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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.)

Fitness for Seniors

As we get older, we are less likely to engage in physical activity. How important is fitness for seniors? Research has conclusively demonstrated that physical activity is linked to increased longevity. The amount of exercise needed depends on the person, but in general, people need to increase their physical activity as they get older. Yet, elderly people often do the opposite.

It is never too late to start exercising. At any age, even small improvements in physical fitness and activity (such as walking regularly) can prolong life and independent living. Yet, many people are still sedentary. If you are like most people, you know that exercise is good for you, yet you cannot seem to get moving.

You must make a deliberate, planned effort to exercise. Pick an activity you enjoy or have enjoyed in the past, such as walking, dancing, cycling, swimming, or gardening, and make a commitment to doing it regularly. Focus on making the experience as pleasant as possible. Ask a friend to be your exercise partner.

Start slowly, with as little as five minutes of activity, and progress gradually. If you have been sedentary, accept the fact that it may take you a while to be able to move continuously for 30 minutes. Recognize that you may feel some discomfort at first.

Over time, you will get stronger and these early aches will fade. If you choose to embark on vigorous activity and you are over the age of 50, or have risk factors for heart disease, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Senior fitness tips:

*The easiest way to start a physical fitness regimen is to start with stretching exercises (flexibility exercises). Stretching movements promote healthy muscle growth and reduce the stiffness and loss of balance that accompanies aging.

*If you are hesitant to start an exercise program, consider others methods of being physically active. Walking, bicycling, swimming, aerobic water exercises, and gardening are very good exercise options.

*Water exercises are especially beneficial for the elderly and have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits for older people as "on the ground" aerobic exercises.

*For those who have led a sedentary lifestyle for a long time, low impact aerobics, tai chi, or self-paced walking are very beneficial. Start slowly. Even for those confined to a nursing home, there are programs geared towards improving strength and flexibility.

*Most people assume that strength training is unnecessary and unattainable after the age of 60. However, the opposite is true. As one ages, adding resistance training to a regular exercise program can reduce the process of muscular erosion. Strength training also improves heart and blood vessel health and general well being.


A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for coronary artery disease, along with smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Exercise, however, improves heart health in people and can reverse some risk factors, including the effects of smoking. People who exercise the most often have the lowest risk for heart disease and stroke.

Exercise provides the following benefits:

*Reduces your risk of developing certain types of cancer such as prostate, colon, and breast.

*Reduces your risk of: diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

*Helps you maintain a healthy weight by increasing your metabolism.

*Increases energy and endurance.

*Helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

*Contributes to better, more restful sleep.

Eating a healthy, nutritious diet and following a regular exercise program are the keys to living your best life. No matter what your age, it is NEVER too late to start moving!


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