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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.)

5 ways to keep your teeth healthy

If you are like most people you don't exactly look forward to seeing the dentist’s drill. There is nothing like a healthy bright, clean, white smile. Ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy isn't a hard job and the earlier you start looking after them the higher the chances are you will avoid getting problems in the future.

To help you, here are 5 simple tips you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

1) Brush your teeth regularly

This one goes without saying, but you would be surprised at how many people sometimes miss a day every so often. Just because it's late and your too tired don't mean you can miss a night of not as this can sometimes become a habit - especially for young children.

2) Brush your teeth gently, not hard

This is one of the most common problems that people do wrong - without even knowing they are doing it! Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Use short, gentle strokes and brush your teeth for about 2 minutes - twice a day.

3) Don't forget to floss

Brushing teeth without flossing is like washing only 65% of your body. The other 35% remains dirty. If you do not floss and allow plaque to remain in between teeth it eventually hardens into a substance called tartar. Unlike plaque which can be easily removed by brushing, tartar can only be removed by your dentist.

4) Be careful of chewing gum

There are two types of chewing gum. The sweet type which increase sugar content and micro-organisms that feed onto and cause the decay of the teeth and sugar-free chewing gum which are specifically made to chew after meals to aid in cleaning your teeth.

5) Try to avoid soda or fizzy drinks

Fizzy drinks contain acids like citric acid and phosphoric acid. These drinks have a corrosive effect on the teeth. They react with the teeth and slowly dissolve them. Obviously a few in moderation every so often will not make a big different; just try not to get too addicted to them.

If your teeth are not straight then its highly recommended you get braces and see a dentist as soon as possible. The earlier you get this sorted the better. Of course most people try to avoid this as they may find braces to be annoying and embarrassing. However wearing braces these days doesn’t have to be embarrassing. There are a number of alternatives to braces such as nearly invisible braces which straighten your teeth without it looking like you are wearing any braces at all.


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