Archives for : November 2014


Giving Thanks, Redux


I posted this last year, and I’m even more thankful that everything I wrote is not only still true this year, but that 2014 brought us even more to celebrate.


Once again, it’s the time of year when Americans observe the time-honored tradition of reflecting on our good fortune. Of course my life definitely isn’t perfect and of course I face my share of frustrations, disappointments and just plain crappy days, so I’ll try to avoid making this sound like a humblebrag.  But I have so many things to be grateful for that I want to acknowledge all the good things in my life and say thank you to all the people who contribute to making so many of them possible.

First, my family:  I’m SOOOO lucky to have a wonderful, supportive partner in my life!  My husband is a dependable, caring, generous, PATIENT man who loves, respects, and supports me even when I don’t always make it easy to do so.  Thank you, Ray.  I love you.

I’ve spent the last 50 years watching my four babies grow into responsible, kind and good people.  Granted, during their early years, not every day was a Brady Bunch episode but they were pretty good kids and have all grown into the kind of individuals I would eagerly cultivate as friends had we not had the good fortune of being family.  Although they’re all busy with their own families (another point to be grateful for: 7 wonderful and healthy grandkids and two sons-in-law whom I love like my own kids) and often hectic lives, it’s a rare day when I don’t get a text, call, or photo from at least one of them.  They’re still my babies but they’re also my trusted friends.

And speaking of friends, I’m particularly blessed in that respect, too.  So many terrific people are important parts of my life and allow me to be a part of theirs, too.  Childhood friends with whom I go out to dinner regularly.  Old friends and extended family members who think nothing of traveling  from out of  state “just” to help throw me a surprise birthday party.  Newer friends who have become part of my USANA family over the years, and other networking and civic associates who have become dear, indispensable friends.

I love my job!  I actually get paid to do something that not only gives me a strong sense of purpose and satisfaction, but allows me to do the thing that I’ve always considered Life’s Higher Purpose – to help others.

And neither last nor least, I’m grateful for my health.  Those who know me well know that this wasn’t always the case, and that I believe that USANA deserves credit for some of the improvement.  Regardless of the source(s) of my wellbeing, I’m grateful every day.

Finally, I’m thankful that yet another study has recently shown chocolate to actually be good for you!

I hope that you all have an abundance of reasons to be grateful, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Magnesium and Diabetes

A meta-analysis of 13 prospective cohort studies has found that magnesium intake is inversely associated with type 2 diabetes risk, and in a dose-dependent manner.

Diabetes, and in particular Type 2 diabetes, is a growing health concern worldwide. Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes increases risks of many health conditions. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes. Experts agree that diet plays an important role in the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. According to epidemiological evidence magnesium intake may be related to the incidence of diabetes. Magnesium is found primarily in whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables, and is an essential cofactor in enzymes involved in glucose metabolism.

In a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers conducted a meta-analysis to examine the association between magnesium intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study included 13 prospective cohort studies and 536,318 participants. The included studies were published between 1999 and 2010 and involved follow-ups of up to 20 years.

After adjusting for geographic location, follow-up length, gender, or family history of type 2 diabetes, the combined studies indicated a significant (22%) reduction of risk of type 2 diabetes when comparing the highest magnesium intake group to the lowest. The inverse association was also more pronounced in overweight individuals, suggesting that high magnesium intake may have greater effects on improving insulin sensitivity in overweight individuals who are prone to insulin resistance. In the analysis of dose-response it was found that for every 100 mg/day increment in magnesium intake there was a 14% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk.

The results of this study provide additional evidence that magnesium, in a dose-dependent manner, is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Jia-Yi Dong et al. Magnesium Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Diabetes Care 34:2116–2122, 2011.


The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been touted in recent years as one that helps improve overall health.

So, what is this diet? It calls for consuming plenty of fresh produce, seafood, olive oil, and an occasional glass of red wine, which are common staples among those living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Plan on eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, beans, and nuts with nearly every meal as part of this diet. Fish and seafood should be consumed at least twice a week. Poultry, eggs and dairy should be incorporated in moderate portions while red meat – lean cuts, not bacon or high-processed meats – and sweets like chocolate should be limited to just a few times per month.

It’s a great goal to eat fresh, healthy foods for each meal and allow our bodies to reap the benefits. But sometimes life gets in the way! Fortunately, USANA Health Science has created a supplement called Mega Antioxidant that helps furnish some of the health benefits, including antioxidants, of the Mediterranean diet. Mega Antioxidant includes Olivol® olive extract, a patented ingredient exclusive to USANA that provides unique antioxidants found in olives.

Mega Antioxidant is a safe and advanced formula of powerful antioxidants in tablet form. It provides an unparalleled range of free-radical fighting antioxidants that can easily be added to your daily diet. You’ll feel better knowing you are getting important antioxidants that are critical to healthy living—every day.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


15 tips to survive and thrive during the holidays

This blog was written for “What’s Up, USANA?” by Camille Fletcher. It was so great, I had to pass it on. Enjoy!

They’re heeeeeeeeerrrrreeee. I’m not talking poltergeists. I’m talking the holidays, people, which, if we’re being honest, can sometimes cause as much dread as a poltergeist. Here are 15 tips to help you survive the season and make it to January in one piece!

via HD Beginnings, LLC – Winnie Bernard, Manager » 15 tips to survive and thrive during the holidays.