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1 2 January 01, 2013 01:50PM

Taking Stock

So, the year is coming to an end, and a new year awaits. Before thinking about resolutions and goals for your health and weight for the coming year, take stock of all the happenings of this year. What worked for you? What didn't? If you had to do it over, what would you do differently? What would you do more of? Less of? And finally, pat yourself on the back for all of the efforts you put into giving yourself the gift of health. What great stories can you share with us here?

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Getting Exercise in Winter

Do you find that you are less likely to be active or exercise in the winter? Perhaps it's because of the cold, inclement weather or that it's dark out when you get home from work. I find that I have to switch around my exercise schedule once the late fall and winter sets in. While in the spring, summer and early fall, I tend to do outside activities to get fresh air and sunshine, in the winter I do less outside and plan workouts in the gym or yoga studio. This way, I can work out no matter the weather or the amount of daylight. What will you do this winter to make sure you are getting the activity you need?

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Handling the Holidays

In about a week, Halloween candy will start showing up at home and in the workplace, then Thanksgiving preparations will begin. Soon after that, holiday parties and the holidays themselves will put a smorgasbord of sweet, salty and fried foods right in front of you. Because our weightloss is so hard won, the holidays can represent a series of potential setbacks. How will you handle the holidays? What strategies can you share that work?

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Who should put limits on your soda?

The leaders of my hometown of New York City just instituted a ban on soft drinks over 16 oz in restaurants, fast food places and movie theatres. Controversy has ensued. As a person who struggles with weight, what do you prefer? Would you want to make your own choices about the size of sodas you drink, or would you prefer that a limit was made for you? What would be more helpful and supportive to you in your quest for health?

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Committing to Physical Fitness

I am so inspired by the performance of the Olympic athletes from around the world these past 2 weeks. Their personal stories of dedication and sacrifice in their quest to be better, stronger and faster are so moving. While none of us have to be an olympic-level athlete to enhance our physical fitness and reduce weight, we can learn some lessons about commitment from their example. How will you renew and strengthen your commitment to persuing physical activity to assist your weight loss efforts? I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Lela Reynolds, Certified Holistic Health Coach

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Summer Amnesia..

Summer for me is usually a time of relaxation. However, this summer has been busier than ever for my family. That said, my post for last month completely slipped my mind. It got me thinking is it that after 40 do I need to start writing everything down, figure out how to set reminders on my smartphone or bring in a supplement that is known for memory enhancement "Ginkgo". How do you handle your "to do" list when you are out of sync or your normal daily routine has been interrupted by life? I think the best supplement for memory is exercise. Walking is the best to open up circulation to the body, helping to clear your mind and focus. Let me know your thoughts...Kelly Lavieri, CHHC, CNS

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Create a Weekly Food Budget

Following my theme of cheap and healthy eats this month, I experimented with how little I could spend on food each week while sticking with healthy purchases. Surprisingly, it's not that hard to do by shopping on the periphery of the grocery store and avoiding the center aisles. Also, if you are trying to lose weight, setting a food budget for yourself and your family (and sticking to it) can help you better control what you eat and how much of it. Challenge yourself with a budget to not only help keep food costs down, but to help you be more healthy, too.

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Comments from Dr. David Katz

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5 8 July 22, 2013 07:28AM

What Would YOU Do?

It's hot and humid out and you are having a craving for ice cream. What would you most likely do? a. Just give in and have some! b. Wait 24 hours. If you still have the craving, have some ice cream. If not, move on! c. Choose another cool and creamy food to try to satisfy your craving. (Like plain, unsweetened yogurt topped with a yummy summer fruit.) d. (your answer here) Let the choosing begin!

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What Really Gets You Moving?

To get more activity and exercise into your life, think outside of the box. I personally have never been much of a gym girl myself; I always found that environment to be too loud, too crowded, a little smelly, and too expensive–especially when I never really used my membership! I appreciate effort that has a more tangible result. So what I have learned over time for myself is do more functional fitness: walking, gardening, mowing the lawn, taking the stairs, cleaning the house, and volunteering to help others do those types of activities, as well. I also like to swim, ride my bike, walk and play with my dogs, and dance around the house sometimes (as long as no one's looking) when a great song comes up on the iPod. What kinds of activities can you think of that might get you moving and boost your activity level?

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Favorite Foods of Summer

I love summertime because it means that my favorite fruits and vegetables are in season and can be bought at local farms and orchards. Even though the fruits and veggies I love at this time of year are sweet and have higher glycemic indexes, I give myself a pass and eat them in moderation because they help me stave off cravings for summer desserts like ice cream. And because they make me happy! My faves are peaches, berries and sweet corn. What are your favorites? Do you think that eating these foods help you keep on track?

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Daily Steps to Better Health with Kelly

Is chewing your food really important? No matter how good your diet might be or NOT be at this moment, taking time to chew your food matters. For example, did you know that the starch or sugars from a potato are of absolutely no nutritional value until the enzyme in your mouth (amylase) and your small intestine have broken them down into simple sugar that the body can absorb and distribute to your cells. This is true for all of our macronutrients..protein, carbohydrates and fats. It all starts with chewing your food well. Be mindful of the process and help your digestion by chewing your food at least 30 times. Wow! that seems like a lot, but most of us gulp our food or chew to fast. Make a point to enjoy the fruit of your labor in the kitchen or restaurant meal. Enjoy the abundant colors, smell the aroma and take the time to enjoy every morsel by chewing your food completely. It takes 20 minutes for your brain and gut to realize your full. Being mindful of chewing your food will allow you to eat just what your body is needing. Let me know your ideas for slowing down and eating well. Kelly Lavieri, CHHC, CNS

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How Are Weight and Relationships Linked?

One of the hidden causes of overeating and weight-gain is relationships: Whether it's with co-workers, family, friends, or spouses and significant others, both the joy and pain we experience in our relations with others can deeply affect what, when, why, and how we eat. Emotions and stress, particularly in difficult or dysfunctional relationships, can cause us to reach out to food for love, support, and comfort. We may not even understand what is happening at the time we make the food choice. One of the best ways to gain self-awareness and insight into these connections is by keeping a food diary. Or if writing things down seems too time-consuming, start by just paying attention to how this idea might play out in your daily life. Be open to the possibility that change may have to occur within your relationships in order to see change happen in yourself and with your weight. How do you feel food is affected by your relationships, and vice versa?

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How do you stay healthy while traveling?

Lately, I have been traveling for work, and the options that I have for eating while on the road are not what I would make for myself at home. Determined not to gain the pounds that it took a long time to lose (and with great effort), I have come up with a few ways to stay away from the big pitfalls in restaurant or hotel food, like high sodium, fat and sugar content. One thing I always do is ask the hotel for a refrigerator in my room (many hotels will supply this for free) and I will bring breakfast foods like hard boiled eggs and oatmeal, instead of getting the free breakfast at the hotel (think muffins and bagels). I bet this community has many more great ideas to share. So, fellow road warriors, what tips do you have for eating healthy while traveling? We look forward to hearing from you.

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1 3 June 17, 2012 03:45PM

Daily Steps to Better Health with Kelly, CHHC, CNS

Your Daily Dose of Water..How Much is enough?? This is a question many of my clients ask and can be somewhat confusing. Some experts say 8 glasses for 8oz, while others say, you should drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces a day. My answer... it depends on your daily water dose from food, and Dr. Oz would back me up on this one. Recently Dr. Oz has said, that you can get 50% of your daily dose of H2O from Fruits and Veggies. Broccoli alone is almost 92% water and a Pear is 84% water. Having raw foods in your diet, such as raw veggies, salads and fruits will help you body stay in balance. How much are you drinking? And what can you change in your diet that can help hydrate you and rid the toxins from your body for better health? Let our community what works for you!! I Look forward to hearing from you... Kelly Lavieri, CHHC, CNS, AADP

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Sugar Cravings

Everyone has their own way of satisfying cravings for sugar, but we may not be aware of what brings on a sugar craving. Maybe the craving comes on because you skipped a meal. Perhaps you feel blue and you think that sugar lifts your spirits. In this forum, we will discuss the reasons why you have a craving for sweets and how you might conquer them.

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Daily Steps to Better Health with Kelly

It's April 1st..April Fools Day! Today got me thinking how some foods and(food advertising) fool us into thinking they are healthy choices? Things like some commerical granola bars, diet soda and low fat/no fat cookies to name a few. Some of a these foods are full of sugar or chemicals and don't give your body anything nutritional. What have you bought lately that you thought was a healthy choice, but turned out to be Not So Healthy? Helping you take steps toward better health, daily! Kelly Lavieri, CHHC, CNS Holistic Health & Nutrition www.kellylavieri.com

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1 1 April 04, 2012 04:01PM

Healthy for Life with Jackie Thorne, RN, CHC, AADP

Many factors influence our health and can affect our weight-loss efforts. When trying to lose weight, it's very important to look at your whole life from top to bottom, from the inside out, to see what's going on and what might be holding you back. And that's what we will explore here together in this forum. This is the place to dive deeply into topics from ranging food cravings to stress in your family life, to get to the heart of your weight-loss challenges. Feel free to ask questions, share your personal stories, and connect with others for support here.

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2 4 April 25, 2012 08:38AM

Introduce yourself

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3 61 February 24, 2013 08:00AM

Check in with your goals

When making a decision to lose weight, some people have a goal in mind. Perhaps it is a number of pounds, sometimes with a specific time frame. Or reducing the type or amount of food until your clothing fits looser or you "feel better." Have you made a goal for weight loss? Is it helping or hurting your efforts? Do you need to re-examine it? Let us know your thoughts.

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1 1 June 03, 2012 07:48PM

Avoiding sabotage grocery buys

We have all fallen prey to those buy one, get one free deals or that yummy something that seems to call our name at the checkout counter, throwing our healthier choices out the window. Brian Wansink, Phd. and author of the book "Mindless Eating" suggests making a rule to purchase a non-food item (magazine) with that impuse buy (candy bar), suddenly your spending $7 on candy bar...Food for thought! What do you do to keep your healthy eating on track? Share your tips with us!

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Sleep Matters with Dr. Scott

Do you have a question or concern about sleep? Whether you sleep well or are in need of good night’s sleep, this is the place for discussions ranging from specific symptoms related to sleep, treatment approaches and other health, diet and emotional issues related to sleep.

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3 3 May 24, 2012 07:03AM

Ask the Expert

This is a dedicated forum to collect all the questions you may have regarding weight loss resistance. Our experts will post responses as soon as possible.

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Bariatric Surgery.

The NEWLR is looking to "understand and overcome" weight loss resistance, not encourage bariatric surgery. But some comments posted suggest the benefits of such surgery when nothing else works. What is your personal experience, if any, with weight loss surgery? Have ever considered it? Any particular thoughts on the pros, or cons you would like to share?

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2 7 March 30, 2012 09:08AM

Drugs and Medications

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2 5 May 21, 2012 05:45AM

Diet Plans

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Physical Activity

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3 6 May 27, 2011 06:10AM

Psychology and Spirituality

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2 3 May 24, 2011 12:11PM

Recipes

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1 2 June 04, 2011 03:14PM

NEW: Feedbacks & Suggestions

Have any comments or suggestions about how we can improve our site and community? We want to hear them here.

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1 1 February 02, 2012 12:19PM