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More News On Genetics and Weight Loss

Taking a genetic test before choosing a weight loss plan has made all the difference for me.  I lost 20 pounds last year when I found out that I am a Fat Trimmer.  I store fat easily.  I guess I was designed for winter hibernation.  Anyway, the key to weight loss and wellness for me is to cut fat intake to 30% of my total daily calories, take Nutrilite CLA ( the only one I can recommend ) and exercise with intensity at least 3 preferably 4 times a week for 30 minutes.  After the test results came back I chose a 90 day weight loss challenge with the Body Key Plan.  It worked beautifully.  For those of us who have slowing metabolisms this is a great way to go.

Also, here is a link to some current research on Genetics and Weight Loss:  http://now.tufts.edu/articles/diet-fits-your-genes


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Pick Your Own Etiquette

This is fruit picking season in the Mid Atlantic states and there are many opportunities to harvest your own if you are willing to stand in the hot sun and pick it yourself.  The fruit is sun-ripened and the taste of it is incomparable to what is found in the store.  However, to make your fruit picking experience enjoyable for everyone concerned  there are a few rules of etiquette to follow out in the sun-baked fields.

  • First, listen to the owners directions. There is a pattern that they wish you to follow so that everyone has an equal opportunity to pick ripe delicious fruit.  Don’t go headlong willy-nilly through the bushes looking for the biggest fruit and refusing to pick all the ripe fruit on the plant, bush or tree.

 

  • Secondly, don’t bring small children who cannot follow directions.  They eat their weight in fruit and trample the plants, especially strawberries. 

 

  • Thirdly, bring your own buckets with sturdy handles for picking and a large pan to receive the picked fruit from a full bucket.  Then you can go back to picking with an empty bucket.

 

  • And finally, Keep in mind the price of the fruit per pound and decide ahead of time how much you want to pick.  I’ve seen lots of people act like a kid in a candy store and pick way more fruit than they planned. Only to get to the checkout with not enough cash.  There are no credit card machines out in the fields.

Remember, you are a privileged guest on the owners land and this is how they make their living.   Observe proper etiquette treating the fruit orchards as if they were your own and the farmers will continue to invite all of us back to pick our own fruit next year.


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How We Sent Four Children to College on One Income

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My husband and I did something really smart 30 years ago when our children were little.  We were offered an opportunity to set up an income stream with our consuming dollars and we said “okay, we will try it”.  We have been forever grateful to the people who not only introduced us to the concept but stuck around to help us implement it.  With the additional income I was able to make a choice about working outside the home or raising children fulltime and I chose to stay at home.  We have also been able to send all four children to the school of their choice with the help of scholarships.  None of them got a free ride so we were able to make up the difference.

So how did we do this?  We set up our own store for consumables.  Instead of giving all of our dollars to the big box stores and the food market we were able to buy from ourselves, saving the wholesale to retail markup and we found a few friends and family who also wanted to buy from our store.  The extra volume earned us monthly income.  It was simple and as easy as changing our own point of purchase and sharing it with others.  I have 8 to 10 customers and our own household buying from my online store.  My customers have become my closest friends and they look forward to new products and ways of saving their own consuming dollars. 

There is a great book titled Household Gold by Steve W. Price that explains the concept very well and I am throwing it out to all of you, my readers, because I know that there are many of you that worry about where it’s all going to come from, especially if your children want a higher education. Our own online store helped us tremendously and it’s a smart way to run your household budget.

If you want more details about what we have done just shoot me an email @ llike@verizon.net and I will be happy to answer your questions.

 


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Menopause – What to Do After the War

For those of us who have made it through menopause to the other side or have lived with someone who has made it, this post is for you.  Do you feel like you have battled in a war with your own body for years?  For me, there were nine years when I was uncomfortable in my skin and my emotions were volatile.  I was definitely in warrior mode.  Always spoiling for a fight and feeling like I had to wear body armour to deflect the hurts that were flying toward me. 

It was like being in a battle.  Of course, it is also the stage in life when your children are separating from you with all of their hormonal tactics and your husband is going through his own losses.  This war absorbs who you are and your purpose in life until all you are doing is fighting to survive.

Well, now the battle is over, your body has changed and it’s time to clean up the battlefield and help the wounded.  You can take off the armour and put your sword in the corner. Bring the pain, disappointment, anger, bitterness and lack of forgiveness to the surface so you can heal and move to the second half of your life.

Restore the relationships that you slaughtered.  Reassure everyone that your emotions are stabilizing.  Express your feelings, taking responsibility for them.  Ask for forgiveness and in turn forgive.  Call your children and let them know that you love them.  If you still have a husband, let him know that you love and respect him as well.  Take time to think about who you are and what your purpose in life will be from this day on.  

It is also a good time to check your level of physical wellness.  Maybe it’s time to put your body back together.  Begin with a physical exam and face the changes that you need to make for optimal health.  Building a life of no regrets is the next task. .  Have you done all you can do to improve your well-being? 

These are the issues you will be dealing with until you can free yourself from the past. You can overcome.  Living in peace is the reward.  Admit that you were gone but now you are back and the menopausal war is over.


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Owning My Skinny Genes

The Inherent Health Genetic Test results are in.  I am what is known as a Fat Burner.  In order for me to reach an optimal body weight I need to keep my Fat consumption under 30% of my total calories per day and I need to workout intensely at least 3 times per week.  The MET total for the week needs to be a minimum of 13.  The MET is a value assigned to different exercises.  For example, riding my bike outdoors with hills for 45 minutes is an 8 MET activity. 

So, what does all of this mean?  That for me fat is the problem, and lofat eating is the way to get healthy.  This genetic test has confirmed some things that I already knew about my body and has given me a definite path.  No more stabbing in the dark, wondering if I should go hi-protein, lo-carb or a balanced approach or Mediteranian or Asian, or fasting for 2 days per week, etc., etc., etc. It is such a relief.

Now, I can adjust my eating and exercise habits plus, I am ready for the Body Key by Nutrilite Weight Loss Challenge.  Personal support, online support, phone app, genetic testing, terrific supplements and rewards just for logging-in to the website.  My team will be kicking off and abandoning weight beginning in May.  I still have 3 places left.  Who wants to get started?


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The Issues That Most Diets Don’t Address

The Body Key Weight Loss Challenge is in it’s third week.  I loved the Aloe Cleanse and I am seeing concrete results:  less of an appetite and 5 pound loss.  However, one of the difficulties that less food uncovers is emotions, primarily the pain and fear that have been covered by food.  Painful stimuli cause emotional eaters to use food as a drug.  When that drug is taken away the emotions rise to the surface in a hurry. 

Once again, Body Key by Nutrilite has one solution and that is to form a group of five people.  Support from people with skin on who are going through the same process really helps emotional eaters to make it through.  Another suggestion is allow the pain to surface and work with a trained counselor or trusted friend to defuse it and make the necessary changes for healing.  Food is not a coping mechanism.  If you are like I am and have been using it to cover pain it’s time to stop.  Find optimal health in all areas of your life.  We can do this, together.

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