Category Archives: Weight Loss

Balanced Health: Body, Spirit, Mind

Womens Soul Evolving

Womens Soul Evolving

If you have read my bio—you know that I am an artist.  I teach middle school kids, which means I spend most of my life with 12 and 13 year olds….OK…so now you can feel sorry for me and buy my products…lol

Every once in a while, I force myself to take time and do some art pieces that are not in the middle school curriculum. Lately, I have been playing with watercolor/collages…in an abstract form.    It is eminently satisfying to see the end results, and makes me vow to take more time for my own creative processes.  I am validated again, and feel rejuvenated.

I know that being healthy is a balance of mind, body and spirit.  And these aspects make us into the unique person we truly are….but they are ALL equal parts of us….and sometimes we forget to take care of our minds and our spirits.  It is easy to focus on the body, because when we don’t, it tells us, in loud tones, that it is not happy.   But the spirit and mind speak in much softer tones, sometimes so softly that we don’t hear them at all….and then one day, we awaken depressed, anxious, bewildered….and we wonder what is wrong.

The Holidays are times that may awaken your spirit and mind….they may start talking louder to you, or perhaps you will have some time off in which to listen deeper to them.

Spirit loves…Spirit creates….Spirit desires beauty, kindness, forgiveness, caring….all the values that make us human…and that are there to guide us to the next level of human evolution….the evolution of the soul.  Be a seeker of light this season…

Mind is curious…Mind is hungry….Mind doesn’t want to be satisfied, it knows there is more out there…..and it desires to know more…. That false lull, that rut of routine just “drug” the mind into stasis….Mind does not really want to remain in equilibrium… wants to grow, stretch, be challenged….  Be that Mind that goes beyond the normal limitations of routine this season…

Take time during the Holidays to refresh your skills and talents, to share and learn, laugh and enjoy.  Read a good book, have a real discussion with a friend, visit a museum (even online), dust off an old talent….

Give your Spirit and Mind the gifts of your presence…..Be in the now.   Be healthy.  Be happy.  Be at ease.

Be blessed, Kersten


Tis the Season…to Watch Your Weight

Holy Cow…the year is almost gone…the Holidays are upon us….and the partying mood is about to commence. This is the time of year when we over indulge our children, our wallets, and our stomachs. Then sadly repentant, we try to atone with New Year’s Resolutions that never fly…

So maybe it is time to remember to be more considerate of our credit cards and appetites, and have more joy now and less remorse later.

The American Institute for Cancer Research released some pretty upsetting data that links the propensity of certain types of cancer to excessive body fat… and remember that 30 pounds overweight is considered a BMI of 30, which falls under the obesity category.

Below are percentages of specific cancers attributed to obesity:

  • Endometrial   49%
  • Esophagial  35%
  • Pancreatic  28%
  • Kidney  24%
  • Gallbladder  21%
  • Breast  17%
  • Colorectal  9%

The message is clear:  “Take care of yourself…Take care of your weight.”

That is the best holiday gift you can give to yourself and to those who care about you.

Enjoy the season in moderation…..if you splurge, don’t feel guilty…but don’t lose sight of the fact that you need to resume healthy choices….one splurge doesn’t have to be the excuse or justification for a month of bad behaviors.

  • Take the best women vitamins that already has your essential vitamins and trace minerals factored in it.
  • Exercise daily,
  • Meditate and be grateful for the opportunities to share good times with friends and family.
  • Don’t stress yourself out with unrealistic expectations…..

Above all,  don’t forget that it tis the season to be a living, healthy, happy gift

Healthy Holidays with Women Vitamins

Healthy Holidays from Women Vitamins

When Exercise and Diet Fail

Catchy title, eh?

When exercise and diets fail…..but wait…there’s a problem…THEY DON”T FAIL!

This week I was looking for topics to blog about.  seems like every time I turned around…the facts presented themselves that exercise, healthy foods, and vitamins can help with everything from:

  • depression
  • weight loss
  • autism
  • diabetes….   the list goes on

    Balancing exercise with healthy food and women vitamins

    Balancing exercise with healthy food and women vitamins

When we exercise and take care of ourselves, we feel good, we create all kinds of natural chemicals and compounds that allow the body to regulate itself in a healthy manner. The manner it was designed to be.

Yet,  for some reason,  we prefer to pretend that our problems can only be cured with pills, prescriptions and other people’s programs.

Somewhere on the path, we have lost the ability or desire to save ourselves…we are not proactive– we are reactive. We would rather place the blame on someone else and forget that we are  solely responsible for ourselves.  We want quick and easy and painless “fixes” …  forgetting that sweat equity, dedication, and investment bring personal rewards returns on so many levels.

Somewhere in the last 40 years we have bought the theory that a pill can fix everything…I remember my grandma’s medicine cabinet….holding toothpaste, deodorant, aspirin, Vick’s vapor-rub, tea tree oil, oil of cloves, oil of peppermint…..and that assortment seemed enough to see her thru 86 years of independent healthy living….no arthritis, no heart issues, no broken bones.

Gram worked all her life, walked and walked, drank gallons of coffee, baked and shared her creations with others, attended church, drove like an Indy 500 racer, and passed of a stroke in her sleep.  I think she would have been baffled by life today…Her mantra was “mind over matter, Kersty.”  She believed you were in charge of your life and you were supposed to do what had to be done; no self pity, no waiting to be saved by others or by pills or by some magic mystical thinking.

Bill Mahr, a favorite comedian of mine has a set that sort of focuses on this same issue:

Energy Sags and Lags

If you’re interested in recharging your energy levels, read on. In this article, I’ll discuss ways of supporting our health and energy.   We all have times when we feel worn out and some days we wonder if we’ll be able to last thru our list of “to-do’s” .  You and I want to take care of ourselves. We need to find a reliable source of vitamins and protein to back us up.

It seems like we need more and more energy to keep up. Our days are full, and so are our schedules. It’s vital to recharge our energy levels. If you are like me, you have been looking for a economical and efficient product that can boost your sense of every day well-being.  I have read, all over the net, how proper absorption of vitamins allows the body to refresh itself more easily. We also know that a whey protein powder can create lean muscle mass. So it makes sense, to use a product line that has created these products specifically for busy, healthy women.

I was tired of feeling worn out and unable to cope. I have been taking Basics Vitamins for about 6 months now, and I truly notice an increased sense of health and well being. I also can tell when I don’t take my vitamins, so I know they are doing the trick for me.

I love Basics Women Vitamins

I love Basics Women Vitamins

Remember that we all need a steady source of vitamins for cellular energy. We also need protein for muscle recovery and energy. Basics Vitamins and Protein for women, believes in helping you through your day, by focusing on your total health, and on educational information.

Remember also, to take care of yourself: eat sensible, exercise regularly and use reliable multi-vitamins and whey protein shakes. Be reasonable when you plan your days.  Don’t be afraid to use the “NO” word once in a while. Be good to yourself.

Your energy levels are serious matters. You need a serious product that understands your needs. Basics Women Vitamins focuses on your total health with products that can help you regain your energy and feelings of vitality. Recharging your energy is important and necessary. Basics encourages you to take care of yourself, in mind, body and spirit.

Conclusion: 21st century life never slows down. It seems like we need more and more energy, Don’t let yourself feel worn out and unable to cope, Take care of yourself: use reliable sources of women vitamins and protein shakes.  Give WomenVitamins a try, and feel the difference for yourself!

Optomize Your Exercise: Eat Protein!

Maybe you are like me…

You exercise…you eat….and feel ever so slightly guilty about the process.  So how can you optimize your meal to actually help your exercise program?

There is a 30 to 60 minute window of opportunity after exercising, where you should eat protein with some carbohydrates.  This is the time when fatigued muscles are most receptive to nutrients, and when an increase in enzyme activity makes the body more efficient in storing glucose for energy and building protein for lean muscles.

Four Quick & Easy Protein Sources:


Say you exercise in the morning….Consider whipping up a whey protein shake that can be further tweaked into becoming a sports recovery drink when blended with bananas.  Bananas are wonderful sources of magnesium and potassium; both minerals help assure healthy muscle function.

Did you know that Basics P3 whey isolate protein powder is formulated with 7 additional vitamins, as well as flax-seed and digestive enzymes.  Basics P3 protein shakes are also satisfying following an afternoon workout as well.


Sometimes you just can’t eat 30 minutes after a workout. So what can you grab?  Fruit works well, as does granola.  Most grocery stores sell bulk, organic granola which is easy to pack in a baggie and eat on the go.  (You want portion control as granola is calorie dense.)

You can also make your own granola using whole rolled oats, almonds or walnuts, dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, and apricots), flax seeds, and some carob or dark chocolate bits.  Almonds, walnuts, and flax are sources of good omega-3 fat, while dried fruit provides iron for healthy red blood cells.

Peanut Butter

While peanut butter has a higher caloric content, 100 calories per tablespoon, that same tablespoon provides 7 grams of protein.  Add that to a slice of whole wheat bread and you have a healthy protein and fiber snack.


An egg sandwich with a slice of cheese on whole wheat toast is a great after workout breakfast.  The complete egg (white and yolk) provides 7 grams of protein and all the essential amino acids needed by the human body, including zinc and vitamin B12 which support cell production.  This homey sandwich assists with recharging your energy and restoring your sore muscles.

Don’t forget to take your complete vitamins either.

Basics A-Z Complete:
Vitamins for Women delivers 10 essential vitamins and 77 colloidal minerals that provide your body with the nutrients it needs for daily energy and cellular health.

Basics Women Vitamins

Basics Women Vitamins

Overweight Issues and Cancer

Over weight issues in young adults and a rise in cancer factor

Reading through various health posts today, I came across an article that just grabbed my attention and held it.  Especially since it deals with young adults (late 20’s early 30’s)…and I have a daughter who is in her mid 20’s with chronic weight issues.

Here is a snippet of the read:

“Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women in the United States. As the number of people who are overweight and obese has increased in the past two decades, evidence has grown that excess body weight is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.”

“The stronger association of excess body weight at earlier adulthood with risk of pancreatic cancer suggests that weight control at younger age should be the primary preventive strategy to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer,” said study researcher, Donghui Li, an associate professor in gastrointestinal medical oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (June 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association)

Texas is the state of large-ness…everything is KING-sized and larger!  Houses, pools, pride, and the width of many behinds!  How did we get so BIG?  Why are we staying so BIG?

I don’t know.

There are always the excuses: too much to eat, too little time to exercise, no convenience to health foods…

It’s time to step up and take personal responsibility for our bodies and our health.  I control what goes in my mouth and when it goes in…most of us are quite a ways away from Mom putting that spoon in our mouths.  And the road back to health is not easy….but the consequences of good choices make it all worthwhile.

So, let’s look at a sensible lifestyle and eating style.  Research the 6 meals/day plans.  Pare down the obvious anchors to your weight: chips, soda, crackers, sugar, white flour products…  Check out articles on eating for your blood type… start walking with your friends.  Find vitamins and protein supplements to help with weight loss, energy, and lean muscle mass.

Check out Basic Vitamins, formulated for just such a healthy lifestyle commitment.  These are designer products targeting women’s total health.

Basics A-Z Complete is a liquid multi-vitamin supplying 100% of RDA on 11 vitamins and 70 trace colloidal minerals.

Basics P3: Power Protein Powder gives you 20 grams of protein per drink…via whey protein isolates, one of Nature’s best and most complete protein sources.

Women Vitamins and  Whey Protein Powder

Women Vitamins and Whey Protein Powder

Thoughts on a Women Vitamins Theme

Wow…I am in the midst of launching a vitamin company with a long time friend who has 20+ years experience in the  nutritional formulations and holistic health arenas.

We have a great product line called Basics Vitamins.  We have a website up and running: I am constantly working on pamphlet designs and postcard designs and thinking and writing articles about women’s health and weight and vitamin issues.

I enrolled in Google Alerts about womens health, weight loss, weight maintenance, vitamins, lap band surgeries, bariatrics….and I am overwhelmed by the number of articles and appeals written by people looking for products to support their health choices…and by how many people are still out there “crying in the wilderness”.

When I read these posts and articles, I want to personally answer each plea for assistance with a “Wait! Don’t give up hope!  I have a wonderful product for you!”

Because I do….have a wonderful product linecalled Basics Vitamins.

People maintaining weight, or looking to lose weight …begin a healthier eating pattern by choosing the 5-6 meal per day plan…this is a great way to get your protein…use our Basics P3: Power Protein Powder, with 20 grams of whey protein isolate, the highest absorption factor in protein…for 2 of your meals and you will be surprised by how satisfied you are.  No hunger pangs, no desire for extra sweets.  Go ahead and add fruits to jazz it up…or drink it plain.  It has a great flavor, no chalkiness, no clumps, no after taste….just the comfort of knowing you are doing something good for yourself.

I am a school teacher of 8th graders (13 year olds–for those of you who are not parents)…I use Basics P3 power protein powder, every day for breakfast…I use whole milk and throw in a variety of fruits…from bananas to blueberries..and viola!  I am never hungry before lunch, I maintain my weight and my energy….

Basics A-Z Complete Liquid Vitamins provides you with 11 vitamins and 70 colloidal minerals in a pleasant tasting liquid form.  One ounce in the morning and you are good to go…  Notice there are no fillers, no un-digestible gel caps, no mouthfuls of pills to swallow…just an ounce of vitamins, a mouthful of goodness…. the absorption process starts as soon as it hits your mouth.

I use this liquid multivitamin as well, and can tell the days I don’t…I have a great supply of energy.  I just feel good.  And for that I am eternally grateful!

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Me and Knightly...I am in my upper 40's, use Basics everyday and feel great!

So if you are finally ready do the right thing for yourself….give Basics Vitamins and Protein a try.  Visit us at and check us out!

Women’s Health and Daily Vitamins

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Are you interested in learning about the relationship between Women’s Health and Daily Vitamins?   This article will discuss the benefits of multivitamins and how they are a great way of taking care of yourself.

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins are a vital part of daily health care regimes, and Women Vitamins wants to introduce Basics A-Z Complete, a liquid multivitamin designed for active women who are seeking quality products to help ensure their health. There really are many benefits of taking Basics A-Z Complete liquid women vitamins as it supports your quest for an active and healthy life.

“Long-term regular consumption of a multivitamin may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 16 per cent…”1

Being healthy, active, energetic, and ageless is your goal.  Taking care of yourself is very important, although you may put yourself last, as you deal with the daily stresses and obligations of family, careers, and the routines of 21st century life.  You are on the go 24/7.

BUT, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you be able to care for others?  Your health starts at a cellular level and that means you need to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to do its job.   Taking vitamins and minerals is a major step in taking care of you.

Finding the correct blend of vitamins can be a daunting and frustrating task.  Yet you know the value of doing this.  You need a quality product that specifically promotes women’s health and vitality and is available at an affordable price….

“… the cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users.” 2

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins have an important place in daily health care regimes.

Basics A-Z Complete is a liquid multivitamin designed for active women that provides 100% RDA of 11 vitamins and 70 trace colloidal minerals while also utilizing cranberry pulp as a source for fiber and urinary tract health.  A liquid distribution of vitamins allows for quicker and more complete vitamin absorption.  There are no fillers in a liquid, no slowly dissolving gel, no painful handful of pills to swallow, no wondering if your combinations of minerals and vitamins is complete.  Basics A-Z Complete liquid multivitamins has every basic vitamin and mineral you need for your health.

Your health is positively affected by taking daily multivitamins. Taking care of yourself is important.  Having confidence in a product is important too.

Go ahead and try Basics A-Z Complete liquid vitamins as a trustworthy aide for cellular health in your quest for an active and healthy life.   Visit Basics Vitamins to learn more and to order Basics A-Z Complete.

So take the best vitamins for women, exercise, eat healthy, and be blessed, Kersten

1American Journal of Epidemiology “Use of Supplements of Multivitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E in Relation to Mortality” Authors: G. Pocobelli, U. Peters, A.R. Kristal, E. White

2American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2009, Volume 89, Number 6,
“Multivitamin use and telomere length in women” Authors: Q. Xu, C.G. Parks, L.A. DeRoo, R.M. Cawthon, D.P. Sandler, H. Chen

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