A couple weeks ago, I shared an additional resource I can now offer my baby boomer and older adult family, friends, and clients to support their wellness: Juice Plus+. In that blog, I told you all why I decided to endorse the product. Now I’d like to share a bit about how I came to that decision.
I Was Never Going to Be That Person
When I started my fitness business five years ago, I made a decision not to sell nutrition supplements. Most of the products I’d been shown were not ones I could support. And I never wanted to take advantage of the trust my clients have in me–the goodwill I’ve earned over the years, and don’t want to lose.
I Want My Clients to Eat Real Foods
As a Registered Dietitian, I’m trained to encourage everyone to improve their wellness by eating food, not relying on a pill. It grates all us dietitians the wrong way to give up on this advice.
It wasn’t until I fully embraced the realization that most people will never eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and forget about getting the optimal 9+ servings for best health. It’s just not going to happen. (Note: According to 2017 statistics from the CDC: just 12.2% of American adults are meeting the standard for fruit–1.5 to two cups per day, and 9.3% are meeting the standard for vegetables–two to three cups daily.)
Show Me the Research
In the fitness and nutrition fields, I hear a lot of “anecdotal” stories. For example, “my sister lost 50 lb by avoiding carbs,” “this supplement allowed me to think more clearly,” “that pill cured my… enter disease here.” I had become jaded over the years by all the noise, and I frankly came to ignore any such claims.
Even when I heard health professionals (who are connected to Juice Plus) talk about how great the product was, or looked at the research, I still had my doubts. I needed to verify the conclusions with somebody completely objective, not connected to the company. So I reached out to my alma mater, UC Davis, and was able to have a conversation with a PhD nutrition researcher about the research. I had several questions for her, and we talked for quite awhile. At the end of the conversation, I said “So I can feel comfortable recommending Juice Plus+ to some of my clients.” And she agreed.
With the last hurdle down, I signed on. Now I’m excited to share the products with those I feel can benefit from them.
To find out if Juice Plus+ or any of my programs might fit into your wellness plans, give me a call!
We can discuss some practical tips and discover if any of my programs or classes are a good fit for your friends or family.
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Lisa Teresi Harris is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, and author of the book Building Your Enduring Fitness. A certified Geri-Fit Instructor, she helps Boomers and seniors to regain and keep muscle strength, mobility, and energy.
Contact Lisa to inquire about a customized, in-home fitness program for you or a loved one.