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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.)

Lose Weight Quickly

Many of us need to lose weight but do not know how to get started. The thought of putting limitations on the food we eat can be disheartening. However, keeping our bodies at a healthy weight by following a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle is our best defense against many diseases and conditions.

Losing weight can be overwhelming if you are not sure how to get started. If you are hesitant or apprehensive about beginning a diet, there ARE healthy and effective ways to get a quick jump-start on losing weight. Using the tips below will help you get started:

*ELIMINATE ALL SUGAR AND STARCH from your diet. This will probably be a huge adjustment for you to make. However, remember that any sugar the body does not use will get stored as fat.

Since the body always uses the most readily available source of energy first, which is sugar and starch, eliminating them from your diet forces your body to burn fat instead.

*DRINK WATER, lots of water. Try to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day, preferably spread out evenly throughout the day. Water forces your body to run more efficiently, flushes harmful toxins out of your body, speeds up your metabolism, and makes it easier to lose weight and burn fat.

*EAT BREAKFAST. Eating a healthy, protein-packed breakfast (This does NOT include donuts!) revs up your metabolism and gives your body the energy it needs to get through the morning.

*EAT SMALL MEALS EVERY 3-4 HOURS. Eating regularly throughout the day will keep your metabolism revved up and burning fat. It also prevents you from feeling hungry or deprived. Make sure you include protein in every meal.

*NEVER EAT BETWEEN MEALS, especially after 6:00 pm. If you absolutely must eat something, nibble on a piece of raw fruit, a low-fat yogurt, or a couple of raw vegetables.

*FIND A HOBBY. Take up a new hobby or activity that will keep your mind and/or body busy, preventing you from thinking about food all of the time. Read, take a long, leisurely walk, knit or crochet, paint, play outside with your kids. Use your imagination!

*EXERCISE EVERY DAY for at least 20 minutes. Aerobic exercises have the greatest fat-burning potential. The best examples are walking (the easiest), swimming, bicycling, skating, and jogging. If you diet without participating in any exercise, your weight loss will be much slower.

The reason that exercise is so important for you is because your metabolism may be slower than it used to be. The most effective and easiest way to overcome a sluggish metabolism is to increase the activity level of your body.

Once you lose some weight, you will become more motivated to continue your efforts in meeting your goal. However, your biggest challenge will be keeping it off and not reverting to previous eating habits. To be successful at losing weight and maintaining it, you must make changes to your lifestyle and be diligent at watching your eating and exercise habits.
Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight


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