Happy Easter-Recipe of the Month

Greens, Eggs, and Ham Casserole

Cooking Spray

1 loaf (8 oz) whole-wheat Italian bread, sliced

6 oz sliced Canadian bacon, pieces halved

2 cups torn Swiss chard leaves, stems removed

4 oz Gouda cheese, grated

1 cup grape tomatoes

10 large eggs

4 tsp Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and pepper

1/4 tsp each cayenne and ground nutmeg

2 1/2 cups whole milk

  1. Coat a 9 x 13-in. pan with cooking spray. Layer the sliced bread in the pan, alternating with the ham, Swiss chard, and cheese; top with tomatoes.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, mustard, 1 tsp each salt and pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg, then whisk in the milk. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the pan and let stand for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake until puffed and golden,about 40 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. (Make ahead:  Cut into squares; refrigerate up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Makes 8 servings. Per serving:  296 cal, 15 g fat (7 g sat fat), 20 g protein, 20 g carb,2 g fiber.

Testimonial-Melissa and Ben Henderson

Total Pounds Lost

Ben-60

Melissa-50

Melissa:  “I was a tired, former teacher with two small children. At 50 lbs. overweight I needed a change in my life. In February 2012, I met my mentor Shelly at our moms’ group.   She shared her story about what AdvoCare had done for her and her family. Initially, I was very skeptical and closed to the idea. I was a size 18 and she was a size two, so I didn’t think she could possibly relate to me.

Six weeks later, I was considering going back to teaching.  Shelly reached back out to me again to share AdvoCare after hearing that I needed additional income.  I finally decided to take her up on the 24-Day Challenge.  I started eating right and exercising and the weight kept falling off.  Initially, Ben was simply supportive of my desire to lose weight but after watching me with more energy and confidence, he decided it was time to try the Challenge as well.  Together, we have lost and kept off a combined 115 lbs. for almost three years.  This is the best part–I can earn extra income and be at home with my children.”

Melissa and Ben workout with weights and she uses the CU24 videos to supplement the workouts.  Their favorite thing about AdvoCare is that they have the energy and time for their kids since they now have the extra income to homeschool them.

Products Taking

  • MNS E
  • Catalyst
  • AdvoCare Spark
  • Rehydrate
  • Post Workout Recovery
  • Nighttime Recovery
  • VO2 Prime
  • Muscle Strength
  • OmegaPlex
  • O2 Gold

My AdvoCare Website

Small Hair Fixes that Make You Look Younger

Whether or not you color your hair, there are easy fixes that add freshness and vibrancy–also, I might add, also brightens your entire complexion.  Here are some simple hair moves that do help a lot.

The Right Cleanser

If you color your hair, but don’t use color-protecting products, you are just burning money! Why?  Permanent dyes lift the hair’s cuticles and make strands more porous, allowing water to seep in and rinse away pigments each time you wash. A color-protecting shampoo and conditioner helps to seal the cuticles to minimize dye loss.  Tresemme’ Color Revitalize Shampoo and Conditioner is a good choice.  If you need extra help, Living Proof’s new Timeless Pre-Shampoo Treatment acts like a raincoat for your hair:  work the cream through dry hair, then wait at least five minutes before you wash like normal.

Hair Needs Antioxidants

The sun’s UV rays don’t just age your skin–they age your hair, too!  Your hair is more susceptible to breakage and color tends to fade more, too. try StriVectin Hair Color Care Vibrancy Booster, which contains NIA-114(ingredient that strengthens hair).

Shea Butter Helps Restore Luster

Hair color may help you appear younger, but it also takes the shine out of your hair.  Shea butter treatment brings back sheen and keeps strands healthy, which makes your shade look more radiant.  You can buy shea butter at health-food stores or Amazon:  rub a small amount of raw shea butter through clean, damp hair, starting at the ends and working upward, avoiding the roots.  Wait 20 minutes, then shampoo. Do this at least once a month, but if your hair is extremely dry, every two weeks.

Covering Roots

There are dozens of root concealers that deliver temporary color which rinses out when you shampoo.  To hide a few grays, a brush-on product like No Gray Quick Fix allows for precise dabbing. For denser coverage, an aerosol spray like Rita Hazan Root Concealer ($25) can mask inches of regrowth in a few mists.  To get rid of oily hair and roots in one swoop, go with a powder like Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50).

Redhead?

Ginger-headed shades fade faster than any other hue, because the pigments sed in red dyes tend to be larger than those used in blonde or brown ones, so they don’t penetrate strands as well.  A new line of red shades in Revlon’s Color-Silk Luxurious Buttercream Vivid Color Collection formulates the red pigments so they can absorb into strands better.

Treatments that Boost Your Natural Shade

Even if you don’t color your hair, you can still perk it up.  A tinted at-home gloss designed for your shade can correct yellow tones in gray hair, tone down an orangey cast in brown hair, or bring out richness in very dark hair.  Try Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss ($24.95). Also, John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder and Brilliant Brunett Visibly Brighter In-Shower Treatments ($9.99 each) are made to take blondes or brunettes one shade lighter. The brunette version allows anyone with brown hair–natural or not–to go a shade deeper.

AdovCare’s OmegaPlex has plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids to help your hair look and stay healthy, too.

OmegaPlex

True Results-Brian Bitner

bitnerus-beforeIn November 2010, my wife brought home a 24-day Challenge.  I was skeptical, but I gave it a try. I lost 16 lbs. in those first 24 days.  Within five months of being on AdvoCare products, I had lost 40 lbs. and several inches from my waist, while my wife lost 44 lbs. and four dress sizes.  The 24-day Challenge helped me discover a new lifestyle and a new approach to my health.  I developed a passion for fitness and now enjoy being active through weight training and biking.

binersusafter  Since starting AdvoCare products, I have lost a total of 49 lbs.  Losing weight has made me happier, healthier and allowed me to be more active in my family members’ lives.  I have kept the weight off for more than three and a half years now.  I am continuously motivated by helping others discover the lifestyle that has helped me improve my quality of life.  I have added AdvoCare products from the Performance Elite line to my regimen and love the results I see as my body composition continues to change.  I love being able to work out and truly enjoy my life!

The hardest food for Brian to give up was ice cream.  Now he eats healthier foods like fish and asparagus.

AdvoCare Products That Brian Uses

  1. MNS
  2. Catalyst
  3. AdvoCare Spark
  4. Prostate Support
  5. BioTools
  6. Post-Workout Recovery
  7. Muscle Gain
  8. Arginine Extreme
  9. Mass Impact
  10. Muscle Strength
  11. Rehydrate
  12. Nighttime Recovery
  13. VO2 Prime
  14. AdvoBar

Buy Products Here!

Fighting Aging

Smoothing and Preventing Wrinkles

  • Choose the right antioxidant
    • Green tea extract called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG:  “Research shows i’s amazingly potent at combating free radicals,” says dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center in New York City. A serum with EGCG is Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($36)
  • Look for a moisturizer with Gotu Kola
    • This tackles lines by triggering your skin’s collagen production without the chemical retinoids, dermatologists say gotu kola is a good way to go. One recommendation is Acure Day Cream ($16.99)
  • Make your own skin-plumping mask
    • Recipe is from Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
    • Use once or twice a week
    • Mash up half a ripe papaya and half a ripe avocado, then stir in 2 oz plain yogurt.
    • Spread mix all over your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse and apply moisturizer.

To Fade Spots and Even Skin Tone

  • Pick a plant based brightener
  • Spot-Treat with Lemon
    • DIY trick to correct discoloration, and if you have dark skin, stick with an over-the-counter treatment, as lemon could cause white spots.
    • Cut the lemon in half-inch slices and squeeze the juice from one slice onto a cotton ball(people with sensitive skin should dilute 1 tsp juice with 4 tsp water).
    • Dab the cotton ball on any dark spots, rewetting it with more juice for each spot.
    • Wait 20 minutes, rinse face with water and apply moisturizer.
    • Do daily or every three days if you have sensitive skin for six weeks; you may stop sooner if the spots fade before then.

AdvoCare CoreAdvoCare Core Supplements($50.95)

  • Provides advanced core nutrition to support overall wellness*
  • Promotes internal balance and healthy aging*
  • Helps protect and lubricate joints*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Bio ToolsAdvoCare BioTools ($69.95 for 30-day supply)

  • Part of a proactive approach to healthy aging
  • A two-supplement system designed for Baby Boomers
  • Ingredients associated with an anti-inflammatory response to soreness after exercise*

BioTuneBiotune($39.95)

  • Promotes internal balance and healthy aging*
  • Encourages youthful responses to physical stress and challenges*
  • Formulated with a unique nutrient/herbal blend that helps support cardiovascular,bone and joint, and gastrointestinal systems.*

 

 

 

True Results-Melody Schmutz Testimonial

In 2011, she gained 75 lbs. during her pregnancy.  After giving birth to her daughter, she was the heaviest she had been at 230 lbs.  She had a difficult time losing her baby weight until a family member introduced her to AdvoCare.  Over time, she was able to lose those 75 lbs. and still have energy to keep up with her vivacious daughter.

AdvoCare was working great for her, but she faced a series of challenges with her family that put her in a state of feeling overwhelmed.  It was at this point that she gained back 23 lbs.  In spite of her family hardships, she was determined to not let grief and sadness consume her.  She got her life back on track when she completed a series of three 24-Day Challenges over the course of one year.  Now, she’s healthier than ever and has lost and kept off an additional 50 lbs.  With AdvoCare, she’s able to take care of herself and her family in ways she never could before.

She recently placed first in her age group during a local Labor Day 5k race.  Also, since her AdvoCare journey started, she’s gone from a size 18 dress to a size four.

Melody’s Products

  • AdvoCare Spark
  • Rehydrate
  • Meal Replacement Shakes
  • Catalyst
  • Corplex
  • Probiotic Restore Ultra
  • OmegaPlex
  • Arginine Extreme
  • O2 Gold
  • BioCharge
  • Carb-Ease Plus
  • Muscle Gain

Go to My AdvoCare Website to read my story!

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Being Beautiful at Any Age

For people with fair skin, avoid the sun if you can–if you are out in the sun, and like to be out in the sun, wear a high SPF every day to help fair skin stay smooth and spot-free.

Picture of me at age 19

1987  This is me in basic training, Ft. Dix, NJ.  I didn’t have wrinkles at this young age, but I had an acne problem from ages 11-18, and it was starting to clear up when this picture was taken.  I had oily skin, but took great care of it.  We were not allowed to eat junk while in training, so my skin improved even more.  I also drank lots of water–sodas were not allowed while training.

What you put in your body has a big impact on your skin.

Me at age 32

2000This is me with my youngest daughter, Renee!  My go-to drink at this time was water!  I ate lots of fresh fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants, and I sipped on hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar to jump-start my digestion.  I don’t sip on this like I used to, but every once in a while, I will take the time to do that.  I’ve noticed that if my digestive system seems clogged, my skin breaks out and looks dull, so I will start up on the lemon and apple cider vinegar again, which makes my skin glowing!

Current Picture of Me

2015

This was taken a few months ago with both of my daughters, Danielle (left) and Renee (right). I still focus on nourishing my skin so it stays soft, but above all, being active keeps me young.  I spent a lot of time out in the sun when I was a kid, but luckily, never got sun damage.  Since I started using AdvoCare supplements, and drinking about 2 liters of water a day, my skin is seeing great improvements.  Even my mom can’t get over how good I look, and she can be very pessimistic.  Since I have been exercising more, my appearance has become more radiant because of the way I feel and look.  If you can find activities you enjoy, I encourage you to do them, because you are more likely to stick with them if you enjoy them.

I like using the Cetaphil cleanser, cream, and lotion for my skin care!  I also like Oil of Olay lotion with SPF 15 during the day.  I quit smoking 20 years ago, so that immediately started benefiting my skin!

AdvoCare Products I Take

  • AdvoCare Spark
  • Rehydrate
  • Meal Replacement Shakes
  • Catalyst
  • OmegaPlex
  • Arginine Extreme
  • O2 Gold
  • Carb-Ease Plus
  • Muscle Gain
  • Thermoplus
  • MNS C
  • Nighttime Recovery

I hope everyone has a very blessed Sunday and enjoys the extra hour of sunlight!  You can learn more about AdvoCare from my website at My AdvoCare Website.

True Results-Spencer McAdams

Spencer McAdam’s story may sound familiar to you, it may not.  At 300 pounds, he was in the worst shape of his life. Years of minimal activity and terrible eating habits had him at a size 46 waist.  He always hid his feelings with a smile, but on the inside he knew he needed a change.  Four of his closest friends introduced him to AdvoCare and shared their own personal weight-loss stories with him.  He started with the 24-day-challenge in February 2013.

From the beginning, he started making healthier food choices.  He maximized the 24-day-Challenge with MNS3 and lost a total of 26 pounds.  He exchanged his soda habit with an AdvoCare Spark habit and began to feel his energy increase.

With regular exercise, eating right, and additional AdvoCare products, he has lost a total of 100 pounds so far.  Before AdvoCare, he struggled climbing stairs.  Now he’s in a 33-size pant, living an active lifestyle and doing things he never dreamed he could do.

Spencer After

The products he now uses are:

  • Catalyst
  • AdvoCare Spark
  • Herbal Cleanse
  • MNS3
  • Muscle Gain
  • Post-Workout Recovery

His favorite hobbies and interests are working out, golf, and hiking.  Anything outdoors, really.

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Oils That Improve Everything!

Have you ever been to Ulta, the beauty store?  You’ll see products for skin, hair, and nail products made with or created entirely from naturally derived oils.  Experts love them for  healing powers, and I’m a fan of how lightweight yet hard-working they are.  Here is a guide to see what oils will work best for you!

Almond Oil

As a snack, almonds are filled with healthy fats, Omega 3, and is also a super moisturiser.  It’s hypo-allergenic, so it’s good for sensitive skin.  It helps ease the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.

Argan Oil

In Morocco, its nickname is “liquid gold.”  It comes from the kernels of the argan tree and is loaded with vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins.  It is ulta-hydrating for skin and strengthens hair, and is also a great nail treatment on its own.  If your nails or brittle or peeling, soak them in argan oil for 10 minutes every day for a week and this will help keep nails healthy.

Coconut Oil

It’s the all natural miracle hydrator.  It works on face, body, lips, cuticles–anywhere you want to relieve dry skin.  It is packed with nourishing fatty acids, and make-up artists like to use it as a make-up remover.

Jojoba Oil

Along with being a wonderful skin softener, this plant-derived oil works wonders on dry or textured hair.  Jojoba oil smooths frizz, conditions, and keeps hair strong.  Look for it in shampoos and condiioners, or use it alone as a weekly deep-treatment:  Work a quarter-size amount through clean, damp hair (avoid the roots), then rinse after 10-20 minutes.

Marula Oil

Derived from the nuts of Africa’s marula tree, this oil can help clear up acne.  Yes, an oil can nix breakouts!  It has antimicrobial elements that fight acne-causing bacteria, it’s lightweight and doesn’t clog pores, and it assists in balancing skin’s oil production. Many natural beauty brands offer 100% pure marula oil; it’s also an excellent frizz tamer, so looks for marula in hair products, too.

Olive Oil

This stuff is great for dandruff or an itchy scalp!  It can help thanks to its antibacterial properties.  Massage 1/4 cup of olive oil into your scalp once a week so it’s evenly saturated.  Wait 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition.  Olive oil is also rich in vitamins that help  battle lines and spots caused by sun damage; add a drop or two into your moisturiser for anti-aging benefits.

Rosehip seed oil

This is a powerful anti-ager, which is extracted from the seeds of rose bushes, and full of potent antioxidants like vitamins C and E, along with wrinkle-fighting vitamin A.  It protects skin from damage that can cause lines and dark spots, along with increasing cell turnover rate, which results in a smoother complexion.  Apply a few drops to your face like serum, or blend them into your dollop of nighttime lotion.

OmegaPlexAdvoCare’s OmegaPlex is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

Buy OmegaPlex Here!

True Results-Ashley Alexis, Texarkana, TX

AdvoCare gave her hope. She watched another distributor drop 113 pounds using AdvoCare products. That’s when she knew she needed a lifestyle change and started using AdvoCare products.  She has lost 70 pounds and feels better than she has in years.  The best part is that Ashley can now show her daughter Kelani how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Her AdvoCare journey began with using products but quickly expanded to building a business so she could earn an extra income, like me.  Before she started the business, she was working three jobs and missing out on a lot of time with her daughter.

Ashley had no intention of starting an AdvoCare business.  Thankfully, opening her heart and sharing AdvoCare products has allowed her to come home from her full-time job.  She can now confidently tell her daughter that there is more to life than a “if you can’t pay your bills, you get as many jobs until you can” mindset.

She is thankful for AdvoCare, and the person who introduced  her to it, every single day. AdvoCare has shown her that she deserves more, and that hard work and belief in what you do can help you achieve your dreams.

She started with AdvoCare’s 24-day-challenge, and now takes the following list of products:

  • AdvoCare Spark
  • Catalyst
  • Thermoplus
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle Gain
  • Clear Mood
  • AdvoCare Oasis
  • MNS E
  • BioCharge

You can purchase these products at My AdvoCare Website

See Ashley’s testimony here:  Ashley’s Story

Ashley now eats more seafood, especially salmon.  She loves to dance, so she became a fitness instructor because it is a fun way to work out.