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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.)

5 Ways to Live Healthier in 2011

As we settle into 2011, polishing off the remaining festive goodies and counting the pennies left over after indulging in the sales, it’s easy for our well-intended New Year’s resolutions to fall by the wayside. Around 60% of adults each year resolve to embark on a healthier lifestyle, but on a budget and with temptation around every corner it can often be difficult to reach our targets.

Often the problem can be that achieving and maintaining any goal is never purely an individual effort. The worldwide web offers a collective knowledge and immediate community of like-minded individuals who can offer advice, warn you of potential pitfalls and help you accomplish your ambitions. Here’s a look at the top 5 online support systems out there for your pilgrimage to a healthier self, which won’t cost you a penny.

Exercise is Free

Exercise is arguably the most important tool in maintaining a healthy body and mind. This year avoid the trap of a costly gym membership and hit your local streets running for some fresh air. WalkJogRun is a free online community for runners of every level, where you can find training buddies in your local area and see which routes they are using, or plan your own personalised route based on choice of distance and elevation.

Track and Change your Eating Patterns

It’s amazing how unaware we can become about the amount and type of food we are putting into our bodies. This year the NHS have launched the Great Swapathon, which offers a simple questionnaire to work out where you’re going wrong and allows you to design a tailored plan to swap 6 of your food sins for healthier options. You’ll get tips and encouragement along the way via email and SMS and there’s a Facebook group to share your experiences and ideas.

Kick the Habit

If you’ve resolved to stop smoking this year, Nicorette have created a free online support programme to help you along the way, with top tips and a downloadable quitting diary to track your progress. Once you manage to stay smoke-free for 1 week, you’ll be 9 times more likely to quit smoking permanently, so sign up for the Nicorette one week challenge for daily tips and advice on how to battle your cravings.

Set Your Mind at Rest

Mental health is slowly creeping up the priority list for many people, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Online communities such as are a great place to anonymously talk about what’s on your mind and get some advice from professionals or just like-minded people. You can also now download mind-mapping software straight to your phone, so you can organise your niggling worries into a clear format and set about resolving them.

Get some Beauty Sleep

Scientists have proven that a good night’s sleep is essential to our health, but those 40 winks can often prove elusive. Luckily websites such as offer free relaxing music and nature sounds that have an almost hynoptic effect to help you drift off. For less than a pound you can also download the Sleep Cycle app for smartphones, which analyses your sleep patterns and wakes you up in your lightest sleep phase to ensure you start every day feeling refreshed.


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