OUNCES=POUNDS! Lose Weight an Ounce at a Time

Exercise and Mediterranean Diet are the perfect pair in promoting health!

Weight loss and appetite seem to be oxymorons, but they can work together as every ounce lost leads to a pound less over time.  Nutrition and health can be tied into one diet that has proven to promote an individual’s longevity; the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterrnaean Lifestyle allows one to enjoy eating  seasonal and locally grown fruits /vegetables, with an emphasis on community socializiation; walking with friends and family.The Mediterranean Lifestyle is riding a wave into North America after being enjoyed for 1000’s of years globally by other countries.  The following information focuses on calorie reduction through walking and testimonies from those who chose to get healthy. For more information read: Mediterranean Diet and 1200 Calorie Diet

WEIGHT LOSS MUST: 500 calories reduced daily.  7 days x 500 calories = 3500 calories in 7 days.  There are 3500 Calories in one pound! So in one week the possibility is high that an individual can lose one pound.
EXERCISE MUST DO: 30 minutes alone of  aggressive exercise burns 168 calories
Consider walking twice a day for one hour then burns 336 calories.
Walking 2’ce a day for 30 minutes, 7 days a week will burn 2352 calories a week.

Combined with a streamlined Mediterranean Diet will encourage a higher metabolism, burning additional calories.

ADDITIONAL Exercise Information: Goal of 10,000 pedometer steps =5 miles.  (i.e. 2,000 pedometer steps equal 1 mile)
10,000 steps means a potential of 504 calories burned per day through exercise alone.
WEIGHT LOSS TESTIMONIES: I recently pulled some information from a variety of anonymous clients to see what was working for them in their own personal weight loss, all who follow the structure of the Mediterranean Diet. Some answers are original and will surprise; use any one suggestion to leverage as personal motivation as you reinforce your own weight loss!
  1. 3 bite rule. Once meal is in front of them, 3 bites (1 Tbsp=1 bite) per food is eaten. Uses sandwhich plates for all meals. Sticking with the pla, they reinforce this philosophy when eating out and puts the remainder food into the garbage. This has helped with portion control, quality of nutrients, quick weight loss. Total weight loss in 4 months 20 pounds.
  2. Food Journal has helped establish personal menu’s. Exercise 30 minutes in the morning before work
  3. Serves their plate and then moves half the food on their plate to their spouses plate.Exercise 30 minutes in the evening. Total weight loss in 6 weeks is 9 pounds.
  4. Plans on the go: Fitness Pal: Counts down from 1200 calories to 0 calories each day in order to manage TOTAL calorie consumption. When 1200 have been reached the rest of the day is water only. Swims and works out at gym for one hour each day. Total Weight loss in 6 months 38 pounds.
  5. 30 minute walking a day.  Attention to calories divided into 3 meals + 1 snack over the day.  Food journal to see the success. 100 Jumping Jacks to conclude the day. Total Weight Loss in 4 weeks is 5 pounds.
  6. YES, attention to every bite and every meal. YES, to small dinner. NO Cheating. NO excuses. No snacks after 4 pm. Evening walking. Fitness Pal to track dietary intake. Total weight loss in one year 48 pounds.
  7. Keeps a scale next to refrigerator. Weighs in before eating as a reminder of a personal commitment. Total weight loss in 1 month 4 pounds.
  8. Has spouse or friend remove plate when done as to not to over eat. Allows for spouse or friend to remove plate before finished eating. 45 minutes exercise after dinner. Total weight loss in 3 months 12 pounds.
  9. Eats zucchini and cucumbers every day with a peel. Exercise one hour. 30 minutes before work and 30 minutes in the evening. Food Journal helps to keep focused, rights in calories for each food. Total weight loss in 6 months 46 pounds.
  10. Stopped eating children’s food. Reduced stress. Daily Exercise. 12 weeks and lost 11 pounds!
    By: Kimberly Crocker

Remove Alcohol for Quick Weight Loss

A fast approach to weight loss is by halting drinks that can influence weight retention. Alcohol is the most social and common kind of ‘drug’ we can take, and it’s a normal part of our society and socializing to have a few drinks. We’ve been drinking alcohol for centuries from simple fermented drinks to classy wines, champagnes, and exotic cocktails. There are obvious health and social problems associated with excessive or binge consumption of alcohol, but what about its effects on people aiming for weight loss?

All alcoholic drinks contain a significant amount of calories per serving, and we often have a lot more than just one serving! But how much damage does this do for your weight loss efforts? An ideal dietary plan reduces calorie intake by 250-500 calories per day to achieve a good amount of healthy weight loss per week.  One can easily see that 1-2 drinks per day puts pay to any good nutrition plan you might follow during the day. Simply said: 1-2 alcoholic drinks can seriously halt weight loss.

Another way to look at the effect alcohol has on weight loss is to compare the equivalent time needed to spend doing fitness training to burn these calories off! An individual of average fitness level and of average weight would apply the following effort to burn off 2 alcohol servings:

Training time required to burn off calories from alcohol:

Alcoholic drink Walking Swimming Running Cycling
Beer (355ml) 30 mins 17 mins 12 mins 13 mins
Light beer (355ml) 20 mins 11 mins 8 mins 9 mins
Low carb beer (355ml) 23 mins 13 mins 9 mins 10 mins
White wine sweet (200ml glass) 40 mins 23 mins 16 mins 18 mins
White wine dry (200ml glass) 29 mins 16 mins 12 mins 13 mins
Red wine (200ml glass) 28 mins 16 mins 11 mins 12 mins
Spirits (on ice / neat) 13 mins 7 mins 5 mins 6 mins
Water 0 mins 0 mins 0 mins 0 mins

There’s a lot of work to be done if  a few (or more) drinks are consumed. Think of all the blood, sweat, tears, and hard work that can go into a great fitness session….and how easily the efforts  can be reversed by drinking alcohol!  Additionally, alcohol contains no essential nutrients and reduces the absorption of Vitamins A, D, E, K, folate, B I, and B2 by altering Biotin (B7).  Lastly, alcohol does not contribute to muscle glycogen, so you may be left short on carbohydrates (Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains), which you need in order to train hard.

While it is true that red wines contain a natural phenol “resveratrol”, which permits blood cells to smoothly pass each

Handful of blueberries for improved health.

other instead of sticking to one another,  consider trading in your wine glass for fiber.  Resveratrol is also found in peanuts, soy, cranberries, blueberries, and Itadori tea which maybe a good substitute for red wine and linking it to possible human longevity.

By gaining knowledge on how to improve weight loss efforts, you can begin to feel better about your own appearance and body’s health over the next week, as your initial loss can be 2-7 pounds within the first days of working towards your new objective!

By: Kimberly Crocker


Beauty of Wine and Grape Juice

Vitamin “H” for Haar and Haut


Personalize Weight Results in 5 Easy Steps

5 Easy Steps to Personalize New Weight Results!

To burn fat around your waist there are some easy habits and exercises you can start today. Your body is genetically programmed to store fat around the waist area. Some people tend to have a harder time keeping fat off their waist. With simple lifestyle changes and enjoyable exercise choices you will be able to lose a few inches off your waist by burning fat with noticeable results in a months time. 

Step 1
The easiest way to start to burn waist fat is to cut out the excess fat currently in your diet. Concentrate on the fat already stored in your waist, not on new fat. Eliminate fast food. Easy to make Recipes can be made at home were you can the ingredients. Include fish into your diet 3 times a week and aim for adding lean meat, beans or soy into your menu plan. Minimize the amount of cheese to 1 ounce per day. Reduce other high fat dairy products you eat including changing from 2% milk to skim milk. Eliminate fried foods and salty snacks!!! 

Step 2 
Watch what you are drinking. ADD WATER, Reduce wine and beer to one glass a day, Eliminate all soda’s and juices (100% juice is okay) from your daily nutritional intake.  The sugars and added ingredients in soda’s are not good for your body and since your body can not use them the SUGARS (sucrase) ARE STORED AS FAT. 

Step 3  
Replace white breads in your diet with whole grain bread. Replace plain pasta with whole grain pasta. Only eat whole grain cereals.  You body converts white breads to sugar, which in turn will result in added waist fat. Opt for more vegetables and fruits when making your Grocery Shopping List for Weightloss in 5 Tips 

Step 4   If you are not already doing so, start some general moderate exercise. Exercise 4-5 times per week. The exercise should include 20 minutes of cardio such as hill climbing, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, etc. The general exercise will balance your input of calories and stop the addition of new waist fat. Walk 20-30 minutes per day. 

Step 5 
Concentrate on core exercises. Do a core workout for 15 to 20 minutes every 3rd day. You will not need any more than this to quickly reduce waist fat. Do not increase the frequency of the core exercises, give your body time to recover. There are many great core workouts out there or you can develop your own routine. Core workouts include sit-ups, leg lifts, and mason-twists. There are many other exercises that concentrate on the waist to the mid-section of the torso. 

IMPORTANT: Document in a journal:
Waist Circumference (passed around waist and over belly button)
Daily Exercise
Foods for the day (include condiments.) Read more Tips to Modify Recipes 

Exercising your core as little as 30-45 minutes per week, along with the diet changes are the keys to burn waist fat.               BELIEVE that you will succeed! 

Kim Crocker 


A comparison of the effects of swimming and walking on body weight, fat distribution, lipids, glucose, and insulin in older women-the Sedentary Women Exercise Adherence Trial 2.

Effect of nutritional counselling and nutritional plus exercise counselling in overweight adults: a randomized trial in multidisciplinary primary care practice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20026554 

Modification effects of physical activity and protein intake on heritability of body size and composition. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19710197 

Photograph http://www.savvy-diets.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Reduce%20belly%20fat.jpg

Getting from depression to”Walking on Sunshine”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is often linked to depression and one of the many pathologies related to lack of sunshine.   However to get through the dreary days a small vacation may help somewhat to overcome the moment, as will an investment into some fluorescent light bulbs that are kept on in the home through out the day or using sun lamps with in your home.  Research has shown that your body only needs 15 minutes of sunshine per day, but psychologically you may be beaten down and looking for other tricks that can be more helpful. Tell your doctor what you are feeling so that he can diagnose and can help you set up a plan by doing any or all of these: prescribe medications, exercise and nutrition.

Your doctor may prescribe various anti-depressants at a lower dose in order to keep the hormone serotonin at higher levels. Serotonin is naturally produced by your body converting a mineral into a hormone. If the body is not able to produce enough serotonin or if it is quickly absorbed by the blood this is called depression.

Exercise is also encouraged during this time to increase the endorphins within the brain so that your response to a grey day may not be no longer dread, but “Spring is around the corner!”  Get the blood pumping! Your body will feel more energized and you will feel more focused.  It can be as simple as a 30 minute walk per day!

Lastly, nutrition is key to helping it all come together.  Tryptophan  is a mineral found in a variety of foods to help fight depression, they include: chocolate, bananas, poultry, meat, whole grain pasta, figs, fish, peanuts, dairy products, especially milk and cottage cheese.  Investing into some shopping time along with a warm glass of milk before bed time will allow the tryptophan to convert to serotonin which directly affects a happier mood when waking up and beginning the morning.

Foods to AVOID.  Any foods or drinks (Diet) with aspartamine (aspartame or phenylalanine) should be avoided.  Multiple studies have shown this artificial sweetener to depress serotonin levels. Those with a history of mood disorders or depression have been linked to a severe reaction after consuming aspartamine.

By Kim Scardicchio

Healing for your skin https://eatknowhow.wordpress.com/category/acne-healing-food/

For Your Entertainment Walking on Sunshine Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-5Xgkzb-f4

Stepping out and Walking Tall

The fresh air and singing birds often beckon hibernating individuals out to exercise and to “get into shape”.  Having someone to walk with is a great way to promote the idea of “well-being” and you can effectively lose weight by exercising for 30 minutes each day.  Recently, a client scheduled a time to go for a walk and after five minutes I was asked to slow down my stride. This is a common complaint that I hear from individuals when encouraging them to walk at an aggressive pace (more than leisurely).  After ten minutes of walking they feel sharp pains in the chest area.  Increased blood flow will cause the pain in the chest as you are asking your heart to work more than it usually does.  Slow the pace down and take water with you.  Water supplies our body with two critical elements: hydration and oxygen.  Over exertion will lead to shortness of breath and over extension of muscles produce lactic acid, (in layman’s terms, your muscles will be sore).  Therefore, it is critical that we listen to our bodies. 

Additionally, nutrition is important to keep our hearts healthy by implementing a proper diet.  Eating an assortment of 4 fruits and 5 vegetables will provide your organs with much needed vitamins and minerals.  Healthy fatsfound in olive oil, nuts and seeds are needed to keep muscles lubricated.  

Applaud your efforts for taking the first steps to being healthy. Star walking at a leisurely pace and gradually increase your speed.  Slow down if you feel pain and drink water along the way.  Eventually, you can pursue going outside your comfort zone and jog for 2 minutes and walk for 3 minutes.  Challenge yourself and flip the time by walking for 2 min.’s and jogging for 3 min.’s.  Within a matter of a month you will feel stonger and healthier.