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Stay Young! Hula Hoop Health

Hello, and how was your week?  Did you have a fun Valentines Day?  Our sons have returned home after a very special time making decisions about our new venture in tea (in capsule form) for worldwide missionaries and we’ll keep you updated on that.

Today’s day brightener is a youtube video from tea friend Joan Coleman Walker … maybe you’ve seen it and been tickled.  (We don’t watch enough TV to have seen it … )

It’s a perfect birthday video to share via text message or email. Just go to YOUTUBE, do the search for “Evian Baby Commercial” . Click on “Share” (located in the row below the videos) and you’ll be able to choose email or text.  I add the message “Happy Birthday! We’re always young at heart!”

Or just copy and paste this video into your emails or texts:

We’ve been so busy with the amazing power.reflexology pain-relief socks at, that the past week I’ve been working out at home in the morning instead of going to the gym.  This morning, I decided it was time for taking action on my 2017 bucket list goal:

Learn how to hula hoop!  Day 1:  I cannot get it up and around! Today I’m headed to YOUTUBE UNIVERSITY and will keep you posted.

In the meantime, I’m doing a little research on the benefits of Hula hoops for balance and core strength, and overall health — and revving it all up with the socks! Enjoy the article about hooping  below, and have a great week!

P.S.  My friend Ken Smith, who introduced the power socks to us, says GREAT stands for “Get Really Excited About Today.”  I love that!

Today’s Article
Hula Hoop Health

One of my fun Christmas surprises was learning that an article I’d originally written for Meridian Magazine is being reprinted in a national magazine for Seniors! It fits right in with my own new years goal to LAUGH MORE because guess what … it’s not only a priority for joy, but a priority for HEALTH!

Our computer repair guy in Virginia had a beautiful wife, and very fit wife who worked at Curves, the women’s fitness centers.  She had a wonderful figure and shared with me that “for fun” she’d taken up using a hula hoop to see what it would do for fitness and body sculpting.

It further flattened her tummy, burned a bunch of calories, and put a great big smile on her face.  It’s been in the back of my mind ever since, that I’d like that in my repertorie too!

2017 is THE YEAR!

I’ve never been successful at this before, as a child or teenager.  What makes me think that at 62 I’ll be successful?  Well … the thought of entertaining my grandchildren is a big motivation.

But a bigger one is SPINE and TORSO strength and power, and all things within my power to avoid those falls!

This week, I take on learning to hula hoop — while wearing the socks!

Enjoy this important information.  I sure am!


Here are some of the benefits of hula hooping that are guaranteed to have you wanting to give hooping a try for at least 8 minutes a day. (Keep reading to find out why.)

Hooping is a complete core workout. (Cue the killer abs.) Hooping regularly can help to whittle your waist and strengthen your stomach muscles while blasting fat in these (often problematic) areas. (Studies that show that hooping burns visceral fat- the fat that is the hardest to get off the older you get, and also the most detrimental to heart health.) That’s what we’d like to call a win-win-win situation!


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So many of our wonderful tea friends are helping with aging parents. The tea helped my mom (who died last June at 94) so much with her bowels. In addition, for my sister and I (she lived in our homes during her last nearly 10 years) it was a great thing because our houses never smelled like “old ladies”. And I know you know what I mean. LOL)

In sharing this experience with tea friend Kaylma, this morning, and the many ups and downs of it all, (literally) …

I remembered the most helpful book: The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers by Dr. Jacob Brady. Bob and I read it outloud together. It alternates chapters between a novel-like story of two sisters dealing with their 80 year old mother’s cancer battle, followed by a chapter of professional counsel on their ongoing situation with perspective, education and advice from a very seasoned geriatric health pro.

Fascinating, and SO helpful! We did indeed read it like a novel. You can get it a Amazon:

The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent, By Dr. Barry Jacob.

Thanks, Kaylma, for reminding me to share this important book!


The SOCKS! Wow — oh WOW.  We have sold over 500 pairs sold since we first started sharing on Meridian on January 23!  Stories are coming in, and repeat orders as well, which is the sweetest thing of all.  Because it means THEY WORK.

We are going to extend the free tea offer with the purchase of socks for another week.  Buy 1 pair of socks, get 1 week package of tea. But 2 pairs of socks, and get 2 packages of tea!

We are learning, learning, every day about the socks, and I have just found
these FASCINATING videos put out by the company from their leader meetings in different parts of Canada and the US.

Here is a chiropractor, Dr. Brady Salcido, explaining the science:

And an 80-year old Senior Citizen who calls himself “Mr. Ageless” as he has spent his senior years hiking, jogging, running, exercising and testing out things that will keep him young.  You gotta see him jogging in San Francisco wearing the socks!  CLICK HERE

My favorite personal testimonial this week comes from a new tea friend, Betty, a senior, who says that she wore them to bed the first night and found MUCH more stability and balance when she got up in the middle of the night …. and that she is “Very pleased.”

I would have LOVED for my mom to have had the socks!  Mom’s falls (while she lived with me and my sister) caused a lot of pain and completely altered how we cared for her.  If we could have avoided the falls  with the stability she would have experienced with these socks — we would also have addressed her constant pain in her hips and legs.

We couldn’t have bought them fast enough for her if they had been available.

But they ARE!
For one more week, get a free package of tea with each pair of socks you purchase!

Many of you are asking if there is a way to share the socks as a business for compensation.  YES.  It’s a lot of fun, and you can learn about joining (as a customer/distributor HERE and the business compensation plan HERE.)

…It’s also a full body workout.Recent studies have suggested that hula hooping works as many as 30 of your body’s muscles. Just by incorporating some of the moves by doing a dance routine (as is offered at you will be working your arms and thighs as well as your complete core.

Hooping will make you feel the (calorie) burn. Hooping has been proven to burn over 400 calories per hour by the American Council on Exercise, although the calorie-burn from hooping may be as high as 600 calories per hour when other parts of your body, such as your arms and legs, are engaged.  To break this down even more, consider that, according to a 2009 AARP Bulletin, hooping it up for eight minutes gives you a good cardiovascular workout and will burn a whopping 50 calories, or a satisfying 6.25 calories per minute! And the ACE reported, according to a study they conducted, that hooping burns approximately 7 calories per minute! Burn, calories, burn!

Hooping is good for your heart. Hooping is an intense workout for your muscles..including one of the most important muscles of all: the heart! Anyone who picks up a hoop will notice their heart rate go up in minutes! So hooping for just twenty minutes a day can count towards your moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity recommended for improving and maintaining your health.

It improves your spine’s strength and flexibility.  The movements require a significant range of motion for your spine while increased practice can train your spine to a greater range of motions than you are used to, increasing your flexibility and even preventing back injuries. According to 3FatChicks, one of several online sources on the subject (and an awesome diet and health blog), “While performing hula hooping, you make very rhythmic rocking movements forward and backward, shifting your weight along the way. This kind of movement releases the tension of the muscles surrounding the sacrum (the lower part of the back) and realigns the sacrum with the rest of the spine. As a result, blood flow to the spine improves and total flexibility of the spine is increased.”

It improves hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills. Like other sports, hooping requires hand-eye co-ordination and challenges your brain as well as your muscles. Hooping in both your natural direction and your reverse directions (recommended) is an excellent opportunity for your brain to engage both your dominant and non-dominant sides while guaranteeing your body’s balance.

The “H” Factor. Happiness.  At the risk of sounding sappy, aside from these amazing physical fitness benefits, most of us fall in love with hooping because of how it makes us feel: Happy. Besides the wonderful burst of endorphins you’re likely to enjoy after a good bout of hooping, this activity can have other, more subtle positive effects on your psyche.  After hooping we often feel like younger, stronger, more toned, more confident versions of ourselves…in other words, we feel like better–if not our best Selves.   The bottom line is that Hooping, just like running, as a solitary or a shared activity, can be anything you need it to be, big or small: a tool you use to center yourself before or after a long day or a healthy activity you in which you take part with family and friends; an 8 minute-a-day activity (with a big fitness payoff).

So what do you think???? I’m definitely going to be checking this out, and wearing my socks while I do!  And I promise to keep you posted!

Have a great week!


Carolyn Allen is the mother of 5 children and grandmother to 11 (so far!). She and her husband, Bob, have been helping people feel and look better for years with My Miracle Tea. Read More
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