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You’re off to your beach. You’ve just lost 10 pounds, your clothes are looking great on your new trim body.

What shall I pack? Consider packing a trim mindset.

It does not take long when we are out of our daily habits to lose ground and regain those 10 pounds! Here are 8 tips to help you stay on track:

1. You accomplished your goal by becoming aware of what habits needed to change, what were those habits? Perhaps, it was drinking 2 glasses of wine everyday. Make a list so you can, with a mindset decide, beforehand what you need to do to keep that weight off.

2. Check out where you are going. What kind of food do they have there? What
are the best restaurants for healthy, tasty food? Don’t go there blindly. Find our what you want to eat beforehand, and be positive! Be a foodie about what is healthier.

3. Create a journal about which local foods you love and that love you, and get recipes to explore when you go home.

4. Have packaged smoothees once a day, preferably at breakfast to start your day and your blood sugar off right. Shaklee 180 Smoothee Packets work well for me.

5. Don’t leaving snacking to chance, carry snack bars, nuts or what else is portable.

6. Take your vitamins, keep your body’s energy consistent that will effect your food choices. We all know how our willpower is when we are crabby, tired or feeling “off.”

7. Drink enough water, best if it is lemon water. This will keep your body alkaline. This strengthens the immune system.

8. Avoid sugary foods, that will effect your mood and enjoyment. Sugary foods will affect your immune system for things like sinus infections. Your body is out of it’s normal habit with the travel, and lots of sugar makes you feel even more out of it! Carry around Shaklee’s Optiflora, it will help with sugar cravings and immune system.

The right mindset about travel and celebrating will make a huge difference in how your trip goes. It is no fun being sick in a hotel room on your dream vacation!

Hear more tips on travel and health on web radio on July 23.

How about those 10 pounds? Want a convenient way to let go of them? Shaklee 180 helps you lose the fat and keep the muscle, the key to keeping your weight off.

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Myth of the scale

Do you know anyone suffering with allergies and asthma?  It can make a person’s life miserable as winter finally becomes the spring.  For some, they aren’t able to breathe, they have no energy. In addition, they spend a lot of money on over the counter meds. For some, it can become long term bronchitis and asthma and a repeated series of antibiotics and steroids.

Most people who suffer with allergies and asthma feel they must resort to using medications that have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.  For those who may be interested in safer, more natural alternatives, I have seen a complete turnaround over and over again by using some of the following premium products by Shaklee. Why does it work? To reduce allergies it is important to strengthen the immune system. Getting to the cause is a very effective way to get relief and no side effects! How cool is that?

Here are 2 of the most popular and effective Shaklee products packages. The first one includes the following:

Vitamin C: For continuous antioxidant protection against environmental assaults, this unique all-natural sustained formula slowly releases Vitamin C into your blood stream over a 5-hour period and provides nutrients from the entire vitamin C complex including bioflavonoids.

Nutriferon: Nutriferon supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of macrophages (white blood cells) and inducing natural interferon production.  It optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne substances (as with allergies and asthma).  Completely safe – no adverse reactions to these plant extracts recorded.

Optiflora Capsules: Scientists now believe 70% of the immune system is located in the gut … a good place to start to strengthen our immune system against allergic reactions.  There appears to be a surprising correlation between symptoms of upper respiratory congestion and sinus discomfort to poor elimination in the lower intestines.

Or the second most popular program is this one:

Vitamin C


Optiflora Capsules… PLUS the following:

Vitalizing Protein:Your immune cells are made of protein, and this is easy to digest, non GMO, and you can add it to make fabulous Smoothees!

Vitamin D3: Known to be a important component for a healthy immune system

Getting to the core of a health issue allows the body to get stronger. In the case of allergies and asthma, the cause is a weak immune system. Strengthen the cells with the right nutrients and you can correct the issue without side effects!

Contact me via email to get started now!

Live Life With Zest,

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Happy Valentines Day from my heart to your strong healthy heart!

ladderThe human heart is one hard-working muscle – even though it is actually no bigger than your fist! It is one tough muscle that beats over 100,000 times every day.

We tend to take it’s hard work for granted but once your blood pressure starts to increase and your cholesterol numbers are off, it is crucial to not to take your ticker for granted.  We talked about the ladder of health last time and how our health will change if we don’t take action. So, from high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your risk for heart attack or a stroke increases and you move to illness. We tend to think this can only happen to someone else!

What’s worse, heart attacks and strokes are the number two cause of death, and someone dies from heart disease every 7 minutes!


Here are some fabulous natural approaches with regimes specifically for prevention.

OmegGuard – a complete omega 3 fatty acid that supports

CoQheartTaking Statins decreases this important energy enzyme, as does age, so it is important to take daily. Cinical tests proved Shaklee’s delivered 33 to 500% more than other brands!

Cholesterol Reduction Complex – lowers cholesterol naturally without side effects

Garlic Complex – promotes cardiovascular health by retaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol

This regime supports healthy flexible blood vessels so your blood pressure doesn’t increase and your heart doesn’t have to work so hard

SPECIAL: both combinations are currently 30% off from Shaklee with any order! Also, enjoy free shipping for orders over $75. This offer is on until February 16th.

When it comes to your heart be true by your daily actions:

1. Strengthen your heart muscle with both cardio and strength training. When you exercise know your target range. Take 220 and subtract your age age=_______ multiply that times 60 and that equals 85%% of your maximum heart rate. Read more here.

2. Strive for your ideal weight to lessen the strain on the heart. The Shaklee 180 program is fabulous for helping you lose the fat – NOT MUSCLE – (as in heart)

3. Eat to reduce inflammation, which strains the blood vessels, so try adding more veggies to your lunch and dinner.

4. Find balance and joy in your work and private life. Do you LOVE what you do? Do you have support in your private life? Be true to your heart’s desire.

Be true to you heart and I wish Much Joy this Valenties Day!

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When we were little our moms taught us cleanliness and how to wash our hands. Our lives began with nourishing food, from the breast to the table. We learned good nutrition and were guided to eat well so we could learn and grow.

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School days began and our wardrobes were orchestrated by mom, many times to our dismay, like being forced to wear a hat when it was cold outside (but mom, it will mess up my hair!). We learned that fashion is less important when the weather is below zero and that certain behaviors are just asking for the cold or flu.

And bedtime, it was always too early. We thought we’d surely miss something. But we learned that getting enough sleep revitalizes our bodies.  I remember hearing often, “Go outside and play!” We learned to exercise daily and keep active. These treasures are all gifts of love from mom because they are the foundations for vibrant health.Now we are adults, and the tendency is to forget all of those powerful love messages, although they were not always delivered with warmth (you march in there!).

This week I spoke to a group on Cancer Prevention. “The National Cancer Institute says 60% of all Cancer Related Deaths can be prevented by taking care of our bodies first, getting proper nutrition, taking supplements, being physically active, losing weight and stopping smoking.”

So where did we put our bodies well being on our To-Do List? In gratitude for our moms’ efforts let’s begin our days by taking care of the most important asset we have – our physical well-being. Begin your day with:

Be grateful.  And thank your mom for the most powerful gifts she has given to you. Happy Mothers’ day to my Mom (she passed away when I was in my 20’s) and all the people in my life who “mothered” me.

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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!


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

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

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Last week we talked about 3 major factors that make all of us at risk for heart disease – a diet lacking in fruits & vegetables, a sedentary lifestyle, and an excess of stress.  But you know that I’m not about the doom and gloom and scary warnings – I’m all about positive solutions! I have lots of suggestions for how to avoid these pitfalls.

Diet Tips

–       Incorporate fruits & veggies into your breakfast. Eating cereal? Throw some berries and bananas in the bowl. Love your morning eggs? Make a small side salad or some sautéed greens. Shaklee 180 smoothees are super-easy and nutritious, and delicious. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/1bLU2bA

–       Plan your meals ahead of time. Grabbing something last-minute sets us up to make a bad food choice. Plan ahead & make breakfast or lunch for the week, so when you grab-and-go, you’re grabbing something healthy.

–       Snack early before that afternoon slump.  If you always visit the vending machine at 3 PM, you probably can notice a habit of unhealthy snacking. Again, plan ahead! Mixed nuts make a great snack that’s a heck of a lot better than a candy bar – more filling and more nutritious, without any of the guilt.

–       Challenge yourself to eat an all-green lunch. Sandwiches are easy, but not always a healthy choice – all those carbs can actually cause that afternoon slump! I challenge you to make your lunches entirely GREEN this week. My favorite green lunch is a green smoothee (see the recipe at the bottom of this post!) and a side salad. A stir fry or medley of vegetables is great. Skip the bread and make a lettuce wrap for your chicken salad sandwich.

Walking Tips

–       Pump up your morning. You may not have time for a full workout every morning, but I think it’s great to just get your blood flowing. Do some squats or jumping jacks before you get in the shower. Do 5 minutes of stretching or yoga while you wait for your coffee to brew. Whatever you like to do to get your blood flowing works. It helps prepare you for the day and gives you mental clarity as an added bonus.

–       At the office, instead of calling a co-worker, get up and take a walk over to their desk.

–       Invite a friend on a 15-minute coffee break, and walk while you talk.

–       Run a quick errand in the neighborhood in the middle of the day.

–       Don’t just go to the closest deli for lunch – pick someplace that’s just a few blocks further away.

–       Skip the elevator and take the stairs.

–       Count your steps with a step counter – you can buy a pedometer or get an app for your phone. 10,000 steps a day is an awesome goal. Track your steps for an average day and see what you’re hitting. Then try to double it. Pick a number – 7,000, 12,000, whatever works – and challenge yourself to hit it. It can actually be fun to see how many steps you can rack up just running errands on a Sunday!

Stress Reduction Tips

–       Stress can take the forms of fun activities or a crazy work schedule – the point is, we’re just not letting ourselves rest enough. Remind yourself to pause. Give yourself permission to take breaks when you need them.

–       Start your day with a mantra or an affirmation. Here’s one that I like: “I relax in the stillness. I take a few deep breaths. Breathing in, I envision a perfectly healthy day of better food, more activity, and peace of mind. Nothing can disrupt the serenity I carry within me.”

–       Breathing is a really effective stress reducer. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, step out of the moment and take 10 deep breaths. Fill your body with calming energy as you breathe in, and feel yourself releasing your stress as you exhale. You’ll feel much better.

–       Stretching, yoga, or chi kung are great for meditation and stress relief, as well as exercise.

–       How many of us are guilty of “stress eating”? It’s a cycle – the stress brings on the unhealthy eating, and the unhealthy food makes us less able to cope with stress physiologically.  Sugar is especially to blame. Healthy food makes your body feel better, and equips you to face stress effectively.

Shamrock Smoothee Recipe:

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee 180

1 handful of spinach or green chard

1/4 cup pineapple

1 inch peeled fresh ginger root

12 oz cold water


Do you have other ways to add healthy foods to your diet, to add more exercise in the day-to-day, or to reduce stress? I want to hear about them! I’d love it if you shared your tips with me on Facebook – http://on.fb.me/1iZDLDe


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