Monday, September 19, 2011

Real moms at home making a difference

Here is an amazing video of moms who are making a difference while at home!

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Your daily dose

How to Read a Vitamin Label, by Dr. Stephen Chaney

How To Read A Multivitamin Label

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney

Choosing a good multivitamin isn't easy. Everyone claims that theirs is the best. Many of them have exotic juices and exotic claims to go along with them. And nobody is minding the store. The food supplement industry is essentially unregulated. Unless the product kills people the FDA can't take it off the market.

So what should the conscientious consumer do? It's just like shopping for processed foods in the supermarket. You need to become a good label reader. Here are my tips to reading a multivitamin label:

Start With The Basics

1. Ignore flamboyant product names. Extravagant terms like "extra strength" or "meganutrition power" are used to sell the product and usually are empty catchwords. Ignore the name and study the label instead.

2. Look for nutrient amounts. Some companies will list a source, such as blue green algae or juice powder concentrate, but neglect to provide the amounts of many of the nutrients they claim to supply. How can you choose wisely if you aren't told what you are getting?

3. Make sure amounts are listed by percent of the Daily Value or DV, not just in mg or ug amounts. Very few consumers have memorized the DV amounts of all 24 nutrients. Labels should inform consumers of the percentage of each nutrient the supplement provides. This allows you to (1) compare amounts supplied by competing products, and to determine whether the supplement provides nutrients in proper proportion to one another.

4. Check to make sure that all 24 nutrients with established DV's are listed on the label. Count them. If it is a multi without iron there should 23.
If a product does not contain adequate amounts of some of the 24 nutrients, often the manufacturer will neglect to include these nutrients on the label.
For example, if a multi doesn't contain zinc, rather than list a zero, the manufacture will simply leave zinc off the label.

5. Don't be misled by "inflated" labels. Some supplements inflate the label by adding a lot of useless ingredients. One good example of a useless ingredient is para-amino benzoic acid, or PABA. PABA is a good sunscreen on the outside but useless on the inside. Bacteria can metabolize PABA into folic acid,
but humans cannot.

Another example is the addition of amino acids such as methionine to a multivitamin. Amino acids are macronutrients, not micronutrients. You simply can't put enough of them into a multivitamin for them to have any significant effect on the body.

Exercise Caution with the Following

1. "One-a-day tablets" - One-a-day tablets rarely supply adequate amounts of all 24 DV nutrients. Some minerals such as calcium require quite a bit of bulk, one tablet containing all the nutrients in proper amounts would be very large for an average person to swallow. Two tablets a day is a better option.

2. Supplements that contain artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or chemical preservatives. We get enough of these in our everyday diets without "supplementing" for more. There are many of these agents. Some of the most common are FD &C Red #40, FD&C Yellow 96, shellac, BHT, BHA, and

Pick a Winner

Use the criteria below to eliminate the inferior products from your list of possibilities.

1. Zinc to copper ratio is important. For best absorption and maximum utilization by the body, these two minerals should be present in a 1:1 ratio of their DV's.

2. The amount of vitamin A should not exceed the 50% of the DV unless it's in the form of betacarotene. Preformed vegetable vitamin A is more toxic that vitamin A from beta-carotene. Ideally, the supplement should provide 50% of the DV as vitamin A and 50% as beta-carotene.

3. Calcium and magnesium should be present at near 50% of their DV's. Most Americans get only 50% of the DV for these nutrients from their diet, and these nutrients are absolutely essential for healthy bones.

4. If biotin or folic acid are left out or are present in insignificant amounts - even if the label passes all the other tests - do not buy the product.

5. B-complex vitamins in a "multi" should be supplied in approximately 100 percent of their DV's unless the "multi" is designed for a population group with special needs, such as pregnant and lactating women or the elderly. Make sure all eight B vitamins are supplied. Some manufacturers will leave out the expensive B vitamins and load up on the cheap ones in order to cut costs but still appear impressive. Niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin are relatively cheap. Biotin and folic acid are expensive. A supplement that gives 10% of the DV for biotin and 3000% of the DV for thiamine is ridiculous. There is absolutely no rationale for a ratio like this except to mislead consumers and make a profit at their expense. Even worse is the fact that an excess of one B vitamin can cause relative deficiencies in the other B vitamins.

The Winning Combination:

Adequate amounts of nutrients + Proper balance of the Daily Values = A winning multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement. Using these criteria, you will be able to select for yourself a high quality multivitamin/multimineral
supplement. From now on, you will not have to rely on a salesperson's advice, or be misled by a deceptive label or "hype" statements. You can make an informed choice based on what you have learned about reading labels knowledgeably.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

About The Author
Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in
Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major
university where runs an active cancer research program and has published
over I00 scientific articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Monday, September 5, 2011

Your daily dose

Got thinning hair? Turns out beer could be the solution. Beer is loaded with proteins that can give hair a thicker look. The Rx: After you shampoo, pour 1 cup of flat beer through your hair. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Friday, September 2, 2011

Your daily dose

Did you know that getting just 200mg of vitamin C daily dramatically lowers your risk of developing arthritis and slows it's progression if you already have it? It's true! Vitamin C zaps free radicals before they damage joint tissue. Click here to get your bottle!

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Your daily dose

Today's daily dose comes via the Shaklee Corp facebook page.

Like orange creamsicles? Try this recipe made with Shaklee products:

Fill your blender with Get Clean Water:
Add 3 or 4 heaping spoonfuls of Orange Performance
Add 2 scoops of Vanilla Cinch
...Add a scoop or two of Banana Physique
Add a load of ice and blend

Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Your daily dose

Holistic expert Barbara Hendel, M.D. reveals that staying well-hydrated is proven to increase your muscles' ability to convert food into energy by as much as 10% and cut your fatigue level 50%.

What's in your water?

Click here and get clean water today! 

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Real moms at home making a difference

Here is a story about a single mom raising an amazing daughter while making a difference at home! I am lucky to know her and have her as my business partner and mentor.

Are you ready to be the next mom at home making a difference?

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Friday, July 8, 2011

Your daily dose

Here is a recipe for a minty hair rinse to boost your hair's body.

*2 mint tea bags
*1/2 cup boiling water
*2tbs. apple cider vinegar

Steep tea in boiling water for 2-4 minutes. Remove tea bags and cool. Stir in the vinegar and pour into a resealable bottle. After you shampoo, condition and rinse your hair, pour the mint rinse into hair and scalp. Do Not Rinse. Massage in and style as usual. 

(Yields one application)

To your health, 
Designer Hippie Mom

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Your daily dose

Looking to lose weight? Try eating a big breakfast. "Skipping breakfast puts your body into panic mode, making it hoard calories instead of burn them," explains John Acquaviva, Ph.D. Research suggests filling up on a healthy, hearty breakfast helps you lose about a pound a week. A hearty, healthy breakfast includes one that combines eggs (protein) with oatmeal, whole-grain pancakes or other healthy carbs. I never need an excuse to eat breakfast, it's my favorite meal of the day!

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Your daily dose

There are many reasons everyone should be using nontoxic cleaners. A new study recently revealed environmental factors may be just as important as genes in autism.

You can make a difference by purchasing our Get Clean starter kit.

Get Clean gives you cleaning choices that are nontoxic and natural and don’t contain any of these harmful ingredients:
  • uVolatile organic cleaning compounds
  • Kerosene
  • uPhenol
  • uCresol
  • uLye
  • uHydrochloric acid
  • uSulfuric acid
  • uSulfamic acid
  • uPetroleum distillates
  • uAmmonia
  • uSodium hydroxide
  • uButyl cellosolve
  • uPhosphoric acid
  • uFormaldehyde
  • uMorpholine
Purchasing one get clean kit:
• Eliminates 108 pounds of  packaging waste from landfills
• Eliminates 248 pounds of greenhouse gases 
Click here to get yours today and see why Oprah chose the Get Clean Kit as one of her favorite things.  Why wait?

 To your health, 
Designer Hippie Mom 
Watch Get Clean on Rachel Ray:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Your daily dose

I am in the middle of reading this incredible book called MediSin by Dr. Scott Whitaker, ND & Jose Fleming, CN, MH. Today I don't have a recipe for a facial mask or health tip, I just want to share a powerful excerpt from the book.

"Instead of spending a few dollars a month on nutritional supplements that would prevent these chronic diseases and aggressive behaviors, we end up spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on building new prisons and treating people with expensive prescriptions and mind-altering drugs. When it comes to children, for example, instead of giving them the good they need to be healthy, which prevents these disorders, we dose them on Ritalin, antidepressants and mind-altering drugs. This is good for the drug pushers (pharmaceutical companies), but it impairs the child's learning capability while at the same time increasing the child's risk of violent behavior and suicide." (MediSin, P. 249-250)

I highly recommend this book. It is very eye opening and explains why we need to get back to the way the Creator intended.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Monday, July 4, 2011

Your daily dose

As if we need another reason not to work, here is one more... Researchers found that the stress triggered by 45 mins of computer work caused women to consume 230 more calories at their next meal, compared to women who simply relaxed. The RX to dodge excess pounds: take regular breaks while working. However, if you find that you are too busy to take that time out for yourself, I recommend shaklee's stress relief complex. The stress relief complex:
• Promotes a calm, relaxed state without causing drowsiness*
• Allows you to be more alert and able to concentrate during times of stress*
• Helps blunt cortisol, a stress-response hormone that can affect long-term health*
• Enhances the body’s ability to adapt to everyday stress*

Click here to get yours today!

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

 * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Your daily dose

Are you suffering from thinning hair? It could be due to stress, aging, or genetics. I recommend taking a vitamin B complex. The B complex will promote the growth of hair follicle cells and boots the production keratin and collagen, which are the building blocks of hair. Additionally, vitamin D3 promotes healthy hair metabolism, so I recommend getting more sunlight or supplementing with vitamins. Get our B complex and Vitamin D3 by clicking each one.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Real moms at home making a difference

Married for 17 years and then a sudden divorce; where did this mother of 3 turn when she suddenly became a single parent who hadn't worked for 10 years? This is Beth's amazing story. She is a real mom at home making a difference.

Are you ready to be my next real mom at home making a difference? If you are ready, contact me.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

"The fact is, great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit." - Rick Warren

Your daily dose

No time for a pedicure or trying to save money? Here is a DIY trick to smooth out dry skin and cracked heels. You will need the following:

A blender
2 cucumbers
2tbs of lemon juice
2tbs of olive oil
2 plastic baggies

In a blender puree the cucumbers add the lemon juice and olive oil. Evenly distribute the mixture in the two baggies. Place each foot in a baggie and leave on for 5 mins. Rinse and go!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Your daily dose

Do you want to smooth away half of  your cellulite?

A build up of toxins in your system can result in cellulite. The toxins cause the connective tissue to weaken and allows buoyant fat cells to rise to the surface. According to Dr. Laura Skellchock, dermatologist, "a daily massage increases the lymphatic drainage of toxins in trouble areas, which can reduce cellulite by up to 50%". The fix: Apply olive oil to your ankles and massage into your skin in long, deep strokes as you move up your leg.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I got a $250 rebate check for shopping at wal-mart!

NOT! Did you get one?

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. In fact, I had a conversation about it with my husband last night. Here's the deal... people shop at wal-mart, costco, target, whole foods etc. They purchase cleaning products, vitamins, skin care and weight loss products. If they like the products, they usually recommend them to friends and family. Then, most likely, the friends and family will go and buy them too. Unfortunately, those stores don't send you rebates when you buy or pay referral bonuses. So what I am struggling to understand is just why people wouldn't want to purchase from a place that would give you rebates and referrals? If you buy products that work and you recommend them to other people, YOU SHOULD GET A REFERRAL BONUS. Right? Seems like a no brainer to me.

When I came across the shaklee opportunity, I thought the idea of changing brands, referring people and getting paid sounded to good to be true. I am a very skeptical person by nature and career. I was an auditor with one of the largest CPA firms in the world, I was taught to be skeptical of everything. So of course me with my  "conspiracy theory" brain googled away and I really liked what I saw. I gave it a go. In my first month, I earned a $250 REBATE on stuff that I bought. INCREDIBLE! But, even better than the money was the fact that I felt incredible and even better than that was after struggling with fertility issues, I conceived my second son.

I am not in this business to sell, I am in this business to #1 to keep my family and I healthy, #2 help others do the same #3 build an incredible business for my sons to take over one day.

What is stopping you from feeling incredible, helping others feel incredible and building something for generations to come? Isn't is a no brainer? Join us.

To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom

Friday, June 24, 2011

Real moms at home making a difference


Julia Fulmer

Julia Fulmer
FastTRACK Director, OR

The loss of a job can be traumatic and life altering. But for Julia Fulmer, a setback gave her another opportunity to pursue her dreams with a Shaklee business. Check out her inspirational story!

When I first began my Shaklee business I was a stay at home mom of two young daughters and supporting my husband’s burgeoning speaking and coaching business. With our daughters and my husband’s new business, we had put aside many of the extras like vacations to focus on the business and keep our finances going. So I started Shaklee figuring that if I could qualify for a Shaklee trip and earn an income by helping people get healthier that would be a great thing.

But in the spring of 2010 I suddenly had the opportunity of a “real job” fall into my lap. I thought it was the answer to help our family stabilize our finances. Unfortunately, after only four months on the job I was laid off. The “real job” did anything but stabilize our finances -- in the end it cost us more money in childcare and health insurance, not to mention all the stress and frustration I dealt with every day. As it happened, I was laid off in August 2010, the same time Roger announced the new Dream Plan! My upline Karin Dejan (Senior Director, OR) called me from Anaheim telling me all about it and I knew this was my answer. The four months at the “real job” reminded me of the life I was certain I didn’t want and I knew more than ever that I wanted the Shaklee lifestyle. I pushed through my fears around sharing Shaklee with friends and family and three months later I became a FastTRACK Director!

Because I have my Shaklee business I have the freedom to be home with my kids without the stress of a commute and demanding boss. Every day I hold onto the hope of a bright future because of the very real incentive plan that Roger has given us. Every time I am working my business….team events, Shaklee calls, customer conversations…I feel excited, energetic and happy!

Sports Nutrition™ Webcast


Shaklee Sports Nutrition™ Webcast

Shaklee Sports Nutrition supports world class athletic achievements. But it's not just for top athletes. It's for anyone who is looking to get healthier, fitter, build or keep muscle mass for a healthier metabolism, and it's also for parents who want to make sure kids stay away from sugary mass-marketed sports drinks or energy drinks with stimulants and artificial additives.

Dr. Jamie McManus, Shaklee Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education, hosts as Les Wong, Vice President of Health Sciences and Tina Fusser, Senior Executive Coordinator, FL provide an excellent overview of the products - their use, safety, performance and the clinical testing that supports them.

Click here to view and share with everyone!

You can get all of the Sports Nutrition products at no additional cost*, just by joining with Vitalizer or any combination of products that add up to $70 MP!

*Shipping and handling applies

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Letter from Dr. Jamie ~ The Science of Soy ~ Part One

Letter from Dr. Jamie McManus

Hello Shaklee Family,

An Update on the Science of Soy – Part One

Soy is a natural and traditional Asian food that nutrition scientists are continuing to study with renewed interest today. Long valued as a healthy vegetarian protein source, recent research has discovered vital compounds in soy called isoflavones, which provide potentially powerful health benefits of their own beyond the simple delivery of healthy nutrients in soy, from protein to minerals.

Science never stands still nor is complete. The findings of newer studies may provide conflicting results as compared to earlier studies or visa versa. This is true even in the case of a super food like soy. For example, there have been a few very limited studies on soy that have received much attention on the internet resulting in great confusion amongst consumers and even healthcare professionals. Certain websites have misrepresented the overall data on soy protein and I am quite concerned about this because when consumed as part of an overall well balanced diet, soy protein has great potential to help improve lives by reducing the risk of the leading causes of death and disability – heart disease, stroke and several types of cancer.

We are committed to monitoring the latest research and applying the very best nutrition research available to address people’s health concerns and support their overall health. Soy protein has been an important cornerstone of our nutritional programs and our consensus is that there are decades of favorable and positive epidemiologic and clinical evidence to support our perspective. Because we pride ourselves on having the highest standards for scientific research, we decided to engage an independent scientific expert to thoroughly review all of the soy research and write a complete scientific review.

Mark Messina, PhD is an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University and the Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute. A renowned soy expert, Dr. Messina has been studying the health effects of soy for more than 20 years and has published more than 60 scientific papers and given more than 500 presentations on soy foods to health professionals around the world. From his extensive scientific white paper, Dr. Messina has prepared a two-part update on Soy. Part 1, linked from this letter, provides the latest science on the health benefits of soy consumption. Dr. Messina’s detailed investigation cites published scientific research studies he analyzed to reach his conclusions and includes specific references to these studies at the end of each of the two parts of his report.

The first part of this series,
Soy and Your Health: An Update on the Benefits, gives you the latest information on favorable findings on soy. Here you’ll learn about new research evidence for the numerous health benefits of soy – how a daily moderate intake of soy can protect against heart disease and stroke, may help prevent certain types of cancer, potentially alleviate menopause symptoms, support bone health and possibly even exert favorable effects on aging skin. To read the Part One of the series click here.

Then stay tuned next month for Part Two,
Soy and Your Health: Dispelling the Myths. Learn the truth about the so-called “anti-nutrients” in soy, why soy isoflavones do not elevate breast cancer risk, how soy really affects thyroid and brain function, the real difference between unfermented and fermented soy and much more.

I know you will find this information interesting and useful. We have created these updates for you to share with others who also want to learn the most up-to-date and scientifically accurate facts about soy.

To your great health,

Jamie McManus, MD
Dr. Jamie McManus, M.D.

Chair, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education

Shaklee Corporation

Do you know someone with ADHD/ADD/ASD?

Read this inspiring story about how shaklee products changed a son's life:
I was first introduced to Shaklee Products because of my son Bobby who was 6 at the time. Bobby was in a special class for children with severe communication disabilities and had been diagnosed with ADHD and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - a type of Autism. According to the experts - Bobby would never be in a regular class and we had the option of putting him on medication.
We decided to try Shaklee for a month to see if it made any difference. We changed Bobby's diet, we put him on a regimen of Shaklee Supplements and got rid of all our household cleaners and laundry products and switched to Shaklee natural products.
Within two weeks I had a different child on my hands. Two months later we were told that Bobby would no longer need to be in the same class but would be going back to his school district.
That was 13 years ago. Every year we saw dramatic improvements with Bobby both in school and out.. By high school he was in all regular classes without any special education services and even made A/B Honor Roll in his Junior and Senior Years. Bobby is now 19 and recently completed his Basic Military Training with the US Air Force. Thanks to Shaklee Bobby has never been on any type of medication and now has a future that was not only unpredictable but would have been impossible if we had gone the medication route instead of trying Shaklee.
Are you ready to give it a try? What's stopping you?
To your health,
Designer Hippie Mom