I am so excited!  Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with a couple people who are doing the 24-Day Challenge for Domani’s Biggest Winner contest.  And, WOW!!  I am extrememly impressed with the level of committment and the results I’m seeing so far!  What I’m hearing the most is how easy it is to follow.  And painless – as after just a couple of days, cravings are noticably under control or even non-existent.  Truly, it only takes a couple days of distance from sugary or starchy snacks before your body stops calling out to them.  So, keep up the good work and tell your friends and family.  The special 25%-off price on Advocare’s 24-day Challenge products and the opportunity to get in on the chance to win a spa package are going on through January.  Results will be announced March 1st.  Or simply do it for yourself.  Either way you win! 🙂
My wellness tip this week is especially for those of you working on making some serious changes this month.  Keep a food log.  This always helps when someone comes to me with questions if their diet isn’t working because we can examine the history together and find the sneaky culprits.  It also shows where things like protein or fiber need to be added.  And it adds an element of accountability, if only to yourself.  Don’t leave anything out.  You may be surprised where the extra calories are creaping in!  I strongly encourage all 24-Day Challengers to be doing this.       
Questions about Advocare’s OmegaPlex this week have prompted me to make this my Advocare Prodct of the Week.  “OmegaPlex® omega-3 fatty acid supplement is a safe, convenient, easy way to get the omega-3 fatty acids that may be missing from your diet, especially if you consume fish less than twice a week. It contains both 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg DHA long-chain omega-3 fatty acids per serving for maximum benefit.* Because these nutrients are involved in transporting nutrients, OmegaPlex is an important component for core nutrition.* It also helps promote healthy hair, skin and nails, and supports a healthy immune system.* It plays a key role in cardiovascular activity by supporting normal blood flow and healthy blood pressure.* In fact, consuming omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.** By supporting a healthy metabolism, OmegaPlex can aid weight management.*

OmegaPlex meets the highest quality standards of product safety and efficacy. Each softgel starts with high-quality marine lipid concentrate, which must meet strict analytical testing requirements for environmental contaminants, quantity of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and oxidation as indicators of safety, purity, potency and freshness. OmegaPlex also contains the antioxidant vitamin E in its most active form to further ensure omega-3 fatty acid stability.* The quality values of OmegaPlex are consistent with or exceed the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) voluntary monograph values.” (borrowed from Advocare.com)

This omega-3 fatty acid supplement is for everyone.  Take 2 soft-gels twice or more daily with meals.  There is even a kid-friendly version called Purple Champs.  They’re delicious!
With my focus on omega-3’s this week, it seemed appropriate to include my favorite omega-3-rich recipe:
Steamed Salmon with Leeks
4 chinook salmon fillets (4-oz. each)
1 large leek, divided
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp dry sherry
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
Rinse salmon in cold water & dry with a paper towel.
Trim tough green part and root end from leek, and discard.  Cut leek in half lengthwise.  Rinse with cold water, pulling apart layers to remove grit.  Cut leek into very thin slices.  Spread 2/3 of slices evenly on large microwaveable plate.  Cover loosely with waxed paper, and microwave on high 30 seconds.
Combine ginger, sherry, soy sauce, and remaining leeks in a small bowl.
Place salmon on plate over microwaved leek slices, skin-side down, in spoke fashion so thickest parts face outward.  Pour ginger mixture evenly over top and cover loosely with waxed paper.  Microwave on high 4 to 6 minutes or until salmon is opaque in center.  Test for doneness by inserting tip of a sharp knife in center of fillet.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
4 servings.  230 calories, 11g protein, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 12g fat, 540mg sodium
from The Doctors Book of Healing Foods, Selene Yeager and the editors of Prevention, Rodale Inc.
Enjoy over a green salad or brown rice or with a side of seasonal fruits!
‘Til next time, something to keep all that positve energy flowing:  the days are getting  longer!!!