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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.)

Reduce Your Risk for Cancer

The incidence of cancer is increasing at an alarming pace even though many of us live in countries where healthy nutritional and good medical care is readily available. What is causing this alarming trend?

Is it possible to reduce your risk for cancer? Cancer is a disease that is caused by a number of factors. Some of those risk factors we can control, some we cannot control and some risk factors can be reduced.


*NO TOBACCO - Don’t smoke, dip or chew tobacco. Using tobacco is the number one cause of lung, mouth, and throat cancer and lung diseases.

*SUNBLOCK - Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. You must protect your skin from the sun whenever you are outside, even in the winter. Use a sunblock with an SPF factor of at least 30. (Make sure you know the difference between sunblock and sunscreen. If you’re looking for complete UV protection from the sun, you must use sunblock. If you want a tan, use sunscreen.)


*FAMILY HISTORY – Some cancers have a genetic connection. Know your family history as comprehensively as possible to determine how high your risk factor is for developing cancer. If your risk factor is high for certain types of cancer, make sure you get regular cancer screenings. Early detection is a very important defense against cancer.


Poor diet and lack of exercise have a negative affect on the health of our body, increasing the risk for many diseases, including certain types of cancer. By following a healthy eating plan and getting regular exercise, we can greatly reduce our risk for developing these cancers.

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*NUTRITION - Follow a low-fat high-fiber eating plan. This has been proven to reduce the risk for certain types of cancer. Eat a diet heavy in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats like olive oil, beans and small amounts of lean protein.

Eliminate processed foods, sodas, and sweets. They have no nutritional value and can be toxic for your body. Reduce your intake of canned soups and vegetables (unless you can find the low-sodium kind). Frozen fruits and vegetables are okay as they are the closest in nutritional value to fresh.

Make sure you avoid the microwave. Preparing healthy food in the microwave can destroy nearly all of its cancer-preventing qualities. Try steaming instead of microwaving.

*EXERCISE – There is a clear connection between exercise and cancer prevention. Exercise improves overall health, physically and mentally, and can greatly reduce cancer risk. One of the best exercises is walking. It is easy to do and requires no expensive equipment or preparation. Plus, you can do it alone or with a partner.


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