Sunday, October 26, 2014

Healthy Hand Sanitizer

Have you heard about the dangers of hand sanitizer?

Most hand sanitizers have a great deal of alcohol in them.  I’ve even read that children have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning from them!  Purell and Germ-X contain 62% ethyl alcohol, a little 2 oz. bottle = 4 shots of vodka!
Secondly, triclosan is an anti-bacterial ingredient used not only in hand sanitizers but also in a lot of personal care products.  It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Waste water treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources.
There are currently petitions being laid before the FDA to remove triclosan from the market, which is one of the key ingredients in Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers.  Petitioners make six basic claims about the dangers of triclosan:
  1. Triclosan doesn’t work in consumer products.
  2. Triclosan’s widespread use increases the chances of harmful bacteria becoming resistant to the drug.
  3. Triclosan builds up in the body.
  4. Triclosan may disrupt human hormones.
  5. Triclosan can react with other chemicals to form dioxin and chloroform, which are known to be toxic.
  6. Triclosan contaminates water, affecting marine wildlife and ecosystems.
It’s useful to remember that triclosan, like other pesticides, is a poison. 
If it can affect bacteria, it can affect other things too. 
The problem is you can not control what it is affecting!
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Whatever you put on it will be immediately absorbed withing 5 seconds. Triclosan is linked with liver damage so as it is absorbed through the skin it goes straight for the liver!
So what can you do? Swap it out for this!!
Facts about Shaklee's Basic G:

-Approved by Maryland State Department of Education
(approved by many states for use in schools/childcare settings, check with your local licensing agency)
-Environmental Protection Agency Registered

-Non toxic 

-Remains effective for 3 years from opening vs Bleach loses effectiveness right away

-No need to remix every 24hrs vs bleach is daily
(this is a typical childcare requirement with the use of bleach)
-will NOT bleach/discolor clothing, furniture, floors....vs bleach

-light, pleasant odor vs bleach toxic odor

-more cost effective than bleach (no need to waste),make 64 gallons of Disinfectant!

-only takes 1/2 tsp to 16 oz water (cost effective)

 -can be made into hand sanitizer!

Hand Sanitizer Directions:
7oz water {typical size of dispenser bottles}
1/4tsp Basic H {all purpose cleaner from Shaklee}
go here to learn more about basic h
4 drops Basic G {Germicide from Shaklee}
Mix well. 

*TIP: use a foam type dispenser, it will last even longer!
Perfect for times when you do not have access to water. I keep one in my to go bag and in the car/van!

Stay Healthy,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gluten Free Menu

My decision to live gluten free is no longer by choice, but a necessity. 
We always have a choice, but what I mean is that prior to being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance I was choosing to limit the gluten in my daily diet just because of the way it made me feel (yucky!)

Above are the most noticeable symptoms with gluten intolerance or celiac.
If you are not sure what Celiac or gluten intolerance is, check the chart OUT! You may be surprised how many of those symptoms you probably have been dealing with.

Prior to my recent diagnosis, I was living 90/10. Meaning I was living 90% of the time gluten free and the other 10% eating gluten rich foods (ok, it was pizza!).

I am so very thankful that I was already living almost gluten free, otherwise I think I would have been lost. 
It is very confusing to know what has gluten and what does not. Just because something states it is gluten fee, it does not mean it is healthy. 
Most of the processed gluten free foods on the market have many more calories than the gluten containing foods. Also the fiber content is typically much lower in gluten free processed products which means hunger can creep up on you fast, encouraging you to eat more, adding more calories to your diet. This was an important fact because as you can probably tell by the content in this blog, I am very serious about achieving a healthy weight, something I have struggled with all my life.

Prior to this diagnosis, I was doing a turnaround using the Shaklee 180 products. I knew I felt better, I knew the 180 products were packed full of nutrients, vitamins, fiber, contained leucine and low calorie, but it never dawned on me it was the lack of gluten that was further helping me achieve my healthy weight goal.
After much research, I now know that gluten is NOT healthy for anybody. 
If you are still debating this you seriously need to read Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.

My Hubby who has never been diagnosed with a gluten issue, decided to give the gluten free life a try (I think he realized how much better I was feeling and wanted in on it, ha!)
After a month he decided to eat a burger (bun and all), an hour later he tell me "I think I'm gonna DIE!" 
He passed out and woke to a massive headache that final went away that night.
Now his view is "It's just not worth feeling awful to eat a bun!"

This is mainly a menu for just myself, not the entire family.
Although my family does eat very similar to myself.
My kids love enjoying a smoothee at breakfast and the snacks/meal bars during the day. 

Are you living Gluten free?
Have you thought about trying it?

Have a great day,

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Emergency Responder Wellness

Recently another fellow Police Officer that works with my Hubby collapsed to the ground having a seizure while on duty, this is what prompted us to seek other Emergency responders to help them make healthier choices with their diet and supplementation.

We knew from the experience my Hubby has had with his improved health, energy levels, endurance and increased focus on the job that this program could be beneficial to others as well.
I knew of a fellow Shaklee Family member, I reached out to Captain Scott Bradshaw to request his expertise for a Wellness Presentation.  
I also asked my Hubby to participate in this presentation and he said YES!
{what you must understand is that my Hubby was at one time the biggest skeptic and resistance to change, now he sits by my side raving about Shaklee and how awesome he feels}

This presentation is one of my favorite to date!
Maybe because it includes one of my favorite people in the world, my Hubby :-)

If you are an Emergency Responder or know one, 
this presentation will help them in so many ways. 

The topics we focused on are:
Healthy Weight
{getting to and maintaing a healthy weight}
{why so many emergency responders are struggling with weight issues}
Healthy Energy
{endurance and focus for safety}
Healthy Nutrition
{smart supplementation & why}
Healthy Stress {how to handle stress in a healthy way}
Healthy Hydration
{staying hydrated & why}

This is a must see for any Emergency Responder!

To learn more about the products mentioned in this video click below for more information

Have a great day!

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