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Archive for August, 2009

Get On The Road To A Healthier Life Part 3

Part 3 Exercise

It is recommended that we get an hour of exercise most days a week. That may sound difficult with the busy lives most of us lead, but we can all do it. You do not need to complete the exercise in one sitting, you can break it up, 30 minutes here, 15 there and another 15 there. Also you don’t have to think of it like you must go to the gym and do an exercise program or go running. There are many things you can do to get your exercise.

  • Walk the dog
  • Take the stairs
  • Take a hike in the woods
  • Join a yoga class
  • Go for a swim
  • Make your own plan at home

You can create your own way of getting your hour most days a week, choose something that you enjoy make it a fun part of your day. There are so many things you can do right at home. There is now Wii Fit games, exercise programs on TV, you can get DVD’s to follow along with, or create your own program. You just have to take the time to do it and stay with it, you will feel better.

I have never been one to run until the past month or so and the reason it is working for me now is that I started slow and worked my way into it. Now I look forward to my run, it relieves the stress of the day and I always feel energized when I am done. I also take the dog along so it gets him some exercise which makes the evening a little calmer.

Exercise is Medicine

Get On The Road To A Healthier Life Part 2

Part 2 Weight Management

Did you know that 65% of Americans are overweight or obese and that 300,000 deaths result from obesity each year? Those are some pretty sobering statistics. We as a country need to work together to bring those numbers down and increase the health of the nation.

First thing in weight management that we need to do is break the dieting cycle. Although diets can work for some people the best way to loose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle. You have to commit to making a real change in your life otherwise statistics show you will end up right back where you started or possible worse off.

Some Key Points:

  • Muscle = Metabolism
  • Muscle weighs more then fat, so don’t just rely on the scale
  • Cut Calories and fat
  • Add an exercise routine
  • Join a group for support
  • Start small
  • Keep a journal

Changing your life can sound like a daunting task, but just remember to start small and work your way through. Even little changes are a start to taking off the weight and increasing your health.

Shaklee Independent Distributor

Recently I have taken some time to determine what is most important to me and what I believe in. During that time I began running and trying to eat a healthy well balanced diet. As I started researching more on how to that it came to me that that was it, I want to teach myself and others ways to improve their health along with improving the world around us. I have started doing that by writing this blog and I have now become a Shaklee Independent Distributor. I chose Shaklee for many reasons. First being I believe in their products and all the good they do for the environment.

One of my favorite things Shaklee does is for every distributor kit they send out they plant 5 trees to make up for the carbon emissions caused by creating and shipping the kit. They have planted over 1 million trees!

Shaklee has products to keep your body healthy, your skin healthy, your mind healthy, your children healthy, and your home clean. All the of products have a 100% Money Back Guarantee!


I would have to say my favorite thing is the cleaning products. Click here to learn more about “Get Clean” by Shaklee.

Get On The Road To A Healthier Life Part 1

I am starting a series of blog posts that lay out a path to a healthier life. It will be a 5 part series.

Part 1: Good Nutrition

Part 2: Weight Management

Part 3: Exercise

Part 4: Stress Management

Part 5: Supplementing Your Diet

Today Part 1: Good Nutrition

What kind of diet should we be eat?

  • 5 to 9 Servings of fruits and veggies each day
  • Low Fat (fruits, veggies, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breasts, egg whites)
  • High Fiber (Avocados, apples, kale, sweet potatoes, raspberries)
  • Healthy Proteins (Fish, Poultry, Beans)
  • Avoid process foods

What Not To Eat!

  • Cut out fast food and frozen dinners
  • Limit the junk food snacks…they are full of empty calories
  • No Soda…the typical soda has 140 calories and 9 teaspoons of sugar

More on What our body needs

  • Macronutrients which include healthy proteins, heart healthy fats, and complex carbs
    • Healthy Poteins ( Fish, Poultry, Beans)
    • Omega 3 fatty acid…recommended 2 serving per week
    • Complex Carbs (Whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, beans, oatmeal, bran)
  • Micronutrients which include vitamins and minerals
  • Phytonutrients which are the natural bioactive compound in plants that confer color to fruits and veggies, they are also powerful antioxidants that help to protect the cells of the body from free radicals. An example would be beta-carotene.

Remember that if we just start small makes changes as we go we can all achieve better health through good nutrition.

Nana and Papa’s Story

Nana and PapaNana and Papa are my husband’s grandparents and will celebrate there 68th wedding anniversary this month. Papa is 94 and Nana is 90 and they still live in their own house with just a little help from family and friends. On most summer days you can find Papa out in the yard or in the woods doing some sort of project, probably chopping wood. The other day he told my mom that he has and machine to chop wood for him, but he likes to do some by hand so he can get his exercise for the day.

Nana and Papa live on 90 acres of woods. This spring my husband and I were taking the dogs for a walk a long the trail that goes through the woods when we here someone off in the trees. We walk a little further and see that it is Papa out there chopping up a tree that had fallen over and loading the wood onto his tractor to take back to the house to burn for the winter. Nana herself is also still in great shape for 90 years old. She still cooks dinner and with some help from the family takes care of the house and her bills. She also has a computer and emails with all of her grandkids.

Each Sunday they go to church and Papa teaches bible classes. They are amazing people I enjoy each time my husband and I are able to go spend time with them.

Pretty amazing huh? And what will they tell you has been a major contributor to their health and long live. They take Shaklee Vitamins everyday! At 94 years old Shaklee vitamins are the only thing Papa takes! Papa always says that during the cold and flu season you should take your Shaklee Defend and Resist. This is a major reason why I have done my research and started to use and sell Shaklee myself. I want to be able to live a long healthy life like Nana and Papa!

How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

According to the Indoor Environments Division (IED), pollutant levels  indoors may be 2-5 times higher then outdoors, which is not good for most people because 90% of our life is spent indoors. That sounds a little scary to me.

Where does the pollution come from?

  • Asbestos
  • Biological Pollutants
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products
  • Household Cleaning and Maintenance, Personal Care, or Hobbies
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Pesticides
  • Radon
  • Respirable Particles
  • Secondhand Smoke/Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, and Chimneys

So what can we do?

1. Reduce the products in our home that emit these pollutants. One thing that is easy to get rid of is household cleaning. You can replace these items with organic cleaners.  A wonderful product is the Get Clean products from Shaklee.

2. Bring In the Green. We all know that the plants outdoors clean the air. Well we can do the same thing indoors. Buy some house plants, but do your research first and be sure they are not poisonous if eaten by a pet or a child.

3. Let the Fresh Air In. Open the windows, if the air outside is less polutted then the air inside we want to let that air into our homes.

4. Test Your Home. You can get at home radon tests, if your home is above 4 pCi/L you should take steps to fix the radon gas problem. Click here for more information on radon gas in your home.

Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches

A great dinner sandwhich. This Recipe is based on cooking for 2.

2 Large Portobello Mushroom Caps

Olive Oil

Minced Garlic

Fresh Basil


Low Fat Cream Cheese

Focaccia Bread

Your favorite sandwich toppings (I use Red Onions, Romain Lettuce, Tomatoes)

For the mushrooms combine 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil, about 3 leaves of basil chopped, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic in a small bowl. Wash the mushrooms and place on foil (fold the sides of the foil to prevent the oil from spilling out the sides). Spread the mixture over both sides of the mushrooms. Place mushrooms on foil onto the grill. Grill about 5-7 min. per side.

For the spread. Place 3 oz. of cream cheese into a bowl and place in the microwave for about 15 – 25 seconds to soften. Add in a few spinkles of pepper, and three leaves of basil chopped.

Now its time to put these wonderful sandwiches together.

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Organic Vs. Natural

We all see the different things they put on the labels to try to get us to believe we are buying something that is good for us. But what do these labels really mean?

Natural does NOT egual organic!

Natural simply means: Comes from nature, not synthectically produced.The word natural is regulated by the FDA.

Certified Organic: Products must have been grown and processed according to organic standards (federal definition) and must maintain a high level of quality.
To be certified as 100% organic, a product or crop must NOT have been grown with pesticides, utilized genetic modification, used human sludge as fertilizer, or have been irradiated.

Make sure you read the labels carefully so you know what you are putting into your body.

How Much Sugar Are You Consuming?

I got this in an email forward and I think it is awesome!

Someone ought to get an award for this. We know the facts, but this brings perspective quickly, doesn’t it? Each cube is a teaspoonful.