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  1. 52 Simple Ways to Be Healthier

    52 Simple Ways to Be Healthier

    When my phone rings it's often a client wanting to change their life and do what it takes to get healthier.They insist they are ready to empty their kitchen cupboards, replace with all new healthier choices, completely change their way of eating, join the gym moving from a sedentary life to spin classes all in one fell swoop.A week later they are so sore they can't walk, hungry from eating nothing but broccoli and if they have a family, said family is ready to jump ship. When it comes to adapting a healthier lifestyle, it's best to think small and...

  2. Nutrition Diva: Why We Overeat (Listen to the Podcast)

    Nutrition Diva: Why We Overeat (Listen to the Podcast)

    I don't know about you but there are too many days I awake and ask myself, "Why did I have that third slice of pizza when two were more than enough?" or "Why didn't I stop at four wings rather than stuff down seven?"The bigger question is, "Why do we overeat?"The Nutrition Diva -- Monica Reinagel -- tackled this subject in the Diet-to-Go February newsletter. In case you missed it, here is the beginning of her insightful blog.At the bottom of today's blog we have the podcast link you can use to listen to Monica discuss this important subject. Stop...

  3. Weigh-In Wednesday: I'm Down Another 3 lbs... 17.2 Overall!

    Weigh-In Wednesday: I'm Down Another 3 lbs... 17.2 Overall!

    My scale and I are happy to report another great week of weight loss. A few minutes ago, my digital scale announced I had shrank to 218.8 which means I've dropped a full three pounds since last week AND a super 17.2 pounds since I started my Diet-to-Go Low-Fat Traditional meal plan! I've got two words for you -- WOO HOO!I've said it before and I'll say it again: Diet-to-Go is the best diet I've ever followed. They plan the meals, they make the meals and they ship the meals right here to my home.All I have to do it...

  4. 5 Ways to Train Your Brain, Trim Your Tummy

    5 Ways to Train Your Brain, Trim Your Tummy

    In his 1973 hit Mind Games, John Lennon sang "We're playing those mind games together, pushing barriers, planting seeds..." At times I miss the late Beatle as much as I miss my 32-inch waistline.Today we're going to resurrect Lennon's Mind Games message: You can use your brain to make great strides.That means you can imagine world peace and work towards it or you can visualize a slimmer, healthier you and get on the right track to make that happen.Despite what it may feel like at times, neither goal is impossible. So let's start playing those mind games together -- we'll...

  5. 7 Ways to Supercharge Your Weight Loss

    7 Ways to Supercharge Your Weight Loss

    I succeeded in finding a scale and performing my first weigh-in yesterday, which happened to be the first day of my brand new diet. I had feared my starting weight would sicken me. Happily, I was wrong.Although the digital readout said I weigh 236 pounds the number actually made me smile... and not because I stand 6-foot-8 and 236 is a good weight for me. I am only 5-foot-7.But I still managed to smile because 236 means I am several pounds LIGHTER than the last time I got motivated to lose some weight! I am traditionally the stereotypical yo-yo dieter...

  6. Study: Drinking Diet Soda Can Double Your Risk of Kidney Woes

    Study: Drinking Diet Soda Can Double Your Risk of Kidney Woes

    I awoke to sobering news yesterday. The morning news shows took the fizz out of my dieting joy by mentioning a new study that indicates people who drink two or more diet sodas a day double their risk of kidney function decline!Darn. On a good day I may drink as many as four 8-ounce servings of diet soda.I've tried to go the water only route but I find I just need a touch of sweetness and taste to my liquid intake.According to WebMD, "About 20 million Americans have some evidence of chronic kidney disease... Kidney disease diagnoses have doubled...

  7. Nutrition Diva: Beware of Junk Foods in Disguise

    Nutrition Diva: Beware of Junk Foods in Disguise

    Special for DiettoGo.comby Monica Reinagel, host of Nutrition DivaJoy emailed me this week with a great question. She's wondering how to gauge the healthfulness of the snacks she sees at natural foods stores like Trader Joe's. "I bought honey-roasted sunflower seeds and flaxseed corn chips," she writes, "thinking that these were somewhat healthy (compared to Doritos, anyway). Does adding things like flaxseed to unhealthy things like corn chips make them more worthwhile? But does adding flavorings to seeds or nuts make them less healthy?"Joy, you have put your finger on a phenomenon called the "health halo effect." This is where...

  8. 6 Simple, Surefire Ways to Feel Beautiful Today!

    6 Simple, Surefire Ways to Feel Beautiful Today!

    Special for DiettoGo.comby Sarah Maria,author of Love Your Body, Love Your LifeHow many times have you waited for something to change so that you could finally start feeling beautiful? If you are like most women, the answer is "all the time."Here is the problem: Most of us tend to live with the delusional belief that we somehow need to change in order to be beautiful. It usually sounds something like:When I lose this extra weight, then I will be attractive.If I can just get my abs a little more toned, then I can wear that bikini I love.I feel so...

  9. Celebrity Eating Disorders: How Media Feeding Frenzy Affects Us

    Celebrity Eating Disorders: How Media Feeding Frenzy Affects Us

    Thin celebrities. They look soooo good, but are so sick. We not only admire and critique them, but often seek to emulate their thin appearance. How many of us have ever said, "OMG - did you see how much weight she gained?" Women are judged harsher than men on screen and in real life, and by comparison, the great majority of us come up short... and fat. Never mind the team of decorators who correct celebrity flaws through computer imaging, air-brushing, flashy clothes, knockout makeup, and other seductive manipulations. We want to be thinner, like them....

  10. Healthy Voyager's 11 Tips for Being a Happy Camper!

    Healthy Voyager's 11 Tips for Being a Happy Camper!

    Carolyn Scott loves to travel. She also likes to eat healthy. Years ago Carolyn learned the two things are not always easy to merge while on the road to a healthier liffestyle. And that's why Carolyn has made it her life mission to help others avoid the roadside bombs just waiting to destroy your diet resolve.Carolyn is now The Healthy Voyager and she'll be blogging for Diet-to-Go. For her first blog, Carolyn is targeting the camping crowd.The next time you pitch a tent, pop a trailer or park an RV, do so armed with these great tips from Carolyn, The...

  11. 10 Tips for Creating a New Life Direction

    10 Tips for Creating a New Life Direction

    A healthy lifestyle is much more than a healthy diet and maybe a fitness program. It helps to have the right mindset and to KNOW that this time you are giving it your all -- that you are, in fact, creating a new life direction.Guest blogger Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, is here to help you achieve that new life direction in just three months.In this DiettoGo.com exclusive, check out her 10 tips and get started on the life you want to live!Creating a New Life Direction1. Make a list of...

  12. The Hidden Sugars Wrecking Your Diet & Your Health

    The Hidden Sugars Wrecking Your Diet & Your Health

    When I was a kid, a band called The Archies had a huge hit called Sugar, Sugar. It was "bubble gum pop" about a boy's crush on a girl. If re-released today it could very well be about our nation's love affair with sugar... and the hidden sugars that spike our daily consumption.Food makers are clever. They use different forms of sugars to sweeten their goodies (far more foods than just sweets) and lure us in. As a nation, we have an insatiable sweet tooth -- one that may have to be extracted if we are ever to overcome our...

  13. Food Expert Picks 10 All-Time Worst Foods

    Food Expert Picks 10 All-Time Worst Foods

    I am usually the prolific procurer for listing the top healthiest foods so you can be healthier and thinner. So it's a bit of a departure to be the bearer of bad tidings. I must admit though, it was kind of fun to be a naughty girl - even if it was just a one list stand.Here's my top 10 world's worst foods to be avoided at any cost. Brand names aren't listed, but you will know which stuff to steer clear of next time you're making the rounds in the grocery store.1) Don't Do DonutsCheck it out: white...

  14. The 3 Best Butter Substitutes - Healthier Options for Butter Lovers

    The 3 Best Butter Substitutes - Healthier Options for Butter Lovers

    In addition to being darn tasty, butter comes naturally packaged with many nutrients that can help protect you from chronic disease. And, the whipped butter varieties taste just as yummy but are lower in calories, fat and cholesterol than regular butter.But this week, we turn the spotlight on butter substitutes.Sadly, looking for the best picks here was no easy feat. Most of the brands we investigated turned out to be merely "healthy food imposters." Sure, they all tout ZERO TRANS FATS, LESS SATURATED FATS and ZERO CHOLESTEROL - and promises of "tastes just like the real thing" - but upon...

  15. Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine

    Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine

    Does it seem like you've been dieting your entire life yet never enjoying the weight loss you crave? If you're tired of starving yourself, giving up all of your favorite foods, feeling deprived, and exhausting yourself with exercise and still not finding the answer to permanent weight loss, then it's time you checked out The Insulin Resistance Diet (McGraw-Hill).Your weight issue probably more to do with body chemistry than it has to do with your willpower and late-night snacking. Get your body's ability to handle insulin under control and you will, in effect, be switching off your fat-making machine!"If you...

  16. 12 Ways to Never Get Diabetes

    12 Ways to Never Get Diabetes

    Prevention says diabetes is growing at a scary rate, but it's also one of the most preventable diseases around.Losing weight is a major first step.Shedding even 10 pounds can significantly slash your risk. Even extremely overweight people were 70% less likely to develop diabetes when they lost just 5% of their weight... even if they didn't exercise. If you weigh 175 pounds, that's a little less than 9 pounds! Use our calorie calculator to see how many calories you consume -- and how many you need to shave off your diet -- if you want to lose a little. Read...

  17. 10 Ways to Cut Your Salt Intake

    10 Ways to Cut Your Salt Intake

    While sodium occurs naturally in foods, most of the sodium in our diet comes from salt or sodium chloride that is added to foods. Too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. A high sodium diet alone does not cause high blood pressure but can contribute to it in those with risk factors. 10 Ways to Kick the Salt Habit • Read labels! Choose foods with less sodium than calories (per serving). • Fresh is best – opt for fresh fruits, vegetable, meats, poultry and fish. • Look for no salt added, low-sodium or less-sodium canned vegetbles, beans,...

  18. Making Informed Food Choices

    Making Informed Food Choices

    March is National Nutrition Month and this year’'s theme is about making healthier food choices. So you might ask, "What information do I need to know in order to make the right food choices?" It starts with knowing...

  19. Take Weekends Off & Still Lose Weight!

    Take Weekends Off & Still Lose Weight!

  20. 'Junk Foods' That Are Healthy

    'Junk Foods' That Are Healthy

    Are your kids sick of school lunches? How can you encourage them to take the high road when it comes to nutrition at school, when all they want is pizza? Here’s a news flash: most children prefer taste over nutrition, so we need to beat them at their own game. Then everyone wins! Educating them about nutrition is important, but doesn't always translate into better choices. Thank goodness for "healthy junk foods." This new generation of health food tastes delicious, and bears no resemblance to their cardboard- and Styrofoam-flavored ancestors. Try sending along Frito Lay Sun...

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