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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.)

Top 5 Foods to eat in order to avoid stomach aches

Stomach aches and cramps can be caused by a number of digestive problems. These can include the contraction of the large intestines, food passing too slowly through the intestines, and gas trapped in the stomach and lower intestines. If you suffer from stomach aches, the simplest and healthiest solution is to make some changes to your diet which will help you avoid painful digestive problems. This article outlines 5 foods which are brilliant for digestive health and will help you to avoid stomach aches.

Whole grains

Stomach aches are often caused by food not moving through the bowel as quickly as it should, which can lead to further pain as a result of constipation. In order to avoid food build up in the bowels, it is important to have plenty of fibre in your diet as this provides roughage which increases bulk in the stool and helps food to move through the intestinal tract. Whole grain are a great sauce of fibre, so try to eat whole grain food products such as wholemeal bread and bran cereal in order to ensure plenty of roughage passes through your digestive system.


Beans are also a great source of fibre and will help to regulate your bowel movements. Diarrhoea is caused when food passes through your digestive system too quickly, resulting in water from the food not being absorbed by the intestines. Beans help the intestines to absorb water and so will help you to avoid stomach ache as a result of diarrhoea. If you suffer from stomach ache as a consequence of trapped wind, beans should; however, be avoided.

Non-Citrus fruits

Fruits are another high fibre food; however, the acid of citrus fruits can aggravate the intestines causing slow digestion, so these should be avoided. Examples of non-acidic, high fibre fruits which will aid digestion are avocados, figs, blackberries and pears.


Like beans, vegetables are high in fibre but can cause excess wind to be produced in the gut. If you know that your stomach pain is caused by trapped wind you should not get your fibre intake from vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage or Brussels sprouts. Instead you should source your fibre from vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. If you are confident that you do not suffer from trapped wind and that your abdominal pain is the result of food passing too slowly through the intestines, then you should incorporate as many high-fibre vegetables as you can into your diet in order to ensure a varied and nutritional high fibre food intake.


Water needs to be absorbed from your food in order to prevent diarrhoea, whilst conversely, if not enough water is absorbed you will suffer from constipation. In order to avoid these painful digestive problems, it is important to eat food which contains lots of water, such as water melon or cucumber. Water intake means that stools are softened and more easily passed, so it is essential your eating habits include drinking lots of water and eating high water content foods.

For other ways to avoid diarrhoea and stomach pains you can find some great diarrhoea treatment facts and free advice on health websites such as Imodium, the NHS and so on.


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