“China” Call with Russ Wood

Thank you guys for joining our afternoon call with Mr. Russ Wood on everything that’s China.

Mannatech has officially opened China via E-commerce, and now we can register product users of the biggest market in the world.

Taking advantage of this opportunity can : 1) Change your life financially & 2) Help the Chinese people with their health challenges.

Here’s the recorded call :


Some highlights :

  • E-Commerce/customer acquisition only in China for now
  • You (a current Mannatech associate) need to get an International Referral ID by calling customer service.  This ID is necessary for a new customer to order from the E-Commerce site: www.MeiTaiChina.com
  • All products will be North American products and will be shipped within China
  • You (MA) will be paid 10% of first order, and more possibly for the on-going orders
  • A Chinese national can sign up as a Hong Kong associate for now.  This may change.
  • A Chinese customer will get paid 10% of their customers’ first orders, and may get paid continuously if they change their account to “business” or sign up as a   Hong Kong associate
  • Download the WeChat app on your smartphone

Also, you can download the training slides Russ has kindly forwarded.

China Presentation 2017

China, here we come!  

Food Rules You Want to Follow

Did you know poor digestion leads to storing fat?

Just following these simple FOOD COMBINATION RULES, you can help your body digest better and store way less fat/burn fat.  You will actually start feeling lighter within days.

Don’t eat Proteins and Carbs together.

Don’t eat Proteins and Fats together. 

Don’t eat Proteins and Fruits together.

Don’t eat Carbs and Fruits together. 

Don’t eat more than one type of Protein. 

Don’t eat Desserts. 

Carbs DO mix with vegetables.

Proteins DO mix with vegetables. 

Different carbs DO mix.

Different proteins DO NOT mix.

Fats DO NOT mix well with protein; use moderately.

Fats DO mix with carbs.

Always eat fruits alone on an empty stomach. 

Wait 3 hours after Protein.

Wait 20 minutes after fruits. 

Wait 1 hour after Carbs. 

I had no ideas these rules existed!!

Also, check out this short & sweet video on the new 30-day fat-loss system by Mannatech.  I just started  using just 2 products out of 4 they recommend, just once a day, and they seem to expedite the feeling of lightness.

  1. TruShape : 1 capsule/day to burn fat for energy
  2. TruPure : Lemonade tasting drink once a day to detox from cellular level.    

(These products come with a 6-month, money-back guarantee, wow.)

Is it time to kick-start this 30-day trial with these new rules?  

3 Healthy Foods Making you FAT!!

Greek yogurt, healthy snack bars and “lean,” healthy chips?  What?  These are making you fat, really?

Watch Dr. Amy Lee (no biz connection)’s quick, but eye-opening presentation here.   (Yes, click here or there.)

I’m close to flabbergasting!!  

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Being Unhealthy : a Socio-Economic Issue

I recently re-connected with an acquaintance from high school via Facebook. Of course, I was a bit taken aback by the enthusiasm of the said “friend” wanting to meet up, but I went along with it.

She wanted to sell me her product, and to be honest, I was absolutely OK with it since she was a single mother and all. Well, everyone needs auto insurance, right? Unfortunately, she couldn’t match my rate, but I still introduced another friend of mine to her. However, what surprised me the most upon seeing her again after almost 20 years was how unhealthy she looked. We are the same age, but she looked about 10 years older than me. The answer was simple; she’s a smoker, and drinks alcohol almost daily.

Naturally, I wanted to tell her about living a healthier lifestyle. After all, that’s what I do.

Having said that though, talking to her was like talking to a brick wall. She kept on saying how she’d rather die smoking and drinking than change her lifestyle. I was appalled by her stance and even more so by the fact that she has an 8 year old daughter.

She also told me she’d rather buy a $5 bottle of vitamins than spend more for better quality, real-food supplements. I did my best to educate her that buying such low-grade supplements is worse than not taking them at all. That the $5 bottle she wants to buy is full of chemicals which will cause more harm than good. She’d again have none of it. I stopped talking, and just felt plain sad for her, and especially for her daughter.

She kept on telling me how poor she was, and yes, this single mother’s income is close to what’s considered poverty level in California. I started to play back what I’ve heard recently from Paul Zane Pilzer, one of the leading economists, that being unhealthy is now a socio-economic problem more than anything. Unfortunately, the gap between the healthy and unhealthy has gotten bigger and bigger, and it turns out that the major causes behind it are, of course, money and education.

I realized that her background has played a major role in her decisions to be unhealthy. That it is OK to smoke and drink in this day and age, and that it is OK to buy junk supplements and wonder why her daughter gets sick all the time.

On the other hand, the haves and the educated have gotten healthier and stronger because they have the means and time to pursue wellness. I’m happy to say I fall under the umbrella of wellness rather than sickness, but this particular encounter still haunts me knowing that someone I personally knew has fallen victim to the societal problem.

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1-Minute Cashew Milk

I’ve always wondered why the store-bought nut milk cartons, including the organic ones, have expiration dates like weeks and months away from now. Although not too many preservatives are listed on the label, I still feel very skeptical about all the chemicals keeping the the liquid fresh for way too long.

I don’t drink the cow milk anymore since I’m human.
Besides I think the current state of dairy farming is beyond inhumane and dismal. You can learn more from my heroic friends at Mercy for Animals.

Then I came across what looked to be a very simple recipe from Blendtec for cashew milk.  When it was all done, I was beside myself for having spent so much money all these years on all the nutty nut milks!

Click here for the recipe, and I’ll also write it out below. I’m telling you, it will take you 1 minute to make the uber delicious, creamy and healthy nut milk at home. You just have to soak the raw cashews overnight (or, I give it 24 hours).

I drink the milk by itself, or mix with my favorite vegan all-in-one shake, Vega!

You will save you $ and reduce trash, win win!!

Cashew Milk :

Ingredients
1 cup
cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
4 cups
water
1 tbsp
*honey or maple syrup (Blendtec lists agave nectar, but I think it’s too high glycemic.)

Instructions

Add ingredients to jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Whole Juice.” Serve or store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

NOTE: If your blender does not have a “Whole Juice” cycle, blend on Medium High (speed 6 or 7) for 50-60 seconds.
Use more or less water to vary the thickness of your raw cashew milk. A 4:1 ratio of water to cashews is similar to whole milk in taste. If you add another cup of water, the resulting 5:1 ratio is similar to 2% milk.

Cashew Milk

Raw Vegan Cheesecake

I’ve recently turned vegan from vegetarian.  I had to…I’ve learned way too much about our dairy industry and what “people” do to our cows and their babies. I won’t go on too much about these horrific practices, but please do your due diligence. Here’s a site for you to get started : http://animalplace.org/

I love cheesecake, but I can no longer enjoy the cow cheese knowing what I know now. So, I’ve looked into raw vegan “cheesecake” made with nuts, mainly cashews. How healthy!

And the most surprising factor of it all is that it only takes 5-10 minutes to “bake” the cake!! (*It does take 2-3 hours to soak the nuts prior to “baking” and another 2-3 hours to freeze the cake.)

Here’s a very easy recipe for your very own raw vegan cheesecake!

6-8 servings on a 8 x 10” panCrust : 
1 cup of raw walnuts3 dates, pitted

1 tablespoon of shredded coconut

Filling :

1 ½ cup of cashews

1/2 cup of lemon juice

1/2 cup of honey

1/4  cup of melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/4  cup of coconut milk

*For flavors, you can add ¼ cup of your favorite fruit, toppings and more.

1)  Soak cashews in water for 2-3 hours.

2)  Sprinkle shredded coconut evenly on the bottom of a pie pan.  This prevents the cake from sticking.

3) Blend walnuts and dates until crumbly.  (Careful not to overheat the blender!)  Press the crust onto the pan.

4) Blend all of the filling ingredients until creamy.  You can add a little more liquid if necessary.  Pour the filling cream evenly over the crust.  Place in freezer for at least 2-3 hours.

5)  Take the cheesecake out for 20 minutes before serving.  You can leave the rest in the freezer, or leave some pieces in the fridge for your immediate enjoyment!

Simple enough?  You’ll love the taste and you’ll wonder why you ever ate the cow cheesecake.  And it’s super healthy!  Win win!

*Check out my Blueberry Raw Vegan “Cheese” Cake : Blueberry Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Stay Lean Keep Your Wallet Fat!

What’s the first you see when you get yourself out and about in the morning? People dragging themselves around yet religiously sipping on a paper cup of coffee as if it’s a membership badge to the club, “I need my coffee in the morning! I’m so cool since the cup says Starbucks/Coffee Bean/blah blah.”

I’d hate to hate on these people who attend the Church of Starbucks every morning to gladly donate at least $4 a day, sometimes twice/thrice, but can’t help categorizing them as “Sheeple.”

Here’s a thing or two to consider :

1) Environmental aspect – The search effort to find the missing  Malaysian Airlines plane Flight 370 has raised an unexpected, yet deadly serious environmental issue. Our oceans are dying because of our own garbage. Every time they thought they found a part of the plane, it turned out to be a piece of plastic. The paper coffee cups you use are lined with plastic/wax, and they come with plastic lids. Imagine how many of those you’ve used so far? (Please don’t take my sheeple comment personally..) What? You use the sleeves too? You double cup it? Tsk tsk!! Fish and birds are often found dead with plastic bits in their stomachs. This is just so very sad!

2) Financial aspect – I’m no Suze Orman, but the donations add up. Say you “only” spend $4/day. That’s $1,460/year and $ 14,600/10 years. You were to put this money into a savings account with a 6.5% annually compounded interest rate, how much will it be at the end of 10 years? $20,491.52 to be exact! How long have you been attending the Starbucks church (or any other coffee places)? It’s starting to make you think, huh? What about the time wasted parking, waiting in line, waiting again to pick up the cup, and so on and on?

So here’s a solution I propose – buy a portable coffee mug that’s BPA-free, and make your coffee at home before you leave the house. First off, believe me, the quality of the coffee you’ve been buying is %$#@. It’s all about the bottom line for the big corporations, and you’re not getting what you’re paying for, period. So, spend some time to pick a decent, better yet, responsibly made brand of coffee.

I would love for you to watch this video posted below by Michael Pollan (the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma), titled “How Cooking Can Change Your Life.” It will give you the confirmation and inspiration you need to start thinking differently. Being the only processor of your own food can make a drastic, positive change to your health, and you will NEVER be FAT, yay!!

Imagine what kind of financial impact this change can make for you? I know you’re thinking duh, it costs to buy the coffee to make at home. Fine, deduct 20% from the money you would’ve saved. However, how much more money you can save by applying the same logic to all of your food choices?

Secondly, you will help save our one and only planet. You might say, it’s just me, one person…but that’s the type of sheeplethinking we need to shed. It’s so much better not to deposit 3,650 coffee cups and plastic lids into our soil in the next 10 years, and that’s just from you! And any change can only start with you.

Knowing is only half the battle. Researches show it takes 90 days to break a habit and develop a new one. Will you begin the first day of the 90-day blitz TODAY? Tomorrow never comes…

Downfalls of Gluten-Free Pastries : Xanthan Gum & Starches

Most of the people who are sensitive to gluten don’t even know they have gluten sensitivity.  The rise of Gluten Intolerance aka Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity is partially blamed on genetically modified wheat aka GMO wheat. (There are many theories and arguments about this subject, but doesn’t it seem more logical to keep things as natural as possible than chemically and genetically altering the crop?)

So some of us decided eating gluten-free was much healthier than partaking in the horrible wheat consumption. Gluten-free is so IN that even the toddlers on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA are requesting gluten-free pizza, bread, pastries, you name it! Let’s focus on gluten-free pastries for a second since it’s right up my alley as I’m the co-founder/pastry chef of the Two Sisters And Organic, Gluten-free muffins.

Way back when I didn’t bake for myself, I frequently bought gluten-free pastries only to be disappointed after one bite. Sure, it lacked any sort of pleasing taste, but I would doggedly finish the whole piece thinking healthy food couldn’t possibly taste that great. However, the bigger issue was that I actually didn’t feel good either, often bloated and lethargic soon after. Why?

Yep, I’m a super nerd. My research concluded that Xanthan Gum, which is a thickening/stabilizing additive commonly found in gluten-free pastries to hold ingredients together in place of gluten, irritated my digestive system. Did you know Xanthan Gum is also used in cosmetic/dental products, pharmaceuticals, and other various industrial products. Hmm..this doesn’t sound healthy at all, does it?

Another by-product of my research left me questioning why I even bother eating gluten-free at all when the “real stuff” tastes so much better albeit fattening and unhealthy.  It turns out a lot of these so-called healthy gluten-free options have additional starches (potato, corn, white rice to name some), besides Xanthan Gum, to make the pastries more spongy and chewy  like the “real stuff” we’re used to. However, these starches are very fattening and high-glycemic, and you can Google how evil these two factors can be.

It couldn’t be more obvious to me not to add anything unnatural like Xanthan Gum and unhealthy ingredients like starches to our beloved muffins. Here’s an idea for a fun project. Let’s see how many gluten-free pastries you can find that DO NOT contain these two downfalls of the industry! I bet this might turn out a bit more difficult than you’d like.

Two Sisters and A muffin

Allison’s Top 10 Must Do’s!

Working from home has given me a lot of free time to focus on total wellness.  I’ve been lucky enough to try various diets, exercise fads and supplements.  I want to share with you my top 10 things that have impacted my life positively.

“10 Steps to Total Wellness”

1) Get up (relatively) early. Getting up early is crucial for getting things done. The early bird gets the worm!

2) Workout Routine : A routine is something you do on a regular basis, right? Don’t skip just because you don’t feel like it. Can’t cut corners in life, and everything has a price! I start with a quick session of yoga first thing in the morning. I use a yoga app called Yoga Studio on my iPad. Then I try to workout at least 4-5 times/week, including one Pilates class. I mix in swimming and tennis to keep things interesting. *Playing sports has so many benefits!

3) Cook at home! I get my produce from the local farmers market. It takes some planning, but the weekly shopping does the trick. I don’t focus on losing weight but rather using the best, healthy ingredients and making things from scratch. I limit using packaged foods, and I’ve recently ventured into baking with healthy alternative options like quinoa, coconut flour. (I’ll soon share my cookies/muffins recipes). In speaking of coconut, I use coconut oil for almost everything including frying, baking and even skincare.

4) Mental Health : I allow myself at least 5-10 minutes each day for decompression/meditation. You can try for longer, of course. We live in such a hectic world, and it’s for you to shut down your smartphone and get to know yourself a little in a quiet setting.

5) Chiropractic treatments : I’m a huge fan! I get adjusted at least bi-weekly. We take our cars in for regular tune-ups, but why is it so hard to treat our bodies with scheduled alignments? I really don’t want to walk like the hunchback of Notre-Dame when I’m older, seriously!

6) Sauna : It’s known to provide effective detoxing! I get a bucket of crushed ice, and stay in the sauna until I get really hot. Then take a quick, cold shower (to tighten my skin), then go right back in. Repeat at least 3-5 times.

7) Skincare & Supplements : I use Ūth, anti-aging creme, made with natural Glycans to restore my skin at the cellular level. It’s even made my sunspots disappear. Also, you’ve got to nourish your body from the inside. Please refer to my previous posts on the importance of choosing the right supplements such as glyconutrients.  You can find these products here —> www.MannaMotion.com/allisonbaek or click on Shop.

8) Kind deeds : “We only have what we give.” by Isabel Allende. Enough said!

9) Pets : I have two dogs, and they give me so much joy!!! Any pet-owner would agree that your pet will give back way more than you ever imagined. Please visit local animal shelters, and bring home a furry bundle of JOY (or bundles of joy)! Indeed, this is also a good deed.

10) Using empowering and positive words! Words have so much power, and you can do more research on this if you don’t already know.  Happiness is a choice, and choose your words carefully.

*I didn’t include some of the basics like drinking enough water, getting a good night’s sleep, and not drinking alcohol excessively. I figured these were too obvious for you! 😉

If It’s Good Enough for World’s Best Doctor…

Things can get pretty dicey when you are considering which things to swallow…as in nutritional supplements.

There are thousands of products, and you often twiddle your thumbs before walking away from shelves and shelves of too many bottles. You finally and bravely take one home thinking it’s going to do exactly what’s written on the label. Then you end up not even taking it as instructed. Like so many other times and inevitably, this bottle gets stashed expired and half-finished in your drawer along with other sad bottles.

We all know we need to supplement our diet with nutritional supplements since we are not getting enough nutrients, but with which ones? Then I found this YouTube video with Dr. Ben Carson recommending a specific company that produces a specific group of nutrients. Watch it and I will let you be the judge on whether you should try what he’s a huge fan of. Perhaps you might finish the product, then re-order because you’ve also become a fan as well. Who are we to go against Dr. Ben Carson, right? (Yep, I’m semi-joking!)

…in case you missed it, I too am a long-time fan of what Dr. Carson recommends! Message me with any questions as to how and what to buy, etc.

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