Speaking To Our Youth

Speaking to our youth about Type 2 diabetes.
I had a great night speaking to a youth group in Nampa tonight. What a wonderful group on young woman. I got to share my personal story and talk about healthy eating and exercising. We got to spend time together after and just hang out. I had such a great time. 🙂

Meet Jill

I am all about family and love spending as much time with them as possible. My 2nd passion is bringing awareness to Type II diabetes. It is near and dear to my heart. Since being diagnosed I have lost 100 pounds.

March 2007 is a special chapter in my life. It was the month my struggle to control my diabetes took on a whole new light. I reached my goal weight set by my doctor and was able to be taken off all artificial means to control my diabetes.

My diabetes is now under control through diet and exercise. With weight-loss and exercise, Type II Diabetes can be managed or prevented. My success at controlling my diabetes has led to a new found dedication and passion in educating others on how to eat right & exercise. It brings me great joy to share my story with others and in doing so inspire them to “get up and get moving!”
I am a diabetes advocate for the American diabetes association. I am a passionate public speaker with experience speaking to youth, at gyms, and at offices and now the Dr. OZ show. Sharing my message about losing 100 pounds and getting my life back! If you would like to book a speaking engagement or are interested in me sharing my story on your web site please contact me.

Jill’s Fit Tip Tuesday, Wii Fit Plus!!

I have the sweetest son in the world. My oldest son is going to be 12 soon. He is kind, smart, a wonderful helper to me and a wonderful brother. He works hard for his money mowing lawns all summer. He bought his own Wii system a litter over a year ago. He saves money also for things he will need in the future. I have always been impressed with his work ethics as he started his lawn mowing at age 6.

He has asked me many times what I would like for Christmas. I have said so many times; oh you don’t need to get me anything for Christmas. He said come on mom I really want to get you something special. He has mentioned wanting to get me a Wii fit plus. I said that is just too much money. He said but mom I really want to get you this. I know how hard you work out and sometimes in the winter it might be to cold or icy to get the gym. I said well Mason talk to your dad and maybe you as a family can get it. Well, that just wasn’t a good enough answer.

He said mom I really want to do this for you and I want you to help me find the best price. I spoke to my husband about this and he said well if that’s what he really wants to get you I would go ahead and let him. We found the best price and he did indeed get the Wii fit for me. The many times I tried to talk him out of it he would not take that. I know we will all use it and it will be great to have in the house and as for my sweet son it goes to show that he cares about me and my health. I sure love that boy.

I know what I will be opening for Christmas and I am so excited to do so!! 🙂

Let me tell you why I am so excited about getting the Wii fit for our home.

The Wii fit plus contains a large number of activities that include aerobics, strength training, balance games and yoga. All activities utilize the Balance board that is included with the bundle. You can keep your including: yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games.

Players can set up their profile and establish a baseline, set goals and have a routine to reach them. set up profiles, Wii Fit Plus tracks your usage, weight and progress towards your goal over time, giving you a status report as you start each session.

Players can choose the activity they want and as they progress they will level up as needed.
Players also can see estimates of calories burned and can even activate a feature that lets them weigh their dogs or cats. LOL!

This makes for one fantastic fit gift to help people get in shape and keep moving!

Fit day.com

Great site to join!! Fitday.com is a web site that you can have a weight loss journal on line. You can start tracking your foods and exercises along with view your calories and Nutrition. You can also set your weight loss goals and it will help you reach them.
It’s free.
Now with over 2 million members it is the number 1 site for a great weight loss journal. Join Now!! Click on link. Fit Day and get started today!!

Getting your Calcium

The other day a friend of mine showed me a picture. At first glance I thought it was a new piece of abstract art she had purchased, but on closer inspection, she sadly informed me that it was a picture of what her bones looked like now. Indeed, it was bone that had been stretched thinly with many holes almost resembling Swiss cheese. And my friend is only in her mid fifties. Although osteoporosis runs in her family, she did sheepishly admit that she had not done all she could through her years to bone up on calcium and keep her bones strong.

Due to advances in medical science, my friend is going to be ok with some new medications, but she now kicks herself for the lost opportunities she had to really try and prevent much of her bone loss. Osteoporosis, the condition my friend now has, is a condition of gradually weakening brittle bones. As the bones lose calcium and other minerals, they become more fragile and porous.
Luckily it did not take a fall for my friend to discover she had osteoporosis. But for many, the disease is silent since there are no symptoms. But luckily, there is a lot we know now to help prevent osteoporosis the best we can.

A few factors that can’t change for many; being female, being Caucasian or Asian, a low body weight or small body frame, family history and simply aging. But other risk factors such as smoking, heavy drinking, inactivity and a food plan low in calcium can put your body in jeopardy of developing osteoporosis. Let’s take a look at the this last factor; calcium and how you can “bone” up on it!

Calcium is like the money you deposit and withdraw from your bank. Because bones are living tissue, calcium gets deposited and withdrawn daily from your skeleton. Small amounts of it are withdrawn for other purposes, so regular daily deposits of calcium are needed. And calcium has partners; vitamin D and phosphorous helps the bone absorb calcium. When you don’t consume enough calcium or if your body does not absorb it adequately (because you are short on Vitamin D) the process gradually depletes bone, leaving a void in places where calcium otherwise would be deposited making bones weak and brittle. While calcium plays a major role in bone development, it also is important for other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney stones and if you are at high risk, possibly even colon cancer.

So how much calcium do you need? For adults 19 to 50 about 1000 mg a day is recommended. For age 50 plus , an increase to 1200-1300 mg is recommended. Food choices can supply an adequate amount of calcium, but for those who fall short, on the advice of a physician, calcium supplements may be worth looking into. But remember, using supplements as a substitute for food sources can give you a false sense of security. Calcium supplements can’t make up for your lifestyle choices. With that said, if you need more calcium in your food choices, here’s how!

Dairy is the first logical choice to look for calcium. Yogurt, milk and cheeses
(all skim milk of course!), are excellent sources of calcium. Dairy foods also contain vitamin D and phosphorus, helping calcium to be absorbed Instead of reaching for soda or coffee during your “coffee break, reach for a glass of milk. Many soy milks are also fortified with calcium, if you are lactose intolerant or simply do not care for milk products. And if you must have your coffee, order latte or cappuccino and have it with skim milk.

Vegetables also have calcium. Dark leafy greens such as kale, mustard, collard, and turnip greens, broccoli and bok choy are very good sources. In one half cup of these vegetables you could obtain about 35 to 50 mg of calcium. Try adding them more often to your meals.

Soy products particularly calcium fortified soy milk and tofu are good sources too. Try having a meatless meal at least once week with tofu. You’ll increase your calcium intake and decrease animal fat consumption.

Think fish when you think about calcium. Fish with edible bones such as salmon and sardines can easily be incorporated into salads and casseroles.

Think about calcium every time you cook. Make soups and hot cereal with milk. Mix dry milk powder into meatloaf and casseroles. Add broccoli and bok choy into soups and stir fries. Puree cottage cheese; add some dry herbs and use as spread for breads or use as a dip for vegetables.

Adding flavor to milk also helps! Add 1/4 cup puree berries or a small banana to milk and whirl in a blender. Or add a teaspoon of heart healthy peanut butter and a dash of low calorie chocolate syrup to milk for a rich taste.

There is no doubt that calcium is an important mineral. By increasing the amount of calcium in your food plan, hopefully your bones with the “picture” of health!

12 servings/ serving size: 2 Tbsp
preparation time: 5 minutes
exchanges: free food
calories: 25
calories from fat: 7
total fat: 1g
saturated fat: 0g
cholesterol: 5mg
sodium: 75mg
carbohydrate: 3g
dietary fiber: 0g
sugars: 2g
protein 2g

By preparing snack foods that contain calcium rich ingredients, you’ll begin to understand how delicious getting calcium can be!

3/4 cup plain non fat yogurt
½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
1 ½ Tbsp low fat mayonnaise
6 sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated and finely minced
1 Tbsp minced fresh chives, dill, basil or any combination
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. And mix until smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables such as calcium rich broccoli, steamed or raw.


When planning my holiday appetizers this past season, I had a request from the masses to still serve cheese. As it is quick and simple, it quelled the pre-dinner hunger pangs nicely, but without adding too much fat. My selection? Cabot, the makers of fine Vermont cheeses, offers delicious 50 and 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese that tastes just as good as the full fat versions. And with 20% of your calcium needs met by a 1 ounce serving, you might just think of ways to add it to your everyday meal plan as well as for the holidays. In your grocers dairy case. Retails $2.49. Www.cabotcheese.com
By:Robyn Webb

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