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Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Shake



Spice Up Your Holidays with a Pumpkin Spice Shake

Love pumpkin pie, but still want to stick to your goals over the holidays? 
Try this Pumpkin Spice Shaklee Life Shake recipe to add some variety to your shake. 
It tastes just like pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Spice
Makes 1 serving
8 oz. nonfat milk (low fat soy milk can also be used)
2 tbsp. canned pumpkin
½ tsp. pumpkin spice
Dash vanilla extract
Dash cinnamon
Ice (as needed)
Mix all ingredients together in a blend and mix until frothy. Enjoy!
Calories: 276, 24 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 8 g fiber

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shaklee Cleaners - 1 / Oil - 0


We have a car trailer that we use to haul our cars when we race.
On a trip home late one night the oil cooler on our tow vehicle blew a line shooting diesel oil all over the side of the truck and all over our white trailer.

If you have ever seen diesel oil, then you know just how nasty it is.

You can buy a special trailer wash designed to get a white trailer white again since they tend to "grey" over time. That will get the oil off, but unfortunately it will take off some of the paint, too. You can see that the dangerous chemicals remove the paint along with the grime because when you rinse it off, the water turns the color of the paint. Not good for the surface for sure.

I was determined to try my beloved Shaklee Get Clean line and low and behold - they worked fabulous! You can see the four panels that I cleaned and the remaining where I hadn't yet.

My husband who was so skeptical, couldn't believe it!




So the next time life literally "throws" a nasty, dirty mess your way - you can safely and effectively clean it up and save money in the process!

I used these two products:

Basic-H

Scour Off (Note: Be sure to use caution with Scour Off on painted surfaces. Contact me to learn how I used it  - I will be happy to share.)


To find all of Shaklee's safe, non-toxic, biodegradable and awesome cleaners, click here:





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Automatic Dishwashing Powder & Babies - A Deadly Combination

Automatic Dishwashing Powder - 

Warning! Strong eye & skin irritant. Can burn throat. Contains corrosive bleach that can burn mouth and throat.

Repeated or prolonged exposure to vapors or dust can cause irritation of the lungs, central nervous system disorders and even death.

Most common poisoning among children.

Many children have died from eating the little candy looking detergent pods or consuming the powder.

Scared yet? I would be.

The powder and liquids used in dishwashers account for some of the most common poisonings of children.

Picture this: 

You’re a mom, tired from working all day. As you are cleaning up from dinner, you have one child asking you for help with homework, your husband is asking where his favorite shirt is, the dog is barking, the clothes washer sounds off balance and your toddler is tugging at your leg while you are loading the dishwasher.

Sound like a typical evening in the kitchen for you?

You have the dishwasher all loaded, have the detergent in and the rinse aid filled. Then at that moment your older child knocks over a glass of milk all over her homework. You don’t shut the dishwasher door as you rush over with a dish towel trying to clean it up and trying to keep from blowing your top – let’s face it life can be hectic!

As you settle your older child down, wipe up the milk and help her with that math problem, you hear a scream.

Your toddler is standing at the open dishwasher door, detergent powder and rinse aid all over his mouth and fingers. The chemicals are burning his lips, mouth, tongue and throat and he is wheezing for air.

You scream for your husband. By the time he gets down the stairs full panic has set in. He’s screaming, “What happened?!” You are frantically looking for your phone to call 911 with your toddler in your arms.

You are sobbing on the phone to the 911 operator and what may only take minutes seems like hours for the EMT’s to arrive. By this time your precious little one’s lips and mouth are blistering and he is barely breathing.

Then begins the long ride to the ER, the agonizing wait at the hospital to see if your baby is even going to survive. 

IF, yes I said if, he does survive you could be looking at multiple surgeries, agonizing pain for him and possible permanent damage to his mouth and esophagus.

You are racked with guilt. You only turned away for a minute. It wasn’t your fault, but those words are little comfort as you run that scene over and over in your mind.

This may not be you personally, but it has been some mother at one time and sadly, many others.

I tell you this story, not to upset you, not to make you feel bad about the brands you buy, but to make you aware of the dangers these products can do.

The dangers are very real. And we all love our children and want to keep them safe. It’s just many families are unaware of the dangers is all.

I love my dishwasher. As a busy mom, I don’t want to stand and do dishes by hand, though there are times I do. I love to be able to throw the dishes in the dishwasher, slam the door, hit a button and they disappear for a while.

We decided a while back to make sure the product we used was safe. Safe first of all for our child, safe for the nosy dog who likes to come over and “help” with cleaning the plates once loaded in the dishwasher, and we wanted to not pollute the environment.

We also didn’t want it to cost more. Is there such a brand?

Yes there is and it’s called Shaklee. I know I am risking at sounding like a commercial here. I just want to share with you why I trust them in my home.

Shaklee’s commitment to safety and the environment goes back 100 years with the first multivitamin and they had the first biodegradable cleaning product produced in 1960. 

Shaklee has a long heritage of safety first. Safety for all – people, pets & Earth.

I trust them and they work. Plus, they actually save us a ton of money compared to the store brands. I love their Automatic Dishwashing Powder as I actually use a fraction of the amount compared to “filling up” the cup with the store brands. A little goes a very long way with Shaklee. My Shaklee dishwashing powder lasts me about 4 months and that’s doing a full load every day!

They are so worth trying. Please consider trying Shaklee’s Automatic Dishwashing Powder.

 See below for a list of features or just click the link.

So, the next time you do dishes, think about the product you are pouring into your dishwasher cup and think about the mom waiting in the ER for news of her precious little one who just accidentally ate some of that powder.

There are safer alternatives. Please consider using them.

Thank you.

Julie

For more information about the dishwashing powder we use or to purchase it:


Features: 

  • The deep, enzyme-activated cleaning power gently removes tough stains, leaving dishes and glasses sparkling clean.
  • Super concentrated – cleans 48 loads – just 2 teaspoons in each dispenser cup.
  • No pre-rinsing needed – Removes dried on food and tough stains, so they don’t get stuck on.
  • Dissolves quickly and completely, getting to work straight away.
  • Absolutely no chlorine and no fragrances, which can pollute the air that you breathe.
  • Comes in a handy resealable pouch with measuring scoop

Clean Credentials
  • Natural
  • Concentrated
  • Biodegradable Surfactants
  • No phosphates
  • No chlorine


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Disinfecting Wipes


Here is a great tip to help ward off the cold and flu viruses this year.

Shopping cart handles can be pretty nasty and most of us like to wipe the handles down with a disinfecting wipe. 

I often notice the stores will be out of the wipes they provide and I’ve also noticed they don’t do such a good job of cleaning.

I put several of the wipes we use in a Ziploc type baggie to throw in my purse. I use these to wipe down the shopping cart handles. I just pull one out of my purse as I walk up to the carts.

I like to have disinfecting wipes in my car to clean off the steering wheel, handles, radio knobs, etc. every now and then, too, especially if we just walked out of a store and my kids have touched every toy and item in the store.

Don't you just love it when you see your kids handle all the toys in the store, then stick their fingers in their mouths?
Ugh!

We use Shaklee’s Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes and we use them on everything, phones, doorknobs, handles, you name it.

I love these and I’ll tell you why I trust these wipes over the Clorox brand!

They not only disinfect much better and the disinfecting power lasts longer than bleach wipes, they also clean better than the bleach wipes!

I noticed when I used the Clorox wipes on shopping carts the grocery stores provide, they get the handle wet, but the handle still seems dirty. Plus, I notice the wipe itself is still white after wiping the surfaces down.

Did it really clean?

When I use the Shaklee’s Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes, I notice the surface seems cleaner and the wipe is black from the dirt and grime it just cleaned off.

Wow! It really lifted the dirt off and you can almost hear the germs dying a quick death.

I also like Shaklee’s Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes because they are safer to use. 

They are less toxic so kids can use them and they don’t pollute the environment. The material is also biodegradable and can be thrown into the recycling bin.

Since it has better cleaning and disinfecting powers than the Clorox wipes do, they are great for classrooms and offices.

Before I was able to work from home I used them to clean off my desk phone at work. Not much is yuckier than coming back from lunch and seeing a co-worker who has been sneezing and hacking all day sitting at your desk using your phone and pens! Yuck! 

So I always had some in my desk and I made it a point to let them know I was getting rid of their cuties! LOL!

They make great teacher and co-worker gifts. ;) hint, hint.

To help stay healthy this year, do what our family does, carry Shaklee’s Germ Off DisinfectingWipes with you everywhere. You just never know when they will come in handy. 

Julie

You can find the wipes we use here: 



Friday, October 16, 2015

What Dangers Are Around Your Baby?


When you have a new baby in the house or your baby is just starting to be mobile, what are some of the things you do to make their home safe?
  • Car seats
  • Baby gates
  • Outlet covers
  • Cabinet locks

These are just a few items. There are many safety items for baby out there as you know and as a conscientious parent, you try and make your baby’s environment as safe as you can.

And you would never dream of spraying a chemical like a bleach cleaner or air freshener “on” your baby’s skin or around your baby laying on the floor.

Yet, what do most of us do when baby goes to bed?

We get those same chemicals out and spray them all over the baby’s environment… the high chair tray they eat off of, the floor they crawl on, the air they breathe – it doesn’t make any sense.

These chemicals are proven to cause, organ damage, brain damage, allergies, asthma, eczema, behavior problems and more.

Again, it makes no sense to use dangerous products that cause more harm than the dirt they are supposed to be removing.

It is time to stop poisoning your baby’s environment and exchange the toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.

We have those safer alternatives and we can actually SAVE you money as well. We save the average family $300-$400 a year off their grocery bill by switching to safer cleaners and laundry products.

And we guarantee these safe products will work as good and more often, better than the toxic brands!

Please contact us to learn how to save money and your children’s health all at the same time.

You can also visit our website to learn more: ToBeHealthy.MyShaklee.com/HealthyHome


Thursday, October 15, 2015

GLA May Help Prevent Weight Regain



It is clear from multiple studies that essential fatty acid distribution in obese and overweight persons is different than their lean counterparts. This study was designed to determine whether supplementing with Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) following weight loss would impact future weight gain.

(See below this article for link to full study)

The studies discovered that supplementing participants, who were previously obese, with 890 milligrams a day of GLA did have an effect on preventing future weight gain. The authors noted it took nine months for this effect to be noticed, suggesting that it takes a while for GLA to be incorporated into the cells of the body.

What is GLA?

GLA, or gamma-linolenic acid, is an omega-6 fatty acid that our bodies use to form prostaglandins: potent, hormone-like substances that help the body regulate many normal body functions such as blood thickness, skin and joint health, cholesterol levels, dilation and constriction of blood vessels, inflammation, and more. 

While GLA is mostly known because it’s helpful to women in maintaining well-being during the menstrual cycle, it has a multitude of benefits for both men and women. 

Your body is normally able to produce GLA from the essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), which is widely available in the typical American diet from such sources as safflower, sunflower, corn, grape, and sesame oils. 

However, many people are deficient in GLA because the conversion of LA to GLA can be blocked or impeded by numerous factors. These include: excessive cholesterol intake from diets rich in meat, eggs, and dairy products; excessive intake of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats; excessive alcohol consumption; aging; zinc deficiency; viral infections; diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions; and high sugar consumption. 

To circumvent any of these blockages, supplementation with GLA certainly makes sense. 

Where can I get GLA?

GLA is most commonly produced from evening primrose or borage seed oils. 

We recommend Shaklee's GLA Complex.

Key ingredients in GLA Complex help:
  • Regulate many normal bodily functions*
  • Protect arterial walls*
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), omega-6 fatty acid, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E are combined in this unique formulation to help promote a sense of well-being throughout a woman’s monthly cycle.
Shaklee uses borage seed oil as its source because it has a higher concentration of GLA than evening primrose oil, which means less oil (and fewer calories) is needed to provide an effective daily dosage. 

Find Shaklee's GLA here: GLA Complex

If you would like more information on this or other Shaklee items, please contact us to set up your free personal consultation. 

You can also visit our website: ToBeHealthy.MyShaklee.com

You can read a full study here: Gamma-linolenate reduces weight regain in formerly obese humans.
Authors: Schirmer MA, Phinney SD. J Nutr. 2007 Jun;137(6):1430-5.
PubMed Citation PMID: 17513402.


* 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.



Friday, October 9, 2015

Uncovering the Ideal Formula for Rehydration


When we work hard we dehydrate. Finding the best way to re-hydrate, especially if you are an athlete or an astronaut is extremely important.

If we are dehydrated, we can't perform at our best. Even if you are not an athlete, you still need to rehydrate efficiently to keep your energy level up and don't experience things like backaches, headaches, fuzzy thinking, fatigue, etc, which are all symptoms of dehydration.

NASA knew it was crucial to find the best rehydration drink for their astronauts during re-entry.

One study done,
 Vascular Uptake of Rehydration Fluids in Hypohydrated Men atRest and Exercise (Click link to read full study) addressed this problem.

Why was this study done?

Astronauts commonly experience dehydration during long flights. It is important to understand the role of rehydration formulas and their ability to prevent dehydration (maintenance of plasma volume). This study was designed to better understand the role of differing concentrations of rehydration formulas on dehydrated subjects.

What did the study find?

The rehydration formulas that contained similar sodium concentrations to blood plasma (isotonic concentrations) were the most successful at returning plasma volume to normal levels following dehydration.

Did you know that Shaklee for decades has worked with NASA and they developed a rehydration drink for astronauts to use during this re-entry?

You can also obtain this same rehydration drink. It is called Shaklee Performance. You can find it here along with other sports nutrition products that many Olympic athletes use: 
Shaklee Sports Nutrition™

If you want to talk more about Sports Nutrition, contact me, I will be happy to help.
 

#sports
 #performance #dehydration #rehydration #astronauts #sportsnutrition

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Study Finds Fish Oil Helps with Asthma & Inflammation


This study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Asthma is one of the more common childhood conditions and effects around eight percent of adults. The prevalence has been increasing since the 1980s. This study was designed to help understand the connection between omega 3 supplementation, inflammatory markers, and asthma symptoms.

What did the study find?


Supplementing with omega-3 fish oils, in a two to one (omega 3/omega6) ratio reduced inflammatory markers (leukotrienes) and symptoms in most, but not all, asthmatic participants in the study.


The news that Asthma may be helped with fish oils, I did not know, so this is encouraging news. 

I do know from my own experience and from hearing from countless others that fish oil helps with the inflammation and pain from arthritis and other joint pain and swelling.

Message me for more information on fish oil, which is the safe one to take and what to avoid.

You can also check out the fish oil I recommend, OmegaGuard

Click this link to read the whole study: Omega-3 Fish Oils, Inflammation, and Asthma Study

#asthma #inflammation #fishoil #omega3 #healthstudies #shaklee

Friday, October 2, 2015

Healthy Pina Colada Shake Recipe



Pina Colada Shake - just in time for the weekend!

Makes 1 serving

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake

8 oz. nonfat milk (low-fat soy milk can also be used)

1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple

1/2 tsp. coconut extract

Ice (as needed)

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until creamy.

297 calories, 24 g protein
41 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 7 g fiber


in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry & Cafe Latte flavors 


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