Just about everything we do affects our health in some way, That donut you ate today isn't going to make you fat tomorrow. But if you ate a donut every day for years, that's another story.
Watch this little video to get an idea of the effect of lots of tiny actions, one after another. Then after the video, I will share some tiny actions I have discovered that could turn things around for the better.
People often ask me - what should I take for this? Maybe they have high cholesterol or digestion problems, or you fill in the blank. But we are talking about food supplements, not medicine. The key word here is "food." Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." The difference between food and medicine, is food needs to be eaten every day, and feeds our cells so they can keep us healthy. Medicine, on the other hand, is taken after something goes WRONG, and is meant to be taken for a limited time until the crisis is averted.
With medicine, we expect a quick response.
With food, response time can take longer, especially if we are trying to change something.
Some food supplements take a week or two to be fully integrated into your system, so they need to be taken every day, for a month or so, before you can tell the difference. Other supplements can show a dramatic result even the same day. Stress Relief Complex is one of those - you can feel relief in a very short time.
Make sure your food supplements are actually FOOD. If they are mostly chemicals, your body won't recognize them as food, and even may reject them as invaders. The supplements I use are tested thousands of times, from raw ingredients to final product, to make sure they are completely safe from contaminants and toxins. You have probably heard of recalls of vitamins and even baby food, for unsafe ingredients. I wouldn't take anything that didn't have proof of safety.
So what are some little things you can do?
First of all, you could get an assessment of your current health and recommendations of what might help you get on a better track. This assessment is called Meology, because it is unique to YOU. You would enter what you know from your last doctor visit, plus your lifestyle and eating habits. There is more information on Meology right here on this website. You can learn more on that page and even link to take the free assessment - it only takes 5 minutes.
Then, look over the results of the quiz and the recommendations. Decide small actions you will take to change your state of health. Some examples might be:
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Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the different product categories in my "Shaklee Store." Since this is February, and Heart Health month, I will begin with the Heart Health products. Here is a presentation that explains nutrition and lifestyle changes we can all make for a healthier heart. It's a pdf that you can scroll through to learn what it takes to "feed a healthy heart." Let me know what you learned!
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Here's a Proven Way to Lose the Weight Gained in 2020
The vaccine is here, and it's time to think about going out in public again. For me and maybe you too, that means getting serious about losing the "Covid weight."
We all have been trying to get our exercise, and eat right. But sometimes it just hasn't been possible. And other times we just lost our will power. No sense kicking ourselves now - let's just get busy and do something about it.
There is a program that is guaranteed to help you lose weight, and I can tell you all about it if you'd like to make an appointment. Watch this 14-minute video to learn about it, then let's chat.
Happy New Year!
If you are reading this, you survived 2020. It’s a sad fact that many people did not. Let's honor those we lost by being the best we can be this year.
So, how to prepare for 2021? I have a few ideas, and they are a bit mellower than my normal New Year plans.
1 – If you are recovering from Covid, that is your priority. Do everything you can to get proper nutrition, and build back up to regular exercise. Take your time and be kind to yourself.
2 – If you are grieving someone that you lost to Covid or natural causes, that is your priority. It seemed to me that an unusual number of people died from non-Covid causes this year.
3 – If you are looking for work, create a schedule and a plan for that. Be sure to include stress relieving activities such as walking and breaks for mindfulness. Contact me for some personalized ideas just for you. Or take a look at my Work from Anywhere page.
4 – If you are still working, but from home, own it. Make sure you have a chair that is good for your back, and place your screen where your head can be in a normal position, where your eyes can look straight ahead. If you use your smart phone a lot, make sure to hold it up, or put it on a tripod, to relieve your neck. Consider adding a standing desk, or set your laptop up higher so you can stand for a while. If this is going to go on for a long time, create a space that you enjoy spending time in. One trick I learned a long time ago – at the end of each day, clear your desk, put things away. It makes such a difference to come into an organized space in the morning.
5 – If you are responsible for making sure your kids follow their education at home, get them involved in your New Year’s plans. Get new calendars and planners or time management apps, and let them participate in organizing their schedule and school working space. Be sure to plan fun activities they can look forward to.
6 - If you are working in your regular workplace, still take time to dream and plan what this year could hold for you.
End of Year Assessment
My husband, Mark, and I like to take a day around New Year’s for a planning retreat. We go over the past year and write down accomplishments, challenges, and note any goals that were set aside for whatever reason. It is often heartwarming to realize that we actually accomplished something when it seemed like such a crazy year. After that, we take time to dream.
Dreams and Plans
Think about what you would like to accomplish in the next year - in your work, your family life, in personal growth, whatever category is important to you.
Think about where you would like to be in the next 5 years. I say this only because it is traditional “wisdom” to plan ahead. Most of us learned that no amount of planning or dreaming can stop a pandemic from upending your life. But still, it is a known fact that people with goals end up accomplishing more.
I hope these ideas give you something to go on. If you are having trouble thinking through this on your own, I would be happy to brainstorm with you. Just choose a time on the Appointments and Solutions page, and we can have a real conversation. Let’s get going on this New Year with HOPE.
Happy New Year!
Where I live in San Diego, we just started 3 more weeks of lockdown. That's after 8 months of mostly locked down, with a few windows of opportunity when we could at least gather outside. So I looked up an article I found when this all began that has helped me cope. I hope it will benefit you as well.
From my April 2020 post:
Do you have Zoom fatigue?
Last week, I hit a wall after a long staff meeting with 9 people in little squares on my computer screen. I felt anxious, overloaded with work, and the next morning I had a visual migraine. It's a disturbance of vision without a headache, but I felt queasy all day. Then I read this article by Curt Thompson, MD that helped me understand what was going on. Here's a snippet of it - just click on READ MORE, below, to see the entire helpful piece.
"A Body of Work" April 15, 2020 by Curt Thompson, MD
By now, most of us have noticed. And either we or someone we know is talking about it. Zoom fatigue. Irritability. No fever, cough or body aches necessary. Just the normal, run-of-the-mill symptoms of social distancing. And mostly, people are describing how much more exhausted they are at the end of their days compared to what their lives were like before three weeks ago. All of this highlights one element of what it truly means to be human that our encounter with the coronavirus has drawn our attention to: our bodies. READ MORE
Here are some suggestions from Dr. Thompson to help us get through this challenging time:
I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are managing your work life in this season, or even how you plan to celebrate holidays. Please comment!
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I love cornbread! I love it with chili, I love it with soup, I love it all by itself with a little honey or molasses, or even plain.
I have a favorite recipe from the old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. It's called Perfect Cornbread. I have been making it for many years.
Then about 10 years ago I found that I could no longer tolerate gluten. So I learned to substitute gluten free flours for the wheat flour. This was slightly less fluffy, but still I had my cornbread.
Now here comes another challenge. In order to reduce my cholesterol and maintain my health, I have decided to go vegan.
Is it possible to make gluten free cornbread also VEGAN??Well, this should be fun. I decided to challenge myself to figure this out. So I took my trusty BH&G recipe and started substituting. I was already using plant milk for the milk part, and now to figure out how to get the properties of egg with no eggs?
In comes flax egg replacer. This took a little practice, but I think I have it down now. For one egg, you mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water for each egg. Stir with a whisk till it starts to get gelatinous. I found it works best to refrigerate for about 15 minutes before adding to the cornbread mixture.
So, how's that working for you? The first time I tried this, it tasted good, but was admittedly, a little flat. I was using a gluten free baking mix that already had some baking powder in it, so I went easy on the baking powder. By the second try I had learned to refrigerate the "flax eggs" and I also added the regular amount of baking powder, in addition to what was in the baking mix. This attempt proved to create more "rise" in my cornbread.
Here's the Recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Cornbread
many thanks to BH&G
1 cup flour (I used Pamela's GF baking mix)
1 cup cornmeal
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs (2 T ground flax meal, 6 T hot water, then refrigerate 15 minutes)
1 cup plant milk (I use unsweetened organic soy milk)
1/4 c oil or shortening
2 - 4 Tablespoons sugar
Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes
So, now are you going to try it? I look forward to seeing your comments, especially after you have tried this recipe. Let me know any tweaks you came up with. And let me know if you would like to see more gluten free vegan recipes. Ciao!
I love helping people feel better and have more energy! In this blog I'll be sharing things I have found to help us all stay healthy in these crazy times we are living in.