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I love meatloaf. You love meatloaf. And, if you don’t love meatloaf, you’re doing it wrong (or you’re a vegetarian which is the only acceptable reason not to like meatloaf). Meatloaf gets a bad rap. Partly, it has the world’s worst name. The only thing that I can think of that would be worse is “Lump o’ Meat” or “Spam”. When you think of meatloaf you think of a family in the 50’s with a pile of ground beef and some ketchup. Or you hear Will Ferrell yelling “Mah! Meatloaf!” I assure you, there is a more updated and healthier way to make it. Here is what I do (for the most part, some of the time, well- at least how I made it today)

I used Grass Fed Ground Beef and Ground Turkey as the Meat. I used Ritz Crackers and left over dried croutons from Thanksgiving to make the bread crumbs. You could easily make this entire dish Paleo by using almond flour/meal instead. If I have it on hand, that is typically what I do. You could also omit the cheese if you are super strict. I snuck in tons of veggies to make this dish so that it packs a nutrient punch!

Veg list- Kale, parsley, garlic, onion, sweet potato, carrot (I’ve done it before with zucchini too but didn’t have any in the house). That’s 6 vegetables in 1 meal, suck it Martha Stewart! Not sure why I decided to pick on Martha there, she seems lovely. Anyway….

I made a video to show you how I did it! Yay for videos! Now if only I had someone to hold the damn camera for me so I don’t have to be such a spaz. Watch this.

After you put the loafs together, you can either cook right away or refrigerate for later. That’s what I did today. While my daughter was watching her cartoon, I was pretending to be a skinny, prettier version of Giada in my kitchen. When you are ready, you can glaze with a little sauce (worchestershire-no one knows how to spell that- and tomato sauce or something similar that you like). Bake at 350 for 35 mins, glaze again and turn up to 375 for 10 more mins. That is approximate. I cook it until my meat thermometer says at least 160 (less if it’s just beef) degrees and then I let it sit for at least 10 mins. Don’t be a dick and slice it too soon, it will ruin everything and Santa won’t bring you presents.

And here are some pictures to make you wish you were coming over for dinner…
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The Veg
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Before Pic (least pretty picture, but it is ‘meatloaf’…what do you expect):
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Money Shot:
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***If you like to blog and make silly videos and be creative on your own terms, you should work with me! I also sell Shaklee products and am in LOVE with working from home. Comment below or email me at creimholz@gmail.com

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I have discussed previously my love affair with Summer. It is by far my favorite season and I treasure it. But what about Winter? Well, let’s just say it’s complicated.
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In years past, I suffered through winter. I barely tolerated winter. I complained incessantly about winter. But, I had an epiphany this year. Bottom line, I live in Northern Illinois (practically Wisconsin) and I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon. So, what do I get out of suffering through the season? Nothing! In fact, the more you resist time, the longer that time feels.

I read an article about how people who live in Norway celebrate winter for brining them opportunities to do things they love but don’t do during other seasons. They celebrate things like skiing and being ‘cozy’ and reading by the fire. I decided that there are things I DO truly love that I get to do during Winter.

1. Reading- what better excuse is there to curl up with a book when the weather outside is frightful?
2. Fires- I LOVE having a fire going in the fireplace! Just ask my husband.. I would have one going 24/7 if it wasn’t too expensive. The fire is so delightful.
3. Hot Toddys- not sure how to spell that but I do love myself a warm drink. Whether it’s simply some tea or if it’s an adult beverage, a nice warm drink can warm your soul. And since we’ve no place to go…
4. Snow- I love the beauty of a fresh fallen snow! Nothing compares to it. The pure joy and amazement on my kids faces when they see that it finally snowed is enough to make you cry. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
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I plan to be as cozy as possible for the next 3 months and embracing what this time of year brings. Until March; then all bets are off! In March I’m sick of this bullsh*t.

We are SOOOOOOO excited to be offering our first ever Vitamin Starter Pack! You have spoken and we have listened. Many of you have commented that you wish there was a way you can try, or sample, some of our vitamins before you take the big leap by purchasing a whole month supply or more. Maybe you had a bad vitamin experience in the past, or maybe you are a skeptic (I used to be too- it’s okay). Either way- you are looking for a test drive. Well, we have just the thing. We are going to be selling a 1-week supply* of vitamins in a sample pack so that you can see for yourself the quality of the products that we are offering.

These packs will include:

1. A week’s supply of Vita-Lea, our Multivitamin (your base of nutrition)
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2. A week’s supply of B-Complex, (hallelujah pill)
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3. 3 Days worth of CorEnergy, (the don’t-need-a-nap-at-11am pill)
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4. 3 Servings of Pomegranate Energizing Tea, (the yummy alternative to yucky calorie filled drinks)
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5. 1 Sample pack of our Smoothie Mix, (the best tasting protein powder, with none of the junk)
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So there you have it! The most comprehensive, starter kit that we could come up with. The only promise you have to make is to be consistent for the 7 days. That is the only way you will be able to feel the difference.

Cost: It is actually kind of awesome when you make sample packs because you get to try 5 different products for very little money. We will be selling these kits for $25 if you are local and can pick up from myself or Brooke, and $30 if we need to ship it to you. That is us literally selling them at a price to just cover our costs. We are so passionate about getting as many people to feel and see the Shaklee difference and that is why we created this.

BUT, but, but- We only have 8 packets. First come, first serve. If we go thru them fast, we might offer this again in the future, but not sure yet. The first 8 people to comment, message, text, call, etc. will get dibs.

****Disclaimer: I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I make commission on what I sell thru Shaklee. I am most definitely not a doctor and I would most definitely recommend you checking with your doctor before you make changes to your routine. I trust Shaklee and believe in their products, that is why I sell them. The comments in () parenthesis after each product name is just my attempt to be clever- no promises you will actually yell ‘halleluja’.

Summer and I are lovers. There, I said it. I long for summer all year, and cherish every moment we have together. This summer is extra special because it is my first summer being part-time for the whole season. It’s really freaking exciting. Working part-time = more hours of summer-fun-having. And, since I am kind of an expert at summer (no big deal) I thought I would share with you my ‘must haves’ for a killer summer.*
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1. Shaklee SPF 30: This sun screen is great and safe and gentle and it works! I use it on the kids and on my face/chest. Like all things Shaklee, a little goes a long way. Protect your skin, protect your babes.
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2. A Great Maxi Dress: There is nothing better than being able to get dressed in 30 seconds and look great for almost any occassion. You don’t even need to shave your legs! I believe that the right maxi dress can be flattering on ANY body type. If you are short and/or curvy, just make sure you create a waste. Any cheap belt from Target will do.

3. Pomegranate Tea and Performance Electrolyte drink: Let’s face it, sports drinks are gross and full of junk (fake sugar, artificial flavors/colors). You and your kids should not be drinking them any more. And, most of those flavored tea drinks out there are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. These are 2 of my favorite products and I especially like them together! This is my go-to for getting up and moving on hot summer days.
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4. (speaking of drinks…) LaCroix: LaCroix has tons of different naturally flavored sparkling waters. The taste is very mild and pairs perfectly with fresh squeezed citrus and Vodka! Grab some Titos and LaCroix and then invite me to your party.

5. Antiperspirant Cream: Shaklee makes a really great antiperspirant cream and it has become my new favorite. I would always just buy whatever random deodorant off the shelf at Walgreens. Not any more. (btw, I LOVE buying things that I already have to buy anyway..but, from myself. I get paid to buy things from myself. How cool is that?)
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6. All of the Flats and Wedges: Heels are nice, but sometimes in the summer you need to be careful. You never know when you will be walking thru grass or spending a day walking at a festival. Flats and wedges are a neccessity. They are so easy to find, and can be really cheap if you look in the right places.
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7. Outdoor Activities: Depending on where you live, summer can be short. Where I live (north of Chicago) I’m lucky to get 4 months. Figure out how to be outside as much as possible. Run outside, do yoga outside, go to movies in the park, swim at the beach, sleep in a tent in the back yard, dine al fresco, sit around a bon fire until 2am, be in nature, lie in a hammock. I swear being outside in nature re-sets your soul and is mandatory for a healthy existence.
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8. Stress Relief Complex: Yay, the kids are home all day…every day….awesome… This helps. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. Winky face.

9. A Sense of Adventure: I got this one from my sister who we call the Queen of Summer. She is a do-er and I am a relax-er (she gets mad at me a lot). But summer is for staying up late and meeting up with friends and traveling to new places and trying new foods/recipes. It is for saying ‘what the hell?’ and putting fun first.
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10. Sky Guide: I just found out about this app. It is seriously so cool. It’s a map to the stars based on your exact location and where you are pointing your phone. So, if you are outside star gazing, you could point your phone in the same direction and it tells you what you are looking at. What?! I still don’t understand telephones let alone this futuristic insanity.

11. Healthy, quick meals: Summer is not a time for standing in your kitchen cooking! Summer is about smoothies, and salads, and a quick dinner on the grill. This is my absolute favorite protein for smoothies. Perfectly balanced, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners. AND, it is designed to help you hold on to muscle.
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So that is my list of must haves for the summer. What did I miss? Cheers to the best summer yet!
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*I am a Shaklee distributor. I make money on sales from these links. I DO love these products, but these are just my personal recommendations. Check with your doctor on anything that you are unsure of.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1, I recommend starting there and coming back. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

Now that you are all caught up, let me continue on the tale of my journey.

So, I decide to become a distributor for Shaklee*. I started using and loving the products. That really helps, because I was previously skeptical of supplements and was a little nervous about them not working (not skeptical anymore by the way). But, other than using the products I had no idea what I was doing. HOW DOES THIS TURN INTO AN ACTUAL BUSINESS???? Lucky for me I had Amanda (the girl who signed me up) and the rest of Project Dream International. It is a big group of Shaklee ladies, working together, and helping each other out. There is literally always someone available to answer a question.

I found a few customers, I found a few friends to join me, I found a few people who would at least hear me out. I found a new sense of sister hood, I found a new passion for health, I found a new passion for the planet. I found some new friends, I found a new level of personal drive that I hadn’t seen for a while. I found a new threshold of happiness that pushed pass my previous upper limit. And I found some freedom.

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Fast forward a few months and I am at my first regional conference. I am close to my first promotion in the company and they ask me to speak on stage. They (Bonnie) did one of those ‘want to tell your story on stage, it’s just a couple minutes, no big deal, you’re awesome!’. I did not know that what she actually meant was ‘You’re going to be on stage in front of 700 people, including the CEO of the company Roger Barnett, we’re all counting on you!’. Haha, I tease her but I appreciate the push. I have done more things that scare me and thrill me and challenge me since joining Shaklee than I have done in a long time. See, challenging myself used to be a big part of my personality. I wasn’t afraid of a challenge! I’d pick DARE over truth any day. But, working in a safe job for a decade while putting family first had changed me a bit. No permanent damage though it turns out.

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Fast forward a few more months, my team is growing (and is awesome by the way) and I am actually starting to believe that confident voice in my head. In January, I began to make enough money to cover what I was making before going part-time. This is a huge victory because I no longer feel ‘guilty’ for deciding to do this. Even though my hubs was nothing but supportive, it felt really good to show him “See- I’m NOT crazy! I can do stuff!”

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A few months later and presently, and I am just shy of 1 year in this business. I have a solid team, I am making some money, I am getting my products paid for, and the BIG BIG BIG news is that I just qualified for the New Directors Conference in California. It is an all expenses paid trip for me and my husband to get some super-important training and to be wined and dined. Yeah baby.

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Way back in the begining, when they would talk about trips and big commissions, I would secretly roll my eyes. I knew I could do well but I never thought I would be the type of person that would win vacations and stuff. It sounded gimicky. It sounded sketchy. Too good to be true. ETC. The whole business model seemed sketchy to be perfectly honest. I’m no dummy, I’ve read stuff…

But, the problem isn’t that this business is bad or wrong, it’s that it is different. It is not like anything most of us are used to. Most of us are used to being an employee. You are paid for the work that you do and that is that. You don’t ‘buy in’ and there is very little risk involved. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this. There are great jobs working for great companies. But, for me, the idea of an annual 3% raise while working 40 hours a week until I’m 58 made me hyperventillate. I just couldn’t accept that. When I would sit in quiet and really truly ‘just be’ I felt like my soul was dying. I know that sounds super dramatic and like I am exhaggerating, but it’s true. To me not ‘going somewhere’ and not challenging myself and living in default mode was killing me.

So I needed a little risk, a little challenge, a little opportunity. And, it turns out I am good at this. I can totally do this. I can totally help other people do this too. I’m proud of myself and that is like the best drug in the world. If you could bottle this feeling up, you could make a killing on the black market.

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That is part 2 to my story. Part 3 hasn’t happened yet, but I will definitely keep you posted. If you want to know more about what I do, or might be interested in challenging yourself a little too, email me. We have fun. creimholz@gmail.com

Check out this link for some more info.

*I am an indendent distributor for Shaklee. This is my personal story and in no way a guarantee of any one else’s results. I make money from selling Shaklee products, so therefor make money from sales from the links provided.

I have shared this with a few of you, but I thought it might be a good time to share my story with the world (you know, the hundred of you that might read this). I look back sometimes and I think ‘how the heck did I end up here?’ but I really like my journey and I think there are a lot of people out there like me.

I am like a lot of you, I went to college after high school because that is simply what you do. There was never any doubt in any of our minds. I was a 3 sport athlete, in student council, and had a 4.0. I wasn’t NOT going to college. But, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I liked to write and I liked health. I started off as an English major but thought ‘what am I going to do with an English degree, become a professional writer?’ I wish I could go back and slap that silly little girl for thinking like that was impossible. So, after my first year I switched to health sciences. I flew thru those classes. College (or any school for that matter) was never hard for me. I’m sure if I would have done pre-med or accounting I would have cried myself to sleep at night, but I went the safe route. Besides, did you guys know that there are boys and beer in college?

I met my husband while I was away at school, but unfortunately he lived back home. We were long distance for a while so, when I graduated, I wanted to be with him. The thought of going on for more schooling seemed crazy. But, I didn’t have a ‘job’ so I went to Massage Therapy School. At least it was local so I could be with my (at the time) boyfriend and work and go to school. Well, after about 18 more months of school, and more loans, I had a career and a job. Halleluja. Now I could work 40 hours a week and pay bills. It was very glamorous. But, I was happy. I liked my job, we had enough money to not be poor and I was helping people feel better which is what I always wanted to do. But 2 years ago I hurt my shoulder. It was scary. I don’t know if the rest of the world thinks about this type of thing but if a massage therapist cuts their finger bad enough, they miss a week of work. If you need shoulder surgery, that’s a good 6-8 months. I had my surgery, I recovered (mostly), and went back to work. I quickly realized though that I could not keep up with my previous work load. I had to go part time.

Enter Shaklee: A girlfriend of mine had reached out a year earlier to let me know about an opportunity to work from home and vitamins and green cleaners. At that point, I was too overwhelmed with my pending surgery to think about anything. I told her I wasn’t interested. So, now I’m about to go part time and I see her post on Facebook that she had just left her Athletic Training job to stay home and sell Shaklee full time. I still didn’t know much about Shaklee or direct selling but knew there were a ton of companies out there. I did some research. This is no offense to any of the other companies out there, they each have their own ‘thing’ that makes them unique. But, I simply wasn’t interested in bags, or make-up, or jewlery, or candles. I wanted something I was passionate about!

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After some more soul-searching I felt like Shaklee made the most sense from a ‘passion’ stand point. I have always been green-minded, and crazy about food and health, and wanted to get the chemicals out of our house. But I needed to look into the business side a bit more. I didn’t want to invest in a company, build a business just to have them go out of business. Shaklee had been around forever, had a reputation of being safe and green and trustworthy. They were definitely the grandma on the block, but a cool Grandma that rides a skateboard and wants to teach a new young whipper-snapper how to sell some shit. I also thought about how I didn’t want to have to throw a new party every week. I wanted a product that people would continue to buy moving forward. The thought of having to replace your customers with new ones month to month sounded way too exhausting. Shaklee seemed to meet all of my criteria.

Getting over myself: Honeslty the biggest thing holding me back was what other people were going to think. Whether my husband was going to think it was a waste of money, whether my family was going to think this is another one of my crazy ideas, and whether my friends would think it was stupid. I have a college degree for crying out loud! Someone like me gets a ‘real’ job and works until they are 58 like you’re supposed to damnit! But, there was a little voice inside me that was saying ‘I can do it’. And, of course, on the outside I’m telling everyone ‘I’ll just see what happens’.

OUT OF MY MOUTH: Well, even if it just pays my gym membership…
IN MY HEAD: I’m going to crush this!
OUT OF MY MOUTH: If nothing else, I get all those amazing products for a really good price.
IN MY HEAD: I’m going to blow everyone out of the water and be one of the top sales people in 4 years. Who run the world? Girls! (I have a pretty active inner monologue)

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I don’t know if you’ve gathered this about me, but I’m a little competitive. (More competitive than you are!!)

So, I took the plunge, and signed on to become an idependent distributor for Shaklee. My only regret is that it took me a year to say yes. Just think if I would have started when my friend first asked me.

Part 2 will be all about how my first year in the business has been (spoiler alert: it’s been good).

Email me for more information: creimholz@gmail.com

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Today I watched a documentary that I have been very impatiently waiting to see- Fed Up. It is a very well made, acurate portrayal of our food industry and why we are so sick in America. Do you ever watch something at home and feel like a crazy person because you are nodding along, and saying ‘preach it!’, and clapping even though you are alone and your child is sleeping? Just me…? Well, anyway, that is how I felt today. And, now naturally, I am going to preach to all of you.

It’s bullshit! Let me say that again so you know it didn’t just slip out the first time. It is complete and utter bullshit that we know so much about what makes us sick, but we never hear about it because of the massive amount of coroption. We know that fake food is killing us. We know that too much sugar is killing us. We know that we are killing (or at least giving disease to) an entire generation of children. We know this, and we do nothing.

So, I was pretty riled up when I first started writing this. I have actually deleted half of a post 2x now trying to find the right level of ‘intense’. I can be pretty…uh.. energetic sometimes. But, I didn’t want to scare everybody off, so I turned to Facebook and asked my friends if they wanted ‘tough love’ or ‘supportive encouragement’. I got your typical mixed bag response (and one ‘bacon’?) so I thought I would try and make everyone happy (because that usually works so well).

Tough Love: Stop eating crap. Wait, seriously, stop it. 1x per week! That is what you get. 1x to eat the junk! I’m not saying you can never have pizza and cupcakes, but you can’t have that shit every day. You just can’t. And, either can your kids. Every time you turn around, someone is trying to give your kid sugar, and it is often the parents. For the love of god- what do you think happens to a kid who has cereal for breakfast, peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner (that’s about 5x the recommended level of sugar for the day)? They get sick. Sick looks different for everybody, but it WILL eventually happen (Did you know that you could have a thin child that still has high blood sugar and fat around their organs? Sorry, but it is important that we don’t brush these things off because our kid ‘looks fine’.). And, I didn’t even mention juice and pop and gatorade and vitamin water and chocolate milk.

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Supportive encouragement: I know it’s hard. Making better choices for yourself and for your family seems impossible sometimes. We are all so busy, and we have picky children. Bottom line, we are all getting way too much sugar and sweetener. Try and make at least 2/3 of your meals at home, and stop giving your kids soda, juice, and gatorade. This will make a dramatic change in their over all intake. I would also highly recommend saving cereal for the weekends only or just 2 days per week.

Tough Love: If you are trying to lose weight, eating less is simply an exercise in futility. What happens when you eat the same foods, but less of them? You get hungry! How many days can you last when you are hungry all damn day? Not very many. This is why ‘diets’ fail. Change the food you eat to real food, cooked at home, and you WILL lose weight. Example of foods that are not ‘real’ or ‘cooked at home’: pasta, bread, rice, pasta sauce (out of a jar), salad dressing (out of a jar), Yoplait strawberry yogurt, lean cuisine, etc.

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Supportime encouragement: The old adage of ‘eat less, and move more’ is out of date. We need to really hold a microscope to what we are eating. If you think about the amount of exercise it takes to burn the calories in a soda or sugary coffee, you will quickly realize- all calories are not equal. In the movie fed up, they compare 160 calories of almonds to 160 calories of soda. The effect these have on your body are amazingly different. IF you are eating the right things, your body will thank you. What are the right things? Vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, nuts/seeds. Did it grow out of the ground (and can be eaten before processing)? Safe. Did it have a mother? Go for it. Can you forage for it? Go take a hike! Focus on protein, fiber, and healthy fat and you can’t go wrong.

Tough Love: Do you still need to work out? Of course you have to fricking work out! Our bodies were designed to lift and run and twist and move and have sex. This is a huge part of keeping our bodies healthy and keeping our brains happy. The point I am trying to make is that you can’t eat non-sense and expect to work it off in the gym. That only works for 18 year old boys… You need to eat right FIRST. Then, you need to also challenge yourself in the gym. Btw, reading a magazine on the elliptical for 20 mins. is not going to cut it- ever.

Supportive encouragement: Love yourself where you are right now. Not everyone is going to join cross fit and that is okay. Just remember- food is the most important thing. A close second is exercise. Challenge yourself to do more each time but don’t compare yourself to others. Take classes to get an extra push. Hire a trainer to teach you how to safely lift weights. Encorporate more playful activities into your life. Only running isn’t the answer. Only doing zumba isn’t the answer. But, mixing up your activity in a way that is fun and challenging is most certainly the answer.

Tough Love: Oh, my Paleo diet is a fad??? Please tell me how a diet based on vegetables, healthy protein, healthy fat, fruits, nuts/seeds, and limited sugar is a NEW and CRAZY idea??? Compared to the standard American diet, the Paleo diet crushes it in every category. Can people screw it up and eat too much red meat? Sure. Can people get too discouraged when they try the diet because they try too many complicated recipes and look for pature-raised bison-livers? Absolutely. But, does that mean the whole premise is bad? Of course not. I also strongly believe in supplements beyond this but that is a different topic for a different day…

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Supportive encouragement: If you are looking to change your diet in a way that cuts out the modern junk, I would stronly encourage you to give Paleo a shot. Give it at least 2 weeks to truly feel the effects (30 days would be better). All you need to do, is focus on plants and meats/eggs. Lots of veggies, good fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, grass fed butter), good protein, fruits, nuts/seeds, and limited sugar and dairy (no dairy if it bothers you). You can do anything for a couple weeks, and there is no ‘risk’. This is one of those things you have to commit to. Just cutting back on certain things (although that is a step in the right direction) will not have the same effect as making the leap. The biggest thing is plants first and then protein and fat. Fiber is like your sexy friend that loves to dance and has a british accent and helps you poop.

If you have any underlying health issues, or are pregnant, or are an endurance athlete, ask for some more professional help. In my humble opinion, any person in the world can and should eat this way, but understand that I am not a doctor! Just remember, if you do ask your doctor, make sure he/she knows what the Paleo diet actually is before they wave it off and call it ‘the new Atkins’. GRRRR!

Okay, I tried to find the balance there between tough and supportive. Hopefully everyone found their comfort zone. Let me know if you have any questions. I am playing around with doing one-on-ones and possibly a grocery store tour. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, let me know. Thanks for listening, and please please please watch Fed Up.

Have you ever put yourself on the ‘back burner’ in order to be there for someone else? Has your health or happiness ever suffered because you weren’t looking out for your own best interests? Do you feel lost sometimes within your to-do list and lose yourself for days at a time?

If you said yes to any of these, you are in good company! Way too many of us have gone thru the same thing. Whether you are a wife putting your husband first, or a mom who all-of-the sudden only identifies herself as ‘a mom’, or an employee who gives so much at work that they forget to take a minute for your own sanity, we stand with you. Our health, our happiness, our inner-light, our self-ness, our peace, all suffer as a result of this sacrifice. I have said before, I am not impressed by the mommy-martyr. Even though it sounds a little mean, that is not how I intend it to be. What I am trying to say is that, being a martyr is the default. What is really hard, what is truly impressive, is the mom or lady or man or whatever that stomps their foot down and says, “What about me? I’m important damnit!” THAT is the stuff right there.

But, we get it. It’s super hard, and we all fall into this from time to time. That is why we are creating a new group* called “Let’s ReYOUvenate”. We are incredibly excited about it and have been working hard to create valuable content for those who are interested. But, fore warning, this is not a spectator sport. This is for those of you who are serious about making a positive change in your life over a 30 day period. And, the good news, it doesn’t matter what kind of change you are looking for! Some of you might want to lose weight. Some of you might want to get organized. Some of you might want to live more consciously. Some of you might want to just be a part of a community doing something positive in their lives. Whatever your motivation, we honor that.

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When:

The program will begin on May 4th and go until June 5th.

How can I join:

Because we want this to be a small, intimate group, it will not be open to the general public. Again, this is not meant for spectators. This is meant for people who are committed to making positive change in their lives. So, all you have to do is join Shaklee* with one of our regimen packs (current/active Shaklee members- check in with your distributor). We understand that each and everyone of you has unique health goals and that looks different for everyone. There is truly something for everyone with these healthy regimens. You will also need to contact the Shaklee distributor that you know and let them know “I’m in!” We would be more than happy to help you pick what is right for you.

What do you get in return:

-Amazing Shaklee products! Like I said, there is truly something for everyone. Each and everyone of these regimens are awesome.
-Free membership to Shaklee! With you membership you get 15-20% off of the products—FOR LIFE. There is never a renewal fee or a minimum purchase demand. Literally no strings attached.
-A community that cares! We are creating a community of like-minded individuals who are all trying to make a positive change. There will be friendship and guidance and support all along the way.
-Increased Accountability! (but not in a scary way) How many times have you tried to commit to something only to be frustrated and disappointed a week later. We will hold each other accountable by having regular check-ins, and mini-tasks to keep you on track.
-Chances to win prizes and free products! At various times throughout the month, we will be offering incentives and giving you chances to win a prize at the end of the 30 days. We want to reward your effort and commitment!
-One on one coaching! I will be offering coaching sessions to anyone that feels like they need a little extra support. Maybe you are confused about what to eat. Maybe you just can’t seem to find yourself past your sweat pants and to-do lists. Whatever your struggle may be, I will do my best to help and support you. You will always have a listening ear.

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Bring a buddy:

Not only can you bring a friend, we encourage you to sign up with a buddy or accountability partner. Hell, we will even reward you for doing so! We know that your chances for success increase when you have a friend to support you and encourage your new healthier lifestyle.

The Team:

Helping you along the way, you will have an awesome group of ladies on your side.*

-Candice Reimholz- ME!
-Brooke Hooker
-Renate Loeffler
-Jessica Winchester
-Rebecca Sayad
-Rebecca Rand
-Jenny Jeep Johnson
-Suzi Leigh
-Cait Arwen
-Amanda Donohoe

We’ve got community health specialists, registered dietitians, moms, doulas, lawyers, communication experts, athletic trainers, beauty specialists, medical sales professionals, etc. We are covering all of our bases to bring you the most well rounded help we can muster.
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On the fence?:

Well hop off! I know change is hard and you are worried about committing to something new. But, there is nothing to lose. Let’s jump in and have some fun together. Not to mention, there is (and always will be) a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like the products you buy, return them. No stipulations, no qualifiers, just call and say you weren’t satisfied. EZ PZ.

Who is in?:

Comment on the blog or on Facebook or contact your Shaklee gal from list above. We can walk you thru whatever you need. You will need to sign up between now and May 3rd to join this group.

You will not regret it!

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Questions: email me at creimholz@gmail.com

****I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I (as well as the girls listed above) make money by selling Shaklee products. I am not a doctor, and encourage you to check with your doctor before starting a new health program. Shaklee is committed to safety, but it is always wise to check with your health care professional. All of the things I share are my personal opinions and experiences.****

With Earth Day being just around the corner I wanted to (felt compelled to really) tell you about the best cleaners in the entire world!* I really do believe that. I have never been a person who cared too much about their cleaning products, nor did I really consider the effect they have on the planet and my home environment. That is, until I found out about Shaklee. I have always tried to live as ‘green’ as possible, and I was super obsessed with my family’s health, but I never closed the loop with regards to the air that we breathe in our home 90% of our time. DUH! Does it make sense to ‘clean’ our homes with products that you are not supposed to get on your skin, or breathe in? I think our common sense tells us no.
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Shaklee is an amazing company that truly puts the planet and people’s safety above anything else. In fact they were the first company to be certified Climate Neutral! That means, if you factor in every single part of Shaklee’s operations, they leave no carbon footprint! Back in the 1960’s, Shaklee came out with Basic H, one of the first all natural, organic, and bio-degradable cleaners ever. Fastforward to 2015 and there are even more amazing products to join Basic H.

Basic H2 is a super concentrated cleaner that has no fumes and is safe for everyone in the family (kids, pets). It has over 1,000 uses and hasn’t let me down yet!
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When I switched to Shaklee, I got rid of ALL of my other chemical cleaners and now this is what under my sink looks like. I WISH I would have taken a before picture, because it was completely filled with every cleaner you could think of!
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And, because it is super concentrated, it will last you FOREVER. Okay, not forever, but I am going on 1 year and I am not even half way thru my bottle of Basic H2.
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Shaklee also has something called a “Get Clean Kit” and it is really your 1-stop-shop for cleaners. It comes with everything you need: Basic H2, spray bottles, Laundry supplies, Dish Soap and Dishwasher detergent, all the accessories you need, cleaning cloths and scrubbers, etc. Everything in the kit is safe, non-toxic, no fumes, bio-degradable, etc. It is an amazing deal and most of the products will last you for months or longer. We have a family of four and I order most of these things only a couple times a year (except the basic h2 which lasts much, much longer). When you compare these products to the conventional store bought cleaners, there is really no contest.
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And, because it is Earth Month (it really should have it’s own month!), I am offering a special. Anyone who orders a Get Clean Kit by the end of the month, is going to get a FREE Scour Off and receive a FREE membership! Memberships get you a discount on all Shaklee products and never need to be renewed and there are no minimum order rules.

The Scour Off is a scrubbing paste (made from Raspberries!) that is also non-toxic but works better than any chemical-filled cleaner I have ever used. Think tough stains, ovens, showers, etc. Here are the Before and After pictures of my shower floor. Brief history- we had this stain on our shower floor forever. I bleached it, I used scrubbing bubbles, I used some ammonia stuff, and nothing! It wouldn’t come off and so I had given up. I figured we would just need to replace our shower and ignore it until then. Well, I am happy to report, 2 mins. with gentle scrubbing with Scour Off and it was GONE! This stuff is like magic.
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So, like I said, I am throwing in a Scour Off and Free Membership for anyone that joins with a Get Clean Kit in April. And, as always, Shaklee has a 100% Money Back guarantee! If you don’t like your kit, they would be happy to refund your money.
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Comment below with any questions you may have.

If you would like to work with me, email me at creimholz@gmail.com . We have fun!

***I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I make money on sales from these products and links. I am speaking of my personal experience with these products and how -I- think they are the best. This is my opinion of course.

A year or so ago, I wrote a blog about my relationship with hats. I joked about how I love them but feel dumb sometimes and am not usually confident when out in public in a hat. Well, the other day I saw that a friend of mine sent me an image via pinterest. It was this image:
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Who knows how long that sat there. I am to Pinterest like most people are to New Year’s Resolutions: super fanatical for about 4 days and then completely forget about it. Anyways, I see this image and it was like a lightning bolt. If I could put myself in a nutshell, this image would be my nutshell. These are the things I am passionate about. I am serious about my vegetables, squats are what keep your ass from eternal saddness, there is nothing I hate more than boys that are mean to girls, and I LOVE to rock some frickin’ lip stick! But this was not always the case…

You know how when people say things like “man, I wish I could be 24 again” or “I would love to go back to college days”? I disagree with those people. I am so much healthier and happier now than I was in my 20’s. Back then, the only vegetables I got were the shreds of lettuce on my Jimmy John’s sandwiches. I never worked out (dancing on bars count?). I let a few boys treat me badly, and treated some badly myself. And, the only lip game I had was Chapstick medicated.

You see, I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know what I wanted. Half the time I was trying to make others happy, the other half I was trying to make myself happy in dumb ways. I didn’t know how to be me. I was always afraid of ‘looking stupid’. I didn’t take fashion risks, because I felt dumb (what a waste of that 19 year old body!). I didn’t want to wear lip stick because what if I picked the wrong color or what if someone thought I was just trying to get attention or what if people thought I was trying to look ‘cool’ but it back fired and…. Crazy right? Welcome to the brain of an insecure college chick.

The best part about my 30’s is that I figured out a lot about myself. I figured out that I care about my health and well being. I figured out that I am a feminist and I don’t like to hang out with those that aren’t. I figured out that lip stick is fun and sexy and that I don’t care if others think differently. I figured out that I like to challenge my body and rediscovered my love of sports and physical activity. I figured out that I love to have fun and be loud and be myself and if people judge me for that- it’s none of my business.
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When I recently started my new business, I had a lot of hang ups. I worried about whether I would be bothering people. Or that people would think this business is stupid. Or that no one would ever buy anything from me. Or that people would un-friend me because they would get sick of my posts. Welcome to the mind of secure 30-something that still lets that insecure 20-something girl pop up now and then. But, you know what, I’m all good. The business is good. Vegetables are good. The men in my life are good. And my lip stick game is on-point.

I don’t know when I realized the most important thing in the universe which is: love yourself, nothing else matters. Everything will work out. Everything is going to be okay. It might not be exactly how you pictured, but that’s okay. We live in a universe of abundance and there is more than enough good for all. Trust your gut and follow your heart. Okay, that is more than 1 thing, but you get my point.

I have a birthday this week and I am not even the slightest bit concerned. If this is what ageing is like, I am all-in.
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Want to work with me? Want to join me in the fight against giving a shit what everyone else thinks for once in your life? E-mail me at creimholz@gmail.com. We have fun.