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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An Apple A Day!?!

The old adage says, "An apple a day will keep the doctor away." And if that's any indication of what fruit can do for you, just imagine the power of daily doses of fruits and vegetables on your health!!!

As the Whole Foods revolution grows, people are talking more and more about the benefits of eating raw, organic, natural and local and consuming less refined and artificially flavored foods. Recently, I've been bombarded with all sorts of books and articles on eating better for life, and finally committed to reading the NY Times Best Seller, Skinny Bitch. Now, this book is quite crude, harsh and a little over-the-top for my liking, however, the basic principle of "what you eat matters" rings true for me on a personal level and I'm finding ways to "be good to my body" that fit my lifestyle, not the LA superficial model.

One of the things I stumbled upon that has been most beneficial in my quest to "be good to my body" and "eat for my future" is Juice Plus+!
It's a whole food based nutrition supplement, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. The idea was born because the founder realized that people don't get the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, and the negative implications this has on our health! Thus, a simple, convenient, and inexpensive way to add more nutrition from fruits and vegetables to our diets just made sense!


Hmmm...Why hadn't I heard of this before? I'm a pretty healthy eater, love reading about nutrition and health, have taken vitamins as long as I can remember, and am always one for good old fashioned exercise. My first introduction to Juice Plus+ came through a friend a few months ago and I was both intrigued and perplexed by the idea of whole foods supplements. So, I did what any good student would, I researched the company, product, whole food supplements, and the link between fruits and veggies and disease (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis and many more) and immunity. The result? Whole Foods Nutrition is not a fad. Juice Plus+ has been around for almost 20 years and is the most researched nutrition supplement out there. I also found many articles that support the notion that what we eat influences our health over time and thus science is interested in what is the best diet for maintaining health through all the stages of life. I also learned that the effect of fruits and vegetables on our long-term health is cumulative, helping to protect us from the ravages of time and our own metabolism. Heck if that's the case, I'll have a double dose, haha! To read more on this topic check here and here!


All of this information was so exciting to me that I had to try Juice Plus+ myself to see if I could truly tell a difference in my body/life. I mean, the proof is in the pudding, right?!? So, I took the challenge and took the Garden and Orchard Blend capsules for a month. I consider myself pretty healthy, so I figured it would take a while to notice a difference, but low and behold, I seriously had more energy after only a week!!! I was used to crashing at my desk in the afternoons and reaching for a Diet Coke (bad I know) to keep me awake and had lost this urge. Then, the longer I took it the more I realized that I was more in tune to my body. I was more regular (pardon the TMI), craved water, and just felt like a well-oiled machine, haha. Can't really describe it any better.

After doing my homework, taking the challenge and talking to others about Juice Plus+ (realizing that many of my close friends and their families take it), I signed up. Not only as a customer, but as a distributor too. I mean, how can I NOT tell people that I love and care about how important fruits and vegetables are to their diet and that I've found a way to get more of them into mine that's easy, convenient and inexpensive?! This has been such a fun and educational journey for me and I look forward to sharing the ride with you guys!!!


Oh, and I this new endeavor has also motivated me to kick my pop habit. Thus I'm a little over 3 weeks without this syrupy serpent and have never felt better! Yay!


If you are interested in learning more about how to "be good to your body" and how fruits and veggies can help, check out my website: www.mslapejuiceplus.com. Or email me at mslape@gmail.com, and I'd be happy to get you on the path to better health for your future!

2 comments:

pocket full of pink said...

AH lovie, I can't believe you kicked your diet coke habit! I am WAYYYYY proud of you. Keep up the good work, pretty missy!! XOXOXO

Bevan said...

Hi,

Whole food supplements come in many different varieties and forms and they can have many great health benefits. The fact that these kinds of supplements are made from natural foods and generally do not have any artificial ingredients or chemicals means that our bodies can handle them much better and thus they can provide us with the nutrients that we need.