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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.)

Exercise Benefits

Most people start an exercise regimen because they are unhappy with the way they look and feel. Their primary exercise goal is to lose weight. The vast majority of people are not aware that exercise benefits go far beyond weight loss. They are also reducing their risk for many diseases. In fact, a regular exercise program provides a wealth of health benefits.

Before you embark on an exercise routine, remember that physical fitness is defined differently for each person. It is dependent upon your age, health, and lifestyle. You have no control over your age but you have the power to change and improve your health and lifestyle.


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

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

*REDUCE RISK OF ILLNESS: A regular exercise program reduces your risk for many diseases and conditions including heart disease, stroke, and certain kinds of cancer. It lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens your muscles and bones, improves your circulation and keeps your joints flexible.

*DECREASE BODY FAT: Improved oxygen delivery and metabolic processes will force your body to lose weight and build lean muscle, making it much easier to maintain a healthy weight. Your body continues to burn fat even after exercise stops, usually for up to an hour.


A balanced exercise program should include exercises in each of the three general categories. These categories are aerobic exercises, flexibility exercises, and strength training.

AEROBIC EXERCISES: Aerobic (also called cardiovascular exercise) exercise requires continuous, smooth, rhythmic movements that strengthen your heart and lungs. This type of movement causes you to breathe more deeply, forcing your heart to work harder. This causes your body to burn a higher percentage of calories from fat.

Aerobic exercises are walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling, skating, cross-country skiing, rowing, and elliptical training. Water aerobics are also an excellent example of aerobic exercising that can be done by older people.

FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES: Flexibility exercises are simply stretching movements that facilitate flexible joints and diminish the risk of injury during other activities. Any sort of gentle stretching for 10 minutes prepares your body for aerobic exercise by warming it up.

STRENGTH TRAINING: This type of exercise, done several times a week, helps build strong bones and muscles. With more muscle, you burn more calories, even at rest. Examples of strength training are lifting with weights or elastic bands. Calisthenics like push-ups are strength training exercises as well.


Before you embark on a regular fitness regimen, make sure you follow some basic rules. These rules protect you from injuring your body.

*ALWAYS listen to your body. If certain movement causes you pain, stop it. If you experience nausea, dizziness, or chest pain, call your physician immediately.

*ALWAYS warm-up and cool down. To make the transition from rest to activity and back again, you must warm-up before exercising and cool down afterward. This prevents injuries and sore muscles.

Warm-up exercises like swinging your arms and brisk walking should be performed for 10 minutes before beginning your regular exercise routine. Stretching movements are appropriate for the cooling down period, but not for warming up because it can injure cold muscles.

*ALWAYS drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workout.

*NEVER eat within two hours of exercise.

*NEVER exercise if you are ill or exhausted.

Remember, the best exercise benefits are keeping your body healthy. The key to starting a successful exercise program is patience. If you try to do too much too soon, you will be tempted to quit before you can enjoy the fruits of your labors. Stick with it!


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