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Archive for April, 2014

Did you know that one in four Americans have allergies? This year is expected to be worse because of the extremely cold winter and more flowers will be ready to blossom with all their glory (pollen). It is so pretty and so problematic at the same time for so many!

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Instead of keeping a cabinet full of decongestants that keep you groggy with watery eyes and nose, why not try a different “Fresh” Approach?

I once had a client who was in her 30s’ and was experiencing allergies all year long. It was the worst in the fall and spring. Her eyes were watery and itchy, she had a runny nose and she was tired and irritable from the allergy meds she was taking. Needless to say, she was not a happy camper!

In the book Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis, he says that being sick is as simple as cells malfunctioning from one of two causes:

  • Lack of nutrients
  • Exposure to toxins

With this in mind, my approach with my client was three-fold:

  1. Rebuild the immune system
  2. Restore the digestive tract
  3. Remove toxins from the home environment

1. Rebuild the immune system with supplements that support it: NutriFeron, Vitamin C, D3, Alfalfa, B-ComplexOmegaGuard (for wheezing). Avoid sugar, wheat and dairy. Add 6-9 servings of vegetables per day. Also check out Immune Support  and Essential Nutrition!

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2. Restore your digestive tract. Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your gut? Providing your gut with the correct bacteria to fight off the “bad” bacteria is essential to get the immune system working properly. My client noticed she was not getting sinus infections in the first month! Check out options for Digestive Health.

3. Remove toxins in the household. This includes home cleaners, laundry products and dish washing agents.  Shaklee’s Get Clean line is:

  • Non toxic
  • Leaves no harmful residues
  • Safe around children, animals and sensitive adults
  • Biodegradable
  • Outperforms other brands
  • VERY COST EFFECTIVE

Within a month my client was feeling fantastic! She felt energetic, alive and could finally wear eye makeup again. She even lost 7 pounds without even dieting! That was 20 years ago, she is still using the products and calls me for a consultation twice a year to see what proactive things she can do at this time.

If allergies are a concern for you, call me for a consultation or simply try the products like my client did. The natural approach fixes the problem of a weakened immune system, has no side effects, is very cost effective and makes you look and feel great!

Live life with Zest,

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Hey!  Here is a Shaklee special that ends on April 30th. If you are not a Shaklee member, with a $75 order get a free bottle of Joint Health Complex!

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It’s spring! Are you ready to shed seven pounds and keep it off?

My back is better and I celebrated by taking a Zumba class on Saturday. It felt great to be dancing and I felt like I was back on track again. Now if only I could do this everyday!

This week I wanted to investigate a few obstacles that may be preventing you from looking your best and help you get back on track again.

1. Inflammation. We have been talking about inflammation for the past few weeks, and it is a huge contributor to our inability to achieve our goal weight. Inflammation can cause soreness and stiffness beyond the normal recovery aches and pains after we work out. It can also cause everyday pain. A good foundation supplement program, like Rx for a Healthier Life or Shaklee’s Lean and Healthy Kit will give the body the tools to recover not only from exercise, but also from the wear and tear of stress. 90% of us are not getting what we need from our diets, and supplementation helps fill in those gaps and more. We need more!

I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to help you personalize your program. The Wellness Profile is a service I offer for those of you who want to you’re your specific nutritional needs now, and then we take it again 90 days later to see if your numbers have changed. It recommends what supplements you symptoms
Indicate you need and what food changes you may want to take.

2. Diet. Obviously, too much of certain foods and poor diet can prevent us from losing weight. But what we choose to eat affects our bodies in many other ways. For example, processed or “fake” foods can create inflammation. And have you ever noticed that fake foods, like Wonder Bread, it tends to melt in your mouth? Choose real foods like apples, broccoli, stone ground whole grains, quinoa, etc. that actually need to be chewed!

This week look at what you are snacking on. Is it natural? Replace those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with a healthy option. I make a yummy “peanut butter fudge roll” that I take with me or carry almonds, pecans or walnuts in a zip lock so I always have a healthy snack handy. Shaklee also carries some great snack options such as snack bars, meal bars, and chips that are well-balanced, food based, non GMO, gluten free and very satisfying…check them out!

Portion size3. Portion Sizes. Eating “super sized” meals can create inflammation. If you saw the movie “Super Size Me” you saw how in a short period of time, by eating large quantities of fast food, you can gain weight and do some real damage to your major organs.

This week, take a look at this portion size chart and compare the sizes and calories you may be eating now. Subtract 500 calories from your daily intake or do a physical activity that burns 300 calories and eat 200 calories less that day.

Here are some more tips to help keep portions under control:

• Start adjusting your portion sizes in your own kitchen: switch to smaller plates, bowls, and cups.
• Use measuring cups/spoons and a food scale to get an idea for how much you are eating and to learn what a portion size really looks like.
• Remember to eat high fiber, low calorie foods like fruits and vegetables to add more volume to meals to keep you full.
• Keep a food journal. Recording everything you eat will help you pay close attention to how much you are really consuming.
• Check out the book The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler

Next week we will talk about specifically what foods make us overeat, and more importantly, why!

What to do next?

– Join us this Wednesday for a Slim Meet in the SoHo area of NYC

– E-mail me to set up a time for the Wellness Program that is on special now until April 30, from $125 to $99

– E-mail me for a free 20-minute phone consultation

Live Life with Zest,

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