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Did the title of my blog catch your eye? Were you shocked to think that an employed person might visit the food bank?

Who do you think frequents the food bank? If you thought it was only drug users or people “abusing” the system, you like me are out of touch with reality!

My employer, Hub International Insurance Brokers, is a supporter of various community projects through their initiative called “Hub Gives” and again this year, Hub asked employees to volunteer time at a local food bank, then generously gave us paid time off from work while we volunteered! Check out the picture of the amazing group of people I worked alongside on my volunteer day at the Surrey Food Bank!

I remember watching a news story several years ago where people in line for the food bank were interviewed by the media. One man said he was there getting food so he could spend more money on Christmas presents for his children. Previously, I often donated items to the food bank, but that interview completely turned me against the people “abusing” our food banks. From that day forward, I only donated baby items. I told myself I would only help “those that could not help themselves”. What I saw at the food bank the day I volunteered was shocking to me!  Contrary to my belief, there were no drug users in the line, just families and employed persons trying to make ends meet. 

I also had a picture in my mind of people lining up every day to grab the “freebies” being offered. What I found out is that you must register before you can use the food bank to prove you are in need and you must re-register every six months to prove your continued need. On top of that, you can only come once every two weeks and only on your specified day. The food that is distributed will only last about four (4) days so no one is living high on the hog off the food they receive at the food bank; this is merely a way to try and make ends meet.

If you line up at the Surrey Food Bank, you will pass through an area where you receive a hamper (really a plastic bag filled with various canned goods). Next you go through the bread/pastry area and finally down a line of tables where various vegetables, salads, chips and juices are available, depending on what was donated that week. You must show proof that you are a registered client at each stop along the tables and the amount of food you receive varies depending on the size of your family and the abundance or lack of donations received.

I worked in two areas. First, I was at the food tables in charge of distributing raw parsnips and beets. I didn’t expect to be the least popular stop on the line! If you’re truly hungry, you’ll eat anything, right? That was what I used to believe.

The lady next to me was in charge of heirloom tomatoes and a lot of people had no idea how wonderful those are; they assumed there was something wrong with the tomatoes because they were not perfectly round and smooth. I was totally surprised how many people passed up raw vegetables in favour of the bags of chips and boxes of juice that were offered further down the line!

My second work experience at the food bank was in the area where the hampers were prepared. Depending on the size of your family, you got 1-3 cans each of soup, vegetables, chili-type meals, condiments, protein (in the form of canned tuna, salmon, ham or chicken), boxes of macaroni and cheese and packages of those dry noodles with flavoured sauce.

What really hit me while preparing those hampers was how fortunate I am to be able to choose what groceries I buy! How would you feel if you couldn’t decide what you were going to eat tonight? Yes, it is better than eating nothing, but I was very aware that I would have felt a lack of control.

On the news you sometimes hear about people being abusive to those trying to help them. I did not meet anyone like that; everyone I encountered was friendly, polite and very grateful for the help! The regular volunteers were spectacular as well! Such a compassionate group of people. I saw them treat each and every client as though they were family and friends.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I am a huge proponent of getting rid of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). A lot of food I saw at the food bank the day I volunteered contained GMOs (like a lot of the food in your local grocery stores). Obviously I would like to see that stop; however, I have conflicting emotions because many people could go without food.

What to do? I would like to encourage people to upgrade the food they donate to the food bank. Going forward, I commit to only donate food that is free of GMOs.

Have you like me ever donated old items from your cupboard? Several volunteers spend their time sorting donations and culling out stale-dated items and cans that are badly dented. I was delighted to learn that no outdated or poor quality food ever reaches the clients.

I hope I live to see the day when there is no longer a need for food banks, but in the meantime, let’s do everything we can to help the working poor feed their families the best possible food!

Perhaps you could donate a bit of time to help out at your local food bank? Christmas is coming. During the holidays, people in need are heavy on our minds. This year, let’s not forget the food banks when Christmas is over. Make it a habit to donate more often and all year round!




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Thank you to the Institute for Responsible Technology for the bits and pieces of information I borrowed for this article.   Please read the entire report at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs:

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.  Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996.  Food allergies skyrocketed and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems and others are on the rise.  Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor YET, doctors’ groups such as the AAEM advise not to wait before we start protecting ourselves and especially our children who are most at risk.

GMOs are plant or meat products that have had their DNA altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria.

Some of the biggest GMO crops in North America are corn, soy, rapeseed (canola or vegetable oil), cotton and sugar beets.  Go to your pantry and fridge right now and read the labels.  You are most likely eating one or more or all of these products in some form on a daily basis.

I want everyone to avoid GMOs and improve their health.  It makes me sad to hear so many excuses for continuing to eat foods containing GMOs.  Have you ever said “I don’t have time for shopping and cooking”, “I can’t afford organic”, “but it tastes SO good!”, or “you gotta die from something, right?”

If you or your family were ill, you would do everything you could to find a cure, wouldn’t you?  Doctors are reporting that 100% of their patients experienced improved health when they removed GMOs from their diet.  Why wait for illness to strike?  Be proactive and learn how to avoid GMOs today!

Have questions?   Contact me at http://debrondeau.com/contact or deb@debrondeau.com and if I don’t have the answer, I will find it for you.

Your health is your most precious possession!  Please do everything you can to protect it.  Don’t delay; start today by making even one small change!

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Do you have a body part you wish you could change?  More than one?  The parts I dislike the most are my legs; the excess skin at the top from my 250 lb. weight loss and the swellings around my ankles.  This  swelling is even more exaggerated when I am not eating pure since most processed foods contain huge amounts of sodium.

The photo below on the left is a picture of my legs about 2 weeks ago when I was at the peak of my emotional eating.  The photo on the right was taken immediately following my Purium 10 day Transformation Cleanse.  Not only did I lose 31.2 lbs., I lost 3 inches from my calves and 2 inches from my ankles!  Can you see the drastic difference in only 10 days?!

Today marked the end of Week 1 of my Purium 20 day Continuation program.  My energy continues to soar and all cravings have completely disappeared.  Even better – my scale confirms an additional 4.6 lbs. shed this week, all while adding lots of healthy foods to my eating!  Stay tuned for next week’s update…

Which body part would you most like to transform?  Would you be interested in attending one of the weekly Purium Healthy Happy Hours where you can sample the Purium drinks, hear other success stories and get all your questions answered?  Message me at http://debrondeau.com/contact.  Then when you are ready, I have a $50 gift card you can use toward your first purchase.

Let’s raise a “green” glass to your improved health and your ultimate weight loss success!


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I woke up this morning stressing about having to weigh myself and post the results for everyone in the world to see.  As you know if you followed my daily blogs, I was experiencing evidence of weight loss like better-fitting clothes, increased energy and shrinking boobs, but I didn’t really feel lighter.

The Purium Tranformation says it will reset your metabolism, kill your cravings and increase your energy.  And as a side effect of this program, they tell you to expect to lose 5 to 20 lbs.  The main focus is on health not weight loss.

As I stepped up to the scale this morning, I was praying in my head “please let me lose 10 lbs. I don’t expect to lose 20. That is too much to ask.  Just please, please, please let me lose 10 lbs.

Imagine my shock when I stepped onto the scale and it said I had lost………….. 31.20 lbs.!!

Next I took my measurements and they were down as well: 2.75 inches from my chest, 2.25 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips.

Today I begin the Purium 20 day Continuation program.  I will blog weekly to share the feelings and results I experience on this next step.  Continuation is the stage where you begin adding more regular foods back into your eating routine so you learn to eat healthy without ever regaining your lost weight.

Have you been wanting to shed a stubborn 5-10 lbs. of weight?  Maybe you have 20, 50 or more pounds to shed?  Purium can assist you with that.

When you’re ready, I have a $50 Purium gift card with your name on it.  Why wait?  Don’t put it off any longer!  Isn’t it your turn to experience dramatic changes in your life?  If you said yes, contact me at http://debrondeau.com/contact or via Facebook at https://facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulous Deb. 


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Today is the final day of my 10 Day Transformation cleanse with the new product I discovered.  Tomorrow morning I will weigh-in and take my measurements.  I hope to have achieved the “side effect” of 5 to 20 lbs. of weight loss, but I have experienced so many other benefits, I am happy no matter what the scale says.

This product claimed it would kill my cravings, reset my metabolism and give me increased energy.  It definitely killed the cravings very early on; by Day 2 or 3 they were gone!

I believe my metabolism has increased.  In spite of the fact I am eating nutrient-dense super foods, I sometimes get hungry after 2 hours.  To compare, In 2009 when I weighed 430 lbs. and was dieting, I would go 5 hours and more between meals without getting hungry.  My metabolism had pretty much shut down.

And the difference in my energy level after only 10 days is startling!  I am working out again and able to bound up stairs much quicker.

I waited to share the name of the product until I had used it and proved to myself that it really did everything it claimed.  Now I am excited to tell you about Purium Health Products.  David Sandoval, the creator of Purium products, has spent almost two decades seeking out pure and premium sources of diverse superfoods.  It was the fact that Purium products contain no GMOs that first caught my eye.  Is eating healthy as important to you as it is to me?

You don’t have to be overweight to use Purium.  There are products for anyone who wants to awaken their body and have it thrive like never before.  What is your goal?  There are products for weight loss, anti-aging, boosting sports & fitness performance and immune support to name a few.

If you are ready to take the first step towards your goal, I have a gift for you; a gift card for $50 off your first Purium order.  If you are committed to your health, you can contact me on my website at http://debrondeau.com/contact/ or Personal Message me on Facebook at https://facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulousDeb.

Although I am finished the 10 day Transformation, this is not the end.  Next I will begin the 20 day Weight Loss Continuation program.  This is where I reintroduce more healthy foods into my diet while continuing to lose weight and gain health.  I expect to lose as much in the next 20 days as I lost in the 10 days of the Transformation.  I will check in with you each week and let you know how I am doing.

Don’t delay!  Reach out today and start the journey to regaining your health using nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs and highly digestible proteins that are all Organic, Vegan, live, raw and non-GMO!


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I have been taking raw food “uncooking” classes and I am working on my designation as a Raw Food Nutritionist so it makes sense that I will incorporate as much raw food as possible into my eating program in the coming months.  

You do not need to eat 100% raw to derive the major benefits of this lifestyle.  And no, eating raw does not mean eating salad all day every day.  Just today I learned how to make raw Pad Thai and raw Key Lime Pie.  It looked and tasted amazing!

I have done some reading on how the current program changes following the 10 day transformation cleanse. I am excited that I will be alternating between food days and cleanse days so there will be a full range of foods available to eat again!

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Day 10, the final day of the cleanse.  Thursday night in my blog I will reveal all about the product I have been using.  Then on Friday night I will share with you the results I achieved with this cleanse.

Lost pounds and inches are wonderful, but as you’ve read this past week, there are many other benefits to be realized.

I am very grateful to those that have come on this journey with me.  Thank you for your support!



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Only 2 days left in my transformation cleanse.  I should be reading about the next step in this process.  I should be shopping for all the foods I will begin reintroducing to my diet.  I should be.  So why am I sitting in front of the computer doing nothing?

Do you ever let fear of the unknown stop you from taking that first step?  

I am excited about finishing the cleanse and getting into a more normal eating routine, but a bit fearful at the same time because I don’t know what to expect.

A very wise mentor of mine told me that it takes a lot of work to move forward, but no effort to go back.  It is like being on a slippery slope; if you do nothing, you will slide back where you started.

Well, going back to where I started is NOT an option!  So it’s time to do something.  

What are you putting off in your life?  You don’t need to take giant steps; start with small steps, but just get moving!  Those small steps will add up.  Soon your goal line will be in sight!

What are you waiting for?  There’s no time like the present!  Get up and get going now….



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When you lose weight what is the first physical change you become aware of?  

For many women it is the breasts that go first.  This is alarming to some women because they equate size with sexual attractiveness.

Today on day 7 of my 10 day transformation, I have more proof my new program is working,,, my bra is fitting better.

It varies greatly depending on the woman and her genetics, but breasts can be comprised of 56% or more fat.  Is it any wonder they shrink when you are losing fat?

I couldn’t find any information on who coined the phrase, but I truly believe that “more than a mouthful is a waste”.

I also believe that any sign you are removing excess fat from your body should be welcomed!  Would you rather be heavy with large breasts or fit with smaller breasts?

Begin changing your outlook today.  Instead of cursing your smaller cup size, celebrate two more signs of your success!



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Have you ever felt like you just didn’t fit in? 

I was invited to a dinner party, but I declined because I knew I would still be on my 10 day transformation cleanse.  Then, because I was very excited to see the other guests, I asked if I could come after dinner for a visit and that was fine with the host.

Tonight I arrived at the party a little after the designated time only to find that dinner had started late and everyone was still eating.  It smelled and looked delicious!  I was immediately offered a seat at the table and some food.  I declined and sat down where I could see and hear everyone, but I confess the thought “just a little wouldn’t hurt” did cross my mind for a second.

At first I felt like the proverbial square peg in the round hole.  Happilly, this feeling only lasted for a few minutes and once the conversation picked up, it completely disappeared.

Have you ever thought about how much social events revolve around food?  If I mention Christmas and birthday parties, what immediately pops into your mind?  I wouldn’t be surprised if ham, turkey or birthday cake were high on the list.

I am so glad I made the effort to attend that party tonight!  It was a wonderful evening filled with great conversation and connecting with people I love!

Here’s food for thought….  if you are declining social events to avoid the food, what else might you be missing out on?  Next time you receive an invitation and are thinking of declining, instead turn your thoughts to how you could attend and still keep to your healthy eating program.

How great would it feel to connect on a deeper level with the people in your life while still eating healthy?  You CAN do this!



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Today I went furniture shopping on my own for the first time as a single woman.  My husband (the master negotiator) used to do all the dickering on prices and I would try to look anywhere else but at the salesman.  If it had been left up to me, I would have paid full price plus taxes and shipping; anything to get out of there.

Today I was shopping for a piece of furniture and when the salesman and I went to write up the order, I sucked up my courage and asked if that was the best he could do.  Much to my surprise, I got a reduced price by asking that simple question.

There are many changes in my life that factored into my ability to ask that question today, but the biggest one, in my opinion, is my increased confidence.  Only halfway into my 10 day transformation, I already feel like a different person.  I know I am losing weight because my clothes fit better.  And with my cravings gone, I feel completely in control, in charge and able to do anything!

What might you do differently if you too grew “a pair”?  Think about all the changes you would experience if you became more self-confident.

Would you like to experience this?  If you answered yes, stay tuned…


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