Jun 18

5 Tips For Blood Sugar Balance

5 Tips For Blood Sugar Balance

I have been doing a lot of research on blood sugar issues lately.  I have never been tested, but I am pretty sure I am borderline hypoglycemic.  My husband always says I treat eating like it’s my full-time job because I am always trying to plan ahead and not go too long without eating or I become what we call around here…HANGRY!  Hungry, angry, yup, you get the picture.  It’s not a pretty sight. :-)

I always have to pack snacks when we go places so the “hangry mama” doesn’t show up.

Hypoglycemia is basically a fancy word for low blood sugar.  If I don’t eat the right foods every few hours, I feel foggy, shaky and CRABBY!  If I eat junk food or a lot of carbs I am a complete mess! Anyone else have these problems?

Low blood sugar and high blood sugar lead to a lack of energy, memory loss, shaking or dizziness and mood swings.  Our brain actually uses about 25% of our bodies blood sugar, so low blood sugar affects us mentally, very quickly.  In the long run blood sugar issues can lead to damaged organs and blood vessels, high blood pressure,  heart disease, heart attack, stroke and the list goes on.

It’s long list of issues I would like to avoid!  Prevention is always key!  A little research and planning can go a long way in preventing so many health issues.

5 Tips for Blood Sugar balance

These are my top FIVE tried and true blood sugar balance tips…..  

Head over to Day2DayJoys where I am contributing today to find out my top five blood sugar balance tips!

 

 

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Blessings to you!!  ~Kelly

Also, check out this awesome Shaklee deal for the month of June!  Stress relief anyone?? :-)

June 2014 Specials!

 

 

Jun 02

WHY SUPPLEMENT + TOP 10 SUPPLEMENTS YOU SHOULD TAKE EVERY DAY

Americans are some of the most overfed and yet undernourished people on the planet, and it shows.

The United States ranks 40th in the developed world for life expectancy even though we spend far more per person on health care than any other country. A new study from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine says that the life-expectancy gap between the US and other developed countries is only getting larger.

Shocked? We should be!

Proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle plays an important role in helping prevent many major diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer), but getting proper nutrition in our modern world can be a challenge.

Let’s take a look:

Our bodies cannot produce many of the nutrients we need, so they must be found in the food we eat and the supplements we take every day. Additionally, if the food we are eating is lacking nutrients, then supplementing can really be beneficial in staying healthy.

Most people say that they eat well, but research shows that 80 percent of Americans are not eating enough servings of fruits and vegetables.i We are also not getting enoughOmega- 3 oils (EPA/DHA), antioxidants, B vitamins or a host of other nutrients our bodies need.

The nutritional content of our food has changed. A 2004 study of common crops showed a decline in the nutrient content between 6 and 38 percent over the past 50 years.ii

The amount of processed food that we eat has been on a steady climb ever since the invention of the refrigerator. Today, most of us eat more processed food than non-processed food. Convenience has become more prized than quality.

Our high stress and fast paced lives increases our needs for nutrients, especially the B vitamins.

The world is a much more toxic place than it used to be. Our bodies are exposed to more pollutants and under more oxidative stress than ever before. We need optimum nutrition in order to help our bodies battle these stresses.

None of us are perfect, there are days when you might eat well, but then days when you don’t. A multivitamin, along with other key nutritional supplements can be the insurance policy you are looking for to fill in those nutritional gaps that may leave us vulnerable.

Why Supplement + Top 10 Supplemments

We created this list of the top supplements you should take every day in order to maximize your overall health.

Multivitamin

The first place you should start is with a multivitamin. This lays the foundation and gives your body the basic nutrition it needs. But you don’t want to stop at only a multivitamin because your body could use so much more.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids (such as EPA and DHA) have been shown to help lower triglycerides, stroke and heart disease risk, help with blood pressure, and have also been shown to be helpful in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, depression, asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.i

Vitamin C

Most of us don’t get nearly enough vitamin C in our diet. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, wound healing, the absorption of iron, and our immune system. Since vitamin C is rapidly used in the body, look for a sustained-release form.ii

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for calcium metabolism; if you want healthy bones you need vitamin D. Vitamin D also supports our immune system and having optimum blood levels of Vitamin D may be helpful in cardiovascular health and may reduce your risk of certain cancers, and even depression.iii

B-Vitamins

The B vitamins help regulate carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. They help with DNA synthesis and repair, help to lower homocysteine, and are helpful for functions from stress management to energy metabolism.iv

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is not as well known as other nutrients, but it is essential to our health and generally lacking in our diet because we don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K is essential for bone mineralization, normal blood clotting, and wound healing.v

Calcium

Most people know that calcium is important for bones and osteoporosis is a major concern with our aging society, but calcium is also helpful for maintaining normal blood pressure, and may play a role in weight loss.vi

Antioxidant

Antioxidants are essential for protecting our bodies against free-radical damage–which may be one of the reasons why we age. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables; look for supplements containing vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zinc, and selenium.vii

Probiotics

While not a nutrient, probiotics make our list because they are essential for proper digestive functioning. Probiotics are microorganisms that support the normal functioning of the whole digestive tract and may reduce the tendencies many have for constipation and diarrhea. They also help with excessive gas and even conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.viii

Lutein and Lycopene

These vitamin-like compounds found in food are great antioxidants.ix They also support a strong immune system and help maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin and lungs.

I only use the Shaklee brand supplements because they are the best and most trusted brand out there. To read why I chose Shaklee, go here.  I have been using Shaklee’s supplements for 2 years!  They are the only supplements that I give my kids and I love the results from them. I love them so much that I became an ambassador for the company!  I highly recommended them to anyone looking for natural product that actually works.

Go here to shop. :)

Have a Blessed Day!  ~Kelly

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i Fetterman JW Jr, Zdanowicz MM. Therapeutic potential of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in disease. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009 Jul 1;66(13):1169-79. PMID: 19535655.
ii Deruelle F, Baron B. Vitamin C: is supplementation necessary for optimal health? J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Dec;14(10):1291-8. PMID: 19032072.
iii Marcinowska-Suchowierska E, Walicka M, Tałałaj M, Horst-Sikorska W,et al. Vitamin D supplementation in adults-guidelines. Endokrynol Pol. 2010 Nov-Dec;61(6):723-9. PMID:21104649.
iv Thompson J. Vitamins and minerals 4: overview of folate and the B vitamins. Community Pract. 2006 Jun;79(6):197-8. PMID: 16780289.
v Iwamoto J, Sato Y, Takeda T, Matsumoto H. High-dose vitamin K supplementation reduces fracture incidence in postmenopausal women: a review of the literature. Nutr Res. 2009 Apr;29(4):221-8. PMID: 19410972.
vi Shahar DR, Schwarzfuchs D, Fraser D, et al. Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov;92(5):1017-22. PMID: 20810979.
vii Fusco D, Colloca G, Lo Monaco MR, Cesari M. Effects of antioxidant supplementation on the aging process. Clin Interv Aging. 2007;2(3):377-87. PMID: 18044188.
viii Veerappan GR, Betteridge J, Young PE. Probiotics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2012 Aug;14(4):324-33. PubMed PMID: 22581276.
ix Khachik F, Beecher GR, Smith JC Jr. Lutein, lycopene, and their oxidative metabolites in chemoprevention of cancer. J Cell Biochem Suppl. 1995;22:236-46.PMID: 8538204.
i Krebs-Smith SM, Guenther PM, Subar AF, Kirkpatrick SI, Dodd KW. Americans do not meet federal dietary recommendations. J Nutr. 2010;140:1832–1838.
ii Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan HD. Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Dec;23(6):669-82. PMID: 15637215.

 

Mar 24

March Shaklee Specials

I get asked all the time about Shaklee. What is it, why did I choose it, etc…

That’s a hard question to sum up in just a short post, but basically, Shaklee is the Number 1 Natural Nutrition Company in the US. They’ve been around for almost 60 years now, and were essentially green before green was more than a color! They have 4 different major product lines: healthy home, healthy weight, healthy beauty, and healthy nutrition. I love them all. I’ve been using them in my home for over 2 years, and gradually over the past 2 years I have made our home completely non-toxic with Shaklee – from the cleaners, to our shampoos & soaps, to our daily supplements, and to our meal replacement smoothees!

Maybe you’ve heard of them from Oprah, or from the fact that the cleaners are the only thing used in the White  House for the past 8 years, either way, if you’d like more information, you can find it here.

But today, I wanted to share our amazing March Specials before the month is up!!!

For anyone who is new to Shaklee, if you place a qualifying order (which is easy, and we can discuss) you’ll receive a FREE lifetime membership (which saves you 15-25% off for life) AND one of my favorite cans of protein smoothee mix!

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Here are a couple of options:

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As we gear up for Spring Cleaning , the first step is to gather your arsenal! Shaklee provides the safest, greenest, most effective cleaning products out there! You can see how I clean my whole house (including laundry and dishes) with JUST the products shown above here. For anyone who purchases a kit before the 31st, you’ll receive the incentives above PLUS a free Shaklee Scour Off (which is the only Get Clean product not included in the kit). BUY HERE | Cost Comparison Sheet Here | Usage Guide Here 

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My second favorite package would be the Lean & Healthy Kit – it contains ALL of your monthly nutrients needed for a healthier, more energetic month! I also use the Vitalizer that’s in the L&H Package.

Lean & Healthy Kit! BUY HERE | More Info

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I also highly recommend the Enfuselle Skincare Line! Enfuselle is like nutrition therapy for your skin!! It has made a WORLD of difference for me! Combined with clean eating, I can go without foundation totally now! I love this system! It is of course all natural, and simply amazing! Every night is like my own little luxury spa escape when I apply it! BUY HERE | Learn More

 

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And last, but definitely one of the most beneficial is the 5 Day Mini Detox! You can find out all of the details here. I LOVE this, and am actually doing the detox again this week!

Shaklee has tons (over 300) other products to fill your needs as well. From Children’s Health to Athletes, and way, way more. Browse all the products here:

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Also, I have to mention that if you already love the products, or are looking for a way to get healthier AND / OR be able to add to your income, I would LOVE to help you!  I am currently looking for a few more motivated women who are serious about creating a healthier, wealthier home for their family! I am interviewing for the next week, so if you’d like to talk, email me!

(kellyburtelson@eyesonthesource.com)

 Project Dream Intl

 

This month only, you can start your own business and join Project Dream Intl: the fastest growing team in Shaklee for only $299. EMAIL ME for more info!

Project Dream Intl $299 option

 

Ask me anything!  I’d love to help you and your family make healthy lifestyle changes and/or provide a better life and more family time!  Blessings to you!  ~Kelly

 

Mar 06

Fruit Infused Water

I am so excited to bring you a guest post from my sister today!!  I have been begging her for a while now to share some of her creativity with us :-)  She is a creative, crafty, crocheting, cake decorating mama of two little sweeties.

Hi Everyone! My name is Erica and I am Kelly’s sister. I love all her healthy living posts! When she asked if I would guest post here I couldn’t think of anything in my life that would be worth writing about. Then I told her about the fruit infused water that I was trying one day and she said, “Write about that!” So… here goes :)

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit infused waters are so simple, refreshing, and delicious. My husband had a kidney stone last month and I have been encouraging him to incorporate more water in his day to avoid reoccurring stones.

 I am always looking for creative (sneaky) ways to get more fruit and water into my 3 year old’s day and really, who couldn’t use an extra glass of water in their diet and a fun way to do it.

First, you need to choose your favorite yummy fruits. I chose lemon and raspberry, strawberry and kiwi, and cucumber. Really any fruit will work…well maybe not bananas :)

Fruit Infused Water

Next, choose a jar or glass to make your fruit infused water in. I used quart mason jars with lids but if you just want to make one glass you can use whatever you like to drink from.

 Wash your fruit, it is going to be soaking in the water you will be drinking (even the lemon).

Cut up the fruit you chose and add it to the jar. I cut mine up evenly for the sake of pictures but you don’t have to be fancy to get the yummy taste :)

Fruit Infused Water

Finally, add water to the jar! So simple! I used cold water and left them in the fridge overnight so they would be ready to go in the morning. I find my mornings are very busy with 2 little kids and I try to set myself up for success by preparing the night before. But you can still get great flavor from the fruit if you prepare the water in the morning and drink it later in the day.

You can strain it if you like or leave the fruit in it. Serve in a fancy glass, straight out of the jar, or even in a sippy cup. My daughter loved the strawberry water and my son wanted to drink all of my lemon water!

Fruit Infused Water

A great thing about fruit infused water is you get the benefits of water and fruit all in one glass.

Here are a few more pictures of the flavors we tried.

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

One final tip, don’t throw away your fruit! The berries are still delicious by itself or added to a smoothie.  Lemons or oranges can be used to freshen the garbage disposal.

Thanks for letting me share fruit infused water with you. I would love to hear flavor combinations that you try!

Thanks so much for sharing today, Erica!  You can find more from Erica on Pinterest, Facebook and Etsy!

Feb 06

JOIN SHAKLEE FOR FREE AND GET FREE GOODIES {FEBRUARY MUST HAVE DEALS}

 

Shaklee Feb Specials

“I’m so sick of Shaklee Specials!”…..Said no one…EVER!!!

I feel like we keep spoiling our members because we are spoiling them!!  I love helping others and love it even more when the word FREE is involved!!  Who doesn’t love free?   Well, if you love free and saving money, listen up… this is a NEW SPECIAL that has never been offered before!

When I found out about this deal, I was super excited!!  This won’t be around for long.

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Ok, here are the details….

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When you join Shaklee as a Member/Distributor, you will get:

New Distributors who join Shaklee under this offer with a minimum 50 PV (examples below) purchase will receive a free Shaklee product – a canister of Shaklee 180® Café Latte Energizing Smoothee – and they have the opportunity to sponsor new people under this same lucrative offer through 2/28!

New Members who join Shaklee under this offer with a minimum 50 PV (examples below) purchase will receive free $19.95 Membership as well as a free Shaklee product – a canister of Shaklee 180® Café Latte Energizing Smoothee (while supplies last) through 2/28!

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What does this mean for you?

This means LOTS of savings.  In fact, you will save about $67 and I always offer a free product to my members within their first 30 days of joining with my Earn & Learn Program.  So, you could save almost $100 while you get healthier!!! Plus, get discounts and join our fantastic online Shaklee family – You’ll love it!

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So, what qualifies for all this goodness, a free membership, discounts, free smoothie mix, and our awesome community?

Shaklee is offering this with a 50pv order.  Since you probably have no clue what pv (point value) is, I put together some must have products that would qualify you!  Or you can put together your own must haves. :-)

Order this:

(Pick one product(s) in a group from below to qualify.)

Enfuselle® Repair Skin System

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Clinically Proven To Improve Your Skin

The results are in!  The Enfuselle Repair System is clinically proven to improve your skin in as little as a month.  You’ll see and feel the difference immediately

Includes Time Repair A.M.® SPF 15, C+E Repair P.M.®, and Dispensing Pump.

Paraben Free.

(OH MY GOODNESS…THIS STUFF IS AMAZING!)

Features:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 421% in 4 weeks!
  • Increases skin firmness and elasticity by 154% in 4 weeks!
  • Definitive evening of skin tone in 12 weeks!

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Vitalizer

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Changing Brands Can Change Your Life

Vitalizer is the most advanced multinutrient supplement in the marketplace today with 80 bio-optimized nutrients clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life.* Vitalizer is the powerful and convenient approach to complete supplementation providing the best spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-aging phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics*, all in one daily serving

(I take this EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.)

  • Custom formula created specifically for today’s healthy active woman
  • Patent-pending delivery system designed to enhance absorption of key nutrients
  • Based on 12 clinical studies and a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study

Feel better in 30 days or your money back.

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5 Day Detox Supplies

Shaklee 180 kick start detox the plan

To learn more, go here, and order all the supplies.

To join us, you will need the following products:

alfalfaliver detoxTea180 smoothee180 snack bar, and herb lax

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Get Clean Starter Kit

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We believe that health isn’t just about what you put in your body, it’s about everything around you. We bring you a full line of natural and nontoxic cleaning choices that are Safe for You, Your Home, and Your Planet® called Get Clean®.

No harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals.

Outperforms 20 national leading brands.

You would spend $3400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!*

Features Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate – just 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz. of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents.

And when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:

Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.

Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.

The Get Clean Starter Kit contains:

  • Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes, 35 Wipes (1)
  • Nature Bright® Laundry Booster and Stain Remover, 32 oz. (1)
  • Dish Wash Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate, 32 oz. (1)
  • Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible, Regular Scent  32 oz. (Liquid) (1)
  • Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets, 80 sheets (1)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate Dispenser (empty) (1)
  • Nature Bright® Dispenser (empty) (1)

Including all the accessories you need to get really clean:

  • Organizer Caddy (1)
  • Spray Bottles (3)
    • Windows and Mirrors
    • All-Purpose
    • Degreasing
  • Dropper Pipette (1)
  • 1/4 oz. Dispenser Pump for 32 oz. Bottle (1)
  • Laundry Measuring cup (1)
  • Dual Measuring Spoon (1)
  • Cleaning Accessories (4)
    • Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Window Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Dish Sponge
    • Miracle Scrubber Pad

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If I were to guess the top 4 questions or objections you will have about joining as a member, they would be these:

  • How much is it to renew each year?
  • Is there a minimum each month or year?
  • What is your return policy?
  • By joining as a member, does that make me a distributor?

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So here’s how I would clear those up for you:

  • There is no renewal fee.  It’s a lifetime membership and one time fee of $19.95  FREE for you with a qualifying order!
  • There are no minimums EVER!  You can order once a year or monthly.  It’s up to you.
  • We offer 100% money back guarantee for all products.
  • You are not a distributor and will not receive bonuses.  If you want to get paid for sharing Shaklee, you need to go here and apply to partner with me.

I want you to be completely without risk, so here’s my guarantee.  If for any reason a Shaklee Product is not satisfactory, return it for exchange or full refund.

If our products are not the best they can be — and the best you can buy — what else matters?

So if you don’t experience the desired results from a Shaklee nutritional, personal care, or household product, you may return the unused portion for a 100% refund.

In addition to a money-back guarantee, we offer:

  • 100% guarantee that the ingredients listed on the label are in the product
  • 100% guarantee of quality-controlled product formulations that ensure product safety, purity, reliability, and product performance
  • 100% guarantee that we use the finest quality ingredients available

Experience the Shaklee Difference for yourself!

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It’s really easy to get started. You just go to my website, fill up your shopping cart, and join as a member. (fill out application)  It is a one-time fee of $19.95.  Free with a qualifying order!

Once you decide to get started here’s what’s going to happen….

You will get a 15% discount on your order and you will receive a welcome email from me with all the details about joining our private online community.

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You need to do this in February because you will get a FREE MEMBERSHIP, get a FREE Cafe Late Protein Smoothee Canister and I am offering you a FREE product within your first 30 days of joining when you complete our Learn & Earn Members Program.

That’s almost $100 savings!!! :) WOOHOO!!!!

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Here’s a list of people who have already joined us and exactly what happened for them:

 ”We LOVE the cleaning products! I haven’t had an asthma attack since switching in November 2011!!” Connie

“Basic H & G…so nice to clean without my nose getting all stuffed up, sore throats and terrible headaches behind my eyes like I would get with Mr. Clean and other harsh cleaners.” Casey

“I love that I don’t get headaches anymore from cleaning, I’ve been using them for years now and will never switch! And my toddler drank the Basic H2 and was just fine, whew! I LOVE the peace of mind. And the protein shakes are amazing, love love love them, they make meal planning very simple  The vitamins give me lots of energy and keep me healthy, no big sicknesses for us this year! I could go on and on and on…”  Michelle

“Shaklee 180 Turnaround changed my life! It it’s by far the best weight loss program out there! Down 35 lbs in 15 weeks! I feel great!”  Christi

“My husband and I are losing weight! I thought I never would be able to say that! Definitely life changing!”  Linda

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If you have any questions about this or anything else, please email me at kellyburtelson@eyesonthesource.com.  I’d love to help you! :)

Blessings! ~Kelly

P.S. If you want to partner with my Shaklee & Project Dream Team, please go here and apply where is says, “Partner with Us” and you will get instant access to all the info about what we do.  From now until Friday February 7th, my team is offering a $150 rebate on the $599 Gold Pak!  Don’t miss out!

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