Monthly Archives: May 2014

What Would Maya Angelou Do?


Dr. Maya Angelou renowned poet, professor, singer, dancer, novelist and actress; passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina today. She was 86, but the woman I first met in her book ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’, was timeless. A peer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and friend of Malcolm X, her voice transcended manmade barriers. Having never been to college, she received more than 30 honorary degrees. In 2011 president Barak Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at  Village Vanguard in New York City.(photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at Village Vanguard in New York City. (photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

I credit Dr. Angelou for installing in me the belief that courage is the most important human trait. She also said; “Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself” and “To know the end; look at the beginning.”

In times of great distress or challenges I would often ask: ‘What would Maya Angelou do?’

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Oprah Winfrey said: “I consider it God’s gift to me – a Blessing Incarnate – to witness and experience Maya’s grand, open heart. Her willingness to serve.”

Maya's books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Maya’s books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

I awaited eagerly each new instalment of her autobiography and took pleasure and instruction from her profound wisdom and spirit of dignity, grace, courage, determination, integrity and generosity.

She would say, “Don’t bring the negative to my door.” She projected attention to the positive and highlighted common ground in order to unite. I can hear her say: “In the Eye of the Storm, in the Heat of the Flame, say Thank You – for your faith that deliverance is coming.”

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: 'Mum and me and mum' (photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: ‘Mom & Me & Mom.'(photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Born on 4 April 1928, Maya grew up between St. Louis and the then racially-segregated Stamps, Arkansas. She had a difficult childhood surviving rape at the age of 7 and giving birth to her son, the writer Guy Johnson at age 17, a few weeks after her graduation from high school. She toured Europe in the mid-1950’s in the opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and in 1957 recorded the album “Calypso Lady”. She joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York in 1958.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem 'And Still I Rise' at the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in 1993.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993.

Combining the two things she loved best, writing and cooking, she published her first cookbook in 2004.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: 'hallelujah! The welcome table'.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: ‘hallelujah! The welcome table’. (photo-Brian Lanker)

Maya spent time working as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. She spoke six languages. It was here that she wrote the first part of her autobiography. Her son says: “I was raised as an only child, but because of my mother I have many brothers and sisters. I share her easily because one cannot own the dew, the snow, the wind , the rain. It is a force of nature.”

Maya, I am passing on your instruction to me; “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

Health And Wealth – Herbalife’s Winning Formula Against Obesity And Unemployment.


The most prominent International Nutrition company  Herbalife, is making strides against the war on obesity and unemployment  with unprecedented growth seen in the UK market. Herbalife won three categories at the annual Direct Selling Association (DSA) Awards. Daniel Spiller, a former pro-footballer, won the UK Top Direct Seller of the Year Award. He joined Herbalife in 2012 after friends recommended he try the products. Spiller says; “Once I found out some of the top athletes were using the products, I decided I would try them out.”

Daniel Spiller, winner of the UK DSA  Direct Marketer of the Year Award. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Daniel Spiller, winner of the UK DSA Direct Marketer of the Year Award. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Herbalife has sponsored some of the top footballers in the world including LA Galaxy and David Beckham, Lionel Messi and currently, Christiano Ronaldo, 2x winner of the FIFA Ballon D’or.

Christiano Renaldo (photo-Herbalife)

Christiano Ronaldo (photo-Herbalife)

worklondonstyle visiting the Herbalife corporate head-office in Uxbridge.

worklondonstyle visiting the Herbalife Corporate head-office in Uxbridge.

Victoria Evans won Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Linda Mills, Director of the Direct Selling Association says; “Victoria has built a very successful direct selling business at the age of just 25. What’s even more impressive is that she’s done this while studying for a degree, supplementing the cost of her course with direct selling’.

Victoria Evens

Victoria Evans (photo- Herbalife)

Gavin Aley, Senior Director UK, Ireland and Iceland won the Direct Selling Leadership Award. Linda Mills said, “Gavin has lead Herbalife through an unprecedented period of growth over the past three years”.

Renaldo

Ronaldo using Herbalife nutrition. (photo-Herbalife)

Founded by Mark Hughes in California in 1980, Herbalife, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is one of the largest direct selling companies in the world. More than 3 million independent Herbalife partners generated sales in excess of $7 billion in 2013. Herbalife offers a range of science based weight management products, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

My morning routine. Healthy shake and quick weights workout. (photo- worklondonstyle)

My morning routine. Healthy shake and quick weights workout. (photo- worklondonstyle)

Herbalife partners coach customers in reaching optimum health goals through a proven method of direct selling known as use, wear, talk. Herbalife UK celebrated 30 years of success at Wembley Arena in June.

If you are looking for financial independence or to achieve your health and weight loss goals; contact me at engelaminshull@gmail.com.

Can The Sugar And Shake Your Cravings…


There are times when too much of a good thing can be great and then there are times when it is simply excessive. The occasional Starbucks tea and ginger biscuit had become a daily habit. So it was that I found myself reaching for  Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ book and started on the program. That was ten days ago.

I Quit Sugar - Sarah Wilson (photo - worklondonstyle)

I Quit Sugar – Sarah Wilson (photo – worklondonstyle)

Recent health reports have shown a marked increase in earlier onset of diabetes type 2 and heart disease. Research suggests that sugar may be the culprit and that it may be as addictive as cocaine whilst being as harmful as tobacco.

Sarah Wilson, a former editor of Australian Cosmopolitan, wrote about her research and personal experience on a low sugar program to treat her auto-immune disease. Her e-book turned into the New York Times bestseller ‘I Quit Sugar’.

Sarah says, “Quitting sugar is about eating the way we did before the age of industrial sugar. A hundred years ago we ate 1 kg of sugar a year – now we eat 60kg a year.”

Crowd out added sugar by loading up on nutritionally dense foods. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Crowd out added sugar by loading up on nutritionally dense foods. (photo – worklondonstyle)

One teaspoon of sugar = 4.2g. The World Health Organisation has recently updated guidelines for daily intake from 40g per day down to 20g (5 teaspoons). What you are actively looking to reduce is fructose, which converts directly to fat. It inhibits the immune system, upsets the mineral balance and is linked to early ageing and dementia.

Get started now:
1) replace sugar with healthy fats and protein
2) use the right oils and spreads – avoid all polyunsaturated fats such as sunflower oil and switch to organic butter and coconut oil instead
3) drink lots of water – at least two litres a day
4) do some exercise every day – 30 to 60 minutes
5) learn to read labels – choose foods with less that 5g of sugar per 100g.

Sarah devised an 8 week program to kick the sugar habit for good. Foods that are particularly helpful include coconut oil, cacao, cheese, chicken, chai tea, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut water and coffee.

I Quit Sugar for Life - Sarah Wilson (photo - worklondonstyle)

I Quit Sugar for Life – Sarah Wilson (photo – worklondonstyle)

What to expect:
I went cold turkey and suffered withdrawal symptoms with flu-like muscle aches and headaches for the first 3 days. I persisted and less than two weeks into the program I am enjoying heightened energy levels, radiant skin and a better night’s sleep. I eat exactly what I want with an emphasis on organic vegetables and protein and am happy to say that I no longer crave the sweet stuff.

This is not a diet, it is a way of living without processed food. Three years from when she first started, Sarah’s new book ‘I Quit Sugar for Life’ is released in the UK this week.