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i am reaching out to my senior men and women. Have you realized that you look at life differently? are you more aware of whatever time left and how you want to spend it? i am feeling so grateful for my life, my family and my health. i realize every day is a gift and to be spent wisely. i would love to hear from you and know how you are dealing with your senior years.

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Navigating the Holiday Season

Every year so many of us begin the holiday season with significant accomplishments in weight loss, and unfortunately many of the same people find they have regained their weight and might have added new pounds. It is my goal to motivate my audience to begin the new year with their weight loss accomplishments intact and to encourage new lifestyle goals that will not only keep unwanted pounds off but will be the beginning of improved health and wellness. I need to add that there may be those of you out there that fall into different categories for example, expecting a baby, or suffering with gastrointestinal issues. There are people that have weight to gain, or maintain or need improved laboratory values in blood sugar, cholesterol, hypertension or triglycerides. The focus of this article is strategies to avoid weight gain during the holiday season.

Holidays are special and nurture our souls. There are foods that might bring back wonderful childhood memories. Many of us will find ourselves at holiday cocktail parties and/or buffets for business. These events need special navigating skills. I would never recommend avoiding business events or those wonderful comfort foods from our family get -togethers. What I do recommend is learning how to enjoy holidays and not come away with added pounds that will be so self defeating. So let’s get started: Continue reading

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Make Your Goal Living the Simple Life

A recent article in the New York Times “the Island where People Forget to Die” by Dan Buettner really got my attention. I am a registered dietitian and yes it is a good goal to lose weight if you need to, and to lower your cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides if you are on medications for these conditions. I suggest a full examination not of your body, or weight but your total lifestyle. Coincidentally I am writing this article during the recent “Franken storm”.  My “normal lifestyle” has changed to a much simpler one. This situation has given me reason to pause.

This article is a must read. It identifies a man in his mid-60’s diagnosed with lung cancer and given nine months to live. He chooses to return to his ancestral roots in Ikaria Greece. What occurred was astonishing. He adopted the local ways of living and his strength started returning. The years passed and his health continued to improve. Today, at 97 years old, three decades later he is cancer-free! He never received chemo therapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort.

So what happens on this island that improved this man’s health?   Continue reading

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Get Real & Goal Oriented

In my practice as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist I have counseled many patients on weight loss. There are similarities that I recognize as causing long term success or failure. This article will share my conclusions to identify the reasons for success or failure.  Continue reading

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Do You Have A Weight Loss Tool Box?

You might be thinking what is this about? A weight loss toolbox? I will illustrate why a toolbox is necessary for achieving long term weight loss, and if you understand its importance you just might adapt a toolbox for other areas of your life. In my practice helping my patients compile their tool box, has helped them achieve long term weight loss. It has also helped them with other goals they wanted to achieve.

The building trades begin new projects by submitting an estimate of what the work will cost as well as what steps need to be taken. Upon acceptance of the project a calendar is presented along with pictures of the finished project. A carpenter uses his tools to cut the materials down to the required size, smooth rough edges, and uses rulers to measure at the beginning, middle and end of each project.  Continue reading

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Weight Issues Nobody Talks About

Because I am a registered dietitian/nutritionist with a passion for good living I get annoyed with the general misconception surrounding weight issues. For example, in order to maintain a healthy weight one has to deprive themselves of the important experience of food, by eating unpalatable meals. Another misconception (promoted by the latest reality shows) has individuals working out 8 hours/day doing extremely rigorous exercises. I cannot exclude the commercials pushing exercise equipment or pills and supplements to miraculously melt fat away.

When will we realize there are no shortcuts and quick fixes? Continue reading

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Successful Weight Loss-What You Say = What You Eat

Cheat, Weak, and Tiny -I hear these words uttered mindlessly all the time. It might seem insignificant but behind these words are excuses that sabotage weight loss success. Please don’t misunderstand me; any long-term successful weight loss plan needs “wiggle room” which is not cheating-it is necessary for success. It should be part of your plan and include time off from exercise and one or two meals that might help you to feel in control and satisfied to return to the basic plan. What I am stating is bringing your attention to how we create and condone excuses that defeat successful weight loss. Continue reading

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Weigh your Portions for Weight Loss

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist my goal is to help you live your life the healthiest. My focus is to help you create goals and accomplish them. I hope my past articles have helped you to identify the food groups: protein, carbohydrates (fruit, vegetables, grains and dairy), and fat. Vitamins minerals, fiber and water, are not considered food groups but they contribute necessary building blocks for our bodies. This is primary education necessary to create a healthy food plan. I am assuming you can identify these nutrients every time you eat and drink. Knowing the number of portions of each of these food groups is the next step in creating your eating plan. This article will focus on portion education.  Continue reading

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Summer Foods

Did you ever think that it is beneficial for your body to choose foods seasonally? It is!! There are a few reasons why this makes sense.

Seasonal foods are in abundance and cost less. In addition there is a growing trend to support your local farm based sustainable agriculture industry. Also now that the summer months bring higher temperatures it becomes practical to choose lighter meals. Enjoying cold soups and smoothies are quick to prepare and offer variety. Continue reading

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Twenty five Ways to Shape up Your Weight Loss- Part Two

I am hoping that you have read part one and implemented my suggestions. I hope that the benefits are coming your way. Summertime is still here and this is your opportunity to continue with the strategies that have helped my patients to finally get the weight off and keep it off, increase their fitness levels and say goodbye to many medications for high cholesterol, hypertension, and high blood glucose and or blood fat levels. Continue reading

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