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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.)

About Depression

Depression, unfortunately, is a very common problem that affects millions of people. Almost everyone is depressed at some time or another in his or her life. It can be a serious problem because it not only robs an individual of the joy of life, in severe cases it can lead to suicide.

The following facts about depression can help you determine if you are experiencing depression:

*Low mood, varying from slight sadness to crippling feelings of being worthless.

*Feelings of hopelessness or overwhelming guilt.

*Feelings of uncontrollable anger and/or overwhelming sadness

*Thought disorders, including lack of concentration and difficulty making decisions.

*Loss of interest in work, hobbies, health, relationships, or religion.

*Feeling slowed down or restless and having trouble sitting still.

*Problems with memory.

*Sleeping too much (usually) or too little.

*Low levels of physical and mental energy.

*Increase or decrease in appetite, weight gain or loss.

*Withdrawal from family and friends.

*Thoughts of death or suicide.


It is normal and a sign of mental and emotional health to be depressed when things go wrong. The only question is the level, duration, and cause of the depression. Does the level of depression and the duration seem to be appropriate to the problem?

Examples of depression that are NORMAL:

*Death of a significant person. This can last a lifetime in some cases. After a period of time, it should not prevent usual activities from continuing.

*Loss of a significant person. This can be almost as difficult as death, and sometimes worse. The most common situation is the break-up of a relationship. This would also include someone having a serious or fatal illness or a major injury resulting in permanent disability or disfigurement.

*Major material loss. If your house burns down, you lose your job, you flunk out of school, you get a serious injury or develop a significant medical problem, it is normal to be depressed.

Examples of depression that are ABNORMAL and signs of mental and/or emotional illness:

*Crying for years about a pet that died.

*Unable to continue everyday activities even though the event was more than six months ago.

*Having suicidal thoughts because you can’t lose 10 pounds.

*Getting really depressed because you have complexion problems.


To overcome depression, you must make changes in your lifestyle. When you get depressed, you act differently. These behavioral changes can become habits. Unless you actively change these behaviors, they will contribute to the persistence of the depression.

*Sleep no more than eight hours a night.

*Do not use drugs or alcohol.

*Start or resume exercising.

*Eat a healthy and nutritious diet.

*Get outside and do things (go to the mall, the park, a movie, etc.)

*Tell yourself and your friends that you are okay again.

*Listen to your favorite music.

*Do an activity that you enjoy (sewing, needlepoint, etc.).

*Smile at every person you meet.

*Read a book by your favorite author.

*Write down a list of the things that make you happy and that you are thankful for. (See how many items you can come up with!)

*Hold your children and tell them you love them.

*Think of the moments in your life that have given you joy.

This is a very powerful technique. Everyone knows that how you feel determines how you act and that attitude leads to your behavior. It is important to realize that it is equally true in the reverse direction. How you act can determine how you feel. Changing your behavior can change your attitude.

If someone you love is showing signs of depression, seek help immediately. There is nothing wrong with reaching out for help and it may save the life of someone you love.


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