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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.)

Anxiety Disorders

We are an angst-ridden society.  The news offers up new things to obsess about every day; crime, money, the stock market, retirement, health insurance, hunger, and global warming.  It’s no wonder so many of us are stressed-out and tense all the time.

If you are restless at night, tossing and turning in your bed because of excessive worry, does that mean you have an anxiety disorder? There are certain symptoms that can be due to anxiety disorder such as feelings of restlessness, light-headedness, an inability to relax, a queasy stomach or shortness of breath.

You might seem overwhelmed by irrational feelings of fear or paranoia.  You dread tomorrow because you wonder what disasters will befall you.  You may experience insomnia, irritability, impatience, and an inability to concentrate.  You may also feel impatient or on edge.

If any of these symptoms persist for longer than a month, you are probably experiencing generalized anxiety disorder. While you yourself may sense that something is wrong, you may feel as if you lack the power to do anything about it.  If your fear is severe, it is considered a full-fledged disorder.  


*PHOBIAS - There are three major types of phobias.  Agoraphobia is a fear of a public place such as a shopping mall or town square.  Social phobia is a fear of talking with or otherwise interacting with people.  A simple phobia is a fear of a particular object or activity such as dogs, flying, or germs.  
*PANIC DISORDER - A panic attack involves a racing heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, perspiration, or a fear of dying.   It can be highly debilitating, preventing an individual from being able to perform work or other important functions.  It can cause an individual to become completely isolated from others.

There are numerous causes of anxiety, including stress, nutritional deficiencies and chemical imbalances.  If you suspect that you may be suffering from any type of anxiety disorder, please seek help from your physician immediately. Your physician will be able to determine if you are suffering from anxiety and suggest appropriate treatment.    
Anxiety can be a painful and debilitating condition, harming one’s self-image, one’s relationship with family members, and one’s ability to perform one’s job. With appropriate treatment, people who suffer from anxiety disorders can learn to function effectively. 


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