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Goodbye Timecard, Hello Residual Income

Think back to your first job – were you a babysitter, a paperboy, or punching the time card at McDonalds? In each of these jobs you were paid by the hour or to complete a job. When you were on the clock you got paid, but the moment you entered your employee number into the computer for your break the clock stopped. These jobs along with many more salary type professions are considered active income.

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Active income is when you are paid for a certain amount of work. You work for one hour and receive one hour’s wages. To increase your income you must either work more or find a way to increase the amount you are paid per hour of work. Your income is a direct result of your actions. Active income is also limited, we all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. You can only work so many hours so therefore the time that you can be paid for your actions directly limits your active income. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get paid when you are not on the clock? You can.

Hello Residual Income

In all things there are opposites and residual or passive income is the opposite of active income. In residual income you receive payment for an action long after the action has been completed. The rich and famous enjoy residual income from song rights, book sales, and patents. But you don’t have to be famous to enjoy the benefits of residual income.

Potential Sources of Residual Income

  • Advertisements, subscriptions, donations or affiliate links on your blog or website
  • Purchasing property and leasing or renting out the space
  • eBook sales
  • Investment programs with interest
  • Photography royalties for stock photos
  • Network marketing opportunities

Almost a Fairy Tale

Now don’t let the word passive fool you. With residual income you have the potential to earn money while lounging on the beach, but you need to put in the effort to get your investment rolling. Choose an opportunity that matches your strengths and has the potential for growth.

In network marketing you invest in the right product and share that product with customers that connect to its purpose and value. You move products or services through a vein of like minded people that become loyal to a product or service. As the customers return to the product again and again long after your initial contact and sale your residual income grows. The only limit to residual income is how much you do and are willing to help other people.


Residual income allows you to free yourself from the timecard. As you grow your business you could go from a part time job that brings you full time pay to being financially independent. Whether this provides you with freedom from debts, the ability to move your location, or change your family lifestyle – investing in a residual income business is a postive investment in your future.

Wes Bartell

A professional network marketer offering expertise is growing a successful network. Wes proudly represents Shaklee products and also assists individuals as an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. Wes welcomes the opportunity to assist others finding healthy lifestyles and financial freedom.

Call: 661-215-2901

Text: 661-808-0060



Becoming the Consistent Product

A strong foundation is required to be a successful network marketer

Network marketing starts with a connection. The person you connect with can make you wonderful promises, tug at your heartstrings, and make you want to join them on their quest to improve the world. But, what if they don’t keep their promises. Why won’t they return your phone calls? What happened to that ideal connection?

Network marketing gets a bad reputation because some individuals do not keep their promises. They scam others into believing in something that isn’t real and never deliver what is promised. Integrity is everything in the business of relationships. From the first meeting throughout all transactions and interactions your success will be built by honesty, integrity, and consistency.


Honesty must run through your life and business. Keeping commitments, like being on a three-way call with a new recruit or delivering a customer’s first purchase must all be done when promised. If your word is compromised, then trust has been broken. Be real with people about yourself and your product and customers will develop a strong connection with you.


Your motives must be sincere. Many individuals join a network marketing group with the goal of making additional or substantial income. That is a desirable goal, but not if you seek to harm others to line your pocketbook. Scamming and taking advantage of people do not grow a successful, sustainable business.


I go to my favorite restaurant time and time again because I know that they will always deliver a consistent, delicious product. Knowing that I will have a positive experience keeps me loyal. You want to become the favorite restaurant that your clients can trust to deliver a consistent relationship and product.

True success comes from real relationships. As a successful network marketer my goal is to work with people who are looking for more in life, living a healthier life, and getting back to nature is my goal and I am committed to helping those individuals who are looking for the same thing.

Wes Bartell

A professional network marketer offering expertise is growing a successful network. Wes proudly represents Shaklee products and also assists individuals as an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. Wes welcomes the opportunity to assist others finding healthy lifestyles and financial freedom.

Call: 661-215-2901

Text: 661-808-0060



Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?

Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?

There are many lofty claims being made about the benefits of the Paleo diet, but are they really true? With such a bombardment of dietary advice from so-called experts—much of it based on outdated standards and flimsy science at best—it can be difficult separating fact from fiction.

If you’re the careful sort, you may want to know what the latest science says before pitching most of the food in your pantry. The truth is, no one diet is perfect for everyone. Our individual genetic backgrounds, histories, lifestyles and epigenetic factors are far too complex for one dietary edict to hold true. However, many of the tenets of the Paleolithic diet are based on sound science and good common sense.

One fact is inarguable: the standard American diet is a metabolic nightmare and is leading us down a very grim path.

Today’s diet is loaded with sugar, glutinous and processed grains and chemical additives, and creates the perfect storm of inflammation, a major driver of the chronic diseases so rampant today. Many recent studies have supported the benefits of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet—and yes, this includes animal foods. Recent science has brought us some surprises, such as the heart-healthy benefits of eating 50 to 80 percent fat! Yes, you read that right.

As popular as the Paleo diet is, there are many misconceptions floating around, and I would like to dispel three of them right now.

1. To go Paleo, I’d have to eat a ton of meat.

Probably the most common Paleo myth is that it’s mostly meat. First of all, this is not how our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, nor is it what the Paleo diet advocates. The Paleo diet is not a highprotein diet, but is actually rather moderate in protein.

Animals were not the most reliable food source for our ancestors. Large game was probably hit and miss, depending on the season, geographic region, and skills of the hunter. It’s more likely they relied on the plants they foraged daily, nuts and seeds, and smaller “animal” protein sources, such as insects, reptiles and rodents. Those living along coastlines, lakes and rivers had the benefit of fish.

High protein diets are risky, with protein toxicity being a serious concern—consuming too much protein can put a strain on your kidneys.

Nutrition expert Ron Rosedale, MD,[i] recommends your consuming about one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. Here’s how that works. If you body fat is 25 percent, then your lean body mass is 75 percent of your total body weight. You would then divide your pounds of lean body weight by 2.2 (converting pounds to kilograms), to calculate the grams of protein you should be eating each day. Keep in mind this is only a ballpark figure. Of course, if you are extremely active or pregnant, you’ll need to bump this up accordingly, by about 15 to 25 percent depending on your situation.

The quality of the protein you consume is every bit as important as the overall quantity—maybe even more so. Most people get too much low-quality protein, far too many carbohydrates, and not enough high quality fats.

2. The Paleo diet is just another low-carb fad.

The most fundamental principle of the Paleo diet is returning to foods that more closely resemble those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. This means organically grown vegetables, roots, nuts and seeds, fruit in moderation, and meats, fish and poultry. We should also be consuming naturally fermented foods, as the gut microflora so critical to our immune function has taken heavy losses from its assault by the Western diet.

The Paleo diet is naturally low in carbohydrates, especially carbs from sugars and starches. And this is quite beneficial for your health—actually necessary if you wish to restart your fat-burning engine, which for most of us has become quite sluggish from today’s constant carbohydrate infusion.

The Paleo diet is not a fad. Various renditions have actually been around for decades, long before Dr. Loren Cordain popularized the Paleo diet with his book by that name. There are as many versions of “Paleo” as there are proponents, each with their own particular focus or orientation.

My own take on Paleo is based on what modern science is telling us about how our bodies react to certain foods. I believe you should listen to your body and put some effort into learning its language, as it will tell you what is and isn’t working. This means there will be individual dietary variations for each person, rather than hard and fast rules. Diets are never one-size-fits-all, and Paleo is no exception.

Everyone has a different tolerance for sugars and starches, so you’ll have to find your “sweet spot” when it comes to starchy vegetables like potatoes—particularly if you have issues with insulin resistance, which is almost the norm today.

3. The Paleo diet is bad for animals and the planet.

One area in which I am not at all compromising is my belief that we should consume only whole foods that are raised sustainably and biodynamically, whether from plants or animals. This is especially important for the Paleo lifestyle, which requires the consumption of animal products. Just as with ANY nutrition plan, there are ways of going about it that will support and nurture the planet, and ways that will not.

I am deeply committed to ecological responsibility, which includes purchasing products that come only from farmers who are raising foods naturally and sustainably, with the health and happiness of their animals receiving top priority.

Animals should be grazing on grassy pastures, not confined inside crowded buildings or fed biologically inappropriate diets of grain and soy. Today, nearly 65 billion cows, chickens, pigs and other animals are crammed into CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and subjected to filthy and unconscionably cruel conditions, where sickness is the norm and antibiotics are dispensed by thetruckload. Any product coming from a factory farm should be avoided. Unfortunately, this eliminates the vast majority of meats and dairy on standard grocery store shelves—and this alone may necessitate a radical lifestyle change for some.

Modern day agricultural practices such as genetically engineered foods, monocropping, chemical fertilizers, heavy pesticide and herbicide use, and a wasteful food system have resulted in massive ecological degradation. Sixty percent of our planet’s ecosystems are no longer capable of sustaining themselves without human intervention.[ii] We must begin working with the laws of nature, instead of against them. Our modern day farming systems play a larger role in global climate change than the entire transportation industry.[iii]

Addressing these ecological concerns should be a vital part of the Paleo lifestyle. We are responsible not only for what we put in our mouths, but for the impact it has on our planet. The earth cannot heal unless each of us is willing to do our small part.

Paleo is much more than a diet—it’s a way of living that can fire up your metabolism, arm your immune system, and reverse the inflammation that over time burns a hole in your health and longevity. As with any major life change, it’s important to ease into it with a generous dose of self-kindness. Realize that you don’t have to be a caveman by Saturday! Jumping in whole hog can lead to stress and overwhelm, which dooms many to failure. There are ways to make changes gradually, in a stepwise fashion, feeling good about yourself along the way.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/paleo-diet-right-you?page=1


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‘The Octoberfest Diet’ – What Can We Learn From This?

'The Octoberfest Diet' - What Can We Learn From This?

Critique of the October Fest Diet

With all the trendy new diets and mass amounts of research available on specific foods and food groups, it seems a bit old school to count calories for weight loss.  My nutrition professor would always say, “If people knew it was a simple as calories in versus calories out, I would be out of a job”.  While I agree that portion control is important, certainly not all calories are created equal when it comes to weight loss.

For example, there are many research studies showing that increasing intake of coconut oil actually helps people lose weight.  One might say, “Weight loss is due to getting in more calories from fat, so you are less hungry and eat fewer carbohydrates.  It isn’t because it is coconut oil”.  Fortunately, researchers have already disproved this hypothesis and showed that coconut oil had greater improvements in weight loss and/or waist circumference than soybean oil (63-64) and olive oil (65). Research indicates that this is due to the fact that the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil are more water soluble and have a “thermogenic effect on foods” (66).  Put simply, MCT actually help you burn calories.

One man decided to do a radical diet he called, “The October Fest diet”.  His diet was high fat, high animal protein, high alcohol, and high gluten.  A diet considered offensive to both “Paleo” dieters and vegans alike.  While I strongly disagree with such a diet program, I find it to be a fascinating example for which to explore the research to its rationale.

This man was eating ONLY sausage and beer for the month of October.  The catch is that he was limiting his calorie intake by approximately 600 calories less than he usually consumes.  He described the diet as, the “a little buzzed, a little hungry” diet.  Everyone can agree that a reduction in calories would likely result in weight loss, but most would be surprised that this diet also improved his cholesterol by 30%.

So how can it be that a diet high in saturated fat, sodium, gluten, and alcohol can improve cardiovascular markers?  First let’s put to rest the obvious debate on cholesterol.  Most of the cholesterol in our body is produced by the liver.  It is the precursor to all our steroid-based hormones and has numerous other important functions in the body.  Cholesterol is not the bad guy.  Research has shown that cholesterol in food is not associated with cardiovascular risk (1-3).  Now let’s take a closer look at what is going on physiologically.  What happens when someone loses weight?  When someone gets rid of excess fat they are actually decreasing inflammation in the body.  This is a big reason why weight loss improves cardiovascular markers (4). Inflammation has proven to be central in cardiovascular disease (5-12).  Our fat cells, also known as adipocytes, secrete hormones and have a significant impact on our immune system and inflammation (13).  Therefore, when we are losing fat, we are decreasing negative hormone and immune signaling which perpetuate inflammation.  Remember, inflammation is not just a risk factor for cardiovascular disease; it is connected to most diseases of the body [i.e. Osteoporosis (14-15), Autoimmune conditions (16-18), Diabetes and Obesity (19-25), Neurological and Neurodegenerative diseases (26-32), Cancer (33-42), Pulmonary conditions (43-46)] .

What most people do not know…

Everyone knows that insulin controls blood sugar, but most do not know that insulin levels also significantly impact cholesterol synthesis and cardiovascular health (47-59).

So what impacts insulin?  Carbohydrates!  There are very little to no carbohydrates in sausage (depending on what they use for fillers).  How much carbohydrates are in beer?  Not as much as you may think.  Most of the calories in beer are due to the alcohol content.  This “dieter” claims to be drinking approximately 6 beers per day.  That is just under 5 servings of carbohydrates a day.  That is less than the average pasta dinner at your local Italian restaurant.

What about the role of alcohol on insulin levels.  Long term alcohol consumption is not good for the liver, and a damaged liver can negatively impact the endocrine system (60).  However, there happens to be a study which showed that when healthy men changed from 7.2 alcoholic beverages a day down to 0.8 a day for one month, there were no changes in insulin sensitivity, fasting insulin, or glucose (61).  In fact, another study showed that short term alcohol consumption may even improve insulin signaling (62).  Based on this information, it is unlikely that the alcohol consumed in this 30 day October Fest diet negatively affected insulin due to the short duration of the diet, and the “dieter” being in relatively good health.

Does this mean we should adopt the, “a little buzzed, a little hungry” diet?

If you are in good health and do not have food sensitivities, it will likely not have any ill effects short term.   However, this diet will not provide proper support for long term goals for optimal health.  This diet has no fiber or phytonutrients.  Long term, that will impair digestive and immune function and increase risk of disease.  There is no need to feel “a little hungry”.  You can stay low calorie and add in non-starchy vegetables high in phytonutrients and fiber to fill you up.  As mentioned previously, long term alcohol consumption is bad for our liver, which can cause a cascade of other issues.  Substitute the beer with fruits, starchy vegetables, and whole grains high in fiber and phytonutrients.

Remember, “diets” are something you do for a certain amount of time, then it is over.  Adopting healthy lifestyle practices is key for long term weight management and optimal health!

To more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/octoberfest-diet-what-can-we-learn

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Nuts Drop Risks of Pancreatic Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease

Nuts Drop Risks of Pancreatic Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease

Adding to the many benefits of nuts including reducing heart disease, researchers from Harvard Medical School have determined that increasing our intake of nuts decreases our risk of diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The researchers followed 75,680 women from the Nurses’ Health Study – started in 1976 and expanded in 1989. The researchers measured nut consumption among the subjects and updated it every two to four years.

Those who ate at least one ounce of nuts twice a week had a 35% lower incidence of pancreatic cancer and a 32% lower incidence of diabetes.

This effect remained after cancelling out other known causes of pancreatic cancer. Those included higher BMI, less physical activity, greater consumption of red meat and less consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Other research has found that eating more nuts helps prevent disease. In fact, another study from Harvard – this from the School of Public Health – found that eating more nuts and peanut butter reduced the risk of diabetes. Though peanuts are not really nuts – they are legumes – they are still considered nuts among most nutritionists and researchers.

Those who ate an ounce of nuts at least five times a week had 27% lower incidence of diabetes compared to those who ate no nuts. And those who ate an ounce of peanuts or peanut butter at least five times a week had 21% lower incidence of diabetes.

Other studies have shown that nuts reduce cholesterol, and reduce heart disease. A large review of research by scientists at California’s Loma Linda University found that consuming nuts at least four times a week reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 37%. And each weekly serving of nuts reduces the risk of heart disease by over 8%.

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The reasons for nuts’ ability to reduce cancer, diabetes and heart disease relate to a combination of their healthy fats, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and other phytonutrients.

The Many Nutritional Benefits of Nuts

Nuts contain a balance of healthy fats. These include monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, polyunsaturated fats like linoleic acid, and long-chain polyunsaturates such as alpha-linolenic acid – in some (like walnuts and pecans) but not all nuts. Meanwhile, saturated fat levels are balanced, but reasonably low in nuts.

Almonds, for example, have 4% saturated fat, 32% monounsaturated fat, 12% polyunsaturated fat.

Nuts are also high in phytonutrients such as tocopherols and B vitamins, as well as phenols. Nuts also contain phytosterols – shown to be heart healthy as discussed above.

Phytosterols reduce cholesterol absorption because they displace cholesterol from microscopic intestinal biomolecules called micelles. This prevents the displaced cholesterol from being absorbed through the gut.

As such, phytosterols have been shown to reduce LDL – those oxidation-friendly containers that transport cholesterol (often incorrectly called “bad cholesterol” – it is “bad” but not cholesterol).

A review of research from the Netherlands’ Wageningen University found that 2.15 grams of phytosterols per day reduced LDL by an average of 8.8%.

Nuts’ antioxidant effects aren’t often considered. Nuts have significant antioxidant effects within the body. In a crossover study from Thailand’s Mahidol University found that a diet with increased intake of walnuts resulted in higher blood antioxidant values than either a diet with increased fish intake or a control diet.

Less known is the fact that nuts contain healthy doses of magnesium, calcium and potassium, and many contain good quantities of selenium. Brazil nuts are one of the richest sources of selenium, at 540 micrograms per ounce, according to the USDA database.

Most nuts are also complete proteins, containing all the essential amino acids for the body to build its own proteins, without the acidic plasma side effects. An ounce of nuts will typically contain 4-5 grams of plant-based protein, as well as a few grams of fiber to boot.

Nut processing has mixed effects upon their nutritional content. Blanching of nuts like almonds and pistachios can destroy many of the nut’s antioxidants, but roasting seems to preserve many nuts’ antioxidant phenolic compounds – at least better than blanching.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/nuts-drop-risks-pancreatic-cancer-diabetes-heart-disease

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