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The Real Reason You Should NOT Purchase Health Food Products online OR how I fell in love with the vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle.

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If you purchase health food products or supplements online the motive shouldn’t be to make money. In my experience, if you’re thinking of online health food companies, any company, to make money, then the reality is only 5% of your internet marketing referrals will ever purchase products or become active monthly members. For example, of the 102 sign-ups I’ve had for the company, LiveGood, only 5 sign-ups became active members… and one of them was my wife! LiveGood has affordable, excellent products that I personally enjoy and purchase monthly. Other companies such as iHerb, Forever Aloe Vera, and even Chuck Norris's Roundhouse Provisions Kick Start also offer good products. So it has little to do with your salesmanship or the quality of the product, and more to do with who your referrals are.

The point I’m making, from my experience, is that most of your internet market referrals who sign-up are not interested in how good the product is, they’re interested in how much money they can make. They’re internet marketers! And usually, they’re looking for the fast no-investment buck, which is not a reality of multi-level marketing (no matter how good the compensation plan)—quick, free money is a fantasy that never realizes. However, people who are interested in improving their health do buy these products. And may, for good reason, earn income because like-minded people see what the product does for them. Incidentally, you can earn retail sales from LiveGood products without customers having to become multi-level marketers. Now here's the secret to how I started getting quality sign-ups: if you wish to make money selling health products, change your message from just "making money" to appealing to those who love and want to consume health products like you do.

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The Best Health Foods

I’m a real believer in supporting my health with supplements—collogen peptides, organic mushroom coffee, plant protein drinks, minerals and vitamin supplements. I have to admit to being a health food store junkie and I’m just always curious about new natural health products. However, I believe the best products, the best natural health foods come right out of the ground. They’re as near as your backyard garden or your front yard herbal garden because these nutrients are fresh in their most potent natural form, unprocessed. Processed foods by definition loose nutrients the more they are handled or processed. I try to live the vegan lifestyle, vegetarian; okay, as faithful as I can be to the vegan lifestyle. For me, that’s no meat—fish occasionally, plenty of vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, fruits.

My “Diet”

Diet to me should be an eating lifestyle that you enjoy. When eating becomes regimented, bland, and restrictive, it loses something called FUN and becomes unappetizing. The reality is becoming Vegan brings with it a lot of unexpected, exciting, tasty dishes and habits. For example, I’ve readily substituted eating carrot sticks or nuts as a snack rather that highly processed salty chips or tooth-sticky sugary treats. Each week I make soups (the heart of a wholesome vegan diet), pea soup, Mediterranean, black-eyed peas, northern beans, mixing black and red kidney beans—ah, when you learn the art of seasoning these things with the right amounts of rosemary, thyme, sage, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and so much more, then eating becomes a guilty pleasure. When you add to it the world of grains-mixing quinoa and wild rice—or making freshly made yeast-risen bread then you enter what is called Palate Shangri-La.

My breakfast is usually a simple smoothie consisting of a 16-ounce glass filled to the rim with, first, one banana, then frozen or fresh fruits, strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries, etcetera. I add to this, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and fill the balance of the glass with filtered water. In the blender, I add ½ teaspoon of turmeric, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a garlic clove, plus a dash of black pepper to increase absorption of the turmeric. I usually snack on cashew or pistachio nuts until lunchtime and this routine naturally helps me manage my weight and promotes healthy daily bowel movements.

My lunch at work is usually a sandwich made with lettuce, onion, tomatoes, mushroom—this on Italian bread, deli dressing, some light salt/ pepper seasoning, and mayonnaise—and you’ll wonder why you’d ever miss the roast beef and turkey. And don’t restrict yourself on experimentation such as trying plant-based butter, mayonnaise, or tofu eggs. There’s a lot of interesting non-dairy cheeses and spreads, even adding beans, a side pasta or soup to lunch will make it a culinary delight that you reward yourself with every day.

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Exercise, Rest, and Stress

Ah, well, if I’m going to talk about healthy eating, then I might as well talk briefly about exercise, rest, and stress— it’s all part of being content and living at your fullest.

To me, the most important part of exercise is consistency, whether it’s hard day/ easy day or on day/ off day, the level of intensity is not as important. I do believe intense speed training and weight training are important to conditioning; however, walking the dog or just walking 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a week consistently is more achievable. I try to strike a balance between these two extremes while varying my workouts: I do everything from the above to running long distance, to you tubing it with MAD FIT 20 minute workouts, to inventing my own workout machines, so no, no set schedule, I just listen to my body and try to stay as regularly active as possible. In the weekday mornings, I do have a set routine, which I call maintenance workouts: 40 deep squats; reverse lunge with front kicks, 25 with each leg; 10 to 15 push-ups; 2 minutes of abdominal crunches; another 10 to 15 push-ups; and various stretches if time allows before I go to work.

Once upon a time, I used to go to bed at 10 pm sharp like clockwork. It was a good habit and paid its dividends in full recoveries and increased performance for this once competitive runner. These days, 11 o’clock seems to be the norm. I’ve gotten sluggish as a creature of good habit, but rest and a good night sleep are essential for well-being. So though the bedtime hour may vary, I aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. As I’ve long known, rest is the body’s opportunity to recuperate, repair, and build muscle. It varies from person to person, but we all know when the lullaby calls and it’s best to heed it.

Closely related to rest is the management of stress, people management in particular since our interactions with people affects a range of negative emotions, such as anxiety, anger, etcetera. I strive to live by the Bible’s maxim, "If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men." Romans 12:18 Easier said than done of course as some people it seems are bent on confrontation and conflagration. The trick is to cultivate a garden of aromatic, fruitful upbuilding interactions. Be positive as far as it depends on you. Welcome equitable reconciliation, which honors mutual respect. When an interaction leaves you spent with negative thoughts and feelings, that’s the clue to make peace or take your leave—the later is preferable when Romans 12:18 fails. Learn to cut frayed kite strings when they become emotionally entangled, you’ll fly just as well without the dramatic burdens. Resolution doesn't always require that the other person admit or apologize (most people don't) for the harm you feel they caused you; resolution is your resolve to let it go before the hurt metastasizes into healthy parts of your life. Give yourself "space," time to recover from toxic interactions, then let go of resentment and live good.

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