Ambit Expanding – New Markets!

“Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion.” -Stephen Jay Gould

ambitAmbit Energy is open for business for electric and natural gas customers seeking an alternative supplier offering lower rates in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

Just a few weeks ago Ambit announced that it has expanded further into areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C. That means opportunities for growing an Ambit business have also expanded.

Here’s what the new markets look like:

Maryland – Washington Gas (residential and small commercial)

Maryland – Delmarva P&L – Electric (residential and small commercial)

Maryland – Potomac Edison – Electric (residential and small commercial)

Washington, D.C.: Pepco – Electric (residential and small commercial)

Market expansion is just one of the reasons Ambit Energy is a billion-dollar company in record time. Check out some of the most recent media covering Ambit’s growth and expansion…

KRLD Radio: “CEO Spotlight on Jere Thompson, Jr.” – May 2013

Direct Selling News: “Powering the Path to a Billion-Dollar Company” – April 2013

Most of us could use some extra cash in our pockets. Let us show you how we’re doing it with our Ambit Energy business. Don’t let questions be a barrier to your success! To learn more about us and our Ambit Energy business, please visit our personal website or contact us at 815.341.2528, or

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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Here to Teach


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Bike the Drive – Family Style!

The Teichman family has always been about staying active! Last weekend we participated in Chicago’s annual Bike the Drive event – an opportunity for cyclists to take over Lake Shore Drive for one morning. This is our 5th year participating in Bike the Drive and we had a blast!

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Who is HtH?


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Going Gluten Free – A Beginner’s Guide

gluten freeSo, you want to go gluten-free? There’s a lot of gluten-free products being advertised right now and a ton of information on removing gluten from your diet. In fact, it can be overwhelming. Whatever your reasons are for eliminating gluten, you must understand that it’s a change you shouldn’t make overnight. Don’t throw away everything in your pantry that contains gluten and then try to cook dinner! My best advice is to take it slow.

I decided to go gluten-free because I’m a diabetic. I’m also a registered nurse, so I know that many diabetics suffer from celiac disease which is an auto-immune disease that causes a toxic reaction in the small intestine when gluten is ingested. I made the decision a while back to cut gluten from my diet before celiac disease started to affect me. That said, I was able to make the transition slowly because I don’t have a gluten allergy.

If you’re interested in going gluten-free and are able to do it slowly without harming your health in any way, I suggest starting with some initial research, scoping out your local grocery stores and restaurants and identifying good resources for support.

Do Your Homework

The first step to going gluten-free is to determine how much gluten you are actually consuming on a daily basis. I suggest starting a food journal for a week or so and record everything that you eat containing gluten. Then you can decide if you can eliminate that food completely or substitute with an alternative. Pasta is a great place to start. The next time you buy pasta, try either rice or quinoa-based noodles and see how you like them!

You can also perform a simple Google search and learn more about what gluten really is. When I did this I learned that gluten is not found in any type of bread or noodle that contains rice – I now know that rice-based foods are safe.

Scope out your Stores

Just about anything you want to eat comes in a gluten-free variety and can be found in common grocery stores – not just the Whole Foods or health food stores you typically think of carrying these products. Here in the Chicagoland area I’ve found that Jewel has a great gluten-free selection and most of the gluten-free products at Meijer can be found in the frozen section. Bob’s Red Mill has a huge selection of all kinds of flour and oatmeal and also a fantastic pizza dough recipe that I make and my family loves!

When I first started eating gluten-free I was fairly surprised at how many places advertise a gluten-free menu. I quickly discovered that gluten-free restaurant menus simply mean salad, meat, fish, cheese, etc. If you’re serious about eliminating gluten, it’s always better to prepare your own food. If you are eating out, just stay away from bread, pasta or anything that’s breaded.

Rely on Great Resources

Going gluten-free was a lifestyle choice not only for me, but also for my family. While my family isn’t as strict as I try to be – clean eating is a priority for us. I invested in some cookbooks and found some great recipes that everybody can enjoy. This past Christmas we even made cookies that were gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-fee and they were delicious! My single best resource has been the magazine Living Without. This publication has been a great tool for me to learn how to maintain my clean eating lifestyle on a daily basis. Check it out!

Bottom line: going gluten free isn’t for everybody. But it is for me! Eliminating gluten from my diet has helped me lose weight and has given me so much more energy. I feel like I am in control of my eating since making this important change. If you’re interested, start educating yourself and eliminate gluten slowly but consistently and you’ll find yourself on the path to a better you! I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about going gluten-free, just email me at

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Who is HtH?


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Network Marketing 101: Building a Better Business

Ambit Energy is a people business. It’s actually pretty simple. If you can connect with people and build relationships – you will be successful in this business. But please, don’t mistake simple for easy. Nothing that is worth doing is easy. Even the most successful Ambit NetworkMarketing101Energy consultants need training and improvement. When working your business, please keep the following in mind:

1. Learn about the why. Don’t just seek a sign-up. Just adding a name to your team won’t grow your business. Seek to build a relationship with people that are interested. Learn about their “why” and their obstacles and truly support them. That’s our manta at Here to Help!

2. Be seen. Show up at events! Make it a priority to attend events that you can learn from and events where you can teach others – and get your team members to do the same. Having a presence really makes a huge impact.

3. Walk the walk. We all know that great leaders lead by example. The most successful Ambit Energy consultants are still out there recruiting, promoting and networking and you should be doing the same!

4. Keep it simple. The key is the use Ambit’s simple, proven system along with the support of the team to do the heavy lifting when growing your business.

Ambit Energy provides resources and support for consultants in every stage of their business. Here are some of our favorites, check them out!

Relationship Marketing: View from the Top and what it Really Takes to Get There
By Steve Thompson
Learn from a network marketing veteran. Steve Thompson is an entrepreneur by nature and has worked in a wide variety of industries – finally earning his financial freedom with Ambit Energy. His new book tackles topics such as using social media, money management, time management, building leadership, team culture and much more.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Ambit Energy Consultants
By Steven R. Covey
This 2-disc audio CD set features the late Steven R. Covey presenting his infamous principle-centered approach for becoming a highly effective network marketing professional. It’s a step-by-step system that not only outlines his popular 7 Habits, but provides a guide for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership in Ambit Energy
By John C. Maxwell
This 4-disc audio CD set includes a testament to the power of Ambit Energy corporate and field leaders as well as a summary of each of the 21 irrefutable laws by recognized leadership expert, John C. Maxwell. Based on Maxwell’s leadership philosophy “everything rises and falls on leadership,” this tool is perfect for strengthening effectiveness as a leader in network marketing.

We’re in the business of people and we want to meet you! To learn more about us and our Ambit Energy business, please visit our personal website or contact us at 815.341.2528, or

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Shout Out to Moms!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day! To show appreciate to all of the moms out there, we’re taking a few moments to talk to the matriarch of the Teichman family, Diane. She has three day jobs (1. Home care nurse, 2. Ambit Energy senior consultant, 3. Certified Legal Nurse Consultant), is mom to three kids (ages 13, 11 and 7), successfully manages her diabetes with clean eating and regular workouts and still manages to squeeze in weekly date nights with her husband (who you all know as Fred!). How does she do it? working mom

Read on to find out and take a moment to give thanks to your mom or another working mom, single mom or stay-at-home mom you know – it’s truly the hardest job on the planet!

Q. You have three jobs and three kids, how do you make sure nothing falls through the cracks?

Plan, plan and then plan some more! Fred and I do communicate a lot and that’s incredibly important. He is just as involved in the daily lives of the kids and the household as I am and I know that is why we are so successful. I know I couldn’t work full-time and be as efficient as I am without his help.

Q. For those of us that are somewhat less efficient, give us some planning tips!

We have a clipboard that sits on the island in the kitchen and all of our important papers that require some sort of action get clipped onto the board in the order they need to be taken care of. Fred and I both sort through it nightly or every other night to enter dates and times things are due into our phones. We even set alarms on our phones to remind us if necessary!

Q. So that takes care of the paperwork. What about cleaning or cooking?

It’s all about prioritizing. Usually on Saturday or Sunday I start planning for the next week by making a list of what needs to be done including events and activities we have on our schedule. I put these into my calendar first and then I add other tasks like cleaning or organizing. This helps me wrap my head around what we need to do versus what it would be nice to get done. If our week just looks too hectic to squeeze in any of the “wish list” stuff it gets pushed to the weekend.

I also plan out our meals for the week and create a grocery list based on our menu. The key is to let the kids in on the meal planning! We then put our weekly menu up on the chalkboard – that way Fred can help start dinner if he knows I have a busy day.

Q. How does your family help out around the house?

We all help – but it has been a struggle getting the kids to want to help. We have something that I call ADLs (activities of daily living) – I stole that from work. These ADLs consist of brushing teeth, making beds, showering, putting dirty clothes in the laundry room, emptying the dishwasher, picking up after the dog, feeding the dog, etc. Then, we have the LTFs (links to fun) which are actually chores – but sound a lot better! We came up with “links to fun” so the kids would know that if they got them done this would be their link to do something they wanted to do. Usually our LTFs are weekly tasks like cleaning bathrooms, dusting, cutting grass and vacuuming.

Q. Describe your typical weekday routine.

I usually get up around 6:00am and the two older kids get up between 6:15 and 6:30. Fred takes care of breakfast and packing lunches for all three kids and I will put away laundry and start organizing my day. I leave the house between 7:30 and 8:30 depending on when I have my first patient that day.

When I get home from work I have to sit down and make notes on that day’s patients. I try to have all of my charting and phone calls done by 5:00pm – but that rarely happens. Instead, I take a break and make dinner (or Fred makes dinner if I really can’t take a break). While there isn’t a steadfast routine for this time of the day I can say with certainty that I do not watch any TV until I climb into bed and then it’s only for about a half hour until I fall asleep!

Q. What part of your day is most enjoyable? working mom 2

When I have the time to put together a delicious, healthy dinner and my 13-year old tells me that I’m a great cook and that he’s happy we don’t do carryout all the time like a lot of his friends – that’s worth it! Of course, like any other mom, I also enjoy the peaceful moments when we get to say goodnight to everyone.

Q. What part of your week do you look most forward to?

Of course it’s Thursday and Friday! That means the week is winding down and I’ll have some time to be home with Fred and the kids and get a lot done around the house. I also use that time to get in some good workouts and cooking time – both of which I enjoy.

Q. What modern technology do you rely on most to manage your life?

I use the calendar on my phone to keep track of appointments and plans – it’s a real life saver!

Q. What key items to you carry with you at all times?

I always have extra snacks and water or juice in my car along with wipes for any sort of spill or accident. I’m a nurse, so naturally I have a small first aid kit, sun block and bug spray in the summer. As I mentioned earlier, my life’s schedule lives in my phone so I always carry that with me along with extra car chargers. I keep a pen and paper handy and usually have some sort of CD I listen to in the car – like Darren Hardy or the ones that come in Success magazine.

Q. When you have too much on your plate, who do you turn to?

I turn to my husband, Fred. He is my main help and stress reliever. He always seems to know just what I need and what help to give. I also have a sister and brother that live close by and are extremely helpful with the kids and helping out with errands. When I am really stressed I will find something to clean or organize quickly that gives me a quick sense of accomplishment right in front of my face.

Q. When was your last vacation?

Last June we went to the Northeast for 18 days. It was a family road trip in our minivan and it focused on Fred’s mountain bike race in Whiteface, New York. Along the way we also hit as many Ambit meetings and presentations as possible.

Q. Do you believe women can have it all?

No – not at one time. I believe that something will always suffer. What I do believe is that you can experience it all across the span of a lifetime. If you know that and stop wanting everything at one time maybe the journey will be more peaceful.

I also think that women could benefit greatly by working on self-improvement and self-esteem and developing a reservoir of courage so that throughout the years – no matter what kind of life situation you are in (stay-at-home mom, working mom, etc.) – you are always working on yourself instead of feeling like life is on hold until the opportunity arises to go back to work or the kids are older. I firmly believe that nothing is more attractive than a strongly confident, authentic woman who is self-aware of her weaknesses and is willing to acknowledge them and improve on them daily.

Q. If a large amount of money fell into your lap, what would you do with it?

I would do the obvious and become debt-free. I’d also take the opportunity to really focus on my health (I’m diabetic) by working out and eating a completely healthy diet on a daily basis (things that are often interrupted by work schedules.) Then I would work on paying it forward. I’d love to see how many lives could be changed by believing in someone and helping them change their life in a way that they would want to leave a legacy and pay it forward to someone else.

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Who is HtH?


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Your Spring Storm Checklist

It’s the last day of April – so should we expect the April showers to subside revealing beautiful May flowers? Of course! But don’t be fooled – there’s plenty of spring storms still on the horizon. Check out this infographic from Ambit Energy and the next time you hear thunder rolling in you’ll know what to do!

How to Prepare for Spring Storms

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Here to Teach


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Clean Eating for a Healthier YOU!

clean eatingBeing healthy is more than just a number on a scale. It’s about living an active lifestyle, making good diet decisions and focusing on what makes you feel your best. These are all things the Teichman family embodies and tries to maintain on a daily basis. What you may not know is that Diane – a registered nurse – is a type 1 diabetic. Diane was diagnosed nearly 18 years ago, and as a RN she immediately realized that she had to be vigilant about her diet. While healthy eating was always a cornerstone of her life, Diane used her medical knowledge and researched how she could best stay in control of her disease. What she found was that clean eating really does make her feel better – and that’s what it’s all about!

Since clean eating is such a hot topic, we thought we’d start a series of blog posts about how Diane manages her diabetes with a clean diet while still cooking tasty meals for a family of 5 and leading an active lifestyle. Let’s let Diane tell you her story!

Part 1 – Diane’s Story

My Diagnosis

Almost 18 years ago I was diagnosed as a diabetic. My diagnosis was somewhat of a mystery because I wasn’t the typical type 2 diabetic. I was too young and not overweight – both criteria used to be labeled as type 2, yet I was too old to be labeled as type 1. Additionally, I couldn’t find any instance of diabetes in my family tree – even going back as far as four generations on both my mom’s and dad’s side.

My doctor’s first piece of advice was to change my diet – but I already stuck to a healthy diet – so instead I started taking pills. Anybody who works as a nurse knows that it’s impossible to adhere to a consistent schedule, you can’t always eat at the same time every single day. My blood sugar was always dropping because of this lack of consistency. I made the decision to go on insulin to control my diabetes because it was a simple solution to my chaotic schedule. I used insulin via needle injection for quite a while. It wasn’t until April of 2012 that I saw an endocrinologist to begin an insulin pump.

Living with Diabetes

As a nurse, I was always well aware of the complications that would happen if I just ignored my disease, so I embraced my diagnosis. I learned to manage it by checking my blood sugars 6 to 10 times each day and keeping a log of what I ate and how my blood sugar reacted to the amount of insulin I took. I also learned how to prepare for “lows” by keeping orange juice or sugar pills with me at all times. I also wear a bracelet that identifies me as a diabetic in case of an emergency. When people find out that you’re a diabetic, they always want to give you advice. I learned how to listen to that advice and find out what works for me.

Cleaning Up my Diet clean eating joke

Clean eating for me means gluten-free and dairy-free. It also means centering my diet around anything that comes out of the Earth and cutting processed foods. It’s a lofty goal and it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took me about 6 months to educate myself and find people and resources that support my goals. Here’s how I got started:

1. Cut down on carbs. Specifically I removed bread, rice, pasta and potatoes from my diet and focused more on the proteins and carbs that are found in vegetables and fruits. I eat LOTS of fruits and veggies. My rule of thumb is the greener the better. Instead of serving a side of potatoes or rice I will double up on the veggies – spinach and kale are two of my favorites!

2. Eat often. I do my best to eat every three hours and make sure my meals and snacks have a protein. For example, I’ll have a protein shake with a banana and some vitamins for breakfast. I travel with an apple in my purse for a snack and lots of water. Sometimes I’ll cut up peppers the night before and take them with me for a delicious snack.

3. Go gluten free. Within the last year I’ve made the decision to go gluten-free. There is a big link between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, so I just decided to give up the gluten before it got to the point where I HAD to. I’m not allergic to gluten – so if it sneaks in somewhere it’s not a huge deal, but I try my best to avoid it and I have seen a huge difference in how I feel since I’ve made this change.

4. Go dairy free. A world without cheese? Yes, it can be done! Personally, I love cheese. But, I opt for rice cheese instead – it comes in both sliced and shredded varieties and melts just like the real deal. Instead of traditional yogurt I buy coconut or rice-based yogurt and always have almond milk on hand.

5. Cut red meat. I have also given up anything that comes from a cow. That means no beef, although I do eat turkey, chicken and fish. Salmon is my favorite fish. I also eat eggs and lots of beans for extra protein.

6. Drink water. I carry water with me wherever I go and I use lemon to give it a bit more flavor so it doesn’t get boring. (I also use lemon juice on my salad to avoid fatty salad dressings – it’s delish!)

Cooking for my Family

I know that cutting carbs, gluten, dairy and meat sounds crazy to most! It’s been the best decision for me and has helped me managed my diabetes and continue to lead the active lifestyle I crave. If you’re thinking that this any of these changes sound like something you might want to try, but would have a hard time getting your family on board – I have some tips!

First, let your kids go through the cookbooks and decide what they want to eat that week. It’s their decision, they have some input and you’re cooking just one meal for the family (no short order cooks in my house!) Some of our favorites are:

  1. The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids by Tosca Reno
  2. Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr
  3. Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker by Tiffany McCauley and Gale Compton
  4. Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Mark Hyman

Then, make it easy on yourself. Believe it or not, you make things easy by planning ahead. A little bit of time matching up your weekly schedule with your menu ensures you’ll stick to what you planned and won’t give into the temptation of the drive-thru. If you have a couple of days that are riddled with activities and car-pooling, adapt your meal for a crockpot. If you have some time the night before – do some prep work for tomorrow night’s dinner. And take a second look at recipes to see what you can “clean up” yourself. Maybe you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef, or use dairy-free cheese or a pureed vegetable as an alternative. Chances are your kids will not even notice!

Eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle is so important to me and my family. Even if I wasn’t diabetic I would likely maintain this lifestyle due to all of the benefits of eating unprocessed foods. Stay tuned for more specific information about going gluten-free, dairy-free, cutting carbs, and more in future installments. I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping others who may just be embarking on clean eating.

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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Who is HtH?


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