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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…

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

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.

Alternative Isn’t Always Better
July 15, 2009, 12:27 pm
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sugar Alternative Isn’t Always Better

My latest aggravation in my grocery shopping   experience is *hidden* artificial sweeteners.  Look closely at those items that claim *light* or *no added sugar* and often you’ll find the sweetener sucralose, often by its brand name *Splenda*.  Sometimes the Splenda brand-name symbol adorns the package, other times it may list sucralose in the ingredients.

Splenda’s marketing slogan is deceptive: “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.”  Although Splenda does start off from a sugar molecule, the finished product is far from natural.  Sadly, our short-sightedness when it comes to dieting in this country prevents many people from really investigating what they are consuming, and products with artificial sweeteners are often consumed in high daily quantities.

In a nutshell, Splenda is a synthesized chemical.  A molecule of sugar is chlorinated by removing 3 hydroxyl groups (atoms made up of hydrogen and oxygen) and replaced with 3 chlorine atoms.  This makes Splenda hard for the body to metabolize or digest, and so it is mostly *passed* through one’s system intact.

If you visit the Splenda homepage, you’ll even find the company state: “Although sucralose has a structure like sugar and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural.”  That about does it for me.  Interstingly, there were no long-term studies to determine sucralose’s safety prior to the FDA approving it as a food additive.  Even more interesting is now the herb stevia was just recently approved, even though there was no chemical manipulation to produce it.  How long did people consume saccharin before it was discovered that it carried potential health risks?  Will Spenda see a similar fate in the future?  Only time will tell.

I am a big believer in moderation.  I will use sugar or other natural alternatives instead of artificial sweetners; however, I pick and choose where and how much I consume.

Some safer alternatives:

I previously mentioned stevia.  It is an intensely sweet herb with zero calories.  Last summer we grew a big pot on the deck, and adding fresh sprigs to iced tea, mojitos and other drinks was so refreshing!  You can purchase packets of dried stevia at some stores.  One caveat: stevia doesn’t hold up well in baking.

Agave nectar has 20 calories per teaspoon.  It comes from the blue agave plant, just as tequila does!  It tastes very much like a simple sugar syrup.  It is 75% sweeter than sugar, so you can use less.

Honey also has 20 calories/tsp.  Like agave, it is versatile; plus, it contains antioxidants and enzymes for added benefit.

Maple syrup(pure) has 17 calories per teaspoon.  Another versatile sweetener, it also contains minerals.  Trader Joe’s now has an excellent maple syrup/agave blend that is really good!

Other sweeteners like barley malt powder and brown rice syrup can successfully be used in baking.  They are not as sweet as sugar, but contain some nutrients.  There is an excellent cookbook by Heidi Swanson called “Super Natural Cooking”, which has an entire chapter devoted to natural sugar alternatives and has some interesting recipes.  I highly recommend it for someone looking to expand their cooking horizons while remaining whole-food based.  Also look for Heidi’s website

In the meantime, be vigilant about what you are consuming and read labels carefully.  An informed consumer is a healthier consumer!

HOME BUSINESS OFFERS REFUGE FROM RECESSION Local Entrepreneur Enjoys Flexibility and Financial Stability

Tinley Park, IL. – July 1, 2009 – The latest economic indicators for May bring some hopeful tidings, but also some significant concerns. The U.S. unemployment rate is as high as it has been in 25 years, and there is continued concern about sizable job losses to come. The recession has been a source of severe stress for many throughout the country.

According to the recent Multi-Sponsor Surveys’ 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 49% of employed adults expressed worry about potential job loss, while 32% admitted to “significant” financial troubles.

But amid numerous reports of havoc and despair created by the current economic climate, Lisa Hummitsch, a local small-business entrepreneur here in Tinley Park, reports a very different experience during this recession.

“If it weren’t for the additional income my health-and-wellness business generates, I think my family would probably be in a very different place,” says Hummitsch, who operates a Shaklee business out of her home.

“My business helps us not only continue to pay the bills on time, but it also generates additional income which we save to have on hand for unexpected situations, or use when we want to do something special, like take a trip, buy a new car, or remodel the kitchen—things that would otherwise be outside of our budget.”

Hummitsch credits her home business for helping to alleviate much of her family’s stress and says her business has eased financial concerns while providing flexibility—qualities that can insulate a family from the changing tides of the economy. Most people who run a business from home work only part time, so there’s freedom to plan business activities around the busy schedule of a young family.

“When I began my business,” says Hummitsch, “it was on a very part-time basis.  Since I started, I’ve increased the amount of time I spend working with it. Using the Internet and communicating my business online makes my work much more efficient and flexible at the same time, making it possible for me to work on my business pretty much whenever I have downtime from my other responsibilities.  Plus, it was easy and inexpensive to get started, and there’s no need to make space in our home for any inventory since the company ships directly to my customers.”

Home businesses have drawn considerable interest from people who may be having a difficult time finding employment and from those looking for an income opportunity that also resonates with their personal beliefs—characteristics that most jobs likely do not offer.

“Because I recommend products that help people to be healthier, that help our environment to be cleaner, and for homes to be safer, I feel good about what I do. And because I also offer the chance for other people to do what I’m doing—to achieve independence in a way they may not have thought possible—there’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I can help make a real difference for people looking for extra income right now.”

According to the 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 60% of adults are now interested in operating a home business in response to the economic downturn.

“To me, there’s a great sense of security knowing that my business is backed by a company that has a proven track record and more than 50 years of experience giving people the means to thrive, even during the most difficult economic times,” says Hummitsch. “Shaklee has grown during each of the prior recessions since it was founded in 1956.”

For more information about Shaklee, please visit www.

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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. Through Social Marketing™, Shaklee offers an economic opportunity to anyone regardless of background or experience, and has paid more than $4 billion in commissions to its independent distributors worldwide. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit


Shaklee Corporation Research Suggests an Important Role of Vitamin D for Supporting Cardiovascular Health

PLEASANTON, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Research supported by Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., shows that a lower blood vitamin D level is associated with metabolic syndrome and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study results were presented at the National Lipid Association Annual Scientific Sessions in Miami, Florida and suggest an important role of vitamin D nutrition for maintaining cardiovascular health.

“I am so proud to be associated with a company whose heritage has always been about improving people’s health and well-being.  It’s very exciting that Shaklee has helped to bring this important research to the world,”  says Independent Shaklee Distributor, Lisa Hummitsch. “The findings may have significant public health implications related to new understanding about benefits related to vitamin D supplementation,” adds Hummitsch.

In this study, intake of vitamin D from dietary supplements was strongly linked with vitamin D levels in the blood.  The greater the intake of vitamin D from dietary supplements, the higher the amount of vitamin D found in the blood.  More importantly, as vitamin D intakes increased, HDL cholesterol (or “good cholesterol”) levels increased as well.  Future research is needed to determine if vitamin D from dietary supplements can lower risk levels for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

“Our next study, which is already underway, is intended to confirm causality by showing that vitamin D supplementation improves cardiovascular risk factors,” says Dr. Jamie McManus M.D., Chairman of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education, Shaklee Corporation.

Kevin C. Maki, PhD, the study’s Principal Investigator and the Chief Science Officer of Provident Clinical Research, Glen Ellyn, IL, says, “Results from population studies suggest that a low serum vitamin D concentration is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular mortality, but this is the first study to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D status and cardiovascular risk factors in a group that includes a large number of vitamin D supplement users.”  He continues, “Additional research is warranted to assess whether increasing vitamin D intake will improve the metabolic cardiovascular risk factor profile.”

For more information, contact Lisa Hummitsch of Health By Nature in Tinley Park at

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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 over 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit