Thursday, October 05, 2006

Stop, shop, and roll...

Stop, shop, and roll…

Dear readers, many apologies for my absence. I was in D.C. for work. By the way, Chevy Chase, a little far out there, is nearly shopping nirvana. So many stores, so little time.

A few comments on the five pounds. First, vigilance is key. I have been working on daily vigorous exercise and simple substitutions to reduce calories. Some secrets from my dietitian friends: trade out the regular candy bars for lighter versions (at about 120 cals per bar). These can be found on the diet food isle at the grocery store. Eat more seasonal fruits and veggies. Fall is apple season and apples hit the sweet craving and add a nutritious punch of fiber and antioxidants. Add some light yogurt to your fruit and you get muscle retaining protein and bone building calcium as added bonus. Plus, the combination of fiber and protein from this snack combo keeps you full for hours.

Second, it is a daily commitment, and I mean daily, every morning, every meal we get the option to be health or not. It’s great to have so much choice, but a little scary if we don’t remind ourselves how important it is to make healthy choices as many times as possible throughout the day.

Pay dirt for me…. happy to report, admittedly overdue, the five pounds have come and gone. My reward (and it is important to reward yourself when you reach goals) I am plotting my fall fashion shopping spree at my “playing weight”. Translationàmy normal, healthy, gee I feel great-- weight. As opposed to a sluggish, should I leave this shirt untucked, can you pass some more Oreos, is this a heart attack or just indigestion—weight.

What is the big deal about five pounds. Let's think of it this way. Fat takes up more space than muscle. If you ever have the opportunity to see a model of 5 lbs of fat, you might be shocked at how much space it occupies. Incredibly gross to imagine it tucked around the body. Also, for each pound of fat, the body 'nourishes' it with a complex web of capillaries (little, teeny-tiny blood vessels) to the amazing extent of one mile of blood vessels for every pound of fat. Think of the extra demand that places on the heart. No wonder high blood pressure is closely linked to even moderate overweight. Ms. Taylor sans 5 extra miles of heart-stressing capillaries. My heart beats for joy!

So back to vigilance. You must be bold and determined to take hold of your health, doggedly seeking out the truth and best practices for maintaining good health. As I have been on the road a great deal (and yes, I did take the walking shoes and hit the gym), I have heard more and more questions regarding the safety of low-calorie sweeteners. Time for some truth. Time for the facts.

FACT: low-cal sweeteners have been in the food supply (in some instances) for over a hundred years. They are some of the most highly studied/scrutinized substances around.

FACT: study after study (and I'm speaking of scientifically responsible studies, not the CRAP anecdotal studies on the net) prove that low-cal sweeteners are safe, safe, SAFE.

FACT: my pet sweetener Splenda®, has undergone the same intense level of safety confirmation and it is irrefutably safe. In fact, Splenda®/sucralose is not even metabolized. It passes out of the body because the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate or sugar. It is not metabolized, does not build up in the body, and does not cause side effects. Need I go on? For more facts visit

Well my lovelies, I hope you have a great week and I will be online more frequently. Look out for fall exercise tips and some great recipes in the weeks to come. Kisses! Audrey

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