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.

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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

BREAKING RESEARCH SHOWS VITAMIN D LINKED TO HDL CHOLESTEROL

Vitamin D Linked To HDL Cholesterol

Contact: Patty Dooley – Independent Shaklee Distributor
patty@4u2behealthy.com


BREAKING RESEARCH SHOWS Vitamin D LINKED TO HDL Cholesterol
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 patty@4u2behealthy.com .

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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 www.shaklee.net/pattydooley .

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Schedule An Appointment With Us

We are now scheduling appointments for our 21 Natural Health CD program http://www.21naturalhealthcds.com

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 patty@4u2behealthy.com

We look forward to working with you.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
http://www.4u2behealthy.com

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,

Patty

reference: Don Colbert, MD. Seven Pillars of Health