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Look Up

I was sitting in the waiting area at the bank. A woman came in and sat down across from me. A minute later, she moved over to sit next to me. (I didn't question this as the seats on the other side had the line of customers right behind them.)  The banker came out and said, "I can help whoever is next."  We looked at each other for a moment. (Usually, the second person indicates the first person is next.) As I started to get up, I said, "I am." She raised an eyebrow and said, "Oh. You were next?"
You sat across from me and then next to me. I never moved. I'm not hard to miss. 😳
At first, I thought this was funny. The more I think about it, though, it's a little sad and even kind of scary. Things happen so fast, now more than ever. Opportunities can be missed. Accidents can happen. We spend so much time looking down. What else are we missing if we don't even see the person sitting next to us?
For so very long now, we've talked about how techn…

Why I choose Juice Plus over and over again!

I was introduced to Juice Plus+ at a time when I was set in my ways with another product. I was in a rut and the other product was feeling more like an obligation than something I enjoyed and wanted to share. A dear friend reached out to me about Juice Plus+ and I didn't want any part of it. Being relentless, she sent me samples of the capsules, chewables, and shakes anyway. Grrr.

What I didn't know at the time is that Juice Plus+ was founded over 40 years ago and is *the* most researched nutritional supplement out there. Over 30 research studies in hospitals and universities around the world have shown the benefits of adding Juice Plus+ to your daily routine. More than 20 prestigious medical and scientific journals have published studies on Juice Plus+. So basically, JP isn't a fad, a scam, or a fly-by-night company.

Let's start with the shakes. I had been using a crazy-expensive shake that boasted exotic ingredients, sourced from all over the world. Seriously, the i…

Judge not, lest ye miss out on hidden beauty.

I bought some bok choy the other day. It was a typical bok choy, pretty unremarkable. I's leaves were a lovely shade of green and all, but still...bok choy is bok choy... am I right? I love leafy greens and buy them often. They're so good for you and add a lot of nutrients to your diet! Because they're such a staple, I rarely look at them other than to make sure they're not witly or buggy. I never thought to take a picture of it, so here's a random online photo.

Being a cruciferous, leafy green veggie, you know it has all kinds of vitamins and minerals. In fact, bok choy is very high in Vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals like calcium, manganese, and iron. We also get some fiber and protein, as well as a bit of magnesium, zinc, and copper. It has a mild flavor so it's great raw or steamed. It lends well to soups, salads, stir-fries, and even smoothies! The entire stalk is edible so there's less waste and it's also not expensive in most s…

Do you have time to exercise?

"I just don't have time!" This is probably the Number 1 reason people have for not exercising. I know it was one of my top two. It sounds like a valid argument, too. I mean, once you've explained to someone how much you are expected to squeeze into the already-not-enough hours in a day, how could they tell you to do more, right?!?
If you're like me, you're busy more than you're not. When I was a single mom, I spent a long time, working long hours (sometimes at two jobs). When my kids were with me, I spent every moment that I wasn't working or commuting with them. When they were with their dad, I worked even longer hours, ran my errands, did my shopping and house hunting, and basically kept myself as busy as possible to try and not feel my kids' absence.
I've had people tell me that with a full time job, being a full time student, and having a full time family, they enjoy an hour-long workout every morning. 

Just kidding! I know that some pe…

If You Always Do What You've Always Done, You'll Always Get What You Always Got

Let's face it, we all know what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. Before our doctor or Pinterest tells us how to workout, what to eat, or what not to do, we know. Actually doing it, though, can be the hard part. Especially if you're doing it on your own.

You can find a lot of ideas or programs that promise awesome results in a short period of time, or products that will be like miracle pills and help you shed weight and feel great quickly. But 99% of these things are temporary solutions that net temporary results. The incredible weight loss in just days - water. The increased energy - stimulants. The improved digestion and/or elimination of toxins - laxatives. And what do you learn from these programs or products? Not how to continue or maintain positive changes in the long run, that's for sure.

Shred10 is different. It's a jumpstart to healthy lifestyle changes with straightforward guidelines and support from coaches and participants alike.
Eat better (recipes inc…

Wait... I can have ramen again???

I must confess that I used to looooooooove ramen noodles! I did! I loved them! They're awful for you, being nothing more than a concoction of preservatives, salt and wheat. I used to use very little water, half the flavor packet, and add veggies and cheese. Yum!!! What a great, low budget meal, right? *hanging my head in shame* When I started making serious efforts to get healthy, I began to scrutinize labels. One glance at what ramen had to offer and it was outta here. Now that I have celiac disease, I'm even less tempted by them. (I mean, if I'm going to make myself sick over gluten, it's going to be for something much more fun than ramen noodles!) Every now and again, though, the mood strikes.
As I was walking through Harmon's (local grocery store) I stumbled upon Rice Ramen. This particular flavor is wakame and brown (rice). Wakame is a sea vegetable (aka seaweed). Let's see what we've got here. #GlutenFree #ReducedSodium #OrganicRice #NonGMOIngredient…

Challenging New Client

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe celebration!
To kick off 2107, I'm taking on a huge project. My new client is my biggest challenge so far. She is stubborn, full of excuses, and kind of a know-it-all. She mainly wants to lose weight and feel better. She was on a good path a few years ago, but was derailed by stress and illness. After making some changes and having surgery, she thought she'd be on the road to recovery in no time. 
But she wasn't.
She, instead, continued to eat poorly and make excuses for not getting adequate (read: any) exercise. "Tomorrow," she'd say. Funny thing about tomorrow... it never actually comes. It's always today and that's the day to get started on self improvement! (We'll come back to that in a moment.)
My client has a busy life, as many people do. She is a wife and mother with a full time job and a long commute. She is also running her own business. She battles bipolar and ADHD. Constantly trying to help her cli…