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The Rainbow Diet: Lose Weight

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ok, so it's not officially a diet, but there are plenty of reasons to follow the rainbow, especially when picking out fruits and vegetables. The secret to ensuring that your body gets the necessary nutrients lies in following an eating regimen that's rich in color. There's a wealth of health benefits associated with these bright hues. Foods that are blue or purple (eggplant, blueberries) lower the risk of cancers and improve memory and urinary tract health. Green fruits and vegetables (kiwi, spinach) promote good vision and strong bones and teeth while also preventing some cancers. Red foods (tomatoes, cherries) improve heart health and memory and lower the risk of cancers. Yellow or orange fruits and vegetables boost the immune system, improve heart health and promote good vision. Make it a habit and get some color.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/22/2010 8:23AM

    Good to remember when in the produce isle. Love it.
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CARMEL466 3/21/2010 9:17AM

    emoticon advice! emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/21/2010 9:15AM

    Yum, my favorites: blueberries, raspberries, broccoli, spinach, grape tomatoes and red bell peppers!

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JUDITHANNIE 3/21/2010 8:02AM

    Great advice

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This is Spring????

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Well, I looked out my window when I got up this morning all excited about Spring!! Instead of a beautiful morning, I got SNOW. emoticon We have been having the best weather for the last week - sunshine, warm, breezy. You know, perfect Springtime weather. So what the heck happened? Mother Nature is being really mean to Illinois for some reason.

Oh well. At least we got a brief taste of Spring...and the promise of many more beautiful days to come.

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JUDITHANNIE 3/21/2010 8:05AM

    Yep, the same here in Michigan but it's only a short set back I hope come back spring emoticon

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CARMEL466 3/20/2010 2:48PM

    Yeap, snow here in SW Kansas too. It was so cold and windy today I thought my fingers were going to freeze. It suppose to be in the 50's tomorrow though. lol Welcome to spring! emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/20/2010 2:03PM

    Mother Nature did the same thing to the KC area my son sent me a picture of the snow back home. Here in Texas it is just rain today. Glad we aren't going back to KC yet. Apparently winters not over. PJ

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DAISES2 3/20/2010 1:49PM

    oh no.hope it's just a blip and the sun comes out again soon emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/20/2010 10:20AM

    Sorry
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Sunny and 60's in CT
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STARRPARENT 3/20/2010 10:06AM

    How disappointing! I know this won't help but I'm waking up to 70 degree weather. Finally.

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LLLAWSON 3/20/2010 9:51AM

    Oh NO, so sorry. Hope it goes away quick!
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Eat By The Clock

Friday, March 19, 2010

Forget eating three big meals a day. Eat around the clock. That doesn't mean bingeing on junk food whenever you see fit. Instead try eating small, balanced meals. The body usually needs three to four hours to digest an average size meal. To prevent the body from going into starvation mode, you should refuel it on cue. This also prevents your blood sugar from dropping in between meals. Keep healthy snacks on hand, and enjoy them between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 3/20/2010 8:05AM

    love it

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DAISES2 3/19/2010 10:46AM

    very sensible words emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/19/2010 10:39AM

    Yep! I am a grazer. But only consume healthy foods.
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STARRPARENT 3/19/2010 9:08AM

    This is so true! When I eat smaller meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and eat snacks inbetween I feel so much better! It also helps me not to binge eat at big meals.

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Fast Facts

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Never take in fewer than 1,200 calories per day or you'll put yourself at risk for muscle loss, fainting spells, and changes in electrolyte levels that could be fatal.

Eat Slower to Eat Less
People who paced their meals maintained higher blood levels of two hormones that signal the brain to stop consuming than did those who chowed down in a rush, reports a new study. The takeaway: When you're attempting to drop pounds, rather than change your diet, make sure you aren't speed eating.

  
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DONNETTASUE 3/17/2010 7:18PM

  Great advice. I have eaten less than 1200 calories on occasion and i can tell a difference in my energy levels, and muscle strength. Eating slowly has a lot of benefits. You can actually taste and enjoy your food. Plus, i always felt like a pig when I ate too fast. emoticon emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/16/2010 12:49PM

    Healthy food is also bulkier (seems to take longer to chew?) so smaller snack-like meals work for me!
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STARRPARENT 3/16/2010 10:44AM

    I have also found that eating smaller meals helps me. I eat a good breakfast and then a small snack before lunch. That way when lunch rolls around I'm not as hungry and I can choose better choices.

Planning is also key. I try to go ahead and know what I'm having for dinner so I can work my breakfast and lunch around that.

I'll start being more aware of how fast I'm eating. Have a great day!

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LLLAWSON 3/16/2010 9:54AM

    Yep speed eating sometimes gets me when I'm really hungry. It seems like everything is so fast paced. Thanks for the info.


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Date Afternoon

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, Cliff took me out for the 18th anniversary of our first date. We went to lunch and a movie. It was so nice. With money being so tight, we haven't really done a "date" in a while. Sure, we go to the movies occasionally, and eat out once in a great while, but a real full-fledged DATE - not in ages.

It's really amazing to me that it's been 18 years since our first date. I don't feel any older - not inside where it counts - although I know I LOOK older. Don't we all?

  
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SVELTINGTON 3/15/2010 1:46PM

    How romantic! Glad you had a good time! You two deserve it!

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DAISES2 3/15/2010 10:05AM

    this was a joy to read.i'm glad you had a good memory making anniversery.
dh and i used to go out for sunday luch every week,and other places in the evening.we did it so much we got fed up with it.
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JUDITHANNIE 3/15/2010 10:02AM

    That's what it's all about. Glad you had a great date. emoticon

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STARRPARENT 3/15/2010 9:02AM

    Sounds like fun! I'm glad you had a nice time. Enjoy the rest of this week!

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LLLAWSON 3/15/2010 8:40AM

    Glad you were able to go out and had a great time. That's sweet that you celebrate the anniversary of your first date. Have a great week.

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PJSTIME 3/15/2010 8:16AM

    We haven't been on a date l in ages so its a real treat when we do. We are all lookng older it can't be helped but as long as we don't feel old we are doing ok. And I feel better and younger with each pound i lose and the more I exercise. PJ

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