Sunday, December 13, 2009

How to Host a Junk Food, Candy Free Party for Kids

Great ideas on how to host a junk food free party for kids.

If you have any healty snack food recipes you would like to share, please post and let us know.

How to Host a Junk Food, Candy Free Party for Kids

Patty Dooley

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday and Friday.. wow.. still need more work!

Well, I'm keeping track of what I eat for this week and as hard as I try to eat ALL that we are supposed too, I still have a very hard time fitting in all that food! Now most people can, but for me, my stomach just wont let me. So I have to break things down and eat just bites at a time all during the day just to get it all in. And that is still not good. I thank God for how I can eat now because a few years ago I couldn't eat much at all. (that's a whole other story)

But this is what I had for Thursday:
I had a chicken sandwich for lunch, dinner was stirfry- full of veggies and I had a yogurt today.. Still no fruit, but, I did buy some today!

And for Friday:
Breakfast - peanut butter sandwich. Lunch - few bites of left over stir fry, dinner- whole wheat pasta with shrip sauce with toasted whole grain bread. Once again, no fruit.. but I do drink unsweetened fruit juice. I know it's not as good as having the fruit.

As you can see just from the past few days, I'm still not reaching the much needed food groups that's required each day. But as we go through this Healthy Eating, I'll go more into what is considered a healthy diet. And in doing this, it also gives you a place to start on how and where to change your diet.. So keep tracking what you eat each day and we'll work on this togehter.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Do you really eat healthy??

Just a little test here.. Do you really know if you eat ALL the foods you're supposed to? Are you getting the amounts of fruits, veggies, grains, etc.. in your diet each day?

I feel that everyone should write down every day for a week, what they eat just to see if they are eating right. So, just to see what you do intake each day, Start writing down for the rest of the week what you have for each meal and snacks. Then later this week I will post some info on what your supposed to each each day.

Even if you eat what you consider a healthy diet, you can still be lacking in many areas. So drag out a little notebook and begin to track what you consume each day.

I'm going to try and post here each day what I eat.. just so I can see how far off I am of a healthy diet. If you would like to post your eating, feel free to do so!

Tuesday - Lunch- Leftover guacamole salad with wild rice. Had tomatoes,peppers,cucumber,onions,garlic and spices.
For dinner I had squash spaghetti/sauce w/toasted wholegrain bread with olive oil and garlic. snack today was 1 slice whole wheat bread with peanut butter.
hmmm didn't get in any fruit today.

Wednesday - I had homemade manicotti, steamed green beans and stuffed eggplant with toasted rye bread with olive oil and garlic.. and I just had to treat myself.. I had a 25 cent candy bar and sprite today. Seeing I had been on the run all day, didn't leave me much time to eat anything else. So, once again.. no fruit..not enough grains and not the full serving of veggies.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Vegetarian 28 Day Meal Plan.

This weeks recipe is not quite one recipe... but a great vegetarian meal plan. These are not recipes that I have worked up, but one that I read about on a site that I just love to visit. I am always looking for more veggie recipes and at Eating they have tons!

So this week I'm posting the link to this great site. One that I know you will enjoy just as much as I have. And whats so great about it is, it's a 28 day meal plan. It has breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a wonderful snack. It's a wonderful plan that can help get you started towards more healthy vegetables in your diet.

Vegetarian Meal Plan
EatingWell 28 Day Vegetarian Meal Plan

We hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Product Pick of the Week - Energizing Soy Protein

By far, This has to be one of my favorite products. Why?

Consumers reported changing their eating habits due to specific health concerns. Among the greatest worries were heart health and dietary cholesterol intake.The major dietary concern (reported by almost half ofthose surveyed) was reducing fat.

Animal protein is a major contributor to the fat in the average American diet. Americans eat plenty of protein,but it is mostly from meat, eggs, and dairy sources, which are usually high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

In contrast, Energizing Soy Protein is high in protein, that is naturally low in fat, and naturally lactose and cholesterol free. It also provides all the amino acids,including the nine essential ones your body needs but cannot manufacture itself. Using the newest methods for assessing the quality of protein, soy protein that given the score of 1.0 — the highest rating possible and equal to that given animal proteins such as those from eggs and milk. Energizing Soy Protein products are also good sources of calcium and iron.

In addition, Energizing Soy Protein provides naturally occurring beneficial plant compounds that are being extensively studied. Soy contains isoflavones, especially genistein and daidzein. These are intriguing to researchers because they are phytoestrogens and maybe related to soy’s ability to regulate hormonal balanceand deliver long-term health benefits.

Some soy protein products are alcohol-processed, which removes isoflavones. Energizing Soy Protein is water washed to retain naturally occurring isoflavones such asgenistein and daidzein. Shaklee uses only non-genetically modified (GMO) soy protein certified through an Identity Preservation Program (IPP). This programassures that the soy we use is tightly monitored and controlled from planting and harvesting to processing.

Who Might Benefit from Energizing Soy Protein?
• 58 million people who are concerned about heart health
• People interested in reducing their intake of the typically high-fat, high-cholesterol animal sources of protein and supplementing their diet with a plant-based protein source that is naturally low in fat and lactose and cholesterol free
• Vegetarians or vegans looking for a high-quality protein source that contains no animal products
• People interested in the health benefits associated with consuming soy
• Anyone interested in supporting the body’s natural ability to ward off hunger and maintain energy for hours
•Helps build muscle, skin, and hormones
•Supports the immune system
•Retains normal cholesterol levels
•Promotes heart and prostate health.
•Contains soy isoflavones, which can help minimize hot flashes and promote breast health.

Why Choose Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein?
• 14 grams of protein per serving
• Uses only IPP-certified non-GMO soy protein
• Highest-rated protein quality
• Natural vegetarian protein source
• Naturally cholesterol free
• No saturated fat
• 1 gram of total fat per serving
• Naturally lactose free
• 50% of your daily needs for calcium
• All the amino acids, including the nine essential ones you must get from food
• Water-processed to retain naturally occuring isoflavones
such as genistein and daidzein
• Choice of Creamy Cocoa or Natural Vanilla flavors
• No artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives
• Kosher certified

How to use:
Mix 3 tablespoons of Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein with a glass of milk, juice, water, or your favorite beverage. Optional: add fruit and blend.

To learn more, visit our site for Energizing Soy Protein

Friday, October 2, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Honey Baked Apples

With the fall season here, it brings us a bountiful abundance of apples and I love apples. So this week I wanted to post a very simple recipe but one that is delicious.

Honey Baked Apples:

4-6 Delicious Apples

4-6 TBL Honey

¼ cup Orange Juice

Pinch Cinnamon

I like to take my apples and cut just the tops off. Then take a melon baller and scoop out the core section. Just don’t go through to the very bottom of the apple. Then mix the Honey and Orange Juice together. Spoon this mixture into the center of the apple. Then sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. (If you like, you can also add some raisins and very fine chopped nuts to this mixture)

Place apples in baking dish. You can add just water or a little apple cider to keep the apples moist while baking. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 1 hour or until apple is tender. If your apples begin to brown to fast, simply cover your apples with a little foil.

Let cool for about 10 min. Apples will be very hot!

We hope you enjoy!
Patty Dooley

Monday, September 28, 2009

Product Pick of the week - Shaklee CitriBoost

I know many people don't like to take tablets, pills, etc... Or you have a child who has a hard time swallowing pills or is just picky. For those people Shaklee offers a powder vitamin Citriboost. Easy to mix in juice or other drinks. Which makes an excellent way for those who want to try a different route.

CitriBoost is an easy and enjoyable way to give your body the vitamins and balanced nutrition it needs. It mixes well with orange juice or your favorite protein shake.

CitriBoost provides 100% of the Daily Value of essential vitamins and nutrients, including A, C, D, B6, B12, E, and more! It also provides inulin (a prebiotic) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (a probiotic), delivering friendly microflora to promote gastrointestinal and long term colon health and a healthy immune system.* Plus, CitriBoost will make your orange juice taste less acidic and smoother to drink. It's perfect for seniors, children, and your entire family

Directions: Mix one scoop with 8 oz. Of orange juice, or your favorite protein shake or smoothie. Enjoy immediately. For best results, stir vigorously. For an even smoother and frothier drink experience, try mixing with the Shaklee Whizzer (#50325), Shaker (#50253), or Mixer (#50320). Refrigerate after opening.

Key Ingredients Vitamin A, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Biotin, Vitamin C, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Vitamin D, Folate, Inulin, Iodine, Molybdenum, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Selenium, Thiamin

To learn more about CitriBoost, Visit our site

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How does the flu spread and what can you do?

According to the CDC - Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. People with influenza can potentially infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

What can you do to protect yourself and family?

1- build your body immune system. Take lots of Vitamin C during the cold and flu season. With your body built up, you are able to fight off colds and flu much better and in some cases may not even catch it. Why? Because your immune system is so strong, it can fight it as it attacks you. That's why I am strongly suggesting to everyone to start an all-natural Sustained Released Vitamin C. With this, it is released into your system over a period of time. It’s not dumped in all at once. You will want to take several during the day to build your system. And also your children’s system. They are in daycare and schools where others are not building their systems. So you want to keep your child’s system built up to fight off anything that’s going around in your school or daycare.

2- Come off of sugar or cut back as much as you can. Sugar suppresses the immune system. There is enough sugar in one can of soft drink to suppress the immune system for 8 hours.

3-When you sneeze or cough - they say sneeze and cough onto the bend of your elbow. Not touching your hands to your face to cover it.

4- Wash your hands often. Make sure you wash them with soap and hot water. Washing several times a day helps keep the virus from spreading.

5- Keep a bottle of Shaklee Basic-G - Take a spray bottle of water and add Shaklee Basic-G Germicide. Spray down your home every so often.
Where would you want to spray?
Faucet handles,
Toilet handle,
Fridge door,
Computer keyboards (just a note here.. do not spray the keyboard, simply wipe off with cloth dampened with spray OR use the Basic-G wipes)
Counter tops
Wipe the arms of your furniture
Wipe down children’s toys
Handle of your brush and combs
Ladies, wipe off the handles of your make-up brushes from time to time.

Any place that you have to turn, pull, touch with your hands.Simply do this a few times a week to cut down on any viruses that could be passed.

6- Keep a few Basic-G wipes in a ziplock bag in your purse. When you head out to places you can wipe down such things as your shopping cart handle, public bathrooms or other facilities.

Taking a few extra steps now can help fight off viruses, flu’s and colds this winter. And these few simple steps can save you much time and money at the doctor’s office. Not to mention the amount of money that you would have to spend on medications and prescriptions.

To Your Health,
Patty Dooley

If you would like to know more about Shaklee Basic-G,
please contact me at

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Study Compares Shaklee Performance vs Gatorade and Kidney Stone Risk

When you are the leader in the natural food supplement industry, people sometimes test your products without you even knowing about it.

That was exactly what happened with a recent study comparing the effects of Shaklee’s Performance and Gatorade on the risk of kidney stone formation.

This was the ultimate independent study.

Shaklee didn’t initiate it. They didn’t support it. And, in fact, they didn’t even know about it until it was published a couple of weeks ago (J.W. Goodman et al, Urol. Res., 37: 41-46, 2009).

Before I get into the results of the study, perhaps I should start with an explanation of why you would even want to do that kind of study.
Let’s start with the problem - kidney stones. They are extremely painful, and they can damage the kidney - particularly if they form over and over again.

To a urologist the solution is simple - just drink two liters of water a day.

The problem is that you have to really, really, really like water to drink two liters a day, and most people just aren’t that into water.
In fact, previous studies had shown that even when patients had a previous kidney stone and were told by their urologist to drink two liters of water a day, the average result was an increase of only 0.3 liters a day of water.

So this group of urologists asked what people were drinking instead of water.

The latest trends show that soft drink consumption is decreasing and consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks is increasing. And, there was absolutely no information on whether sports drinks increased or decreased the risk of kidney stone formation.

So they decided to look at two well-known sports drinks, Shaklee’s Performance and Gatorade, to see whether they would increase or decrease the risk of kidney stone formation compared to the consumption of an equivalent amount of water.

They looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of citrate in the urine and by how much they increased the pH of the urine because each of these decreases the risk of kidney stone formation.

They also looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of sodium and calcium in the urine because each of those increases the risk of kidney stone formation.

Performance significantly increased the amount of citrate and the pH of the urine, while Gatorade had no effect on either of them.
Neit her Performance or Gatorade had an significant effect on sodium or calcium levels in the urine.

Thus, they concluded that Shaklee’s Performance was superior to either Gatorade or water alone at deceasing the risk of kidney stone formation.

Now you might be tempted to say that this study was of more interest to urologists than the general public. But my guess is that if you have ever suffered through a kidney stone this study is of great interest to you.

But to me the more important conclusion is that, once again, independent clinical studies show the superiority of Shaklee products.
To your health!

Dr. Stephen G. Chaney, PhD
Full Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Nutrition
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Chaney has been teaching biochemistry, biophysics and nutrition to medical and dental students for over 30 years. In addition he has an active program in cancer research, focusing on chemotherapy. He has authored 80 publications in peer - reviewed journals. Dr. Chaney was instrumental in establishing nutrition education as an important part of the medical school training at UNC at Chapel Hill.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Stuffed Peppers with Tomato Sauce

This Greek dish represents the principles of Mediterranean food, the main component being vegetables, made substantial with a rice and lamb filling.

8 small green peppers, tops sliced off, cored, and seeded
1/3 cup olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 TBSP red wine
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP tomato paste
3 lb. plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 fresh bay leaf
salt and black pepper
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb. ground lamb
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup long-grain rice, rinsed and drained. ( I use brown rice or wild rice)

1-Bring a pan of water to boil and cook the peppers and tops for 5 min. Drain and set aside.
2-To make the sauce, heat half the oil and add half the onion and garlic. Stew gently for 10 min., until the onion is soft. Add the wine, honey and tomato paste. Let simmer 1 min.
3- Add the tomatoes, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 min., until the sauce is thick.
4-Strain the sauce through a sieve and set aside. Heat the stock to the boiling point.
5- To make the filling, warm the rest of the oil and add the remaining onion and garlic. Cook gently for 10 min., until the onions is soft. Turn up the heat and add the lamb, ground spices, and seasonings. Cook for 5 min. , stirring, to brown meat.
6- Add the rice to the lamb mixture. Stir well, then pour over the boiling stock. Cook over gentle heat for 15 min., until all the liquid has been absorbed and small holes appear in the surface.
7- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stuff the peppers with the rice mixture and replace their tops. Pack them into a dish and pour over the sauce. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool before serving - this dish is best made a day in advance.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our New Shaklee Sites Are Up!

There here! Our newly designed Shaklee websites. And they are wonderful!

Stop by today and visit our new sites and tell me what you think!

We'll be updating our blog links soon to reflect new info and links on our new Shaklee sites.

Blessings to you!
Patty Dooley - Shaklee Independent Distributor
Shaklee Independent Distributor

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Vitamin D Linked To HDL Cholesterol

Contact: Patty Dooley – Independent Shaklee Distributor

Shaklee Corporation Research Suggests an Important Role of Vitamin D for Supporting Cardiovascular Health

PLEASANTON, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Research supported by Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., shows that a lower blood vitamin D level is associated with metabolic syndrome and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study results were presented at the National Lipid Association Annual Scientific Sessions in Miami, Florida and suggest an important role of vitamin D nutrition for maintaining cardiovascular health.

“I am so proud to be associated with a company whose heritage has always been about improving people’s health and well-being. It’s very exciting that Shaklee has helped to bring this important research to the world, says Independent Shaklee Distributor, Patty Dooley “The findings may have significant public health implications related to new understanding about benefits related to vitamin D supplementation,” adds Dooley.

In this study, intake of vitamin D from dietary supplements was strongly linked with vitamin D levels in the blood. The greater the intake of vitamin D from dietary supplements, the higher the amount of vitamin D found in the blood. More importantly, as vitamin D intakes increased, HDL cholesterol (or “good cholesterol”) levels increased as well. Future research is needed to determine if vitamin D from dietary supplements can lower risk levels for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

“Our next study, which is already underway, is intended to confirm causality by showing that vitamin D supplementation improves cardiovascular risk factors,” says Dr. Jamie McManus M.D., Chairman of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education, Shaklee Corporation.

Kevin C. Maki, PhD, the study’s Principal Investigator and the Chief Science Officer of Provident Clinical Research, Glen Ellyn, IL, says, “Results from population studies suggest that a low serum vitamin D concentration is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular mortality, but this is the first study to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D status and cardiovascular risk factors in a group that includes a large number of vitamin D supplement users.” He continues, “Additional research is warranted to assess whether increasing vitamin D intake will improve the metabolic cardiovascular risk factor profile.”

For more information, contact Patty Dooley at .

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About Shaklee Corporation
Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit .

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Schedule An Appointment With Us

We are now scheduling appointments for our 21 Natural Health CD program

and for our Shaklee business.

We now have available online a chat room, or we can talk by phone.

We will set up an appointment with you at your convince. We will go over our 21 Natural Health CD program with you. Explain how it works, what you receive for participating and any other questions you may have.

We are also taking appointments for those wanting to know more about natural heath products, where to start, about all the lines that we offer. We will answer any questions that you may have and if you would like to know more about the business and how you can get started, we will address that as well.

This time will be set up for you. To answer any concerns that you may have.

We are open for appointments on Sunday evening, Tuesday, Wednesday - AM, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. We will work on a schedule that is best for you.

To set up your 21 Natural Health or Shaklee information appointment, please contact
Patty at

We look forward to working with you.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

When’s a Good Time to Drink Water?

Most people wait to drink until they are thirsty or until they have a dry mouth. By the time you are most likely already mildly dehydrated. A dry mouth is one of the last signs of dehydration.

Other people only drink during meals, another mistake. When you drink too much with a meal, it washes out the hydrochloric acid, digestive juices, and enzymes in your stomach and intestines, which delays digestion. Fluids, and iced drinks in particular, quench the digestive process similarly to pouring water on fire.

You can drink during meals, but drink filtered room-temperature water with a slice of lemon or lime squeezed into it or unsweetened tea. But don’t go over-board. Meals are not the time to get most of your fluids. Stick to four to eight ounces with a meal.

Here are some rules of thumb about when to drink water:

Drink fifteen to thirty minutes before meals or two hours after.
Only drink four to eight ounces of room-temperature water at meals.
Do not drink much water past 7:00 pm; because it may interfere with your sleep.
To your health,


reference: Don Colbert, MD. Seven Pillars of Health

Friday, July 31, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Caponata

With Eggplant in season, I just had to post this recipe. We hope you enjoy it.


1- eggplant - about 3 lbs. (2 lg.)
1 Tbl. salt
Pear Tomatoes 1-1/2 lbs. (or 1 - 14.5 oz. can)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 med. yellow onion - chopped
2 ribs celery - chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
1/4 tsp. dried red chili flakes
1 (7-3/4 oz can)Green Olives - drained
2 Tbl. capers
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Trim off and discard the stem end from the eggplant. Cut the eggplant into 3/4-inch cubes. Place the cubes in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Set aside in the sink or over a bowl and allow to drain for 1 hour. Rinse briefly and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Meanwhile, blanch and peel the tomatoes. Chop them into a bowl to catch their juice. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and chili flakes. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then mix in the eggplant and saute 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes along with their juice. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. stir in the olives and capers and continue to cook 20-25 minutes, until the eggplant is tender but not mushy. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice until well combined. Serve at room temperature.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toxins In The Home - Toxic Brew

Many people are unaware of what our every day cleaning products can do to us. They can cause such things as allergies, asthma, headaches, upper respiratory problems and more.

Listening to this video, Toxic Brew, will enlighten you on what goes into some products and what problems they cause.

We hope you find this video helpful and if you would like a free consultation on how you can detoxify your home, contact me and I can help show you alternatives on how you can take care of your home with safe, non toxic cleaners.

Blessings,Patty - email

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Don't Say "Diet", That's a No, No, Word

Diet, the No, No Word,
Now this is an old post that I done on another blog some time ago. I feel that it's a great post and have had numbers of people contact me about it and ask for help. So, I felt it was worth re-posting on my new blog.

We have made great changes, but still more to go and as a family we are still working together.

Hope you enjoy,

Well, I have been working with my family on changing some things in our lives and our eating habits is the biggest one. Now, I have learned over the years don't tell your family or yourself we/I are going on a diet.. That is a big No, No word to most people. Say the word diet and all of a sudden everyone thinks I have to deprive myself of all the good things to eat. And this just doesn't work. This scares people thinking all they can have to eat is rabbit food so to speak haha.. but when you make it your goal to change things in your life and take it in steps, you'll get much further.

But what I have learned is to tell my family we are just changing a few things. We are going to eat better. Now, I'm a vegetable person, but hubby likes to sneak out and get those snacks. But we are getting older and I think it has hit him this past few months that things have to change. When you're young you think nothing will ever touch you and never hurt you, but as we all know, years come on us fast and our thinking begins to change.

Most every Sunday we go out for lunch after church.. but after tying to take care of some of my health matters I told my husband I don't want to get fast food all the time. I want a place that serves veggies and such. Not to many places like that around here. I told him, I'm working on building my health and I don't want a cholesterol burger and a side of thunder thighs and every time you want to go to those places, that's just what you're asking me to eat. Yes I know they have salads but I wanted something with more substance and filling.

So we all sat down just before the holidays and began talking. We agreed to begin to eat better. Yes, I cook veggies and fruits in the house and we take our supplements, but we needed more. The first words was.....Oh No, not another diet!! and my response to them was No, it's not a diet. We are simply going to eat better. We are all going to cut back on snacks and eat better ones. That they could live with. The diet word just seems to be a No, No word.

So, with all of us setting there we devised a plan for eating better. And when you all work together it seems to be so much easier. But we all agreed that we would not start this until after the holidays. Just to much going on, parties and such to go to. So holidays are not a good time to do that.

So, our plan is
1- we all agreed that we would break it down into workable meals. So what we came up with is this.
Monday - Green Night - here we eat all veggies and no meat.
Tuesday - Salad Night - Here we find all kinds of salad recipes and will be working those in. And they can include meat
Wednesday - Casserole Night - here we find all kinds of casserole recipes and they will be veggie based, with some meats added and salads
Thursday - Soup Night - Here we can have all kinds of soups/stews along with salad
Friday - Meat night - we work this with baked meats, all the veggies we want along with salad
Saturday - Pasta/Stir Fry Night - Here we'll use whole wheat past dishes. Adding more veggies than meat. Or we'll have Stir Fry.
Sunday - FREE Day. We can go out to eat, but it still has to be healthy foods and we can have a treat

On top of this, we are getting out walking more. Now I know in the winter this can be hard for some, but we live in a part of the country where we don't have tons of snow or ice, so we can walk more. It's a brisk walk in the early morning for me and hubby and my daughter works out at school, but comes home and rides her bike. And for me I have added Palates during the day.

Now most will ask, what about desserts.. well, we have gone to fruit salads after dinner, I make low fat and sugar recipes. I just change up the ingredients to make it fit in. And there are tons of great recipes on the net that you can find. We still eat wholesome meals and have great snacks too. So it doesn't seem like you're on a diet. And when the girls come home from school and want something to eat, I fix them a Meal Shake drink in no fat milk and I add 1/2 banana and few frozen strawberries. Mix that up along with some apple wedges or oranges and the girls are set. Gives them all the protein and vitamins they need and cuts any sugar cravings too. And you can keep whole wheat cereal on hand..this works great and filling. And for breakfast I fix them a Soy Protien drink with some added fruit and works great. Very filling and cuts the sugar cravings as well.

So it is possible to change your families health and not use the No, No word "diet". It just takes changes and it takes commitment on your part as well. Start out by talking to your family. Have everyone set down and help plan. Have the kids help choose recipes. Ask your spouse to help you pick out different dishes. If they have a favorite dish, don't just do away with it. Save it for special occasions or your free night. You don't have to deprive yourself of all those yummy food, just make some easy changes and you'll begin to see the difference in just a few weeks.

Happy Changes To You,

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Learn the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins

Healthy Answers Revealed

I have been asked many times about this subject.

When is the best times to take my vitamins?

This has a very multiple answer, and I found a great article on
Natural News that explains it very well.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Learn the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins

Best wishes,

And We Have A Winner.. Our New Name!

First I would like to thank those who made suggestions and I would also like to thank those of you who voted!

As stated in my original post, we had to change our Q&A section that we have started, so we ran a little contest. We had 2 ladies make suggestions and very good ones at that.. so without further delay....

our NEW NAME and WINNER IS @@@@@@@@ Louella!!
Who suggested

"Healthy Answers Revealed"

Congratulations to Louella

And special thanks to Annettee who also contributed!!

Thank you all!!

Patty - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Monday, July 20, 2009

Vote For Our New Name!

It's that time!

We posted about having to change our name due to a copyright problem. So we hosted a suggestion contest and we had two awesome ladies make suggestions. Annette and Louella. Thanks ladies.

..And today is Voting day!! woooohooo..

We have created a poll for everyone to cast their vote.
You can help us pick our new name by casting your vote for the one you like best.

So starting today and going through 7/21/09 We will be taking all votes.

To vote, simply check the one you like and hit submit.. that easy!
And our winners will win our mini Shaklee cleaning kit!

So start voting and I wish both ladies luck!!

And thank you so much,

Friday, July 17, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - German Soft Pretzels

German Soft Pretzels

Now, I'm not sure just how healthy this will be, but it's more fun than anything. We are making these tonight as a family fun time. We try to do this every so often. It brings us together to just have fun as a family. You know, times that make memories. And I used to love those big pretzels you got at the mall with mustard.. so this should be fun!
Hope you enjoy.

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
2-1/2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour (here I will use organic unbleached wheat flour instead)
2 TBL salad oil ( I'll be using Olive Oil)
1 TBL sugar
6 TBL Baking Soda in 6 cups of water
Coarse Salt

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the oil and sugar. Beat for about 3 min to make a smooth batter. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 1 cup) to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and satiny (about 5 min.) adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place dough in greased bowl; turn over to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled . (about 1 hour)

Punch dough down, turn out onto floured board, and divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a smooth ball by gently kneading. The roll each into a smooth rope about 18 inches long, and twist into a pretzel shape. Place slightly apart on greased baking sheet (at least 12 X 15 inches), turning loose end underneath. Let rise, uncovered, until puffy (about 25 min.).

Meanwhile, in a 3 quart stainless steel or enameled pan (don't use aluminum), bring soda-water mixture to boiling; adjust heat to keep water boiling gently. With a slotted spatula, lower 1 pretzel at a time into pan. Let simmer for 10 seconds on each side, then lift from water, drain briefly on spatula, and return to baking sheet. Let dry briefly, then sprinkle with coarse salt and let stand, uncovered, until all have been simmered.

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Transfer to racks; serve warm with butter or mustard. Or let cool completely, wrap airtight, and freeze. To reheat, place frozen pretzels on un-greased baking sheets and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 min. or until hot.

Makes 1 dozen pretzels.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Questions about Shakleebaby and Kids

Here is a question that I had emailed to me from Kathy A. in LA.

Hi Patty,
I have heard about your Shaklee baby and kid products. What ages can I start my children on them? Are they safe? I have never tried these products before. All I have ever used is what I buy at my local store. What makes these different? I’m not sure where to even start on these types of products.

This is a very good question. I know parents are concerned about the products they purchase for their children. And you have to be cautious today on products we buy. Now more than ever we are looking for safe products that are not laced with synthetics, chemicals, preservatives and dyes. So much awareness is out here today about what is going into every thing we purchase.

My suggestion is to start out with the multi-vitamins for your children. Then work your way through the different products. For older children you may want to go to Meal Shakes along with the vitamins. Gives them a well-rounded start to each day.

Here are some answers that you may find helpful about the products.

Shakleebaby™ and Shakleekids™ Dietary Supplements FAQs

Q. Who can take Shakleebaby and Shakleekids nutrition products?
A. Shakleekids Mighty Smart™ DHA chews are intended for children ages 4 years and older and also can be consumed by adults. Shakleekids Incredivites™ is intended for children ages 4-12. Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder is intended for infants older than 6 months and toddlers 1-4 years of age.

Q. DHA is a key ingredient in Shakleekids Mighty Smart chews. What is DHA? What are the health benefits for my child?
A. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid and is a major building block of brain and eye tissue.Adequate intake early in life is vital to proper brain and visual development and to ensure the cells of the brain,retina, and other parts of the nervous system develop and function properly.*

Q. I am concerned that my child isn’t getting enough vitamin D. Do Shakleekids and Shakleebaby multivitamin/multimineral products provide sufficient amounts of vitamin D?
A. To address the growing concern about inadequate intake and deficiency of vitamin D in young children, both the Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder for Infant and Toddlers and Shakleekids Incredivites provide essential bone health nutrients, with a special focus on delivering vitamin D in amounts known to be beneficial to infants and children. A serving of Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder delivers 400 IU of vitamin D. A serving of Shakleekids Incredivites delivers 600 IU of vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D in both products is
considered to be very safe and well below the current, upper limit of safety which has been set at 2,000 IU per day.

Q. What is lactoferrin?
A. Lactoferrin is a unique, biologically active milk protein. Also found naturally in breast milk, it is believed to provide one of the immuno-protective effects associated with breast-feeding. Lactoferrin has been shown to act as a prebiotic–it fuels the growth of beneficial microflora, which in turn supports digestive health. Studies also indicate lactoferrin activates other components of the immune system.*

Q. What is oligofructose-enriched inulin?
A. Oligofructose-enriched inulin is a type of fiber, specifically a uniquely processed blend of inulin and oligofructose (fructooligosaccharides) that has been derived from the root of the chicory plant. It is made using a proprietary process that results in a specific combination of long and short chained fibers. These fibers are not broken down by the stomach or intestines and remain intact when they reach the large intestines, where they are metabolized by and promote the growth of beneficial microflora. The particular oligfructose-enriched inulin used in Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder has been clinically tested to promote digestive and immune
health benefits in infants and toddlers.*

Q. What are the health benefits of prebiotics?
A. By promoting the growth of benefical microflora, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, prebiotics help promote a healthy digestive system, which in turn also supports immune function. Studies have shown that when infants, toddlers, and young children consume infant formula or foods enriched with prebiotics they experience better digestive and immune health.*

Q. Are the products gluten free?
A. Yes, the products are gluten free.

Q. Are the products kosher?
A. Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder and Mighty Smart DHA chews are kosher. Incredivites is not kosher; the product contains lactoferrin, a dairy-based, nonkosher ingredient. Shaklee Vita-Lea® Ocean Wonders® is available as a kosher option.

Q. How do I store the products?
A. We recommend storing Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder and Mighty Smart DHA chews in a cool, dry place. Incredivites can be stored at room temperature.

*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.
©2009 Shaklee Corporation. Distributed by Shaklee Corporation, Pleasanton, CA 94588. 09-252 (New 4/09)

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Is A Home Businesses Right For You? (Press Release)

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
117 Spruce St.
Bloomburg, TX. 75556

Local Entrepreneur Enjoys Flexibility and Financial Stability

Bloomburg, TX – July 16, 2009 – The latest economic indicators for May bring some hopeful tidings, but also some significant concerns. The U.S. unemployment rate is as high as it has been in 25 years, and there is continued concern about sizable job losses to come. The recession has been a source of severe stress for many throughout the country.

According to the recent Multi-Sponsor Surveys’ 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 49% of employed adults expressed worry about potential job loss, while 32% admitted to “significant” financial troubles.

But amid numerous reports of havoc and despair created by the current economic climate, Patty Dooley, a local small-business entrepreneur here in Bloomburg, reports a very different experience during this recession.

“If it weren’t for the additional income my health-and-wellness business generates, I think my family would probably be in a very different place,” says Dooley, who operates a Shaklee business out of her home.

“My business helps us not only continue to pay the bills on time, but it also generates additional income which we save to have on hand for unexpected situations, or use when we want to do something special, like take a trip, buy a new car, or remodel the kitchen—things that would otherwise be outside of our budget.”

Dooley credits her home business for helping to alleviate much of her family’s stress and says her business has eased financial concerns while providing flexibility—qualities that can insulate a family from the changing tides of the economy. Most people who run a business from home work only part time, so there’s freedom to plan business activities around the busy schedule of a young family.

“When I began my business,” says Dooley, “it was on a very part-time basis. Since I started, I’ve increased the amount of time I spend working with it. Using the Internet and communicating my business online makes my work much more efficient and flexible at the same time, making it possible for me to work on my business pretty much whenever I have downtime from my other responsibilities. Plus, it was easy and inexpensive to get started, and there’s no need to make space in our home for any inventory since the company ships directly to my customers.”

Home businesses have drawn considerable interest from people who may be having a difficult time finding employment and from those looking for an income opportunity that also resonates with their personal beliefs—characteristics that most jobs likely do not offer.
“Because I recommend products that help people to be healthier, that help our environment to be cleaner, and for homes to be safer, I feel good about what I do. And because I also offer the chance for other people to do what I’m doing—to achieve independence in a way they may not have thought possible—there’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I can help make a real difference for people looking for extra income right now.”

According to the 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 60% of adults are now interested in operating a home business in response to the economic downturn.

“To me, there’s a great sense of security knowing that my business is backed by a company that has a proven track record and more than 50 years of experience giving people the means to thrive, even during the most difficult economic times,” says Dooley. “Shaklee has grown during each of the prior recessions since it was founded in 1956.”

For more information about Shaklee, please visit

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About Shaklee Corporation
Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. Through Social Marketing™, Shaklee offers an economic opportunity to anyone regardless of background or experience, and has paid more than $4 billion in commissions to its independent distributors worldwide. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pick A Name for my Q&A Contest

Well, I had started a spot on my blog called Ask Patty, but I just found out that it is Trademarked and I can't use it for my new section.. So what to call it now????

So I thought I would start a little contest... ask others what they think would be a good name for my questions spot..

So for the next week I'll be taking suggestions on names.. then I will make a post where others can vote.. one with the most votes will win!!

What can you win?
A mini Get Clean kit.
1 bottle of basic-H2
1 Spray Bottle
1 Scour Off

2 products that will be more than enough for cleaning your kitchen, bath and more.

Suggest a name? I need it to reflect my section on where people can ask questions about vitamins, nutrition, weight loss, kids and baby health and anything else that may be on their minds. See my original post

To suggest a name,
simply comment on this post what you think it should be called.
Please ONE post per person.

Suggestions will end on July 19th.

I will put a vote post on July-20.

NOW, on this you can get all your friends to post a vote for you!! simply pass around that your name is entered.. you can blog about this, tweet about it, put it on your facebook too.. all the votes on the name that you suggested can help you win!!

My Twitter is -
Blog URL
My Facebook:

I look forward to seeing all the great suggestions, and if you have a question for me, please feel free to post. I'll be happy to help you out.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Why Shaklee Skin Care??

Many skin care products on the market today claim to nourish and protect the skin with one or more antioxidant nutrients. Unfortunately, these ingredients only address certain parts of the complex equation of free radical damage on the surface of the skin. What’s more, these ingredients may be present at very low levels or in forms, which may not be absorbed and utilized by your skin.

The seven signature ingredients in patented Vital Repair+ (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) confer seven extraordinary benefits which have been clinically proven to work together to sustain the look of healthy, youthful skin and reverse the visible signs of aging:

• Vitamin E — The front line of your skin’s natural antioxidant self-defense system. Promotes visibly youthful
softness and suppleness.

Vitamin C — Works two ways to firm and strengthen skin — #1: supports your skin’s natural defenses against
UV-induced collagen breakdown. #2: Research also suggests that topically applied vitamin C may actually boost skin’s ability to produce new collagen and elastin. Vital Repair+ features a highly derma-available form of pure vitamin C to optimize absorption and utilization.

• Vitamin A — Increases skin’s ability to retain moisture; helps minimize the appearance of sun damage.

• Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) — Dramatically increases skin’s natural ability to repair its appearance.

• Grape Seed Extract — Powerful botanical antioxidant blocks enzymes which break down collagen. Supports skin’s ability to recapture firmer-looking contours.

• Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) — Neutralizes the free radicals that visibly age skin the fastest.

• Beta Glucan — Exceptionally soothing to naturally and gently minimize environmental irritation.

Patented Vital Repair+ actually breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage to defend against accelerated
aging. (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946)

In addition to providing the positive benefits of the most state-of-the-art nourishing and protective skin care ingredients, each Enfuselle product has been carefully formulated and repeatedly tested to exclude any ingredients shown to irritate the skin or otherwise produce negative results.

All Enfuselle products are:
• Oil free
• Soap free
• Dye free
• Dermatologist tested
• Hypoallergenic
• Won’t clog pores
• Not tested on animals
• Contain no animal-derived ingredients

How can you have healther and younger looking skin?
3 easy steps.

Morning and Evening
Dirt, dead cells, environmental pollutants, and excess oil can make it difficult for your skin to breathe. But over-enthusiastic cleansers may strip your skin of the natural emollients it needs to stay soft and supple.
Enfuselle cleansers defend your skin against environmental pollutants while sustaining its natural, healthy moisture balance. Each cleanser is soap-free, oil-free, and enriched with botanicals and nutrients
to gently lift and rinse away impurities and restore moisture, so your skin feels soothed and renewed.

Morning and Evening
The water that flows from your tap activates cleansers, penetrates pores, and rinses dirt and grime down the drain. But it also leaves a legacy on your skin in the form of iron, a potent pro-oxidant that can trigger the formation of free radicals which can visibly damage skin’s surface. Enfuselle triple-action toners effectively “turn off” the potential for this reaction as they refresh and invigorate skin.

Three essential treatments:
Time Repair A.M.® SPF 15 offers a 5-in-1 solution for all your skin’s daytime needs.
C+E Repair P.M.TM offers patent-pending delivery of dermaavailable nutrients to visibly firm skin without irritation.

Twice a day: Eye Treatment
Wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and dull, dry, flaky skin are the result of three facets of accelerated aging:
1) surface damage from free radical-induced reactions;
2) excessive loss of natural moisture from damaged skin; and
3) the breakdown of the skin’s collagen-elastin support structure. Enfuselle’s synergistic treatment formulas boost your skin’s natural ability to defend and repair its appearance. Wrinkles and lines are visibly diminished, texture is revitalized, contours are firmer, and youthful glow is recaptured, today and tomorrow.

For more information on Shaklee Skin Care -

Or visit - Enfuselle® Advanced Skin Care

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Grilled Veggie Packets

Well, It's been some time since I have posted any recipes and figured I better jump in here today and post one haha..

Today for our dinner, we fixed veggie packets. Something we all love around here and super easy to make. There is no particular order in which to make them, we just put in what we love to eat.

What I do is cut up all kinds of vegetables. Everything from potatoes to squash, mushrooms, broccoli . Today for our packets I cut up new potatoes, patty pan squash, Japanese Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, broccoli, fresh spinach, baby carrots, asparagus and for those who just had to have meat, we added some minute stakes.

I have all this laid out on plates or platters and everyone picks the veggies they want. We then use the super wide foil, lay our veggies out on that and then drizzle with olive oil and spices. Tightly close foil and place on hot grill for about 30 min.

In 30 minutes you have a complete meal all done and ohhhhhh so good! I also done some grilled Romain lettuce. Just cut them in half. Leave root on end to keep it together. I drizzle EVOO all over it, the little sea salt and spices and grill just long enough to get the charred marks on it. Just enough to get that grill flavor. Then I make my own EVOO dressing to pour over it.

I simply use olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs from the garden. I used Basil, Thyme, Oregano, minced garlic and dash of salt.. then whisk together and drizzle over lettuce.. you can also add a little Feta cheese. It's wonderful!

What's fun about this meal is everyone gets to throw in the veggies they like and this way your family is getting a healthy dose of veggies.

So next time you want an easy and fun meal... ask everyone what veggies they want and make some veggie packs.

Hope you enjoy,

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's Back, Join Shaklee Free with 50 PV order

back by popular demand.. Shaklee's Join Free with 50 PV order!! Offer ends August 8, 2009

There are 3 ways to join!

Join Free with 50 PVFor a limited time, join as a Member with an order of 50 PV or more, and Shaklee will waive the $19.95 membership fee. Take advantage of this great offer today! Join Free with 50 PV ends August 8, 2009.

Six Months of PWS with the GOLD Ambassador ProgramAlso, for a limited time, join as a GOLD Ambassador and receive 6 months of Personal Web Site access. A nearly $45 value in addition to the over $500 worth of products, services, and discounts that GOLD Ambassadors already receive when they join. Offer ends August 8, 2009.

Join Free with 50 PVNow through 8/8/09, only at the time you join Shaklee, if your first order contains a complete pack of Shakleebaby, you can also receive one Vitalizer w/Iron for only $10. That's a savings of $69.25, and you also get an extra 20.94 PV for a total of 70 PV! Products include: Gentle Wash, Massage Oil, Soothing Lotion, Diaper Cream, Multivitamin Powder; Vitalizer w/iron
#53911 SRP $115.25 MN $99.45 70.1 PV
Note: This offer can be combined with Join Free with 50 PV for a total savings of $89.24!

Join Free with 50 PVNow through 8/8/09, only at the time you join Shaklee, if your first order contains a complete pack of Shakleekids, you can also receive one Vitalizer w/Iron for only $10. That's a savings of $69.25, and you also get an extra 12.30 PV for a total of 50 PV! Products include: Mighty Smart™, Incredivites™, Vitalizer w/Iron
#59219 SRP $80.20 MN $69.65 50 PV
Note: This offer can be combined with Join Free with 50 PV for a total savings of $89.24!

Have questions about joining or what products to use?
Contact Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
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Have A Health Question?? Ask Patty

I receive many emails from people asking all kinds of questions. Things such as, what vitamins should I start out on to what products do you recommend cleaning with. What can I do for leg cramps to menopause.

So, I thought I would start an "Ask Patty" on my blog.

It's simple,
simply post a comment to this blog post with your question... and I will research, give advice and tips, share what products to use and answer your questions in a whole new post.

So post away... I'm so looking forward to all the wonderful questions that I'll receive from everyone.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I received the "Most Wonderful Favorite" Award

Today started out as a great day, but when I came home and started checking my emails it jumped up to a Wonderful day! Much to my surprise I opened an email and and found that I had received the Most Wonderful Favorite Award from Sunflower Ranch for my blog. All I can say is thank you so much for this award. My whole desire for this blog is to be able to reach out and touch others and help those that I come in contact with. And to receive this award brings great joy to my heart that others stand up and take notice.. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • These are the rules in accepting this award:
    Deliver this award to eight bloggers who then must choose and deliver the award to eight more and include the following text into the award.
  • "These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers."

The blogs that I have picked are people that touch on so many different areas of life. Some pour out their feelings, while others work to help others further their own lives. I feel all of these blogs deserve a round of applause for the awesome work they do.

  1. Party Plan Pat - I just love her blog! -
  2. My Bizzy World -

  3. Lighthouse Prayer Line -
  4. The Happily Blended -

  5. Momma Cooks Cooking -

  6. My Life In General -

  7. Serendipitous Simplicity -

  8. Working from home with kids -

I feel honored for receiving the award and I feel blessed to be able to pass this on to others who have touched my life in many different ways.

Blessings Patty

Monday, May 25, 2009

Why A Mediterranean Diet.

So many people today are searching for the right diet. They try no carbs, lots of carbs, no protein, and lots of protein, cabbage soup diets, and all sorts of other diets. We search and search, but we never look at what actually works. A simple life change diet.

What’s wrong with us here in America?
Processed foods!! We eat all kinds of processed food, fast foods, boxed foods, and quick microwave foods. Foods high in fats, sugars and chemicals. And we wonder why we never get healthy or loose weight. We try everything but the right thing. And we don’t take the time to cook actual foods ourselves.

I know how everyone feels; I have been there before myself. Trying to take care of job, family, home and running. Just to come home and pop what I could on for dinner. But over time I began to see changes in our health and I knew there were things that had to be done. I poured over diets, talked to doctors and it wasn’t until I began reading about the Mediterranean diet that I realized this is what we need.

Why the Mediterranean diet?
Well, it’s a life change. People have been doing it for centuries and living better and longer. They take time to prepare fresh foods; they spend time together while eating. They take their time to eat and it’s not a rush through thing. They have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, better over all health and they live longer.

So just what is this Mediterranean diet?
It’s a diet that puts fresh foods together. More fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, herbs and spices. Meats are not the main course of the meals. They are the sides. It’s more fresh fish and seafood. And fish that’s not deep-fried. They don’t use processed sugars, they use honey. And desserts are fresh fruits and the one main thing in a Mediterranean diet is olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive oil is known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and great for your skin. And it’s filled with vitamins and antioxidants. And they drink red wine with their meals. The wine in moderation, but it’s very good for your digestive system.

So how do you start shopping for Mediterranean diet?
The biggest thing is, don’t purchase processed foods. Stay away from the boxed stuff, sugar cereals, breakfast pop tarts, white breads and pastas, white processed sugar, artificial sweeteners, lard, margarine, soft drinks, candies and such. I know, I just wiped out the largest part of everyone’s shopping list. But believe me, It can be done.

A general rule of thumb is to stick to the produce sections, purchase whole grain breads and pasta. Purchase more herbs and seasonings for your foods. Go with more deep ocean fish and seafood. Use leaner cuts of meats. Use whole-wheat flour instead of bleached all purpose flour. Simply put, purchase foods you have to cook yourself and not already done for you.

Set down and begin planning a menu. See where you can make changes in your diet. Introduce new vegetables into your families’ meals gradually. Purchase a bread machine and begin making your own bread. It’s not hard, just fill and let it make. And you can even find a good one on Ebay. Search the Internet for menu plans, recipes, and cookbooks. Two cookbooks that I use are “The Best 125 Meatless Mediterranean Dishes” and Sarah Woodward – “The Classic Mediterranean Cookbook” . They are both wonderful and helpful. I would suggest looking for them on . And begin searching for Vegetarian menus. These will have wonderful recipes.

What will happen when I do this?
By making a life change to a more Mediterranean diet lifestyle, you will begin to see changes in your health and your family. You will begin to have more energy, loose weight and enjoy life more. Why? Because you stop to take the time for the most important thing in your life… you and your family.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Monday, May 11, 2009

Helpful Tips On Kicking The Sugar Habit.

Many Americans consume large amounts of refined sugars. According to a study by the USDA, the average American consumes anywhere between 150 to 170 pounds of simple sugars, also known as refined sugars (this includes glucose, fructose, and sucrose) or simple carbohydrates, in one year. Many of us don’t even realize just how much sugar we take in each day. It’s in much of our processed foods, things like pop tarts, cereals, soft drinks, breakfast bars, juices, sauces, breads, mixes and more. In one can of 12 oz. soda there is 8 oz. of sugar.

Sugar is void of any key vitamins and minerals, has no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize it. To move sugar through the body it will take the valuable B vitamins and other trace minerals and rob your body of the nutrients that it needs.

To many people sugar is an addiction. No different than any other drug people become addicted too. And when trying to come off sugar you will experience withdrawals as with any other addiction. What you can experience is loss of energy, mood swings, depression, headaches and flu like symptoms. In all honesty you will feel worse before you begin to feel better. But these symptoms will pass. And within a few weeks you will begin to have energy, no headaches and no depression. You will have to keep this in mind when you begin to come off of refined sugars and know that it will pass.

What does sugar do to your system?
It suppresses your immune system. One 12 oz. can of soda will suppress your immune system for 6 to 8 hours. So during that time your body has a hard time fighting off colds, flu and other things that attack you.

It depletes your body of Vitamin B. You need B vitamins to build red blood cells, for healthy blood vessels and nervous system, and to maintain body metabolism. B vitamins are important for the breakdown of foods and nutrients to yield energy.

Sugar depletes your body of calcium and magnesium. Depletion of these can cause such things as osteoporosis, arthritis, leg cramps, depression, PMS problems and more.

Sugar causes weight gain, can raise your cholesterol and Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.

And this is just a very small list of what could happen and does happen to your body when you consume processed sugar.

So, how can you kick the sugar habit?

  • Simple.. Plan for it. If you simply go and say ok, I’m quitting sugar today and fail to plan you will surly fail. But with a plan in hand you can begin to work on the process and come off of processed sugars. I will share some tips on how to plan and work to come off of sugar.

    Make your plan. Tell family and friends, Look, I’m working to get off processed sugars and I may experience some mood swings, be a little snappy. But please understand that I don’t mean to do this, it’s just one of the side effects of coming off sugar.

    Get rid of processed foods that contain sugar in your home. Such as white pasta, rice and breads. Go to whole-wheat products and brown rice.

    Plan for stress times. When you start to crave sugar, keep a good High Protein Drink close or High Protein Bar for snaking. These will help cut your sugar cravings and filled with vitamins your body needs.

    Begin by cutting back on soft drinks. Say you drink 3 or 4 bottles of soft drink each day. Start by cutting back by one bottle. Do this for several days to a week and then cut another bottle off your list. Drink lots of filtered water. Drinking water will help filter out and flush your system.

    Begin to change those sweet treats you used to eat with more fresh fruits. Purchase more fruits and veggies to snack on. Keep bananas, strawberries and grapes on hand when you want to snack.

    Add a good B-Complex and calcium & magnesium to your diet. These things have been robbed for years from the sugar and you want to start to replenish them. B-Complex will also give you energy in those sluggish times.

    Do not add artificial sweeteners to your diet. Many of these contain aspartame, found in Nutrasweet or Equal, which has been associated with dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, flushed feelings, seizures, blurred vision, and depression. And can actually cause you to crave sugary sweet things. Use instead, pure unfiltered honey, pure maple sugar, or date sugar. These are equally sweet, are generally well tolerated, and have greater nutritional value than refined sugar. But even these will need to be used in moderation.

  • Plan your meals. I know that many may have a hard time doing this, but if you will set down and plan your meals, you control how much sugar goes into your system. Stay away from the quick processed foods. Do more cooking with fresh ingredients. Start taking your own lunches to work to avoid vending machines.

    And understand that you will feel bad for a while. Give yourself some slack and know if you do happen to fall off the plan, that’s ok, you can pick yourself back up and start again. Just keep working at it and in time you will begin to feel better than you have in years. Keep yourself focused on the goal and not the symptoms you are going through. And that’s better health for you.

    Have a sugar buddy, someone you can turn to when times get tuff. Someone who will encourage you as you begin your new journey. And if you do not have a buddy, contact me and I will be happy to help you. I will be there to help in those times.
Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Benefits of Garlic Supplement.

Garlic, also known as allium sativum, is related to the lily family, which includes onions, shallots, chives and leaks.

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the Giza pyramids were built. It formed part of the diet of the Israelites in Egypt (Numbers 11:5) and of the laborers employed by Khufu in constructing his pyramid.

Ancient Indians valued the medicinal properties of garlic and thought it to be an aphrodisiac. It was believed to cure several illnesses and promote a long life. In 1858, Louis Pasteur observed garlic's antibacterial activity, and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II.

With garlic being used for thousands of years, just what is garlic said to be good for?

Garlic has been considered one of natures natural antibiotics. Garlic is a potent, broad-spectrum, herbal antibiotic. It can be applied topically or taken internally and it has been proven to kill a wide range of bacteria. Garlic owes this powerful antibiotic effect to allicin, a volatile oil that also gives this versatile herb its strong pungent flavor.

It has been said that a compound in garlic called ajoene is a natural antioxidant that has anti-clotting abilities, thus helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes. Garlic has been used to help lower cholesterol. Lower serum cholesterol, lower triglycerides and help raise HDL, good cholesterol. It has been used to increase blood fluidity and to help lower high blood pressure.

People have used garlic as a natural way to help fight such things as bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Yeast infections in women. People have taken garlic to fight colds and flu, sinus infections and common warts.

Garlic has also been used to fight sore throat. Simply take garlic capsule and break it apart. Mix into a little mashed potatoes and swallow. You want the garlic to coat the throat to relieve soreness and fight infection.

There are a few cautions for those wanting to consume garlic supplements.
Garlic supplements should not be used by those on blood thinners or at least 2 weeks prior to any surgery. And pregnant women and nursing mothers should consult physican before taking any supplements.

When used properly, garlic can be very beneficial to your health.There are many garlic supplements on the market. Everything from pill form to liquids to powders.

Patty Dooley
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Vitamin D Linked to HDL Cholesterol

Vitamin D Linked to HDL Cholesterol - Shaklee Corporation Research Links Vitamin D with Key Biomarkers for Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease
On Friday May 1, 2009, 11:20 am EDT

Read the rest of the story at the Yahoo Finance New Source

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Brown Rice Supper

Well this week has been pretty busy, and a bit late getting this recipe up. but it's one I love to make and enjoy here. We hope you enjoy as well.

Blessings, Patty

Brown Rice Supper
2 Tbl. Olive Oil
4 pork chops, cut 1/2 inch thick ( Can use chicken here in place of pork chops)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1- 10 1/2 oz. Can beef broth - low sodium (can use chicken broth if using chicken)
1 – 14 1/2 oz. Can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. crushed thyme leaves

1- In a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat, in hot oil, cook pork chops(or chicken) until browned on all sides. Remove from pan.
2-To drippings, ad vegetables, onion and garlic; cook until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
3-Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
4-Stir in beef broth (or chicken broth), tomatoes with their liquid, water and thyme.
5-Arrange pork chops over rice. Heat till boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 hour or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Ad more water during cooking, if mixture appears dry. Uncover; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

I am so excited that spring is here and I am able to plant my herbs and veggies. And with that I get excited that I will be able to have fresh grilled veggie sandwiches.

These can be done in any number of ways and with most any vegetable that you enjoy. But I love the Zucchini and Eggplant combination.

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 large zucchini, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal
1 medium Japanese eggplant, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal (can use reg. egg plant)
1 medium yellow squash, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal

Crusty Whole Wheat Loaf Bread
Baby Spinach
1 large red onion, sliced thin
1 tomato, thinly sliced Or you can use Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
Thin sliced mushrooms (if desired)
Chopped Olives
Cheese such as Goat Cheese or I like to sprinkle on some feta for the saltiness of it.

Combine all ingredients for marinade and pour over sliced vegetables, marinate for 30 minutes. Cook on a hot grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Take remainder of marinade and brush both halves of your bread and take one clove of garlic and rub on bread. Grill/broil until just toasted. You can also use a little mayo mixed with minced garlic and herbs to spread on bread. And you can also spread goat cheese on your bread.

Take your grilled veggies and place on bottom of bread and then put desired toppings on. Sprinkle with little salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and place top on bread.

Now just set back, eat and Enjoy!

Patty Dooley

Benefits of Alfalfa

Centuries ago, the Arabs used alfalfa as feed for their horses, because they claimed that alfalfa made the animals swift and strong. They then tried the alfalfa herb themselves and became so convinced of alfalfa's benefits to their health and strength that they named the grain for its health qualities. The ancient Greeks used alfalfa to treat a variety of diseases including bladder and kidney conditions. Traditional Chinese medicine uses alfalfa to treat kidney stones.

With roots reaching as deep as 20 feet into the soil, the roots of the alfalfa plant, A.K.A. the "father of all foods," brings forth minerals in their most natural form. Recognized for centuries for its healing properties, alfalfa offers a wide range of nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll, bioflavonoids, trace minerals, and vitamins.

* Alfalfa is one of natures richest sources of vitamins C,B,D,E, K,U and betain (a tissue salt). It also provides more vitamin A than apricots and nearly as much as beef liver.

* Alfalfa contains a wealth of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and manganese. Minerals, which acts as a catalysts for many reactions within the body such as digestion, metabolism and utilization of nutrients in food.

* In addition to high potency of vitamins and minerals, alfalfa is a terrific complete protein food (containing every essential amino acid).

Some of the benefits of taking alfalfa is, It helps aid in digestion, Allergies, Sinus, Ulcers, Chronic indigestion, Water Retention, Arthritis and so much more.

What is Alfalfa good for?
Good source of calcium, Essential for strong bones, proper nerve function, weight control and sleep. Aids gently in abaiding allergies, aids in digestion, cleanses colon, provides essential macronutrients, and improves breath. Good source of fiber, provides additional source of colon cleansing, improves regularity, low in calories.

And is also good for:
Swelling, Pain and stiff joints
Stomach ailments
Colon problems
Gas pains
Hiatal hernia
Water retention
Swollen ankles
Swollen feet
Sinus problems
Hay fever
Body odor & Smelly feet
Bad breath
Acid reflux

When purchasing Alfalfa, look for an alfalfa that has been grown naturally with no chemicals to maintain nutrient and chlorophyll rich leaves.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Going Green Reusable Bag Give Away

Over the years I have wondered about using plastic bags. I, myself have used them countless times. But I often wondered what happens to all these bags? You see them on the road sides, tops of trees, in our waterways, and I have even seen them in birds nests. So I began searching out about plastic bags and with my findings and wanting to make the world a better place, I switched to reusable bags. Reusable bags will last longer, are easy to carry, holds much more than the average plastic bag and you don't see reusable bags as litter on the side of the road. So why not use plastic bags? Here are just a few facts about plastic bags.
  • It's said that 380 billion bags are used alone in the United States each year.

  • Plastic bags do not biodegrade, they photodegrade. Meaning the sunlight breaks them down into smaller and smaller toxic pieces. (so what happens to those that are buried under mounds of other bags and never get light?)

  • It takes 12 million barrels of oil to make the plastic bags that the United States makes each year.

  • Many countries around the world have already banned the use of plastic bags. And many places in the United States are starting to put a tax on each plastic bag you use at the store.

  • Only 1 to 2% of the plastic bags in the United States are actually taken back to recycling centers or recycle boxes at local stores.
  • 1000's of marine animals die each year from eating plastic bags thinking they are food.

So in my effort to help those around me, I am offering our Green Bag Give Away! My desire with this give away is to make people aware of the world around them and to offer them a small way that they can make a contribution. I know this will not replace all the bags in the world, but I do know that with each of us, we can do a little each day and over time it will make a difference.

Going Green Reusable Bag Give-Away

Give away starts April 9 to April 30, 2009
With our Green Bag Give Away, If your name is chosen, you'll receive 6 reusable bags that you can use for grocery shopping, department store and more.

On May 1st, we will draw from all those who have entered and one lucky winner will receive our Green Bags. And winner will be announced here on our blog.

How to enter our contest:

For each thing you do, you will recieve one entry in our give away

1- Post a comment here on our blog why you would like to receive the Green Bags.

2- Follow our blog with RSS or Email - Then post here that you signed up

3- Blog about our give away on your blog with a link back. And then post here in our comments section with your blog url.

4- Follow us on Twitter - Then Tweet me "Green Bag Give Away"

5- Tweet about us on your Twitter and post here about your post. (Tweet URL: Green Bag Give-away! )

Join us on making the world a little better place and enter our Green Bag Give Away!
Patty Dooley

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Follow me on Twitter

Well, I have joined the masses on Twitter and I do enjoy it very much. But I wanted to open this up to my customers, readers and friends.

Say you have questions about the products..
Where do I start?
What products do I need to use?
What's good for my baby?
How do I clean this?

Follow me on Twitter and get real time answers from me. Or read about new posts or different articles on the net.. or just get to know me as a person behind the biz.

I'll be there for you,
To build a friendship and to help you in any way I can..

So follow me on over to Twitter and let's talk!

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Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Friday, April 3, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Creamy Fruit Salad

Here is a great dessert for those fun summer days, or when having friends over or for that special ladies get togther out on the patio. Simple, fast and easy.

Creamy Fruit Salad

1-8 oz. carton of Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbsp. Dairy Sour Cream
½ tsp. Vanilla
1 can (15 ¼ oz.) Pineapple Chunks (in it’s own juice) drained
1-can (15 oz.) Mandarin Oranges, drained
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 banana sliced
1 cup mini marshmallows
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup flaked coconut

In large bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream and vanilla. Next, stir in all fruit until combined.
Chill in fridge for 2 to 24 hours.

Serve chilled; Makes 6 – 1 cup servings.

Natural ways to fight head lice.

I know this is not a subject that most like to think about, but it can happen to the best of us at times when you have children in school, day care, camps, etc.. But there are ways that you can help get rid of head lice besides the pesticide treatments.

Once you have checked and determined that your child has lice, there are a few things you need to do to keep others in your home from catching it. The one most important thing is to not share a comb or hairbrush. For little girls, don’t share headbands. For little boys, don’t share caps. But just a note here, Lice cannot live in your mattress, pillows or bedcovers. But it’s always best to wash them

1- Wash all bedding in hot water and make sure you change the sheets, blankets and covers.
2- Remove all combs and brushes. Seeing you can purchase new inexpensive ones, I would make a trip to the store instead of trying to boil them.
3- Wash all clothes the child has had on and any hats, coats and sweaters during the winter months.
4- And I would wash all towels that they have come in contact with. And until you know you have the head lice gone. I would make sure the child uses their own towels for a week or so. This way it’s not passed on to others in the home.

Natural treatments:
This is just a simple list of natural ways that I have searched out on getting rid of head lice. I would suggest doing the treatment several times until you’re sure that they are all gone. But the best way of all to remove head lice is by setting down and combing one section at a time until you have the head cleared. Leaving just one egg behind can cause your child’s re-infestation in 2 weeks. So it is very important that for 2 weeks you continue to comb and treat until you are sure there are no eggs left. Always check behind ears and at the back of the hairline. As this is where you will find many of them.

1 – Conditioner. Here you can use dollar store conditioner. (If you can, get a conditioner with Tea Tree Oil). Apply to child’s hair while it’s dry. Using a lg. Tooth comb, comb through hair to make sure it’s completely saturated. Use a small nit comb (I suggest the ones with metal combs. They can run around $8 at local store) to comb through hair. Wipe comb clean after each swipe. Start at the top of the child’s head and follow the scalp without lifting comb out of hair. Follow down to the ends with each swipe. This can help remove the lice and eggs. You can leave conditioner on over night and comb through again in the morning. Then wash and rinse hair. This may have to be done several times to get rid of all the lice.

2 – Tea Tree Oil - If you can find it, purchase shampoo with tea tree oil, but if you can’t, you can add 8 – 10 drops to a bottle of shampoo. Wet the child’s hair, and while shampoo is on their head, comb through with nit comb. If hair becomes dry, simply spray with water in spray bottle and continue to comb. After combing, wash child’s head and rinse. Continue to comb after rinsing. And depending on the severity of them, you may need to do this several times. And to keep head lice away, use the Tea tree oil Shampoo often.

3- Listerine – This I have read that you can use this to fight lice. Wash and rinse child’s hair. Towel dry and then saturate with Listerine. Cover child’s hair with shower cap for 2 hours. Then remove cap and comb with nit comb. The next day, wash and rinse the child’s hair again. Then spray the child’s head with Listerine and comb through again. Depending on the infestation, this may take a couple of treatments.

4- Mayonnaise and oils. I know I have read about people using mayo and different oils to help fight. The biggest thing with these treatments is smothering the lice and making the hair slick so that you can comb through and remove eggs and bugs. With using oils though, you will have to wash the hair several times to ensure you get all the oils out.

I would try using the most natural and safe way possible for your child on trying to fight lice. It’s safer for them and over the years lice have built up immunity to many OTC treatments. If you have a tried and true treatment, we would love to hear from you. Post your comments on your lice treatments to share with our readers.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor