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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.)

Finding Peace

 When you are at peace with yourself, you have a calm, steady feeling of contentment and satisfaction. In spite of whatever problems or unpleasantness you may have experienced or are currently facing, you are glad to be alive and know that you are where you need to be.

If you do not feel at peace with yourself for whatever reason(s), you can change that. You do not need to be stuck with feelings of discouragement, despair, anger, resentment, or sadness. You, and only you, are responsible for your own happiness; not your spouse, children, boss, or friends.

You are in charge of your emotional and mental destiny. Finding peace is all about learning how to undo the negative feelings to find long-term peace and contentment.


*Accept yourself. When you accept yourself as you are with all of your weaknesses, strengths, skills and talents, you will create a feeling of peace within yourself.

*NEVER judge yourself. You will always come up short because you will always be too hard on yourself. No one is perfect!

*Be active. The more you move your body, the more feel-good endorphins you release. You will feel better mentally, emotionally and physically. Take a walk every day.

*Be grateful. List everything in your life you are thankful for. As you practice gratitude, you will find that your thoughts of love and abundance intensify your feelings of inner peace.

*Release the past. You cannot change the past. If past memories are painful for you, release those memories and forgive yourself and/or others. Otherwise, you can never move on with your life and move into inner healing and peace.


What makes YOU happy? What do YOU enjoy doing? What are YOU good at? Think of the activities that YOU enjoy the most, not your family or your friends.  Ultimately, if you are not happy, then those who love you will not be happy either because they see your pain and sadness.

Allow yourself the freedom to indulge in the things that give you pleasure. By giving yourself permission to engage in these activities, you are enhancing your feelings of satisfaction, achievement and success. You will raise your self-respect and your sense of worth.

As time goes on and you continue to participate daily in activities that you enjoy, the more confident you will feel about your life and the decisions you make. Your life will become more pleasant and satisfying. Your family will notice the changes in you and respond in kind.

 Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy


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