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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.)

To Reduce Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver to help meet the body's need for hormones and bile acids. It enters the body when high-fat foods are consumed and when the body's cholesterol level is higher than it should be for normal cell functioning.

The resulting high blood cholesterol is a condition that greatly increases your chances of developing coronary heart disease. This is because extra cholesterol in the blood settles on the inner walls of the arteries, narrowing them, allowing less blood to pass through them to the heart. The higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk of heart-disease.

For all adults, a desirable total blood cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dl. A level of 240 or above is considered high blood cholesterol. But even levels in the borderline-high category (200-239) boost the risk of heart disease.


Reducing your blood cholesterol level decreases the chances of developing coronary heart disease. Most people can lower their blood cholesterol by changing their diet, losing excess weight, and increasing physical activity.


*Choose fish, poultry, and lean cuts of meat and remove the fat and skin before eating. Eat no more than about 6 ounces per day.

*Broil, bake, roast, or poach foods rather than frying them.

*Cut down on high fat processed meats including sausage, bacon, and cold cuts such as salami and bologna.

*Limit organ meats such as liver, kidney, and brains.

*Use skimmed or low-fat milk and cheeses, and low or non-fat yogurt.

*Instead of butter, use liquid or soft margarine or vegetable oils high in unsaturated fats.

*Use all fats and oils sparingly. Avoid any foods that contain “partially hydrogenated" vegetable oils, used in many margarines and shortenings. When cooking with oils, you should use olive oil.

*Eat egg yolks only in moderation. Egg whites contain no fat or cholesterol and can be eaten often.

*Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (5 a day is recommended), as well as cereals, breads, rice, and pasta made from enriched or whole grains (such as rye bread or whole wheat spaghetti).

*Many packaged and processed foods are high in saturated fats (raises blood cholesterol levels). Get in the habit of reading food labels. Look for the *Nutrition Facts* on the label and choose products that are lowest in fat.


*Regular physical activity can help improve your cholesterol profile.

*Even low intensive activity, if done daily, can provide benefits.

*Examples of such activity are pleasure walking, gardening, yard work, moderate-to-heavy housework, dancing, and home exercise.

*More vigorous exercise can raise HDL cholesterol levels (the so-called *good* cholesterol) and will improve the overall fitness of your heart. This kind of activity is called *aerobic* and includes jogging, swimming, jumping rope, or brisk walking or bicycling.

*Regardless of the type of activity you choose, be sure to build up your activity level gradually over a period of several weeks. Also, check with your doctor first if you have any health problems
or if you are over 50 and are not used to energetic activity, and plan a fairly strenuous program.

If you follow these guidelines for about 6 months and your blood cholesterol does not drop to a goal level set with you by your doctor, you may need to cut back still more on saturated fat and cholesterol.


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