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Planning Can Help Your Weight Loss Success!
January 2, 2014, 8:42 am
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ImageOne key component to a successful weight loss plan is planning ahead.  Have you ever had that “what am I going to make for dinner” moment as you stare blankly into the random contents of the fridge or pantry?  Those moments can sabotage a weight loss plan-grabbing convenience items or ordering in are common solutions in such cases.  By sitting down for 45 mins. to an hour at the start of your week, and taking 10 minutes at the start of each day to determine exactly what will be going into your mouth that day, you will be taking the guesswork out of your meals & snacks, and ensure that you can stick to your plan.  Once it becomes your “routine”, there’s nothing to it!

1) Meal plan-I will go more into detail with my meal planning strategies next blog entry. Plan out what dinners you will prepare for the week.  Meal planning makes it easier to use fresh, healthy ingredients and not reach for convenience items or fast food.

2) Log your entire day’s worth of food first thing in the morning-Using the Shaklee180 app or a page like, enter in every single thing you will consume that day.  Print it out or write it out and stick with it. You’d be surprised how much a nibble here and a bite there can add up.  As a busy mom, I would often graze on my children’s snacks, popping those last 2 chicken nuggets in my mouth as I clean up from lunch, or polishing off those last few spoonfuls of pasta that were left behind when the kids were through. Enter those bites into a meal log and watch your calories add up!

Logging ahead of time keeps you accountable. It helps you stay on track and within your recommended calorie intake. If you are going to be away from home for lunch, or snack time, bring everything you need so you don’t end up “grabbing something quick”.

It is important to reach your calorie goals and not get too FEW calories, either.  Sometimes after I’ve logged my calories for the day (I’m on a 1500-calorie plan), I realize I have too few calories and need to incorporate another healthy snack or an extra serving of fruits or vegetables. Planning ahead removes all the guesswork and gets you closer to your weight loss goals!

June is Men’s Health Month
June 4, 2010, 7:40 am
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This month we’ll be addressing health issues associated with men.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated that men who consumed high amounts of red meat, as well as processed meats and grilled or barbecued meats have a higher risk for developing advanced prostate cancer.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute tracked approximately 175,000 men aged 50 to 71 in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study for nine years. The risk of advanced prostate cancer was roughly 30 percent higher in those who reported eating the most red meat (about 5 ounces a day) than in those who ate the least (less than 1 ounce). The risk was also about 30 percent higher in those who ate the most processed meat (about 2 ounces a day) than in those who ate the least (little or none). And the risk was about 30 percent higher in those who consumed the most iron from meat, the most benzo[a]pyrene (found in grilled or barbecued meat), or the most nitrates or nitrites (which are added to processed meats).

Additional studies suggest high meat consumption also raises the risk of  heart disease and diabetes. Making good lifestyle changes early on can help up the odds of preventing such diseases.  Choose nitrate- and nitrite free meats when available, and limit consumption of red meat.  A plant-based diet is still the best diet, so go heavy on the fruits and vegetables.  Our choices today are already shaping our tomorrow…

More Love For Scour-Off!!!
April 14, 2010, 12:29 pm
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In an earlier blog post, I showed the amazing power of Scour-Off, which I used to clean the inside of my oven.

Last week, I decided to try it out on something else: my kitchen grout.

Who knew the grout was supposed to be white???  Ever since we lived here, the ceramic tiles were surrounded by dark lines, which I assumed was normal.

Last week my sister asked me to get her some Scour Off.  Ironically, she had just spend a boatload of time and energy cleaning her kitchen grout with a baking soda paste.  She knows I find bleach products to be the devil, and besides, she wanted something non-toxic for the safety of her cats.  I told her next time to try the Scour-Off, then went off to try it out myself.

Can you tell which tiles were cleaned with Scour-Off?

I can tell you it took very little elbow grease to get it this clean; all you need is a small amount of the paste (which looks red from cherry pits and smells delish!) and some water (or a sprayer with Basic-H2) to get a clean this good.

I have used Scour-Off to get permanent marker out of wood, wine and Kool-Aid stains off my formica counters, cleaned my bathtub and shower stall, and get marks off walls.  It is so powerful, Jacques Cousteau had used it on his boat decks for the Wild Dolphin Project, and because it is biodegradable and non-toxic, it was not harmful to ocean life.

Start greening your household and replace your abrasive cleaners and bleach products with Scour-Off-one step to creating a healthier home environment!

April 13, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Shaklee Independent Distributors reach out to help build greener communities in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®

PLEASANTON, Calif. – (April 13, 2010) – Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., will be hosting hundreds of events throughout the United States and Canada to help promote environmental responsibility in honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. These events, led by Shaklee Independent Distributors, will range from tree-planting activities to eco-fairs and informational meetings.

In addition to celebrating Earth Day, Shaklee also will be celebrating a significant milestone of its own—the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable surfactant cleaners in the world. In honor of the anniversary, bottles of Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate—an updated and more concentrated edition of Basic-H—will feature a commemorative seal for a limited time only. Basic H2, the flagship product of the Shaklee Get Clean® household line, provides a super-safe, really powerful, doubly-concentrated clean with thousands of uses. This phosphate-free formula is also concentrated, so it saves money and helps reduce waste compared to ready-to-use cleaners. In fact, the number of Basic H2 bottles sold last year contained the same amount of clean as nearly 1.7 million  26-ounce bottles of conventional, ready-to-use window cleaner—that’s enough bottles to wrap around the earth 11.4 times. Through sales of Basic H2, combined with last year’s sales of Get Clean Starter Kits, Shaklee saved 71 million pounds of greenhouse gases and 31 million pounds of packaging waste.

“There’s only one earth and we have to do all we can to protect it,” says Shaklee Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger Barnett. “That goes beyond reducing and recycling. It means reconsidering our options and changing the way we do things. It could be biking to work, using energy-efficient light bulbs, or switching to environment-friendly household cleaning products. If we all make a conscious effort to preserve the planet, imagine the difference we can make.”

The environmental heritage of Shaklee dates back more than 50 years—before Earth Day was established. The company was the first in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified in 2000, and was recently recognized as an Industry Innovator by the nonprofit group Climate Counts. In 2006, Shaklee initiated a nationwide campaign called A Million Trees. A Million Dreams.™ in collaboration with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. As part of the campaign, Shaklee Distributors set out to plant a million trees throughout the U.S.; the millionth tree was planted on Earth Day 2009 at the company’s headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif.

For more information, contact Shaklee Independent Distributor Lisa Hummitsch at Use the *contact* me link on the page.


About Shaklee Corporation

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 1.25 million Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit

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April 12, 2010, 1:32 pm
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Low Levels of Vitamin D found in Many Americans
September 23, 2009, 12:09 pm
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Recent research has found at least 70% of American children are extrememly low of vitamin D, and in fact 50-75% of ALL Americans do not get enough of this crucial nutrient.

Low vitamin D has long been associated with bone problems such as osteoporosis and rickets, but newer research is now indicating a link with several cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and even conditions like infertility, memory loss and weight.

In keeping with the latest research findings,  Shaklee has increased the amount of vitamin D present in its Vita-Lea multivitamins, including Vitalizer and the children’s chewable Incredivites.  Since many Americans only get a fraction of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D through food, it is all the more important to make up the difference through supplementation.

Preventive Measures Increase as Healthcare Costs Increase
July 29, 2009, 2:37 pm
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Despite recent economic woes, sales of vitamins and nutritional supplements have increased.  For many people, a trip to the doctor or filling a prescription is too costly.  So, consumers are turning to preventive measures to keep themselves healthy.  It has been said that for every $1 spent on supplements, one is saving approximately $28 in healthcare costs down the road–no small change, for sure!

Not too long ago, the Washington Post reported on dietician Danielle Omar, who was attempting to create a diet that met the government guidelines for daily nutritional standards, without the aid of a daily multivitamin.  When all was said and done, Omar concluded that supplementation is wise.

For one thing, our food supply is not as nutritionally dense as it was several decades ago.  In an era of convenience, people turn to more prepared  items and processed foods.  Even our fruits & vegetables contain less nutrients than before, due in part to a decrease in soil quality and agricultural practices.  The best insurance to getting adequate nutrients and minerals is a balanced diet partnered with a quality food-based multi.

Not All Multis Are Equal!

If you take vitamins, have you ever given much thought to what goes in to them, or  how they are manufactured?

There are 3 types of vitamins.  The first are test tube or synthetic vitamins, typically found in the drug store aisle.  These are man-made, contain inorganic substances, have no enzymes, and may even contain stimulants or cause side effects. (Doesn’t sound like something I want to put in my body!)

The second category are formed with isolates or extracts, often found in a health food store.  Though weak, these contain some enzymes.  However, they may also use chemical or heat extraction methods, which degrade the quality of the nutrients.  They do contain organic substances, though generally low quality raw materials.  They often still contain harsh binders and fillers.  Labeling can be misleading: these types of supplements need only contain 10% of natural ingredients to be classified as containing *natural ingredients*!

The third category is the most beneficial, because the nutrients are in a natural or unaltered state. They present a strong enzymatic action, and are produced via a low heat and low pressure process.  The organic substances used are of the highest quality raw materials, and because they are as close to nature as possible, they feed and improve cell health.

The previous 2 categories of vitamins are classified by the USFDA as *drugs*; whole food supplements are classified as *food*.  Now which type do you think the body better processes:  synthetic nutrients created in a laboratory, or whole food nutrients?  The answer should be obvious!

Many brands of multis will also skimp on the more *expensive* vitamins, like the B vitamins biotin and folic acid.  In fact, when I looked at the majority of multi labels in the drug store, all but one contained 10% of the DV for biotin, which is a catalyst for energy production!

In 2002, the American Medical Association revised its position on multivitamins.  Previously they maintained that having a balanced healthy diet was enough to consume adequate daily nutrients and minerals.  They now state that regardless of age, health concerns or activity, everyone should take a multivitamin.

In addition to that multi, there are times when additional supplementation may be necessary.  We are often deficient in one area or another.  For a free self-assessment to determine where to start supplementing, send an email to with *wellness profile* in the subject field.