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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.)

Binge Eating

Do you eat too much? We all overeat occasionally and then feel awful because we have stuffed ourselves. Usually, we overeat because it is holiday time or we are upset about something. However, if eating too much happens to you more than occasionally, it is possible you may have a binge eating disorder.


*Eating large amounts of food even if you are not hungry.

*Eating until you are either very uncomfortable or sick.

*Eating too much too quickly.

*Feel that your eating is out of control.

*Feel disgusted, guilty and/or depressed after bingeing.

If you suspect you have a binge eating disorder, you are not alone. It is the most common eating disorder in this country. The majority of people with this problem are severely overweight or obese. However, normal weight-range people can also be affected by this disorder.

There are a variety of factors that can cause binge eating disorder. For many of us, an episode of binge eating is brought on by excess stress or anxiety, anger, boredom or grief. Many people who have binge eating disorder may suffer from chronic depression or other emotional problems.

Using food to cope with stress, grief, loneliness and boredom causes a destructive cycle that becomes an unconscious behavior. This behavior is very difficult to change and if left unchecked can lead to obesity and other forms of weight-related illnesses.


Those with binge eating disorder frequently suffer from ill health because they eat large amounts of sugars and fats. Sugars and fats do not have the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body needs to function properly causing it to break down.

Eating disorders are very dangerous to your health because they increase the risk of many chronic diseases and conditions. The more overweight you are, the more your risk increases for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer.


If you think you are a binge eater, you should avoid unhealthy dieting practices as they can increase the urge to binge. What are unhealthy dieting practices? The most common are skipping meals, cutting back drastically on calories or severely limiting the kinds of foods you eat.

These are unhealthy and dangerous ways to try to lose weight and they do not work. If you are a binge eater and are obese, you should go on a healthy diet and exercise regimen to lose weight effectively and permanently.

A healthy diet is not that difficult to follow and the rewards are abundant. Try to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats every day. Limit your intake of “white” foods (sugar, white flour, processed foods, etc.) Once your body gets used to your new eating habits, you will enjoy better health, more energy and a fresh outlook on life.

If you find it difficult to stay on a healthy weight loss program and suffer from depression or other emotional problems, you may need to seek professional advice from your physician, a clinical social worker or a psychiatrist/psychologist who specializes in the eating disorder field. Sometimes you must ask for help.


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