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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.)

Healthy and Active

Being physically active doesn't mean visiting a fitness club to walk on a treadmill for an hour. You do not have to stick to an impossible exercise regimen in order to be healthy and active. You can find ways to incorporate physical movement into nearly everything you do.


  • If you have children, find activities that the whole family can enjoy. Being active is much more fun if you can involve the whole family. Try hiking, biking, basketball, roller-skating, or walking through the zoo.

  • Spend some quality time with your children by playing outside with them. Play on the swing-set, play ball, jump rope, or race them to the corner! Include them in activities like washing the car or walking the dog.

  • Instead of taking the kids out to dinner and/or a movie, go to the local swimming pool or park. The whole idea is to focus on fun, not boring exercise.

  • If you are on vacation or spending a day at the lake, instead of stretching out on the beach and reading a book, take a swim, rent a boat, or go water skiing. Run through the sand.

  • Turn off your TV and hide the remote. Replace your TV time with an enjoyable walk, play with your kids, or work in your garden. Gardening is excellent exercise and provides a terrific range of movements for your body.

  • The next time you go shopping, park at the far end of the parking lot and walk, or better yet, park the car a few blocks away. If your destination is close to home, forget the car and walk. NEVER use drive-thru windows.

  • Whenever you are in a building that uses elevators, take the stairs instead. Walk as quickly as you can. Instead of sitting down and taking a coffee break at break time, take a few trips walking up and down the stairs. You can sit down at your desk after your break. Stair climbing is a wonderful strengthening exercise for your legs.

  • Put more vigor into your house-cleaning chores. Stretch out your arms and legs as much as you can when you dust those high places. When you vacuum, switch hands every so often to give both arms a workout and take long lunging steps to stretch out your legs.

  • Get rid of the riding lawn mower. Use a push mower. When you mow, move at a quicker pace than usual. The extra exertion will give your heart a good workout.

  • Rake your leaves the old fashioned way. Use a rake. If you have children, pile up the leaves and jump in. Rake them up again!
Wow! Just look at all the ways to incorporate movement into your everyday life. Try to see how creative you can be. The rewards will be a healthier, happier you.


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