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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.)

Weight Gain and Aging

Weight gain and aging do not have to go hand in hand. However, weight increase in middle-age is very common. Unfortunately, it IS extremely easy for weight gain to sneak up on you as you get older. Why do we gain weight as we age? There are several reasons why this happens, but the weight gain can be prevented if we are willing to make some changes in our lifestyle.


The primary causes of middle-age weight gain are poor diet choices, hormonal changes, higher levels of stress, and less physical activity. Fortunately, there are easy solutions to be found for each of these problems.

As we age, the rate at which our food metabolizes starts to slow down, causing muscle tissue loss and a corresponding increase in body fat. Because muscle tissue requires more energy to sustain itself than fat does, our bodies need fewer calories to run efficiently, and the surplus is stored as fat.

Hormonal changes can also be responsible for slowing down our metabolic rate, causing a drop in our calorie needs. For women, this is especially problematic after menopause.

The final culprit, stress, can be responsible for slowing down our metabolic rate and increasing weight gain, especially around our waistline. This is as unhealthy as it is unwelcome.

The main reason, however, that we experience a metabolic drop is the decrease in exercise that seems to accompany us as we grow older. This does not mean you should give up and let the weight start adding up. It means you must take steps to increase your metabolism and make it easier to maintain your weight.


*Drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses a day. Water forces your body to run more efficiently, flushes harmful toxins out of your body, speeds up metabolism, and makes it easier to lose weight and burn fat.

*Participate in at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day, primarily focusing on aerobic activities that are heart healthy and have the greatest fat-burning potential. The best examples are walking (the easiest), swimming, bicycling, skating, and jogging. Increasing your activity level is the MOST EFFECTIVE way to rev up your sluggish metabolism.
*Follow a low-fat diet plan that includes a menu rich in fruits and vegetables. If you eat fats make sure they are healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and seeds. Cut out as much sugar and starch as you can.

*Decrease your current calorie intake by 500 calories. This is easy to do and will help you maintain your weight and avoid weight gain.

*If you lead a stressful lifestyle, find ways to reduce your stress level. Stress increases the levels of cortisol in your body causing fat to be deposited, mostly around your waistline. The more stressed you are, the more fat is deposited. Read, take walks, soak in the tub, listen to relaxing music, or whatever works for you.


*eating a diet high in fat

*eating too quickly

*eating in front of the TV

*leading a sedentary lifestyle

*allowing stress to control your life

Increasing activity levels, eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and reducing stress levels are all ways to help reduce age-related weight gain. The key is to make these lifestyle changes permanent ones.


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