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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.)

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body. It is characterized by tender areas in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues where the slightest pressure can cause pain. The best and simplest description of fibromyalgia is that you hurt all over and nearly always feel exhausted.


BODY-WIDE PAIN: The most prominent feature of fibromyalgia is body-wide pain with distinct tender points, such as the shoulders, back of the neck, lower back, hips, shins, elbows and knees. The pain can mimic various types of arthritic pain. The pain of fibromyalgia can be a deep aching pain or a throbbing, shooting or burning pain and can range from mild to incapacitating. Many people with fibromyalgia wake up in the morning with body aches and stiffness.

COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES: Many people experience difficulty in concentrating and being able to retain new information, in particular, if they are distracted.

EXERCISE INTOLERANCE: Moderate exercise can generate pain relief in healthy people, but it can make the pain of fibromyalgia worse. However, if you do not exercise regularly, normal daily living activities will start to cause more pain. Mild exercise in short intervals will keep the muscles fit wihtout over-taxing them. Some fibromyalgia sufferers find it difficult to climb stairs and standing still for even a short period of time.

HEADACHES: Recurrent migraine or tension headaches are experienced by many who suffer from fibromyalgia. Most headaches are rated as severe and occur at least several times per week. The headache pain is linked to the pain from trigger points in the shoulder, neck, and head muscles.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: Some people with fibromyalgia suffer from constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain and bloating, abdominal gas, and nausea.

JAW PAIN: Some people with fibromyalgia suffer from jaw pain caused by joint dysfunction. It can be the joint itself or the soft tissues surrounding the jaw joint.

SLEEP DISTURBANCES: Many have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Waking up frequently prevents deep, restorative sleep. As a result, people wake up feeling exhausted.

OTHER COMMON SYMPTOMS: Extreme fatigue, light sensitivity, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, irregular heart beat, numbness, chemical sensitivities, painful monthly periods, difficulty focusing eyes, and burning eyes and mouth.

What exacerbates the pain? Symptoms can flare up from cold or damp weather, fluctuations in temperature, hormonal fluctuations, stress, anxiety, depression or over-exertion. In mild cases that are caused by mental stress, reducing stress and improving coping skills may also help reduce painful symptoms.


Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be relieved through certain medications. Pregabalin (Lyrica) was the first drug approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. A second drug, Cymbalta, which was previously approved for treating depression, was FDA approved for treating fibromyalgia.

Eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding caffeine may help with problems sleeping, and may help reduce the severity of the symptoms. Improved fitness through exercise is also strongly recommended. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia symptoms can be relieved by a few minutes of gentle, low-impact exercises such as walking and swimming. Symptoms may also be relieved by acupressure, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques.

Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic problem. The symptoms sometimes improve. At other times, the symptoms may worsen and continue for months or years. The key is seeking professional help that includes a multi-faceted approach to the management and treatment of the disease.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease


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