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August 10, 2010

The following is from Dr. Steve Chaney who established and teaches nutrition in the University North Carolina Medical School.

Beware of Cut Rate Vitamins!

Dr. Stephen Chaney, Ph.D.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is taking inexpensive vitamins. Mail-order vitamins offer fantastic “deals” and are worth just about what you pay for them.  NEVER buy these vitamins or supermarket/pharmacy brands without checking them out first.

Cut-rate products often contain addictive ingredients, food allergens, sugar, artificial food coloring and flavoring.  Many are coated with shellac, or contain potentially hazardous chemicals like cholorine.

Potency and purity can vary widely from pill to pill and bottle to bottle.  A study at Duke University examined 13 bottles of one popular supplement.  These samples showed they contained 60% or less of the amount of nutrients claimed on the label!

Another problem is freshness.  The FDA does not require expiration dates on supplement bottles so many companies don’t include them.  Calcium and some other nutrients can last for a year, while others, like vitamin B and C are unstable.

Shaklee performs up to 176 separate tests for purity, freshness, potency, and safety on the raw ingredients for a single product.  Products undergo as many as 262 separate quality assurance tests throughout the manufacturing process as well.  In addition, all product label claims have documented substantiation.

Cause in point, Shaklee stopped production of its Asian Ginseng, dispite the huge demand for the product, due to contaiminants like herbicides and pesticides found in raw ingredients after floods in China.  They will not resume production until they have a proven safe and pure source for the product.  Many brands at the supermarkets, health stores, and mail order companies are still selling Asian Ginseng! Scary, isn’t it?

Some things to look for in a multivitamin/mineral supplement:

  • Biotin—an extremely important but expensive B Vitamin
  • 100% of the DV for all B vitamins
  • More than 100% of all the antioxidants Vitamins C & E
  • Trace minerals—needed to fight oxidation, regulate blood sugar, and help build bones, critical for brain function and essential for growth and development.
  • Fast Dissolving = better absoption (drop it in water; how long does it take to dissolve?)

Shaklee Vita Lea has been the best nutritional insurance you can buy for over 40 years. Vita Lea provides the most comprehensive, balanced supplementation available, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  Independent laboratory tests have showed the disintegration time of Shaklee vitamins at only 17 minutes, while some take hours!


Homemade Peanut Butter and Cocoa Protein Bars

July 1, 2010

Preparation time: 5 – 10 minutes

Yield: 1 – 9×13 inch dish, cut into squares

  • 1 cup Chocolate Cinch protein powder*
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ, flax seed, or flax meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded wheat, granola, or more oats
  • 2 – 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (depending on how much you like!)
  • 1 cup Agave (or honey)**
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter***

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In a sauce pan, bring Agave to a boil then immediately remove from heat and add peanut butter or almond butter and vanilla. Stir until combined. Pour peanut butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined – you may need to use your hands. Pres down into un-greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Cool in the refrigerator. Cut into squares.


  • Add fruit to dry mix (1/2 cup chopped dates, raisins, cranberries, or cherries)
  • Add nuts to dry mix (almonds, walnuts, pecans, or other nuts)
  • Add 6 Tbsp. cocoa powder to dry mix
  • Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips ON TOP of mix after it is pressed into pan. Turn oven on broil. Place bars into oven for about 1 minute. Remove and use a knife to spread melted chocolate chips around on top of bars. Refrigerate.

* Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. You can use any Shaklee protein and it will turn out pretty much the same (ie: Cinch vanilla protein)

** Agave is the ideal sweetener because it does not raise your Glucose level like honey does, which will help your insulin level not rise as much.

*** Almond butter is the better option. If you use peanut butter, try to use natural or organic peanut butter.

Healthy, Green Smoothie

April 24, 2010

I borrowed this recipe from my friend, Jenni Oates. She is an amazing fitness, health and nutrition guru! I love learning from her. Check out her site at: She and her family truly are an example of working toward health (physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental).

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or you can use rice milk, almond milk, or water)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of another fruit (I used strawberries and pineapple)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 serving CINCH Vanilla Shake Mix (or whatever flavor you like!)
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • ENJOY!!!

Yummy Homemade Granola Bars

April 12, 2010

I made this recipe the other night so I would have it for the upcoming work week as a snack or for part of my meal with some yogurt. Well, we had a big cook-out on Friday night since James came home. We had a ton of friends and family over. I put my container of granola bars (which I had made Friday morning) away, not even thinking somebody would see them and want them. Well, one of my friends asked what they were and wanted to tasted them. She loved them, and then the CRAZE hit! My granola bars were completely gone! So, I guess they were good. They were actually gone before the cheescake was eaten! I’m happy that our friends and family choose to eat the healthier treats!

I’m going to try adding some protein powder in them this week & I’ll add the changes to the recipe!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

  • 1 cup chopped almonds (I use chopped, but you can use sliced)

  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed

  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal (or toasted wheat germ)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2/3 cup agave nectar (or you can use 1/3 c agave + 1/3 c maple syrup)

  • 1 1/2 tsp tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (I used raisins + cranberries)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchement paper.

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and cocnut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the flax seed meal.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees Farenheit.

Place the butter, honey, maple syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toated oatmeal mixture. Add the dried fruit and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 – 3 hours before cutting into squares.

Place in an air tight container!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

November 19, 2009

I  ♥  pumpkin! Who doesn’t this time of year? Well, instead of eating a piece of pumpkin pie everyday or getting a Starbuck’s Pumpkin spice latte (which by the way has 380 calories, 13 grams of FAT, and 51 carbs – 49 SUGARS!!!), there is another option. I made this pumpkin protein shake after my workout today, and it is Fabulous, Yummy, and HEALTHY!!


  • 1 Cup milk (soy, coconut, regular, or almond)

  • 3 Tbsp. Shaklee Cinch Vanilla protein

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • 1-2 Tbsp Agave

  • 4 ice cubes

Put ingredients in blender & mix! ENJOY!!

This shake only has 270 calories, with 24 grams of PROTEIN and only 16 grams of sugar. 

Protein Packed Chicken and Dumplings

November 9, 2009

I made this recipe the other night – and it was GREAT!!!!


  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled in 3 cans of chicken stock and 3 cans water (cut up chicken after done cooking)


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Shaklee unflavored soy protein (about 2 1/2 cups), until mixture is thick

Roll dumpling mixture on floured board, and cut into 1″ x 1″ pieces.

Bring chicken stock/water broth to a boil and add cut up/shredded chicken. Then add dumplings. Reduce heat to medium, and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes. Remove lid and reduce heat to low. You can add 1/2 cup milk and 1 can cream of chicken soup to thicken dish.

Lose Fat & Inches Without Losing Muscle

November 9, 2009

In 1980, 35% of Americans were overweight to obese…..

$46 BILLION dollars & hundreds of diets later……

More than 65% of Americans are overweight to obese.


So why are these “diets” failing? Keep reading.

Most diets are:

  • Nutritionally inadequate = you feel bad, sooner or later.

  • Too hard to follow = interferes with life.

  • Results are too slow =  frustration.

  • Unsafe ingredients = negative side effects (ephedra, ephedra alternatives, other stimulants).

  • Slow your metabolism = the “yo-yo” effect.

The Viscious Diet Cycle:

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So, you start a diet, you reduce your calories, and lose some weight. BUT there is no way to tell if you are losing MUSCLE or FAT. Well, with most diets you lose fat & MUSCLE. After dieting, you can’t burn calories like you did before. So you gain the weight back. Then you start your next diet, and now you are a part of the yo-yo dieters!

Well, here is what I am using to help lose fat and inches without losing muscle: CINCH !!!!

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Why Cinch Works:

  •  Formulated to help you get off the dreaded diet cycle.
  • Leverages 50 years of nutritional science leadership and innovation.
  • The Cinch program and products are based on more than 100 published studies and clinical papers on individual ingredients.
  • Clinically tested leucine formula.
  • Powered by Leucine.

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 Formulated to help break the diet cycle, so you can:

  1. Keep muscle you have.

  2. Burn fat you don’t need.

  3. Lose inches you don’t want.

How Cinch works:

The Cinch Inch Loss Plan is different. It addresses one of the primary reasons other diets fail. Cinch provides you a plan to lose the weight right away. Instead of losing weight from fat and muscle , the Cinch Inch Loss Plan is powered by Leucine – an essential amino acid, to help preserve muscle while you lose weight from fat. The Cinch Inch Loss Plan is scientifically formulated to help you lose weight, lose inches, and break the cycle of perpetual dieting. The Cinch Inch Loss Plan is designed for real life, so it also addresses the the physical and emotional challenges that come along with your weight contrl efforts. With proprietary formulas, the Cinch products will help you control your hunger, boost your energy, and keep you feeling satisfied. Plus, you’ll get healthy personalized menus, specific to your body’s needs and your individual preferences.


  • Helps you lose weight and inches without feeling hungry.
  • Clinically tested with leucine formula to help preserve muscle during weight loss.
  • Provides protein to help control hunger and preserve muscle.             
  • Provides the support and tools you need to be successful.
  • Helps you achieve healthy lifestyle changes.                                              cinch plan
  • Offers personalized and flexible meal plan options.
  • Helps you lose pounds and inches.
  • Promotes weight loss from fat.

Everything you need to get start losing inches today!

With Cinch, you get to meals a day in a delicious shake or meal-in-a-bar, a yummy snack bar to treat yourself, a 3-in-1 supplement with ingredients to kick up your metbolism naturally, and an extraordinary tea fo naturually energy. Plus, the kit come with an eating guide, CD software, pedometer, tape measure, and more. Each product uses proprietary formulas, which were developed after 50 years of Sport’s nutrition development.

Please contact me if you need more information about getting started on the Cinch Inch Loss Plan.