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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.)

Whole Grains

A nutritious and healthy diet is the basis for optimum health. To assure good health, you need to incorporate whole grains into your daily diet. The nutrients in whole grains help promote good overall health and help reduce the risk of many diseases, including some types of cancer.

Whole grains are actually the seeds of various grasses. They are referred to as cereals and have been the foundation of the human diet for thousands of years, providing the main source of fuel and energy for our bodies.

Whole grains provide a comprehensive nutritiously balanced meal, containing fiber, fats, carbohydrates, protein and many vitamins and minerals. A kernel of whole grain contains three parts, the central core, the germ, and the bran. A true whole grain product, rich in nutrients, will contain all three parts of the grain.

When grain is refined in the milling process to manufacture white flour products, the germ and bran are removed, leaving only the central core. The result is a creation lacking in most of the essential nutrients, leaving an over-processed non-nutritious product.


The high fiber content of whole grains binds to cholesterol, helping its excretion from the body through the digestive tract. This lowers blood cholesterol levels, resulting in a reduced risk of heart attacks.

The fiber in whole grains relieves constipation. Constipation slows the movement of waste and harbors it in our intestines. The longer it takes for the waste to move through our system, the longer the waste matter sits in our bowel and putrefies, increasing the risk of many diseases, especially certain types of cancer.

When whole grains are eaten in combination with beans, they are an excellent source of high quality, complete protein. Examples of this combination would be beans and brown rice, whole grain pasta with beans or whole grain bread with bean soup.

Whole grains are also excellent sources of magnesium and calcium. Both of these minerals are necessary for the maintenance of healthy bones. They are also high in potassium and provide a good source of carbohydrates that help improve blood sugar levels.


*CEREALS. There are many options to choose from in the cereal line. If you prefer hot cereals, make sure you choose whole grain oatmeal, cream of rye, buckwheat and/or other grain choices. Read labels carefully. Some so-called natural cereals are actually highly refined and full of sugar.

Cold cereals are also available in a variety of whole grains. Always read the label and choose products that are labeled as whole grain. All-bran cereals are good choices. Avoid cereals with added sugar.

*COOKED GRAINS. Choose from barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, couscous and millet.

*PASTA. Avoid the white flour pasta so readily available in supermarkets. Look for pasta made from whole wheat, rice, corn or buckwheat.

*BREADS. A wide variety of whole grains can be found in the bread section of your supermarket. Always check food labels. Whole grains should be in the list of ingredients.

*PANCAKES. You can make pancakes with wheat flour, rice flour or buckwheat. Instead of the sugar-laden syrup that is so prevalent, try pure maple syrup. It goes a long way as it is very sweet. Avoid large amounts of margarine or butter.

Following a healthy diet rich in whole grains is a necessary step for the improved health of you and your family. It is not difficult to make the changes necessary to change an unhealthy diet to a healthy one. The advantages are improved health, longer life, and more energy.


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