Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Venture...yes, you heard me right! I'm taking on something else!

So…I suck as a blogger…I really and truly do! For that I apologize! I am going to make up my 31 for 21 posts…so there will be 31 posts…eventually! So what does today’s post hold?! Today is about Juice Plus…I’m pretty excited to share this…

When Jack was born, I was on a mad search to find something to narrow the developmental delays, sharpen his memory, decrease his risk for Alzheimer’s, improve his cognition, help his immune system…you get the idea. After countless recommendations by parents of kiddos with DS and countless hours of research, I began giving Jack Juice Plus to bridge the gap on what he needs and what he’s actually getting nutrition-wise…eventually, I began taking Juice Plus myself…let’s face it…four kiddos + not enough sleep + a zillion things going on + poor eating habits = a VERY tired and sick all the time me! Several months ago, I began to make some changes in my life to better take care of the one who takes care of everyone else. I can honestly say that the combination of these things has increased my energy level 10 fold…I am not tired during the day…EVER! No more crashing in the afternoon…it’s literally miraculous to me…I’ve never NOT been so tired I can barely stand up by the time 3:00 in the afternoon hits…it’s not about the quantity of things I do for my health, it’s about the quality…this is one of the essentials. My health and energy level has also made a believer out of my husband…right now, he is tired exhausted ALL DAY LONG…we are about to start him and the rest of my kiddos on JP…will keep you posted on John’s results…no doubt they will be the same as mine.

So here’s the deal…

What exactly IS Juice Plus?
WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION from naturally occurring phytonutrients from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains in capsule or gummie form. No kidding…17 fruits and vegetables juiced and then made into a powder,,,all of the nutrition is there. And the results are backed by tons of clinical research.

Why does every person on the planet, ESPECIALLY OUR KIDDOS, need it?
In simple terms, we’re unhealthy! Based on the Archives or Pediatrics and Medicine, Over 93% of kids don’t get the recommended 3 servings of veggies a day.
  • 1 in 3 Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
  • 1 in 4 children is obese.
  • 80 million people have some sort of heart disease (American Heart Disease).
  • 1 in 3 and 1 in 2 men will have some sort of cancer in his or her lifetime (National Cancer Institute).
  • 64% of adults are overweight (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Our national healthcare expenditures were 2 TRILLION in 2005 or $6,700 per person.
Why are we so unhealthy?
Poor Food Choices (ME!)
Not enough Water (ME!)
Not enough exercise (AT LEAST I DO THIS!)
Stress (ME!)
Sleep Deprivation (SOO ME!)
Approach to medicine: “Treatment” instead of “Prevention” (SOOOO TRUE!) No wonder we spend so much…if it ain’t broke, we don't try to prevent...we just wait until it is broke...that = more $$$$ spent!

SOOOOO, what to do about this…
PREVENT disease instead of CURE disease…what’s the recommendation?
7-13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables EVERY DAY!

What is the problem? Almost NO ONE does this…

So how does Juice Plus help?
It’s the not a REPLACEMENT for fruits and vegetables..it’s the next best thing!
Seriously, it’s convenient, easy to take whole food based nutrition, rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. We need to eat 7 to 13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Because we are busy, most of us can’t, don’t, or won’t!

For less than a cup of coffee a day, I’m worth it, and my kids are worth it…I haven’t been this excited about something since Thinking Maps, LOL. And those of you who know me know that that is MAJOR! I am so sold that I’ve done something a little crazy (I mean exciting!). I recently became a distributor of Juice Plus…now I know what you are thinking…don’t you have enough on your plate as it is???!!! Yes, I do in fact…but that’s how important this is to me…

I equate this to my job working for Thinking Maps…TM is a research based, brain based strategy that will increase critical thinking and achievement in ALL kids if implemented the right way, and it is backed by tons of research. I have seen it work for kids when nothing else seems to work. When I go into a school, I ALWAYS have skeptics…sometimes it’s the whole staff…I have walked into trainings where I have 50 teachers giving me dirty looks…they don’t scare me, LOL…because I have never walked out of a training where at least 90% of the teachers weren’t sold…it’s just good teaching…it’s simple, and it works to the highest power for our kids. Teachers see the passion I have, and it rubs off…but the thing is...I could suck as a presenter (hopefully I don’t, LOL), and teachers would still love Thinking Maps…they truly sell themselves…they just make sense. It’s the QUALITY of the strategy not the QUANTITY of strategies/programs that teachers should have.

Juice Plus is the same…there will be skeptics, but there is no denying the research and anecdotal evidence…it truly is what it says it is...nothing more and nothing less. I don’t need to sell it…it sells itself. I sought out my own distributor because I wanted this for my family…she did not seek me out. I want my family to be as healthy as possible…and it’s not about the quantity of things I do to make that happen, it’s about the quality of the things I do…it’s that simple.

Jiminy Christmas…this gets the award for the longest blog post ever, LOL…if you made it this far, I thank you. ☺ If you have questions or just want to know more, I am launching my business at a Wellness Presentation next Thursday, December 2 at my house (details below). I’d love for you to stop by…It will be short and sweet…if you don’t care about Juice Plus, come by anyways to have a glass of wine! ☺


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