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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.)

How to Find Purpose in Your Life

Do you ever think that there might be more to life than what you have now, but you really have no idea of what that might be or how to figure it out? If you are an older adult who is near retirement age, you may be asking that very question.

Instead of being energized and inspired by the years ahead, we're drained and lethargic as if someone else is at the controls of our life and we're simply along for the ride. What we're missing is purpose. Every one of us needs meaning in our life.

We constantly search for what will make us happy. That's where purpose comes in: Your purpose is a combination of your skills, passions and values. It's your mission in life and identifying it can provide clues to a more satisfying one.

You must live a life you love, with people you love, doing the work that you love. How do you accomplish that?

Don’t Allow Yourself to Feel Trapped. This is what happens when you feel hemmed in by life's circumstances and don't know how to break free. If you're wasting precious time dragging yourself through the motions of life, it's time to rethink your purpose.

Take a Time Out. What is the one thing you would change in your life if you could? We allow the busy-ness of our lives to prevent our sense of purpose. We are so caught up in
Make a List. List the things that you enjoy doing and believe you do well. Perhaps you excel at writing or performing, at repairing things, in seeing possibilities where others see a blank slate. Maybe you're a good listener or problem solver.

Draw Your Life Map. This will help you visualize what you really want. To create your map, cut out pictures from magazines or online images that inspire you, spur you into action, make you happy and represent your life goals and dreams.

Paste them onto a piece of cardboard and add quotes or words that strike a strong chord for you. Then post your life map where you can see it every day, or scan it into your computer and use it as a screen saver or wallpaper for your phone.

Take it in stages. Putting purpose into action demands motivation, courage and patience. What if you have a family to support or a mortgage to pay and can't simply drop everything to follow your passion? What if taking a big step is just too far out of your comfort zone?

The answer: Start small. Ask yourself: What am I curious about? Identify one thing you could change in your daily routine that will bring you more in line with your purpose. Once you've clarified your purpose, you discover new passions.


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