Spreading the Fire

David Hodgson
Jacob Hinton
Amy Cayer
Susan Nevels
Lloyd Grims

Messengers of Hope

Virginia Rockhold
Susan Nevels
Jacob Hinton
Lloyd Grimes

Independance

Streaks of red, white and blue waving the wind, a backyard barbeque, the warm sun on my skin and cool grass beneath my feet, the sound as the sky explodes with colors- my memories of the Fourth of July are so vivid that I can still feel them with each of my senses.  It’s a holiday that absolutely screams summer.  Independence Day.  Two hundred and forty years ago, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring the colonies free from England’s rule.  Ever since, we have celebrated the day with shows of both patriotism and community.

Patriotism and community are two values that we at VitaMist hold dear, and the same can be said for independence.  Independence means the freedom to succeed or fail based on your own merit.  Independence means answering only to yourself and pursuing your own goals, without compromising your beliefs for others.  Independence is being your own boss, setting your own hours, deciding where the finish line is and how you want to get there.  Our goal at VitaMist is to promote your independence, while still maintaining the safety net of a strong community to back you up.

As you are celebrating our nation’s independence this month, take some time to think about your own independence, and how VitaMist can help you achieve it.

 

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

How You Can Find Your Independence With Vitamist

I’d like to discuss 10 of the key benefits, and how the VitaMist program is great business opportunity. Use these benefits to promote your VitaMist business and to recruit anyone in your organization.

  1. Low Risk: There is a certain amount of inherent risk involved when you become an entrepreneur.

We are confronted with losing money, wasting time, not profiting right away, and more. In a traditional brick and mortal business, the startup cost associated with opening that business is what holds many people back from becoming the creators of their own destiny.

People do not like risk and try to avoid it by all means. We’d like a “guaranteed bet” and stay within “our safe zone”. In business, you don’t eliminate risks; you learn to minimize them.

The advantage of starting an VitaMist business is that there is a small risk to get started. With as little as $50, it is possible to get you going, marketing products that you consume already. The amount of financial commitment is insignificant compared to that of traditional business.

  1. A Huge Demand for High Quality Products: There are a myriad of network marketing companies that promote very good products. If I were considering a company to get involved with, I would always ask myself:

 

“Would I still consume this product/service if there was no opportunity to market it?”

“Do these products bring any benefits to a consumer besides the opportunity to make money?”

“Would I bring “value” to my customers if they consume these products?”

 

Every business needs repeat customers. Distributors only get paid when they have consumers for their products and when these customers continue that consumption, then that creates the money flow.

 

  1. Residual Income: I am sure that you pay your gas, your electricity, and your phone bill every single month. These are the types of services that, for the most part, provide an ongoing stream of residual income for these companies.

 

The greatest advantage of a VitaMist business is that it gives you an opportunity to enjoy residual income just like those companies do.

 

When the initial effort of getting a new customer is completed, you can enjoy the residual part of that business relationship.

 

We are so used to trading our time for wages that we often don’t see the potential residual income of a VitaMist business Program. By direct selling your products, you can also claim your share of the residual income pie.

 

  1. The income potential: There is no cap on how much money you can generate. In my corporate jobs, my big limitation was that, regardless how hard I worked for these companies, my income was tied to a “market standard” for someone with my skills.

 

 In a VitaMist business, that’s not the case. It is up to you to decide how much you want to earn. The VitaMist program doesn’t hold you back in the same way the corporate environment does.

 

As long as you have the skillset of a trained VitaMist Rep., you make whatever income based on your stamina, dedication, and your willingness to help others.

 

The skillset is key. Once you trained have yourself to become a marketer, you can market anything you choose and generate that income you seek.

 

  1. No Employees to Hire: By far, this is a clear advantage over traditional businesses. The VitaMist program is a business of people independently working together.

 

Without any employees, it’s possible to build a business right from home. This industry gives you that added benefit, to be in business without employees concerns, by having a network of independent business owners working together towards a common goal.

 

  1. No Inventory: Traditionally, network marketing companies would have distributors stock up on inventory. This concept alone has given the industry a bad rap for years. VitaMist has done away with this.

 

However, modern companies do capitalize on the technology and tools we have in place. We have:

  • Internet Telephony
  • Drop Shipping Ability
  • Consumer Leads
  • Conference Lines
  • Web Conference
  • High Speed Internet Access

Not having to inventory products will make your business more agile to any market condition.

  1. Low Operating Costs: VitaMist’s marketing model makes it possible to run a business at low costs compared to other business models.

 

This is where your upline’s support comes in. A good upline mentor should allow you to piggyback on his expertise, on his knowledge, on his leads, and help you generate the funds to pay off your initial investment and get in profit early in the life of your business.

 

  1. Leverage: Your VitaMist business is a:
  • People business
  • Business of appointments
  • Business of helping consumers find what they have the need for
  • Business of helping others create businesses.

You reap the rewards by leveraging the efforts of those you help. This develops a collective mindset that promotes “win-win” relationships.

  1. Portability: With the advent of technology, we can do today what distributors 15 years ago could not do, which is to make our business portable.

 

We now have a phone technology that allows you to take your telephone and move it anywhere you like transparently to your customers.

 

As long as you have access to the Internet via DSL or Cable, you can take your computer, your phone, and continue doing business while you are on the road, on vacation, or visiting relatives whether that be in another city or another country!

 

  1. Attainable Freedom: Imagine having a productive business in VitaMist providing you with a lifestyle that only the rich and famous enjoy. When all the pieces are in place, the life of a marketer can be very fulfilling indeed.

 

 That’s the dream every new distributor chases, and it is only attainable when there is a clear understanding of how to get there and when your marketing skills are sharp.

 

It is not just the money, but the fulfillment of a lifestyle that makes a VitaMist business the best business!

Childhood Nutrition

​The human body is amazingly adaptive, and when the proper nutrition is not provided, it will compensate.  This can lead people to feel perfectly healthy, because their bodies have diverted nutrients to critical systems.  However, in truth their bodies are suffering.  Weaker cardiac muscles, plaque in the arteries, fatty livers and high blood sugar levels can all be overlooked until they become catastrophic.  At no time is this more true than in childhood and adolescence, when the human body is laying the foundation that will stay with them for their entire lives.

One of the largest health concerns is poor nutrition during childhood and adolescence- the period when it is the most crucial.  Poor nutrition during early development can lead the body to adapt in unhealthy ways, causing lifelong health problems.

Nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese, is consuming too little calcium and far too much sugar.  Whether you have a toddler or a teen, nutrition is important to physical and mental development. Here’s what children need in their diets, no matter what the age.

Infants

During this stage, milk breast milk or formula will provide practically every nutrient needed in the first year of life.  The two major concerns are that breast feeding mothers maintain a healthy diet, as recommended by their obstetrician, pediatrician or family doctor, and that parents using formula avoid those that are high in sugar.  Carbohydrates are of little importance to an infant when compared to their need for fats and proteins, and have the potential to lead to lifelong health issues, such as Type II diabetes.

At around six months, when most babies are ready to start solid foods, nutrient rich offerings like iron-fortified infant cereal, pureed fruits, vegetables and meats can provide a healthy boost to your child’s diet. Fortified cereals and meats can provide babies with the iron and zinc that breast milk may not provide enough of.  These deficiencies can be less of an issue for formula fed babies, but that is no reason to hold off on phasing into baby foods.

Once your child is ready to start eating food, do not avoid fats.  A healthy amount of fat is important for brain and nerve development.  As each of our bodies are different, there are exceptions, and if your pediatrician recommends restricting fats, then they likely have good reason for it.

Toddlers & Preschoolers

Toddlers and young children can be as fickle with their food as they are with their emotions. Their appetites may be huge one day, and non-existent the next.  This is perfectly normal, and as long as their options are healthy and varied, they will get what they need.  The real trouble can be getting them to eat more than just chicken fingers.  As tough as it may be, it is very important that young children vary their diets enough to acquire a variety of nutrients.  Chicken fingers may taste great, but contrary to popular belief, you can have too much of a good thing.  Most foods, no matter how healthy you may believe them to be, have some chemicals, proteins, fats, etc. that can be problematic when ingested in large amounts.  Yet another reason to vary your diet, and your child’s.

Calcium is especially important in early development and adolescence.  As a supplement company, we receive several phone calls a week from older individuals who are concerned about their calcium levels and bone strength.  The sad truth is that taking large doses of calcium later in life does very little to compensate for the bone density that we lose.  In fact, the ability to absorb calcium diminishes over time, largely due to low magnesium and vitamin D.  The best time to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis is early in life, well before it occurs to anyone to think about it.  Children may not believe or care that milk helps to build strong bones and teeth, but parents need to know better.  Dairy products are the best source of calcium, followed closely by green, leafy vegetables.  For the allergic and lactose-intolerant, or those who just don’t like milk, lactose-free milk, tofu, soy milk, tofu, calcium fortified orange juice and cereals are some alternatives.  Maintaining healthy levels of calcium early can drastically increase your child’s quality of life in their later years.  This is especially true for women, who suffer from higher instances of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Fiber is another key component to early childhood development.  Even in the face of staunch resistance, parents must encourage fruits, vegetables, beans  and whole grains. Fiber can help prevent heart disease and it aids in digestion

Elementary Schoolers

Most children do not get enough calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, or vitamins D and E. Sources of these nutrients are listed below:

Fiber: Whole grains, fruits and vegetables

Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds, wheat germ oil and vegetable oils

Calcium: Low fat and fat free dairy products, rhubarb, spinach, collard greens, and sardines

Magnesium: Whole grains, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and white, black, navy beans

Potassium: Legumes, potatoes, dried apricots, beet greens, prune juice and dairy products

Vitamin D: Sunlight, intestinal bacteria, fortified dairy and juice, cod liver oil, salmon, tuna and mackerel

This is when snacks can become an issue for children.  Now that they are in school, they have more choices in what they eat.  School cafeterias are often shockingly unhealthy, and candy, chips, snack cakes and ice cream bars are all readily at hand.  Areas that are often too sufficient are sugars, sodium and saturated fats.  The body needs carbs, fats and sodium, but each should be eaten in moderation.  Too much can lead to serious health problems.  If you have the time, packing a lunch for your child is often the best option, but going over the lunch menu and encouraging them to select healthier choices can help.

The most important step you can take in ensuring good health for your child is to educate them.  Rather than giving a lecture, it may be easier to present the matter as giving them more responsibility in their own lives.  This is the age when children are gaining a better understanding for the world around them, and beginning to strive for more independence.  Rather than fighting your child on their diet, you may be able to make them an ally in your mission to keep them healthy and happy.

Teens and Preteens

Puberty.  There are so many issues that come with that word.  Fortunately for us, a pubescent child’s needs are fairly straightforward.  They need everything that we do, only more of it.  As puberty begins, young people need to increase their calories to compensate for the rapid growth and developing bodies that accompany these years.  The main issue is that these calories should not be coming from fast food.  Fast food restaurants offer few nutrients in their food, and they add large amounts of salt and sugar to everything to, quite frankly, make their food more addictive.  This food will help your youths grow horizontally much better than it helps them grow vertically.  Even for skinny teens, it is still laying the groundwork for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies.

Adolescence is also when people start to become conscious of their body image, particularly their weight.  This can lead to eating disorders and unhealthy behaviors.  If a child or young adult is restricting their caloric intake, parents may need to address this issue through discussion or counselling.

Even more so than with children, calcium intake is critical during adolescence. The majority of the bone mass that we maintain throughout our lives is built between the preteen years and early twenties.  More than at any other point in their lives, proper calcium intake is critical at this time.

There are some minor gender difference at this time.  For instance, teenage girls require more iron than boys to replace what is lost during menstruation.  Most males require slightly more protein than females, as most males have a larger musculoskeletal frame.

Water

Most people are dehydrated, and they don’t even realize it.  Water doesn’t just make up over half of a child’s body weight, it is also needed to regulate electrolyte levels and keep the body functioning properly.  It’s a good idea to give your child water throughout the day, not just when they’re thirsty.  If your child does not like the taste, you can add a bit of lemon, lime, cucumber and/or mint for flavor.  However, you should avoid high sugar juices and sodas.  The sugar levels in these are toxic, and that is not an exaggeration.  The damage that high sugar beverages do to our bodies would take up an entire article to describe.

Babies generally don’t need water during the first year of life.

Fruits and vegetables are good sources of water.

Kids should drink more water when sick, in hot weather and when physically active.

One Last Tip

Listen to your doctor.  Every body is different, and each of us is afflicted by different genetic conditions, microorganisms, living conditions and injuries.  Writing a doctor’s orders off as being bad advice seems to be a more and more common occurrence these days.  While medicine is often hindered by an emphasis on treating symptoms rather than the root cause, it’s still the case that your doctor or your child’s will have the best understanding of what is going on in their body.  If a doctor recommends avoiding a certain nutrient, it is far better to heed that recommendation than to follow an article online recommending said nutrient.  Healthcare professionals have access to your and your child’s lab test results, medical history, vital signs, symptoms and examination findings.  Nobody online will be able to match their knowledge of the subject matter, and since the subject matter here is your child, it is best to defer to the experts!