Thursday, July 2, 2015

What To Do About More Women Dying of #Heart Disease Than Men

There are five preventative treatments for women to lessen their chances of dying from heart disease.  Are you, or the women you care about doing them?

Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Director of the Barbra Steisand Women's Heart Center in Los Angles, as well as the Preventive Cardiac Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, spoke in Winnipeg recently, outlining some of the facts concerning heart health for women.  

There is definitely a difference between the signs of heart disease for men and women, plus how to best treat them.

Studies have shown there is a 50% lower death rate amongst women ages 50 - 70 who participate in all five of these lifestyle choices:

1.  Adopt the Mediterranean Diet
2.  No smoking.  There are immediate benefits when you stop smoking.
3.  Non-obese.  It's okay to be "chubby" if you are fit.  The Body Mass Index can be misleading.  A skinny person can actually be obese if they aren't fit.  Do your 10,000 steps a day.
4.  30 minutes of exercise a day.  Find what works for you and be consistent.  You need to move for a healthy heart.
5.  One serving of alcohol a day.  It doesn't even matter what kind.  Only one 6 oz drink of wine a day for women.  Two allowed for men.  With meals.  This gives the lowest risk of mortality.  (Everyone at the luncheon was rushing home to have a glass of wine!)

Thanks to the Harold Buchwald Heart Health Luncheon for hosting this event.  
In Winnipeg, the leadership of cardiologists like Dr. Naranjan Dhalla led to this city becoming the home of the "International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences" more than a decade ago.  Women's heart health issues are getting more attention every year in the research grants that are awarded.

For further information concerning heart health, please contact Deanna Waters,

Personally, I believe very much in the nutritional scientific studies that point to various nutritional supplements to fortify the heart.  Ask me about this field of study.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reduce Wrinkles, Look Younger and More Vibrant with Unique Exfoliation

Inside Beauty: Exfoliate to Look Great!

September 24, 2013
Exfoliation is key to looking young and beautiful. As we age, our skin cells lose the ability to regenerate as quickly and we begin to build up dead skin cells on the surface. This causes our skin to look dull, uneven, and even unhealthy.

Exfoliation is considered one of the most important techniques you can perform on your skin to achieve a healthy glow.
Learn two ways to exfoliate to reveal a brighter, fresher you!787259955

1.  Physical Exfoliation

Physical exfoliation means you are physically sloughing off dead skin cells. This can be achieved through many different mechanisms, including special tools like those you find in your esthetician’s office.

Using a physical exfoliator like Sensé Rice Bran Polisher helps gently remove dull, dry skin that builds up, causing you to look aged. This is done through the use of rice bran beadlets and papaya enzymes within the formulation.

This product by USANA is by far my favorite. It’s gentle enough to use several times a week and will leave your complexion glowing.

2. “Chemical” Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation can be achieved through fruit acids, mainly AHAs and BHAs. These are the most widely used among anti aging products. They work quickly and effectively at boosting cell renewal so newer, brighter, skin cells are coming to the surface — thus resulting in a younger-looking complexion.

Sensé Serum Intensive can be used daily and contains ingredients like glycolic, lactic, and malic acids, to name a few. These work together to dramatically reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and help unclog pores.
ProductsWhether you choose physical, chemical, or both types of exfoliation, be sure to include this skin-care technique in your regimen. It’s a crucial step that many tend to forget.
Also, stock up on Rice Bran Polisher and Serum Intensive today to start looking and feeling younger!

Well there’s the scoop!

Wishing you all beauty and health.
Jessica Reimer: USANA Inside BeautyJessica Reimer is a senior marketing manager at USANA Health Sciences. 

For further information:  Deanna Waters  

 Purchase USANA's pure plant extract skin and body products, Rice Bran Polisher and Serum Intensive at

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Include These Seven Alkaline Foods and Digestive Enzymes in Your Diet For Amazing Results

Include green veggies in every meal, for a whole variety of reasons, but especially to put your body into an alkaline state.   It's only recently that I realized the importance of the green vegetables, so now I include spinach in my nutritional shake and it doesn't even affect the taste.

Alkaline foods supposedly will also increase your body's strength and stamina.  Examples of these foods would be tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, bell peppers and most green veggies.

Alkaline foods are beneficial for the body's pH level because they help neutralize acidity in cells. These foods also keep the pH level around the optimal level of 7.4, which is beneficial for the body's functions. If the body's cells become acidic, the cells will begin to deteriorate. Alkaline foods help the body maintain high energy levels while promoting weight loss. Alkaline foods also produce mental clarity, help the body detoxify and maintain a healthy heart.

The pH scale measures whether a substance is more acid or base (alkaline). Foods low in acid are considered alkaline, meaning they have an alkaline effect on the body and may counteract acids that are formed in the body, thus balancing the body's pH level.

Google this topic and begin to add more of these foods in your diet.  Fresh fruit and vegetables have a variety of benefits and no down sides, so enjoy every bite!

Note:  I also recommend USANA's Digestive Enzyme ...

USANA’s Digestive Enzyme supplies the supplemental enzymes our bodies may need to break down cellulose (from fruits and vegetables) fats, and proteins, carbohydrates and starches that we eat. It encourages more complete digestion and absorption of nutrients while supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes.

Health Basics

  • Supplies enzymes to assist in the digestion of foods containing lactose
Helps prevent symptoms of lactose intolerance
Supports body’s natural detoxification processes

What makes USANA’s Digestive Enzyme unique?
Supplementing with USANA’s Digestive Enzyme can help compensate for inadequate and gradual decline in enzyme production. It is designed to support more complete digestion and absorption of macronutrients. The addition of spirulina makes USANA’s formula unique in the supplement industry.

Deanna Waters
Committed to your health and happiness
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#USANA Personalizes Health Products for Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Whey and Soy Free Needs

Fact or Fiction: Is USANA Made for Me?

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile, but Fact or Fiction is back! Are you ready to dig deep and uncover the truth behind some of the most important health, fitness, and USANA questions?
This time, we’re talking about personalization­ in both your diet and your nutritional regimen.
Nick Peterson Fact or Fiction

It’s a no-brainer that USANA offers personalization at every corner. I mean, look at our revolutionary MyHealthPak that allows you to choose specific supplements for your convenient, morning and evening nutritional packets.

And don’t forget about the True Health Assessment, which analyzes your health habits to give detailed reports and personalized product recommendations.

Even with all that, some people still have specific needs that require even more personalization. It sounds pretty tricky, and that’s why some people assume we don’t create products that cater to those with certain dietary habits or food allergies and sensitivities.

Well, I’m here to tell you: that is pure fiction.
USANA creates plenty of products for these individuals, and here are some examples.

Gluten Free

USANA Fact or Fiction - Snacks

There isn’t any gluten in the all-new protein snacks USANA just released.

People follow gluten-free diets for different reasons. While some have gluten allergies or sensitivities, others find they lead a healthier lifestyle by avoiding it.

Either way, we’re listening to your demands. With new formulations, all of USANA’s Nutrimeal meal-replacement shakes are now completely gluten free.

Oh, and you know those tasty new Protein Snacks (Choco Chip™, Peanutty Bliss™, Fudge Delite™) we just released? Yeah, we made sure to keep the gluten out of those squares of soft-baked goodness, too.

Vegetarian Friendly

While most of our products are compatible with vegetarian diets, certain products stand out as such because of their unique formulations.

Take Procosa® for example. Glucosamine sulfate supplements are typically derived from crustacean shells, making it difficult for vegetarians to find a joint supplement that’s right for them. The glucosamine HCl in Procosa is derived from Aspergillus niger, making it an excellent choice for any vegetarian.

Dairy Free

Guess what? We’ve upgraded our formula for USANA® Probiotic. No worries — it’s still the same great product that brings balance to the belly, only now, it’s free of both dairy and sugar.

Speaking of free, hopefully you’ve heard about our new Nutrimeal Free product. There’s a reason we’ve included “free” in the title. It’s not just the gluten that’s left out. It’s also free of fructose, soy, and dairy, making it a friendly choice for many people with certain food allergies. ††
Fact or Fiction - USANA Foods US

Kosher Friendly

Many of our Associates and Preferred Customers follow a kosher-friendly diet, which includes strict regulations of not only certain foods, but nutritional supplements as well.

Fortunately, USANA has a number of kosher-certified products that have been closely inspected by kosher experts to endorse this certification. Most recently, we’ve formulated Essentials™ Kosher — another step toward making sure everyone can build a solid foundation of health.

Spread the Word

As you can see, USANA is consistently trying to create more products to meet the needs of more people. It may take some time, but we plan on spreading the message of true health to as many people as possible.

And although we still have some work to do, and even more people to cater to, you can help us out by spreading the word about our already personalized, top-quality products.

No gluten or eggs are used in this product. Manufactured on equipment that also processes products containing wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.

††For our customers with food allergies: no wheat, dairy, eggs, or soy are used in these products. However, the products are manufactured on equipment that also processes products containing wheat, milk, eggs, and soybeans.
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For Further Information:   Deanna Waters

Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to Build Your Own Brand for Greater Exposure and Success

Jen Groover: Build Your Brand | Build Your Demand

August 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM , ,
“You cannot know your brand until you know yourself” was how Jen Groover — serial entrepreneur, brand innovator, speaker, author and USANA influencer — began her presentation at the 2013 Convention Training Stage. Those lucky enough to hear her message received some life-changing and business-changing tactics to help their USANA business grow to its fullest potential.

For those who were unable to attend her presentation, we’ve compiled this valuable information so that you, too, will have the tools to start building your own brand.
173263076But before you begin, the “One-Woman Brand” recommends asking yourself three questions:
  1. Who do I want to be?
  2. What is my legacy?
  3. What impact do I want to make?
After you’ve honestly answered these questions, you can begin to personalize your message to your audience.

Set Yourself Apart

“Carve out your niche of expertise and be authentic,” Jen says. “Your uniqueness is your power.”

The most authentic brands are the most successful so don’t try and be someone you’re not.

Don’t be someone else — be yourself.

Jen suggests that if you’re a new mom and you want to build your business within a new mom “space,” become a mom blogger. Go into your community and teach educational workshops about nutrition to new mothers. Jen gives another example: If you’re a runner, host a running group in the morning and invite your group over for Nutrimeal™ shakes afterward.
“By providing your potential customers education and your own experiences, you won’t have to sell them a thing,” Jen says.

Build a Platform

“Just like the spokes of a wheel, your platform should be continuous,” Jen explains. “Each element should depend on the other and will require all elements to be successful.”
Wheel Spokes Rec
By utilizing these mediums, you’ll “become your own walking, talking billboard,” the top media mogul says. (Check USANA policies and procedures before moving forward to make sure you are in compliance.)
  1. Websites — Create your own USANA personal website and publicize a professional image to your prospects and team.
  2. Social Media — Provide your audience with daily tips and facts about what you know best. You will gain a following and be recognized in other mediums.
  3. Blogging — Get trained on writing and blogging, then either create your own blog or contribute to others.
  4. Radio — Become an expert on the radio. You can reach a wide audience and increase your credibility.
  5. Newspapers — Send an email to the editor and pitch an original story idea, surrounding your area of expertise.
  6. Magazines  — Pitch your compelling concept to an editor and you may get free advertising in return.
  7. Television — Train in media and position yourself as an authority on your specific product or service on your local news channel.
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General entrepreneur tips (all may not apply to your USANA business):
  1. Speaking — Become a storyteller and you’ll quickly become an expert and content creator. Reach out to local community centers, schools and more.
  2. Videos — Create your own “How To” videos and provide a call to action where people can get more information.
  3. Partnerships — Get creative and collaborate with others in your specific niche, adding leverage to your message.
  4. Affiliate Marketing — Market yourself by offering your service and/or product online. You can partner with a publisher to get more exposure.
  5. Coupon Site Partnerships — Utilize coupon sites such as Groupon. You’ll be able to reach a large database of potential customers without much cost.
  6. Licensing — Get your own product or service licensed. Each time you give permission for its use, you will receive a check in the mail.
  7. Publishing — Develop yourself as a writer, then publish a book; you will gain immediate credibility.
  8. Celebrity Gifting — Put your product in the hands of a celebrity at no charge. It will pay for itself in the long run.
  9. Mobile Apps — Create your own mobile app that provides your prospects with detailed information regarding the service or product you offer.
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For more great tips and advice on building your business, see Jen here:
Social: Twitter | Facebook
Brands: Butler Bag | What If and Why Not | Leader Girlz | Jen Groover Productions | Hurdle Hoppers
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

How Skipping Breakfast Can Affect Your Heart

Scientifically Speaking: A Healthy Breakfast Means a Healthy Heart

Here's scientific evidence that starting your day out with a nutritious breakfast has a definite affect on your heart.   Personally, I begin every day with a protein shake where I add fresh or frozen fruit and extra Omega 3 oil.  

Watch this short video on how to make a nutritious protein shake, in this case with the USANA Nutrimeal as the base:  

See the science behind a healthy breakfast with this article by Nick Peterson:

August 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM , ,
To eat breakfast, or not to eat breakfast? That is the question. Well, these days, it seems like more of a debate. I feel like I hear a different answer to this question every time it’s asked. (We even covered it earlier this year on What’s Up, USANA?)

“Yes, of course you should eat breakfast! Don’t you know it’s the most important meal of the day?”
“Don’t you know that’s a myth? As long as you stick to a healthy diet, it doesn’t matter when you get your meals in.”

Well, whatever your conclusion might be, I’ve found some science to support those in favor of chowing down on a morning meal. And this is Scientifically Speaking, so it’d be silly not to side with science on this one, right?


What the Study Says

The objective of a new study, published in the journal Circulation, was to determine whether eating habits, including skipping breakfast, are related to an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
In 1992, the eating habits of 26,902 adult men were assessed as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up study. The men were 45–82 years of age and were initially free from cardiovascular disease and cancer. After 16 years of follow-up, 1,527 cases of coronary heart disease were diagnosed.

After adjusting for demographic, diet, and activity factors, men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent greater risk of CHD compared with men who did not. In age-adjusted models, men who did not eat breakfast had a 33 percent increase in CHD risk compared to men who did.

Although it’s not concerning breakfast, the study also revealed that compared to men who did not report eating late at night, men who frequently ate late at night had a 55 percent higher risk of CHD. This might help to debunk those who argue that it doesn’t matter what time of day you intake food. That being said, researchers observed no significant association between eating frequency (times per day) and CHD risk.

A Healthy Breakfast

Obviously, the study provides evidence to support a recommendation of eating a daily breakfast to help prevent CHD, but remember: it’s also about what you’re eating for breakfast. Foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol are the last thing you should be snacking on in the early hours of the day, or any time of the day for that matter.


Most health professionals would recommend eating a breakfast filled with protein, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates. Eggs, oatmeal with nuts or fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, or a balanced meal-replacement shake should do the trick. And by “do the trick,” I mean help to boost your metabolism and keep it running throughout the day.

So there you have it. The science we reviewed reveals that the time of day you eat can have an impact on your cardiovascular health. Try and remember to get that healthy morning meal in each and every day. Even if you’re rushed or don’t have the biggest appetite in the morning, a convenient and tasty meal-replacement shake is always a great solution!

For further information:

Deanna and Dave Waters
Health and Wellness Consultants 

Monday, August 5, 2013

WTA International Tennis Pros Get a Tasty Edge With USANA Rev3 Energy Drink and Nutritional Bars

Nicole Melichar is a rising star as an international tennis pro with the WTA Tour.   We had the honor of having Nicole and three other pro players (Miriam Lane, Lenka Wienerova and Sonja Molnar) stay at our home for five days in July during an ITF international tournament, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  They were all so full of energy, humor, talent and optimism.

 We supplied all 32 players with some of the USANA products at that time

We were taken with the dedication and sacrifices required from these amazing young athletes to reach the highest levels of their sport.  They travel from one tournament to another, paying top dollar for their flights, since they can't determine the exact date when they will leave one location for another.  They live out of their tennis bags, bunking together in crowded hotel rooms, or when fortunate, in the homes of tennis fans.  Their diets can suffer in the process, along with lack of sleep and coping with injuries.

We became more aware of the importance for them to have optimal nutritional supplements to address this difficult lifestyle, to stay strong and vibrant in body and mind.  Nutrient dense nutritional bars and shakes can give them healthy snacks and meals on the run.  The Rev3 energy drinks are formulated for maximum sustained energy, low on sugar and caffeine, but high in nutrients.  Even the Sense skincare program is important, when you consider the dry air in airplanes and the need to feel refreshed and to look their best in public.

USANA Health Sciences is the official supplier of nutritional supplements to the top WTA outstanding women tennis players in the world.

See what another amazing player says about USANA and life in the pro circuit:

So You Want to be Like … WTA Grand Slam Winner Sam Stosur

Dan and Stosur
Sam and USANA’s Dan Bennett at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Sam Stosur was born in Brisbane, Australia, and started playing tennis when she was just 8 years old. She is now the No. 13-ranked singles player in the world and has been a WTA USANA Brand Ambassador since 2011.

Being a former World No. 1 in doubles and a former World No. 4 singles, Sam has reached amazing heights in her career. Did you also know that Sam is just the second Australian woman to win the U.S. Open?

You often know pretty quickly when you meet someone whether they are friendly and nice — not because they have to be, but because that is who they are. I have had the privilege to meet Sam and she is in fact friendly and nice because, I believe, that is who she is.

And I bet all of you will want to know how to be just like Sam. Here’s how.
What’s Up, USANA?: What is a typical day for you?
Sam Stosur: A typical would be doing a bit of off court training, usually. Sometimes it is a bit of cardio work, sometimes it is weights in the gym, sometimes it is shoulder rehab, whatever I am up to as far as that goes.

Obviously whatever practice I can get on court. Usually during a tournament it is hard to get in more than one session sometimes. So you might get an hour or an hour and half on the court and you have go to try to make the most that time. If you can manage to have a second practice, than that is a bonus.

WUU: How important is health when it comes to being a professional athlete?

Sam: Health is probably the first and foremost, the most important thing. To be out here and not healthy you’re certainly not going to be out here for very long, that’s for sure. I have certainly learned that as the years have gone on I have done this for a long time and spent 10 months out of the game because of a health issue. That has certainly made me realize how important that is.

WUU: In your career as an athlete, did you ever have to overcome an obstacle, like an injury? How did you overcome it?
Sam Stosur 2013 BlogSam: I had Lyme disease and was out of the game for 10 months and that was a really tough period because one, I did not know what Lyme disease was until I got it and two, I was in America where I did not have any family and just a couple of friends around during that period in time.

Through that I was not allowed to fly home for quite a while. That was a tough period but I think the motivation to get back out on the court and to get back to doing what I love doing was a big reason of why I overcame it.

There are always little injuries that have been stop-start throughout the year. Again, that is all part of being a professional athlete. It happens sometimes and you just got to deal with it the best you can and get back to 100 percent health as quickly as possible.

WUU: How do you set yourself apart from other athletes that you compete against?

Sam: I guess everybody has their thing and uniqueness about who they are, how they play, or what they do to play the way they play. I certainly take my fitness and my strength as big part of my game to be able to play as well as I can. That is actually a side of the sport I enjoy. I certainly don’t mind going into the gym and doing all my training off the court. I think that is one way that I can set myself apart from some of the others. So one, I quite like doing it, and two, I can see the benefits in it from my tennis.

WUU: What’s your definition of happiness?

Sam: Keep doing something that you like doing and I certainly am able to do that with my career.

WUU: What is one thing that may surprise people about you or your sport?

Sam: I think it is how friendly and how well everybody seems to get along quite well. I think at the moment there is a real good morale between all the players, even though we are competing against each other every single day. There are a bunch of players you have a laugh with or joke with and really converse well with. I think that is something that is good about our sport.

WUU: What’s your one piece of advice for someone who wants to be an elite athlete such as yourself?

Sam: If you enjoy what you are doing, you are probably going to be more successful at it.

Quick Answers
Q: PC or Mac?
A: Mac.
Q: Pizza or hamburgers?
A: Depends on if you are in Italy. If you are in Italy, pizza.
Q: Friends or Seinfield?
A: Seinfield
Q: Werewolves or vampires?
A: Not a fan of either.
Q: Flip flops or high heels?
A: Flip flops.
Q: Running or swimming?
A: Running.
Q: Oatmeal or granola?
A: Oatmeal.
Q: Soup or salad?
A: Depends what soup of the day, probably soup
*The mentioned celebrity is either a distributor or dedicated user who has received compensation for his/her partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.

For further information:
Dave and Deanna Waters, Diamond Directors  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How Green Tea Wards Off Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Green tea intake improves glucose control and insulin sensitivity

At a Glance
A new meta-analysis indicates that green tea may have a favorable effect on glucose control and insulin sensitivity, especially in individuals at risk for metabolic syndrome and Diabetes. 

Read more about this research below. 

Although there are a few published reports regarding the effect of green tea on insulin sensitivity and glucose control in humans, the results have been inconsistent.

In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers aimed to more accurately quantify the effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity.  These conditions can be a precursor for Diabetes.

Researchers completed a thorough literature search to find all randomized controlled trials that included information on the effects of green tea and green tea extracts on insulin sensitivity and glucose control in humans. 

There were 17 trials, including a total of 1,133 subjects that met the criteria and were included in this meta-analysis. The studies were mostly of a short duration, and 7 of the studies were considered of high quality. 

Overall, green tea consumption significantly reduced fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (a long-term measure of blood glucose control). These results were more significant in studies including subjects at risk for metabolic syndrome, and in subject with higher catechin (a compound in green tea) intakes. When only the high quality studies were included, green tea significantly reduced fasting insulin concentrations. 

The results of this meta-analysis suggest that green tea may lower fasting glucose, insulin and HbA1c concentrations, especially in people at risk for metabolic syndrome. Researchers noted that long-term randomly controlled trials of higher quality should be conducted to further confirm these findings.

Kai Liu et al. Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trial. First published June 26, 2013, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.112.052746 Am J Clin Nutr August 2013 ajcn.052746  

for further information:
Deanna and Dave Waters

Monday, July 8, 2013

Spinach Fibergy Quiche for All Occasions and Health Too

USANA Test Kitchen: Spinach Fibergy Quiche

July 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM ,
Happy Summer everyone! I hope you are all having fun so far, and if you live somewhere that is having very hot weather, like we are here in Salt Lake City, I hope you are staying cool and keeping hydrated.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes (do I say that each post?): quiche. This is a recipe I have been making with my Mom since I could start helping in the kitchen. My colleague Jessica (have you read her latest Sensé Beauty post) asked me to make a Fibergy quiche. Well, I was up for the challenge, and this recipe is a perfect one to use because it is so versatile.
Spinach quiche made with Fibergy Plus.
Spinach quiche made with Fibergy Plus.

Easy as One, Two, Three
One of the things that makes this recipe so easy is that it does not require a crust, which means it comes together quickly. The adjustments I made to the original were small and not noticeable in the quiche. After the recipe, I share some preparation and serving ideas.
Spinach Fibergy Quiche
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 egg & 2 egg whites
1/2 cup baking mix (I used Bisquick. Bob’s Red Mill makes a gluten-free biscuit and baking mix.)
1 1/2 tablespoon Fibergy Plus
1 cup chopped raw spinach
1 cup shredded white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Grease a pie plate or 9″ x 9″ baking dish.
3. Mix together milk, eggs, Fibergy Plus, and baking mix.
4. Put spinach in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle over spinach. Mix together a bit, just so the cheese does not sink to the bottom.
5. Pour batter over the filling.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through (test with a toothpick).
7. Cool slightly before serving.

Ideas To Make It Your Own
The original recipe called for a bag of frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Simply precook, and use in place of the spinach above. In fact, for most vegetables, plan to precook them. I did not precook the spinach because the heat of the oven will easily cook it through. My favorite variation lately is mushroom; simply saute your favorite kind.

I have made this recipe for breakfast, brunch and dinner. For breakfast, pair it with toast or a muffin. For dinner, this quiche pairs well with a salad. For brunch, well, it goes well with everything. You can prep all of the ingredients the night before (mix batter, grate cheese, prepare fillings), then it is even easier to assemble and have this on the table.

Between the flexibility of the recipe and ease prep, this quiche recipe is one of my go-to’s for holidays and get-togethers. Because it is so easy, I often make two.

Your Turn 
I hope you try and enjoy this quiche recipe. Please let me know what variations you try in the comments. Also, let us know what your quick, go to recipes are.
Happy Cooking.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lemon Water in the Morning Improves Your Immune System

Starting You Day with a Lemon in Warm Water Balances your Blood Sugar and Improves Nutrient Absorption
For most, drinking a cup of coffee, sipping a Diet Coke or washing down a classic American breakfast with a glass of orange juice is a pretty typical morning routine. However, did you know that if you switched those am drinks for a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon your body will be puckering with health benefits. With a glass of warm lemon water you are treating your body to one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C. One whole large lemon contains approximately 44.5 mg of vitamin C, which provides 74 percent of the USDA recommended daily value of vitamin C.

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning stimulates your digestive system which improves your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Without it you can feel hungry even when you aren’t.

Lemons also contain this really cool flavinoid that boosts the body’s immune system and helps balance blood sugar. By far the most fascinating thing I like about drinking warm lemon water is that I love the way it makes you feel. Whether it is from the increased acidity in my digestive system or feeling satisfied with no cravings or just knowing that drinking warm lemon water is a super healthy habit to maintain. You can bet that each and every morning I am toasting the day with it.

Thanks to Kathy Kaehler for this great tip!    

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Eat More Fruit and Vegetables to Live Longer, Says Scientific Study!

Higher fruit and vegetable intake is associated with a lower mortality rate ... a very important finding!

At a Glance
It is well known that fruits and vegetables are important for health. A new study provides evidence that low fruit and vegetable intake may result in decreased survival and increased mortality rates.

Read more about this research below. 
Many observational and epidemiological studies have shown a solid relationship between increased fruit and vegetable (FV) intake and better health outcomes. However, the association between FV intake and overall mortality has seldom been studied in large cohort studies. 

In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined the dose-response relationship between dietary FV intake and mortality as it relates to both time and rate. The participants included 71,706 Swedish adults aged 45-83 years. Fruit and vegetable intake was recorded using self-administered questionnaires. 

During the 13 years of follow-up 11,439 deaths occurred in this population. Researchers found that in comparison to those that consumed 5 servings of FV/day, lower FV intakes were associated with shorter survival and higher mortality rates in a dose dependent manner. Compared to adults that ate 5 servings FV/day, adults who never consumed FV (Fruit and Vegetables) lived 3 years shorter and had a 53% higher mortality rate. 

When fruits and vegetables were considered separately, people consuming at least 3 servings of vegetables per day lived 32 months longer than those who never consumed vegetables. Those who never ate fruit lived 19 months shorter than those that ate at least 1 serving of fruit per day.

The findings of this study confirm the previously known benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and show that consuming less than 5 servings/day is associated with a dose-dependent decrease in survival and an increase in mortality rates. 

Andrea Bellavia et al. Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause mortality: a dose-response analysis First published June 26, 2013, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.112.056119 Am J Clin Nutr August 2013 ajcn.056119

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease with CoEnzyme Q10 and B6

Higher CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 levels may be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

At a Glance
In a recent study, researchers discovered a significant correlation between healthy plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B-6 and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease.

Read more about this research below. 
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 30% of all deaths. It is estimated that by 2030, over 23 million people will die from cardiovascular diseases annually.

In a new study published in Nutrition Research, scientists investigated the possible relationship between plasma levels of CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). Study participants included 134 adults, 45 with at least 50% stenosis (blockage) of one major coronary artery. The control group (n=89) had normal blood biochemistry and were free of CAD.  Researchers measured the plasma concentrations of CoQ10, vitamin B6 and lipid profiles of each participant.

Individuals with CAD were found to have significantly lower plasma CoQ10 and Vitamin B6 compared to the control group. Even after adjusting for other CAD risk factors, subjects with higher CoQ10 plasma concentration had a significantly lower risk of CAD. Higher plasma vitamin B6 concentration also related to a significantly lower risk of CAD, but the relationship was less significant after adjusting for other CAD risk factors.

This observational study suggests that there may be a significant correlation between the plasma levels of CoQ10 and Vitamin B6 and the risk of cardiovascular disease.  The researchers state that further research should be conducted to examine the benefits of supplementing CoQ10 in combination with Vitamin B6 to CAD patients, especially if their CoQ10 levels are below normal levels. It should also be noted that Statin drugs, which are commonly prescribed to CAD patients and those at risk, are known to lower plasma CoQ10 levels.

Bor-Jen Lee et al. A significant correlation between the plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B-6 and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. Nutrition Research Volume 32, Issue 10, Pages 751-756, October 2012.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Obi Obadike’s 5 Tips for Losing Fat

Obi Obadike’s 5 Tips for Losing Fat

June 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM , , ,
FitnoramaFitnessCover2You’ve seen Obi Obadike on the covers of countless fitness magazines, you’ve read his motivational posts on Twitter, and you’ve watched him in a popular sports drink commercial. You may have even seen this 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound muscle machine on a trophy, read his fat loss eBook, or viewed his infomercial, “The 28 Minute Workout.” You could say Obi Obadike (Oh-ba-DEE-kay) has it going on — um, yeah … hello!
But what Obi really has going for him is being one of USANA’s newest influencer, and we couldn’t be more proud.
When this top fitness athlete/model/personality/expert agreed to let us in on some of his fat loss tips, we thought you might want to be in the know — because who wouldn’t want to look like “The World’s Most Ripped Fitness Model?” (By the way, Obi only has 4 percent body fat!)
Here are some of Obi’s tips to make losing fat possible:
Tip No. 1 — Make a goal.
Is your plan focused on a certain body part, like getting great abs or to improve your overall health? Once you decide what you want to achieve, find a program to help you reach your goal. For example, if your goal is to lose fat quickly, you will need to be on a low-calorie diet consisting of high protein, moderate to low carbs and moderate to low fats.
Tip No. 2 Eat a sensible diet.
Your diet is 80 percent of the battle to getting lean. If you aren’t eating the right foods, it will be very difficult to lose weight regardless of how hard you are training in the gym.
Tip No. 3 Mix anaerobic with aerobic exercises.
By combining weight lifting with cardio exercising, you’ll have the greatest ability to burn an infinite amount of calories, as well as speed up your metabolism. You’ll want to work out every body part three times a week.
Tip No. 4 Be consistent.
You can’t get in great shape overnight, so don’t take breaks from your training workout. Be sure to follow every set, every rep and every exercise to the end.
Tip No. 5 Connect your diet with your training program.
Be sure you find a diet and exercise plan tailored to your body type and for fat loss to help you reach your goals. And remember, anyone can get in shape if they’re doing the right things.
If you’d like to see Obi in action, try some of his drills to improve fat loss, develop great abs and increase speed.
Hungry for more advice? Connect with Obi online:
Ultimate Fat Loss for Men and Women fat loss e-book
Be sure to catch more of Obi’s fitness tips in August’s USANA Magazine, available at the 2013 USANA International Convention.
Obi_0042Obi Obadike, B.A, B.S, M.S., CFT, SFN, is a former top Division I collegiate sprinter at Cal State Fullerton. He is still considered one of the fastest men in the history of the school. After suffering hamstring injuries for half of his collegiate career, he moved onto sports modeling. In just a short time, Obi established himself as one of the top male fitness models, personalities and experts in the world. He has landed more than 30 fitness magazine covers and written more than 100 fitness articles globally. His social networking influence is the biggest of any fitness professional, fitness expert or fitness personality on TV with more than 1 million Twitter followers.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Choose These Foods and Nutrients to Help Your Liver Detoxify and Do Its Important Job

  • I don't spend much time during the day thinking about my liver.  Do you?  Well, last week, I discovered why this is an extremely important organ in the body for our present and future health....
  • Last week, Dave and I had the privilege of travelling to Maine with Dr. Peter Rugg, MD, chair of USANA's Scientific Advisory Board.  During that time on the road, we chatted about the liver (amongst other things)..... he strongly recommends taking 3 Hepa Plus/Hepasil tablets with supper, to give the liver maximum support as it does its important work throughout the why below....
  • Love your Liver! The liver is an important organ that performs many vital functions. It processes almost everything we ingest, breathe, or absorb through the skin. It plays an important role in digestion and metabolism, and it also produces a variety of important proteins, including enzymes, hormones, blood proteins, clotting factors, and immune factors. The liver also plays a critical role in detoxification.
  • USANA's Hepa-Plus/Hepasil helps to combat oxidative stress in the liver with a powerful blend of antioxidants, including green-tea extract and broccoli concentrate.  It also includes USANA's patented Olivol for more complete antioxidant support.  With 240 mg of high-quality bioavailable milk-thistle extract per recommended dose, Hepa Plus provides comprehensive support for the liver.

    Here are six foods that support liver cleansing:

    1. Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages are all high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps clear your body of free radicals (damaged cells in your body). They stimulate enzyme production in the liver, which helps flush out carcinogens and other toxins, and can help lower your risk of certain cancers.

    2. Artichoke: The thorny thistle contains flavonoids – powerful plant antioxidants that have shown to have anti-cancer properties. Artichoke also helps stimulate the gall bladder to secrete bile, which helps with digestion. Try this: Artichoke with Dipping Sauce:

    3. Dandelion: Both leaves and roots help detoxify the liver. The liver loves the bitter flavor of dandelion, which also helps stimulate enzyme production. The leaves can be made into a salad, while root is a soothing herbal tea.

    4. Lemon: This sour citrus fruit is high in vitamin C, which helps the liver clear out old, stored toxins. Try it squeezed in a glass of water first thing in the morning to stimulate your digestion and elimination. (At Sanoviv, they recommend half a squeezed lemon in 1/2 cup hot water and a pinch of Cayenne pepper, first thing in the morning)

    5. Garlic: This pungent bulb has high amounts of allicin, an anti-bacterial compound that aids in lowering blood lipids and reducing hypertension. It also contains selenium, which is key to metabolic functioning. Garlic stimulates the liver to self-cleanse.

    6. Asparagus: This skinny green vegetable is rich in beta-carotene, another powerful antioxidant. It also contains potassium, which is essential for healthy electrolyte balance and also lowers your risk of hypertension.
  • Eating nutrient dense foods along with the USANA Hepa Plus will give your liver maximum support every day.  It's THAT important!
Deanna Waters
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reduce Colorectal Cancer with Folic Acid Supplementation

Folic acid supplementation linked to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

At a Glance
In a new study published in Cancer Prevention Research, folic acid supplementation of 1 mg/day resulted in a 50% reduction in the risk of colorectal adenomas (polyps) in a large group of Chinese adults.

Read more about this research below. 

Colorectal adenomas (polyps) are often a precursor to colorectal cancer. Most research has focused on preventing recurrence of colorectal adenomas, but less is known about primary prevention. In a new article published online in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers report a significant reduction in the risk of colorectal adenomas in adults receiving supplemental folic acid. 

The study included Chinese adults over the age of 50 who were free of any polyps at the beginning of the study. The participants were randomized to receive either a folic acid supplement of 1,000 mcg (1 mg) per day or a multivitamin supplement without folic acid.  Plasma folate levels were measured at the beginning and conclusion of the 3 year treatment period.  Colonoscopies were used to determine the location and size of all polyps, and were examined by a pathologist.

Of the 791 adults that completed the study, colorectal adenomas were seen in 64 (14.88%) of the folic acid supplemented group compared to 132 (30.70%) in the control group. Subjects in either group with the lowest plasma folate levels at the beginning of the study were at greater risk of developing adenomas. Those taking folic acid supplements were also less likely to develop advanced adenomas than the control group.  

Contrary to some research that has suggested that high-dose folic acid might increase the recurrence and progression of colorectal cancer, only two individuals in the folic acid group developed colorectal cancer during the three year follow up and there was no significant difference with the control group.

The researchers conclude that people with low plasma folate should be encouraged to take supplemental folate to raise plasma folate to a more beneficial level, potentially reducing the risk of developing pre-cancerous adenomas. They also suggest that a dosage of 1 mg/day appeared safe and without any significant side effects.

Jing-Yuan Fang et al. Folic acid prevents the initial occurrence of sporadic colorectal adenoma in Chinese over 50 years of age: a randomized clinical trial.  Published Online First May 16, 2013; doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-13-0013

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Good News for Breast Cancer Survival with Vitamin and Antioxidant Use After Diagnosis and Treatment

Vitamin and antioxidant use after breast cancer diagnosis may improve survival

At a Glance
Information gathered from four large breast cancer survival studies in the United States and China show that vitamin and antioxidant use after diagnosis is safe and may even improve survival.

Read more about this research below. 

Vitamin supplement use after diagnosis of breast cancer is common, but less is known about potential long-term effects on recurrence and survival. A new article published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment reports that vitamin and antioxidant supplementation after treatment for breast cancer is safe and may even improve survival.

Researchers from Harvard University analyzed data from over 12,000 breast cancer survivors in the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project, a collection of 4 cohort studies of breast cancer survivors from the United States and China.  The analysis examined the post diagnosis use of supplements (vitamins A, B, C, D, E and multivitamins) for 1-5 years.  Sixty percent of the women reported using supplements during the 5 years after diagnosis. Breast cancer accounted for 65% of the total of 1,298 deaths that occurred during the follow-up period.

After adjusting for interactions with smoking, treatment and hormonal status, the use of any antioxidant supplement, categorized in this study as vitamins C, E or a multivitamin, was associated with a 16% lower risk of dying from any cause over follow-up, and for those who used all three supplements, the risk was 21% lower. Vitamin C supplementation was associated with a 19% lower risk of death and a 10% reduction in the risk of breast cancer occurrence, and vitamin E use reduced all-cause mortality by 15% and the recurrence of breast cancer by 12%. Vitamin D supplementation was associated with a 36% reduction in recurrence among women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors (ER+), but not in women with estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) tumors.

In this large group of breast cancer survivors, use of vitamin or antioxidant supplements was not associated with an increased risk of recurrence or death, but instead was associated with improved survival. Consideration of ER status and the use of antioxidants may be clinically relevant when evaluating associations with cancer and mortality risk. 

Poole EM et al. Postdiagnosis supplement use and breast cancer prognosis in the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weight-Management Shifting to Breakfast Cereals, Shakes and Bars, even Kellogg's

Donuts and coffee at the drive-through in the
morning are now being replaced with healthier choices.  

Thanks to innovative companies
who realize the potential with clients who choose to watch their weight, there are now easy ways
to start the day with a healthy breakfast,
and in some cases, even eat it on the way to work.

A recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press heralded the plan of Kellogg's to further develop its Special K product line "to move in step with evolving trends where weight watchers are increasingly looking for added nutritional benefits, rather than just counting calories."

The company is adding a special Knourish hot cereal with toppings, and already has shakes and bars in its line-up.   Their Special K website is now a more sophisticated weight management information center.

One problem noted, was that the calories in the products may be low, but according to Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the public Interest,  "they're full of corn syrup and a long list of other ingredients people may not recognise.  It probably provides 90 calories of a tasty snack but it's not a health food."

Another Alternative is a Scientific Approach to Weight Management

Healthy, balanced nutritional shakes and bars are available through USANA Health Sciences, which collaborates with prominent institutions such as the Linus Pauling Institute, to advance the world's understanding for the effects of nutrition on health.

In addition, USANA's in-house team of 25 - plus scientists, works closely with the Scientific Advisory Board of top health experts, to get valuable insights into product applications and efficacy, as well as feedback on how best to promote human health.

We have personally used the USANA shakes and bars, plus their personalized supplement program for some years now.  They keep our metabolism balanced and take away our carb cravings, a major problem for many people.  They make a great meal and snack replacement, with options to add fresh or frozen fruit, tofu and yogurt to the shakes.

Please contact us for further information on the USANA products.

We know you will love them!

Deanna and Dave Waters
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lung Cancer Patients Benefit From Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Treatment

Omega-3 fatty acids improve quality of life score in lung cancer patients during treatment

At a Glance
New research shows that supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) during active cancer treatment may positively improve quality of life in patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer.

Read more about this research below. 

Poor nutritional status during cancer therapy may lead to malnutrition, decreased quality of life and an increase in complications. In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated the potential benefit of an oral dietary supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) undergoing multiple treatments. 

The study was a randomized double-blind controlled trial that included 40 patients with stage III NSCLC undergoing multimodality treatment. The treatment group received 2 cans/day of a high calorie protein supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids (2.02 grams EPA + 0.92 grams DHA) and the placebo group received a control supplement containing the same calories but no fatty acids. Quality of life, performance status, handgrip strength and physical activity were assessed. 

The treatment group reported significantly higher on the quality of life issues, physical and cognitive function, overall health status, and social function than the control group after 5 weeks. The supplement group also showed a higher Karnofsky Performance Status after 3 weeks and tended to be more physically active after 3 and 5 weeks than the controls.  There was no significant difference in the measurement of handgrip strength between the two groups.    

The results of this small study indicate that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids may positively affect the quality of life, performance status, and physical activity in patients with NSCLC being actively treated for cancer. A larger study is needed to further verify these results.

B S van der Meij et al.  Oral nutritional supplements containing n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids affect quality of life and functional status in lung cancer patients during multimodality treatment: an RCT.  European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012) 66, 399–404.

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