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?

Why I Do What I Do and Why Do You?

Last time we talked about starting the year by looking inside and finding out why we do what we do. So have you thought about why you do what you do? why2Seems simple.  Perhaps you knew as a little girl or boy that you wanted to be a teacher, a doctor, a nurse or an insurance man.  I wanted to be a teacher after being in Mrs. Voss’ Kindergarten class. Perhaps you observed others in the work you have chosen and couldn’t wait to do it yourself. Whatever occupation fills your days, the most important question may be not what you do but why.

Why do I have a Shaklee business?  It has to do with respect–respect for the world, for work, and for others.

wheatfieldFirst, my work respects the way God created this world. In the last 75 years we have dramatically changed our food supply from the previous thousands of years. Many of the “foods” at the grocery store today did not even exist when I was a child. Dr. Shaklee predicted the health crisis and “falling apart from within” (heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, obesity) which many Americans experience. This is why he started Shaklee Corporation in 1956. His philosophy was to give others products made “in harmony with nature.” If you want a clear picture of the changes in wheat, read The Wheat Belly by William Davis.

Second, my Shaklee business respects work. This is not a punch the clock type of job. I diff. workersonce worked at a facility where my coworkers told me to slow down, take a break, don’t work so hard because you will make us look bad.  Our pay would be the same if we worked hard or not. Not so with a Shaklee business–one is paid for the work accomplished, not for the time put in.

Third, this business respects others. After listening to individual health needs and concerns, then, without arm twisting, without pressure, without slick selling, I give a simple presentation of how and why Shaklee products might be of benefit to others, to you.

The following verse from the Bible tells me how to treat my body and my whole life. . . body temple of hsSo, two questions: Why do you do the work you do? And how do you take care of the miraculous body that you have been given?

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.

Buy natural supplements.


Eating Well Is Difficult

So many people I know are working at healthier eating, losing weight, and getting fit; these are some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. But they may difficult to accomplish.  Most of us try to change too many things at once and get discouraged when we don’t see results quickly. So I encourage you to pick one simple change and do it for a month.  Then add another next month.  Here are 5 out of 20 simple ideas from a simple book by Michael Pollan, Food Rules:

1.  Eat food  (Just curious–what does this mean to you?)

2.  Avoid foods that contain more than five ingredients

3.  Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle

4.  Eat only foods that will eventually rot

5.  If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t

So, pick one of these to work on this month.  Let me know if you want the rest of his ideas or you might want to get the book.  Pollan’s philosophy reminds me of Dr. Shaklee, who  realized American health would suffer greatly with the milling of the grain 60 years ago. The milling took out most of the nutrients and left us with synthetic “enriched” bread. Because we were eating foods so deficient in nutrients, Dr. Shaklee decided to provide a company with products that are safe, products that work, and products that are green.  I believe the manufactured “food-like” substances on the store shelves have greatly impacted our health adversely. What do you think?