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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!

Sleeping Pills and Death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Endeavor and Shaklee Head to Space

Shuttle over Bay Lake

Wow, what a beautiful launch this morning!  Endeavor and its crew is on it’s last mission to the International Space Station.  Sad for me really.  I am a big supporter of space travel and would like to be able to experience space travel my self.  However, I don’t have the money nor probably the courage to undertake a trip just now!  But I can Dream!

My business partner, Shaklee, has a role in the continued success of the Space Program.  Shaklee has been supplying NASA with a special re-hydration product called Astro-Ade.  NASA came to Shaklee in the early 1990’s to  ask for assistance in keeping the astronauts while returning to earth.  Astronauts experience GRS, or General Re-entry Syndrome.  GRS’s symptoms include vertigo, fatigue,gastrointestinal discomfort, disequilibrium and general debilitation occurring during reentry to earth’s atmosphere and immediately after landing. AstroAde was specifically designed by Shaklee in conjunction with NASA scientists to combat this unique set of challenges facing the shuttle astronauts.

As we go about our busy, rushed live, we too face some interesting challenges.  Fast Food has too many calories, too much fat, not enough fresh ingredients, too many processed foods with too many preservatives.  We eat entirely too many processed meals, microwave, pre-packaged food.  We have stressful lives and don’t get enough exercise, good fresh foods and the correct supplements to fill in the blanks in our daily nutrition.

Cinch Snack Bars

Our options for good health increase when we add exercise, good fresh, organic foods and Shaklee Supplements to our daily regimen.  From the Cinch Shakes, Vitalizer (80 Bio-Optimized Vitamins and Minerals)  and Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic I take each morning to the Alfalfa Complex that keeps my sinus happy, to the Cinch Snack bars and Cinch tea that I enjoy mid-afternoon, I have more energy, better blood pressure, better cholesterol and better tri-gylcerides than before I started on Shaklee products many years ago.

I still need to walk more each day and reduce stress of course!  We all need to take better care of ourselves.  So to stay healthy like the Astronauts,  Join me in Shaklee for  better health.

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!

Just how much Protein do We Need?

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Eating Healthy is Our Choice

As we enter the holiday season, we will be presented with many opportunities to eat things that are not healthy for us.  Yes they taste good, but our body does not always need or process these “foods” really well.  We have been talking about Protein in several previous posts and in this post we will get ideas on how much Protein we need each day.

“Although no one-size-fits-all answer exists for that question and research on the topic is still emerging, the current recommended dietary allowance for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day for healthy young adults. That comes to about 62 grams of protein a day for a person who weighs 170 pounds. Although growing children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and older adults may need a little more (1.0–1.3 grams per kilogram of body weight), getting the minimum daily requirement of protein is fairly easy. Cereal with milk for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and a piece of fish with a side of beans for dinner adds up to about 70 grams of protein.

It’s also important to pay attention to what comes along with the protein in your food choices. An eight-ounce broiled porterhouse steak is a great source of complete protein—54 grams worth. But it also delivers 44 grams of fat, 16 of which are saturated. Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol, and high blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, a cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein, but less than one gram of fat.

Vegetable sources of protein, including soy protein beverage mixes, are also an excellent choice and many also provide healthful amounts of other essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The best animal protein choices are fish and poultry. If you are partial to red meat, such as beef, pork, or lamb, stick with the leanest cuts, choose moderate portion sizes, and make it only an occasional part of your diet.”

Have fun during the Holiday Season, celebrate with family and friends and stay healthy at the same time! The choice is yours.  You Deserve Health!

Source:  Health Sciences Bulletin from Shaklee Corp.  2009

Protein and Weight Management

In our continuing study of the impact of Protein on our health we have learned that Protein is necessary since high-quality proteins provide enough of all the essential amino acids needed to support the body’s work. Lower quality proteins add these necessary building blocks for health.

“When most of us think about the health benefits of dietary protein, its role in bodybuilding comes to mind. No new body tissue can be built without it. However, research also suggests that the intake of high-quality protein in the context of an overall healthful diet may also have positive effects on our body weight and body composition as we age, as well as play a role in the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis.

Weight Management: Studies have shown that achieving a healthy weight and maintaining that weight can help add years to your life, and scientists believe that dietary protein may play an important role in weight management. High-protein diets may promote significantly more weight loss compared to lower protein diets because of protein’s role in promoting satiety. In a fairly recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers studied the effects of increasing dietary protein while maintaining carbohydrate content on weight loss, appetite, calorie intake, and fat mass in a small group of study participants.  Initially, participants were instructed to follow a weight-maintaining diet (50% carbohydrate, 15% protein, 35% fat) for two weeks. Then for the following two weeks, they were asked to follow a diet providing the same amount of calories but with 50% of calories coming from carbohydrate, 30% from protein, and 20% from fat. Two weeks later, they were given an ad libitum diet of 50% carbohydrate, 30% protein, and 20% fat to follow for an additional 12 weeks. Even though subjects could eat as much food as they wanted in those 12 weeks, they actually reduced their calorie intake by an average of 441 calories per day. They also lost an average of 10.8 pounds in body weight and 8.2 pounds of body fat.”

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

This is all good news to those of us who are concerned with our weight and want to have a positive impact on our continuing health.   Stay Well!

Green Tip$ for You and the Planet

Now that Spring is here we can open our windows and let the fresh air into our homes. We turn to thoughts and actions of cleaning and refreshing our homes and lives in preparation for a long summer.  The economy is helping us focus our attentions closer to home now, with thoughts of how to now only save our planet but ours budget too. The great thing is we can accomplish both!

Here are a few simple tips for saving money and the environment at the same time while not affecting our quality of life.

  1. One easy thing to do is to unplug your gadgets while not using them. Chargers use pfountain-and-lights-2x2ower even when not being used, so unplug your laptop, iPod, MP3 and cell phone chargers when not in use. Now that doesn’t hurt at all!
  2. Of course we all know to replace our usual light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CPL). According to Popular Mechanics Magazine, CFLs require about 25% of the power that incandescent light bulbs use for the same amount of light. So cut your power bill without cutting your light.
  3. Do you listen to the water run while you are brushing your teeth? It is like a brushing song, the sound of running water! So next time your brush, turn off the water while you brush. Simple and saves your money too.
  4. Put a barrel under one or more of your downspouts to collect rainwater to water your garden. Fresh rainwater is better for plants than chlorine laden water from our public water sources. We have done this for the past few years since the South has had such drought problems.
  5. Open windows to allow fresh air to flow when the weather allows rather than use air conditioning.  Fresh air, wonderful and free!

This is just the beginning of the possibilities. There are so many ways we can be environmentally friendly as well as budget friendly. Good for both the planet and your bank account. Now go out and use your own creativity to reuse, renew and recycle.

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