always facing the open door.  A few times he flew back up to the top of the window and fluttered about the arch window.

At last, he came back to the chandelier.  Again, keeping him facing the open door, he finally heard the other birds chirpping and felt the breeze blowing through the doorway.  Off he flew, right through the doorway and out to his freedom!  I was thrilled and I am certain that bird was telling tales of his adventure for days.

Trapped in a giants home, attacked by killer cats, miraculously set free by the giant.  Miracle for the bird.  Can be the same of us when we are trapped in the same old ritual of flying into the glass when our true freedom is only a few feet away.  The bird changed his path to escape and we must do the same.  Change our path, our preset ideas so we can find our freedom, our health or true path.  Stay well! Elise

Are You Still Buying by the Pictures and Not Labels?

Last year I wrote a post about buying products based on the pictures and not the labels.  In that article I pointed out several instances where the pictures on the front of product did not jive with the labels.  It happens more often than we are aware.  The post is called “Are You Buying the Pictures on the Labels?” It is a good read.

Recently it was brought to my attention that this deception was still going on in the marketplace.  One of the most obvious deceptions is Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal from General Mills.  The trick here is there are NO blueberries or pomegranates in this “Blueberry Pomegranate” cereal. Fake blueberries! That is like having a chocolate chip cookie with no chocolate.  What General Mills does here is use “natural flavorings”  to give the taste of blueberries and pomegranates.  The bits that sort of look like fruit is actually “fruit flavored clusters”  made from various sweeteners, natural & artificial flavors and artificial colors such as Red 40 and Blue 2.  No real fruit here.

So wise up friends and read the labels.  Yeah, I know the print is small, so carry a magnifying glass with you if you have to, but read the label.  Or you could get your Real Blueberries from Shaklee’s Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar!  Real Blueberries!! Real Almonds!  Delicious.

Shaklee's Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar

Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar are packed with 20 grams of protein to help control hunger and 6 grams of fiber to fill you up, plenty of vitamins and minerals, plus delicious Blueberries to satisfy your taste buds.  No artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives added.  A delicious, healthy and satisfying meal at home or on-the-go.  Powered by LeucineTM to help preserve muscle while you lose weight.  Low glycemic.

And if you want to save a few dollars, there is a special offer from Shaklee that will save you an additional 10%!  GET 10% OFF! LIMITED TIME ONLY. Available March 7 – March 20, 2011. Must use this item code, Item #89141. Subject to discontinuation or change without notice.

I eat these each week and enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on how busy my day is.  I know you will enjoy them too.

Astaxanthin, Just What is It?

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I knew anything about Astaxanthin.  I thought for a moment since it sounded familiar, but nothing really came to mind.  So I told my friend I would do some research.  I enjoy researching natural nutrients, I went to my sources and began reading.

What is Astaxanthin?
Commonly found in algae and phytoplankton, astaxanthin is an important carotenoid with superior antioxidant properties. Independent scientific studies have proven that astaxanthin exhibits strong free radical-scavenging activity and protects against oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol.* And its unique properties are continuing to draw the interest of the science and medical communities.   Astaxanthin contains numerous antioxidant benefits, including protection against the oxidative damage of LDL cholesterol. It has also been associated with additional health benefits related to immune function and cardiovascular health.

Most interesting for me was the discovery was that I was taking Astaxanthin already and did not know it!  Turns out that since 2004, Astaxanthin has been one of the natural ingredients in Shaklee’s CarotoMax®.  CarotoMax® is a rare blend of alpha-carotene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin delivering of a broad spectrum of carotenoids.  These are fat-soluble carotenoids that helps maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin, lungs, prostate, and cervix while supporting a strong immune system.*

Although Astaxanthin is commonly derived from salmon, Shaklee harvests the carotenoid astaxanthin 

Shaklee's CarotoMax

Shaklee's CarotoMax

from marine microalgae, the purest and most potent source.  Shaklee harvests from Hawaii this important carotonoid.   The pigment in algae and phytoplankton that gives salmon its pink color.  Since most of us don’t eat salmon on a daily basis,  Shaklee’s CarotoMax® is a good source of Astaxanthin!

Paired with Shaklee’s FlavoMax™ gives you a powerful anti-oxidant duo.  FlavoMax™ is a comprehensive, high-powered antioxidant supplement* that guarantees delivery of six key classes of flavonoids: proanthocyanidins, anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavonols, and flavanones. Shaklee uses standardized extracts of each of these flavonoids to ensure potency and quality. Flavonoids are potent, water-soluble antioxidants that have been linked to healthy blood circulation, strong capillaries, and veins. Flavonoids also deliver antioxidant protection to blood and blood-rich tissues, such as the liver and the intestines.

So when you are thinking about trying Astaxanthin, take a look at Shaklee’s CarotoMax!  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.
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