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Major Weigh Down Update #2

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I have had a discouraging month with my major weigh down plan. I said discouraging but I did not say I am quitting. I am still very determined to lose my 75 lbs. I have tried to figure out what has went on this month. It seems like I have begin to crawl instead of leap. I only lost 4 lbs since my last update on August 28th.

Maybe some of the changes I made over the past few weeks have not been good changes.

I have began eating out nightly with my husband. We are still splitting our meal between the two of us. This makes it very inexpensive for us to eat out. This seemed inviting after a long day at work. I should have remembered I was on a weigh down plan not no a wallet weigh down plan. Maybe it goes back to the thing I have said before about cooking your own food and knowing exactly what is in your meal. Restaurants may add more salt. They may even sneak a little sugar in the food that I would not be adding. Either way this change is going to be altered down to only couple times a week.

Foods that help control DIABETES


Diabetes can be a very serious disease. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 are both very similar but at the same time very different. It would be hard to convince a person with either type that one is worse than the other. Both types have one very serious condition in common. Both types have the problem of unbalanced sugar and insulin in the blood.

Red, Yellow and Blue are they Good for You?


Do you read labels and packages? More and more manufacturers are putting on the front of their containers or packages “NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS”, “NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS” AND “NO ADDITIVES”. Why do they feel the need to tell us this? They do it to set themselves apart from the companies that are adding these things to their products.

So many of our foods have artificial ingredients and even chemicals in them, that the companies that do not add these ingredients and chemicals are having to label that their products are free of them. On a continued basis our food is compromised in many ways. It is all for one reason, to sell their product. They elect to forget how unhealthy these additives are for us. When will companies responsible for providing us with our food, actually be held accountable for what they are doing to peoples health?

There are Foods for That…


Gassiness and bloating are not only both unpleasant feelings, they also make you nervous and irritable. Especially when you are in a group of people you have that dreaded fear of… well you know. A group setting is one of the worst times to get this feeling.

It is hard to stay away from foods that cause this condition. Foods that are the most likely to cause gas and bloating are also the most common foods and drinks served in a group setting. So not only do you have that miserable feeling but you also have that fear of …. well you know.

Soda, beer, alcohol, greasy, salty and fatty foods. All of these items slow the intestines down which means they stay in your system longer than other foods. This tends to make you gassy and bloated.

Plan ahead and stay away from the problem foods for a few days before a group outing. Try eating the following preventive foods instead.

Vegetables and Fruits have their own Season

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I think all of us can smell or see a certain food cooking and relate it to a holiday, a special day or a season. I have several of these thoughts. When I smell oranges I always think of Christmas. Turnip greens and apples always makes me think of fall. Coconut cake makes me think of spring. Homemade ice cream makes me think of summer. I could keep going but I think you get the idea.

The answer to your weight problem may be in your brain

If you are following my blog you know that I am trying to lose weight. I am always looking for advice and words of wisdom to help me reach my goal. I want to lose weight for several reasons. For improved health, to increase my energy level, and to enhance my appearance. A recent article I read suggests my brain may be playing a big part in my struggle with weight.

Our brains produce dopamine. This is what we need from our brains to maintain appropriate weight numbers. It helps to stimulate our metabolism. The more dopamine we have the faster our metabolism works and the faster we can lose weight. If we do not have enough we gain weight, have low energy and become depressed. We also need an appropriate amount of dopamine to prevent disease.

There are several foods we can eat that will help our brains produce dopamine. Protein is very important in this process. Eating eggs, fish and red meats are very good sources of protein. In organic form these foods are even better in boosting this brain function. Thus helping increase the ability to lose weight.

7 warnings from 7 specialist about 7 foods


If  you follow my blog you know I enjoy natural and homegrown foods. I feel like these are the healthiest foods to eat.  Sometimes it is scary to read or hear about the chemicals and artificial ingredients in our food. Food  scientist are beginning to really speak out in a negative way about several of the foods we eat. In order to protect our bodies and health we all need to pay attention to what we are eating. Listen when someone in the know speaks about the dangers in our food and environment.

The less processing our food goes through the better for our health. Eating raw vegetables and fruits is healthiest foods to eat. Eating organically grown vegetables and fruits is always the best choice.

I would like to bring to your attention 7 warnings  from 7 specialist about  7 foods that we all should avoid.  These 7 foods been researched and studied by 7  people that spend their time uncovering foods we should and should not eat. They study what chemicals, pesticides, hormones , fertilizers and the act of processing does to our food.

Major Weigh Down Update #1


On August 8th I posted my plans to have a major weigh down. I confessed that I must lose 75 pounds. I began my life change plan to achieve my weight loss on July 26, 2012. Before this date I had played around with different “diets” for 2-3 weeks. I would lose a couple of pounds and then gain it right back. I got very discouraged and pretty much quit.

On my major weigh down plan I am doing a portion control eating program. I am not using powders, diet pills, shakes, packaged low calorie meals or any artificial sweeteners. It is a strict portion control only plan. I portion out what I am going to eat. Once I have eaten that portion my meal is done. I have been using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. This makes it appear as though I have plenty of food and I do not feel deprived. I eat almost anything I want. However, I do try to avoid over doing it on the fried foods. I have cut out desserts and have increased my fruits and vegetables. If my husband and I go out for dinner we order one meal and split it. This has not only helped me to stay true to my plan but also had a positive effect on my wallet.

Preparing Meals During School Year With Less Stress

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Fall is just around the corner. Fall brings beautiful colors, cooler weather, football games, and kids returning to school. I used to say fall was my favorite season. As I get older I have decided I have no favorite season. I enjoy each season, each day, each week, and each year. I am just glad to be blessed with each of them and blessed with life and breath. The average kid would let you know fall was not their favorite time of year at all. Most of them would like for it to remain summer vacation all year. They do not realize school days are some of their best days. Some day they will wish they could do it again and know it was something to appreciate.

It is the responsibility of parents to see that they have everything they need to succeed in school. You make sure they have pencils, paper, books, book bags, and clothes. A nutritional breakfast, lunch, and dinner need to me added to that list. We have all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It has been discovered kids that have a good breakfast are more alert and do better with their school work. They also need a good lunch to keep them strong and maintain their energy to continue their day. Then a nice peaceful time around the family table enjoying a healthy and warm dinner meal.

3 groups of food that help with SINUS INFECTION

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Yesterday, I woke with a very sore throat. That was about the only clue that I had anything going on. I tried some lemon and honey water. That seemed to help for a short time. As the day continued I began to get a headache and stuffy nose. By noon I really felt bad. I decide to go to gym and steam. This seemed to help so I decided to walk and do water aerobics. Probably not the smartest thing I could have done. Shortly after getting back home I really think a truck ran over me. My head begun hurting. I felt feverish. I was achy, very stuffy, and had a severe sore throat. I went to bed hoping to wake this morning feeling better. OH WOW! That did not happen. I could hardly move. I felt so bad and my nose was so stuffy that it made me dizzy. So it turns out I have a sinus infection also know as sinusitis. This is an inflammation of the sinus cavity due to a virus, bacteria or fungus. That sounds beautiful huh? That conclusion made me think. What type of food would help a sinus infection? I thought I would share with you what I found out.

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