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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.


HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT & KEEP IT OFF:

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!

MY LIST FOR WEIGHT LOSS SUCESS:

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.)


Financial Stress

Your checking account is overdrawn. Your car payment is late and you don’t know how you are going to make the payment. Creditors are calling you and your landlord is threatening to evict you because you are late on your rent payment.

If any of this sounds familiar, you are dealing with financially induced stress. Unfortunately, this type of stress is very common for many people today. No matter how hard you work, you simply don’t have enough money to pay your bills.

EFFECTS OF FINANCIAL STRESS

If you are experiencing financial stress, it is most likely affecting you in negative ways emotionally, physically, and mentally. The following issues are the most common effects of dealing with financial stress.

Ø  Trouble sleeping at night.
Ø  Short-tempered and angered easily by your children and/or spouse.
Ø  Unable to perform job duties due to difficulty in concentrating.
Ø  Experience anxiety and panic attacks.

The effects of financial stress can have a devastating impact on every area of your life, including your health. It can lead to depression, stomach problems, headaches, high blood pressure, and increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. This makes financial stress a serious healthy concern.


WAYS TO DEAL WITH FINANCIAL STRESS

If you are dealing with financial stress, the first thing you must do is see your doctor and have a complete physical exam. Tell your doctor what your symptoms are and explain that you think the financial stress you are experiencing may be causing those symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist or licensed therapist who can help you work through your problems.

What else should you do? Consider making an appointment with a financial consultant. They can help you come up with a workable budget and a plan for both short-term and long-term goals. Coming up with a plan will help ease your stress level considerably. Instead of worrying about your situation you will be doing something constructive to improve your situation.

Initially, you will need to track every single expenditure. This will be challenging at first but is necessary. By doing this record-keeping you will see exactly where your money is going and where you can trim your budget without really feeling the pinch. Every little bit you trim will give you more money at the end of the month!

You must budget a small portion of your money to put into a savings account. No matter how tight your budget is, this is a priority. The unexpected does happen. When it does, your savings will act as an insurance policy against disaster. And, with a little money in the bank, you will start to sleep better knowing that you are doing everything you can do to get your financial situation under control.

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