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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.)

Healthy Aging

As we age, we are faced with a reduced metabolism, memory loss, wrinkles, increased risk for chronic diseases, and a sagging body; not exactly wonderful things to look forward to! However, making some changes in your diet and lifestyle can help you age more gracefully, make you healthier, and help you feel better overall.

Is there such a thing as healthy aging? Of course there is. Healthy aging is defined as living a longer and healthier life. Many studies have proven that there is a significant link between a healthy diet and lifestyle and prevention of age-related diseases and conditions.

To live an anti-aging lifestyle, you must participate in regular physical activity, eat a nutritious diet, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest and avoid certain toxic practices such as smoking and excess alcoholic drinking. These guidelines are your best defenses against aging.


The following foods and beverages increase your body’s good health and reduce the signs of aging:

*FRUITS AND VEGETABLES are loaded with antioxidants. (Antioxidants eliminate free radicals in the body that are the precursors for cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.) Your goal should be 5 servings per day. Include foods in a variety of colors; the brighter the color, the higher the antioxidant properties.

*LEGUMES (beans) are packed with nutrients similar to fruits and vegetables and are low in calories.

*NUTS are good for your heart and your brain. They are full of healthy fats that benefit the collagen in skin, maintaining the skin’s structure and keeping it resilient. Eat unsalted nuts, like walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds, and seeds like sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

*WATER moisturizes your skin, muscles, circulation and all your internal organs. It is essential for the health of your body. Drink at least 8 glasses a day. Water also keeps your metabolism functioning at its optimum level.

*WHOLE GRAINS provide needed fiber for efficient bowel function. This aids the body in eliminating toxic substances that are hazardous to your body and skin. Try for 3 servings a day. Check food labels to make sure the ingredients include whole wheat or whole grains.

*YOGURT adds healthy bacteria to your intestines, needed for fighting off toxins. Try to eat 3 servings a day.

Powerful anti-inflammatory foods offer a multitude of health benefits. The top anti- inflammatory foods are fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring), garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, barley, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and sprouts, green foods, and hot peppers.


Another vitally important factor in healthy aging is to exercise. If you do not want to start a vigorous exercise program, consider others methods of being physically active. Walking, bicycling, swimming, aerobic water exercises, and gardening are very good exercise options. Remember, any movement is beneficial for your body.


To effectively protect your skin naturally, stay out of the sun, use sunscreen, don't smoke, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water. You also need to get regular physical activity and plenty of good, regular sleep.


There are, of course, many other factors that can contribute to aging. Stress, hormones, and a weakened immune system are all additional causes of aging.

Choosing smart and healthy lifestyle choices are your best tools to help prevent and retard the signs of aging. Making small changes can result in major benefits for your body and the aging process.


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