Archive for January, 2010

If you don’t feed me, I might rip your head off!

There are many words (*per my husband) to describe what happens to me if I don’t eat regularly and let my blood sugar drop below a certain point.  I try hard to avoid this – I like my husband and want to stay married – but on occasion it happens. I was doing some reading on the subject a few weeks back and found a great newsletter put out by another Shaklee distributor (attached) that shared the benefits of using Shaklee Glucose Regulation Complex to help with my low blood sugar ‘sympotoms’.

I decided to give it a try – I’m on day three of taking it so I’ll do an update to this post at the end of the month to let you know my results. I’m actually pretty excited about my little experiment as it’s something I didn’t know I had any control over. It’s funny how things can be like that in life. I had just accepted that I freak out when my blood sugar gets too low and the idea of changing that behavior seemed foreign. Now, it’s like I suddenly found my power!

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*insane, nuts, crazy, head spinning around, angry…you get the idea

Yoga, Flow Yoga

During the spring and summer I walk to and from work, it’s around 5 miles a day, about 20 miles a week. I feel completely amazing during this time – the walking gives me time to clear my head, relax and just be. It also has the added benefit of keeping me in shape 😉

Once the weather turns cold, I stop walking as the sidewalks get icy and it’s just to hard to carry all the gear needed in Boston in the winter. But then I start feeling fat and unsure what to do about it (its to cold to walk, I hate the gym, I’m feeling stressed, etc).  To help with this my husband introduced me to Gentlel Yoga a few months back and the most amazing yoga teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. While I enjoy her class immensely, it wasn’t a strong enough workout to replace the 20+ miles I would walk in a week. So Monday night I agreed to try Slow Flow Yoga with my cousin Rachel. She goes three times a week (total rock star) and was telling me how much better she feels, etc. I was really nervous to try as I have this thing about hot rooms (actually anything that feels remotely sauna-like sends me into a mild panic) but I went anyway. I think the room was around 85 (and I did panic about 4 times and had to just sit on my mat for a minute) and when they say ‘flow’ they really mean it! The class moved the entire 75 minutes and it was a killer workout! I am still sore today but am going back tonight for another class! I have a feeling I’m still going to have a hard time with the heat but as Rachel said “maybe it will be good for me” 🙂

What are your thoughts on Flow Yoga? Any tips on how to navigate the heat?

The Up’s and Down’s of Starting a Shaklee Business

Like any new business you need to get out there and talk to as many people as possible in order to spread the word and generate new customers. I’ve been very fortunate in that sharing Shaklee is a joy as people find such amazing benefits from the products they basically sell themselves.

That said, the last month as been really busy for me (more to come on that later!) and I haven’t been able to focus on Shaklee the way I would like. I was feeling really down about it over the weekend and very sad that I don’t have more time to spend building my business.

It’s amazing how the universe knows when you need a lift. I received three emails yesterday that completely lifted my spirits!!! 

  • The first was from a new customer who was writing to tell me how much she loved her new Shaklee laundry products. She went on to share that she now judges ‘clean’ by how well the products have worked for her. She put the first huge smile on my face yesterday 🙂
  • The second was from a woman I’d been chatting with for a few weeks who had decided that she was ready to try the Shaklee Enfuselle products as she’s working to clear up her skin. I’m so excited to have her join my group and I can’t wait to hear about her experience with the products! Huge smile #2 🙂 🙂
  • The last email was from a customer who was purchasing product for the third time. It’s been amazing to witness her Shaklee journey as she was very skeptical of the products when we first talked.  Since she started with the Enfuselle line, she’s expanded her use into the nutrition products, the laundry products and just purchased her first household cleaners and baby products! It’s times like this when I feel really proud to have helped another person cultivate a toxin free home. Huge smile #3 🙂 🙂 🙂

So thanks to all of you who helped me yesterday and I’m excited to continue on this Shaklee journey!

Do you know how many chemicals you wear a day?

Reuters has an article today about how the “Average UK woman wears 515 chemicals a day.” YIKES! While it doesn’t surprise me given the amount of product we ladies like to use just to leave the house, it’s still shocking that such a large consumer base isn’t demanding safe, natural products. I’ve been trusting my skin care to Shaklee for so long that I felt really lucky after reading the article that I don’t have to worry about the amount of chemicals I “host” on my body.

There is a great check list on Healthy Child Healthy World which runs down the list of ‘ingredients’ you should watch out for when buying personal care products.

Since I’ve started sharing Shaklee I’ve had a lot of people ask me right away about the shampoo and conditioner as they want to make the change to something that is safe for them and their household. I’ve attached the labels to the Shaklee shampoo and conditioner so you can check out the ingredients.

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Foodscapes

I’m a visual eater. I know, it sounds totally strange but half the fun of eating is how the food is presented and the colors it creates. I find I’m much less interested in eating healthy if I don’t have all the pieces to create a visually stimulating dinner. I sound like a bit of a nut right? Not so according to this dude! Check out how Carl Warner, a London-based photographer is making foodscapes. Food porn anyone? 🙂

Nutritional Intelligence

I’m at the age in life where I have friends having babies and the conversation around what they feed them comes up a lot. Apparently when they started reading what’s in the baby food jars they can’t believe the ‘stuff’ included so they have been making food themselves.

I came across a new book called Feeding Baby Green, by one of the country’s pre-eminent pediatricians, Dr. Alan Greene. His book posits a unique, forward-thinking 34-month guide to train your baby’s palate to appreciate the more complex flavors of healthy, unprocessed foods and I thought it would be an interesting read for those interested. Excerpt from Healthy Child Healthy World below:

Every parent is keen to find a way to engender healthy eating habits in their child. “Parents today have an unprecedented awareness and eagerness about the necessity of providing safe, wholesome, nutritious foods for their children”, says Dr. Greene. And yet today’s parents are burdened by economic constraints and severely limited time. The book reports that 80% of parents are unable to feed their children healthy foods because they are inconvenient, unavailable in their communities, or their children don’t like the taste.

What is the connection between what a pregnant woman eats and what her baby experiences? Dr. Greene explains that babies actually have a food life in utero, and the habits they establish in the first years after birth can have a lasting influence on their attitudes to food.

He refutes the claim by some  that it is impossible to get kids to eat healthy foods because they simply don’t like the taste. Dr. Greene believes that babies’ taste-buds can become easily programmed for the extra-sugar, extra-salt, extra starch that is every present in processed and take-out food. But if they are exposed to the “rainbow of flavors”, as he calls it, they can establish a preference for fruits and vegetables early on. This is his core thesis – something he calls “nutritional intelligence”.

“Baby food”, Dr. Greene reminds us, is a myth. Commercial baby food was an invention of 20th century food corporations, enforcing the theory that babies need meals separate from the fruits, vegetables and seasonings the rest of the family consume. Pointed and pervasive advertising convinced mothers that good baby food was scientific, uniform, twice boiled, and sold in jars.

Dr. Greene lays out a clear yet flexible how-to program, incorporating many techniques and angles, all of which is tailored to the baby’s current development stage. The time frames are general enough to work for most families, and allow enough wiggle room for customization.

Many of Feeding Baby Green‘s suggestions are both revolutionary and fundamental – breaking new molds yet also revisiting older traditions. He writes about engaging all of the baby’s senses when learning about food and eating. Flavor, aroma, touch, sights, sounds and language, these are all tools that help you make food a joyous experience. He also counsels on proper amounts, the right variety, and varying repetition with novelty.

Throughout the book, Dr. Greene offers a host of tempting recipes to make for baby at home: Bombay Vegetable Stew, Chickpeas and Tomatoes Provence, Baba Ganoush! There’s very little puree of this or cream of that. These recipes are meant for the culinary delight of the whole family.

Dr. Greene infuses Feeding Baby Green with a connection to the earth, to our food source, and to the truism that we are what we eat. He believes firmly that what is good for the planet is good for your family. As a Board Member of Healthy Child Healthy World, his outlook and practice are always consistent with the advice we offer parents. Much of his book is devoted to educating parents on the dangers of GMO crops, pesticides in agriculture, chemical additives in our food, and prevention of allergies and asthma. Dr. Greene is also a renowned advocate for organic foods, believing they not only keep us healthier but ensure our environment receives protection and nourishment as well.

And throughout, he draws on his wisdom as a practicing pediatrician, his first hand experience as a father of four children, and his family’s journey through his beloved wife’s battle with cancer. (She won!!!) Taking on this endeavor seems less daunting because Dr. Greene’s meticulous guide reassures the reader that they’ve got a friend in the kitchen with them.

Fed Up: School Lunch Project

I stumbled across a new blog yesterday called Fed Up: School Lunch Project. The premise is that a school teacher has decided to eat the school lunch where she works for a year to help raise awareness around the need for better nutrition and quality of food within our national school system.  My mother-in-law has worked as a elementary school lunch lady for the last year and a half (she just ‘retired’) so this blog really struck home to me as one of the main issues my mother-in-law noted was the nutritional value of what they were asked to serve the kids. I want to be clear here, I’m in no way putting down the food that is served as I know for some kids this is the only good meal they get a day and that it’s offered to them either for free or subsidized. It just makes me want to get more involved in our nation’s conversation around the importance of diet, health and how what we feed our kids today manifests later life.