Monday, April 22, 2013

Ways to Go Green.....



Happy Earth Day! The way we treat our planet has a direct affect on our health. What is a new commitment you can make to take better care of our Earth?  
Drive less? Carpool! Save gas money by splitting it with friends and reduce the amount of pollution going into the air. Even better….ride your bike or walk to work or to the grocery store if it’s close enough to your home.
 Wooden Bike
Use non-toxic cleaners?

Did ya know that 70% of all water pollution comes from household cleaning and that many cleaners are designated household hazardous waste by the EPA! Use Shaklee Basic H for all-purpose, non-toxic and safe cleaning of windows, mirrors, degreasing, floors, tubs, showers, bathrooms, you name it! It comes in a 16 oz bottle of concentrate and creates 48 gallons of safe, powerful cleaner. Just one bottle is $12.15 and is the equivalent of 5,824 bottles of 26oz Windex.



 
Use a filtered water pitcher - stop buying plastic water bottles?
Buy a reusable BPA water bottle and refill it with filtered water instead of buying bottled water. (I recommend Shaklee Get Clean Water pitcher. It’s the only purifying pitcher that gets lead out of water. It filters more than 5,000 8 oz. glasses and saves more than 2,400 plastic bottles from the landfill).
 Take yourself off junk mailing lists?
Click on the picture for more info.
Switch from synthetic to all Natural Vitamins?
Plant a Tree?
Support the Arbor Day Foundation. With each membership you’ll receive 10 free trees to plant. One recommendation is to plant these trees in honor of a local organization.
Buy local produce?
Reuse and Recycle common household things?
You can see alot more idea's on Pinterest!
    
Use reusable plastic containers for packing lunches and snacks?
Switch to glass straws?
- we LOVE our Glass Dharma straws. 
  
Plant a Garden?

Use all natural beauty products?
Looking for a natural eco-friendly skin care nutrition system? I use these and love the entire line. 

 



Use Reuseable bags for grocery shopping?

Hang the clothes on the line?
 - they smell amazing!
There are so many changes we can make to the Earth a healthier place to live. Pick one new thing and start now!

Earth Day began on April 22 1970 and over 20 million people across the U.S. participated. Before the inception of Earth Day, Shaklee was a company founded on Living in Harmony and with Nature®. In the 1960s Shaklee introduced Basic-H® Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic biodegradable cleaners. Shaklee also leads in environmental achievements, embracing climate change initiatives, and ecol-alliances with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and others. Shaklee, we believe in promoting a healthy environment, creating awareness of the issues, and educating others to not only take care of our planet but individual home environments too.
Shaklee Basic H was the official product of the first Earth Day!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easy, Delicious, Rhubarb Crisp


Well, It's Spring-time here in East Central Indiana - and that means, that soon rhubarb will be plentiful! I have two beds of rhubarb in my garden - both the Victoria and the Crimson Red. I like them mixed.  I love to freeze rhubarb.... it is so easy and it makes the best rhubarb crisp, jellies, and rhubarb cream pies!
 

Here is one of our family's favorite rhubarb deserts!

 ~ Easy, Delicious, Rhubarb Crisp ~
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1 package strawberry Jell-O
1/3 cup sugar
1 package white cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup butter melted
 
OPTION 1:
Place rhubarb in a 9x13"  baking dish. Sprinkle with gelatin, sugar and cake mix. Pour water evenly over dry ingredients; drizzle with butter. Bake @350* for 1 hr. or until top is golden brown.
(NOTE: I usually bake for around 1 hr. and 10 min.)

OPTION 2:
Place rhubarb  in a 9x 13" baking dish. Sprinkle with gelatin and sugar. Mix together cake mix and water and pour/spoon over top; drizzle with butter. Bake @ 350* for 1 hr. or until top is golden brown. (this is the way I most usually make- it is less crumbly than the option above - kinda like a cobbler.)

We like it served warm with ice cream!
Enjoy!


Note: when cutting fresh rhubarb - it is much easier to use kitchen shears/scissors than a cutting board/knife - you will also have less strings to mess with.

post is linked with The Homestead Barn Hop

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Letter From Dr. Jamie McManus on Shaklee Quality

Dear Friend,
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Shaklee.


I believe Shaklee products—and the quality and science behind them—are unmatched in the industry—and I would like to share why I believe this. I chose a career in medicine because I believe in health. I firmly believe that people can take control of their future health by virtue of their choices today, and my 16 years as a practicing family physician led me to believe even more strongly that prevention is where the future of medicine must go. Research confirms that nutrition, weight control, and wise supplementation can powerfully impact your vitality today and your health in the future.
My passion lies in informing and inspiring people about the diet and lifestyle choices they can make that will help them feel better today and in the future. Ten years ago I decided to devote full-time energy to this pursuit, and since then I’ve spoken to hundreds of thousands of people in 45 countries. I’ve met people who are excited about prevention and excited about achieving and maintaining optimum health. I find it amazingly rewarding!
I joined Shaklee in 2005 because I saw a company that really cared about doing the right thing—no matter what the cost. Shaklee is truly committed to providing products based upon solid science, relevant to people’s health, contain the highest quality ingredients and manufacturing standards— plus, Shaklee chooses to NOT use artificial flavors or sweeteners! Shaklee not only was a perfect fit for my personal philosophy, but had the quality standards that I could stand by unequivocally. And while many other companies don’t publish any studies, Shaklee has over 100 scientific publications, including over 90 that are published in peer-reviewed journals—the “gold standard” of scientific research.
My Health Sciences team is charged with clinical research, claims substantiation, and education. And we continue to pursue research collaborations with some of the top universities and research organizations in the country.
What really makes this company stand apart from the rest? It begins with the products:
1. Each product is designed to provide a specific, important health benefit—usually more than one benefit.
2. Each product is formulated with nutritional ingredients that have been extensively studied to confirm safety and efficacy. Our products do not follow trends, but incorporate scientific and/or epidemiologic evidence of need and benefit.
3. All ingredients must be acceptable from the standpoint of the Shaklee philosophy, as well as detailed scrutiny as to their safety. We do not simply accept the Certificate of Analysis that many other companies accept, but rather retest for contaminants—including lead and heavy metals, pesticides, and more—to confirm the Certificate of Analysis is accurate. Shaklee has an unwavering commitment to avoid the use of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified soy protein.

4. Shaklee employs advanced delivery systems to enhance bioavailability—and these systems are tested to confirm their nutrient delivery advantages! (for example: Vitalizer)
5. Manufacturers are also carefully chosen. Not just any company can qualify to manufacture Shaklee products. Shaklee has, for many years, followed the standards for manufacturing that are now referred to as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
      * “Shaklee has some rigorous standards that they actually initiated in the industry… Shaklee is definitely our pickiest and most strict customer. They are very demanding, and they have specifications beyond and above the specifications set by our other customers. I think, for a lot of consumers, price is an issue when they are choosing botanicals, but I wish they had the awareness about the quality of the botanicals and the quality of the brand before they make their decisions. If you want to buy quality, you have to buy Shaklee’s grade.”- Forouz Ertl, Botanicals International, one of the world’s leading suppliers of raw materials to major manufacturers worldwide.
6. Shaklee Quality Assurance routinely visits manufacturers to confirm that our quality standards are being upheld—and our onsite lab in Hayward does additional quality control testing.
7. Ongoing proof of our product performance is demonstrated by:

• Over 100 scientific publications, 90-plus in peer-reviewed journals
• Shaklee products powering medal-winning athletes for 30-plus years
• Shaklee products fueling world explorers, including a special rehydration product (called Astro-Ade) that has been made for NASA Shuttle astronauts since 1993
• 50 years of providing nontoxic household cleaning choices—that truly perform!
• A growing group of health care professionals who recommend Shaklee products to their patients
Amazing health stories regarding health benefits from our products sent to me every day!
I am thrilled to be partners with our Shaklee Independent Distributors and Members who help spread the information about health and wellness. I firmly believe that we can redefine wellness in the coming years. Along with exercise and eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, to be optimally healthy means including appropriate dietary supplements and weight management products so that you can have the confidence of knowing that you’re doing all that you can do to stay healthy today and tomorrow! So many people are waiting to hear from us—and together, I am certain that we CAN make a big difference in the health of the world.
Be well,
 Dr. Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP
Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education


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