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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.)

Burn Fat

The easiest and quickest way to burn fat and build muscle is to get your metabolism revved up by eating small protein-rich meals at regular intervals of three to three-and-a-half hours throughout the day.

This forces the body to maintain a steady insulin level that prevents excess insulin being released, thus avoiding fat build-up. Instead, your body must use the energy right away, keeping a consistent fat-burning level.


Never skip meals. This slows down the metabolism. Eating regularly, contrary to what most people believe, is what causes the metabolism to operate at its most efficient levels.

Whenever you eat, your body must expend the necessary energy to process, digest, and absorb the food. Consequently, the more you eat (the right food combinations), the more your body burns fat and increases weight loss.


Eat Lean Protein Foods. The majority of calories from lean protein foods are burned up in the digestion process. This is called the thermic effect, a process that promotes weight loss and fat-burning.

Lean protein foods have the highest thermic effect of any other foods. Eat lean meats, poultry, and fish. Never fry your food in heavy oil. Broiling, baking and grilling are the healthiest ways to cook meats and fish.

Eat Lots of Fiber. Foods that are high in fiber absorb the substances containing fats, carbohydrates, sugars, and the calories associated with them. This speeds up the digestion process resulting in increased weight loss.

The highest fiber foods are whole fruits and vegetables (in their natural state), whole grain cereals and bread, brown rice and wheat germ. If in doubt of a food's fiber content, always check food labels.

Drink Lots of Water. By increasing your intake of fiber, you will need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep the fiber moving through and out of your body.

Water also speeds up the body's metabolism, encouraging increased weight loss, and flushes toxins from your body. To keep your body at its peak efficiency level, it must have plenty of water.

Never Eat Carbohydrates at Night Carbohydrates provide fuel that your body uses for energy. When your body does not need the fuel, it stores the carbohydrates as fat. Eating them too close to bedtime will always force your body to store them as fat.

Engage in Aerobic Exercise. No, you do not need to join a gym or wear yourself out by performing a grueling workout. All you need to do is walk! The exercise that benefits everyone and is the easiest to do, regardless of fitness level, is walking.

Because walking is an aerobic exercise it increases the metabolism, forcing increased fat-burning effects, and maintains it even after activity has stopped. It can be done inside or outside, alone or with a friend.

As you can see, forcing your body to naturally burn fat and build muscle is easily achievable by making simple changes in your eating and lifestyle habits. By making these changes, you will lose weight, enjoy better health and force your body to perform at its peak.


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