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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.)

Weight Loss Tips

Yesterday, I told you about two weight loss tips that not only help you lose weight but enhance the health of your body, making you feel better all over. The first tip was to never drink cold liquids with a meal, only very warm liquids such as tea or lemon water. The second tip was to drink lots of water throughout the day (just not with meals) because water is incredibly beneficial for your body to function properly.

TIP #3

Eat a big, healthy breakfast. Most people think that if they skip breakfast it will help them lose weight. Actually, the opposite occurs. If you deprive your body of food in the morning, your body will shift into starvation mode and burn fewer calories, resulting in a slower metabolism.

The secret to successful weight loss is to get your metabolism revved up first thing in the morning. The only way to do that is to eat a healthy breakfast. Not only does skipping breakfast lower metabolic rate, it lowers blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar levels lead to feeling very hungry, tired, and overeating during the rest of the day.

Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast within one hour of rising. This will jump-start your metabolism and put it in hyper-drive for the next three hours. The best breakfast contains lean protein and complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and/or other whole grains.

If you are one of those people who skip breakfast because it upsets your stomach or you don’t have enough time to eat, consider the following tips:


*If time is truly an issue for you (if you cannot rise earlier in the morning), eat something that does not require any time to prepare. Drink a glass of orange juice, eat a piece of fruit or eat a container of yogurt. There is always SOMETHING you can pick up and eat quickly. Remember, anything is better than nothing.

*Prepare your breakfast the night before. Have everything ready that it is possible to have ready. For example, for a bowl of cereal, lay out the bowl, cereal and spoon, etc.

*Take it with you. Take a thermos of orange juice, put some toast or cereal in a container, and take to work or keep breakfast foods and healthy snacks in your drawer at work.


*If eating breakfast makes you sick to your stomach, find something that you CAN eat or get up earlier and wait awhile before you eat. Eat something bland like a small container of yogurt, a plain bagel or plan piece of toast. Yogurt is very good for you and actually helps balance the good bacteria in your stomach. If nothing else works, try some cheese crackers. They are not ideal but they will keep you from starving yourself.

*Try something not normally associated as a breakfast food. Do you love peanut butter? Spread some on whole wheat toast for breakfast. It has protein and complex carbohydrates, an excellent combination of healthy foods.

Remember, eating breakfast is all about getting your metabolism revved up for the day and starting your day in the best possible way. You will find yourself less hungry during the day and you will lose weight more easily. Once you get into the habit, you will be very glad you did.

I will be adding other weight loss tips in the days to come. Stay tuned!


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