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Start 2015 with New Goals

Start 2015 with New Goals for a New Year!  Resolutions are made and quickly broken, forgotten.  Change is never something we embrace easily as humans.  But change can be healthy for us and make us have a better quality of life.  Long life is not good if the last years are spent in hospitals or nursing homes with ill health.  Besides being expensive, illness is no way to live your life.  We are made to be healthy, but we often do things that are bad for our health.

Smoking, over eating, keeping stress levels too high, not getting proper rest, not getting proper exercise, not eating good food, eating junk food, drinking too much soda and alcohol, and so much more.  We forget we are not bullet-proof!

2015-Kickoff-Social-4Let’s make 2015 the year we make changes toward better health, toward a healthier lifestyle, toward more exercise, toward happiness not stress.  Change comes slowly over the course of time.  Make a list of a few things you want to accomplish in 2015.  Maybe it is losing 10 pounds.  Maybe it is to stop smoking.  Maybe it is to take up a sport.  Make the list.

Now decide what you need to do to get to that 1st small goal.  Is it to modify your exercise, your eating habits or smoking habits?  Make small changes over the course of a few months.  These small changes will allow you to have success as you are making progress towards your larger goal.  Deciding to lose 100 pounds is a big change, but 10 pounds can happen in a few weeks or a month.  Small successes added together equal big change over time!

Visit my Shaklee site for help with weight loss, stress management, better sleep, and sports nutrition products to aid in that new sport you are excited about trying.  Get out of your rut, take charge of your present so your future can be the one you deserve!

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

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

“Cinching” Preparation

Being Prepared for storms and severe weather has been one of my ongoing themes since I started this blog.  Living in the South, I have experienced 4 hurricanes whiles living in Central Florida (all in 2004) and more tornadoes than I care to remember, along with ice storms, snow storms and ferocious thunder storms with straight line winds and hail.  Life in the South is not calm when the seasons change, during hurricane season (June 1st- Dec 1st), and any time cold air runs into warmer. moist from the Gulf.

Being prepared for these weather events along with fires and earthquakes just makes sense.  However, lately there has been lots of talk about storms on the sun causing problems with our power grid and such.  So that has brought to mind again the need for being ready for any major event in our area that might knock-out the power for a few days or even weeks.  The tornadoes of 2011 brought close to home the sad fact that power lines, water and gas lines are all fragile when it comes to the strong influences of nature.

Naturally, I want to be as ready for the next event as anyone else.  And that realization that the power grid might be in danger from the actions of the sun, made me realize even more that being prepared is a prudent idea.  Among the items that I intend to add to my small stash of food items are canisters and packets of Shaklee’s Cinch Shake Mixes and canisters of Shaklee’s Instant Protein.

The Cinch Shakesare a full meal replacement, low glycemic, with 24 grams of protein when mixed

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

with milk or soy milk and 23 vitamins and minerals.  What I like about the Cinch shakes and the Instant Protein is that they can be mixed with water just as well as milk.  Since the shake mixes and Instant Protein are lactose free, they are great for everyone in the family.  I often add an additional scoop of the Instant Protein to give me an extra boost on those long, busy mornings when lunch might be delayed.

Another good thing with the Cinch Shakes is they are either non-GMO soy protein or whey protein, your choice.  Natural flavors, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners.  Also, the canisters are sealed, dated with an expiration date and are 15 servings per canister.

Once you have finished the shakes, you can then reuse the canister for storing other items.  I use them in my pantry for rice and noodles.  The labels peel off easily, and then I add my own so I know which canister is holding  what!  If you have children, the canisters would be great for holding small toys like Lego’s, crayons, doll clothes and such.

To go along with the Cinch Shakes there are Meal-in-a-Bar meal replacement bars as well as snack bars.  The Meal-in-a-Bars are again full meal replacements, easy to store and great to eat! So follow this link to learn more about the Shaklee Cinch Shakes, Cinch Meal-in-a-Bar, Instant Protein and more.  Having good, nutritious foods to eat in for survival is important.  Knowing that your family has good tasty options in time of stress is comforting.  So plan ahead, stock-up on enough Cinch for a few days or a week or more.  Rotate your supply each week, keeping the stored emergency Cinch as fresh as possible!

To go along with the Cinch Shakes, etc, I am adding another bottle Shaklee’s Basic H2 Super Organic Cleaning Concentrate to my next order.  I use Basic H2 each day for washing dishes, cleaning counter tops, cleaning up after the cats and more.  Since it is so concentrated, a 16 ounce or 32 ounce bottle will last for a really long time normally.  However, in an emergency situation where hot water and general cleanliness might be harder to keep, the larger the bottle of Basic H2 the better.  Remember to also add some of the spray bottles so you can dilute the Basic H2 for dishes, windows, general cleaning and de-greasing.

I am adding another bottle of Shaklee’s Basic G Concentrated Germicide for those extra dirty days of having to keep things clean in difficult conditions.  Basic G not only is a germicide it also cleans as it gets rid of germs.  Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can wreak havoc on your family’s health and safety. Used as directed, Basic-G tackles over 40 of these pesky microbes, including several animal viruses. That makes it an excellent choice for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or pet area. In addition to being economical – one quart makes up to 64 gallons – it’s also EPA registered.

For ease and convenience during a disaster, both Shaklee’s Basic H2 and Basic G come in handy to use wipes.  Tuck a few of these in your emergency kits along with the larger concentrate bottles.  The convenient bio-degradable wipes will be easy to use on small jobs, making life a little easier.

Thinking about being without power for a few weeks as well as the possibility of not having access to grocery stores, banks or gas stations drives home the need to keep on top of what is stored at home.  When the first hurricane hit in 2004, Charlie it was named, the area around me was without power for week or longer, in August!  I was lucky that my power came back on in about 24 hours since I lived between 2 hospitals and power was restored to them quickly.  Gas stations were without power as were the grocery stores and banks for a while.  Therefore, think ahead, keep the gas tank of the car as near to full as possible, keep some cash in a household safe, and fill-up the larder with Shaklee’s great products, some nuts, water, pet food, first aid kit, solar powered flashlights, solar powered radios, (alternative power radios & lights from C Crane are great!) and anything else that comes to mind!  Preparation is necessary.

 

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.

How does Shaklee’s Performance Perform?

Shaklee’s Performance Hydration drink has long been used by elite athletes to help with their performances during training and competition. According to Dr Stephen Chaney, dehydration is the Number 1 problem in vigorous exercise and endurance activities.  Studies show that a body can lose 5 to 6 cups of fluid while exercising in less than half an hour.  That amount of fluid loss can lead to poor performance and even physical ailments.

Drinking water alone will not replace the electrolytes, protein and carbohydrates needed to keep an elite athlete at the prime.   Keeping your energy at maximum output during competition is the goal of all athletes whether an elite Olympic competitor or the weekend golfer.

Shaklee Performance® is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink. Our proprietary OPTI-LYTE™ electrolyte blend plus our unique mix of carbohydrates delivers instant and sustained energy and supports optimal hydration.  Performance is part of a Trio of Sports Nutrition Products:
Clinically Proven
Minimizes fluid loss for enhanced hydration
Maintains blood-glucose levels to sustain intense energy output and to increase stamina
Increases endurance for better athletic performance
No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.

In a study published in the Journal of Urological Research in 2009,  Shaklee’s Performance was tested against Gatorade.  It was a 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.”   The researchers 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 Cinch Tea.  Yummy!  Enjoy and stay well.

Still “Sick & Tired”?

My last post was about how we are so used to being “Sick & Tired” that we don’t know how to head to wellness.  We are so addicted to fast food, sweet things, carbonated beverages and high fat foods.  Our bodies don’t get the nutrition needed to be healthy and we are not doing much to help it!

Since the majority of Heart Disease, Strokes, Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity is 75% Preventable, we need to take control of our health now.  We have the tools, the information, the education to make a big difference in our own life.  And we are the only ones who can make those choices.  Our Health is Our Responsibility,  plain and simple.

Vegetables

What can we do to make ourselves healthier?  There are several simple modifications that will help to improve our health.  As we have said earlier, diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help prevent the development of diseasesPrevent the Development of Diseases. I like that.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy taking medications, having stays in the hospital and I certainly don’t like spending hours in the waiting room of a Doctor’s office.  So I will do what it takes to prevent the development of diseases!  Here are some suggestions of primary prevention:

• Heart disease: weight loss, fiber, soy, exercise, smoking cessation
• Cancer: weight loss, antioxidants & micronutrients, eliminating environmental toxins, including cigarettes
• Stroke: weight loss, omega3s, micronutrients
• Alzheimer’s: vitamins C, E, omega3s, resveratrol
• Diabetes: weight loss, fiber, exercise

Look over this list and make a decision on how you can positively impact your own life by making a few changes.  Since 75 % of the above diseases are preventable,  take a careful look at your lifestyle.  Increase your odds for good health!

More to come in the next post. Stay Well

Travel and Fall

Well, Fall and Football are underway.  Lots of us are tailgating each weekend as our favorite team plays in different opponents.  The love of gathering with friends and family on a crisp Saturday on a college campus.  But going to these gatherings means travel and travel is always a challenge.

When I travel I prepare ahead of time for the trip.  Not only do I check on the car’s readiness, I make certain that I have food and snacks for me.  Just as my car needs quality oil and gas to run properly, my body needs good food to run properly too.

Fast Food is not good food.  Yes, it tastes good sometimes, but the nutritional value of that good taste is usually not worth the calories and carbohydrates.  So I carry apples, bananas, nuts, Cinch Lemon Cranberry Snack Bars, Cinch Shakes, Cinch Tea and the Get Clean Water Pitcher for filtered water.

Cinch Snack Bars

Having these foods with me, I have great food for travel since the protein to carb ratio is great!  I get the energy I need and the protein I need, but do not have empty calories to slow me down.  Staying focused, sharp and alert  is necessary for a safe trip.  So travel safe and smart!

Dealing with Stressfull Holidays

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

So how is it going this December?  Is your calendar full of parties, family gatherings, programs at school, church, community?  Is your shopping complete? Perfect presents chosen and wrapped for everyone on your list?  You did make a list didn’t you?  How is the house looking?  Decorations up and looking good?  Trees decorated?  Cookies made? Cards signed, addressed and mailed?  Bedrooms ready for the in-laws?  Casseroles waiting in the freezer for all those holiday meals?  Turkey, ham, goose, duck waiting for final preparation?

This could go on and on and on!   We all know what extra pressure the holidays bring to our lives.  Often we forget the real reasons we are doing all these activities!  Stress takes over and we end up grumpy, tired, irritated, depressed and miserable.  What to do!?!

Stress can be dealt with in several ways.  One thing is to make a list of things you need to accomplish each day, keeping 3 to 5 chores on the list, no more.  Don’t overload your day.  Keep the tasks each day in a reasonable amount of time and effort, spreading the harder chores over time (and maybe people too) will help keep you energized.

Ask for help and expect help with bigger projects.  Dinner for the extended family means others can bring different dishes, the kids can set the tables, your spouse can do the last minute dusting and vacuuming!  Asking for help is a good thing!  People like to feel useful and part of an event.  So delegate those chores!  You are making others feel needed and wanted. Perfect.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Choose Healthy Snacks

Another way to help with stress is to exercise and eat good food each day.  Keep up the membership to the gym and use it during the holidays!  You will be able to work off that extra cookie and not gain weight during the holidays!    Look at the events on your calendar and plan light meals before these events.  Choose a protein shake and drink a warm cup of green tea!  Then when you are at the event, all those high calorie finger foods will be easier to limit.  Choose your calories and carbohydrates with care and enjoy those seasonal treats with no guilt.  Keep your immune system happy and healthy, while lowering stress.

Enjoy the time with family and friends!  Time flies and hot summer will be here next week! Stay well.

Tips on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Holidays are here and so is the stress that all those extra activities bring.  We have presents to purchase, wrap and deliver, cookies to bake, parties to attend and hold ourselves, charity events to support and more.  All that on top of what we normally do! No wonder the holidays add stress to our lives.

Staying healthy during the holidays is more important now than ever before!  We can’t afford to be sick and loose time from work and all the fun holiday parties.  So what are we to do to stay healthy during the holidays as well as the rest of the year?

Vivix Kosher Cellular Ant-Aging Tonic

Vivix Kosher Cellular Ant-Aging Tonic

Information is a key ingredient to good health.  Keeping up with current clinical research and recommendations will help us make good choices throughout the year.  When we know about the current research on Resveratrol as an example, we are more likely to take our supplements and appreciate what Vivix is doing for us in the long run.  The extra boost to the mitochondria in our cells for more energy from the resveratrol makes the longer days easier to handle!

When we take the responsibility for our own health each day, we are being proactive not reactive.  Taking my Alfalfa Complex each day keeps my sinus problems at bay, rather than waiting for a sinus infection and then going to the doctor for a prescription of antibiotics and decongestants.  For overstressed and overworked days, try Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex and Cor-Energy.  These give you the ability to think clearly while having the energy to tackle the holidays in stride, naturally!

And as a last tip, keep an eye on your weight!  During the holidays we often find many treats tempting us to not eat correctly.  A common problem for me anyway!  Adding extra pounds slows me down and makes me feel tired and  even more stressed!  Knowing that I have a luncheon or dinner to attend,  I use my Cinch Protein Shakes

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

for the other meals in the day.  I keep my protein levels up which help me resist impulse nibbling of empty calories.  Before leaving home, I often have a small shake of Shaklee Instant Protein since this puts good protein in my stomach.  I am not starving when I reach the event, so I can pick and choose from the best treats of the event.

So it is my wish that you and your family enjoy the holidays this year!  Enjoy each moment and don’t fall into the traps of overeating, staying up late only to get up early, spending too much money and spreading yourself too thin.  Relax and appreciate each day since you control what you do and when you do it!

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