Saturday, July 30, 2016

Coconut PB Blueberry Frozen Treats



To say my fur-babies are some what spoiled is putting things lightly. They get homemade food, Shaklee protein & Vitamins & yummy treats made with love!!!💕 Moe & Bosley are more than "pets", they are family. 

Ingredients:
Melted coconut oil
PB or Any nut butter
Blueberries
Silicone mold
I used a mold like these


Directions:
Pour a small amount of oil into molds, scoop a dime size nut butter in the 1-2 blueberries then cover with coconut oil. Freeze until ready to eat. My kids even live these. They make a great cooling summer treat for the pups.


Happy Moe!

Do you make special treats for your pets?

Avocado Cilantro-Lime Dressing


One of my favorite go to items for healthy fats is the avocado, but to be straight up honest I'm not a huge fan of eating then plain. I love them on salad or anything Mexican. I use this dressing often with my black bean burrito bowls. The best part is my kids love it too! Score 1 for Mom!!

1 Avocado
1-3 Cloves of Garlic
1/4C Cliantro
1/4C Greek or Coconut Yogurt
1T Lime Juice
3T Olive Oil
1/tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt
Water (as needed)

Directions:
🤓Serioudly this is the easiest to make!

Dump all in blender or food processor & BOOM!
Add 1T of water at a time to desired consistency.


This is my favorite summer dressing, perfect for days at the beach 😍

Have a fantastic day,
Stacey
Me & my bestie, Lizette



Monday, June 20, 2016

Paleo Cookies


2 scoops Life Protein
2 bananas, mashed until mushy
3/4 C rolled oats
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp almond extract
1tsp baking powder
1/4-1/2C mix-ins, I love enjoy chips & nuts or seeds.

These are kid tested and Mom approved! Give it to them for breakfast & they think they are getting away with having a sweet treat!!



Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix all ingredients until well mixed. It may be easier to start with the bananas. I tossed it all right into my kitchen aide mixer.

Scoop onto a lined cookie sheet, mix should make 12-15 cookies. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

*for a slightly crispy version, flip cookies half way through baking.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lentil Sloppy Joes ~Slow Cooker Style

This week I am hosting a RESET group, where we focus on cleaning out any of the yucky foods or toxins that have accumulated in our bodies. The idea behind it is to limit the items that slow our digestive tract down, grains, dairy, animal proteins...and to fill our bodies with wholesome fruits, veggies and plant based proteins. At the base of our protein in take is my beloved Life protein shakes and the rest of my intake is fresh foods. Tonight I want to enjoy a hot dinner with my family, so this plant based, vegan meal will surely hit the spot & is loved by all members of the family (BONUS!).
I think many people forget just how yummy & nutritious lentils can be and a great alternative to ground beef or ground poultry. Lentils also save not only on calories but on saturated fats and MONEY! That's right, they are way less expensive than animal protein, so lentil on!!
The lentils in this recipe add such a nice meat-like texture, and are simply perfect served on spaghetti squash with a little extra sauce. I realize most people probably think of sloppy joes on buns, but I’ve been on mission to limit grains from our families diets and couldn’t resist throwing it all in the slow cooker together.
Surprisingly, you wouldn’t believe how filling, cheap and easy this meal is. The 15g of plant-based protein and fiber help to keep you full and satisfied while the slow cooker makes prepping this meal less than 10 minutes! I highly recommend this recipe for a weeknight– it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too! If you work outside the home, I would highly suggest purchasing a slow cooker that has a timer on it, other wise your crock pot meals will be over cooked. Even though I work out of my home office most days, crock pot "dump & go" meals are my favorite. This way I can spend my precious time with clients, designing recipes and time with my family!


INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked lentils, rinsed and drained (I like to combine red & brown lentils)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (carrot is optional but it adds more sweetness, color and texture)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or 1tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 - (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 - (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or veggie broth), plus more if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce (we use Bragg's Soy Amino)
  • 1 spaghetti squash, washed & sliced in half)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large slow cooker, "dump" all ingredients except spaghetti squash. Stir to combine.
  2. Cut the washed spaghetti squash in half around the middle and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves face down in the slow cooker right on top of the lentils. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until squash is tender and lentils are cooked completely. If the lentils seem dry in any way, just stir in some water until it reaches a nice thick, consistency.
  3. Remove spaghetti squash and shred inside with a fork. Divide among bowls and add lentil sloppy joe topping. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Serves 4-6 depending on how hungry you are. 
NOTES
Notes:
What to do if you don't have a slow cooker: I would assume that you could just cook the lentils on the stove top in the sauce instead of on a slow cooker. Saute vegetables with a small amount of olive oil, then add in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer until lentils are tender -- about 35-45 minutes. Uncover and cook longer if more liquid needs to be absorbed.
To cook spaghetti squash: Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Happy eating,
Stacey
My newest favorite smoothie, raspberry lime cooler! Go here for recipe 😋



Raspberry Lime Cooler Smoothie

OMGee!
This is now my favorite refreshing warm weather go to.
It tastes great and is refreshing. I think the lime juice is what makes it a "cooler"! LoL




Delicious and nutritious! 
2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 cup frozen raspberries
Juice of lime 1 lime
1 packet of sweetener *optional (ex. Stevia)
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

I even had this as my post workout muscle boost!


Have a great day!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Coconut Lemon Pound Cake

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup plus 1 T coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/2 t baking soda
Pinch salt
Glaze (optional- I topped with fresh berries!)
1/3 cup coconut butter, for glaze
2 T maple syrup, for glaze
2 T lemon juice, for glaze
Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease a loaf pan, I used coconut oil & a glass pan. Or use parchment paper
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
3. Add the coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
4. Transfer to prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
5. Remove from pan and cool completely.
6. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut butter, maple syrup, and lemon juice for the glaze. Spread on cake.
7. Slice and enjoy.

Me & our newest fur-baby, Moe! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ginger Garlic Roasted Chicken with fresh Fennel

Ginger Garlic Roasted Chicken with fresh Fennel 



Ginger Garlic Roasted Chicken with fresh Fennel
serves 4

1 five-six pound roasting chicken
2-4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper
2-3 medium sweet potatoes
2 medium onions
3-4 large garlic cloves
4 Tablespoons fresh ginger
2 Blood oranges (or regular navel)
1 head of fennel
3-4 Thai peppers (crushed red pepper if you cannot find these)
Twine to tie the legs if needed


Preheat oven to 425.

Chop it up:
"If you have never seen fennel, it kinda reminds me of the screeching plants from Harry Potter."

Chop your onions, fennel and peeled sweet potatoes and mix them together in a heavy-duty roasting pan.
Quarter the blood oranges.
Chop the thai peppers, and mince the garlic and ginger. 
*Set aside 1 Tablespoon of the ginger, 1Tablespoon of the garlic, half of the thai peppers and 3 quarters of orange.

Melt 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil and mix in the remaining garlic,ginger and peppers. Pour the mixture over the onion and potatoes in the roasting pan, mixing well. Place the blood oranges around the potatoes as well.

Prep the Chicken:
1. Remove the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. 
2. Rinse chicken inside and out under cold running water. 
3. Dry chicken with paper towels, tuck the wing tips under the body, and set it aside. 
4. Coat the chicken with coconut oil, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
5. Stuff the cavity with the reserved ginger, garlic, thai peppers and blood orange. 
6. Fill out the cavity with a bit of the potato-fennel mixture as well, if desired. 
7. Bring the legs forward and cross them, tying them with twine or cut a slit in the skin and tuck the legs into the holes.
8. Place the chicken in the roasting pan on top of the vegetables.

Get Roasting!
Put it in the oven to roast until skin is deep golden brown and crisp, and juice runs clear when pierced with a fork  – about 2 hours.  If using a thermometer, the breast should read 180 degrees and the thigh 190 when done.

Remove the chicken from the vegetables and place it on a cutting board for about 10-15 minutes before serving so the juices can settle.


Serve with sautéed asparagus or some gluten free rolls or biscuits (yum!)

"bunny biscuit for Easter!"


Have a great day!


Here we are at the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival in DC! 
What a fantastic war to welcome spring in the Capital region :-)




{homemade} Granola Bars




Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 c Rolled Oats
  • 1 c Chopped Almonds
  • 3/4 c Milled Flaxseed
  • 1/4 c Untoasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/4 c Stevia in the Raw 
  • 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Softened
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (avoid HFCS)
  • 1 c Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 c Unsweetened Dried Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine oats, almonds, flax and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Once combined, spread on a large baking sheet (preferably with sides so you don't lose any of your mixture in the oven or on the floor - trust me... it happened!) and pop in the oven for approximately 20 minutes to toast. Stir about every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
2. In a sauce pan, combine honey, stevia, coconut oil and vanilla. Cook on medium/high for 1-2 minute until it boils, remove and stir.  Be sure the stevia is completely melted.
3. In a large bowl, combine dried cranberries, shredded coconut, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
4. Once the oat mixture is done toasting, combine with the cranberry coconut mixture.
5. Add honey mixture the dry ingredients and combine until all ingredients are wet. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - Just keep stirring! I used my Kitchen Aid mixer, but a wooden spoon works great for this step!
6. Using your baking sheet, lined with wax paper, gently spread the mixture evenly. Place another piece of wax paper on top so that you can press the mixture into itself, use a rolling pin if needed.

7. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hrs to harden.
8. Using a pizza slicer, cut into 21 bars. Enjoy!
Makes 21 servings
  • Calories - 174
  • Protein - 4g
  • Fat - 10g
  • Carbs - 20g
  • Sugars - 8g
  • Sodium - 57mg
My boys love these and they are great to send with them to school as part of a healthy lunch or for snack time.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pumpkin Protein Muffins {Gluten Free }

Pumpkin Protein Muffins {Gluten Free }



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups almond meal flour
1/2 cup Vanilla Shaklee Life protein powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
Spice Blend:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardomom
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cacao powder
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1/4 cup avocado oil (you can also use grapeseed or olive oil)
1/2 cup honey
Topping:
1/4 cup 70% dark chocolate pieces
1/4 cup walnuts
2 T unsweetened coconut flakes
3 T hemp seeds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
1. Measure all the dry ingredients, including the spice blend into the bowl and mix together.
2. Add in the pumpkin and eggs, and whisk well.
3. Measure grapeseed oil and honey and beat in.
4. Line muffin tins with foil cups, or grease with cooking oil or use silicone cups.
5. Evenly distribute batter. In 12 regular sized muffin cups, you can fill them about 3/4 of the way full.

6. Mix the topping and measure about a tablespoon onto each muffin.

Please let me know what you think,


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

7 ways to earn in Shaklee

The How to Earn Money in Shaklee


Imagine

If you could take a moment to dream, and imagine your ideal life, what would be most important to you?

HELP OTHERS

achieve their dreams and live a better life

FLEXIBILITY

to work wherever you like in your super busy life

A LIFE DESIGNED BY YOU

to focus on your interests and make the future you want

REWARDS

that include product discounts, financial benefits, trips, bonuses, and cars

COMMUNITY

of peers and friends working together
At Shaklee, we followed that dream and designed an opportunity (with ALL of the above) for you. Living the life you only imagined can now be your reality. It’s that simple.

How to Earn Money in Shaklee: 7 Ways to Earn + Cars & Trips


1. **GOLD Bonus

Earn $50 per $349 Gold PAK personally sold, $100 per $649 GOLD PLUS PAK personally sold, and $150 per $1049 SUPER GOLD PAK personally sold.

2. PowerBonus

Unlimited number of checks. Earn $150 for every 15 sponsoring points you accumulate during your first full 3 months as a Shaklee Distributor (and each time you change ranks for 3 months). Earn 15 points for sponsoring a SUPER GOLD, 10 points for a GOLD PLUS, 5 points for a GOLD, 2 points for a Distributor with 100pv, and 1 point for a Member with 50pv.
Each time you change ranks, you get an additional 3 months.

3. Mark-Up

You buy the products at one price and you sell them at another price. You make the “retail” profit.

4. VolumeBonus

When you sell a certain volume, you earn a bonus percent. You must always sell/buy at least 100 pv (~ $150) to be eligible for a bonus. The bonus percents range from 4% up to 20%.

5. LeadershipBonus

Once you have reached the level of Director and you begin to develop other Directors, you earn a % on each Director’s volume each month. This is where the passive income begins.

6. InfinityBonus

Bonuses of up to 8% to unlimited levels paid on the pgv of your leaders. Infinity bonuses begin at the Senior Coordinator rank.

7. **FastTRACK Bonus & Matching Bonus

Earn up to an additional $89,000 for reaching target ranks in your first 36 months after promoting to Director. There are time frames and qualifications. Plus, earn unlimited 50% FastTRACK Matching Bonuses for helping those you have personally sponsored to earn their own FastTRACK Bonus.
**Before earning any GOLD Bonus or FastTRACK award, one must become a Gold Ambassador by purchasing a GOLD, GOLD PLUS or SUPER GOLD PAK or by paying the $150 Gold Ambassador Fee.
shaklee compensation plan

More ways to earn in Shaklee:

1. Car Bonus

The Shaklee Car Program is a new and exciting element in our rewards and incentives program.  Anyone who is a Business Leader in the Dream Plan may participate by achieving the qualifications at each of the ranks listed below, and then meeting the specified minimum Car Volume (CV) for your rank, each and every month during the payment period.  You can earn between $250-$600 a month in car bonuses.
I am very close to earning my car bonus and expect to be earning it with in the next couple months!

*My Car Bonus Puc coming soon!!!
2. Incentive Trips

Dream Trips:

Your Shaklee business can open a whole new world of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Travel the world in style. Make memories with your loved ones and members of your Shaklee team in world class, exotic destinations like Bora Bora, Kenya, the Mayan Riviera, tropical islands in the Caribbean. Enjoy the pampering and white glove service and star treatment you deserve.

I am in line to earning my very first Shaklee Incentive Trip to Playa DelCarmen, Mexico!
I love Coletta & Leonards Shaklee Effect story, it reminds me of my some of our dreams that me & my hubby are looking for. We have already started experiencing the effect of our Shaklee business as we live healthier happier life!

3. New Director’s Trip:
Have you ever had a standing ovation? Ever been on a trip that someone else paid for? The Business Leaders listed below are fully qualified to attend the New Directors Conference at the Shaklee World Headquarters in Pleasanton, California! It’s a long list and we’re thrillled to have so many great new Leaders joining us this month!
Qualification is for up to two people and includes airfare, hotel, & local transportation to and from the airport.
To qualify for the next New Directors Conference, new Dream Plan Directors must earn a total of 18,000CV in any six-consecutive month period within their first 12 months as a Director.(month of promotion plus 11 months). The six-consecutive month qualification period must be completed no later than the PV month that is two months prior to the calendar month of the Conference.

4. Extra Rewards (Lifestyle)

how to earn money in shaklee

I love that I can work around my family’s busy schedule! I can drop off and pick up my kids at school everyday, help out in their classroom, bring their lunch if we forgot it, drive my kid’s to their after school sports, travel, etc. I get to work around my life instead of living around my job.  I can take time off to when the kids are off school, I am available and present! I believe that faith comes first, then family, and then business and this allows to me to live how I want!


Why Shaklee?

Making a Real Difference

We believe in transforming people’s lives through natural and safe products that are worth sharing.
And that little by little, one by one, we change the world.
We call it the Shaklee Effect.

A Legacy you can trust

Shaklee has a long history of innovating through science and looking to nature with breakthroughs that are now just a part of our everyday lives.
In 1915, visionary Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee invented Vitalized Minerals, one of the first multivitamin supplements in the world. Today, open any cupboard and you’re likely to find multivitamins there.
Since Dr. Shaklee’s first multivitamins, dozens of innovative products have taken shape under the brand.

The Shaklee Difference

ALWAYS SAFE, ALWAYS WORKS, ALWAYS GREEN

At Shaklee, we believe nature holds the answers to a long and healthy life. That’s why we take extraordinary measure to bring you truly life-enhancing products, and to guarantee the quality, safety, and effectiveness of every one of them.
We guarantee all of our products, and we trust you’ll believe in them, too. When you sell Shaklee products, you’re making a difference to the well being of others and to the planet.

Follow the laws of nature, and you’ll never go wrong.

Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee

Partner with Me – I am looking for more women to help!


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***I am looking to partner with 6 new motivated and influential people this week! Please email me at StaceyLehn@gmail.com and let’s set up a time to chat and get you started! I am looking for healthy, active, motivating, and influential people! You must be willing to join at one of our packages. and work at least 10 hrs a week. I will help and guide you! If you are ready to join now, go ahead and order your business kit and then we can schedule your first business call!***

If I can do this, anyone can! Let’s do this together!!

Stacey


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Power-Up Pudding



There is nothing like tapioca pudding. The traditional pudding contains lots of cream and sugars, both of which just don't agree with me. This recipe captures the taste and texture! I even warmed it slightly in a sauce pan for some extra yumminess!

Ingredients:
2-3 Tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup milk (cow, soy, almond, coconut, or rice)
1 scoop vanilla Life shake mix
Squirt of honey (or maple syrup)
Sprinkle cinnamon

Directions: 
Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits, or chocolate). Pour into a jar or glass container and stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight to let gel. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with sliced fruit for a splash of color if desired. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Garbanzo Bean Salad


This was a recipe we made in my very first cooking workshop!
It was simple, tasty and very simple to make. 
The attendees had a great time measuring and mixing the ingredients. 
They were very surprised that they could whip up such a yummy dish and that just by adding in quinoa it boosted the nutritional value and protein enough to be a complete meal or they could keep as is to use as a side dish or appetizer or in my case typically a light lunch to enjoy with a Shaklee Life Shake!
Ingredients:
Reserve for serving:
1 oz feta cheese, crumbled
lettuce leaves (I recommend romain, makes it easier to handle while eating, or make it into a salad.)
Cut up & set aside:
1 can Garbanzo Beans
8-10 cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
3-4 black olive, pitted and chopped
Dressing:
3 shallots, peeled and minced (use less if you are not a big onion fan)
1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
1/3 C olive oil
2-3 tbsp white wine vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
*Optional: add cooked quinoa

Directions:

Place beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and black olives into a mixing bowl.  
Whisk shallots, oregano, olive oil, vinegar and season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Combine beans with dressing. 

Place 1/2 cup bean mixture in individual lettuce leaves. 
Garnish with crumbled feta cheese.


Enjoy!



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Friday, January 29, 2016

Gastroparesis Healed!



Here is a story about healing Gastroparesis from the view of the spouse. I truly believe in the power of nutrition & the drive to seek answers. 

Thank you for sharing your story, what an inspiration.
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This is the story of my Wife.  Many of you know her and for once I would really like to share with you a perspective that I don't believe you have been privy to since we tend to keep our inner life somewhat private.  I'm telling you this because I believe her story will help you.  It may assist you in knowing that, if you have a similar situation, there is a way out.  


Every time I think of this story it fills my heart because my wife is the strongest person I know.  

When I remember things I remember them in a basic order.  I think of them as experiences that change my life and sometimes they come in a particular sequence, but sometimes the order doesn't matter.  In this case the timeline does matter because it shows a cause and effect.  The cause was the tragic death of a person we all held dear.  The effect was a deep sadness that I believe affected my wife a little more than the rest of us. 

I'm not saying that this tragic death was the start of it all but I am saying a couple of meaningful things.  A single person has an enormous effect on other people's lives, and if you don't believe it just keep reading.  It may not be a direct effect, it may be the simplest thing that turns into a profoundness you can't imagine.  The other thing is that this life event, and we all have them, triggered a sickness in our family for a long time.  It ate at our inner hearts and festered.  It is the defining moment that starts the order of things in my memory.  Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.


My wife started getting sick.  This was around three years ago.   I'm not talking about a simple illness like a cold.  At first it was just nausea but then it turned into a strong pain in the middle of her chest.  It was every day and it started when she woke up.  I'm not going to try and tell you how she felt about it, the point of this story is to tell my perspective.  I would walk into the bathroom in the morning to see my wife on all fours in the bathtub throwing up.  She was trying to get through her intense wave of nausea and the best and only thing I could do for her in these situations is ask her what I could do for her, which was usually nothing.  This went on for weeks before we started seeing doctors.  

I remember looking at some of the pictures we took back then when people who don't know us might think we were having fun.  Maybe so, but they didn't see the things that had to happen before we could do anything.  My wife at the toilet when we got home throwing up, or pretending to have fun when she felt miserable.  My wife lording over her Zofran as if it was a mystical drug that would heal her.  For those of you who don't  know Zofran is an anti-nausea pill that was given to her to combat her illness.  We had to have it if we were going to go do anything.  She couldn't eat and we started limiting her food and trying different things thinking that we would find some secret chemical in some food that was the cause of it all.  It was obviously not the food.

  

The very first thing that happens when you go to the doctor is they start giving you tests.  They begin to try and eliminate anything and everything it could be until they come up with some kind of diagnosis.  In the meantime they give you drugs.  Not just any drugs but any and all drugs, especially if you are really sick, which she was.  I remember us driving around and she would get bouts of nausea and we had to pull over.  She would open the door and lean out of the car and throw up for around 20 minutes or so.  You can't imagine how exhausting this is just to watch let alone being the one experiencing it.  We'd sit at the side of some random street until she felt good enough to continue, usually we would end up in the emergency room.  I remember feeling helpless and would rack my brain to find some kind of cause and effect.  Each time we were released from the hospital after giving my wife an I.V. because the tests were negative for anything and there was never a diagnosis.  This sort of routine went on for about two years and we were in and out of doctor's offices and hospital emergency rooms over and over feeling crazier and crazier because they couldn't find anything wrong. 
At this point my wife was on around nine medications to mask the symptoms.  If you are ever curious you are welcome to see what they 'were'.  I tell you this to give you hope, I say 'were' because this story ends well.  

My wife is the strongest person I know.  Imagine going through this for two years, severe vomiting, nausea, pain, exhaustion, headaches, and frequent stops to the emergency room.  Imagine how crazy you would feel and the things you would say to yourself.  How many times did I hear her say "maybe it's all in my head."   Imagine the fear you would experience every time you felt that feeling in your stomach rise to the surface and your mind quickly racing to the thought of "where is my Zofran."  Imagine not eating all day for fear of vomiting.  I can't remember how many times I'd say, "honey, you have to eat!"  We would have to find something, usually yogurt, that she could choke down so she'd have some strength.  All this, and yet she still got up and went to work every day.  She still went out and did normal things.  All of this and I'm guessing most of our friends never new.  It just became the normal in our lives.  I keep asking myself how she did it.  How she still managed without going completely crazy.  Well, she did go a little crazy but you can't blame her for it.  Under the circumstances I find her amazing.

Since there were no answers one doctor suggested we remove my wife's gall bladder, since we were fairly certain it was gastro-intestinally related.  It was completely speculative but since it is commonly thought of as a useless organ it was something we could do.  After long and hard discussions about it we decided to try it.  Nothing happened.  The sickness remained.  There comes a point where you think you might have gone too far.  In our emotional state we were willing to try just about anything and we were guessing at this point.  I look back on this as a life learning experience, however, I wonder if we had it to do all over again if we wouldn't do the same thing.  Sometimes you have to make some kind of decision and move forward for fear of going completely crazy regardless of whether you know it is right or wrong.  If nothing else it removed a possibility and the doctor was convinced there was something wrong with her gall bladder.

It came to a point where we decided to just go through every test until we could find something.  Finally after we decided to have a stomach emptying test we got somewhat of an answer.  My wife was diagnosed with Gastro Paresis which is a stomach emptying problem.  Her stomach doesn't empty into her intestines as fast as a normal person, in fact it is much slower.  This could be the cause of her nausea and her reflux.  This is where the story gets interesting because you would think that because we have a diagnosis the problem would be over, but actually, this is where it gets worse.  There is no cure for Gastro Paresis and the only thing the doctor had to offer was medications that just mask the problem.  This is the doctor that cursed us with those dreaded nine medications.  Oh but there was a medication in Mexico and Canada that we could have used but it's not approved by the FDA here in America.  I, to this day, find that to be a crazy twist of fate.  If there had been a medication we would have taken it.  If it had helped her I don't believe we would have been any better off than before.  It would have stayed an illness that we just lived with for the rest of our lives. The one thing we took out of this was that we were not crazy.  My wife's illness was not in her head.  You can't imagine the emotional stability that this brought back to our family.  Yet still she was on medications and we truly believed that this was going to be for the rest of our lives.  

There comes a point in your life when you have to make a decision.  I think back and wonder if we would have ever made it to where we are today without my wife's illness.  The old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is true.  Trials of life help you see things you may never have seen before.  We get "stuck" in the way we think about things and set in our ways.  It wasn't until we had no other alternative that we were successful.  We were willing to try just about anything.  The truth is that you can never give up trying.  We had the answer under our noses for over a year before we ever tried it.  It was neither profound or confusing and it happened just after we thought the answer was in front of us.  The answer we thought we had was the life we were already leading.  The new normal that we now had a name for "Gastro Paresis."  There it was, the name of the issue.  We spent a ton of money to find that name.  To know what was happening and yet the remedy didn't change.  We had already been living under that remedy for 2 years and we knew we couldn't live that way anymore.  We had to make a decision.  Was this the reality we were going to accept?  That was the question and the decision we had to make.  The answer was no.  We had to change our reality.  We needed to change in ways that we were previously unwilling.  We decided to profoundly change our lives and it turned out that we had already been doing it, sort of, for about a year.  Or at least we were on the right track.  We didn’t take it seriously and if only we had we would have solved our issue a year earlier.  Well, maybe not, because sometimes these kinds of decisions have to slap you in the face in order for you to make them.

The answer was nutrition.  No not diet, no not medication, no not doctors.  Nutrition.  Somehow the medical field is completely void of this.  Taking in the correct amount of vitalized minerals in small foodlets can profoundly change your life.  It can change your life in so many ways I'm blown away at how long it took us to come to this conclusion.  Why hadn't the doctors tried this first?  They were so focused on finding a diagnosis, just like we were, that the real problem escaped us all.  We were so focused on the symptoms and trying to mask them that the problem kept eluding us.  The answer to all of this came from a friend who wasn't really selling nutrition but had nutrition to sell.  Now that I have experienced the effect of nutrition I will never go back.

If you've never heard of Shaklee then I'm proud to introduce it to you because it saved our lives.   Both me and my wife.  It helped us see that many of the issues we are having out there are completely due to malnutrition from over-processed foods and chemicals that we should not be putting into our bodies.  We made many changes, not all at once, but over time we have come to live a way that is healthy.  We take vitamins, protein, grow our own food, buy local, and have removed all chemicals that we possibly could from the foods that we eat and the products that we buy.  My wife started drinking the Shaklee shakes and taking Vitalizer from Shaklee.  We also added some other supplements that we knew would help her Gastro-Intestinal tract.  We decided to replace each of her medications with some type of vitalized mineral foodlet that would allow her to remove herself from her medications one at a time.  Each time we removed one medication my wife's situation improved greatly.  We weren't sure how many of these pills were having side effects that were part of the problem.  Over a very short time period my wife was able to remove herself from all of her drugs.  She suffers from not a single ailment that plagued our life in our previous reality.  We are healthier now than before we ever got sick.  My wife is healed.  She's not masking anything, nor does she have to worry about where her Zofran is, she harbors no symptoms of her previous ailment.  She is healthy and we owe it all to Shaklee.

There is more to this story because I have to tell you the part where she went back to her doctor after about six months of nutrition.  When she went in to the receptionist one of the questions she asks is "Are you on any medications?" at the same time they are looking at the computer with the medications you should be taking.  My wife's response was "No, none."  A quiet pause as the receptionist enters the data.  You would expect them to say something like "Why not?" but maybe she's just a receptionist and it doesn't really matter to her.  Then she goes to another window with a nurse and gives the same response.  "No, Im not on any medications."  "I'm healed."  she says.  Still no flabbergasted response or "Good for you!"  Once in with the doctor she explains that she is healed and the doctor is profoundly confused.  What did you do?  He asks.  I'm taking nutrition she says.  I feel none of the issues I previously had and I have been having bowel movements every day instead of once every three days before.  Well maybe you can tell me what you are doing so that I can help my other patients.  What are you taking?   He asks.  Vitamins, protein, herb-lax, and other supplements.  So does your herb-lax have Senna in it?  Asks the doctor.  Yes, she says back.  The doctor gets a little upset and says, you have to be careful with Senna because it is addictive.  At this point the doctor stops listening to my wife even though he was hypocritical enough to prescribe nine different medications to my wife, all with side effects that he couldn't even list.   Including Vicodin and Zofran both of which are highly addictive.  All the while my wife was sick for years and he is concerned with the addictiveness of Senna.  The truth of it is that he didn't even know the truth.  He had no idea about Senna, its not addictive nor harmful.  Should the doctor not have been blown away?  Did he ask for the regimen my wife was taking?  No.  Did he ever try and help his other patients with nutrition?  No.  We did what the doctor couldn't.  We did it in less than six months.  This type of nutrition would put most doctors out of work.  I write this to show the contrast between what a doctor says and what you should actually do.  You are in control of everything.  A doctor is nothing but a human being that went to school.  He is just as susceptible to misinformation as you and I.  You can take control of your life like we did.  This is not the only story in progress in our lives.  I have yet to tell my Shaklee story, my daughters Shaklee story, my best friend's Shaklee story.  There are a lot of Shaklee stories.  I'm glad I'm not telling you the one where my wife was imprisoned by her illness and her medications.  Are you living that story?

The truth is that a little thing can change your life in profound ways.  Our friend Gwen Whelton introduced us to Shaklee and our lives have changed in ways that I can't even impart to you with words.  Neither of us could have known how it would change our lives.  I hope you can hear the tone with which I write to you in such a way that you will decide to make a new reality for yourself.  You may not be sick but you can always improve your life.  If you are sick you can turn it around, you must not quit.  If the doctor can't help you or if you are just masking your sickness make that decision that you need to make.  Take control of your own life before life makes the decision for you.  Don't be like us, we learned the hard way.  You don't have to.  Let our story be your guide to a healthy, happy life.

Corey Ficklin
content writer


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