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The Nutrilite 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge – Personal Journey

For the next 3 months I will be embarking on a weight loss journey.  Yes, I am committing to yet another plan, except this one is different from all the other diets and eating plans that I have tried.  This is a jump start for weight abandonment based on my genetics.  A genetic test from Inherent Health is included in the kit along with Nutrilite: aloe shots which prepare my body and metabolism; appetite supressant chews and a giant bag of shake mix along with a shaker cup.  Online support with a mobile app includes 125 pages of menus and recipes and 60 pages of exercises.  The next 60 days I will use the weight loss supplements and foods that match my genetic test results.  The only thing I need now is my team of committed individuals who are sick and tired of carrying extra weight and want a healthy solution.l

I’m putting together a team of 4 plus me, the leader.  We are going to meet once per week face to face or on skype to encourage one another and to share stories, challenges and go on field trips.  The cost of the first 30 days is cut in half until June 30 or until the limited number of kits are gone. 

So, now the challenge is how do I invite someone to join a weight loss group without  offending them?  I have friends who commiserate all of the time about the extra weight they are carrying and how they want to lose it.  I have already invited them.  Apparently they aren’t ready to get serious about their problem.  There are 3 places left on my team and I’ve decided to just put the word out there.  I  have to have faith that this message will connect with you and that you will join me.

Meanwhile, the journey continues and I will blog about it.

 

 

Contact me: llike@verizon.net


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I’m a Social Media Outlaw or How Being Restricted on Linked-In and Google + Made Me Not Better, Just Mad.

  Yes I am a Social Media Outlaw.  I have been restricted on Linked-In from making connections because apparently I had too many people who said “no” to my invitations by clicking an “I don’t know you” response.  So, their Social Media nanny had to tell me to take my toys and go home. I guess the whole point of Linked-In is to connect with people who you already know and ask them about their lives, which you already know about, because you already know them.

Eventually everyone is going to catch on and move to other sites like Google +. 
However, I hope you have a “normal” American name because if you don’t you will end up like me, restricted on Google + as well. I understand that it takes months to have an abnormal name approved like my husbands’, which happens to be Like. 

Here I was having a really good time making new friends and building business opportunities for myself and others.  I was researching profiles to make sure that I could add value to their professional lives and reading the great group discussions and connecting to like-minded people.

Oh well, back to skulking around the mall, meeting people at the grocery store, and resurrecting my holiday card lists. I’m sure that all the truly mature people on Linked-In would say that obstacles make you a better person and mountains are there to climb.  Nope, not me, I’m an outlaw so this hasn’t made me better, just mad. 
Forgive the Rant, The Social Media Outlaw 


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Body Key Challenge

Body Key Challenge

I’m throwing down a challenge to all of my readers who are ready to do something constructive about their health.  The Body Key Challenge by Nutrilite is 90 days of health reform including a genetic test which reveals how your body loses weight, a customized plan just for you, a human support team, one month of reorganizing your metabolism with aloe shots, healthy supplement support, appetite chews, delicious soy protein shakes, online and mobile app support with over 125 pages of recipes and menus for your genetic type and last but not least 60 pages of exercise regimens for everybody.   The 90 days begin when I have found 4 friends who are serious about changing their eating and exercise habits for life.  So, just throwing it out there. You can do this anywhere in the country. Whoever contacts me first wins a place on my team and receives a hefty discount on the cost of the tests, supplements, online support and foods.  It’s time, let’s just do it together!

contact me for more info:   llike@verizon.net


Health Care Rant

I just attended a class taught by my Chiropractor on why Chiropractic is so important to wellness and why we need to be taking care of our spines as often as we take care of our teeth.  I totally agree with him, but then I practice preventive health care.

During the class there were many questions and comments about why isn’t this information widely known, why the traditional medical practitioner doesn’t consider spinal health important when diagnosing and treating disease, why doesn’t insurance pay more and why are the physicians in the pockets of Big Pharma.

The usual culprits were blamed – insurance companies won’t pay, doctors want to get paid by the insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies pay the doctors to use medicines, Medicaid and Medicare are inadequate etc.  All the usual victimization act that our culture  encourages. During the question and answer period no one said,” It’s your fault.  You don’t take responsibility for your own health, you don’t educate yourselves, you don’t live a healthy lifestyle that prevents disease, and you don’t pay for it, so why do you think you have any control over it?”.

When I practiced obstetrical nursing I saw first hand how consumers took control of their own health and transformed medical practice.   In the early 70’s obstetricians were still knocking women out with drugs and delivering the babies with forceps in sterile operating rooms.  I practiced nursing in an area in Colorado that had consumer activists.  They were well-educated and knew what they wanted.  No more drugs, no more forceps, home-like atmosphere and make every effort to bring about a safe vaginal birth vs scheduled c-sections.  They spent their money and their insurance companies’ money with the physicians and hospitals that met their demands.  They also began suing the doctor if the infant developed permanent injuries from the births.  They caused a revolution in the way babies came into the world.  So, don’t tell me that you have to wait until the AMA gives approval or you have to do what 3rd party payers tell you to do.   Give up this victim mentality and take care of yourself.

Physicians, you need to teach your patients about prevention and be open to new ideas.  Alternative medicine, quit looking at your patients as victims of the system and blaming Big Pharma for everything.  Teach your patients prevention and educate them.  Encourage patients to take financial responsibility for their own health instead of depending on insurance or government to pay for it.

Remember consumers, whoever pays has the power.  Set up a high-deductible Health Savings Account, with a Major Medical Policy  and pay the everyday bills yourself.  Become a wise shopper, and you will take better care of your health while at the same time introducing competition back into the medical marketplace.  Take control and tell your medical practitioners what you want them to do because when you are paying they listen and everyone is healthier.


Restaurant Review – Family Meal, Frederick, MD

Usually I don’t write reviews but I’ve been so inspired by the cuisine at the Family Meal that I have to tell someone. So, you, my faithful blog readers get to enjoy my first Restaurant Review ever. The Voltaggio brothers came to my attention when they competed on a reality TV show for Chefs. During or after their TV debut, Bryan Voltaggio remodeled a lovely old office building in downtown Frederick and opened the VOLT restaurant for high-end foodies from around the country. Of course the menu is posted outside of the restaurant without prices which is a signal to my budget that I’m not goin’ there.

Fortunately for Frederick, we now have another medium priced restaurant opened by Mr Voltaggio in an old car dealership which has been vacant for years on the industrial side of town. The Family Meal provides a diner style atmosphere with standard menu items that have been given a Voltaggio remodel.

I tried the Chicken Pot Pie Fritters as an appetizer and they were a delightful surprise. Just a bite of authentic potpie taste and texture. I could have eaten a whole mountain of them but would have been too full for the next course. The chopped greens salad with country ham and hard cooked eggs was fresh, beautiful to look at and didn’t taste like a typical chef salad. The combination of ingredients and salad dressing gave every bite  a complete combination of flavors.  Along with the salad I ordered french fries cooked in peanut oil with 3 dipping sauces. The perfectly cooked fries and the dipping sauces were sublime. The spicy Aioli was my husbands favorite and I loved the Smokey Ketchup and Cilantro Oil as well.  At this point I will apologize to the restaurant for not listing the exact names off of the menu. My memory will have to suffice.  Red Velvet Cake served like a trifle with rich frozen custard and raspberry jam finished the meal.  I accompanied my desert with coffee served in a diner mug with a tin creamer shaped like an open milk box. The roasted coffee has just enough flavor to be distinctive rather than Starbucks burned.

Overall, there were only 2 disappointments.The menu listed country ham as part of my salad, and in this part of the country that would have been sugar-cured ham. This was not the case. And the concentration of flavors in my dessert were in layers so in order to experience them together I would have needed a very tall spoon.  However, these disappointments are not enough to keep me away. Now, I want to go back to try the Fries in Duck Fat, Fried Chicken with Buttermilk biscuits and the Apple Crisp with Ice Cream.

The cost was in the medium range. A satisfying meal for 2 with tip was 54.00. Thank you Bryan Voltaggio for providing gourmet meals for frugal foodies like me. Looking forward to the next . . .

 


About Juice Fasts

I have used Juice fasts or “Reboots” for weight loss however, one of the benefits of fasting is changing the bad eating habits that I have developed and becoming acquainted with food allergies.  For example, I usually fast with freshly made juices during this time of year because the ingredients are so plentiful to my geographic area.  Also, Autumn lends itself to a new routine.

Somehow I develop an addiction to ice cream during the hot months.  The juice fast helps to break the sweet tooth and when I do revert to eating a sugary dessert I get a migraine headache.  Am I allergic to refined sugar?  I’m not sure but I do feel better when the quantities are severely limited.  Also, Diabetes Type 2 runs in my family so the ice cream habit is definitely not a  healthy one for me.

If you already have a chronic condition check with your doctor before beginning any weight loss or fasting plan.  If approved,  try a juice reboot for 2 or 3 days to begin with, then gradually add healthy foods back into your diet.  Your body will tell you which ones cause an unpleasant reaction so that you can avoid them.


Cannellini Bean Dip

For all of my gluten-free readers here is a dip made with canned Cannelloni beans that is simple and delicious.  Eat it with corn chips or rice crackers or even better fresh veggie sticks like celery, carrots and cucumbers.

Cannelloni Bean Dip

1 15 oz can of Cannelloni Beans, drained

1 cup of cottage cheese

1 handful of fresh basil, we used Tai Basil

Juice from one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Makes about 2 cups


Thank you to Readers and Followers

This is a heartfelt thank you to everyone who is reading this blog on a regular basis and to those of you who are following.  Blogging is different from any other media in that I have no idea who is connecting.  If you are a fan please leave a comment after an article.  It can be anything from a quick comment or criticism or additional information.  That way we can get to know each other.  So, thanks again and keep reading.