Health and Wellness

Healthy Cells, Healthy Immune System, Healthy Body

Our immune system was designed specifically to heal our bodies and keep them healthy. So why are so many failing these days?

There are many factors that cause our immune systems to function poorly - diet, lack of exercise, too much stress and how we handle it, pollutants and contaminants in the air and water, toxins in our food supply, body care and cleaning products among many other factors. But taking our health seriously doesn't have to be burdensome and confusing.

I don't know anyone who wants to be sick or die of disease but sadly that's what is happening to so many people. Death is a sure thing, but disease doesn't have to be.

If you're interested in strengthening your immune system allowing it to do its job, which is to heal your body, then go to Amazing Molecules . Find out how healthy cells make for a healthy body and then contact me!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jennifer Sands, Christian author, speaker and 9/11 widow

A friend had invited me to a women's luncheon today at her church in Burlington, NJ.  It was a very nice day.  The guest speaker was Jennifer Sands. 

Before 9/11 Jennifer believed in God, that He existed, but that was about it.  She had no interest in knowing Jesus or reading Scripture until...9/11 happened.  On this day Jennifer Sands became a widow.  Ten years later she stands before the Lord and us a transformed woman, someone who now knows and understands the true meaning of the word peace and owns it.   

Jennifer’s life could have taken a turn for the worse but by recognizing God’s grace and accepting His sovereignty over her life she has been able to overcome that terrible tragedy and allow God to turn it into something beautiful.  This is what He does. 

I hope these words bring encouragement to you and causes you to think of things you either haven't given any thought to or things you might sweep under the rug.  :)

Click here for the video of Jennifer Sands story.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Is it posible to prevent Autism?

Can a simple test prevent autism?   What does gut flora have to do with autism and diabetes 2 and what does autism and diabetes 2 have in common?  Check out this article and watch the video about a recent development in autism and diabetes 2 research.

Also, watch this YouTube video of a mother and her son who, at birth, was diagnosed with the highest level of mental retardation and autism and how his health turned around simply by changing his diet.  God is amazing!
Please pass on this article to anyone you know who is expecting a baby or who has an autistic child.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The truth about an all time favorite snack

Dr. Mercola's article about this snack and others is a a great reminder to me and may be an eye-opener for some.  What I appreciate about Dr. Mercola is that he tells it like it is and doesn't make excuses for anyone or anything.  I respect his honesty and I'm grateful for his determination and willingness to get the correct information out to us.  I understand how he feels because I see so many unsuspecting people including teens and children who are so influenced by what they see on the Internet, TV, billboards, magazines etc. and most times they're not taught to question what they see and hear especially when it relates to diet and health.  Maybe we should start teaching our children from birth (and at whatever age they are now) to question what they see and hear before they accept and receive it with open arms.  Maybe then there will be direction change in the hearts of those in our government and the food industry who are looking out for their own interest. 

Remember, our children are being targeted BECAUSE they are the most influential.  Companies know this and they take full advantage of it.  Our children are like sitting ducks if their parents aren't guiding them so don't allow companies the privilege of guiding your children.  Ads and commercials are geared towards our children to get them hooked on their products!

So click here for Dr. Mercola's article and links to help you make good and right diet, food and health choices.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Pampered Chef
 "Change of Season Sale!

Correction made below:  Please note, there has been a increase in the Shipping & Handling fee.  It is now $4.75.

Shop Pampered Chef now through December 10th and get 10% off of the products you purchase.  Or if you'd rather, your 10% savings will be given to the Delaware County SPCA and/or Forgotten Cats.  It's your choice.

In addition, all who place an order will be entered into a drawing to receive November Host priviledges.  This will entitle the winner to one or two items at 60% off (depending on the total sales), half price and discounted items, FREE shipping and 10% off for one full year.

Also, check out our Guest Specials with any $60 or $100 purchase.

So start shopping now simply by clicking here for our e-catalogs, Fall 2011 and Holiday 2011 and then contact me by email on my cell phone (610) 764-1371.

Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Thank you!


Terms:  To get 10% off, orders must be placed with Lisa Small.  We accept payment in the form of CASH, CHECK (made payable to Lisa Small) or CREDIT CARD.  Full payment is required by December 10th.  There is a shipping/handling fee of $4.75 on all orders.  Sales tax will be based on the total order before the discount.  The discount will be applied only to the products purchased.  At time of order, please advise how to apply your 10% savings.

"Reworking," "reconditioning" and "reprocessing" food just doesn't sound right

Snokist in Washington state, a huge supplier of processed fruit and babyfood, was caught using moldy apples in their applesauce AFTER being warned by the FDA.  And guess who this applesauce is supplied to?  According to the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Snokist is or was (we don't know which at this point) supplying SCHOOLS nationwide through federal "nutrition" programs.  Nutrition?  Do they really know what that word means?  

The words "rework," "recondition" and "reprocess" jumped out at me while reading the article.  These words have nothing to do with nutrition.  What Snokist produces is "DEAD" food, to say the least.

As you read the article and the quotes of those who work at Snokist you'll get the idea that they truly don't care about producing quality food.  Their concern is the bottom line - profit, which is the name of the game for most, if not all, food manufacturing companies.  The fact that Snokist has been warned by the FDA and still continued to use moldy apples just goes to prove who they're looking out for, and it's not our children.

This is why each of us must take responsibility for ourselves and for our children.  We can't allow the government or companies to determine what is good for us.  Unfortunately there is too much corruption and greed.  We need to wake up and understand that we DO have a choice in the matter.  But that choice requires more of our attention and time.  In order to stop this malarkey, we simply must make wise decisions and recognize that we should not give authority over to others to decide what is best for us.  One way to do that is to have your child bring his or her lunch to school EVERY school day.  But first make sure you have healthy foods on hand for them to take.   And I don't mean Lunchables and prepackaged foods which come from manufacturing companies like Snokist who are only in it for profit.  Make your own "lunchables" with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and just as important, make changes to your own diet.  Children learn more from what they see than what hear.  And decide not to buy junk foods and sodas.  This way they're not easily accessible.  But much more, please don't let your children eat the slop that our government is allowing these companies to provide at very low costs, because you surely do get what you pay for!  Like my cousin Michele recently said to me in an email that she heard from someone else - "You either pay now or pay later."

Check out Jamie Oliver's website and read about his quest for the food revolution in schools!

Would love to hear your comments, questions and concerns.

Monday, October 3, 2011

FOOD MATTERS, the movie

Does food really matter?
Are you [really] what you eat?

Below is an email I sent to Dr. Stephen Barrett, founder of Quackwatch.  I blind cc'd Dr. Lorraine Day as I have in the past so that she is aware of the email, and so she knows I continue to support her efforts. 

The movie I mentioned in the email, Food Matters, can be viewed for FREE between October 2nd and October 8th (this is not a trailer, it's the actual movie).  You can also purchase a DVD on Dr. Mercola's website for only $10.oo. 

I encourage EVERYONE to watch this movie and then pass it on to everyone you know and post it on Face Book, twitter it or whatever it is you do best! :)  

Please continue on to read the email to Dr. Barrett:

Dear Dr. Barrett,

I had written to you a couple of times before, the first time being within a year or so of having been diagnosed with breast cancer, now 7 years ago. We went back and forth a bit about how diet and nutrition play a huge role in one’s health. Sadly, at that time, you disagreed and objected strongly to this notion.

I’m not sure what your beliefs are but my belief is that the Lord was responsible for opening my eyes. My mom, who saw Dr. Lorraine Day on television had decided, without fully realizing the impact it would have, to purchase what would later help change the course of my life and the lives of others around me. This, mind you, was just after I had my first and last chemo treatment.

Today I write to you because you come across my mind from time to time and after watching the video, Food Matters, I thought of you again. I pray for you that God would reveal His truth to you about how He flawlessly created our human bodies. God - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is our Healer and our Forgiver. He designed our bodies so that, when taken care of properly, they will heal. With that, I would like to ask you to watch the movie, Food Matters, made available to watch for free between October 2nd and October 8th.

Please click here to watch and feel free to pass it on (this is the actual movie, it is not a trailer).

Thank you!

Lisa Small

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is who you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~ John Wooden

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Easy beauty treatments from the used and infused

Are you getting your money's worth?
Try these easy beauty treatments that reuse
items you would normally throw away.

Grapefruit is among one of the highest fruits in antioxidants.  High in vitamin C it also contains phytonutrients called limonoids, which are tumor inhibitors.  It contains pectin, a soluble fiber which has been found in animal studies to slow down progression for atherosclerosis (heart disease).  It also helps to prevent kidney stones and protects against colon cancer.  

Try this:

Take a grapefruit and peel off the skin in wedges.  I like to use the Pampered Chef Citrus Peeler (only $1.00) to peel my citrus fruit.  Now, eat the grapefruit and then apply the peel all over your face (white pithy part to your skin).  Keep the peel in each spot for at least ten seconds (it may stick to your forehead - I unloaded a few grocery bags while it was on my forehead)!  Let dry and wipe off any pith.  So refreshing and good for your skin!

TEA BAGS are easy on the eyes.
It's been proven that the tannin in tea bags (green or black) reduces inflammation (puffiness) and dark circles under and around the eyes. Caffeinated tea works best as it has a higher anti-inflammatory property and green tea works even better because it contains EGCG, an additional anti-inflammatory.

If you have puffy eyes or dark circles, give this a try:

First, make my favorite iced tea recipe below.  Save the tea bags and place them in the refrigerator in a glass jar or container or place on waxed paper in the freezer until cold but not frozen (if they are too dry add some water just to make them damp).  Pour some of the iced tea you just made, place a tea bag over each eye and sit and relax for 10-15 minutes in peace and quiet.  Remove tea bags and throw them away (or you can reuse them if you like).  Store the tea bags in the refrigerator and repeat daily or as often as you like.  

Makes 1 gallon

6 Organic green tea bags
6 Organic mint tea bags or a bunch of fresh organic torn mint leaves (I prefer peppermint)
2 Large Organic Lemon, cut in quarters
Organic Agave Nectar or raw unfiltered honey, to taste, optional
Ice, to fill a gallon pitcher half way plus extra

Add enough warm-hot water (not boiling) to fill the Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl. Add tea bags and steep for 5-10 minutes.  Do not squeeze the green tea bags or the result may be a bitter tasting pitcher of iced tea.  The mint tea can stay in as long as you like depending on how minty you like it.  If you have the time, allow to cool completely.

In the Family Size Quick Stir Pitcher (yes, from Pampered Chef), add ice and the tea mixture and stir. Add more ice if necessary.  Squeeze lemons in the pitcher only if you will consume it shortly after.  If not, squeeze a nice size lemon wedge into a glass and fill with the tea.  If you like some sweetness, add some Agave Nectar or honey, to taste.
To make a half gallon pitcher, cut ingredients in half and use the Small Batter Bowl and the Quick Stir Pitcher.

For more ideas for how to use used tea bags, go to: 

Did you know?
  • Green tea has lots of antioxidants.
  • Peppermint relieves IBS symptoms, sick stomach and colic thru breast milk.
  • Fresh lemon has vitamin C and is alkalizing in your body. 
  • Lemon water alkalizes your body, cleanses your liver and kidneys and aids in digestion. 
    • Each morning when you wake up, squeeze half of an organic lemon in a glass of lukewarm water and drink. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pampered Chef Catalog Show

The Pampered Chef ®

There's a Pampered Chef catalog show
going on now through August 1st!

Click here to view our interactive online catalog.  See our Guest Special for July!

To place your order just call me at (610) 764-1371 or email me*BONUS: Everyone who places an order will be entered into a drawing to win a Gift Basket from Not Just Cooking filled with natural and organic products as well as Pampered Chef products!

The following recipe features some of my favorite Pampered Chef kitchen products: Pizza Cutter; Silicone Basting Brush; Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan; Mini Tart Shaper; Utility Knife; Food Chopper; Garlic Press; Classic Batter Bowl; Adjustable Measuring Spoons.

Avocado Salsa Cups

Tortilla Cups
6 (11-in./28-cm) flour tortillas
1 tbsp (15 mL) Grape seed oil
Avocado Filling
2 small plum tomatoes
2 small avocados
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Additional chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. For cups, using Pizza Cutter, trim tortillas to form six 6-in. squares; discard trimmings. Cut each square into quarters for a total of twenty-four 3-in. squares. Make a 1-in. cut from each corner toward the center of each square. Brush both sides of each square with oil using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Press squares into bottom of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan using Mini-Tart Shaper. Bake 8–10 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven.

For filling, core and seed tomatoes. Finely dice tomatoes and avocados using Utility Knife. Chop cilantro with Food Chopper. Combine tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, lime juice, garlic pressed with Garlic Press and salt in Classic Batter Bowl.

Fill cups with filling using Adjustable Measuring Spoon. Spoon sour cream into small resealable plastic bag; trim corner using Utility Knife to allow sour cream to flow through. Pipe sour cream over avocado mixture. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.
Yield: 24 servings.

Nutrients per serving: (1 appetizer): Calories 70, Total Fat 4.5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 6 g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 95 mg, Fiber 1 g

Interested in hosting a show or becoming a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant?  Contact me!

Lisa Small
Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef
(610) 764-1371

All Pampered Chef orders are subject to applicable sales tax and a $4.50 S/H fee.

© 2009 The Pampered Chef used under license.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The CBS Early Show featuring corporate wellness

The CBS Early Show finally aired our two minute and forty six second piece on Wednesday, July 13th. I didn't find out until after the fact.

Not surprisingly, they cut the interview with our wellness coordinator, Michele (a/k/a Well Michele) and me but we weren’t cut out all together. Michele is in a purple top demonstrating the Virgin Health Miles Go Zone and my friend Kay and I are shown during the kick boxing class (I'm to the left of the screen in a white t-shirt on and Kay is to the right of the screen with short dark hair).

It was a great experience and a lot of fun!  I’m thinking I’ll be joining a kick boxing class sometime in the near future!

Click here to watch the segment. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The CBS Early Show on wellness - Music to my ears!


It was a very interesting week last week at work.  The CBS Early Show came to my place of employment on Wednesday, June 22nd 2011.  Let me backtrack a little and give you some background. 

Our healthcare plan includes a wellness driven program called Virgin Health Miles.  Virgin Health Miles held a contest for all of the participating companies who are signed up with Virgin Health Miles.  Only those employees who are signed up with their company's health care program can participate.  The contest was about how Virgin Health Miles has helped someone obtain better health.  Well, out of all the companies and all the employees, one of our employees won!

The CBS Early Show arrived to hold interviews with Donna, the employee who won the contest, and Adele, our SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer.  In the meantime, Well Michele, our wellness coordinator, asked some of us on the wellness committee if we would like to be part of the taping in the fitness center, which I accepted, and so she arranged a kickboxing class which is typcially held at 5:00pm twice a week (I just thought I'd be in the background stretching or something). 

My interview came as a surprise.  The CBS interviewer approached me immediately after the kickboxing class and asked if he could interview me.  Adele mentioned to me soon after that she had just briefly mentioned that I promote wellness after dealing with some health isues.  So we did the interview and I have to say that I was embarrassed because my face was beet red.  Oh, not from the interview but from the kickboxing class.  My face was so red during and after the class that I thought something was wrong with me.  No one else's face was red like mine was.  Now I know how Rudolf felt!  But I felt great, a bit sore in the days following but I'm still here!

The show will air this coming Tuesday, June 28th.  The Early Show starts at 7am though I’m not sure what time our story will be on. Of course, we don’t know how they will edit the tape so I can’t be sure I’ll even be in it, but that’s my story and I'm sticking to it! :)


Saturday, May 21, 2011

If our pets could speak...

Those of us with pets know that one of their favorite pastimes is eating.  Our pets depend on us for their survival.  If we don’t provide them with the proper nourishment, they will suffer eventually. 
Pets know when it’s time to eat. In fact, if breakfast or dinner is late, they make sure to tell us. But it’s not just meals our pets look forward to. Treats are also part of their diets. They even understand our language when we speak the word, “treat.” When we say that five letter word, their ears perk up and they get excited (anyone who has a pet understands what I'm saying). It’s amazing how they actually know what a “treat” is and how they anxiously wait for it. Some pets know exactly where we “hide” their treats and some will lead you to them. Some will do tricks for a treat (I taught my cat Emma to “sit” for a treat) and some will feel entitled to it (I have one of those).

Dogs and cats were domesticated long before any of us were even born.  However, there are still wild dogs and cats.  We refer to them as feral.  These animals are born outside and are not open to having their freedom taken away.  This is not to say that they will never accept it, but from my own experience with a feral cat, you can't take the feral completely out of them.

Have you ever thought about what a “domesticed pet” actually is as opposed to a wild animal?  The term domesticated pet is a term we use for wild animals that we have domesticated.  We have taken them from their natural environment and provided them with a totally different habitat, our homes.  Over a long period of time, these wild animals have adapted to a new lifestyle.  Here's an accurate description of what a "domesticated pet" is taken from Wikipedia:  Domesticated pets are the most common types of pet. They have consistently been kept in captivity over a long enough period of time that they exhibit marked differences in behavior and appearance from their wild relatives.

So a domesticated pet will take to the comforts of a human home while a wild animal will not. Most wild animals are afraid of humans (and visa versa) and when they feel threatened, they'll even attack.  They are not trained to obey our commands and if admitted into our home, would tear it up and us in the process.  They live outside on their own and have to fend for themselves, finding their own food and shelter and protect themselves.

Domesticated pets, though they are wild by nature, have succumbed to daily living inside our homes, for the most part.  We feed them, shelter them and protect them.  Because they primarily live indoors and they look to us to take care of them, they have no reason to hunt for food.  Even so, they are not able to eat whenever they feel like it.  They can't go into the refrigerator and pull out a juicy steak.  They have been domesticated, but they have their limits.

I’m sure we would all agree that though domesticating dogs and cats has caused them to be dependent on humans, it has not caused the inside of their body structure or their instincts to change. If my cat went outside and saw a bird, instinctively he'd go after the bird as his prey (which he has). Or if a mouse entered my house, most likely my cat would chase it and try to kill it (or play with it as I’ve heard some cats will do – this could be a case of confusion if they play with toy mice). And if a dog saw a cat, his instincts would tell him to go after the cat. Of course, generally speaking, animals can be trained.

Many families have rescued pets right off the street or have adopted them from a another family or a local shelter. Pet owners have different reasons for having pets.  We can see how their roles vary.  In many instances, pets become like family.  Some pets are desired for protection, companionship, a playmate for the children or help with seeing. Whatever the reason, pets offer many benefits. So why would anyone, including their owners, want to cause them harm?

It's clear that our pets are dependent on us for their food and proper nourishment.  If they don’t have the ability to eat what they should and when they want, isn’t it our responsibility to give them what they need? It sure is! Pharmaceutical companies and veterinarians are cashing in on our pets’ ill health. Pet insurance has even been available as if to warn pet owners that there will come a day when their pet will likely get sick. It’s inevitable that they will, too, mainly because of the foods of they eat. So what can we do?

I’m not going to go into detail about what I’ve discovered about pet foods in this article because Dr. Becker, DVM has already done that. So I hope you’ll take the time to read Dr. Becker’s article and inquire about the book she’s written called, Dr. Becker's Real Food for Health Dogs and Cats Cookbook. Take a minute also to check out the Primal Pet Foods website as well as Aunt Jeni’s and EVO.

To your pet's good health and long life!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Meat Glue holds it together

Here's a new one.  Meat glue.  I've never heard of it until today and I have to say I'm not surprised.  It just goes to show how important it is for all of us to be more interested in what's not being reported on the news than what is.  From what I read, the FDA recognizes meat glue as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe).  As with most everything else, just follow the money trail.

Now, I'm completely on board with those who want to be creative and use scraps so as not to waste anything.  However I'm not on board when deceit is involved.  Are you really getting what you’re paying for or are you spending your hard earned money on meats that aren’t really what you think they are?

Of course, it's no suprise that those who profit from meat glue will tell us that it's safe and has no negative side effects.  But if they weren't profitting from it, would they use it?  It's doubtful.  Why would they waste time on something that wouldn't enhance and increase profits?   

Here are some questions you should be asking yourself and your butcher:

  1. Where do you buy your meats?
  2. Do you know where the meat comes from?
  3. Do you know how the animals live and what they’re fed, i.e. Do they live in tight spaces/cages or do they live in their natural environment where they have access to the outside with sunshine.  Are theyfed a proper diet like grass?  
  4. Do you even know what they should be fed and how they should live?
  5. Do you know if the animals were given hormones and antibiotics (it is unlawful in the United States for farmers to inject chickens we will eat with hormones). 
If you don’t think these are important questions to ask, think again. Just because your parents or grandparents had no need or reason to ask these questions of their butcher many years ago, the fact is, we have the need and many reasons to ask today. Managed sick care is big business and it just keeps on growing.

Advances in technology can be a good thing if used properly and for our good.  But when it has been taken beyond the scope of truth in order to deceive those who support it, that's where we, as consumers, must take a step back and question it.  I hope you will do just that.    

What is meat glue is and why is it dangerous and deceptive? Find out in this video and article.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Aspartame: A friend or foe?

While our government denies that Aspartame has any negative side effects, Victoria Inness Brown and the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy, on the other hand, have concluded that Aspartame does have very negative consequences.  Aspartame is an ingedient in the very popular and widely consumed artificial sweetener, Nutrasweet. 

Victoria Inness Brown, a typical citizen, experimentor and author of an article called NEW! Self-Funded Study Found HUGE Tumors from This Everyday Food... concludes that any food or beverage made with or from Aspartame should be avoided completely.  Please read her article along with the published results on

Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners may be disguised on the ingedient list.  Read the labels! and know the facts.  Look for these ingredients listed below and avoid anything made with or from them:
  • Nutrasweet
  • Equal
  • Splenda
  • "Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine" appears instead - diet soda ingredients
  • Sweet & Safe
  • Sweet One
  • Acesulfame-k
  • Sucralose
  • Altern
  • Canderel

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vermont Soap's Ingredient of the Month


Vermont Soap's "Ingredient of the Month" is antimicrobial chemicals and in particular one called "TRICLOSAN." 

Triclosan can be found in hygiene products, cosmetics, household products, countertops, kitchenware and textiles (this includes clothing).  Oh, and stuffed animals too!  This antimicrobrial chemical is being reported and touted as safe by the FDA however animal studies concluded that triclosan is a chemical we should avoid for a number of reasons.   

Congressman Edward Markey has petitioned the government for Triclosan to be banned in the US.  It's already banned and limited in other countries.  The FDA is apparently still investigating the effects of triclosan on humans and should be coming out with a decision sometime this spring, 2011.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also conducted a triclosan study with 2517 people, seven years and older, to find out if traces of triclosan would be found.  Seventy-five (75%) of the children and adults tested had various concentration levels of triclosan in their blood.

Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, tells WebMD that triclosan can lead to "altered behavior, learning disabilities and infertility. "

Most of us have heard that the over use of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant to them (superbugs).  It's no different with antimicobial chemicals like triclosan.  The concern is that super bugs can develop due to overuse of antimicrobial chemicals rendering triclosan and other microbial chemicals ineffective.  This means that scientists will have to develop even stronger chemicals to fight off the effects of the superbugs.  Why won't we learn from the antibiotic/bacteria/superbug debacle? 

Check out the Triclosan Fact Sheet for more details about products with triclosan.  

Be sure to read the labels before you make a purchase,

and beware of triclosan! 

Vermont Soap Company sells organic and chemical-free soaps and household cleaners online.  My family has been using their household cleaner, Liquid Sunshine!  We love it!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 has FREE shipping in February

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  • Milk Thistle capsules
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  • Giovanni hair products
  • Power Smile Toothpaste
  • Naturally Fresh Deodorant
  • Dessert Essence Lip Rescue lip balm
  • Dr. Bronner's lip balm
  • Organic Fiji Peppermint lip balm
  • Spry Gum (100 pieces)
  • Thayers Witch Hazel
  • Burts Bees products
  • Greenies for Cats
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Time to get back in shape

For many of us, the holidays have become a time of over indulgence.  We tend to make allowances for foods, drinks and treats that we might not ordinarily make.  This means weight gain, which means clothes may fit tighter and you may feel tired and sluggish.

Getting back on track isn't easy, as we all know, but it's something we need to do if we want to be healthy.  We can't eat the way we do around the holidays all year long.  If we do, we will surely be unhealthy, maybe not sick right away, but eventually.

So what motivates someone to eat well and keep their body in shape???  Someone else who is looking to do the same thing!  It's simple.  Find someone who would like to get back on track and partner up with them because, first of all, just knowing you're accountable to someone else will encouragement you to stay focused.

Take these ideas and run with them:
  • Set up a chart that details your health plan for the week and follow it. Being prepared is half the battle and builds confidence.
  • Share ideas and recipes with your health partner and others.
  • Open up conversation about health with others.  It's so encouraging to talk to someone who speaks your language and it's a great motivator!
  • Write out a weekly menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks.
    • Be sure to drink at least 8-10 eight oz glasses of water each day.  Include lots of fresh sqeezed organic lemons.
    • If you use sugar try something called Organic Agave Nectar instead.  Agave Nectar is sweeter and more expensive than sugar so you will want to use less.  It is said that Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index so it shouldn't spike up your sugar levels.
  • Challenge your health partner and/or others
    • Buy a pedometer and see who takes the most steps in one day or in a week! 
    • Run your own Biggest Loser contest.
Make and take time now to get in shape, otherwise another year will go by before you know it!