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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.)


What You Eat Determines Your Health

Somewhere caught up in your busy lifestyle, between your Blackberry, day planner, laptop, your kids sports, piano lessons, traffic jams, and household duties, being healthy got deleted from your agenda.  Instead of planning healthy meals and taking the time to sit down to eat, you’re on the go, driving through fast food joints eating combo meals, forgetting to eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables.  Unfortunately, those quick and easy foods are loaded with carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and fats.   


You must make the effort to change your way of eating if you want to be healthy. Here are some tips for healthy eating:

1.            NEVER skip breakfast.  Eating in the morning will jump-start your metabolism, giving you energy to get you through the morning.  Protein and carbohydrate in the morning is a great breakfast.  Breakfast should be your largest meal for the day. 

2.         Reduce your intake of caffeinated and carbonated beverages.  Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and is addictive.  Caffeine will make you hungry.  Carbonation prevents your body from absorbing nutrients.  Both caffeine and carbonation will cause your body to be in a more acidic state, something you do not want. 

3.         Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  I personally drink distilled water and avoid tap water at all costs.  Filtered, purified, ionized and reverse osmosis water is also good.  Think of water as cleansing the toxins out of your body.  Water is water. It is not ice tea, coffee, or Crystal light. 

4.         Eat your fruits and vegetables daily.  A diet rich in dark green, orange, red and yellow choices are best.  Your body likes variety that comes in all colors.  Variety gives your body a greater amount of nutrients.  The most overlooked benefit of eating raw vegetables in your diet is the benefits of the enzyme activity in raw vegetables.  Eat at least 3 portions of raw vegetables a day. 

5.         Eat whole-grain products.  Your best sources are whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta.  Stay away from enriched and white flour products.  Read the label.  Processed foods are not whole-grains.  All the healthy nutrients have been stripped away from processed foods.  Try to greatly reduce your intake of processed foods.
6.         Cut the “bad” (saturated) fats and increase the “good” (unsaturated) fats.  The bad fats include coconut and palm oil, butter, full-fat dairy products and animal fat.  Eat the good fats that include olive, canola and corn oils.  Read the label.  Anything fat that is solid at room temperature is best to avoid. 

7.         Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.  Alcohol has wasted calories and if consumed on a regular basis, adds unwanted pounds.  Alcohol also increases your blood sugar levels which is unhealthy for your metabolism. 

Try and make one change a week.  Or continue to work on one of these tips until it becomes a part of your healthy lifestyle.  Healthy eating takes some planning.  It’s very difficult to eat healthy on the fly.  Spend some time and plan your meals.  It’s well worth the rewards.  You are what you eat.  If you are eating unhealthy, don’t expect to stay healthy for long.  It’s easier to stay healthy than to try to get healthy once you are sick. 

With only a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in your daily eating habits.  Use your mind – if you think healthy, you will eat healthy.  Think of foods as fuel for your body.  Eating healthy foods will produce a healthy body. 

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