Weekly News, July 11th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

We hope that everyone in the U.S. had a great 4th of July holiday last week. We took the week off from the weekly news post, but we have some great links to share this week.

There is some great advice in this article about 10 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams. I especially like #9:

They don’t get stuck in having all the answers, making things perfect or trying to gain comfort by controlling everything. Instead, they’re aware that they’re not going to see the next step until they make the decision to move forward despite the discomfort.

USANA continues to accumulate awards and recognition for going above and beyond expectations.

We’re big fans of dogs at Larsen Global, so this article on business lessons we can learn from dogs is right up our alley.

Hazel and Revi working on increasing their productivity

Hazel and Revi working on increasing their productivity

A great announcement from USANA’s Reset program: customized weight loss kits (plus a bonus link from USANA: Obi Obadike’s Top 6 Weight Loss Foods).

An interesting new study shows that Omega-3s may improve sleep.

A new study urges you to get out of your exercise comfort zone.

This is a great video on The Happy Secret to Better Work from Shawn Anchor. I’ve seen it before (and may have posted it before), but it’s definitely worth another view.

Have a great weekend, enjoy summer, and remember to spend time on what is most important to you.

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Weekly News, June 20th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

Do you have trouble understanding the glycemic index? This helpful graphic breaks it down and explains the importance of a low-glycemic diet.

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Learning from other people’s mistakes — The 13 Biggest Failures from Successful Entrepreneurs and What They’ve Learned From Them.

We know how important good gut health and digestion is to overall health. This recent study shows how exercise can have a positive impact on digestive health.

The worst nutrition advice in history (h/t Chris Vaisnoras)

Some good tips for working smarter.

We all have a desire to get rid of bad habits, this article will help you get started.

If you’re anything like me, your productivity has suffered a little bit over the past few weeks due to the World Cup. This commercial is one of my favorites, and has a few great lines, opening with Neymar Jr. in a pre-game conversation with his father, who gives his son this advice:

Today is another important day in our lives, so today run, run like it is the last day of your life, run like you’re a crazy man chasing happiness, run for your family and your friends. Today be happy, enjoy football. But there is one more thing…it’s important you don’t hold back.

Great words of advice for anything you want to be good at. Have a great weekend.

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Weekly News, June 13th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

A new study examines how exercise slows the aging process.

This informative graphic (I guess that’s why they call it an infographic) shows the nutrients and food that lead to healthy skin.

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USANA’s Dr. John Cuomo answers some compelling questions about USANA’s Essentials, including should a 20-year-old take Essentials, and can’t we get all the nutrients we need by eating a healthy diet?

Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready, a great essay by James Clear.

Are you doing what you should do, or what you must do? This essay is a must read.

This Ted talk by Amy Cuddy gives some simple and effective tips on body language and shows how body language can change your life.

Have a great weekend.

 

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Weekly News, May 30th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

There are some great quotes on leadership here. This is one of my favorites:

“Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” –John Maxwell

The Travers Family

The Travers Family

Our friends, Derek and Ashleigh Travers, were among the winners of USANA’s Reset Weight Loss Challenge. Check out their story and their transformation.

USANA’s supplement spotlight on a very important nutrient, calcium.

This is a good article on knowing it all when you are 22, and learning to admit ignorance and grow from it.

In case you missed it, Larsen Global’s matriarch, Collette Larsen, shared her thoughts on 20 years with USANA, and her perspective after being evacuated from her home due to California’s wildfires.

The science behind “practice makes perfect.”

Some great life lessons in this commencement speech by Admiral William H. McRaven, a Navy SEAL Commander. I’m definitely paying more attention to how I make my bed.

Have a great weekend.

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Thoughts on my 20-year anniversary with USANA, evacuation notices and gifts that keep on giving…

Last week was rough. I live in paradise. Even the name of our community – Elfin Forest – has a surreal, mystical quality about it. However, our forest is not a rain forest or even a cool, damp place like the beloved redwood forests to the north of us. During especially drought-sticken years like the one we’re in, our forest is a tinderbox of scrub oak, eucalyptus and chaparral. And last week our forest caught fire.

Elfin Forest Fire

Elfin Forest Fire

For two days we sat glued to our local TV news watching the devastation going on in communities just to the north and east of us. My husband Ric soaked our three acre property, which he has lovingly manicured over the years, and positioned our sprinklers to hit the roof of our home. Every hour or so we would go out in our yard to monitor the thick, choking smoke-filled skies around us and at one point watched in horror as flames leapt up on Double Peak Ridge – an area we have hiked dozens of times.

We received a “suggested” evacuation notice. Suggested…not mandatory. It came on the third day of this ordeal when finally, finally the skies seemed to be clearing and we felt we were (pardon the pun) out of the woods. We learned the mandatory evacuation came from a state rather than a local agency – a group of people looking at a map who obviously didn’t realize the fires had moved far to the east of Elfin Forest. The skies were blue! What would you do?

We filled three bins with irreplaceable valuables that could be thrown into Ric’s truck if our suggested evacuation became mandatory, fed our precious puppy, Revi, and got her settled in for the evening and then…okay, I’m going to admit it…went to the Journey/Steve Miller Band concert. Please don’t send animal protection services. I LOVE my puppy! We were CERTAIN all was safe. We desperately needed a diversion. I’d purchased these two great seats at this fabulous concert a couple months earlier as a birthday surprise for my husband – and frankly, I’m just crazy about both Journey and the Steve Miller Band…have been for about forty years.

You know when people say…”long story, short?” Who can do that? Not me, apparently. There is so much craziness to this story – so many hilarious bits, and parts that bring me to tears even now when I think back on them. But I get the whole social media brevity thing. And Dax, my son who edits my musings, wrote these exact words to me:

“Mom, I’m sure you could develop this into a long talk, or a short book, but a 3 or 4 paragraph blog post would be awesome. Thanks. Love you.”

So, I’m already over my limit. A few final points of clarification:

1 – Suggested evacuation became MANDATORY while Ric and I were rocking out at concert.

2 – All roads leading to Elfin Forest CLOSED!

3 – No amount of begging gets a 10-Star Diamond through a hard road-block.

4. Spent night in car, mostly crying.

5. Fabulous husband HIKES in to rescue beautiful white lab puppy.

6. Fabulous husband not allowed to leave property to rescue frantic wife.

7. Years of hiking and “can do attitude” pays off as we reunite using back-country trails.

Now, what does all this have to do with my 20-year anniversary with USANA?

As I walked through our beautiful home determining what would go into those three bins, it hit me. Almost everything was replaceable! When you’re told to evacuate, priorities crystalize. We dodged a bullet this time but should our home ever burn to the ground, I still have EVERYTHING that really matters:

1. My faith
2. My family – including Revi
3. My friends
4. My health
5. My USANA business

USANA-at-20-Logo-350x200I made a decision in 1994 that changed the course of my life. USANA was the primary reason I remained calm as I filled those bins. USANA is the gift that keeps on giving. I have received a deposit in my checking account every week now for over twenty years…that’s over ONE THOUSAND FORTY weekly deposits. That solid, comforting fact has allowed me to release any anxiety about my future…come hell or high water (or fire), I know USANA will be there!

However, even more than the financial stability is knowing I have an extended family of friends – individuals I love and respect. Thank you for your kind thoughts, your positive messages and your prayers. I am blessed beyond words to know you and to associate with you.

Finally, I look forward to seeing so many of you at this year’s convention. I understand the theme is “IGNITE!” Uh, really? Actually, I love it. This girl is on fire!

 

 

 

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Weekly News, May 23rd

IMG_1666Sorry we missed last week’s update. We were busy dealing with the Southern California wildfires. Collette and Ric were evacuated along with Dax and his family. We are all safely home now, and so grateful for the firefighters and the rest of the first responders who put their lives on the line. Dax wrote a piece about returning to the trails after the fire, and hopefully Collette will share her story which involves some great music and a couple of police encounters. We want to thank the friends and family who offered to help, and checked up on us during this time. When natural disasters like this happen, it always brings things into perspective, and reminds us of what is truly important in this life, namely the relationships we have made, so again, thank you.

On to the weekly news roundup. Here are some of the things we have been reading throughout the week.

We love the new USANA foods video.

A new study shows that Probiotics, while beneficial to the digestive process, may also help women lose weight.

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An entrepreneur shares lessons her mom taught her about being a woman in business.

Interesting thoughts on the “cult of busyness.”

An excellent article by Dr. Christiane Northrup on vitamins vs. drugs, and which is safer.

Two great articles on what being sedentary does to the brain: the first from Dr. Weil, and the second includes a great 7-minute workout. Everyone has 7 minutes. I’ve done this workout, and believe me, it will make you sweat.

The gift of an hour.

Have a great weekend.

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Weekly News, May 9th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

A very cool infographic that highlights USANA’s growth.

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This one simple thing can make your life so much better.

Some great tips from USANA on using Instagram. Make sure you follow us at @LarsenGlobal.

What General Ulysses S. Grant can teach us about succeeding in business.

Here’s a tip for inspiring greatness in others.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. Enjoy your day. What you do matters more than you can imagine. If you haven’t already seen it, watch this video of Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech as he pays tribute to his mother.

Have a great weekend.

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Weekly News, May 2nd

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

Wow, USANA recently reached $2,500,000,000 in commission payouts to associates. That’s $2.5 billion with a “B.”

10 Ways to Amp Up Your Energy from Dr. Libby.

Kathy Kaehler

Kathy Kaehler

How to make exercise more fun from one of our favorite people, Kathy Kaehler.

An interesting read on checklists and why they are important.

GET RICH QUICK (not what you think)…some great advice from Seth Godin.

I always feel like my best ideas come to me during, or immediately after exercise. A recent study demonstrates how exercise spurs creativity.

Speaking of creativity, I really enjoyed this short video on the creative process from Ira Glass.

Have a great weekend.

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Weekly News, April 18th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

USANA BiOmegaThis week, What’s Up, USANA? turned their spotlight on one of my favorite products, BiOmega Fish Oil. It was great to learn that USANA’s BiOmega Fish Oil comes from sustainable fisheries, and is tested for purity and potency by independent product testers, Consumerlab.com.

An interesting study on Younger Skin Through Exercise.

This article lists 8 common traits that people share, and that entrepreneurs should pay attention to in order to better understand what people want.

This man lost 220 pounds without dieting. He gives 7 simple tips that helped him take off the weight. I loved this one:

I discovered that one of the reasons why I was so badly starving for nutrients is that my digestive processes were compromised, so I was unable to effectively extract the nutrients from the foods I was eating. Digestion problems can also cause inflammation and the inflammatory hormones put our bodies into fat storage mode. I started eating lots of fermented and cultured foods, and taking probiotics and digestive enzymes in order to normalize my digestion.

This story touched me, and it made me more mindful about how I treat others, especially those in need.

Have a great weekend.

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Weekly News, April 11th

We hope that you are enjoying our weekly news feature, and we will continue to share some of the things we have been reading throughout the week in hopes that you will find them useful. They will mostly, but not always, be USANA-related items covering health, nutrition and business.

If you haven’t already, please take time to sign The Direct Selling Proclamation and Compact. Let your voice and your story be heard.

Vitamin DRecent Vitamin D studies from Harvard and Oxford Universities showed that taking Vitamin D (specifically Vitamin D3) may decrease your risk of death from heart disease and cancer by 11%. USANA’s Vitamin D contains 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3.

A new study links sugary drinks to obesity in children. Want a healthy drink? USANA offers a healthy alternative to sugary drinks with Nutrimeal, shown in this new video.

Darren Hardy offers some great tips in his series, Giving Wow Presentations. This week’s installment includes one of the best presentations ever given.

Do you want to be more charismatic? Here are 9 things you can do to become more charismatic.

A simple tip to cut calories, while at the same time increasing mindfulness — eat slowly.

10 phrases great speakers never use. Are you using these in your presentations?

An interesting take on Gen-Y, and how the American Dream is changing. A highlight:

For many millennials, American Dream-style consumption feels cookie cutter. Products or services that help us make unique, true-to-us choices will also have a great shot at success.

Reading the Darren Hardy article above led me to re-listen to this amazing speech by Steve Jobs. I’ve heard it before, but every time I listen to it, it touches, motivates, and inspires me. If you’ve already seen it, it’s worth watching again, and if you haven’t seen it, you really owe it to yourself to watch it.

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