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Amway Nutrilite Update – 2/17/12 #AmwayNutrilite

This week has not been a good week for me. Last weekend I learned that my cousin’s husband was in the hospital due to a blood clot in his brain. On Sunday he passed away. He was only 31 years old. They were only married for four months. ūüôĀ

Tuesday was the wake and Wednesday was the funeral.

We took the kids out of school early on Tuesday to attend the wake. I was fine until I saw my cousin. It broke my heart! I didn’t know what to say. Its as if words were not enough. The moment I saw her I started to cry!

We stayed there for an hour or so then left with my father, stepmother, cousin and his family. We stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner. As far as sticking to the Amway Nutrilite weight loss plan on Tuesday, I didn’t. I mean I didn’t go out of my way to eat bad stuff. I just didn’t take my supplements like I should have and I didn’t follow the meal plan. Tuesday was just a rough day all around. Between coordinating things with my husband (he had to leave work early) and picking up the kids, then driving upstate was hard enough.

When we ate at Cracker Barrel I made sure to eat healthy. I had grilled chicken, baby carrots, and boiled potatoes. I could have easily indulged in one of the juice cheeseburgers my kids and husband ate, but I didn’t. I was good.

I got back on track with the Amway plan on Wednesday. Things were OK until Friday when my both of my kids were home sick and my daughter had to go to the doctor, then to get blood tests. It was another day where sticking to the plan sort of went right out the window.

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So it has not been a good week at all. I didn’t lose anything. I guess on the bright side I didn’t gain either, so I guess that is good.

My “game plan” was to take some video this week of some of the products that I use daily. It just didn’t work out that way. Next week is going to be hard too since both my kids are off from school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Winter break.

I didn’t even get a chance to exercise this week. Thankfully my husband brought our Gazelle glider up from our basement storage so I have a new piece of equipment o add to the mix. Between the Gazelle, the bands and exercise ball, plus plenty of DVDs, I have a nice collection at my disposal.

I wish I had better things to report this week. At least I didn’t gain. That is the important thing.

Wish me luck that next week is better. ūüôā

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Healthy Eating with David Venable

My mother in law, rest her soul, was a HUGE fan of QVC. She would literally have the channel on all day long. I can’t even tell you how much stuff she purchased from the channel. We didn’t mind much. Whatever she ended up not needing she gave to us. ūüôā

One of my mother in law’s favorite hosts is David Venable. He hosts In the Kitchen with David. My mother in law was an exceptional cook and enjoyed learning about the latest and greatest cooking and kitchen “must haves” and essentials.

Venable, who has worked alongside some of the industry’s top celebrity chefs, knows his way around the kitchen and has a passion for cooking.  Rather than sacrificing taste when preparing a healthy meal, he offers the following tips for a healthier diet:

Spice it up and switch it up

–¬†¬† When preparing high calorie meals such as chili and macaroni and cheese, choose lighter ingredients.

–¬†¬† Use turkey instead of beef in your chili; use reduced fat cheese and milk in your macaroni and cheese.

–¬†¬† Replace sugar with a substitute or trade salt for extra spices.

Eat at home

–¬†¬† Not only will your family benefit from the togetherness of gathering around the table every night, but you can control what your family eats.

–¬†¬† Encourage children to get involved during the cooking process so that they can learn how to make nutritious meals and always us the freshest ingredients possible.

Make dinner more colorful

–¬†¬† Fruits and veggies are loaded with nutrients your body needs, so make an effort to incorporate rich color into every meal and not just dinner.

–¬†¬† In general, the deeper and bolder the color, the more of a health punch it packs.

–¬†¬† If your family doesn’t like veggies, sneak them into foods they do love with recipes like chicken and broccoli casserole and veggie soup, etc.

About David Venable

David Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the multimedia retailer’s gourmet food business.  His hit show, In the Kitchen with David, offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.

If you would like to check out David’s show visit www.QVC.com for show times and dates.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own.

 

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Adora Calcium Supplement Make With All-Natural Chocolate (Giveaway!)

Do you get enough calcium in your diet? I certainly don’t. I am lactose intolerant. I can tolerate some things in small quantities but I can’t enjoy a tall glass of colr milk.

I love milk. I used to be able to drink it with no problem. However surgery caused me to become to milk and most ice creams. I can handle cheese and yogurt, but not milk.

As you know our bodies NEED calcium.

Here are some really interesting things about calcium that I was unaware of. 

–¬†¬† Osteoporosis ‚Äď 44 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are female, are affected by this brittle bone disease.¬† Incorporating calcium, which makes up the majority of bone tissue, and vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium, into a diet is one of the best ways to prevent osteoporosis.

–¬†¬†¬†Pregnancy ‚Äď Calcium is the main component of a growing baby’s tiny bones.¬† It is important for women to meet their daily calcium needs when pregnant and breastfeeding, or else the calcium required to support the baby will be pulled from the mother‚Äôs bones and result in bone loss.

–¬†¬†¬†Menopause ‚Äď Rapid bone loss is a side effect of menopause due to a change in hormone balance, specifically the reduction of estrogen production.¬† Calcium taken by women ‚Äď both young and old ‚Äď can help bolster bone mass and minimize the loss of bone over time.¬† It‚Äôs never too late to start taking calcium regularly.

–¬†¬†¬†PMS & Menstrual Cramps ‚Äď Calcium is an essential component of muscle contraction and, without it, muscles cramp more easily.¬† While calcium can help menstrual cramping, one of the best source of the mineral – dairy foods – may actually cause more menstrual pain.¬† A calcium supplement can help women meet their calcium needs while also alleviating other PMS symptoms.

I knew our bodies needed it to protect against Osteoporosis, but I never knew that about pregnancy, menopause and PMS. That is good to know. 

I have taken calcium pills and chews, including chocolate chews. I tend to remember to take the chocolate chews compared to the regular calcium pills. After all, who doesn’t want chocolate?

What if I¬†told you that there was a calcium supplement on the market that was available in both creamy milk chocolate and rich dark chocolate? I’m not¬†talking about a chocolate chew either. I’m talking about yummy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.

Normally I prefer dark chocolate but I like the milk chocolate Adora supplements better. They are both mouth-watering delicious. After all – they are CHOCOLATE!

Adora Calcium Supplements are a chocolate lovers dream. You would never know that these were calcium supplements that were good for you. All you taste is delicious chocolate.

The calcium chocolate chews have a¬†fake chocolate taste to them. The Adora¬†Calcium Supplments are the “real deal” when it comes to chocolate.

 

Adora Calcium Supplements not only provide your body with the calcium but also Vitamin D3 and magnesium for optimal absorption. They also help curve your chocolate cravings.

Each chocolate disc is only 30 calories. Depending on your age you’ll need between 1-3 discs per day. Ha! Chocolate 1-3 times per day? Not a problem! LOL!

They are good. TOO good. I could easily eat more than the 2 discs per day that is recommended for my age group.

Adora Calcium Supplements can be found nationally at Whole Foods and other fine retailers for the suggested retail price of $7.99 Р$9.99. 

For more information about Adora Calcium Supplement you can visit www.AdoraCalcium.com.

One lucky reader will will a bag of milk chocolate and a bag of dark chocolate Adora Calcium Supplements. YUMMY!

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Amway Nutrilite Update – #AmwayNutrilite

I totally messed up this week. My intention was to post my update on Monday. I started my post on Monday but then I got side tracked and the post was left in “limbo”. So I moved that post to trash and figured I’d start again. I think maybe posting on Friday will be a lot easier. Monday’s are usually a tad bit crazy.

How much weight have I lost thus far? Drum roll please… 6 pounds since I started two weeks ago. Well, technically 5.8, but I’m rounding up because it’s easier to keep track of. When you start to factor in ounces I start to mess up my totals.

I got it more exercise than I anticipated this week. We live on the top floor condo. There are three flights of steps on the inside and three flights on the outside to get to the parking lot. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I must have gone up and down those stairs at least a 100 times this week.

I went to Costco earlier this week and went up and down the stairs to get the things from my car up to our condo. Often I was carrying heavy things (like the kitty litter box that weighs a ton).

Also this week I did a lot of cleaning so I had to lug bags of clothes to donate, garbage to throw out and things to take up to the recycle bin. If I keep this up I’m going to have the best looking legs around. Ha Ha.

I’m getting better remembering to take all my supplements with my meals. Last week I kept forgetting to take them. This week I forgot twice, both times at dinner time. I guess I just get so caught up with getting dinner ready that it slips my mind. I do take them as soon as I remember, but ideally I’d like to take them prior to eating.

My kids are good about reminding me to take my supplements. I am grateful for their help.

My will power has been very well this week. Usually I have a problem with will power. Not this week. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was so busy all week long that I didn’t have time to think much about food. Keeping busy helps.

Earlier today I tried a cookie that I need to review. I had JUST ONE. I could have had a few of them but it wasn’t worth it to me to gain back the weight that I loss. The weight loss is more important to me.

One of the meals that I had, the Veggie Soup, is SO GOOD! I could eat that every day. Even my family likes the soup. The recipe is for two servings. I did double it for four servings for each family member but they cannot get enough of it. I have to find a way to triple it. My husband said he’d love to have some to take to work with him. The soup is incredibly easy to make.

I also had a baked potato with Salsa for lunch this week. Oh my goodness! Even that was incredibly good.

One meal this week I had to skip. I did have dinner, but it wasn’t the dinner I was suppose to have. The recipe called for white fish and Ratatouille. I was just way too tired to make something too involved. Instead I just had a plain chicken breast, some brown rice and steamed broccoli. I figured it was OK to have because it was still a healthier choice.

I like that you can have a bit of flexibility with the program. It does tell you what you should eat eat day and each meal but it’s not written in stone. I’m sure you can swap days too. For example, if Wednesday’s meal is more convenient for you on Monday, just swap them out.

My goal for the up coming week is to get some exercise for the rest of my body, not just my legs. I have resistance bands now that I am going to utilize daily. I’d like to get¬† rid of some of that ugly “jiggle” under my arm (I’m sure many people know what I mean).

So in a nut shell, so far, so good.¬†ūüôā

Next week I’ll get some good photos of the products and recipes. I’m sorry for not doing that sooner. I need to take a video too. Maybe that will be my goal for next week to0 – video!

 

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

Bed Buddy: A friend to make your boo-boos better

If you ask my husband how old he is he will tell you that he’s “ancient” (not really – he’s only43!). He says that because he’s got those annoying little aches and pains that no so much come with age, but more so the fact that he lifts and moves heavy equipment at work (he says it’s age). For the past week his lower back has been hurting him.

Up until now whenever we needed a “heating pad” for a muscle ache or one of my rather annoying earaches (I think I get them because my jaw is “off”) we reach for the sock. Our “heating pad” is a sweat sock (clean of course) filled with rice. I read about it on the Internet years ago and it works great. Just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and you have a source of heat for what ails you.

It goes without saying that reaching for the “rice sock” as we call it, isn’t pretty. Do you really want an old sweat sock pressed against your ear if you have an earache?

A few weeks ago I was asked if I’d like to review Carex’s Bed Buddy. The Bed Buddy is a heating source that you can pop in the microwave to warm up and supply you with a source of heat for sore muscles, an earache or anything else that you can get relief from with heat. The only probably is that the Bed Buddy is a super adorable Teddy Bear.

Sorry for the bad photo – he does have eyes! LOL!

First of all I have to say that the Bed Buddy (or “Buddy” as we now call him) is an adorable Teddy Bear. Just look at him. Even seeing his picture makes me want to cuddle with him.

Bed Buddy IS a Teddy Bear in every sense of the word. He’s cute, he’s cuddly, he’s oh-so-soft and just the site of him bekons you to want to hug him. But Bed Buddy is NOT a toy. He’s a “Thermatherapy” heating source.

Bed Buddy contains 100% natural materials in his tummy, feet and paws. The materials heat up in the microwave in just a few seconds. It provides you with comforting heat which can last up to an hour. Bed Buddy provides moist heat, unlike the heating pads you have to plug into an outlet (which make me nervous too).

The hard part is putting him IN the microwave. My whole family (my kids included) thought it was rather “cruel” to put Buddy in the microwave. He looked so sad spinning around on the tray in the microwave. Poor Buddy!

My husband was the first to use Buddy for his lower back. He just placed the Bed Buddy behind him on his chair and leaned back on him. Because Buddy is so soft it was not uncomfortable for him to do that. The heat from Buddy helped my husband’s back feel better.

The first few times we used the Bed Buddy he gave off an odd smell. We can only assume because he was new. After a few uses the smell sort of went away. The smell bothered my husband more than it did me. He temporarily renamed Buddy¬†“Stinky Bear”.

Thankfully I didn’t have a need for the Bed Buddy (yet). Just for the fun of it I “nuked” Buddy and used him to snuggle with on a cold night. It actually felt really nice to have something warm to cuddle with. It did help to take off the chill. Buddy kept me warm until it was time to go to bed, then I just cuddle with my hubby to keep me warm. ūüôā

The Bed Buddy¬†can provide a warming¬†comfort for those with muscle aches, ear aches, arthritis, stiff neck,¬†tooth aches,¬†stress and something I have a lot –¬†cold hands and feet. My toes especially are always cold, even with socks and/or slippers on.

Bed Buddy can also be used as an ice pack to comfort little ones who get a bump or even to provide cooling relief for a fever. I’m going to put Buddy in the freezer in the hot summer months to provide me with some coolness on a hot and sticky summer night. I would recommend putting him in a freezer bag before putting him in the freezer to keep him dry and clean.

Buddy’s filling also helps to keep him sitting up right so you can put him on display when not in use (remember he is NOT a toy).

If you would like to learn more about the Carex Bed Buddy visit www.Carex.com. Carex also offers a lot of other health care products.

The Bed Buddy Warming  Bear is available online and at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores for an MSRP of $19.99.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

Betty Lou’s Inc. – Makers of Healthy & Tasty Snacks

As a mom I am always on the look out for healthier snack options for my children. In a perfect world they would snack on fresh fruits and raw veggies daily. Thankfully they do, but they also want to enjoy sweet treats too. Most adults feel the same way too. They try and eat healthy all the time, but occasionally they like to have a treat too.

I have never heard of the company Betty Lou’s Inc. before, but I’m glad that I know about them now. Betty Lou’s Inc. offers snacks to suit any dietary needs including Diary Free, Gluten Free, Hormone Free, Vegan, Soy Free, Corn Free and many other products ideal for special dietary needs.

Betty Lou’s carries fruit bars, cookies, protein shakes, nut butter bars and other tasty treats.

I am grateful that no one in my immediate family has any specific diet restrictions or food allergies. However I do know that certain ingredients can have a negative effect on people, like Gluten. I know that people who suffer from Celiac Disease cannot have things made with Gluten. I have read (and they have not been scientifically proven) that a Gluten free diet can boost health and energy, help you lose weight, cope better with ADHD, autism, headaches, and other conditions.

I have tried some Gluten free products in the past and frankly they were also taste-free too (ha ha). Or they tasted gross.

I was asked if I would like to try some Gluten Free Fruit Bars from Betty Lou’s. I checked them out on the website. They did look yummy so I gladly accepted the opportunity.

Betty Lou’s sent me a variety of their Gluten Free Fruit Bars. They came in assorted flavors like Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Apricot and Apple Cinnamon.

The Fruit Bars are not really bars at all, but rather squares. Fruit Squares would have been more appropriate.

Each Fruit Bar is individually wrapped, making them and ideal snack to toss in your child’s lunch bag. They are a nice size too. They look small in the photo but really they are a decent size.

They really are very tasty. I love the fruity flavors. The fruit tastes natural, like a fruit spread. Not something artificial. Blueberry is my favorite. My kids like the Cherry flavor the best.

It’s hard to believe that these are Gluten free. You would never guess from the flavor.

Just one Fruit Bar was very satisfying. My kids have been enjoying them after school with a glass of milk and it holds them over until dinner time. Usually my kids are looking to snack on a few things before dinner.

The fruit bars do not contain any of the 8 major food allergens identified by the FDA. They are Gluten free, Soy free, contains no Barley, are Corn free, no milk, low in fat, no cholesterol and high in fiber. They are just shy of 200 calories each, so you need to keep that in mind if you are counting calories. They also contain 40+ grams of carbs.

My kids enjoyed the Fruit Bars from Betty Lou’s. The only thing they complained about (which I sort of agree with) is that they can be sticky. That is not a bad thing. Just make sure you have napkins available to wipe your hands when you are enjoying one of the fruit bars, or a place where you can wash your hands.

They are also not cheap. They average around $1.50 per Fruit Bar.

I know many people have children who have to eat Gluten free foods. I would recommend trying out the Fruit Bars from Betty Lou. Your child might enjoy them as much as my kids did.

To check out these and other products visit www.BettyLousInc.com.

You can purchase the products online or look for a store near you. There is a store locator on the Betty Lou’s website.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.