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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Reasons Why You May Have Trouble With Energy & Fatigue


Do you ever experience fatigue & mood swings throughout your day? 
Do you have short periods of energy followed by energy slumps causing sluggishness and lack of focus?

Have you ever thought about what you do throughout the day might contribute to how you feel?

It may have to do with your sugar levels.

I'm not referring to those who are diabetic, but they understand this principal better than the general population. 

The factors are still the same and if you don't get control of your sugar levels now, you may end up having to become an expert in them when you are diagnosed with diabetes later.

Let's look at a typical person's sugar levels throughout the day.

If we were to do a glucose test on you from the time you woke up, throughout the day until you went to bed, it might look something like this picture below:






Looks kind of like a heartbeat, doesn't it?
Up, down. Up, down.

Does it make sense now why you may be experiencing times when you have a bit of energy, but then they are followed by times of extreme fatigue, sluggishness and brain fog?

When we wake up our sugar levels are typically low. We need to replenish our energy stores to get our bodies operating efficiently.

So we eat to get fuel to get moving.

Think about what you eat for breakfast, assuming you even do eat anything.

Do you eat a sugary cereal or one with a lot of starches combined with high amounts of caffeine?

Up goes your sugar - way up.

Then comes mid morning and down it goes. 

So you eat a little snack. 

Maybe a granola bar or a doughnut at the morning meeting. Maybe two doughnuts? Don't forget the extra shots of caffeine.

Back up your sugar goes, but it doesn't last long. You make it till lunch, then eat a burger with some fries and more caffeine and up goes your sugar again.

You may be productive for awhile riding that sugar high, but come around 2:00 down the slide it goes and boy does it crash hard!

So out comes the leftover doughnuts from this morning, or a candy bar from the vending machine and of course more caffeine.

This gets you through until you can eat dinner. 

You may try and include some veggies, thinking you are doing your body good, but chances are you are also having a heavy meat like beef and heavy starches like potatoes.

And guess what you're craving soon after doing the dishes?

Sugar.
Out comes the ice cream.

This may then cause you to have a bit of energy to finish some chores or more typically it causes you to be sluggish, sitting on the couch where you're just trying to get up enough energy to go to bed.

Now, look at this picture below of a person who decides to take a different route to their day.

Their energy levels climb, but not too rapidly and they stay pretty even throughout the day. This means they have more sustained energy and feel better overall.





Would you like to learn more about having a more even sugar climb and find a way to keep it on a gentle curve without wild swings in levels, thereby having more even energy?

It's not too hard, it just takes a bit of planning.

Think of it kind of like a road map. If we were trying to get someplace in an efficient manner, you would want to take the most direct route. You wouldn't want to go way out of your way by 200 miles every few hours.

North 200 miles, South 200 miles. Up, down. Up, down. Get it?
You would want to go more of an even route across, right?

Think of sugar levels the same way. The best way to help them climb efficiently and stay up without huge swings is by eating certain types of food throughout the day.

Don't freak out and think you can never eat a meeting doughnut again, just keep in mind what is going to happen and learn the ways to help offset the damage to help you get back on course.

Take breakfast - the most important meal of the day. 
Our bodies are dehydrated from our overnight fast. Drink a full glass of water upon waking. 
You can add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar or a squeeze of lemon for a great detoxifyer. 
Consider getting a good water filter.

Then eat a breakfast high in protein, but low in fat. This excludes bacon, sausage, etc. Doughnuts? Um yeah, no.

Try a good vegetable soy protein or whey. Smoothies are great for the mornings. They're fast, easy and can be good for you. Just make sure they are the right kind. This is the one we use in our home - Protein Shakes

You can add fruits and even some veggies like raw spinach which has no taste when added to a smoothie.

Watch fruit juices, which can be really high in sugar.

For mid morning snack, try fruit, whole grains and even raw veggies.

For lunch you can do another protein smoothie or a salad with lean protein like chicken. Watch the dressings and toppings, though. Go easy on those bacon bits and try and keep add ons like that down to special days.

For afternoon snack, try and do something similar to your morning snack. Avoid starch laden foods like chips and crackers.

With dinner, add in more veggies and lean protein, but go easy on the starches. It's OK to have some, but just know that starchy foods can raise your sugar levels even higher than sugary foods.

I think it's OK to have a light snack after dinner, but watch the calories and sugar levels. And try and not to eat right before bed, which can cause acid reflux and heartburn.

Now caffeine. While it's perfectly fine to have some coffee and tea throughout your day, if you learn better ways to eat, you won't need as much caffeine to help you get through your day. 
So slowly back off the caffeine until you are consuming lesser amounts.
Caffeine is a short term stimulant and while it does have it's benefits, it can quickly become a problem if you consume too much.

So if you cave and eat three doughnuts during the meeting so you won't tell the boss what you're really thinking of his plan, there is some damage control you can do.

Fiber can become your best friend. Have some fiber tabs handy to help offset the sugar. It helps keep sugar levels more even.

Another set of vitamins that really help with this are the 
B vitamins. They help to pull the energy from the food we eat and help control mood swings. B vitamins are the happy vitamins. 

Water. Drink lots of water with no flavor additives.

Go walk. Walk to that coworker instead of calling or emailing. Go for a walk at lunch - whatever you can do to get your muscles moving to help use up those extra stores of sugar and calories.

So you can still enjoy that piece of cake at your coworker's retirement party because you know of ways to help offset the sugar swings that come with it.

There is another way to help keep your sugar levels throughout the day under control - Exercise. 

Yep, I just went there.

You thought it was just going to be about food didn't you?
Do I really need to go into a long conversation about that? 

Face it, you KNOW you need to exercise regularly. 
So get out there - walk, ride a bike, go to the gym, follow an exercise tape - just do something and get moving!

There you go.
I'm willing to bet that if you try and follow a different road throughout your day your destination will be a healthier, fitter, more pleasant and energized you!

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Be well my friends.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What IS a Working Mom Really Bringing Home?



Below is just an example, but from the feedback I’ve received, it proves to be quite accurate. 

The figures may be conservative - you may make more, but chances are the expenses are more as well.

TYPICAL JOB SCENARIO:

 
Monthly Income: $10/hr X 40 hrs/wk = $1,733/month

If you figure in preparation/travel time...a person working 40 hrs/wk probably uses another 2 hrs/day getting ready and traveling to/from, which makes it 50 hrs/wk.

Child Care: 1 child in full-time daycare at $100/week x 4 wks = $400/month (NOTE: some are in full-time daycare and after-school care) 

Taxes: the average person pays a minimum of 20% of their income in taxes (20% of $1600 = $320/month
 
Gas: this can really vary but today we know it’s a very real expense … let's say 1 tank of gas per week @ $40 = $160/month 

Clothing: professional clothing, uniforms, dry cleaning... $100/month 

Food Costs: eating lunch out, cafeteria, coffee or snack machines – we’ll budget a rather modest $5/day x 5 days/wk = $100/month 

MISC Expenses: housekeeper? summer camps? ...won't put numbers here, but definitely potential for add'l costs.

SUMMARY - $1,733 monthly income less $1,080 expenses = $653 bring-home pay = $4.08/hr (even less when travel/prep time are factored in).


Is $4/hour worth the stress & being away from home 40-50 hours a week? 

Shaklee has been a viable alternative for so many ... where you can work from home, set your own hours, sidestep so many “working” expenses. And you simultaneously benefit from free training, low overhead, reasonable start up costs, great tax advantages ... and more available time to do the things that matter most!


If you want to make a solid determination as to whether or not this is a business for you, then contact me.  
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Key To Success In Losing Weight & Getting Healthier



Many people will spend their last dollar on a miracle weight loss pill.

They will spend half their month’s pay on a diet program with slick advertisements that look like science.

They will give it their all for a couple of weeks or even months then quit as they fall into a state of depression thinking they will never achieve their health goals.

Do you want to know what they all have in common?

They have the desire to achieve a different result, but they didn’t change themselves.

See, in order for things to change, in order for our circumstances to change, in order for our failures to change into successes, we must change.

That’s right, we must change ourselves, our thinking, our actions before anything we set out to achieve.

Until we change our thinking, we will never change our actions.

Until we change our actions, we will never change our circumstances.

Until we change our circumstances, we will never change our lives.

It first starts with what we think about. If we only think about the negative like,

“Don’t eat this or that.”

“Don’t do this or don’t do that.”

“I always cave into my cravings, I never can seem to resist junk food.”

“I’m a stress eater, I always seem to get stressed and blow my diet.”

“My joints hurt and keep me from doing the exercises like I’m supposed to.”

“I always screw up.”

You get the picture.

We should always focus on the positive. We need to talk to ourselves in an encouraging way a lot like you would to a dear friend.

We need to say to ourselves things like,

“I know this time I will succeed in achieving my health goal because I am committed and I have found a sound way to start.”

“I am committed to following a healthy way to lose weight and get healthier.”

“I will reward myself when I make good choices and forgive myself for the times that I don’t. I refuse to feel condemned just because I eat a cookie.”

“I can start by doing light walking. I know that my speed and endurance will build “

“I look forward to how I will feel when I achieve my health goals.”

“I am happy with myself right now and am only looking to improve on what I already have. I refuse to base my self-worth on how I look.”

“I am more than what my scale says. I am more than the size of my clothes. I will remind myself of at least one good thing about me every day. I am my own best friend.” 

"I can do this. I will do this."

Read both sets of sentences out loud. Notice how you feel when you say the negative words to yourself? Do they sound familiar? Do they seem easy to say to yourself?

Now read the encouraging words to yourself. How do you feel? Do you feel good when you read them, but it seems awkward and hard to embrace for yourself?

So what if you feel silly reading the encouraging words to yourself. It only feels strange because you are so used to saying the negative words to yourself.

Start making yourself say the positive words over and over every day and it won’t be long till the right words sound better and come easier than the negative.

What we think and do every day becomes our actions and habits.

We act upon our thoughts. The part of our brains that cause us to take actions take their orders from the parts of our brains that produce our thoughts. They don’t care what the orders are – negative or positive – they just know they must produce the actions that are according to the thoughts produced.

Think negatively – and your brain will make sure you act negatively. The same holds true for positive thoughts – think positively and your brain will say, OK and produce positive actions.

Get the picture?

This can take a little time as new habits need to be developed till the old habits get crowded out, but just like anything else, with practice, deliberate practice, it becomes easier until its second nature or we won’t have to consciously think about thinking that way.

Then naturally our actions will follow. Our actions will automatically reflect our thinking. We start making better choices about everything including our eating and exercising as well as many other life choices.

And guess what? When we change our thinking, then ultimately our actions – we change the way we look.

That’s right, our appearance magically transforms us to reflect what we think and what we do.

It’s not magic really, it’s truth.

We’ve all seen it, we’ve all experienced it and we all know it to be true.

Both positive and negative people can be identified by how they look, how they speak and how they act.

So, back to the original title, “The Key To Success In Losing Weight & Getting Healthier” – it all starts with our thoughts, that lead to our actions, that lead to our lives changing.

It’s up to us it we want that change to be positive change or not.

Remember this quote,

“What you think, you look. What you think, you do. What you think, you are!”
~Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee

Write it out and read it every day. Make a commitment to change you so you can change your weight, your health and ultimately your life!

Be well my friends.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Do You Know What The Most Important Stream Of All Is?

There are some very important "streams" in our world. 
Do you know what is considered one of the most important streams?
Hear what Dr. Shaklee says:

Friday, April 7, 2017



"What do you do?" 
 Do you define yourself with what you do for a living? 
Many people answer the question like, "I'm a teacher." 

"I'm a mechanic." "I'm a mom."
You may or may not love what you do, but do not let your "job" define "who" you are. 
You are much more than what you do every day. 
Much, much more.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This Month's Giveaway Is....


Free sample of Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate multipurpose cleaner!*

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Here is a short video on Basic-H2:





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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sale on Shaklee's Multi's Ends Today!




Good Morning & Happy Friday!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to save money on nutritional products.


Last day to get $5.00 cash back on any Vitalizer and




$2.00 cash back on any Vita-Lea Multivitamin for adults and Incredivites for children.







Also last day to save 10% off Shaklee Life Energizing Shake


Starting today begins our new sales for the month of April and ends April 30, 2017.




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Be well my friends,

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What Do Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure & Diabetes Have In Common?


What do these major health issues have in common? 

They all can come from a lack of sleep.

While talking about sleep may sound boring – enough to put you to sleep - getting enough of it is crucial to good health.

When someone tells me, “All I need is 4-5 hours and I’m good” I’m not impressed. In fact it annoys me, because they think I should be impressed with how late they stay up and still do a day’s work.

I don’t think they’re cool; I think they’re acting stupid, maybe because of a lack of sleep.

Here’s what happens when you don’t get enough sleep:

Lose Your Sex Drive – I thought this first one would get your attention fast. 
Sleep specialists report that those who aren’t getting the recommended hours of restful sleep a night say they have a lower libido and men show a drop in testosterone. So before reaching for some testosterone building pills, maybe you could use more hours snoozing in bed.

Health Problems Start or Get Worse – Not enough sleep increases your chances for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. 
Researchers found that those who reported less than the recommended hours of sleep had more of these health problems. 
The body repairs itself and regenerates while sleeping. Plus, when we don’t get enough rest and we force our bodies to function anyway, we put undo stress upon it. This can lead to poor eating habits, lack of proper exercise, etc., which all can lead to poor health.

You Get Stupid – Lack of sleep really makes you dumb. I don’t say that to be mean, it’s true. 
Sleep plays a critical role in thinking, learning and retaining what you learn. You can’t concentrate, problem solve or reason effectively without sleep. Also, since sleep allows time for our brains to categorize our thoughts and experiences, if you don’t get enough sleep you won’t be able to remember what you learned or experienced.

You Have Accidents – Sleepy drivers on the road are a leading cause of automobile accidents. 
When you are sleep deprived your reactions to an emergency situation unfolding in split seconds on the highway are about as slow as a person who is drunk. 
Lack of sleep is also responsible for many job related accidents. Many workers when being honest admitted they screwed up or got hurt because they just were so tired and weren’t thinking clearly.

You Get Fat – When you don’t sleep enough you tend to overeat and not exercise. We touched on this above, but research backs it up. 
Studies show that when you lack getting the recommended amount of sleep you are 30% more likely to become obese.
Think about it, don’t you reach for the junk food when you’re tired and cranky?

You Look Older – Getting your “beauty sleep” isn’t just a saying, it’s true. 
If you don’t get enough sleep your skin, especially on your face tells the world. 
Lack of sleep is stressful to the body producing the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol breaks down collagen and collagen helps give skin its elasticity. 
Your slumped over, dragging body that’s exhausted also makes you look older.

Depression Creeps In – When you constantly short change yourself on sleep you can get depressed. If you are already battling depression, a lack of sleep can make it much worse. Taking care of yourself is important to beating stress and making sure you are getting enough sleep will help your mood tremendously.

So don’t try and impress me with your attitude of I don’t need sleep, because I’m not buying it.

It also makes me very upset when I see children not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. 
Children’s brains and bodies are growing so fast, their sleep is so very important to their development. 
Instilling good sleeping habits is very important and crucial to children’s health.

So how much sleep is enough?

For the average adult it is 8-9 hours. That’s sleep hours, not laying in bed hours.

For older adults or those who have serious health issues it is closer to the 10 hour mark. Think about it…if your body is fighting a major health issue it needs more nutrients and more restorative sleep to fight that battle every day.

For children it depends upon their age:

1-4 Weeks Old: 15 - 16 hours per day

1-4 Months Old: 14 - 15 hours per day

4-12 Months Old: 14 - 15 hours per day

1-3 Years Old: 12 - 14 hours per day

Naps play an important role in getting these hours all in. Unfortunately around three years old children tend to not want to nap because they're afraid they might miss something! 
That is why early bed times are very important. Instilling these habits now will make it much easier on them as they get older and attend school.

3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per day

7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day – this is the age where I see many children not getting enough. Make sure they have an early enough bed time based on when they have to get up for school that gives them 10 hours of sleep. Stand firm even when they whine!

12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day – though we all know teenagers will sleep much more than that if they can. 
Let them sleep as they may need it. 
Many teens go through major growth periods at this time and will require much more sleep than normal. Just don’t confuse laziness with needing more sleep. If they are sleeping all day because they are staying up late texting friends, then it’s time to set some limits.

Instilling good sleeping habits now will serve them well and help keep them healthy in the future.

Many people may be saying right now, “Well that sounds good, but I suffer with insomnia. That’s why I’m not getting enough sleep”.

Insomnia affects many people and there are just as many causes. They can range from stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, medications taken to chemical imbalances in the brain.

I urge you to seek out methods to help with insomnia starting with natural methods first. 

While medications can help some with short term insomnia, they are not meant to be used long term and I have never met anyone who said it continued to work for them past a certain point. 

What was causing the insomnia in the first place just continued and the medications eventually stopped working or worse, they couldn’t get any sleep without them, but the side effects made life unbearable – causing a terrible spiral downwards in their health.

It's important to get to the root of the problem - find out why you are not sleeping before choosing to medicate. 

We have worked with individuals and have helped them find more natural ways to get more sleep. For most people it was just a matter of making some lifestyle changes that weren’t too hard.

If you are interested in learning natural ways on how to get a better night’s sleep review the articles below and contact us for a free personal consultation. We may be able to help you find what works for you.




Supplements that help promote restful sleep are:

Passion flower, chamomile & valerian – found in Gentle Sleep Complex

Calcium & Magnesium together – found in Chewable Cal Mag Plus

Certain herbs – found in Stress Relief Complex

However, if you take certain medications you cannot take some herbs. Please contact us to see if these products are safe to take with the medications you are currently taking.

Contact us to learn more about finding natural ways to promote restful sleep.

Sweet dreams!


To Be Healthy


* 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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