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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.)

Beans Nutrition

A healthy diet should contain a variety of foods that provide our bodies with good nutrition. Beans (legumes) are a valuable source of many life-enhancing nutrients. There is ample evidence that supports the value of beans nutrition.

No matter what kind of bean you choose, it is an excellent source of protein, especially when you combine it with whole grains. Beans and whole grains together provide a wide range of amino acids that are essential to your body (like beans and rice).

Beans provide a valuable source of nutrients that our bodies need in order to function at optimum level including calcium and magnesium. These two nutrients build strong bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. They also maintain healthy muscle tone and combat fatigue.

Beans are an excellent source of both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Fiber acts like a sponge in the body’s digestive tract, absorbing substances containing sugars, fats, carbohydrates, and the calories associated with them.


*FIBER REDUCES HIGH CHOLESTEROL. A diet rich in soluble fiber lowers blood levels of harmful cholesterol without lowering the levels of good cholesterol. The gel that is formed from soluble fiber picks up the cholesterol as it passes through the intestines and carries it out of the body.

*FIBER KEEPS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STEADY. Soluble fiber slows the absorption of sugar from the intestines. This steadies the blood sugar level and decreases the ups and downs of insulin secretion. By keeping insulin levels low and stable, the body stores less fat, a boost for anyone trying to lose weight.

*FIBER REDUCES THE RISK OF CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER. The incidence of colon cancer is significantly lower in people who eat lots of high-fiber food. Fiber binds carcinogens (toxins that can transform normal cells into cancerous ones) and moves them through the bowels quickly, decreasing their potential to do harm. It also binds estrogen, reducing the risk of breast cancer.

*FIBER INCREASES YOUR ENERGY LEVEL. Like protein, fiber slows down the digestion process in your body, guaranteeing a balanced energy level throughout the day.

When shopping for beans, there are numerous choices in your local supermarket. You can buy fresh, frozen, or canned. There are some beans available with low or no added salt. Beans are very versatile and can be added to soups, salads, casseroles, and many other dishes.

If you suffer from excess gas when you eat beans, you can take digestive enzymes or eat beans in small quantities. The easiest beans to digest are green beans, lima beans and tofu (if you can eat soy). Once your system is accustomed to beans, add black beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans.

Make sure you drink plenty of water every day as water helps to push the fiber through your digestive system. This promotes healthy bowel movements. Water also speeds up metabolism and flushes toxins out of the body.

Beans provide excellent nutrient value for your body. Try to include them in your diet every day for maximum health benefits.


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