Is Soy Good for You?

soy2For the past 20 years I have enjoyed a soy protein shake for breakfast. Yum! Before starting this routine, I had a growling stomach at 9am even though I had breakfast at 7 or 7:30, and later in the day I was falling asleep on the couch at 7pm. But a Shaklee shake keeps me filled in the mornings with very little blood sugar fluctuation and keeps me awake in the evenings until a normal bedtime. Soy protein has changed my energy level, my skin, my muscle strength, and my immune response. Why? because every cell in my body and yours needs protein to form properly. Protein is essential. And why is Shaklee soy protein so wonderful?

  • Shaklee soy is water-washed, not alcohol-washed which removes critical isoflavones and created cross-contamination with processing chemicals
  • Shaklee soy is non-GMO soy protein
  • Shaklee soy is biologically complete and contains all nine essential amino acids
  • Shaklee soy is low glycemic
  • 25 grams of Shaklee soy protein /day may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Fun fact: Dr. Shaklee created the first protein isolate in 1961
  • Wonderful flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cafe latte

And so, is soy good for you? banner_Shaklee180SmootheesYes, if it is water washed, if it is non-GMO, if it contains all nine essential amino acids, and if it is low glycemic. I can’t wait for my morning shake! How about you?

Is This the Final Time? try. . . Shaklee 180

This may be the last year that your New Years’ Resolution is. . . to lose weight! If you are like most people this goal is #1 on your list. How many years has it been on your list? Have you lost weight only to gain it back again or to struggle struggle struggle keeping it off? So many diets fail and often make us feel like the failures, but there are lots of reasons for the failure. People lose muscle AND fat, only to have the fat come back again. The average American diet is programmed to keep us eating and wanting more by using chemicals and genetically modified substances. And inactivity keeps the pounds on. Is there a way out of this crazy cycle? Is there a way even if we are at a good weight to be healthier?

Shaklee 180 is and has been the safe answer to take your health in a whole new direction. Click and read more here. Listen to the stories of others. Then get started on a healthier you. Cost a problem? Shaklee has solved that too. . . decide to get healthier and find 3 others to join you in January and your February kit will be FREE. By the way, this can go on and on for you and the friends who join you. It’s time!

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Food Fight

The following excerpt is from an organic food blog, Organic Consumer’s Association, by Ronnie Cummins.  Perhaps you are reading similar stories about the dangers of GMO’s – genetically modified organisms, which was discussed here before. This labeling law will affect all of us whether or not it passes in CA. Read on if you want more information about what is in our food.

We are entering the home stretch of the most important food policy fight in your lifetime. Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is a November 6 grassroots-powered, citizens’ ballot initiative that has huge implications for the future of food in this country.

This is a battle that pits the people – you, me, moms, dads, rich, poor, young, old – against fat-cat pesticide, biotech, and junk-food corporations who for years have shamelessly manipulated science, the political system, and the truth in order to rack up obscene profits at the expense of your health and safety.

This is a battle that has nothing to do with partisan politics. National polls show that 91% of Americans – republicans, democrats, independents, libertarians – want GMOs labeled.

This is a battle that began on the ground in California and has caught fire, garnering national and international media attention, drawing donors and volunteers from all 50 states.

This is a battle that we must win . . . if we are ever going to have what citizens in nearly 50 other countries already have: the basic right to know if our food contains pesticide-injected, bacteria and virus-laced genetically modified ingredients. Ingredients that, according to a growing number of scientists, are making us sick with everything from allergies and obesity, to cancer and        organ failure.

In a few short weeks, early voting begins in California. By Nov. 6, this battle will have been won or lost.

If you eat food, this is your fight. If you haven’t joined in, now is the time. 

This sample label looks simple enough. Would it really matter and more importantly why would it matter, to let us know what is in our food? There is more to the story. Read on at Organic Bytes. . .

Do you think this is a fight worth having?

Will the Ants Eat Your Food?

We can learn a lot from studying nature, which is what Dr. Shaklee loved to do. He knew over 50 years ago that our food supply would be in trouble with the milling of the grain, genetically modified foods, and the addition of synthetic fertilizers to our land. Think twice before eating what ants would not touch.  Be sure your food is food and your supplements are made from food.

Top right: margarine. Left: reduced fat margarine. Bottom right: natural butter.

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Benefits of Soy

Last time we talked about being careful about what soy we use.  Today think about your body.  Are you looking for: ~ increased energy ~ stabilized blood sugar ~ protection for your  heart and lower cholesterol ~ phytochemical compounds (isoflavones) that reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer ~ help to prevent osteoporosis ~ prevention of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms ~ development of healthier cells with a healthier diet  ~ something to build enzymes, antibodies, hormones, hair, skin and nails?

Then think about a safe, pure, non-GMO, water-washed soy product which contains all the essential and non essential amino acids.  Remember the nine essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be obtained from the diet.

STRESS is the greatest factor in protein utilization in the body. Under stress the body’s
demand for amino acids increases six times. Soy is so readily available to the body; it
can help counter these changes. Other proteins just take too long to digest and do not
supply an adequate amount of amino acids. So in most cases the body must attack the
muscles to try and get the amino acids that are needed.

You may think soy is just for women; not so.  “Real men should eat soy,” said Kenneth Setchell, professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Childrens Medical Center, who has studied soy for 30 years. “Generally, men are put off by soy. It tends to be sort of a woman’s thing. That’s a great pity, because the evidence that soy protects against prostate cancer is quite strong.”

BONE HEALTH:  Studies suggest that soy helps preserve bone and may help build it in some people. While nearly all the research has been done in women, who suffer more extreme bone loss with age than do men, researchers say there’s no reason to suggest that soy may not also help protect older men from osteoporosis.
BLOOD PRESSURE:  Soy appears to lower blood pressure slightly. It also seems to lower blood pressure by “improving elasticity of blood vessels,” Setchell said.
CHOLESTEROL:  Since 1999, foods containing 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving can be promoted for their ability to lower blood cholesterol when combined with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. About 25 grams of soy protein daily helps lower the most damaging form of blood cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — by up to about10
percent and total cholesterol by up to 7 percent.
COLON CANCER:  A few studies suggest that soy may help protect against colon cancer, but the evidence is still emerging.
DIABETES:  Soy contains healthy carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, meaning they are less likely than more processed carbs to raise blood sugar levels. New research also suggests that eating soy food appears to help protect the kidneys of those with diabetes, especially those with type 1.  Studies in Europe and at the University of Illinois also suggest that soy helps reduce protein in the urine of people with diabetes, which can help reduce kidney damage, a common complication of diabetes.
HAIR LOSS: Soy helps boost production in the intestines of equol, a substance that binds to dihydrotestosterone, the chief culprit in causing hair follicles to die. Although still in early investigation, Setchell and other researchers theorize that boosting equol could help protect against baldness.
MUSCLES: As a protein source, soy ranks at the top of the list. But no need to take massive doses of soy protein supplements or powder to build more muscle. Eating a soy burger, a handful of soy nuts or a soy smoothie after a weight training session is plenty to help repair muscle, according to Jeff Potteiger, an exercise physiologist at Miami
University in Ohio.
PROSTATE:  In Asian countries, where soy consumption is high, incidence of prostate cancer is similar to that in Western countries, but the disease is much less likely to kill. Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists, who eat no meat, have found that drinking one glass per day of soy milk appears to lower prostate cancer risk by 30 percent; two glasses per day may lower risk by up to 70 percent. At the University of North Carolina, researchers found men with elevated blood levels of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) who took megadoses of soy showed a significant slowing in rise of the PSA.
WAISTLINE: Soy foods are lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat than comparable meat products, and they have zero cholesterol — all benefits that can help protect against obesity. There’s also some evidence that soy may help reduce buildup of dangerous visceral abdominal body fat, according to Anderson.

“Soy is a very healthy food,” said physician James Anderson, who has studied soy for 15 years at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and is convinced enough of its benefits to eat about a dozen servings of soy per week. “It’s very safe.”

If you would like to read the complete article on soy, which gives even more details by doctors who have studied soy for many many years, please let me know.

Fruit Sticker: Your Fruit Tells a Story

What does the number on a fruit sticker mean?

The numbers on a fruit sticker tell a story about the fruit you are eating.  Price Look-Up codes, commonly called PLU codes or numbers, are identification numbers attached to produce and other products in grocery stores and supermarkets to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate.  The PLUs also tell us as consumers what we are eating.

The codes have been in use since 1990. Currently, there are over 1300 universal PLU codes assigned.  The code is a four or five-digit number, identifying the type of produce, usually including the variety.

Organic produce has a five-digit number, the first digit is 9, which means no chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides were used to treat the produce.

Genetically modified food has a five-digit number, the first digit is 8, which means man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a more pleasing to look at fruit or larger fruit.

Conventionally grown produce has four digits usually beginning with 3 or 4, which means it was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.

Use of PLU codes eliminates the need for grocery store checkers to identify each variety of produce visually.  This advantage is especially important with the growth of the organic produce market and the genetically modified market.  Organic, conventional, or genetically modified apples, for example, may look the same but have very different prices, different quality, and most importantly affect your cells differently.

I’ll be looking for five-digit stickers beginning with 9.  What about you?