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New Sweetener Favorite!

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I have a new favorite!  I didn’t know about it when I did the original series about sugar substitutes, but thought this would be a good time to introduce it.  It’s called Just Like Sugar — and I have not […]

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Ranking the Sweeteners

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For those who want a list from best to worst in one place — here it is: 1. Stevia. Zero calories. Glycemic Index: 0 2. Coconut sugar.  16 calories per teaspoon. Glycemic Index: 35 3. Trehalose. 11 calories per teaspoon. […]

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Top Sweetener Picks

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 This is only my opinion, but here is a summary of what I consider the best of the alternative sweeteners.  These are the ones I will be using: 5. Xylitol.  This sugar alcohol has about 10 calories per teaspoon, and […]

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The Worst Sweeteners — Summing it Up

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There are a lot of sugars out there!  This series has brought lots of questions, comments, and not a little discussion and disagreement.  Several people asked me to do a summing up of what I found.  Let me stress that […]

Insecticide on the Table?

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It’s on the table — but that doesn’t make it food. Doing research on sucralose,  found in the popular artificial sweetener, Splenda, brought disappointing, not to say frightening, results. It sounded  so good — a more “natural” sweetener that is […]

Meals on Cruise Control

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Variety may be the spice of life — but too much of that spice may have contributed to our epidemic of obesity.  A study in this month’s  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tested the idea of putting a meal […]

Does It Help to be Crazy?

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Why do crazy diets work? I once owned a book called “The Dr. Forgot-His-Name’s Quick Weight Loss Diet Plan.”  It was really a collection of  crash diets that called upon the dieter to eat strange things for quick weight loss.  […]

A Better Measure

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You’ve been working hard on your weight loss plan — so why aren’t you seeing results?  Chances are the results are there  — but you are looking for them in the wrong place.  We use the scale as the primary […]

Maybe Your Problem is in Your Glass

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You are doing your best — even going above and beyond the call of duty. So why are those pounds not leaving?  We’ve looked at a couple of reasons.  Maybe you are underestimating your calories, or you need to step […]

Maybe It’s the Timing

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You have been faithfully keeping to the plan and stepping up the exercise.  Why is the scale not moving? Yesterday we talked about how too many calories — even the right kind of calories — can stall out your weight […]

Fixing the Stall-Out Problems

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How is the weight loss going?  I hope the weight IS going!   Many of you will be happily saying, “This is easy. I can do this from now on.” However, there is also no doubt some will be saying, […]

Pesky Calories — How to Control Them Forever

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I know, I know.  Nobody wants to talk about calories.  We’ve come to think of them like ants — annoying little things that won’t stay out of our lives. We would like to put out a “calorie hotel” and rid […]

Do Calories Count?

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Do calories count? I wish I could tell you that they don’t — and that you should just forget all about the pesky things.  Unfortunately, it isn’t so.   Any type of diet or eating plan can be sabotaged by […]

The Green Light/Red Light Eating Plan

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You know now that your brain sends messages to your internal organs, and those messages vary depending on what  you eat.  Today’s post is about the foods that will help you give your body the right message.  This is a […]

Getting Started: Meet Your Autopilot

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Think of your body as an airplane. You are the pilot of your personal “craft.”  The part of you that lives in your brain and makes the decisions, has the memories and feelings, is your conscious pilot.  You pilot your body […]

Food for a Young Brain

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Not to call you a fat-head or anything, but actually about 60% of your brain is made up of fat.   If you want it to work well, you have to keep it supplied with fat. Yes, you read that […]

Don’t Eat This Brain Drainer

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Does it matter what you feed your brain?  Yes! Studies show that sugar will slow your brain down and hinder its functions.  In other words, sugar can make you stupid.  Scary, huh? So, if you eat a low glycemic diet […]

Foods (and Drink) to Avoid Cataracts

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We already know that vitamins A, C, and E are good for your eyes.  Getting them in your diet will help prevent cataracts, among other eye ills.  The nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin also are helpful.  So are the B vitamins. […]

Sight Stealer #2 — Cataracts

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Cataracts, that film that grows over the lens of the eye, gradually steals away vision.  Age is the biggest predictor of developing them.  One statistic I found, but was unable to substantiate, said that 75% of people over 60 will […]

Food Fight — The Nutrient Battle Against Eye Disease

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Glaucoma — that curse of age — can steal your sight, one of your most precious senses.  The good news it that there are nutrients that can help you avoid that dreaded disease. I found the basic three eye vitamins […]

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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It’s almost on us — the most treacherous time of the year for those of us working to live a healthy lifestyle.  It’s THE HOLIDAYS!  What makes you blow your plan?  Stress?  Temptation?  Busyness?  The next six weeks are permeated […]

Healthy Food of the Week — The Great Pumpkin!

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You lose weight by eating moderate portions from the green, low glycemic list and avoiding the high glycemic, red list, right?  The high glycemic foods make a load of sugar hit your bloodstream in a rush.  Then your pancreas pumps […]

Protect Your Eyes from “The Big Three”

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When we were younger, we dreaded getting older because we didn’t want to look like an old geezer.  Those of us reaching that age, though, are not nearly so concerned about how we look, as we are about how we […]

Healthy Food of the Week — Youth Berries?

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Cranberries — They show up at the holiday season, but we pretty much ignore them the rest of the year.  Too bad, because they might be the “fruit of youth” to keep us healthy and vigorous longer.  They fight a […]

Hang On to Your Hearing! Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss # 4

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A week without phone or Internet service — well, it was a change!  After the first Facebook withdrawal symptoms, it was a welcome one.  Knowing I would be out of communication range, I posted a week’s worth of encouragement ahead […]

How Sweet It Is — The Number One Most Nutritious Veggie

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Want to know what vegetable is the number one most nutritious veggie? The Center for Science in the Public Interest gives the award to…..drumroll please……..the sweet potato! Surprised? You probably thought these spuds were duds on the dietary level. After […]

How’s That Again? Prevent Hearing Loss #3

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Noise — it drives us nuts. It also damages our hearing.  As we get older, we see the cumulative effect of the blare of loud music, screaming kids, and roar of traffic of a lifetime.  However, there is hope!  I […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #2

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Getting older — how we dread it!  However, the alternative to growing older– dying young — is not so good either.  Don’t despair.  There are lots of things we can do to prevent the ills that befall us when we […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #1

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“What did you say?”  “How’s that?” Paul and I are beginning to sound like a couple of geezers.  I say he is losing his hearing.  He says I mumble.  Sometimes we reverse the order and I say HE mumbles and […]

5 Ways to Handle Sweet Temptations

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Church fellowship is precious — but oh that weekly time of fellowship that involves snacks!  It can be (and often is, in my case) a deadly time for a healthy eating plan. Perhaps I had better explain that our church […]

Surprising Anti-Aging Vegetable

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It’s been known as a weight loss food for a while, but now we are seeing that our healthy food of the week actually slows aging and helps stave off several of the diseases that hold terror for us as […]

Stop Pushing Your Obesity Button!

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Is your weight determined by your genes?  Somewhat — but a new study shows that what you drink can affect how those genes work. We all have a certain amount of genes that predispose us to gain weight. Some have […]

Stop Being So Mean!

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“And just exactly what happened to those good intentions?” I asked sternly.  “You were doing well on your plan and even encouraging others along the way. What happened to you?” “W-e-e-l-l,” my uncomfortable counselee whined.  “It’s been really hectic at […]

Healthy Food of the Week — Greek Yogurt

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You probably thought that every healthy food we highlight must be are either a fruit, a nut, or a vegetable. Well, it’s true that a healthy diet will have plenty of these all natural, nutrient-dense foods.  Today’s healthy food comes […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #3 — Change the Cues

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Habits — they have a powerful hold over us!  How can we break the cycle that keeps us in failure? In our last post we talked about the pattern of cue — routine — reward.  One way to break the […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #2 — Picking Up on the Cues

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Are you really hungry, or do you eat because of habit?  I’ve been doing some research on habits and addictions — and have come to conclusion that many of our problems with staying on a healthy eating and exercise plan […]

Fight Inflammation with Strawberries

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Troubled with inflammation disorder like osteoarthritis, asthma, or atherosclerosis?  Instead of reaching for the ibuprofin bottle, you might try reaching for the strawberries instead. Strawberries, our good-for-you food this week, contain a chemical compound called phenols.  Phenols fight against inflammation […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #1 — Finding the Pattern

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You worked hard, lost the extra weight, and you never felt better.  So why did you go back to snacking on brownies and packing the flab back on? I read an interesting book recently that gave a possible answer — […]

A Trick That Works

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Ha! Another study just proved my theory was right.  You can have greater success on your healthy eating plan by making it easier on yourself. In an article appearing in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Massachusetts General […]

Cancer Prevention — And More — In These Berries

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They grow like weeds in the brushy, wooded areas here in Oklahoma. You’ll see them along the fences and in the underbrush, loaded with sweet, wild fruit.  Blackberries grow wild and are free for the picking.  If you aren’t in […]

This “Forbidden Fruit” is Really a Superfood

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A fruit that does everything from preventing cancer to curing bad breath?  Yes, this one fruit has too many health benefits to list them all in one short blog.  It’s also very low on the glycemic index at less than […]

Good-for-You Food of the Week — Quinoa

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A new wonder grain that is rich in protein and low on the glycemic index? Well, almost. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) isn’t really new, since it was cultivated by the ancient Incas in the Andes Mountains of South America.  They called […]

Making Good-for-You Baked Goods — With Coconut Flour

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We are such creatures of habit!  We tend to think the food we always eat is the only edible stuff out there.  Actually, we don’t have to make do with empty calories or starve.  On Thursdays we will be looking […]

Plan to Win #1 –Here’s How to Avoid a Temptation Ambush

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Do you ever feel like that your best intentions were ambushed and defeated by life?  You intended to eat right and to exercise.  Monday came, and you were sure that you would do it right this week. And life happened. […]

“Sweet 16″ Ways to Burn Fat Faster

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We’ve looked at 16 ways to rev up your metabolism — the rate your body burns fat.  I like to call them the “sweet sixteen.”  Here they are, in abbreviated form:   Eat small meals throughout the day.   Drink […]

Metabolism Booster #16 — A Vitamin that Moves Out the Fat

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You knew that Vitamin C prevents scurvy.  And when you have a cold you reach for the C supplements.  But did you know that Vitamin C can give your fat-burner a boost? The University of Arizona did a study in […]

Metabolism Booster #15 – Vitamins that Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Here’s another tip for revving up your sluggish metabolism:  Make sure you are getting your B vitamins. According to the American Dietetic foundation, several of the B vitamins can give your natural fat-burning powers a boost. Vitamin B2, also known as […]

Metabolism Booster #13 — Turn Up Your Internal Thermostat

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Hang onto your taste buds!  Today’s tip for speeding up the metabolism is a scorcher.  Numerous sites hail cayenne pepper as the hottest metabolism booster around. (Okay, sorry for the pun.) Seriously, though, cayenne has been used in traditional medicine […]

Metabolism Booster #12 — Do This to Burn More Calories All Day

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Study after study has shown it — eating breakfast will kick your metabolism off and keep it running the rest of the day. There are several reasons breakfast works.  For one thing, it wakes up your leptin hormone and sets […]

Have a Guilt-Free Picnic

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It’s Memorial Day — a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It’s also the big cookout day for most of us.  We will be tempted with potato salad, homemade ice cream, and a multitude […]

Metabolism Booster #8 — Ditch These for Faster Weight Loss

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Want a faster metabolism?  The answer could be in your glass.  It may not be what you are eating that is your problem, but what you are drinking. Alcoholic beverages pack on the calories and will drag down your metabolism.  […]

Metabolism Booster #3 – Don’t “Eat” Your Muscles

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How do you rev up your sluggish metabolism?  Try packing in the protein.   Numerous studies have shown that eating fewer carbs and emphasizing proteins help with weight loss, blood sugar issues, and cardiovascular health.  Let’s go inside our bodies […]

Metabolism Booster #2: Flush Away Fat — For Free

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Does your body seem to hang onto the calories instead of burning them off?  An answer to speeding up your metabolism may be as close as your kitchen faucet.  You can speed up your metabolism by drinking more water. Here’s […]

Revving Up Your Metabolism by Eating More

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Want to speed up your dragging metabolism?  How about eating more?  More often, that is. When you skip a meal your autopilot gets worried. “Fuel is running short,” he signals to all your organs. “Everyone slow down and conserve.”  And […]

How to Rev Up Your Metabolism

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“I just can’t lose weight,” a friend moaned. “It’s not my fault. I have a slow metabolism.” How many times have you heard (or said) that?  It’s true that a slow metabolism makes weight loss difficult.  Your metabolism is the […]

Don’t Just Lose Weight — Change It!

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Numbers — I never have liked them!  That comes from being a word person instead of a math person — and also because of a decades-long fight with the numbers on the scale. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.  […]

Making a “Radical” Change — for the Right Reason

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This time it was a motivational speaker who made me take a tumble from the straight path of my healthy living plan.  (Good thing for all of you that I am a real person with actual struggles on my journey […]

And the Final Answer Is….

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We’ve looked at lots of sugars and alternative sweeteners — and now I’m going to tell you something that may surprise you. When it comes right down to it, the best choice is — none of the above. There is […]

Final Sweetener Round-Up

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I’ve listed the top five sweetener picks and also the five worst.  What about the rest? They fall somewhere in the middle.  Here is a summary of the others. Truvia/ Pure Via. This form of Stevia is more processed and […]

Whey Low — A Sugar Replacement Made of Sugar

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I thought I had this series about wrapped up until I took that final trip down the alternative sweetener aisle at the health food store.  “Sugar Made Healthy” a package proclaimed.  I picked it up and looked over an alternative […]

Trehalose — A Sugar That Prevents Alzheimer’s?

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The desert lies bare and brown for years — and then when it rains, it suddenly blooms with color.  How do these plants stay alive and dormant during those dry years?  By means of the sugar we are looking at […]

Truvia — a True Solution?

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Several of my blog followers have asked me, “What about Truvia?” Truvia started out as stevia.  The owners of Truvia, Cargill  Labs and Coca-Cola, extract the sweet part of the leaf, Rebiana A, and combine it with erythritol, a sugar […]

It’s On Primetime — “Sugar is Toxic”

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For every Web site that proclaims something is deadly, there will be another that says, “Nah, that’s just a hoax.”   We’ve seen that to be true about sugar, as well as about the alternative sweeteners we’ve been examining in […]

Coconut Palm Sugar — The Newest Healthy Sweetener

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A spoonful of sugar makes the panic attacks go away?  Well, maybe it will help. One of the newest sugars on the alternative sweetener aisle has been around for hundreds of years in southeast Asia.  Now it is quickly becoming […]

Sugar Alternatives — Another Choice

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A stroll down the sugar and sugar alternative aisle in the health food store will….confuse you.  What are all these products and how are they different from sugar?  We’ve looked at some — honey, stevia, agave Nectar, and xylitol.  Today […]

Xylitol — Another Sweet Choice

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Don’t be discouraged!  We’ve been looking at sugar alternatives and have found many that are dangerous or even deadly.  There are still plenty of options left for us, though. One of these is Xylitol. Xylitol is found in many fruits, […]

Agave Nectar — Healthy Option or Another Poison?

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Eating healthy was hard enough when you just had to avoid chemicals.  Now bad-for-you stuff is sneaking into the stores masquerading as natural and healthy. I was delighted to discover agave nectar. The very name sounds healthy.  Agave is the […]

Five Tips for Stevia Users

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A sweetener that has no calories, a glycemic number of zero, and no side effects. Besides that, it is relatively inexpensive. So why doesn’t everyone just use Stevia?  The comments I’ve received on yesterday’s blog tell why.  The taste. I […]

Healthy, Zero Calorie Sweetener

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We’ve talked about bad-for-you sweeteners and some that aren’t so bad, but still have calories.  What about zero calorie sweeteners?  Yes, there are some.  One of the most popular is Stevia. Stevia is a natural product made from the leaves […]

Make-It-Yourself Honey Weight Loss Drinks

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How about a homemade, honey weight loss drink?  A cruise of the Internet  turned up several interesting recipes from a variety of places.  Please note that I am not prescribing these, or even recommending them, necessarily.  I’m just sharing with […]

Surprising Good-for-You Sweetener

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Good news!  You do have some healthier options. We’ve been looking at sweeteners that are hidden poisons.  Now we’re going to examine some choices that are natural and good-for-you, as well as some that are natural-and-not-bad-for-you.  Unfortunately, they all have […]

Aspartame — Harmless Additive or Poison?

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Since sugar is bad and high fructose corn syrup is worse, why not switch to diet colas and artificially sweetened food?  Just Google “aspartame” and you’ll see why that isn’t such a hot idea. Thousands of hits pop up with […]

Sweet, Cheap, and Deadly

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All sugars are not created equal.  There is growing evidence that the sugar we eat most is the most deadly. That form of sweetener is called high fructose corn syrup. There is a lot of confusion about this stuff. What […]

Are You Eating Sneaky “Hidden” Sugar?

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Experts are now saying that sugar is so very poisonous and the obesity epidemic resulting from our nations’s monstrous sweet tooth is so severe, that government should intervene. (See yesterday’s post.) Not me, you may say.  I don’t even like […]

The Down-Sizing Secret

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“Would you like to downsize those fries?”  It’s not too likely that we will be hearing that from fast food places anytime soon. However, a recent study by scientists at Duke University explored what would happen if a smaller portion […]

Hungry? Are You Sure?

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You are starving. Or are you?  We are so disconnected from the messages our bodies are trying to relay that we misinterpret them — a lot! Often we think we are hungry when we actually are getting the “thirsty — […]

Winning the Hunger Wars — Opening Lines of Communication

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How can hunger help us in our journey to a healthier weight?  It can tell you when you need to eat — and what you need to eat. Well, duh.  You would assume that to be obvious.  But is it? […]

Winning the “Hunger Wars” — Don’t Fear Hunger

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Don’t be afraid of hunger.  It isn’t the enemy. It’s just a tool your body has of letting your “conscious pilot” know it is time to refuel. We talked in earlier posts about the “auto-pilot” in your brain who controls […]

Hunger Secrets — How to Use Hunger to Stay Thin

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I stopped in front of a storefront at the mall. “Oh, look!” I said. “They’ve put in one of those ice cream places we’ve seen advertised.  Let’s try it.” “I’ll get you something if you want,” my naturally-thin husband, Paul, […]

Fats for Weight Loss?

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Can fats help you lose weight?  Yes, they can.  Fats do two important things that aid in your journey to a healthier weight.  The most important thing they do is slow down digestion.  Fats take longer to digest and turn […]

Trans Fats — The Ugly Truth

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Fats — the good (unsaturated), the bad — (saturated).  Today we are going to look at the ugly.  The type of fat that has no redeeming qualities.  Avoid it!  We’re talking about the Dracula of fats, trans fat. Trans fat […]

The Fat You SHOULD Eat

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Good-for-you fat?  Yes!  Unsaturated fats aren’t the diet “bad guys” but are important for your health.  Today we’re looking at Omega 3s.  This type of fat reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.  It also helps reduce symptoms of […]

Good-For-You Fats

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Are all fats evil?  Not all!  Some are even essential for your health.  We talked about how saturated fats have a high melting point and tend to clump together, which is a cause for concern when it happens in your […]

Fats – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly — Dancing with Herman

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So, do you really want to dance with Herman Munster?  Probably not. We talked in yesterday’s blog about fats — and the way saturated fats are stable and don’t move or interact easily.  Making our bodies use saturated fats is […]

Fats –Dancing with Fred, Herman, and Dracula

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Fats — the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are some fats that are good for you. Some are even essential, which means that you can’t live without them and they have to come from your diet since your […]

The Hidden Truth About Fat

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Fat is the evil monster that makes you unhealthy and packs on the pounds — or so modern thought would have you believe. For the last 20 plus years, dietary fat has been cast in the role of a villain, […]

What’s Going On on the Inside?

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“I may look like I’m not doing anything, but at a cellular level, I am really quite busy.”  Anonymous I saw this on a poster intended to be funny, but it’s actually true!  While you are going about your business, […]

Do Meal Replacement Drinks Work?

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You see lots of advertisements about products that help you lose weight.  What really works and what is just plain hype?  We’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular weight loss aids and see which ones can […]

So What Can I Eat on a Low Glycemic Meal Plan?

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So, what does a low glycemic meal look like?  What are you supposed to eat?  Here are some suggestions.  What’s for breakfast? *You can have eggs  — scrambled, poached, or in an omelet. Limit fried eggs as they add calories. […]

Make Keepable Resolutions!

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“I can never keep my resolutions to lose weight,”  my young hairdresser told me. “I can’t stay on diet, so I’m not trying any more.” She’s off to a bad start — giving up on being a healthy weight before […]

Preparing for Holiday Parties — A Real Dud Idea

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Kind friends often give me suggestions to include in my blog.  Some of them are great — but every now and then I get a real dud.  Like this one: “When I know that I’m going to be going to […]

Calories — Can’t Quite Ignore Them

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We think of them as the enemy — and we jump with glee at the thought of any diet plan that doesn’t require us to count them.  Those pesky calories. The good news is that on a low glycemic eating […]

Ammunition for the “Hunger War”

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Losing the battle with hunger?  A recent study from the University of Sydney, Australia gave a helpful tip — make sure that at least 15% of your meals are protein.  Researchers found that when they gave the test subjects meals […]

Surprise! A Dessert That Makes Your Meal Less Fattening

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Yes, it’s true — but that doesn’t mean you can pig out and eat a dessert to “take care of it.”  (See, I know how experienced dieters think.  I am one!)  However, the right combination of foods can lower the […]

Pesky Calories — How to Control Them Forever

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I know, I know.  Nobody wants to talk about calories.  We’ve come to think of them like ants — annoying little things that won’t stay out of our lives. We would like to put out a “calorie hotel” and rid […]

Surprise — A Fruit That Helps Control Blood Sugar

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An apple a day may keep the calories at bay.  This budget-friendly fruit has some unexpected weight loss, as well as health, benefits.  A recent study showed that when the participants ate one medium-sized apple approximately 15 minutes before a […]

Lower Cholesterol with This Budget-Friendly Food

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  Problems with high cholesterol?  Help might come from an unlikely source. It’s another surprise good-for-you and budget-friendly low glycemic food: garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Many people around the world eat garbanzo beans as a staple part of […]

Surprise Budget-Friendly Hunger Killer

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But I’m HUNGRY!!!!! You’ve already had your lunch, and you really aren’t just stalling — wanting to nibble before you get back to work.  You are just not satisfied.  What can you do? Almonds — the next item on our […]

Diet Anti-Oxidant Super-Food for Healthy Heart and Brain Function

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A new diet super-food that helps prevent heart attacks, lowers blood pressure, and improves brain function!  Are you ready to shell out big bucks to get it?  Keep your money in your wallet.  It does, indeed, do wonderful things for […]

Surprisingly Good for You and Budget-Friendly Foods

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We’ve talked a lot about things you don’t need to eat — expensive “diet” foods that don’t really help your waistline or your health.  You can also save money for the “good stuff” by bypassing the expensive, pre-processed convenience foods […]

“Low Fat” Doesn’t Mean “Healthy”

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Eating to lose weight and to be healthy, doesn’t have to be expensive. We talked about giving the 100 calorie pre-packed snacks a miss.  You can also pass up the fat-free goodies.  They won’t help you, and could hurt your […]

Budget Snacks

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How can you afford to lose the extra weight when everything on the diet food aisle in the grocery store is so pricey?  Easy answer.  Skip the diet food aisle. A trip down that section of most stores will reveal […]

Healthy Eating on a Budget

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“I’d like to be at a healthier weight,” a friend told me. “But we just don’t have the money to buy expensive diet foods and there isn’t enough in the budget to join a gym.  I’m stuck!” Many folks feel […]

H.A.L.T. – Don’t Get Too Hungry

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Eating is easy.  It seems like a quick fix to make us feel better.  Unfortunately, food doesn’t really solve any of our real problems.  Like drugs and alcohol, it just gives us a temporary boost.  To be free of an […]

What the Scale DOESN’T Measure

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I picked up the dog-eared old book from the pile I was sorting.  I hadn’t read it in years, but I remembered it well. It made me feel miserable. It was all about how fat was a spiritual problem and […]

Sugar — Are You An Addict?

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Are you finding it tough to get off the sugar and the carbs that turn into sugar in your bloodstream?  Maybe you do okay for a while and then find yourself in the middle of a binge. And you ask, […]

Never Say Goodbye

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“Hey, I thought you were going on a diet?” Paul said. “I am,” I answered around a mouthful of Oreos.  “On Monday. These are my ‘goodbye’ cookies. I’m eating the things I won’t be seeing for a long time.” And […]

Where Are Those Calories Coming From?

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Maybe too many of us have heeded that advice, “Eat dessert first.”  It may be true that you sometimes miss out on good things by saving them until it is too late to enjoy them.  When we are talking about […]

It’s All in Your Head — Really!

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It’s all in your head — the research proves it! Not to call you a fathead.  I just read an article about a study done at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, published in the August edition of the Journal of […]

Jazz Up That Boring Salad

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Who wants to eat a boring old salad?  Nobody. So make an interesting salad that you will actually enjoy eating.  How do you jazz up a salad to make it tasty? Start out with the greens.  Use different ones — […]

Chew Your Way to Weight Loss?

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Well, here’s a new weight loss tip: chew your food.  Really.  According to a new study from Harbin Medical University in China, published in the July 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who chew their food 40 times instead […]

Making Hunger Go Away

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We used to say our stomachs “shrank” when we dieted. I always imagined that the poor starved thing withered down to a smaller size so that it was full with less food. That’s not really what happens when we lose […]

Supporting the Good Guys

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“I can’t help being overweight,” a friend told me. “My hormones are out of whack.” And she is exactly right.  I could tell without a peek at her blood work or a word with her doctor.  I’ve heard that same […]

Celebrate Independence!

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Happy Independence Day!  Today we celebrate our country’s freedom and think of the price our forefathers paid to acquire it.  Let’s also think of our personal freedom.  We don’t have to be the slaves of our appetites anymore. “For sin […]

Go Ahead — Eat the Guacamole!

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The last in our series of surprise low-glycemic foods is another which you probably avoided in other diets.  The avocado has received a bad rap over the years and is listed as an exception in the “eat fruits and vegetables” […]

You Can Say “Yes” to Whipped Cream

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It’s amazing what  a little whipped cream can do to make a bland dish into a indulgent-feeling dessert.  Yes, I said whipped cream. Like most dairy products, whipped cream has a zero glycemic number and, a  1/4 cup serving has […]

Pasta? Yes, It’s on the Green List

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Here’s another food  you probably thought you could never see again on a healthy eating plan — pasta.  Most pasta, when cooked al dente, is low to low/moderate on the glycemic index.  That doesn’t mean that your whole diet can […]

Surprise Number Two — Cream Cheese

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Here is another surprise for you — cream cheese.  You probably thought it was the cream cheese on the bagel that was adding the inches to your waistline.  Actually, it was the bagel!  Cream cheese is on the green-for-go list. […]

Snickers — No Kidding!

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We’re taking a look this week at some surprising foods that have a low GI number.  They can be a part of your long-term healthy living plan — if used wisely.  I’m afraid this isn’t a candy bar diet plan.  […]

Pesky Calories — How To Control Them Forever

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  I know, I know.  Nobody wants to talk about calories.  We’ve come to think of them like ants — annoying little things that won’t stay out of our lives. We would like to put out a “calorie hotel” and […]

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Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with this healthy type of flour, and it takes a much smaller

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people gathered there. “We believe you can do it!” they shout

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” * No wonder 2/3 of American adults are overweight and hal

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  Look over the Green-for-Go low glycemic lists. Click h

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I started five years ago I would look terrific now.”

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »

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