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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.)


Fun Ways to Add Fruit and Vegetables to your Diet

March is National Nutrition Month making it a perfect time for you to find out more about healthy nutrition and how much it affects your life and your health. You probably already know more than you think about what you should be eating but for more information, there are dozens and dozens of sites online that will help you make informed decisions about what you and your family should be eating.


Listed below are some creative and helpful ways for you to add fruits and vegetables to your diet.

*MAIN DISH - Make your main dish a big, colorful bowl of salad. Start with lots of dark leafy greens. Then add tomato, bell peppers, green onions, celery, carrots, cucumber, or whatever you fancy. The possibilities are endless. For protein, add some beans or tuna. Top with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette.

*SANDWICH - For a healthy, delectable sandwich add sliced onion, tomato, bell pepper, avocado, cucumber or apple to a slice of your favorite cheese. Put it all on two pieces of whole grain bread, add a little seasoning and some low-fat dressing, and you have a delicious, nutritious masterpiece.

*SOUP - Make a big pot of vegetable soup. Saute some garlic, onion, bell pepper and chopped tomatoes. Add carrots, celery, yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, peas, asparagus, mushrooms, etc. Use a small amount of high starchy veggies like corn and potatoes. One of the great things about soup is that you can freeze it.
*PIZZA - Make some homemade pizza and top it with loads of your favorite fresh veggies.

*SNACKS - For snacks, instead of eating unhealthy, fattening potato chips and dip, try munching on some fresh vegetables dipped in your favorite salad dressing, guacamole or hummus.

*BREAKFAST - For breakfast, add veggies like onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, and zucchini to your omelet.

*BREAKFAST - Another option for breakfast is to whip up a fruit smoothie. Throw in a banana, a handful of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, or cantaloupe, some low-fat Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed.  Use frozen or fresh fruit. It’s delicious!

*DESSERT - Another delicious way to enjoy fruit is to eat it as dessert instead of something that is full of sugar like cookies, candy or cakes. Slice up a melon or a banana, add some berries and top with some low-fat yogurt. Yum!

As you can see, it is not that difficult to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet. Be creative. I’m sure you can come up with a lot more ways! Not only will you lose weight and be healthier, as your body gets used to eating more and more fruit and vegetables, it will no longer crave sugar and processed foods.

1 comments:

  1. Excellent tips. I always find ways to include fruits or veggies in every meal.

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