Tag: clean living

Who Needs HA??? (And what is it?)

Who Needs HA??? (And what is it?)


Hyaluronic Acid is something that most adults need! The abbreviation for this is HA. Do you battle any of these issues?

  • Hair loss
  • Arthritis (any form)
  • Wrinkles on your skin
  • Broken bones (past or present)
  • Sleep issues
  • Anxiety
  • Leaky gut
  • Struggling with eating too much

Guess what? HA can help! But only if you get it from a bioavailable form. Or in simpler terms in case you struggle with some of the more “sciency” words: a form that your body can use. Type 2 collagen is a bioavailable form. But is not easily located!

How can you tell when you look at a label? Or at the store? It can be hard! But there are bioavailable forms available. The one I promote is a liquid form of collagen. Liquid dietary supplements are the preferred delivery system for the body, absorbed faster, and do not undergo the typical digestive steps required for any powder form. Plus, dose compliance is challenging with solid forms. Because it’s a liquid, it is convenient and easy to swallow and highly effective.

To tell if what you are looking at it needs to meet these qualifications:

  • It needs to be a liquid
  • It needs to be labeled as type 2 collagen
  • It needs to be hydrolyzed collagen

Collagen is safe for people who battle a myriad of medical issues, and is effective. I would encourage you to add this to your supplements. And to contact me on Facebook to get started. These pictures show the results people have gotten from the brand I suggest.





What’s the Big Deal About Protein?

What’s the Big Deal About Protein?

An article from U.S.  News dated March 10, 2017 titled “Your Guide to Protein Powder: Lose Weight, Build Muscle, Age Better” by K. Aleisha Fetters talked about how to get protein. On the Mediterranean Diet, protein comes primarily from legumes and seeds. But it also comes from yogurt, milk, eggs, poultry and occasionally red meats.

Why do we need protein? In the article, I referenced and in school, we need protein for many reasons:

  • It improves exercise recovery,
  • It promotes weight loss,
  • It helps you stay strong into old age,
  • It decreases inflammation,
  • It improves your metabolism,
  • It reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes and,
  • It reduces your risk of heart disease!

So, you can see it is important. But how are some effective ways to get protein and what if you’re a vegetarian?  And what about supplements to get protein? If you go into the grocery store you’ll see protein powders. Some are effective, most are not! But how can you tell? In the article by Fetters, she said that you want to choose powder brands that are free of fillers, artificial and real sugars and other chemicals. This blog you are reading I’ve titled “Clean Living.” I picked this because clean living is the basis of my business and my life. Sugar, artificial sugar, chemicals and fillers are things that need to be avoided when you are working toward living clean. My favorite ways to get protein is one from a supplement called Sustain. Which I get from my company. I frequently mix it with either strawberries or blueberries, a banana, my liquid minerals, and milk. It is effective and I love it. Vegetarians can use this also, but if you are a vegetarian you can get protein from peas, seeds, sprouts and whole grain sprouted breads nutritional yeast or dark leafy vegetables. Pea protein is popular and for a good reason! It is a complete protein, has low risk of allergy reaction, and is effective! The sustain I referred to is made from this.

Finally, how much protein do you need? Not as much as you think! If you’re at a healthy weight, don’t lift weights, don’t exercise much you only need 0.36 to 0.6 grams per pound (or 0.8 to 1.3 grams per kg). This comes out to between 56-91 grams for a male. Or 46-75 grams per day for the average female. If you lift weights and exercise, the amount is higher and I strongly recommend you reply here for me to contact you to get a personalized level. I don’t charge for this, so don’t let money hold you back.  If you want more information on how to get the sustain or mineral I referred to, reply to this post and I will get the information to you.

Mediterranean diet pyramid

Don’t just live…

Don’t just live…

I had a wonderful conversation with my friend Sara Fogan, who is a clinical hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, California. Sara encouraged me to begin to blog again, even though my life has become incredibly busy because of school and having a business I’m running. So, I’m back. But I’m also going to change directions slightly on here. I still believe in clean living. That will never change. But I’m also sold on people being as healthy as possible in all areas. This isn’t just about network marketing. It’s about changing lives. In 2013, I heard a phrase that hit very close to home. “Don’t just live your life, max it.”  Are you just living a life that you are just getting by? Or are you living a life that pushes you to the life you know you deserve? The bible says in 3 John 1: 2 “Beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” So, I am wondering, are you living your life or are you living a life that passes a legacy to the people you are close to?

What is your WHY?

What is your WHY?


Why are you doing what you’re doing? Do you know what you want? Do you have any idea WHY you are doing what you are doing? I have the Greater One living in me! It’s time to Rise and Grind!!!! Figure out what you want, figure out WHY you want it!!!! Then just do it!!!!

For the past several years I’ve been working on changing my life.  And my life has changed. In the past 2 weeks I’ve started some new things. Including a new job. I’m working on generating some additional income for some plans I have in place. When you know WHY you know what you want,  you are going to be willing to RISE and GRIND to do whatever is necessary to make it  happen.

The most  successful people I know have worked very hard for a season (usually less than 10 years) so they can have the life  they want. They worked sometimes 60-80 hours  a week to make it so at the end of that season they can cut back to 20 hours a week. But get paid over and over for the work they did during that season they worked 60-80 hours a week. It’s called building residual income and it makes doing this possible.

What does this have to do with living clean? Everything! Think how much better your life would be if you only had to work 4 hours a day 5 times a week. And for the most part, you decide when to work. To me, that is true freedom and it is directly linked to clean living. If you know what you want,  but need help, talk to me. I can and will help.



Living Clean 101

Living Clean 101

Last week I talked about how what does it mean to live  clean. And put some suggestions out on where to start. Today,  I want to elaborate on this. What are some practical ways to live clean? Here are some things I have done:

  • Read the labels. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably should reconsider using it.
  • Make the switch to organic cleaners as much as possible.
    • Talk to me about my business. The company I’m a part of is amazing. All our products are not only affordable,  they are completely toxin free. And there is a way you can actually get them for free. To get more information on that, simply reply to this or look me up on Facebook. I’m listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee.
  • Walk instead of drive,  it’s better for you and the environment. As much as possible anyway.
  • Eat smart
    • Add one meatless meal to your menu each week
    • Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can
    • Eat organic as much as possible
    • Cut out white. Switch to either no wheat, or 100% whole grain wheat. Switch to brown rice instead of white rice.
    • Drink more water. Get a water filter to reduce chemicals in your water.
  • Lose the excess weight. If you are overweight, even  by 10-15 pounds, you are storing toxins in that fat. I’ve been working on getting healthy since 2011.  And I can tell you, I feel so much better! At the top are 2 pictures, the first one is from 2011. I was about 260 pounds and even though I was smiling, I was incredibly depressed. The second picture is from  a little over a week ago and I’m now at about 220 pounds. I’m not at my goal, but I’m a whole lot closer. And I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 16.  I have more confidence and just feel better.
  • Get some exercise. My favorite exercises are:
    • Walking, especially with a friend.
    • Tae Kwon Do, it is great for all ages! It builds confidence, increases agility, plus it is great exercise.
    • Go dancing!
    • Try yoga, its great!
    • Go bowling, and even better, join a league.
    • Play tennis
    • Join a gym and take a class there

See what you can come up with and share some of your ideas with me. I’d love to know what you do to live clean.


Live Clean? What’s This?

Live Clean? What’s This?

I was thinking about this for a couple of days. And I asked a friend what he thinks this is. Here is what he said:

“To me to live clean is to live free from all foreign toxins and chemicals that are harsh over long time that are harmful for our bodies. And also congest and ingest clean living from food, to non-processed food, etc. water included.” Marquis C. Jones, Sr.

Marquis C. Jones, Sr. is a remarkable friend to have.  How often do we eat foods or use chemicals that are just bad for us? I suspect way to often! I say this because of the epidemic of illnesses that are so rampant around the world. Illnesses that were non-existent 100 years ago are now rampant. We have cancer more rampant, even in infants and children. Autism is more rampant. It used to be 1 in 10,000 and now it is 1 in 75. Obesity is also way up. And obesity is directly connected to so many other health issues. So what can be done? Here are some ideas:

  • Take control of what you eat. The Mediterranean Diet is known to be the healthiest diet on earth. Doctors around the world promote this. Including my favorite doctor, Dr. Don Colbert.
  • If you need to lose weight, go on a system that will provide support. I have one that I am seeing amazing success in.
  • Make the switch from cleaners that are not healthy to ones that are effective and safe. The cost isn’t as much as you might think. I will be discussing this more throughout the month.
  • Make sure you are drinking water.
  • Do daily affirmations, keeping a positive mindset will set into action a clean life.
  • Exercise, my favorites are:
    • Walking around a lake or in bad weather the mall
    • Tae Kwon Do
    • Bowling

Over the course of this month I am going to be talking about clean living. So you will want to stay tuned. And if you have anyone in your life that needs help, have them follow me. I’ll be talking about practical ways to do this, if you don’t have family support (and I have this issue personally), and how expensive is this (actually, it really isn’t!)?



Balance: Love & Life

Balance: Love & Life

For years I was encouraged to forget myself that I was supposed to focus on my  husband and children. I was told that love always puts others first. Even if it means you neglect yourself. And I followed what I told to do. I neglected myself. And I got SICK, so sick that I almost died. I was battling irregular heartbeats, incredibly low blood pressure, obesity, and severe depression. But no one knew. To a certain degree not even my family. But in November of 2011 I hit rock bottom. I sat on the edge of my bed that day and cried. Probably for over an hour. That day I cried out to God and told Him to either take me home to heaven or help me get better. I really didn’t care which. But God put it on my heart to start following Dr. Don Colbert on Facebook, which I did. Over time I started reading his books. The first one I read was “Stress Less” which began to address that my being stressed out was the the root of all the issues I battled. I learned that I had to get balance in my life. Over time I read more and more of his books and began to eat healthier, exercise, and make healthier choices. This was the beginning of my learning to Live Clean. Since then I’ve lost weight, learned to make healthier friends, and learned that self-care ISN’T SELFISH.

It’s  important to take care of yourself so you can care for others. So what can you do to take care of yourself? There are LOTS of things. Here is a list to get you started.

  • Daily affirmations. I’m going to be adding a second blog that has some that will get you started.
  • Take a walk
  • Take a healthy cooking class
  • Take up a hobby
  • Read a book, just for fun
  • Take 30 minutes and day dream ( I do this on my walks!)
  • Go have a drink (coffee, tea…) with a friend
  • Look for things to be grateful for (I’ll address this on the other blog shortly)
  • Have a focus word of the week. Mine this week is balance, last week was purpose. I write them on my bedroom mirror so I can see it several times a day.
  • Try something that you’ve been afraid to try: but use common sense, don’t do something dangerous.

There are lots of other things you can do to take care of yourself. See what you can come up with.