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jEanne Angleberger,   

Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Do you find yourself eating differently around your family and your friends? Our food choices can be influenced by the company we share at the table. Studies have shown that we tend to eat more when we are with friends and family than when we eat alone. In addition, the quantity of food we eat usually increases as the number of people eating with us grows.

People in our social networks can influence what food we eat, both healthy and unhealthy.

Socially, we may be encouraged to eat what everyone is eating, even if regularly we might now choose to eat that category of food. This can occur more often than not when a group is having a meal together at a restaurant.

Furthermore, whether right or wrong, people eating “healthy” foods tend to be more positive than those who don’t and tend to feel better overall. So, can my healthy eating influence others to begin making better food choices? The answer is yes. Have healthy food choices at your house and when friends or family come over, offer them to your guests. Put out nutritious items to snack on, like low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Personally, I believe people want to be healthy. Being a positive influence on others provides an incentive. Therefore, it creates a desire to consider making healthy food choices.

The company we keep at the table can influence our food choices. Eating healthy is the best choice for us and can benefit us, both physically and mentally!

jEanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Zucchini is a summer favorite — nutritious, and plentiful. It is also incredibly versatile: fried, grilled, stuffed, and tossed into any and every kind of dish. If you like Old Bay Seasoning, try making mock crab cakes using zucchini!

Zucchini is easy to grow and will produce enough for the neighborhood! The skins are dark and shiny. The average length of zucchini is approximately six to eight inches. They store well, whole and unwashed, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Sauté zucchini with onions and peppers. Add your favorite spices and seasonings. You can also steam zucchini and serve it with garden-fresh (or dried) basil, chives, or thyme. Some may prefer adding raw grated zucchini onto salads.

My kids’ favorite is frying slices of zucchini. Cut the zucchini into half-inch slices. Dredge slices in a beaten egg. Next, press the slices into cracker crumbs, coating on both sides. Put them into a pan and fry until the crust browns and the zucchini is tender.

Zucchini is low in calories, fat, and sugar, and is rich in multiple antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin. It also contains several important nutrients: folate, vitamin B6 and B2, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. One cup of raw, chopped zucchini is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber and has only 20 calories. Zucchini may also help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Also, regular consumption of zucchini may help you lose weight; it is rich in water and has a low calorie density, which may help you feel full.

So, enjoy zucchini while it’s in season. Try your hand at planting it in your garden. It’s plentiful, and it’s also a great plant for beginners because it’s easy to grow.

 Add zucchini to your dinner menu and make it a summer favorite.

jEanne Angleberger

Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

There are nine essential amino acids that the body must obtain through the diet. What are they? How do we get them in our diet? Amino acids are important because they are required for the synthesis of body protein and other important nitrogen-containing compounds, including peptide hormones and some neurotransmitters.

The nine essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.

Be sure to read the label when purchasing a specific supplement for essential amino acids. Compare products that are designed to give you these important supplements.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is found in skin, muscles, ligaments, and bones. It is an important ingredient when considering amino acids.

Some dietary supplements promote the marine collagen. Others contain bovine collagen. There is a difference.

I would encourage you to research each one before choosing a collagen dietary supplement. You want to be sure the product contains the essential amino acids.

Healthiness is always on my mind. Hoping you make it a priority, too. It’s the best way to go!

jEanne Angleberger

The year 2020 will go down in history as a time of staying healthy and preventing COVID-19. Honestly, it made us pay closer attention to our health and body. Let’s always be aware of our health. It shouldn’t take a world-wide coronavirus to get our attention. We’ll recap this year’s healthy tips and move into 2021 with the hopes of a healthier nation.

Starting the New Year with a plan to improve your health is a great start. Specifically, what do you want? What are healthy and unhealthy habits?

 Boosting your immune system is essential. Shaklee has four different multivitamin and mineral formulas to help strengthen the immune system, in addition to their vitamin C formula.

A daily tasty and healthy breakfast fuels the body. Muffin-Pan Egg Bites is a grab-n’-go breakfast. The recipe is available upon request.

Shaklee Immunity Defend & Resist Complex can help stimulate the body’s natural resistance during seasonal changes when it needs extra defense.

Make America Healthy Again defines why Americans become unhealthy. Dr. Nicole Saphier spells out why Americans need to take better care of themselves.

Skin requires nourishment from the inside. Skin health is dependent on dietary choices.

Do traditions and values play a role in aging well? The 80’s and 90’s population believe they grew up in kinder times. Relationships were developed over time. Socializing is vitally important to your physical and mental health.

Staying properly hydrated keeps body temperature regulated, joints lubricated, and organs functioning. Certain fruits and vegetables can help you stay hydrated and energized.

Vitamin D3 plays a major role in protecting your health and immune function. Support your body with the nutritional needs year-round.

May 2021 begin with healthiness that follows you and your family throughout the new year.

jEanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

We know that a strong immune system can help us stay healthy during the upcoming cold, flu, and COVID-19 season. The purpose of your immune system is to protect your body from harmful invaders: germs, viruses, bacteria. The immune system plays a vital role in your health. If it’s not working properly, your body will let you know it.

How can we be assured that we have a healthy immune system? There are many measures we can take to strengthen our immune system and stave off illnesses, one being taking supplements.

Shaklee offers a Sustained Release Vita-C (500 mg.). A Chewable Vita-C has a sweet, lemon cream-flavor, suitable for children or adults. We know that a strong immune system starts with Vitamin C.

Vita-D3 plays a major role in protecting your health and immune function.

Shaklee’s Defend & Resist Complex is my choice for supercharging the immune system. It contains echinacea, black elderberry, larch tree, and zinc. It helps stimulate the body’s natural resistance during seasonal changes.

Consult with your health provider for his/her advice in getting a flu shot. It is very important to understand why you should get it, as well as when the best time is to do so.

We are going into the time of the year when we, like never before, need to continue to keep our immune system as strong as possible. And to stay clear of people who are sick or not feeling well.

Support your body with the nutritional needs year-round.

Keeping your immune system strong is crucial to your good health, not only in fighting off illnesses, but also fighting fatigue, improving digestion, increasing energy, and much more.

jEanne Angleberger,

Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Boost Your Skin Health

What dietary foods should we include to boost skin health? The foods we eat for healthiness can play a huge role in our skin, too.  So, a trip to the farmer’s market still is a good stop for food choices.

Skin requires nourishment from the inside. Skin health is dependent on our dietary choices.

Environmental stressors take a toll on our skin. So, it’s important to eat a healthy diet to combat those stressors.

Think of colorful veggies. Bright vegetables like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, and bell peppers contain carotenoids. They act as potent antioxidants and help protect our skin against environmental stressors.

Go easy on fast-food and processed food. A diet high in sugar and fat may create inflammatory skin conditions. Whole foods are the best to eat.

If you love almonds, they may benefit skin appearance. They are a scrumptious snack, too!

Of course, hydration is a must. Remember to drink plenty of water.

Being outdoors in the summer means more sun exposure. A study by scientists in Spain say popping a few grapes acts as a natural protection to the skin—and they are a great snack! The darker ones are better.

Shaklee offers a skincare line of activating serum, eye treatment, and day and night cream. The products support critical cellular functions, combining botanicals and vitamins.

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Keeping our skin looking youthful is a sign of healthiness. It is another component of our body and requires daily care. So feed your skin what it needs!

jEanne Angleberger,

Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life Make America Healthy Again is a book defining why Americans have become unhealthy. Dr. Nicole Saphier does an excellent job researching and stating the reasons why we lack healthiness.

She continues to tell us we need to take better care of ourselves by adopting preventative measures. If we get healthier, we can improve overall care.

It boils down to personal responsibility. What can I do to prevent illnesses? Become your own self-advocate. Learn what it takes to become healthy.

Take a glance at your diet. Does it contain vegetables and fruits? We hear over and over the importance of eating plenty of colorful veggies and fruits. Eighty percent of Americans don’t eat according to the CDC’s recommended diet. Instead, we eat too many calories and too many processed foods.

Get moving. Make exercise a priority; find something you like to do: walking, jogging, hiking, aerobics, yoga—just get yourself moving. The health benefits you will gain will more than outweigh the sometimes daunting task of motivating yourself to get an exercise routine in place. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80 percent of adults don’t meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80 percent of adolescents don’t do enough physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.

Focus on eating fewer calories and fewer processed foods. Be sure to work on keeping your weight down.

Being unhealthy costs our nation billions every year!

We must consider ways to become healthy. And, we must take action now!

Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Keep Your Immune System Healthy

Why is it so crucial to keep your immune system healthy? How can you maintain healthy immunity?

Maintaining a healthy immune system helps to protect the body against infection and disease. It is truly the healing power from within. This complex network of cells is your front-line defense system against viruses, fungi, and bacteria. So, it is vital to our overall health that we keep our immune system healthy and strong.

There are many reasons why we can have a decline in immune system activity. Causes can be a poor diet, chronic stress, exposure to toxins in food and water, the environment, sleep deprivation, and having bad habits like smoking and using tobacco.

Even some household cleaners contain chemicals that compromise our health. There are some additives in our food we eat and also the air we breathe that all place a strain on the immune system. Stress is another factor that adversely affects our immune system.

Start by taking care of your immune system. This means getting the right nutrients, providing a healthy environment, and avoiding things that tend to depress immunity. Take an inventory of the factors that may be compromising your immune system. Consult your healthcare provider to discuss how you can correct and improve your resistance.

Shaklee Immunity Defend & Resist Complex can help stimulate the body’s natural resistance during seasonal changes when it needs that extra defense. Email me at for details.

Believing you can is the first step. Create a plan and execute it. Your new health will pay dividends well into the future.

by Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Boost Your Health This Summer

Summer is here, and it’s time to have some summer fun and create memories! So, let’s think about some tips that can help boost your health this summer.

Eating a nutritious diet is important. Load up on berries. Blueberries and blackberries are especially rich in antioxidants and fiber. Freshly-picked veggies contain the highest nutrients. Pick the colorful ones.

Create bonding time. Studies have shown that walking in the woods can improve blood pressure, boost mental health, and decrease cancer risk. So, go spend some time “forest-bathing” to improve your health. Enjoy outside activities with the family this summer. These memories will last a lifetime.

Be good to your eyes. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Lens should be amber or brown.

Remember to apply sunscreen before planning your outdoor activities. Consult with a dermatologist for a recommendation.

Be sure to brush and floss your teeth every day. Your teeth need to be healthy for chewing the delicious fruit and vegetables.

Stay hydrated. Water is the best beverage for hydration. To maintain proper hydration, drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Be sure to get enough sleep. Our body needs rest to restore and replenish for the next day. Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night will make your heart healthier and your overall health better.

A few healthy reminders can go a long way. Be mindful. Treat your body well every day. It just may create a memorable and healthy summer for you and your family!

by Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

The Scoop on Sprouted Grain Bread

I recently learned that breads made with sprouted grains may be easier to digest, a good reason to serve sprouted grain bread instead of white.

Sprouted grain means that the grains have been allowed to sprout—to germinate—before being milled into flour. This process enriches the grain while increasing nutrient levels.

This type of bread is made from a variety of sprouted whole grains; some examples are wheat, millet, barley, spelt, and lentils. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. We know high amounts of protein and fiber can help to increase fullness and sustain energy levels.

Another important reason to switch to sprouted grain bread is that this type of bread does not contain added sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. It also may aid in weight loss and blood sugar control due to its lower carb content. Sprouted grain bread is a healthy alternative to white flour or whole grain flour bread.

Simply Nature is the brand we use. One slice has 70 calories; sodium is 95 milligrams; 1 gram sugar; 3 grams fiber; and 3 grams protein. And, it’s crunchy, toasted or plain.

If you are gluten intolerant, be sure to check the label. Not all whole sprouted grain bread is gluten-free.

So, if you’re a bread lover, try a sprouted whole grain bread.

Begin your mission on nutrition today!

by Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Here we are, welcoming the new year of 2016! The new year is one of the best times to think about improving your health status. If you can make one change to become healthier this coming year, what would it be? Maintaining a healthy weight? Laugh more? Try a massage?

Well, yours truly is going to give you a few suggestions. Certainly, everyone has some ideas when they think of what they could do to make 2016 a more health-conscious year. But the ultimate goal for all of us would be the same: to become healthier.

The focus is healthiness. It’s attainable. You must have the desire. When you begin making healthy choices, your body will respond. People of all ages can benefit. It’s never too late to begin taking care of your health and your body. You’re asking how?

First, write down what it is you want to accomplish. Be very specific. State a time frame. Consult with your healthcare provider. Let him/her know exactly what your desire is. Together, create a plan.

Share your goals with a friend. Even better, do it with a friend. You can encourage one another. It is a process. Reward yourself when reaching small goals. Remember, a baby takes small steps before learning to run!

Develop the attitude that you can make healthy changes. It’s up to you to take care of your health and body—not your parents or your children. Become your own self-health advocate.

According to WebMD, here are some tricks to keeping up your resolve to a healthier you: (1) Give willpower a workout—the more we use it, the stronger it gets; (2) Make one change at a time—most resolutions actually require many behavior changes; (3) Make small acts of will—make resolutions that require small acts of will, not weeks of vigilance; (4) Lift your spirits— watching funny movies or anything that puts you in a good mood helps when willpower starts wearing down; (5) Get good sleep.

Get started today; 2016 is ready to greet you. Bring on those healthy changes.

Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

Before we greet 2016, let’s recap some healthy memories of 2015.

Here is a recap of the healthy tips shared with The Catoctin Banner readers this year.

Take an evaluation of your health. Get a complete physical. Decide what changes are necessary to improve your health. Make a plan.

American Heart Month encourages Americans to recognize heart disease. A heart-healthy lifestyle should include daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco use, and moderating alcohol consumption.

Learn to choose a healthy frozen meal by reading the nutritional label. Processed foods are generally higher in saturated fats and sodium.

Environmental Nutrition is a newsletter of food, nutrition, and health. Nutrition Action Healthletter is published by The Center for Science in the Public Interest. Both are excellent resources.

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People is authored by Dan Buettner. He shares the most important longevity-boosting habits of centenarians.

Remember to protect your skin by applying UVA/UVB sun block. Have an annual full-body skin exam by a dermatologist.

Exchange a high-caloric snack for a vegetable or fresh fruit. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables taste the best and have the highest nutrition.

Healthy aging is possible!  Exercising, eating well, spirituality and good sleep have positive effects on physical health.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now taking steps to remove trans fat from foods. Partially hydrogenated oil is the source of artificial trans fat.

You can add flavor to food preparation without the salt shaker. Citrus fruits offer a bold array of flavor.

People consume an average of 200 more calories a day when dining out. Remember, empty calories can be consumed via sugar-sweetened beverages. Reduce your caloric intake by a home-cooked meal. Family and nutrition make a great combination.

Being committed to living a healthy lifestyle is a choice. Year 2016 awaits your choice—make it a good one!

by Jeanne Angleberger, Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life

When you cook and eat at home, do you weigh less? Definitely! People who eat out consume an average of 200 more calories a day. So, what can you do to lower your caloric intake? Listen up!

Foods eaten at restaurants and fast-food establishments usually contain more sugar, salt, and unhealthful saturated fats. Sure, the food may taste great, but beware of the extra calories you’re taking in.

The large portions are one of the culprits. People feel they should eat the entire dish. Ask the waiter to put half of the meal in a take-out container before you start eating.

Ordering a sugar-sweetened beverage instead of water adds extra calories. These are empty calories you are consuming—we can sometimes forget about liquids when figuring out our caloric intake.

Having salad dressing and sauces on the side can help with your calorie count as well. They contain fats, sugar, and salt. A healthy salad can become unhealthy right before your eyes!

Hold the bread basket! Usually, freshly-baked bread or rolls are served first. Why not? Yours truly admits that they are hard to refuse. Make the right choice!

Cooking and eating at home can reduce calories. Also, when cooking at home, you can control how much fat, salt, and sugar is added to your meals.

Challenge yourself. Decide to cook at home. A basic meal can be chicken and vegetables. An easy and nutritious vegetable dish is a combination of steamed veggies: Try steaming carrots, cabbage, green beans, and peas; season with pepper, reduced-sodium Old Bay Seasoning, and a dash of Cumin. Tasty and nutritious!

So, how exciting to partake in eating a nutritious meal with your family members. Healthiness is learned. Why not begin with the most important people, your family!