Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dairy free deliciousness

Summer is here and who doesn't love the refreshing deliciousness of ice cream?  In my course of experimenting what works for my body and what doesn't, I found dairy isn't the best thing for me.  Although I eat it in moderation (did someone say pizza???) I have found really great alternatives to traditional dairy foods. 

Here is a recipe I've shared and enjoyed with my nieces.  It is fun to make and refreshingly light in my belly.  You can buy or freeze your own fresh fruit (banana, strawberry).  I also added in really good quality dark chocolate chunks too. Experiment with frozen fruits you like and let me know what you come up with.  Enjoy!

Mango Blueberry Sorbet
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 6

1 bag frozen mango

1 bag frozen cherries

1 tablespoon agave nectar

 ¼ cup apple juice (I use MonaVie Mmun)

Put all ingredients into a blender or vita mix

Blend until creamy, about one minute.
 You may have to scrape the sides of the machine down a few times if using a regular blender

Serve immediately
 Put the rest in the freezer to enjoy later.
 When serving later on, take out a bit before serving.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My passion for MonaVie

People typically ask me how I got involved with MonaVie, but why I'm still with MonaVie 3 years after my introduction is where I feel the significance is. 

In Dave Lettermen style, I'll count down the top 10 reasons why I LOVE MonaVie.

10. They inspire and encourage personal growth.  It is a relationship business.  As you improve your relationship with yourself, you improve your relationship with others.  As you grow, you help others grow.  They suggest reading material from leaders like Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Zig Ziglar.  At conventions they have speakers like Dr Myles Munroe, Rex Crain, Keith Cameron Smith

9.  MonaVie is always ahead of the market - knowing what the Baby Boomers and consumers want and need.
     ~ Active blend has the only GRAS (generally recognized as safe) glucosamine available.  It is US produced from a vegetarian source.  Did you know most glucosamine tablets are made from shellfish (which most people have allergies to and why MonaVie found a vegetarian source)?
     ~ Pulse blend was created with your heart in mind.  Formulated with 19 fruits, including the acai berry, the heart healthy blend delivers powerful antioxidants to nutritionally support your cardiovascular system. (my friends cholesterol lowered over 30 points in just 3 months!)
     ~ Mmun MonaVie (M)mūn™ is a beneficial blend of 19 fruits and Wellmune®—clinically shown to promote proper immune function. Formulated with antioxidant rich MVāo2™ a proprietary complex featuring the superfruits açai and maqui, this delicious juice helps protect your body year round. Everyone needs this product for their immune system!  
     ~  EMV - Health energy drink!  No jitters. No crash.  Long lasting, sustainable energy.  Just pure, natural energy.  Free of synthetic stimulants.  I drink this before a workout with a shot of Pulse and a shot to Active.
     ~ EMV lite - a reduced calorie alternative to the original EMV.  Tastes great with a shot of Mmun in it!
     ~ Kosher - MonaVie is an International company and are looking into various cultural and religious certifications.

8.  It is convenient!!
     ~ I drink a minimum of 2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces at night which keeps the antioxidant level in my body even all day.
     ~ Liquid form helps my body easily assimilate the nutrients (versus taking supplements my body needs to break down - and if digestion isn't working properly all of that is lost anyway)
     ~ They have gel packs I take with me when I travel

7.  Every day I get the antioxidant equivalent to 13 fruits and vegetables in just 4 ounces a day!
     ~ MonaVie has 100's of nutritional compounds that you don't get in your daily diet.
     ~ We all know we need our fruits and veggies, but with the pesticides and forced ripening are we really getting the nutritional value we think?  I doubt it.

6.  I am getting the best acai available.
     ~ The Acai Berry is processed within 48 hours of picking - 2 processing plants right in Brazil to maintain 99% of its nutritional value.  It is a very delicate berry and if not processed correctly, the amazingness of the berry is lost.
     ~ They spare no expense when it comes to research and development.  Scientists put the blends together.  $250 million was spent on their newest blend Mmun
     ~ MonaVie has high standards for all their beverage blends. The Acai is in every blend - each blend having 19 different berries in it.  Drink all 3 at once and you have about 90 different berries floating around in your body!

5.  MonaVie is a successful company that grows every year
     ~MonaVie came in #18 over all in Inc. 500's 2009 magazine!  It is only a 5 year old company!
     ~ It took Microsoft 8 years to come in at #80 (wouldn't you have like to have a piece of Microsoft back then?)
     ~ They are #1 in Food and Beverage
     ~ They are #3 in Revenue!

4.  The best leaders are helping me succeed!
     ~ The CEO Dallin Larson was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
     ~ They call him the distributor CEO - he is always looking out for the distributors by creating amazing pay plans, creating bonuses and incentives and encouraging us to put God first, Family second, MonaVie third.

3.  I get paid great money to share the health benefits of the product and to identify leaders who want crazy money to do the same - create a residual income for themselves where they can Will it down to their children.  Creating a future for myself and a future for my family. 
     ~ This is the only company I've worked for that pays me more the better and more I help others succeed.  You're in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

2.  It helped my mom's health
     ~ She sleeps better (used to be up every couple of hours)
     ~ Her knee and back pain have dissipated (she takes MonaVie Active with liquid glucosamine)
     ~ Her moods are better (I hope she isn't reading this ;)

1.  It helped my health
     ~ I no longer take meds or suffer from allergies
     ~ My hypoglycemia went away
     ~ Chronic aches and pains disappeared
     ~ My skin cleared up and looks younger every day
     ~ I've rarely been sick
     ~ My energy is high and my sleep is great!
     ~ My nails and hair are healthy and growing like crazy

Paul Zane Pilzer is a world renowned economist and says the next generation of millionaires will be in the Wellness and Network Marketing industries.  MonaVie is both!

Are you read you ready to create a fortune for yourself instead of working at a J.O.B for someone elses fortune?

Contact me today with your questions.  No obligation what so ever!  This opportunity isn't for everyone.  I'm looking for leaders who have ambition, motivation and want to help others succeed.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Are you being exposed?

To chemicals and toxins?

Last night I caught part 2 of a special Dr. Sanjay Gupta did on CNN - "Toxic Childhood".  It was about how babies are being exposed to toxic chemicals before they are even born!  Harmful chemicals are found in the air, home, and common household cleaners.  80,000 chemicals and only 200 are tested - scary!  The health of our children is changing and Richard Denison says that child cancers are rising.

Chemicals are in everything we use - soap, shampoo, makeup, the numerous household cleaners we use, fertilizers, bug sprays, pesticides...  No wonder the disease rate is rising.  There are better choices and options available to us.

After the show couldn't believe what I did (but it did prompt me to write to about what I know).  I really needed to unwind and get to sleep so I sprayed a couple of shots of this lavender spray aromatherapy (I found while cleaning this weekend) onto my pillow.  The worst thing I could have done!!  This aromatherapy spray went right through my body - I felt it in my nose and I was soon tasting it!  Only 2 squirts - on my pillow and it was in my body!!  I was not that close when I sprayed and I was tasting it!!!  It blows my mind!

I'm obviously sensitive because I've used that spray in the past.  I think its because I've been trying to clear / detox my home and my body and lessen the exposure I have to toxic chemicals that I was so sensitive to the spray.  I threw it out and will be sticking to my Happy Spray for my aromatherapy.

Concerned about toxic chemicals you and your family are exposed to?  Here are a few simple things you can easily start doing to clear your home. 
  • Take your shoes off when you enter your home to keep from tracking in chemicals, garden pesticides, lawn fertilizers and herbicides.  Especially if you have children who play on the floor or like me do yoga and stretch on the floor.
  • Use a carbon filter pitcher to remove lead, chlorine and bacteria from your water.
  • Use cast iron or stainless steel pans for cooking.  The non-stick has a chemical PFOA that is starting to show up in our blood.
  • Use stainless steel water containers (this also saves the earth from the billions of plastic water bottles we toss every year).
  • Store your leftovers and food in glass containers.  If your plastic container has a #7, assume it has the chemical BPA in it unless it is specifically BPA free.
  • Get a house plant.  It can eliminate up to 90% of the toxic chemicals in our air. 
  • Open your windows and let the house air out.  Indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Another concern is pesticides on our produce.  With summer here we're all eating a lot more fruits and veggies, but it can be costly when buying organic.  You can wash and peel your fruits and veggies although pesticides can be taken up from the root and into the plant and cannot be removed.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.  They've developed a list of the Dirty Dozen which have the most pesticides.

Buy these Organic:
  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Lettuce
  9. Grapes (imported)
  10. Pears
  11. Spinach
  12. Potatoes
They also have a list of the Cleanest 12 (lowest in pesticides)
  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn (frozen)
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Bananas
  10. Cabbage
  11. Broccoli
  12. Eggplant
Print this and keep it on your fridge.  Always wash your produce regardless of which list it falls on. 

Start slowly.  It may feel overwhelming when you're in the market looking through all the "green" cleaners.  Take a look at Young Living's natural cleaners Thieves.  It works incredibly well!!  It took mildew out of my shower with barely a scrub - better than the bleachy chemicals I had tried in the past.  You can use it everywhere.  I also love their waterless hand sanitizer.  It smells good and I don't have to worry about putting my nieces putting their hands in their mouth after they've used it.  If you decide to buy, enter 1097012 as your referring distributor id.

You may pay a little more now to keep your body and home clear of these toxins, but I feel it is better to pay a little more now (preventative) than pay a heck of a lot more later (illness and disease).

To your health!  Live long and happy!!