Down 50 Pounds and Loving It

I’m so tickled.  I’ve lost 50 pounds total.  I did some shopping and was thrilled to see that I was out of plus size clothes.  I still have 20 pounds to lose, so I only picked up a couple of items.  I had no summer clothes that would fit, and I didn’t want to buy a lot of clothes that would be too big for me in a few months.  When I am down to the weight I want to be, I will post before and after pictures.

Now, for the not so good news.  I got my new cholesterol numbers.  I did improve, but not enough.  My doctor went up on the mg for my medicine.  I’m a little worried about that.  It’s up to 80mg.  I’m worried about side effects.  At my next appointment, she said that they will check several things when they take my blood, diabetes, liver and kidney functions.

I have been really careful about what I eat.  Unfortunately, I’m one of those people that has a bad family history of high cholesterol.  At least my numbers did show an improvement.  My good numbers went up, and my bad numbers went down.

I’m healthier than I have been in a long time.  I haven’t been down to this weight in years.  I don’t cringe when I look in a mirror.  I have more energy.  I am a lot more active.  I am looking forward to buying a new bathing suit in a couple of months.  I’ll keep you up to date on my progress.


Wholesome Goodness Prize Pack Review and Giveaway

I was offered the opportunity to review products from Wholesome Goodnees, a healthy and tasty line of foods that are new to the United States. The products in the package I received are:

Kentucky City Style Barbecue Sauce
Almond Milk Chocolate Flavor
Garden Style Mild Salsa
Sea Salt Chips
Grilled Vegetable Chips
Multigrain & Flax Chips
Mountain Trail Mix
Tuxedo Trail Mix
Apple Cinnamon Omega Granola Bars
Quick Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal
Multigrain Oats Cereal

I enjoyed all of them. My favorite was the Apple Cinnamon Omega Granola Bars. They are small, but full of flavor. One serving, one bar, contains 2.5g of fat, 0g cholesterol, and 40mg of sodium. When I looked at the nutritional information on their products, I noticed that most of them are low sodium. I like this about Whole Goodness foods, because I prefer eating foods that are low in sodium.

I received my package in time for the party I had on Saturday. I put the chips out for my guests, and they loved them. The favorite of the chips was the Grilled Vegetable. Absolutely yummy. A serving size of these chips is about 16 chips. There are 7g of fat in one serving, with 80mg of sodium and 0 cholesterol.

Check out the ingredients in the chips.  There isn’t one that I don’t recognize.


Stone Ground Corn, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Medley (Red & Green Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Tomato and Carrot), Toasted Corn Germ, Sprouted Ancient Whole Grain Medley (Buckwheat, Sorghum, Millet, Amaranth, and Quinoa), Dried Cane Syrup and Sea Salt.

Last night, my husband made meatballs using the Kentucky Style Barbecue sauce.  There’s no fat or cholesterol in this barbecue sauce, but there is 240mg of sodium per serving.  I ate 2 meatballs, and didn’t even get half of a serving of the barbecue sauce on them.  You don’t need to use a lot of this barbecue sauce on your meat.  It has a lot of flavor, and a little goes a long ways.

If you are on a gluten free diet, some of their products are gluten free.  Some are also Kosher.  You can check out the product information pages on their website to find out what the allergen information is for each of their products.

Wholesome Goodness is new to the United States, originally available only in Canada.  Now, they have their products in over 200 stores in NC, VA, MD and WV.  If you are not in one of those states, don’t worry.  As good as their foods are, they are bound to be available in more states soon.  In the meantime, Wholesome Goodness has offered to do a giveaway for my readers.  The prize pack will include one of each item that I received.  This giveaway starts now, and will end March 13, 2012.  Please leave one comment per entry.  The winner will be chosen by and contacted by email.  Open to US only.


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Staying Healthy In The Winter

When it’s cold outside, I don’t want to go outside to exercise.  I tend to want to eat more than usual.  Since I am focused on living a healthy lifestyle, I wanted some tips on how to stay healthy in the winter.  I wanted to share some tips that were given to me to do just that.

1. *Get enough Vitamin C*: Wintertime means cold and flu season so it is even more important than ever to keep your immune system functioning at its best. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by raising HDL (good) cholesterol, as well as lower blood pressure. People with diets high in Vitamin C have lower rates of colon and prostate cancer.
a. Eat citrus! Oranges and clementines are in season so why not reach
for one instead of the bowl of chips while watching the game? Jam packed
with nutrients and fiber, they are also packed with Vitamin C. They are so
easy to eat, just peel and go!

2. *Get enough Vitamin D*: Now that we are not outside as much and
daylight hours are dwindling, it is especially important to get enough
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for your immune system, avoiding
depression and bone health! The top 3 food sources are cod Liver oil
(which is dangerous to take), herring and oysters, so your best bet would
be to take a Vitamin D supplement or find a multivitamin that includes 1000
IU of Vitamin D such as AlternaVites or Nature Made Multi Complete.

3. *Exercise*: It can boost the immune system, maintain or achieve a
healthy body weight, improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure as
well as control diabetes. Being overweight can put you at risk for many
diseases because excess fat can cause inflammation and damage to your
tissues. Now that we are forced to stay indoors and not walk around as
much it is important to get to the gym or find other activities to stay
physically fit!

4. *Get your carotenoids*:

a. Beta-carotene, the most well known carotenoid is a major
anti-oxidant that helps to slow the aging process. Additionally, it is
rich in infection-fighting cells which help to prevent you from getting
sick. A bonus, it also helps to reduce cardiovascular disease, especially
strokes and heart attacks as well as protect against cancer cells. There
is no reason not to eat enough food rich in beta-carotene in the winter
months as they are readily available, so stock up on carrots, sweet
potatoes, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and broccoli.

5. *Vitamin E*: Another important antioxidant that helps to boost your
immune system and prevent against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many
popular food sources are rich in Vitamin E such as nuts, seeds, vegetable
oils and whole grains, which are available all year round, but recommended
intakes are 100 – 400 mg per day and some people may need a multivitamin in
addition to what they eat. Multivitamins can help make sure they are
getting enough Vitamin E to reap its immune-building properties.

Remember to always wash your hands, get enough sleep and drink a lot of
water! Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and take advantage of what
is in season during the winter such as: avocado, broccoli, carrots,
cauliflower, clementines, kale, oranges, pears, sweet potatoes, tangerines
and winter squash. All full of vitamins to keep you healthy all winter
long! -Ilyse Schapiro MS, RD, CDN

To stay healthy:
– Reduce excessive carbohydrate consumption — with decreased
activity/exercise in the winter, the body doesn’t need extra fuel from
carbs. All they will do is spike insulin and increase fat storage.
– Reduce systemic inflammation through adequate nutrition, sufficient rest,
and stress reduction. In turn, the body isn’t constantly warding off
inflammation, and can quickly and efficiently deal with cold/flu
antagonists and other viruses.
– Since sun exposure is significantly decreased, seasonal affective
disorder can set in easily. Supplement with Vitamin D to protect against

Do we eat more in the winter?
– From an ancestral perspective, humans may be wired to eat more as a
buffer against food shortage/starvation in what could be a colder than
average winter.
– With less light and more indoor time, exercise suffers as does motivation
to be healthy. Couple this with holiday festivities and you see hundreds of
extra calories consumed in comparison to other months.

Sayan Sarkar
CEO, InvigorateNOW