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, 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.

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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.