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The purpose of our blog is to share what we have learned about nutrition, weight loss, fitness, and health, in order to help you find ways to feel better and live longer. It is amazing how much our diet and lifestyle affect our health and well-being.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk and even prevent many diseases and health conditions simply by making some changes to your diet? Check back often for valuable tips and information.


For the first time in my life I have found weight loss success. During my adult life I have tried dozens and dozens of so-called "diets" and none of them worked over the long-haul. Oh, I was able to lose weight with some of them, but once I went off of the "diet" I quickly gained back all of my weight (plus some).

I have finally learned that losing weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix. Crash diets and all the other crazy diets will not only cause you to fail, they are harmful to your health. To lose weight and keep it off you must NOT go on a "diet." What? Why? Because we all consider a "diet" a temporary thing. For example, how many times have you said, "Oh, I will go on this low-fat diet until I lose 20 pounds." Okay, what happens after you lose the 20 pounds? Or you simply give up? You go back to your old habits and gain that 20 pounds back.

The only way you will ever be successful at losing weight, with the added benefit of improving your health, is to make healthy changes that you can live with for the rest of your life. Period. Not for a week, a month or 3 months, but for life. For me, my initial goal was to lower my cholesterol level. I had to have a blood test for my insurance coverage and my cholesterol level had to be lower than the previous year's levels or I would have to pay a much higher premium. Well, that was a pretty good incentive for me make some positive changes.

I sat down and figured out what I needed to do. I knew I had to change the way I ate and I knew I had to exercise in some form or other every day. So, I made a list and I stuck to it. It was difficult at first. To make matters worse, I am a compulsive eater. However, as the days went by, it became much easier because my body stopped craving sweets and processed foods. For the first time in my life, I was never tempted to binge because I never felt deprived.

Use the list below and make whatever changes you need to make in order for it to work for you. FYI, my cholesterol level dropped 65 points after 7 weeks, and my triglycerides dropped 70 points!
Another benefit that I hadn't planned on was that after being an insomniac since my teen-age years, I now sleep like a baby every night!


1. Avoid "white" Foods & Processed Foods.
These foods have no nutritional value and are "empty" calories. Sweets, anything made with white flour,and anything that comes in a package with a long list of ingredients.
Always read the food labels. Stay away from those long lists of ingredients. The longer the list, the more chemicals and additives are present. These are extremely toxic to your body.

2. Drink Lots of
Water. Water keeps your body's organs hydrated and flushes out unhealthy toxins. It helps to fill you up and reduces your urge to over-eat.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
Instead of coffee and donuts, try fruit, yogurt, grains like oatmeal or whole grain toast, and lean protein. NEVER skip breakfast. By eating a large, healthy meal when you get up in the morning, your metabolism will "rev up" and you will not be hungry by mid-morning. If you skip breakfast, your
body will go into starvation mode and store calories in your body as FAT, yes FAT! So do yourself a big favor and eat breakfast.

4. Reduce Your Stress Level.
So many of us live with too much
stress. Stress lowers your immune system, making it easier to get sick. It also makes us lethargic, tired, and depressed. There are a lot of simple things you can do and a lot of ways to feel better about yourself and your life. Take a long, hot bath, read a book, listen to music, get a massage. Do something nice for yourself. Giving yourself something to look forward to is a tremendous mental incentive.

5. Move!
Oh my gosh! There are so many ways to incorporate movement into your day, even at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up every hour and walk around your floor, your hallway or your desk. Park your car in the farthest space from where you need to be. Walk or bike to work. Skate, dance, golf, jump rope, clean house, play tag. The best exercise you can do is to walk. Try to take a walk every day! The more you move, the more your metabolism will be your friend. (I walk 3 miles every day whether it is raining, snowing or freezing.)

Walking Fitness

One of the best ways to increase your metabolism, help you lose weight, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular illnesses is to start a walking fitness regimen. Walking, whether at a leisurely pace or a brisk pace, will benefit just about anyone regardless of their fitness level.

Walking, an aerobic exercise, is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to stay physically fit. It is simple to do and can be done outside or inside. Walking can burn as many calories as jogging if done briskly, but does not have the risk for injury that jogging does.

Why is walking so beneficial? Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise is a type of exercise that uses continuous, smooth, rhythmic movements. These movements strengthen your heart and lungs and force your body to breathe more deeply, increasing the transport of oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the muscles. This pushes your body to burn more calories from fat.

Make sure you check with your physician before you start an exercise program of any kind. Even if you have certain medical issues, exercise walking can help alleviate many symptoms.

The tips listed below will help you get started:

*BUY GOOD SHOES. Since this is the only expense you will have, make sure the shoes you buy are of good quality and fit your feet very well. When you try them on make sure you are wearing the type of socks you will wear when you walk.

*WARM UP. Do some stretching exercises or walk at a slow pace for five minutes before you start your walk.

*ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR HEART RATE. Walk at a pace that challenges you but do not overdo it. If you feel like you are breathing too fast, slow your pace.

*ALWAYS CARRY WATER. If you walk long distances or you walk outside and the weather is hot, take small sips of water as you walk. It is very easy to become dehydrated, especially if you sweat a lot.

*IF YOU GET BORED, VARY YOUR ROUTINE. Change your route, take a buddy to talk to, walk at different times of the day, or listen to music as you walk.


*HEART DISEASE: The number one benefit of a regular walking regimen is reducing your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

*STROKE: Exercise reduces your chances of having a stroke by decreasing the build-up of plaque in your arteries. Plaque build-up in blood vessels is the cause of strokes.

*CANCER: Exercise reduces your risk of developing certain types of cancer such as prostate, colon, and breast.

*HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: If you have high blood pressure, it can be lowered naturally by regular exercise.

*DIABETES: Aerobic exercise helps control your weight, decreasing your chances of being overweight, which in turn reduces your chances of developing diabetes.

*HIGH CHOLESTEROL: Regular aerobic exercise lowers your bad cholesterol and raises your good cholesterol.

*OSTEOPOROSIS: Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, like walking, can reduce your risk of osteoporosis and its complications by building strong bones.

*DEPRESSION: When you exercise, your brain releases a chemical called endorphins, easing the tension associated with anxiety and the despondency of depression.

*INCREASE YOUR STAMINA: Aerobic exercise may cause you to feel tired during and immediately following the activity. However, the lasting effects will be increased stamina and reduction of fatigue.

*EXTEND YOUR LIFE: The many benefits of following a regular walking regimen to your health and well-being will contribute to a longer, healthier lifespan.

Regardless of your age, fitness level, or weight, you should begin some type of walking fitness routine today. The benefits for you and your health are amazing and it is SO easy to start.


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