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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.)

Detox Diet

Are you feeling sluggish? Do you always feel full or feel like you have a big blob sitting in your stomach? If so, you have probably ingested too many preservatives and additives into your body and your liver is showing signs of abuse.

Detox or detoxification is the process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from your body. Detox plans can come in different forms, from regular exercise to yoga and meditation. The simplest and most common plan is to go on a detox diet.

A detox diet is a program that minimizes the chemicals ingested into the body by eating healthy food. It highlights foods that are loaded with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that the body must have for detoxification.

It also involves eating food that is high in fiber and drinking lots of water. These two things will greatly increase the elimination of toxins from the body. It includes a high intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, and beans, while cutting down on caffeine, alcohol, yeast and sugars.

Is it really necessary to try a detox diet? If you are a “regular” at the fast food places, then yes, you definitely need to detox your body. The chemicals contained in the junk food and soft drinks you’ve consumed are VERY toxic to your body.

An overload of these chemicals in the body can lead to conditions like liver malfunction, kidney problems, nutritional deficiencies and inefficient metabolism. The most common symptoms of these illnesses are fatigue, depression, constipation, poor skin and low tolerance to pain.

A detox diet can give you improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, increased metabolism and better concentration. In short, it will give you wellness and a reduced risk for many illnesses and diseases.

A word of caution, people with heart disease, anemia, low blood pressure, pregnant women or those who are nursing should not to go on a detox diet unless recommended by a doctor. Furthermore, detox diet programs should be properly planned with a doctor and/or a nutritionist.


Because your body is not accustomed to the new eating plan, there will be side effects the first couple of days. There may be headaches, diarrhea (drink plenty of water) and a general feeling of weakness as your body adjusts to the change in food intake. 

Detox diet programs should not be done over a long period of time and should only be done once or twice a year. Remember, before starting, make sure you consult a doctor or nutritionist. 

The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss 


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