Health Benefits on Having a Pet

My dogs, Lucy and Allie, are great friends.   I truly feel their love after a long, hard day.

“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals” — whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals — will have less risk of allergies and asthma, he tells WebMD.

Dogs are great for making love connections. Forget Internet matchmaking — a dog is a natural conversation starter.

This especially helps ease people out of social isolation or shyness, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, tells WebMD.

“Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog,” says Hart.

Pet owners with AIDS are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. “The benefit is especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets,” says researcher Judith Siegel, PhD.

In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets.

Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners, researchers say.

Personally, I have only been without a pet while I served in the Army.  I can’t imagine not having a dog; I like cats, too, but prefer dogs, because they are more loving and obedient than cats.  If you are thinking about getting a pet, I say to go for it!  You will have a great addition to your family.  Lucy, my Belgian Malinois, is my jogging buddy!

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Success

Success can mean different things to different people.  You are working toward a goal, and it may be large or small.  No matter what that goal is, it takes hard work, dedication, and the right tools.  Goals are different for everyone–it could be sending your kids to summer camp, taking a dream vacation, or paying off debt.  I didn’t realize how far I had come in setting my goal of losing weight until I saw this picture of myself from a few years ago:

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I am on the far right wearing the pink shirt.  Oh, I was smiling, but underneath that smile, I was really depressed.  That was the biggest I had ever been, and that included being pregnant!

This is me today:

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I am 40 pounds lighter and much quicker and stronger than I was in that earlier picture.  I love sharing my story so that I can help others achieve their health and fitness goals.  I will continue to work hard to help anyone with whatever they need.  If you are interested, please fill out the contact form below, and I will attempt to make a video and send it to you!

I started with the 24-Day Challenge, and now that I have pretty much achieved as far as weight loss, I continue to use the Well and Performance Elite line.  There are four ways to get started: full retail customer, preferred customer (20-30% discount), distributor (20-40% discount, sell at a profit),advisor (40% discount and earn 5 different ways with AdvoCare).

 

Custom Made

This morning, my daughter and I went to church.  We have a new sermon series titled “Custom Made.”  Our pastor is very excited about this series, and now I am, too!  I have been called to be many things in my life:  daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, co-worker, motivator, etc.  It seems as though my purpose changes every 10 years or so, as it probably does with you.

God’s big purpose with us is reconciliation and restoration.  Have you ever had a friend in whom you had a big fight with?  Maybe you stop speaking to each other because it’s too awkward after your big blow up.  This can only be solved by reconciliation.  II Corinthians 5:18-19:”Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”

Before you can begin to restore your relationship with God, you must first understand that it is broken because of what we did, not what God did.  We have turned away from God’s standards and made our own path.  No one likes to talk about sin, but it has a hold on everyone!  Any deviation from God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin; sin can manifest itself in our thoughts, behavior, or words.  It is only through God’s grace that we can restore our relationship with God.

I will talk more about purpose here on earth, along with other health topics.  This has been on my heart all day, and I had to put it out!

I will leave you with a verse from Revelation 21:4:  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

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Cool Down Hot Flashes

Formula W promotes women’s health and relaxation by balancing out the hormones that go crazy when you go through menopause.  This supplement helps with hot flashes and mood swings.  I have been using it for over a year now, and if I go a week with using it, I can definitely feel the difference!

Even if you’re not going through menopause, Formula W helps put a little balance into your life.  There are a wide range of benefits that promote overall health and well-being during times of hormonal imbalance.  There are two key botanical ingredients:  Maca and Genopause. Maca root is an adaptagen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to it’s unique properties it considered one of the world’s natural “super foods.”  Maca is grown high in the mountains of South America, mainly in high altitude regions of Peru.

Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and  increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.

Genopause is a unique blend of herbal extracts:

  • Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi): This plant supports a healthy immune system.
  • Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): This extract is rich in flavonoids that provide support for relaxation, mood and sleep.
  • Commiphora mukul:  This extract is best known for helping to maintain cholesterol and triglyceride levels that are already within the normal range.

Adult women of all ages will be able to appreciate the benefits of Formula W in a format that is phytoestrogen free.

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
In order to ensure that you are receiving genuine AdvoCare products, please order only through and AdvoCare consultant.  You can order through my website at www.advocare.com/150823204/.

Hiking for Tacos

I don’t live in the Austin area, but if I did, this would be the group for me!

Hiking for Tacos Meetup Group

Diana Britton, “Hiking for Tacos” founder didn’t know anyone and wanted to make new friends when she moved to Austin, TX.  She thought it would be a great idea to meet new friends and explore the city by forming a meetup group, which now has over 1500 members.

We cap each walk at 30 people, and what I look forward to the most is chatting with members.  It’s fun to learn about their lives.

The group averages 4 million steps per year and consumes an average 720 number of tacos per year.  Once a month, they hike about 2.75 miles along the Greenbelt to Tacodeli, a popular hot spot known for its authentic dishes, and then they hike back.  Dogs and kids are always welcome.

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Clear Mood

It is a multi-nutrient dietary supplement that helps brain and nerve cell function by providing important neurotransmitters that help lower the effects of occasional stress, nervousness, and worry.*  One ingredient, known as 5-HTP, is vital for the production of serotonin, which supports the brain and nervous system.*

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

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AdvoCare Oasis

It’s a  and herbal supplement that helps you in a stressful environment.  Oasis brings balance back to your life through adaptogens, berry extracts, and B vitamins.  It’s easy to take on-the-go and caffeine free.  This can be combined with other AdvoCare products.

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Sundays at Costco

Sundays used to be a day to go to church and spend some time with the family–those days are long gone, I’m afraid.  I work for Costco Wholesale, and I am working today (Sunday, August 28).  The shoppers on Sundays are not the most friendly crowd during the week.  The store is crowded and people can get irritable and demanding!

I take Clear Mood by AdvoCare to help me deal with days like today.

ClearMoodClear Mood is a multi-nutrient dietary supplement that helps ease brain and nerve cell function by providing important neurotransmitters that assist in lowering the effects of occasional stress, nervousness, and worry.*  One of the agents, known as 5-HTP, is vital for the production of serotonin, which supports the brain and nervous system.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.

So, if you happen to be shopping at your local Costco today, please be nice to the people who work there.  You never know what they might be going through.

God bless you and happy Sunday!

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Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
I must remember this today!  I have a full time job with Costco Wholesale, and yesterday wasn’t a good day.  We are approaching the end of Costco’s fiscal year (ends August 31), and upper management always (for the last 4 years) has cut hours.  This has something to do with their bonus check that they get based upon the profitability of the store.
We have trained some new employees in my department.  They were cut yesterday, because my department manager was told to cut hours.  Since they were cut, me and the other full time employees had to bear the weight of Saturday shoppers at a very busy Costco store.  I had to stand outside in Texas heat and humidity to inform people of our new Visa card partnership with Citi Bank.  I was a sweaty and grumpy mess.  When one of the managers asked me to approach more people, I got very upset.  I didn’t say much, because I know when to hold my tongue.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I spent the rest of my shift being angry with upper management for worrying too much about their bonus check and not enough about the welfare of their employees.  That is why I’m really trying to make a go with my AdvoCare business–I would like to be able to eventually step away from Costco and set my own schedule and not get upset on how things are being run.
I also need to pray for my management team at Costco and remember that I need to do my job as if I am working for the Lord, and not these greedy men (women, too).
Thank you for reading!

5 Key Elements to a Healthy Lifestyle

According to recent data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans (over 78 million adults) are obese.  That number means that the majority of people in our country are obese!  This is a disease that cannot be ignored any more.  Illnesses associated with obesity are heart disease, cardiovascular disease, strokes and some forms of cancer.  Obesity can be corrected with a healthy lifestyle.  Here are the five key elements:

  1. A Balanced Diet
    1. Easier and more beneficial than a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet for most people.
    2. Should include lean sources of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and limited quantities of processed foods and added sugar.
  2. Regular Physical Activity
    1. Any amount of physical activity is better than none.
    2. Recommended amount is 150 minutes per week (2 hrs. 30 minutes) in at least 10-minute intervals.
    3. Pedometers are great ways to help monitor your physical activity levels and stay on target.
  3. Maintain a Regular Sleeping Pattern
    1. Sleep is one of the most important activities of the day, yet it is the one most sacrificed.
    2. Those who sleep less than seven hours a day are more likely to have weight issues, anxiety disorders, and depression.
    3. The National Sleep Association recommends adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  4. Stress Management
    1. Stress gets in the way of health and life goals.
    2. Leads to emotional eating, poor sleep, and the adoption of more sedentary behaviors.
  5. Supplementation
    1. Even some of the most balanced diets are filled with nutritional gaps.
    2. Nutritional supplements can be made with ingredients that assist with healthy aging, metabolism, weight management, stress management, sleep, and athletic performance.

leanne_redmanDr. Leanne Redman, PH.D., MS, FTOS is an Associate Professor at the Reproductive Endocrinology & Women’s Health Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.  She has been a member of the AdvoCare Scientific & Medical Advisory Board since 2012.

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