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The travails of traveling

trail at Arthurs Seat

The travails of traveling: weight gain. Yes, I gained a few pounds on my travels. Yes, even the health coach doesn’t have perfect discipline. Staying dedicated to eating healthy can be difficult when tempted with dessert or a few drinks causing even the dedicated to falter. Back home, I found I had gained FOUR pounds! Yikes!


cakeScotch tasting

 HOWEVER, this is where having a home routine has paid off. I’ve already lost two pounds and well on the way to losing the others. As soon as I returned, I stocked up on my usual healthy offerings and just got right back into my nutrient dense, low calorie favs and I feel like I’m back on track.

Don’t let a few pounds gained on a trip knock you off track. We all slip into temptation now and then. It’s knowing how to put that behind you and keep moving forward that makes the difference. Jump right back into routine when you return from a trip, and reap the benefits of eating healthy.

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The Danger of Diet Soda

Soda Bad

The danger of diet soda is summed up in two words: metabolic syndrome. What is metabolic syndrome? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”

But hey, I’m drinking diet soda, that should decrease the fat around my waist for sure, and since I’m dieting, that should decrease my chances of heart disease and stroke. Right?

Unfortunately, in a nine year study of 9,500 men and women between the ages of 45 and 64, those who drank one or more diet sodas a day had a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome. There are many factors associated with this study and no one specific reason as to why drinking diet soda puts you in danger of metabolic syndrome, but one reason might be that artificial sweeteners are intense sweetness, thus enhancing our desire for sweet foods, and another reason may be that people think by drinking diet sodas that it will off set the high fat, high sugar foods they eat.

If you are drinking one or more diet sodas a day, it’s time to stop and take a look at your overall diet. Get real with yourself and write down every thing that enters your mouth today. Ditch the diet soda and try water or club soda with a squeeze of lime or lemon. Or punch up the club soda with a splash (and only a splash) of 100% fruit juice.

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Peace and Joy!

Hey, did you miss me last week? I was off camping in Ouray, Colorado. I’ll post some pics from hiking and biking later this week. What are your summer plans? Does your vacation include some kind of activity? Share with us what you are up to and make a comment below! 

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Kazoozles! What?


I have been staying with my grandkids since Friday while my son and daughter-in-law were away. Tre, kept telling me about Kazoozles and that I must try them. The kids know Gramma is all about healthy and they eat pretty healthy too, but when a gramma has been asked to try Kazoozles, she must try Kazoozles. Unfortunately, when my son got back, and took Tre to the store to accomplish his gramma Kazoozles mission, the store was all out. Sigh, no Kazooles for this gramma this time, but someday, I’ll give one a try because even though I eat healthy 99.5% of the time, giving in to a request from a grandson, or for a birthday party, or for some other occasion, is not going to do me in. I don’t have to make an issue out of every food choice I just need to be sure healthy choices are my main choice.

While looking up how to spell Kazoozles, I found that Amazon carries them in a case of 24. Tre got quite excited, but his mom asked him, “What does Type II Diabetes look like? How about 24 pkgs of Kazoozles.” And the truth is, 24 packages of any unhealthy food is not going to be in our best interest, but a little taste is going to be alright.

What are you eating these days? Too many Kazoozles? Let me know if I can help!

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Say bye bye to low carb diets!



I am stepping out on a limb here, but the low carb diets making the rounds these days may be killing you. Eating mountains of meat is going to push your cholesterol levels up and cause serious heart disease symptoms. Now before you send me hate mail, let me temper this with a few things. First of all, only one in three people will experience the high cholesterol rise. You could be one of the two who doesn’t see this occur. Great. But have you had your levels checked? Are you checking them often enough to monitor this occurrence?

Next, a lot of people on the low carb (yes, I’m talking primal) are still junking it with their diets. What I mean is, they are eating cheap meat and meat of all kinds, instead of choosing high quality, no hormone, no antibiotic, what the animal was meant to eat, meat. If you want to eat like a caveman, then eating meat raised in feed lots is NOT giving you a caveman diet. AND, are you eating your veggies? Lots of them? If not, your missing out on the nutrients you need to stave off disease and heart attack.

Now, one more question for you: Ladies, in caveman, hunter gatherer societies, did the women eat the same way the men did? My theory, based on why so many women have trouble sticking with the primal diet for any length of time and staying healthy, is that women were the gatherers, you know, seeds, berries, root veggies, and while the men were out on a hunt, they ate a lot more of what they gathered than of the meat that might or might not have been brought back to camps. Is my theory crazy? No more than the whole primal theory really.

I am advocating for you to eat healthy. If you are eating meat, then make it the best and in small quantities. There is research that shows more than 10-12 ounces a week is likely to send you into the danger zone. Ramp up the veggies no matter what your diet and eat your GOMBBS! (Greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, berries and seeds/nuts). Eating is definitely a personal choice. Make it the healthiest choice and say bye bye to low carb diets!

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Pump up the Volume to lose weight!

Who is going to stick with a weight loss program that leaves you hungry and feeling deprived? Not many people. I advocate a plant based diet for weight loss and getting blood sugar levels under control, but the one thing I’ve learned is, volume is what keeps a person sticking with the program versus giving up and throwing in the towel.

Our bodies do not respond to calories, per se, as we eat. Our stomach tells our head to stop eating when it feels full. Foods high in water, like soups and fruits, help keep the calorie count lower, yet make for a full, satiated feeling.

Here are some ideas to try:

Soups: clear or broth soups are best, avoid cream soups. Choose low sodium or make your own.

Salads: pump up the volume on salads by adding green beans, garbanzo beans or others; cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, or any other chunky vegetables that appeal. Use fat-free dressings, lemon, apple cider vinegar or balsamics.

Fruits: apples, oranges and pears are dense and filling.

Vegetables: all varieties by themselves or add to sauces and casseroles to pump up the volume.

Beans: all varieties by themselves or make chili and casseroles using beans.

Whole grains: brown rices, whole grain pastas will fill the stomach better than breads.

Avoid: foods high in fat or air.

Drinking water certainly can help the full feeling, but won’t last for long, so be sure your diet contains  lots of the filling fuels listed above and enjoy eating plenty.

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