Friday, July 25, 2014

Dog Food


We decided to look at our dog food when our family pet, Bosley began displaying weird behavior.  He was lethargic, he seemed sad (yes I said sad), he was shedding more than usual, he just was not himself :-(
We thought that it must be either something environmental or nutritional.

We were not giving him table food or too many treats. 
He only got maybe 2 treats a week. We were feeding him an expensive "organic", grain free brand of dog food.
Since we use non-toxic cleaners from Shaklee, we knew it was not a toxin from exposure to cleaners. 
We looked at our back yard thinking maybe he ingested something, we found nothing.
We even kept him from the groomer for couple months, thinking maybe it was something he was getting washed with.
After a trip to the vet, blood work and a physical, not even the Vet could find anything notable.
Then, I had an ah-ha moment (or should I say a "smack myself on the forehead moment"…DUH!), it had to be nutritional. 
After my own experience with food and supplements it should have been much clearer that what he was feeling was from what he was eating.
This prompted me to do some research, I learned that many of the commercial brands on the market used euthanized animals in their "proprietary" blend of protein. Disgusting! 
On top of the fact that euthanization is horrible to begin with, this means that the toxins in the deceased animals are being ingested by our pets! Slowly killing them.
Time to find another dog food!!
I did find a few brands that seemed safer that Bosley would eat, 
but he was not excited about it and his symptoms did not improve.  
So, back to research and how to make our own dog food. 
I found several recipes that included long hours of prepping & cooking, who has time for that? Certainly not me!
Here is a simple recipe that Bosley runs to the kitchen for every day!

Disclaimer: I am not the best at detailing actual amounts because I determine how much of something I need as I am making things. 
I know not very helpful, so you may need to tweak this just a bit. 
If too dry add water, small amounts at a time.
 
Ingredients
3-4 lbs Ground Turkey 
(I chose turkey because it is much easier to digest than beef or bison, but you can use whichever you like. Chicken would be great too!)
(follow cooking directions on rice, we use the GETCLEAN water)
Broccoli & Cauliflower 
(about 1 lb each, frozen works too!)
TIP - add green beans for variety 
Brown Rice 
(1-2 cups uncooked)
Garlic Tabs 
(see chart)


Directions
Start with cooking meat in a deep pot.
Add water 
(the amount you need to cook the rice, typically 2cps per 1cp uncooked rice).
Add rice & garlic tabs, cook for about 10 minutes.
(garlic tabs will dissolve as rice cooks)
Add vegetables and cook until water is absorbed by rice.

This is the part that may get tricky, if the water is absorbed but the rid is still hard, add more water, 
continue cooking until rice is cooked.
Once it is done (possibly 30 minutes from start to finish!), let cool covered.
 (you don't want the rice to get hard/dried out)
Once it is cooked, scoop into individual containers 

(I used snack size bags, I'm on the hunt for mini glass containers!)


I found a special place to store the doggy food! 


On the door right next to the homemade frozen jam and the "boo-boo" ice packs!

I take one bag out daily and let sit on the counter top until it is time to feed Bosley later in the day.
He comes running when he can hear the bag being opened (super sonic hearing!!)

COST? The cost is based upon how much you pay for the ingredients, I estimated mine cost about $9 a week since most of the ingredients are organic & fresh.
{Pet food is a billion dollar business, so I am not sure where all that money goes (its not in the quality), but this food cost about half as much as commercial brands do & this is homemade which means you know exactly what is in it!}




Garlic & Pets?
“Garlic comes from the Allium family, and counts onions, leeks, chives, and shallots as relatives. Onions, and to a lesser degree garlic, contains a compound called n-propyldisulfide. This compound can cause oxidative damage to red blood cells when taken in large enough doses. The effect creates Heinz bodies and the body will reject these cells from the bloodstream. After injecting large amounts over a long period of time, it can lead to anemia and even death.” -PetGuide.com
Garlic has had a bad reputation with dogs for a while after there was a study that showed an effect on the red blood cells of dogs, however the study also indicated no signs or symptoms of toxicity. Very confusing, so what we do is go with history. Garlic has been used for centuries as a medicinal aid by humans, so why not canines? 
In fact we take the Garlic Tabs daily and increase at the first sign of illness.
They are also great to crush and sprinkle on food. Since I know that with Shaklee they are safe and are going to be the purest (even better than organic), I have no issues giving these to my family or our pet.



Here’s a guide on the garlic levels safe for dogs per day, based on a dog’s weight:
Fresh Garlic 
*from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn
10 to 15 pounds = .5 clove
20 to 40 pounds = 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds = 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds = 2.5 cloves
100 pounds or more = 3 cloves
{note: one Shaklee Garlic tab = 1 raw garlic clove}
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Benefits Of Feeding Your Dog Garlic 
The reason why garlic is added to dog food and treats is because it has many health benefits. Even if you’re not sure about dogs and garlic, and decide to start with a very low amount, your dog will still reap the health rewards. Its main claim to fame is the benefit it has on a dog’s digestive tract. But there are lots of other wonderful health reasons why garlic can help your dog:
Tick/Flea Repellent
 It won’t kill the fleas and ticks, but those little buggers don’t like the taste of it. One sniff and they’ll be making their way off your dog.
Immune System Boost
 Garlic has proven to do wonders with dogs with suppressed immune systems and as well has those fighting cancer. It gives a boost to bloodstream cells that kill bad microbes and cancer cells.
Liver Boost
 Garlic is known to have detoxifying effects, which can help the liver get rid of toxins from the body.

Fights Bacterial, Viral, and Fungal Infections 
Bacteria, virus and fungi are no match for garlic! With its potent antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, it fights parasites and protozoan organisms as well.
Lowers Blood Cholesterol and Triglyceride
 Mix the proper dose of uncooked garlic with your dog’s food and it can help lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Cardiovascular Boost
 Wonderful in older and overweight dogs, garlic can prevent blood clots, and reduce cholesterol levels and fat build up in the arteries.
Now he is happier, full of energy, and has his SPRITE back!
His coat is shiny and he is no longer shedding like crazy.

Give this a try, your pet will thank you with lots of cuddles!

Stacey & Bosley!











Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Healthier Children in 30 Days!

If you have children you know just how challenging it can be to get the right amount of healthy food in daily. 
There are so many options that state they are healthy, 
so how do you choose?

We started with offering as many organic fresh vegetables & serving fruit as a dessert instead of the sugary treats that we now reserve for special occasions. 
(yes we still enjoy ice cream once in a while!)

Even though we do our best to make healthy food choices, we knew our children needed more support to be their best.
We started our children on the Kid Power Packs with Shaklee
We were challenged to try the"Healthier Kids in 30 Days" program. 
So, since we like a good challenge we decide to try it out. 
Okay, thats not completely true.  We researched the company, the products, the ingredients and spoke to several folks about their personal experience with Shaklee products for their children. 
Oh, and the fact that if I was NOT happy with the results I could call Shaklee directly and request an immediate refund. 
(I confirmed thus fact by calling Shaklee before I placed an order, they really do stand behind every product they offer)



My children's health has dramatically improved once they started this program.

Once upon a time they suffered from asthma, allergies and chronic colds all year long, now they may get a sniffle once a year and we use this Natural Medicine Cabinet to quickly remedy that cold, because no one has time to be sick!

My oldest no longer is on any medications for ADHD and finally sleeps at night!
Both of my boys no longer require asthma meds or routine breathing treatments, not to mention they are NEVER sick! Seriously I can't remember the last time they were at the doctors.

My children now ask for their protein shakes and vitamins. 
I'm sure they feel the difference.

Let's talk chocolate! 
OK now that I have your full attention…..as much as you may love chocolate so do your kiddos. 
My boys love, love, love this bavarian cocoa protein meal shake mix (it also comes in vanilla too)
They request this almost daily for breakfast. 
A healthy, quick breakfast that fuels them with all the nutrition they need for their busy day is just A-OK with this Momma!

Compare Shaklee to the leading brand below:

Then compare the multivitamin you may be using to the nutrition that Shaklee Incredivites offer



It has also been highly recommended by many pediatricians to supplement DHA & Omegas for the growth and development of the brain.
Shaklee's Mighty Smarts are perfect. The yard chewy citrus, like a start burst candy!
At first my kids were hesitant to take them (because they were not used to it), but when I asked them if they wanted to be SMART or not, they responded "SMART"! so they took them..LOL!


Healthier children must start with healthier Moms & Dads.
If you are not yet on your own Healthy Journey, get started HERE!
We are the role models to our children, what we do, what we say, what we eat, they will do the same.
This is why it is so important to be that healthy role model.
I am not saying be "perfect", because it does not exist!
We focus more on making the healthiest choices majority of the time, the rest of the time we may indulge in movie theater popcorn, a trip to a local ice cream shop or even dinner out.

We also model the importance of supplementation
Our children see us take our supplements and drink our protein smoothees every day. 

 

We have taught them why we need to supplement even a healthy diet. 
We also teach them that being active and enjoying team sports is a fun part of being healthy :-)

  



If getting your family healthier in the next 30 days is something you want (or need) to do, Let me help you get there. 
I would be honored to be part of your healthy journey.

Our family was once so unhealthy that I, myself was heading for organ failure as I was entering my 30's, now I am the healthiest I have ever been and I am quickly approaching my 40's! 

I understand that it can be overwhelming or even scary, which is why you should not go at it alone, 
I am here for you & I believe in you!

If you would like to hear more about this topic, please join our online LIVE presentation on the Healthier Kids in 30 Days Program by getting registered to receive your personal invite and link.
Where: Your Computer!
When: Monday July 28th
Time: 8:30pm EST

Contact me today to get started and join our healthy community!

Have a great day,

Stacey




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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Natural Medicine Cabinet {makeover}

Our family no longer uses over the counter medications and the use of prescription medication is very rare since we DO NOT get sick as often as we used to. 
When any of us get a sniffle or a cough, 
we have what we need to help our bodies fight it off naturally. 
We no longer have any side effects or feel run down.


Here are some options when designing a natural, herbal medicine cabinet.


There are other ways to use oils, herbs and to make compounds to suit your needs, however I don't have the know how nor the time. With Shaklee those steps are done for me. I don't need to worry about the purity or have any concerns about the safety of any product developed by Shaklee. 
If you are curious why I would have so much trust in a company, I suggest you take a few minute to view this VIDEO.

I no longer need to take any over the counter or pharmacy medication for things such as cough, cold, stomach aches, headaches, muscle pain/cramps, energy boost, thyroid function, mood, sleep....and the many other reasons folks purchase medications or see doctors. 

The best part is that we also are getting paid to use these products that we love and they work!  Does your local pharmacy or drug store give you a refund? um, NO!
It has been great not being sick like we used to. 


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Keep Going…..




Have you ever felt like you are running and not getting anywhere? 






DO you feel like no matter how hard you work, things don't seem easier?
Im here to tel lyon that preserverance pays off! I was once 298lbs, that was over 100lbs ago. Was it easy? NO!
Was it worth every step? every punch of sweat? YES it was and is!

I am still a work in progress, meaning I have not yet reached my goals, but I am closer than I was yesterday.

Sometimes we all need encouragement. I am a strong believer that it must come from within, but it is nice to get paid a compliment or something said to us that just lights that fire in us to keep going or to push farther that we ever thought we could.

I know I have told my story many times and it is noted here often, but I just cannot say enough about nutrition and how it plays major role in every aspect of out lives. SERIOUSLY, how well we think, how well we sleep, how we manage our weight (and we all know being over weight leads to many health issues and depression!).

I have searched basically all my life for that "magic" pill or "wonder" drug to make it all happen for me.
That. my friends. does NOT exist!

I do know that with proper nutrition working towards my health, personal & even my professional goals has been made easier with the help of the Nutrition Company, Shaklee.



So I am here to tell you to keep going, no matter what your goals are, not matter how hard they seem. 
Just know that you are closer to your goals today than you were yesterday!



Have a great Day!







Saturday, July 12, 2014

Easy Avocado Dip


This was brainstorm idea that came to me when the Hubby and I were doing our most recent 5 day mini diet reset (or detox). 
We do this every so often to help clear out anything that is "stuck" and to reset our cravings. 
Hey no one is perfect, right? 
I love avocado with my salads, my Hubby however does not like avocado at all.
So, I decided to "trick" him. He ate it and loved it, then asked if I could make this into addressing for his salads. The dressing turned out super creamy and tasty.
If your wondering why I went through the trouble of "tricking" my Hubby it's because avocados are jam packed full of heart healthy fats that we need.
My "trick" worked and now my kids are enjoying this dip as well with fresh veggies!

This is a typical 5 day mini diet reset meal: 
Protein Smoothee, Raw Veggies, Avocado made into a dip, and even PB for the celery!



Avocado Dip Recipe:
1 ripe avocado (smashed)
* use an avocado that is just about to be to soft to eat, these smash easiest
2-3TBSP italian salad dressing {Recipe HERE}
Extra Sea Salt as desired
Mix together & enjoy!

Tip: to make this into a salad dressing instead of a dip, add more italian dressing to achieve desired thickness.


Super easy way to get a super food!