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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.)

Hoodia Gordonii

Authentic Hoodia is a rare botanical that grows exclusively in South Africa. There are several compounds in Hoodia that help suppress appetite by tricking the brain into thinking you are full, making it a potential weight-loss tool.

Unfortunately, there are hundreds of supplements and pills that claim to help you lose weight with Hoodia when, in fact, their product is not pure Hoodia at all. Before you purchase the product, make sure it contains 100% authentic South African Hoodia Gordonii.


Hoodia gordonii is also called hoodia, xhooba, khoba, hoodia cactus, and South African desert cactus. Hoodia is a cactus-like plant that has the ability to suppress appetite and promote weight loss. Hoodia is sold in capsule, liquid extract, or spray.

Hoodia Gordonii is found in the semi-deserts of South Africa. When the pale purple flowers appear, (It takes 5 years.) the cactus can be harvested. There are many types of Hoodia, but only the Hoodia Gordonii contains the natural appetite suppressant.

Pure Hoodia Gordonii contains a molecule that sends a message to the brain telling it that enough food has been eaten. The result is suppression of the appetite. Not only does your body think it has eaten enough food but it stops the brain from having thoughts about food.


Hoodia liquid extracts have increased biochemical potency over pills and are more absorbable than pills as you do not need to digest them. Since liquid extract absorbs almost immediately, you can lessen food cravings more quickly resulting in faster weight loss.


When you take pure Hoodia, you will experience the following:

*Eat less food at mealtimes

*Lose your food cravings between meals

*Lose your desire to eat and your obsession with food

*Lose weight without feeling hungry or deprived

Remember, before you use your hard-earned money to purchase any Hoodia product, make sure it make sure it contains 100% authentic South African Hoodia Gordonii.


As a general precaution, people with liver disease should first consult with their doctor as Hoodia supplements could increase the stress levels on their liver.

Hoodia may interact with other medications a person is taking. Check with your doctor before taking it as Hoodia's effectiveness could be influenced by its combination with other supplements or drugs.

People with diabetes should be cautious about using Hoodia. Since it works by tricking the brain into thinking that it has enough blood sugar, it's possible that a person's blood sugar could drop too low.

Hoodia is believed to suppress not only appetite but thirst. Make sure you drink plenty of water or you may become dehydrated.


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