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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.)

Why Is Vitamin D So Important?

With all of the recent research on vitamin D, it is a good time to check your knowledge of this really valuable vitamin.

Many people still think that extra Vitamin D is only needed during the winter months or if you live in the northern part of the country. Another outdated thought is that Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones & teeth, and that is about it.

But, in the last 10-15 years or so, scientists have realized that wasn't just bone-forming cells that were affected by vitamin D. Almost every cell in our body has receptors for vitamin D.

What else does Vitamin D do? The short answer is "a lot".

-For starters, vitamin D is essential for a strong immune system. Some experts think that may just be why winter is cold & flu season.

-Studies have also shown that adequate vitamin D intake significantly reduces the risk of several types of cancer, especially colon, breast, lung and prostate cancer. Plus, some studies suggest that adequate vitamin D intake may make cancer treatment more effective.

-Vitamin D may reduce heart disease risk as well.

-Studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation reduces the levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for the inflammation associated with heart disease. In addition, a combination of vitamin D, calcium and magnesium can also lower blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

-Finally, there are a number of studies suggesting that vitamin D is beneficial in preventing auto-immune diseases. For example, in the Nurses Health Study just 400 IU of vitamin D was sufficient to reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis by 40%.

-In Iowa another study followed 30,000 women age 55 to 69 for 11 years and found that those who got the most vitamin D from diet and supplementation were the least likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

-And in Finland a recent study reported that kids who were given 2,000 IU of vitamin D in the 1960s had an 80% lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes (Don't ask me why they were giving kids 2,000 IU of vitamin D in Finland in the '60s).

There are more health benefits of getting enough vitamin D appearing in the literature every day. Turns out, Vitamin D is a super power in the vitamin world!

But how much vitamin D is enough? The answer to that question is changing as well.

They found, for example, that most people didn't have adequate levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream- even in the summer. So you can forget that advice about not needing dietary vitamin D in the summer!

They also found that the previous RDAs for vitamin D were simply not adequate. Most experts now think that the RDA should be increased to a least 1000 IU up to age 50, and some experts think that the RDA should be as high as 2000 IU.

So what should you do? The simple answer is to get more vitamin D from sun exposure and your diet. Forget the old advice to slather yourself with sunscreen every time you set foot outside of the house. While you still want to avoid prolonged sun exposure without sunscreen, most experts are now recommending 10-15 minutes sun exposure without sunscreen every day.

Also, try to get at least 1000 IU of vitamin D from food (vitamin D fortified milk, salmon, mackerel, tuna & sardines are good sources) and supplementation. I know that the multivitamin I take from Shaklee just upped their vitamin D to new higher recommended levels.

And please, check with your doctor to find out what your vitamin D levels are. Only by having your blood levels tested will you know if you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.

Have a great Thursday!
Cara Nitz


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