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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!

Kidney Stones and Shaklee Performance

Shaklee’s Performance , a re-hydration drink, has long been used by elite athletes to help with their performances during training and competition.  Now it is being used to help prevent kidney stone formation!  And that is something everyone who has ever had a kidney stone can appreciate.

Performance b20496In a study published in the Journal of Urological Research, Dr. Jeffrey W. Goodman, Dr. John R. Asplin and Dr. David S. Goldfarb compared the effect of Shaklee’s Performance against Gatorade on reducing the formation of kidney stones.  The study independent of the Shaklee Corporation. The conclusion states: “Ingestion of Performance, but not Gatorade, led to an increase in mean urinary citrate excretion and pH as compared to water. The increase in citrate is likely to be a clinically significant effect. pH is an important determinant of alkali load in beverages containing organic anions. Performance, with more citrate and a higher pH than Gatorade, could represent a superior alternative to water for reducing urinary lithogenicity.”  Eyes crossed and confused by now, me too.  So I found an expert who could translate for us!

What all this means in simple terms, according to Dr. Stephen G. Chaney, PhD (Full Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), is: “The researchers looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of citrate in the urine and by how much they increased the pH of the urine because each of these decreases the risk of kidney stone formation. They also looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of sodium and calcium in the urine because each of those increases the risk of kidney stone formation.

Shaklee’s Performance significantly increased the amount of citrate and the pH of the urine (which is good), while Gatorade had no effect on either of them.  Neither Performance or Gatorade had an significant effect on sodium or calcium levels in the urine.

Thus, they concluded that Shaklee’s Performance was superior to either Gatorade or water alone at deceasing the risk of kidney stone formation.”

Now that is important to me since many of my family members and friends as well suffer from Kidney Stones! So if keeping hydrated by using Shaklee’s Performance has an extra benefit, then so much the better. Shaklee’s Performance does perform well and out-performs Gatorade and other sports drinks. You will enjoy the two options, Lemon-Lime or Orange. Both mix well with water and I sometimes add a packet of Shaklee 180 Tea. Yummy!
Enjoy and stay well.

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.

Preparing for a Long Drive

Well, conference is coming up soon and I have been thinking about that long drive.  While I love to travel, driving can be tiring at times, especially in this late summer heat.  This particular journey is going to be confined to Interstate travel, so the scenery will not be as “scenic” as my camera would like.  Friends and colleagues are coming with me on this journey, sharing the driving responsibilities as well as the gas money!  Map reading will be at a minimum.

This could be a car from Shaklee!

Making a car trip  takes planning for me.  I don’t like to eat fast food as I travel for several reasons.  One main reason is the price for fast food when close to an Interstate Hwy is usually higher than when the same food is in a neighborhood.  Plus, the fat content and carbohydrate levels are usually high also.  Driving does not use that much energy, compared to the number ingested with hamburgers, fries and cokes.  Oh how I love good french fries! Yummy.  But not healthy.

Now I have to plan my snacks and meals along the way so I can stay energized and ready for conference when I arrive.  I am making my list already, planning my shopping trip, and wishing the car was larger!  For this trip, which we will do in 2 days of 7 or so hours of driving, I am taking some of my favorite Shaklee Cinch Products, popcorn (watch the salt), apples, Get Clean Water pitcher for fresh water on the road, green tea bags and Cinch Tea Packets, and some cookies.

Be Healthy

The Cinch Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bars are my favorites!  Along with the Peanut Butter Snack Bars, I will have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates since the bars are low glycemic. They make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack anytime, but are really good for travels.  On airplanes they really fill that hungry spot!

Since I travel with the Get Clean Water Pitcher, I have fresh filtered water when I am thirsty.  Adding Cinch Tea or a green tea bag to my water bottle adds some good anti-oxidants as well as flavor to my water.  Staying hydrated while traveling is important.  When you become dehydrated, your brain is effected.  The one thing you need to have working well while driving is your brain!  Make good decisions while on the road.

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

I keep a cooler in the front seat with sliced apples, peanut butter and extra ice for my tea.  Having the cool apple slices and the peanut butter gives me a good snack with fiber, flavor and crunch.   When I stop along the way I take a few minutes in the rest area to spread some of the peanut butter on the ends of a few of the apple slices for a quick snack.  Keeping the fuel and water coming in, keeps me awake and ready to drive safely.  When flying, I do something similar, but don’t have the cooler.

Some of the traveling I do is lengthy. Using the Cinch Shakes along those long journeys really keeps me fueled and focused.  Cinch Shakes are filled with good protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor.  I use the Cinch Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Shakes.  When traveling in a car you can use the canisters.  But for airplanes, I find the packets work best.  One packet per meal and you are done!  Makes the luggage lighter as you continue on your journey.

So when you get ready for your next trip, whether it is across town or across country, take a few minutes to plan your meals, take some healthy snacks, water bottles with your filtered Get Clean Water and have fun in this beautiful country!  Fuel for you is as important as fuel for the car!  Stay well.

 

Holiday Eating Challenges

Just a quick post about the Challenges of Holiday Eating.  We all end up in January with extra pounds, well most of us anyway!  And I am never happy to see them on my hips and other places.  So this year I am going to follow a few simple rules when it comes to Holiday Eating.  Hope they will help you maintain a healthy relationship with food throughout the holidays!

Give the Gift of Health

1.  I will eat small meals throughout the day, keeping my energy level up and my craving for sweets on impulse down to a minimum.  Small meals will keep my protein and carbohydrate levels in balance, so I can resist those plates of sweet calories that float through the the day tempting me! Of course I will take my Shaklee Supplements!

2.  I will stay hydrated. Drinking half of my weight in ounces of water each day will help me stay hydrated, keeping my body healthy, brain sharp and stomach full feeling.  Often when we reach for something to eat it is because we are de-hydrated and need water.  So hop on the scale and look at your weight.  Take half of that figure and drink that in ounces each day.  So if you weight 150 pounds, you will need to sip on 75 ounces of water throughout the day.  Not tea, not coffee, not sodas, but filtered water!   Don’t try to drink it all at once.  It is to be sipped throughout the day.

3.  I will eat a treat each day, thereby avoiding the possibility of eating a whole cake or platter of cookies because I have not eaten treats for several days.  I will admit that I love, LOVE Chocolate and will be amiss if I don’t try to reign-in the desire to eat a whole platter of brownies at a party!  So eating a treat each day is the way to control the weight!

4.  I will not give up on myself if I make one error and eat too much one time.  But I will not let that be an excuse for eating too much every day.  Prevention is the way to stay healthy and I don’t plan on being ill.  I plan on staying healthy for many, many years to come.

So, what is your plan to make it through the endless food detours that are in our near future?  We have another month or more of food opportunities to sabotage our healthy weight goals and we really need to plan our way through rather than Eat our way through the next month!  Stay Well!  And Happy Holiday Eating!

Habits and Change

Be Healthy

So how has this week been? Changing one bad habit for a good is not easy is it! We humans like the easy way, the way with no pain and no thought. We just want to keep going on the same path like cows who move from field to field, never straying from the old paths.
But last week we talked about doing some good for ourselves, developing a few healthy habits that will give us a healthier, longer and happier life. Now that is a goal worth a little effort isn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being ill. Days of fever, headaches, muscle aches and such are not my idea of fun. Vacation is my goal, not illness. Taking days off for illness does not refresh my spirit.
Change is good for us. Breaking those old habits that are keeping us in unhealthy ruts take time, patients and determination, but are rewarding when accomplished. Changing a mindset is important. How we think about something impacts how we take care of ourselves.

That is why I asked “How Many M&M’s do you eat?” last week. Thinking about taking more than one Alfalfa Complex tablet sends some people into panic mode! Funny really when they eat handfuls of candy at a time, handfuls of popcorn, bunches of grapes and more.
It is all about how we perceive a task. Our thinking that handfuls of one thing is okay while handfuls of another is impossible to accomplish even when the items are the same size, holds us back from reaching optimum health and wealth.
Change your thoughts Change your life.
When you Change the Way you Look at Things the Things You Look at Change!
Stay Well, Elise

Summer Preparations

Just how ready for Summer are you?  Summer is the time for extreme weather including tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunder storms with thunder, lightning, hail and straight-line winds.  Summer is also a time for trips to the pool, beaches, local lakes and rivers, mountains, desert hikes, camping, climbing, sailing, fishing and so much more.  Summer is filled with activity.  It is our active time of the year.

But are you really ready for all this activity?  Have you gotten our homes ready for the coming storms?  Have you prepared our emergency kits in case of storm damage or power outages?  Getting homes and emergency kits ready for the possibility of storms and power outages is top of the list.  Have a supply of food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, pet food, water for all for 4 days or more, blankets, clean clothing, flashlights, candles, matches or lighters, batteries,radio, tools and more.  Having all you might need after a bad storm has displaced your family is necessary for survival.  Think ahead and prepare.  Takes a little time and planning on your part, but should a disaster strike, you and your family will be ready for the future.

Now that your emergency kit is packed, how ready are you for the sun and water fun?  Sunny day activities take a toll on your muscles and skin.  Remember to stay hydrated during those summer play activities.  Drink plenty of water before, during as well as after exercise in the summer heat.  And use sunscreen to avoid sunburns.  Apply often.  Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Loose clothing of natural materials will keep you cooler.  Choose foods that keep your energy up with protein, avoiding caffeine when possible.   Have Fun! Elise

Water, Your New BFF

Despite the snowy weather in most of the US, Spring it really on the way. And we are exercising now to get ready for those long lazy days at the pool or beach in our little swim suits. As we are exercising, we need to remember that Water is our New BFF!

Seems simple, but we often ignore the need to drink water. We need to remember that our body is about 60% water, our brain is about 75% water and our blood is about 82% water! Water in our bodies is also responsible for removing waste, cushioning joints, delivering nutrients and oxygen to cells, and protecting tissues.

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Water is Your New BFF! That may be so but we tend to dehydrate often. Sometimes when we think we are hungry and head to the vending machine or cookie jar, we are really thirsty! 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.

Carry a non-BPA bottle of water with you when you travel to work or run errands. Metal travel cups wash easily, and keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold.   Bottled water is popular since it is “easy” but can be expensive.

Drink water throughout the day, don’t wait until you feel thirsty. So get in the habit of drinking water all day long. Studies show that we lose water as we sleep, so drink a glass of water before bed and then again when you awake.

And of course we lose water when we exercise, so maintain that habit of hydration. Some coaches suggest drinking at least 20 ounces of water about 1 hour before your workout begins. Since it takes about 1 hour for that much water to leave the stomach and migrate to the muscles, you will then be hydrated when you start to exercise.

Also, we need to maintain our water drinking during the workout. Gulping water during the exercise routine seems to be the best way to ingest lots of water. Gulping gets lots of water into the stomach. Sipping only provides a few ounces and often causes cramps according to several fitness coaches. As we sweat at different rates depending on the level of workout and such, we need to add between 14 and 40 ounces per hour.  Try this Hydration Calculator from IBWA.

So as you can see, Water is Your New BFF!  Stay Well! Elise

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