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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.)

Change Your Life

You are responsible for wherever you are in your life. It is not your financial situation, your childhood, or any other circumstances that have brought you to this place. It is the choices you make day after day, how you view the world, what your priorities are, who your friends are, what you put into your body and what you believe.

It’s your life. No one can change it but you. To live your best life you must be willing to make changes. Your life CAN be better than it is now.  Effecting change is the most challenging and most rewarding thing you can do for yourself.

If you want to change your life, you must change your choices, your attitude and your lifestyle. How do you begin to make those changes? Use the tips below to help you in your quest to make changes in your life.

BE GRATEFUL FOR 1 MINUTE. Take 1 minute and think of everything in your life that is good and right. One minute is all it takes to help the anxiety and difficulties melt away, for however brief a time. By reminding yourself of what is good, you turn yourself away from the negative forces in your life.

BE IN GOOD HEALTH. Eat healthy, nutritional food, cut back on sugar and processed foods. Exercise every day (walking is a great way to help your body and feel great). By changing your diet and adding a little exercise, you will reduce your risk for many diseases and illnesses.

BE POSITIVE. Empty your mind of negative thoughts, anything that is anxious, fearful, hateful, or apprehensive. How can you eliminate your anxieties, fears, and resentments? Instead of wallowing in self-pity, focus on things or people other than yourself. Being positive inspires you to be happy and content. Remember, whatever is holding you down will pass.

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. If you continue to live in your comfortable little world, you will perpetuate your misery and never allow yourself to try anything different. Eventually, you will simply rot away. Take chances or you will never know “what if.”

HAVE FAITH!  You may not always receive what you want, but believe that you will receive what you need. The first step is to determine what you want, ask for it, and trust that you will get what you need.

SEIZE THE DAY. Love life.  Be an active participant. Be curious. Seize each day and squeeze everything you can from it. How you view life is how you live life.

SLOW DOWN. Before you can make changes, you need the time to think. If your life is too hectic, slow it down or you won’t have time or energy to make changes. Slow down, enjoy life.

TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY. When your day is done, be done with your day. Whatever mistakes you made, whatever negative thoughts you had, forget them and move on.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? What makes you happy? What excites you? What makes you smile? If trying to figure out what you want to do in life overwhelms you, figure out what you want to do in the next year or 2 years or 5 years. Always have goals. Without goals there is nothing to look forward to.


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