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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.)

Acupuncture Benefits

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture uses small needles inserted at various points on the body to benefit the improvement of many physical health conditions as well as increasing mental clarity. Because oriental medicine uses a holistic approach, acupuncture is a treatment used to treat the whole body.

Acupuncture is now accepted in the mainstream medical community. Since it has been proven to be effective in treating many medical conditions, it is now used as an alternative or an addition to conventional medicine.

Acupuncture works directly with the body’s energy (qi) because practitioners of acupuncture believe that all illnesses are caused by the natural flow of energy through the body becoming weakened or exhausted. This makes the individual more vulnerable to illnesses.

According to the practice of acupuncture, the rebalance of energy (qi) is established by treating specific acupoints on the body related to the symptoms. Effective treatment removes these energy obstructions resulting in better overall health.

Most people cringe when they think about someone placing needles into their body. However, the needles that people are familiar with are the needles that are used to give shots for vaccination, etc. These needles are painful and inspire a sense of dread for most.

The acupuncturist’s needles are not like that at all. They are very small. When a skilled acupuncturist inserts the needles, there is little or no sensation. You may feel warmth or tingling or you may not even be able to tell they are there. Once the first needle is inserted, you will never fear them again.

Although acupuncture is most widely known for help in controlling pain, it can be used to treat many health conditions and ailments.


*Respiratory Disorders (Bronchitis, Asthma, And Sinusitis)

*Reduces The Need To Take Drugs For Pain.

*Post-Surgical Nausea And Vomiting

*Strengthens The Immune System (Reduces Risk For Colds, Infections, And Flu.)






*Eating Disorders





Because acupuncture eases the flow of a body’s energy (qi), the body is able to function in a natural, harmonious way, leading to better health overall. Once you have had an acupuncture treatment, you will be amazed at the results.


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