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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.)

What Are You Feeding Your Cells?

Here is something to get you thinking...

Why is it, that intelligent human beings think we can build a strong, healthy, vital, energized, happy body out of: lifeless, virtually nutrient-free, chemically produced, processed, refined or otherwise treated, frozen, canned, instant, ready cooked, preserved, pesticide and herbicide sprayed, antibiotic and hormone treated, mineral and vitamin deficient, fat and sugar laden, chemically flavored and colored, dead and lifeless, so called "food" that we are sold believing it is fortification and nutrition for our body? Why are we so eager and able to please our palette and our belly but find it so difficult to feed our cells?

Why are we so willing to fall for all the marketing hype about new "man-made" (high in toxic additives, sugar, fat, synthetic vitamins, etc. and virtually devoid of any real nutritional value) food materials rather than look back to nature for "real food" that has been provided to feed and fortify all creatures on earth?

Even more ridiculous...

We then try to correct this state of malnutrition and toxicity by taking more foreign, toxic, biochemically havoc-wreaking medications instead of simply providing the correct balance of nutrients required by the body to grow, repair and heal. We would NEVER think to put "dirty gas" or a foreign substance (like soda) into our car's gas tank and expect the engine to run properly, yet we do it to our own body each and every day.

If you ask your body to do the impossible, which is build and repair health with missing or inferior building materials, you will feel it!

We can no longer afford not to take supplements when we realize that we simply do not get the nutritional elements our body requires through our diet. Our modern food industry, agricultural techniques and the typical North American diet have made the task of filling our stomachs and satisfying our taste buds easy, but, it has virtually destroyed our chances of fulfilling our cells' requirements for proper nutrition through diet alone.

Start thinking more mindfully about what you are fueling your body with, get started with high quality Shaklee supplements, and take care of the beautiful body you have been given, because it's the only one you get!

If you are confused about where to start with supplementation, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. Also feel free to visit my website where you can learn more about the supplements that I recommend and use with my own family.

To Your Health,

Cara Nitz


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