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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Why I choose Juice Plus over and over again!

I was introduced to Juice Plus+ at a time when I was set in my ways with another product. I was in a rut and the other product was feeling more like an obligation than something I enjoyed and wanted to share. A dear friend reached out to me about Juice Plus+ and I didn't want any part of it. Being relentless, she sent me samples of the capsules, chewables, and shakes anyway. Grrr.

What I didn't know at the time is that Juice Plus+ was founded over 40 years ago and is *the* most researched nutritional supplement out there. Over 30 research studies in hospitals and universities around the world have shown the benefits of adding Juice Plus+ to your daily routine. More than 20 prestigious medical and scientific journals have published studies on Juice Plus+. So basically, JP isn't a fad, a scam, or a fly-by-night company.

Let's start with the shakes. I had been using a crazy-expensive shake that boasted exotic ingredients, sourced from all over the world. Seriously, the ingredient list was crazy long and exotically unpronounceable. It wasn't certified gluten free or non-GMO. It also wasn't delicious. In fact, the vegan version tasted like dirt. It was about as healthy as you could get, though... or so they said... so I paid more than I could afford every month to reap the benefits from it. Since I didn't drink it every single day, every couple months I'd have an extra bag that I'd have to return or sell. If I returned it, it would affect my coach status. So I usually sold it myself on eBay. I got my money back but I had to deal with buyers bickering about my price and going to the post office to package and ship the bags.

When I got the JP Complete French Vanilla packet, I planned on not being impressed. I mean, the ingredient list was short and pronounceable. It didn't have long-winded explanations of what each exotic item added to the mix in terms of nutrition. "How could it be healthy?" I wondered. The packet said it was NSF certified, certified Kosher, and made from non-GMO ingredients. My friend sent me some info that said it was also gluten free, vegan, a low glycemic food, and free of all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. There was no way this was going to be good.

So I shook it up in almond milk in a blender ball cup. The first thing I noticed was that it smelled DELICIOUS! The second thing I noticed was that it didn't take a lot of shaking to be fully blended. There were no chunks to be beaten out of it like with the other shake. Juice Plus+ Complete was fully blended in a few seconds. Then it was time for the taste test.

O. M. G.

OK. This had all the right buzz words attached to it and it actually tasted AMAZING. Clearly it was going to be insanely expensive. I was instantly mad at my friend for getting my hopes up. I went to her website and saw the price. My heart sank. Not because JP is expensive, but because I spent several years paying over $100/month for a product that was nowhere near as palatable or nutritious when THIS product was out there all along for less than $35/month! (The base order of a 4 month supply has 60 servings. When you're not having one each day like me, this is all you need. If you plan on having one shake every single day, you'd need to double the order, still paying less than $70/month.) I continued to look for the downside for two months, even after placing my first order. There just weren't any!

The shakes make exceptional snacks, satisfying meal replacements, and invigorating recovery drinks. I honestly don't think you're going to get a better product for a better price anywhere. I was giving samples to everyone! I LOVE this stuff! My husband also loves it and so do my kids! If you want to try it, contact me and if I have extra packets on hand, I'd LOVE to share it with you, too!

On to the capsules...
This was hard to judge by the samples. One day on Juice Plus+ capsules isn't going to change your life or convince you to buy them. Basically, one sample will show you how they look, feel, and taste. I can tell you that you're not going to get the kind of nutrition that's packed into these capsules unless you have a garden, orchard, and vineyard at your finger tips and fill your plate from it at each meal and snack every single day. Let's take a look at what Juice Plus+ is and how these powerhouse capsules are made...

What is Juice Plus with How it is Made? from Healthy Living Revolution on Vimeo.

After a month on the shakes and capsules, I noticed real improvements. I experienced positive changes in my hair, skin, and nails, improved energy, decreased cravings, and more! I was sold. This is a product I feel good about using and giving to my kids! They love the chewables and they're the first "vitamins" the kids ever asked to take every day. When you buy the capsules, you can get an order of children's chewables for free when you enroll in the Children's Health Study.

I became a Distributor and began telling everyone how amazing this product is! After getting a few friends on board, I was promoted to Direct Distributor. I love the products and I love the company! The benefits are amazing and I feel great about incorporating Juice Plus+ into every day and sharing it with people who are trying to improve their lives, waistlines, numbers, and wellbeing with proven products and a healthy approach to nutrition and fitness!

Email me today or visit my Juice Plus+ site to get more information about Juice Plus+ and how it can improve your life!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Judge not, lest ye miss out on hidden beauty.

I bought some bok choy the other day. It was a typical bok choy, pretty unremarkable. I mean...it's leaves were a lovely shade of green and all, but still...bok choy is bok choy... am I right? I love leafy greens and buy them often. They're so good for you and add a lot of nutrients to your diet! Because they're such a staple, I rarely look at them other than to make sure they're not witly or buggy. I never thought to take a picture of it, so here's a random online photo.

Being a cruciferous, leafy green veggie, you know it has all kinds of vitamins and minerals. In fact, bok choy is very high in Vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals like calcium, manganese, and iron. We also get some fiber and protein, as well as a bit of magnesium, zinc, and copper. It has a mild flavor so it's great raw or steamed. It lends well to soups, salads, stir-fries, and even smoothies! The entire stalk is edible so there's less waste and it's also not expensive in most stores. 

When I got out my super-healthy bok choy to slice it up for dinner, I pulled back all the leaves to wash out the dirt. Toward the middle were some little sprouts of new stalks. This bok choy was replicating itself. It wasn't really surprising because you can grow things like lettuce and cabbage by putting their base/stem area in water. Leaves will sprout in as little as a couple days and before long you'll have a whole new plant to harvest or put in soil. The real surprise came when I got to the middle. Right there, in the center of my unremarkable bok choy, was a little cluster of beautiful yellow flowers. Not only were they lovely, they smelled amazing! Who knew?!?

I was so surprised and showed everyone my bok choy flowers and made them smell them! I put them in water and they continue to grow and bloom. Next to them, in another cup of water, is the base of the bok choy, growing like crazy!

I've looked at those flowers every day. I couldn't help but think that they are an exceptional lesson. Regardless of their outer appearance, everyone has beauty inside of them. Don't pass them by like bok choy in the grocery store. And never underestimate your own beauty! Always look for the flowers within!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Do you have time to exercise?

"I just don't have time!"

This is probably the Number 1 reason people have for not exercising. I know it was one of my top two. It sounds like a valid argument, too. I mean, once you've explained to someone how much you are expected to squeeze into the already-not-enough hours in a day, how could they tell you to do more, right?!?
If you're like me, you're busy more than you're not. When I was a single mom, I spent a long time, working long hours (sometimes at two jobs). When my kids were with me, I spent every moment that I wasn't working or commuting with them. When they were with their dad, I worked even longer hours, ran my errands, did my shopping and house hunting, and basically kept myself as busy as possible to try and not feel my kids' absence.
I've had people tell me that with a full time job, being a full time student, and having a full time family, they enjoy an hour-long workout every morning. 

Just kidding! I know that some people just seem to have way more on their plates and still manage to do more than the rest of us. They either have more help, better time management, or they're just not as hard on themselves when things aren't perfect... or all three.

For those of us who don't feel like we have the time to add a workout into our days, I have a solution! Instead of finding an hour to fit in a 30 minute workout and then 30 minutes of getting ready for and/or getting to work, school, or whatever, use some of the minutes you already have hanging out in your day.

No matter who you are or what you do, there are some things that you just can't claim you don't do. At some point throughout your day you sit, you stand, and you go to the bathroom. What if I told you that you can do a few exercises while you're doing those things and end up squeezing an entire circuit workout into your day? Believe it or not, you totally can!

A few squats here, a few twists there, and you'll improve your muscle tone and your stamina in as little as a few days. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are at least seven benefits to being more active:
  1. Control weight
  2. Combat illness
  3. Improve mood
  4. Boost energy
  5. Promotes better sleep
  6. Improved sex life
  7. It's fun and (sometimes) a social activity

Who wouldn't want all that? So here is my guide to Quick & Simple Fitness that can be squeezed into your day in bite-sized pieces:

I started with the squats in the bathroom and after the first time, I instantly felt the burn. I didn't remember every single time at first. Some days it was just once or twice. But I gotta say that I felt it! I also gotta say that after the third time, it didn't burn like the first couple. It started getting easier THAT quickly.

As with any exercises, start slowly and don't hurt yourself. Watch your form. Perform each movement deliberately and don't bounce or rush. Whenever possible, take a deep breath in with one movement and do a forceful exhale with the next. You might be surprised at how much deep breaths help with your workout and your metal health.

Squats: Keep your knees from going over your toes by putting your tush down and keeping your feet flat on the floor. As you squat, put your arms out in front of you (like the little picture) and as you stand up, let your arms down at your sides. Before you move into the next squat, you can add a little micro movement to give the squat a little kick. As you stand up from your squat and release your arms, push them behind you and give your shoulder blades a quick squeeze as you clench your bum. Then back into the next squat.

Push Outs: If it's easier for you to do push ups, have at it! If you're in a setting where "drop and give me 20" is not exactly appropriate, push outs are a great substitute. Like push ups, push outs use your body weight and gravity to work your upper body and core muscles. Wall push outs: stand straight facing the wall and stretch your arms out in front of you, palms to floor. You want to be far enough from the wall for the tips of your middle fingers to touch the wall without leaning. Without moving your feet, lean toward the wall so your palms are flat against it. Engage your core (or suck in your gut) and then lean into the wall until you're almost touching your nose to it, keeping your back as straight as possible. Try it with your arms tightly by your sides or with loose elbows and feel the difference. Counter push outs: basically the same, except your feet will be further behind you and your arms will be down instead of straight out. Engage (suck in) and lean into the counter then push yourself away from it.

Torso Twists: There are so many ways to do this! Twists are phenomenal for strengthening your core, protecting your spine, and trimming your waistline. Above, I listed a good way to ensure good form and complete full twists. You could also hold something heavy such as a weight or a large can of beans for added resistance. You could also use a resistance band. Another option that feels less "twisty" is punching. You get more out of this one when standing, but you can do it sitting as well. Keep your hips facing forward and try to keep your shoulders facing forward as well. Engage (suck in) and punch forward with one hand and then the other. It's not a blatant twist but if you keep doing it, you'll feel it in your core. There's also the Russian twist where you sit on the floor or your chair, lift your legs together and, while clasping your hands or holding a weight, twist from side to side, touching your hand or weight to the floor or chair with each movement.

Leg Lifts: Sit up straight in your chair or on your couch or even on the floor and stretch one leg out in front of you, parallel to the floor. Lift it up as high as is comfortable, ensuring your thigh is off the chair (couch or floor). Return to parallel and continue to 25 reps. If parallel isn't comfortable for you, bend your knees slightly. As an alternative, you can pedal your feet, making sure you lift your legs as high as comfortable and making large circles as you pedal. (Note: If you keep your legs parallel, how you hold your feel will work different muscles so I recommend alternating. Pointed toes work your inner thighs and quads while a flexed foot stretches the calf and hamstring.)

Stretches: Stretching is so important and, when done properly, benefits your mental health as well as your physical health. Do not bounce while stretching. (Ask me about Yoga!) I can't say enough about pigeon pose and shoulder rolls. They are quite possibly my favorite of all stretches. Maybe it's because I carry a lot of tension in my hips and shoulders. If you can get on the floor and do the "real" pigeon, PLEASE DO IT. You won't regret making this a regular part of your day. Whether you spend a lot of time on your feet or a lot of time on your keester, you need pigeon. (See below for an instructional video on proper form.) If you're doing a chair pigeon, sit up straight and keep your left foot flat on the floor. bring your right ankle onto your left knee so your legs are perpendicular. Hold that pose for a minimum of 30 seconds. Holding a stretch for 2 minutes is the best way to get the most out of it. Release and repeat on the other side. Shoulder rolls are one of the best ways to alleviate neck and shoulder tension. Sitting or standing straight and tall, let your arms hang, unengaged, by your sides. Begin by pushing your shoulders forward, then raise them up toward your ears, then push them back, and finally down to the starting point. Try this square approach a few times to make sure you're hitting each point for the fullest stretch. Breathe in deeply as you go forward and up, then exhale like you're blowing out a stubborn candle as you go back and down. Turn the square into large, almost dramatic, circles and keep breathing. Do this as long as you hold your chair pigeons.

So there you have it! 5 simple ways to add fitness into your busy days! Try it and let me know how it works for you. Please share your experiences and suggestions in the comments below or feel free to reach out to me directly.