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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

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Yoga and Nutrilite Recovery

This is an all out promotion for one of Nutrilites’ best products, in my opinion.  If you hate promotions scroll on to another post.  The East Coast is enduring high temperatures therefore, indoor yoga is a great way to work out muscles in a cooler environment.  This mornings’ session produced lots of sweat and dehydration even in the air-conditioned room.  So I’m glad that Nutrilite ROC2O is in the pantry.  It is a great strenuous activity recovery drink.  Just pour one packet into a 16 oz. water bottle and shake to dilute.  I feel relaxed, re-energized, hydrated and ready to face another day.


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Throwing Out Sugar

Yesterday “Sugar is Toxic to the Human Body” was a headline on the radio news.  The University of California, I think, has been researching the effect of the typical, American, high sugar diet on human bodies and they are recommending that the government forces us to throw out sugar. 

     First of all, research is usually inaccurately portrayed by the drive-by news organizations.  They will sensationalize anything to sell their product.  Secondly,  we all know that refined sugar, and fructose and honey are all metabolized in the body the same way and our brains need sugar or we pass out.

What do they mean by the word “toxic”?  I have no idea, but we already have guide lines for healthy consumption of sugar.  The American Diabetes Association recommends three servings of whole fruit (not juice) per day and  this is enough simple sugar for your body to thrive.  Simple sugars release into the bloodstream fairly quickly.   The ADA also recommends complex carbohydrates made from whole grains with increased fiber which cause slower absorption of sugar preventing your pancreas from working overtime. And, dentists are dead set against consuming candy, sugary soft drinks and sugared gum because they destroy your teeth.

So, where does that leave us health conscious humans in a semi-free society?  Whether it is toxic or not, it’s a healthy decision to throw out the sugar bowl, the white flour, candy, sodas and the orange juice.  Replace them with a natural sweetener like Stevia, whole grain flours and real fruit containing fiber.  It is amazing how sweet fresh pineapple tastes after only a week of cutting out the sugar.  For you rebooters, incorporate more vegetables into your juices, try three veggies to one fruit.  Although change is hard, just think of it as taking responsibility for your own health by throwing out the sugar before the government does it for you.


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Immune Health – How to Starve a Cold

Echinacea! Hard to spell and pronounce but it sure works to starve a cold.  Sunday evening I had a scratchy feeling in my throat and felt drained of energy, a sure sign that a common variety cold was beginning.  I began taking Nutrilite Echinacea before bed and  continued to take the recommended dosage thru Tuesday.  Today the cold is gone.  The worst symptoms were the dry, scratchy throat and a runny nose.

There are two rules to successfully starving a cold with Echinacea. Take it when  you first start to feel the cold symptoms and continue to take the recommended dosage until your symptoms are gone.  The second rule is to make sure that when you purchase Echinacea that it has active ingredient from the whole plant.  Many of the teas and other formulas on the market have only one part of the plant in them and are not as effective.

The Nutrilite brand includes three distinct, organically grown forms of Echinacea with careful attention to preserving the natural plant chemistry.  They also standardize the active ingredients so that each tablet contains the same formula.

One of my friends, a teacher,  routinely orders Nutrilite Echinacea from our website and raves about it.  She calls it “that wonder drug” and she always has a bottle on hand for the winter months.  If you would like to starve your colds before they get fat and happy, find an effective Echinacea formula.  Of course, I recommend Nutrilite.

To order the Nutrilite brand go to our website, www.like.mychoices.biz and click on  Shop Our Store>Nutrition>Vitamins & Supplements>Shop Now>Immune Health.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Supplements, Nutritional Backup

Dietary supplements have been a part of my daily diet for 28 years.  With a nursing background and owning a nutrition business I’ve read a lot of research, opinions and books on wellness and disease prevention.  The supplements that we have chosen to market are produced by the Nutrilite Corporation with farms in Washington, California, Mexico and Brazil.  They produce a whole food supplement called Double X.  When taken twice per day it provides a back up to my diet.  Eating the recommended 9 fruits and vegetables per day from 5 different color groups is darn near impossible.  So, Double X is the most complete back up system that I’ve found.

The biggest physical results from taking Double X  are more energy and fewer colds.  When I take the recommended dose I have energy that lasts for 12 hours.  When I take it everyday without missing more than 3 days I don’t get colds.  At 57 years of age my health is good, I have just begun taking a Statin drug to lower cholesterol which is a genetic predisposition in my family and that’s all.  I attribute some of my wellness to taking Double X.

For more information on the Nutrilite Corporation and how they grow the ingredients for their supplements visit their website,  http://nutrilite.com           Or  if you live near Buena Park, CA visit the Nutrilite Health Institute Center for Optimal Health.   If you like what you see and want to order Nutrilite supplements visit our website, www.like.mychoices.biz , we’ve got your back!


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Optimal health for all ages.

Sunday evening I enjoyed having dinner with a couple who have been taking care of their health for over 80 years.  The gentleman is a retired priest from the Greek Orthodox Church, he is tall, trim and fit, has a positive attitude about life and is able to converse on a variety of interests.  He lives in the city and walks on a regular basis.  Before appetizers were served he pulled a  tin out of his pocket and placed it beside his plate.  It contained a handful of supplements that his wife orders from a maker in Wisconsin.  This particular brand was introduced to them thru their doctor.  The priest began taking the supplements one by one with his meal and was finished by the time coffee was served.  He ate a modest amount, vegetarian selections from the menu and did not have dessert.  He is enjoying optimal health, no chronic diseases and is not under a physicians treatment for anything. This is a great example of wellness that has been developed through lifestyle.  Great life example for our next topic.  Over the next month I will be reviewing Dr. Duke Johnson’s book, Optimal Health.  Through painstaking research and review he has developed eight pillars supporting a healthy lifestyle that will help you to live long and well.  Let’s explore his book together over the month of May.  All comments and questions are welcome.

“Live long and prosper”, Mr. Spock.