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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.)

Thyroid and Weight Loss

Is there a connection between your thyroid and weight loss? Yes. Your thyroid determines your body’s metabolic rate. Any malfunction or disease afflicting the thyroid directly affects your metabolism. You may gain weight, lose weight, or find that losing weight is more difficult than usual.

Hyperthyroidism, a condition causing an overactive thyroid, causes the metabolism to skyrocket. Because the metabolism is increased, you may lose weight even though you are eating more. Though this sounds great, it is actually hazardous to your health.

Some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are heart palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, trembling hands and weight loss. If you suspect you have hyperthyroidism, you should consult a doctor.

Hypothyroidism works in the opposite direction, slowing down metabolism causing the body to gain weight without increasing food intake. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes a general weakness in the body. It too may need special treatment from a doctor and may cause serious health problems if left unattended.

The best way to lose weight is to limit calorie intake. However, many people who diet do not take into account the effect of their metabolism on their weight loss efforts. Since decreasing calorie intake causes weight loss, some people assume that cutting calories by extreme measures will cause quicker weight loss.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. While cutting calories helps weight loss, consuming too little calories pushes the body into starvation mode. The body’s metabolism slows down to adapt to the smaller amount of available energy. If your body enters this mode, it will work at such a slow metabolism that losing weight becomes impossible.

When your metabolism slows due to a drastic reduction in calories and you suddenly eat a calorie-filled meal, you gain more weight because of the sudden increased surplus of energy. This is why an imbalanced eating plan is not effective. The sudden loss and increase of calories will cause an imbalance in one’s energy consumption directly affecting fat deposit.

In the end it all comes down to math. If you consume more calories than your body needs, it will store those calories as fat. To reduce calories without slowing down metabolism, you must increase your body movement.

The most successful weight loss technique is calorie reduction combined with exercise. This way, the body does not slow its metabolism. Only then can weight loss occur. Try to incorporate some kind of physical movement for twenty minutes every day. The best way to burn fat is aerobic exercise and the best aerobic exercise is simple walking. Try it.
The Body Sense Natural Diet: Six Weeks to a Slimmer, Healthier You


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