I am a stay at home mom and have been nearly full time for the last 15 years. My husband and I have eight children, ages 16 years to 20 months of age (and no multiples!). I have been involved in many things over the years. I am US Army Veteran, a trained birth doula, and for the last 3-4 years I’ve tried to focus on making our family more ecofriendly to include cloth diapering, natural childbirth and a major focus on eating healthier overall.
My oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s (a high-functioning form of autism) approximately 5 years ago. At the time I understood very little about nutrition and its impact on both mental and physical health. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my 7th child and I suffered from a severe case of morning sickness that I was introduced to a really good whole foods supplement that helped my body to reprogram itself and actually start to crave healthy foods. Fast forward to 18 months or so ago when my youngest was about 5 months old. I set out to lose the weight from that pregnancy and the 7 before. I managed to lose about 40 pounds within the first 5 months through exercise and an OK diet before I hit what’s called a “plateau” in my weight loss. I struggled for several months trying everything, and I managed to lose about another 5 pounds and about half a pant size, but that was it.
To top it all off I felt awful. I was exhausted physically from trying to keep up with the demands of my full time job (mommy to 8!) and the workouts I was putting myself through to try and attain the weight and size I felt I wanted to be. Nearing the end of my rope (and truly considering what it would mean if I gave up my dream of having the body/health I wanted) my husband gave me a sample of a product called Spark made by a company called AdvoCare. This began a new journey for me down the road to not only reaching my goals, but my husband and I attaining our dreams.
After having tried that first Spark (a mental focus/energy drink that is actually good for your body!) I immediately felt better and realized that these products were very different from anything I’d ever tried before. I’ve been to the vitamin stores, surfed the workout websites for products, and trust me when I tell you there are hundreds of thousands of products out there geared towards the health and wellness movement. The many that I have tried often times did nothing but make me feel awful or offset the balance of my body. AdvoCare was set apart in my mind from most of what’s on the market today.
AdvoCare products are formulated to give your body the things it can’t possibly get from your food, regardless of how healthy an eater you are. Most people know that as of today fresh whole foods don’t contain the same nutrients they once did or even a few years ago. The biggest problem with this is you can eat completely healthy and you still need to supplement. Sadly, the majority of the products on the market, even many by reputable companies are laced with things that are counterproductive or even bad for your body and for weight loss and oftentimes don’t even contain the actual *good for you* ingredients they say they do.
AdvoCare has a team of 8 incredibly reputable physicians that help develop our products. We also use one of the top labs in the world called Informed Choice to test our products for banned substances. Because of this our products are top quality themselves…second to none out there. And even more interesting is because of this we have NON PAID celebrity and athletic endorsers that make no money, but only receive free products to endorse AdvoCare. One of them is MVP quarterback of the Saints, Drew Brees. To me that says something. When an athlete of that caliber says something is good and doesn’t get paid to say it? There must be something there.
Most direct sales companies usually pay somewhere between 25-30 cents on the dollar. That’s huge when you’re talking about building a business. As of right now, my husband Dean and I are on track to make 10K a month by next year at this time. Four months ago we got our first check of $27. This last month as we pinned in at the silver level, we are now hitting an average income of $1,000 a month. To be completely honest I don’t feel like we have done much except share this company with people we want to help either lose weight, feel better, or earn some extra income. It’s definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. It requires some time and dedication, but overall the amount of “work” compared to a lot of other home sales jobs I have had has been what I would consider minimal.
I started long ago to really focus on my children’s illnesses and make every attempt to link them back to the origin to try and prevent such things as much as possible. Sickness is a sign of something wrong. The sad thing is most American parents that I know don’t associate that sort of thing together. For example, if your child suffers from headaches on a frequent basis, it very well could be a food allergy or aversion of some sort. My oldest son who has Asperger’s loves pizza with pepperoni; however, he gets a raging headache every time he eats pepperoni. Pepperoni while delicious is made with nitrates as a preservative (the same thing you find in sausages, hotdogs, ham, etc). Nitrates are not good for you and in some people such as my son and myself, if we choose to eat them we know we are risking a future headache. Does that make sense? It’s all about choices. Choices as parents, and never forgetting that we truly are what we eat.