Vitamin D deficiency associated with many chronic medical conditions


In the present day, poor vitamin D status in adults is occurring in epidemic proportions as measured by the blood levels of the intermediate form of vitamin D, 25(OH)D3. The geography of the epidemic is evident in areas where vitamin D production is inefficient. The farther away from the equator, the greater the insufficiency of vitamin D because of reduced UVB light exposure. Many factors are at play: air pollution, the use of sunscreen (an SPF factor of 8 or above blocks all vitamin D synthesis), cloud cover, and skin tone. Because of the number of factors involved, it is difficult to estimate a population-wide sunlight exposure recommendation.

For latitudes closer to the equator, somewhere between 5 to 30 minutes of sunlight exposure between 10 am and 3 pm several times a week may be needed to support sufficient vitamin D status. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many chronic medical conditions, including:


Fractures from falls

Psychiatric problems

Colon, breast, and prostat cancers



Cardiovascular disease

Increased susceptibility to autoimmune inflammatory diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Nutrition: Your Life Science

By Jennifer Turley and Joan Thompson


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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited – What a deal!

I received an email the other day from Amazon which talked about getting unlimited access to over 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audio books. I’m a skeptic and said “yeah, and how much is THAT going to cost?”

I have an Amazon Prime membership that cost me $79 for a year and while it has paid for itself over and over with the free 2-day shipping that Prime members get, I just can’t justify paying $99 when it comes up for renewal. But I like that Prime members get one free book monthly and can “borrow” books from the Amazon Lending Library, not to mention the free Instant Videos and Prime Music. I haven’t used it for the videos or music yet. I took advantage of the 30-day free trial offer and just let it roll into a paid membership. But $100 in one lump is pretty hard to swallow when you’re on a tight budget like we are.

So I clicked the link in the email and was really shocked. In a good way.

Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial of their Kindle Unlimited program. So they are letting you kick the tires before paying for it. Pretty cool, right? After 30 days, the subscription price is only $9.99 a month. Now if you’re an avid reader like me, this is an killer deal! I carry my Kindle everywhere with me and can easily burn through a book in a matter of days. I have over 1,000 books on my Kindle, waiting to be read. You can use this program for all Kindle devices and anywhere you use the Kindle app, whether it’s Apple IOS or Android.

Most ebooks cost anywhere from $3 all the way up to $12 or $13. So it’s really going to save you money! And many popular books are included in the freebies through this program. As I was checking it out, I saw kids’ books, biographies, self-improvement books, classics, even current popular series!

I highly recommend checking out Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited!

OMG! OMG! OMG! 6.6 pounds gone in FOUR days with TRIM down Fiber Plus!


OMG OMG OMG!!!! Another scale victory for me!!! Got on the scales this morning…. (drumroll please)….. 241.4 lbs!!!! Since starting TRIM down Fiber Plus on Tuesday, I have lost 6.6 lbs!!! That’s FOUR days!! I am so happy that I’m crying!!! Thank you, Wendy, for creating this amazing product! I have changed nothing in my diet or routine to lose like this. The only thing I notice is that I’m not going back for seconds! And my Irritable Bowel Syndrome is behaving! I have never been able to lose weight before. This is freakin’ amazing! I’m in love! LOL

With possible knee surgery in my future, I know the doctor is going to say “You need to lose weight” Well, by cracky, I AM! I can’t wait til my next round of bloodwork now! A month ago, my cholesterol was twice what it should be and my sugar was slightly elevated. I’m just itching to see where it will be in a month!

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Help a girl out, won’t you?

help a girl out


Help me out, folks! I have some bills coming up that I need money for! Get a jump on your Christmas shopping now and help a girl out at the same time! Thanks!!!! Please share this with anyone who might be interested. 

No reasonable offers refused on any in-stock items! Click on the photos tab within Patty’s Crazy Deals and just comment on the photo of the item(s) you want in the group. I have lots of goodies including 31 Gifts, various totes, purses, and wallets, Pandora-style jewelry, Fuller Brush, jackets, and more!

I’m offering 25% off any orders of $4 or more before shipping this month in my etsy shop! Just use coupon code “July2014″ when checking out! I have Pandora-style jewelry, bookmarks, key chains, loose beads, ceramics, unique charms/dangles for your Spirit Lockets, Origami Owl, and South Hill Designs lockets and more! Here’s the link to my shop

Check out my eBay goodies too! I have Ageless Anti-Aging Skin Serum, PartyLite, iPhone covers and collectible glassware listed there!

Don’t forget about my 31 party!!! Runs til the 27th!

Shonia lost 10 lbs in one week with TRIMdown!


The amazing reports just keep rolling in! Shonia lost 10 lbs in one week with TRIMdown!

Shonia W. told me “I wanted to post this yesterday, however time got away from me. I’m celebrating my bday today and I’m soooo excited! I received TRIMdown Fiber + on Friday-July 5 and started taking the product on Monday-July 7 and I lost 10 pounds in 1 week!”

She went on to say “I did not exercise due to my 2 herniated discs in my lower back. What I did do is commit to drinking half of my weight in ounces of water… for me I drank at least (7) 16.9 oz of water daily. I haven’t had any fried foods only grilled meat and a lot of fruits and veggies. Also, I have lost my desire and cravings for sweets and noticed that my mobility has improved. I just feel GREAT overall. Please use this testimony in order to help anyone and everyone achieve their weight loss goal! TRIMdown Fiber Plus is the TRUTH! I absolutely love this effective result giving product!”

Thank you, Shonia, for sharing this with us!!!

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Don’t Be Fooled By Misleading Label Claims


Don’t Be Fooled By Misleading Label Claims

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

The big food manufacturers are at it again. However, now they are becoming smarter and trickier at undermining your weight loss results. There are things that as a consumer you can do to protect your family and yourself. Let me explain…

The Labels Food manufacturers have come up with clever ways to trick you into buying healthier foods. From low-fat, trans-fat free, and other misleading labels, you may be getting more than you bargained for on your weekly trip to the grocery stores. However, here are five of the Top Misleading Labels:

1. Light 

This is a label that many companies use to their advantage. Generally speaking, when you think of “light,” you may think that it has less calories and fat. However, some companies use the term “light” in reference to the flavor of the product, which means there are the same amount of calories in a “light” brand as you would find in the regular product. In order for a brand to be considered “light” in terms of fat, the product needs to contain 50%, or less, fat and calories compared to the original brand. This is one of the reasons why reading the food label is extremely important. If you are looking for a lighter version of the original, you may not be getting it.  You may just be getting a less flavorful product, with a large portion of fat and calories.

2. Organic

Just because a product says organic on it, does not mean that it is healthier for you. Organic is a term that is used when 95% or more of the ingredients were grown without pesticides or synthetic forms of fertilizer. However, remember that the term organic only refers to the above statement, which does not refer to calories, fat, and sugar. In fact, there are many products labeled “organic” that contain high amounts of fat, sugar, and calories, which could make them an unhealthy food option.

3. Two percent milk

Normally, you would look at 2% milk and think – HEALTHY. 2% milk does contain less fat, but when you find out the amount of fat in whole milk you may be surprised. The fat content in whole milk falls between 3.25% and 4% fat. In comparison, 2% milk contains just that – 2% fat. Yes it may be lower in fat, but the best options to choose would be 1% or skim milk, due to their respective fat content.

4. Gluten Free

Gluten, which is a protein found in foods that are processed from wheat or other related grain products, has gained popularity over the years. Considered one of the biggest buzz words in the nutrition industry, the demand for gluten-free products is increasing, with more and more products entering into the market. Gluten-free products are great for people who suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease, but may not be so much for people without these sensitivities. Why? Gluten-free products are free of gluten, which could mean there is less fiber available for your health. Also, some gluten-free products (not all), contain high amounts of fats, which could lead to weight gain, altered cholesterol levels, and other health issues.

5. Serving size 

This could be the trickiest labeling of them all. In order to monitor the fat, calories, sugars, and other nutrients, you need to put a serving size on the label. This means that for each serving size you have, you get the listed amount of calories, fats, protein, carbohydrates, and sugars. However, some food companies make the serving size so small, that it could be almost impossible to get the nutrition posted on the label. For instance, if you look at the label for ice cream, you would see that the serving size could be half a cup to a cup for the serving. Most people do not limit themselves to half a cup serving of ice cream, so in order to accurately judge your calorie intake, you may need to double, or triple the calories for your appropriate serving.

Don’t Be Fooled – Anymore! As a smart consumer, you have the power to determine which products and foods you bring into the house. By reading the labels and understanding what is in front of you, you will improve your weight loss results.   Plus, you will be bringing in healthier food options for you and your family to enjoy.

Loving Some Essential Oils for Arthritis!


I am loving me some essential oils for arthritis!!!

Have I said lately how much I love essential oils? I have arthritis in both knees and this morning, it just about killed me to get out of bed. So I did some experimenting and came up with a blend that took my pain away in 20 minutes! Aleve and Motrin can’t even touch the pain most of the time. I’m in love with my oils!!! I even added this blend to my blog so others can have the same great results!

Woo Hoo!!! My Trim Down Update!



My third day on Trim Down Fiber Plus and I feel great! Lots of energy without any sign of jitters and I’ve already dropped some weight! Not a lot because let’s face it, it’s only been THREE days, but I have always been a stubborn weight loser so I will take 2 lbs!

Join me on this journey! You will love Trim Down Fiber Plus! All-natural, gluten-free, 100% plant-based weight loss! We are vegan friendly! All with a 45-day money-back guarantee! What do you have to lose, except weight?

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Healthy Snacks for Your Tummy

healthysnacksHealthy snacks for your tummy

Here are some more specific snacks you can eat that fall in line with flattening your tummy and losing weight. Before getting started, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of David Zinczenko’s :The Abs Diet” book. It’s not just your run-of-the-mill diet guide that tells you to lower your fat intake and starve yourself by eating 1,000 calories per day. :) It shows you the 12 “ab friendly” food groups and gives examples of meals and snacks that incorporate all the groups. He provides you with hundreds of recipes, examples of meals to eat at the popular chain restaurants and gives great explanations of what certain foods do to your body. It’s very easy to read and small enough to carry with you. There’s even a chart that tells you the kinds of foods you should eat often and the kinds you should almost always avoid. As David will tell you, dieting is not about starving yourself and going hungry, it’s about choosing the right foods and enjoying them often. Without further ado, here are some healthy snack foods you can munch on without feeling guilty…


As long as you don’t saturate it in butter and/or salt (a.k.a. movie theatre popcorn) this is a very healthy snack. It’s very high in fiber and low in calories.  The best kind to eat is the air popped but if you’re going to pop it on the stove make sure you use oils with monosaturated fats like canola or olive oil. Be careful with microwave popcorn.  Check the labels for sodium and fat content because it varies from brand to brand.

Almonds and Other Nuts

You’ve heard the old phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well now people are saying the same thing about a handful of nuts. The biggest weapon contained in nuts is the monosaturated fat.  This kind of fat is actually good for you and can even help clear your arteries. Nuts help fill you up and are also high in Vitamin E, fiber and magnesium. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight diseases such as cancer, asthma, osteoporosis and a host of other inflammations.

Sunflower Seeds Will Also Work

Sunflower seeds are like a cousin to the nut and contain a lot of the same good characteristics. If you choose to eat these, be sure to choose the ones with low or no salt. Many people like to lick the salt from the shell and that’s when a healthy snack turns into a not-so-healthy snack. The salted shells are fine in moderation but just be sure to limit your consumption.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a delicious member of the legume family. It has a lot of the same good qualities as regular nuts, and is great because it will fill you up quickly. If you ever want to hold yourself over to the next meal just eat a couple of teaspoons of peanut butter.  That’s 190 calories right there and you get a load of protein. You can also add it to your fruit, crackers, or even a smoothie. It makes a great healthy snack. Watch your consumption of it, however.  Despite the protein, peanut butter is considered a high-calorie food. So be sure you don’t overdo it.


Fruit smoothies can actually be used as a meal replacement if you pack them with enough ingredients. Depending upon what you put in them, they can contain anywhere between 400 and 600 calories which will keep you full for hours. The benefit to this kind of snack is you can get fruit, protein, fiber and dairy all in one delicious serving. The choice is up to you. Lisa’s Tip: If you live near a Smoothie King this is the best place to go! Not only do they have tons of flavors, but you can even ask for extra protein/whey powder (great for toning your stomach) and many other healthy ingredients that will give your drink a healthy boost. Another Note: If you’re watching your sugar intake, please understand that smoothies are very high in sugar – even though most of it is natural. Sugar turns into fat when it’s not burned off so I wouldn’t eat a smoothie everyday. If you really find yourself enjoying them, see if you can order a “light” or “low sugar” smoothie. Many places offer that option.

Beef Jerky

Who knew? Beef jerky is actually a very healthy snack contrary to popular belief. On average one ounce of jerky contains about 70-80 calories, 12 grams of protein and around 1 gram of fat. Just remember to buy your jerky at a health food store.  The kind you see in regular grocery stores are generally high in sodium.

Low Fat Yogurt

An 8-ounce cup of yogurt generally contains 2-3 grams of fat and around 150 calories. This is a much better snack food option than something like ice cream. A recent study showed people that consumed three servings of light yogurt daily as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost about 20 percent more weight than those who only cut calories. Some recipes will even call for low fat yogurt to replace sour cream.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Penne



Lemon Pepper Chicken Penne
Servings 5

1 pound chicken breasts
1 ½ teaspoons Wildtree Lemon Pepper Blend
1 tablespoon Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil, divided
8 ounces penne, dry
8 ounces Brussels sprouts
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup cream
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
½ cup Parmesan, shredded
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Nutritional Info
Calories: 470
Fat: 19g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 40g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 32g
Cholesterol: 105mg
Sodium: 550mg

Method of Preparation
Season chicken breasts with Lemon Pepper Blend. Heat Natural Grapeseed Oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook on both sides until golden brown and completely cooked through (165°F). Transfer to cutting board, slice, and set aside. Cook penne according to package directions. Reserve ¼ cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta and set aside. Heat remaining Natural Grapeseed Oil in the skillet you cooked the chicken in; add the Brussels sprouts and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the reserve pasta liquid and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking until sprouts are tender, about 3 minutes more. Add the cream and mustard, stir to combine. Cook until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, about 1 minute. Add the pasta and chicken and toss to coat in the sauce. Continue cooking until everything is heated through. Serve with fresh basil and Parmesan.

Wildtree Product(s):
Lemon Pepper Blend
Natural Grapeseed Oil

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