Tools To Help You Lose Weight

In 5 minutes I will give you the tools you need to succeed at weight loss.

When you decide you are ready to lose weight you have to really commit. When you make that commitment nothing will stop you from the finish line…NOTHING! Here are some tips to get the most out of dieting. These tips, if followed will ensure your success.


A good attitude is the key in anything we do, but when it comes to diet and weight loss attitude is crucial. Countless studies prove just that…your attitude directly effects what results you have. Going into any situation with a positive out look and you powerful things can and will happen. Don’t expect a quick fix…with weight loss it took you time to get where you are and it will take time to get back. If you need help even if it’s just once in awhile you can get a weight loss coach to help you. We have used Sara Foster in the past at Shapewell and it was a terrific experience.  Dieting is about helping you be healthy and happy and finally giving your self the attention you deserve. It’s about gaining energy and adding new spark to your life. Stay positive and you will shine!


With Meal preparation your day is easy and really convenient. Doing this provides you with the majority of your meals making staying on track that much easier. Planing in advance makes success more of a guarantee. Plan at least a day in advance and gather all the ingredients you need for your Lean and Green Meal for the next day. Use pre-bagged, pre-washed salads and veggies if you need to for awhile. Some kitchen appliances and gadgets sure can make life easier as well. The George Forman grill can be a lifesaver. If you are like me your day gets in the way of good healthy eating; having to take the kids to practices and lessons can sure put a damper on things. If you don’t have everything ready to go at home it will be very tempting to run by and pick up a pizza or grab a meal to go somewhere. Don’t put yourself in those situations; they end in guilty feelings and some will just give up. Making your decisions ahead of time makes it easier for you to win this game. Each good day makes the next day even easier.

Get Personal

on-computerLook to others for ideas on how to make your diet experience right and good for you. Online support and chat rooms are a great resource. Here we can talk to others just like us who are having the same struggles as we are. We can so many ideas from others; new recipes, advice, and lots of pats on the back for our milestones. Here are a couple of ideas I found online that sure helped me. If you have always loved stopping at Starbucks for your morning pick me up and you miss it, try drinking warm water with a dash of bicarbonate (Baking soda). It will get your digestive track going as well as one of the strongest cancer prevention methods.


Get Physical

Your average weight loss with with dieting should be 2 pounds a week after your initial first week. For most this happens with no exercise. By adding even a small amount of physical activity you can accelerate your weight loss. No need for to spend hours in the gym, just take what you love and do it a little harder and a little longer. Enjoyable things like taking a walk with your loved ones after dinner, or a quick bike ride on Saturday morning, dancing to lively music, gardening. It is not important what you do, just that you do something. For most of us who had or still have a whole lot of weight to lose, lack of physical activity helped us get to where we are and we all have felt like we missed out on life a little. It’s time to get up, get moving and start being a part of life and all it has to offer. It gets easier and easier every time you move.

A Day at a Time

One of the most important thing to keep in mind for success is to remember to take things one day at a
time…one meal at a time. With each good choice you make you are that much closer to where you want to be. Keep in mind that when you make a bad choice, and you probably will, dust off and don’t let that choice define you. Get back on track the next meal. Don’t let that one piece of cake undermine all the good you have accomplished…just jump right back in. Weight loss is a process, don’t get bogged down with how far you have to go. Focus and make small goals so that you feel as though you are winning every day. See you at the finish line.

Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Overall Health

Not only is vitamin C a well-known component of your immune system, it is also necessary for collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue. A healthy dose of vitamin C will protect your body from infection and maintain healthy bones and teeth, as well as quicken the body’s ability to repair wounds.

Recommended Daily Intake

Our bodies don’t store vitamin C, excess vitamin C is flushed out through our kidneys.  Many doctors suggest taking 500 milligrams a day, which can often be found in daily multivitamins or vitamin C supplements. However, don’t exceed more than 2,000 milligrams per day — too much vitamin C may cause stomach irritation.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that is vital to all creatures.  Its antioxidant properties protect cells and their DNA from damage and mutation. It supports the body’s immune system, the first line of defense against cancer, and prevents certain cancer-causing compounds from forming in the body.

Vitamin C reduces the risk of getting almost all types of cancer. It appears that this nutrient doesn’t directly attack cancer that has already occurred, but it helps keep the immune system nourished, enabling it to battle the cancer.

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage — free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.

Ascorbic acid contains many of the same health benefits as naturally occurring vitamin C.  Perhaps the largest benefit of these nutritional elements is their antioxidant value. Antioxidants help to fight off viruses and infections.

Collagen is found in fibrous tissues such as skin, ligaments and tendons, as well as in the bones, blood vessels, the cornea of the eye, and in the gut.  Collagen is vital for strengthening blood vessels and giving skin its elasticity and strength. The degradation of collagen causes wrinkles and other skin issues.

You can apply topical vitamin C to your skin to encourage collagen production and fight free radicals. Look for a facial cleanser or moisturizer that contains the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C to ensure the vitamin penetrates your skin layers.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals, accounting for around 30% of the protein content of the human body. It is often considered to be the “glue that holds the body together”.

Natural Vitamin C Needs a Boost

The problem with naturally occurring vitamin C is that it breaks down easily. Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables is often lost in cooking. As soon as the foods are heated, the natural vitamin C begins to break down. Nutritional experts report that vitamin C can also be lost simply through storing fruits or vegetables before consumption.

Because of the sensitive nature of natural vitamin C, lots of people may not get enough, even if they include fruits and vegetables in their diets. This is why food manufacturers have chosen to add vitamin C qualities back into food and drink using ascorbic acid. The ascorbic acid represents the active vitamin C in most processed foods.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ascorbic acid and vitamin C are similar enough in composition to be treated as equivalent chemical compounds.

Vitamin C may also be helpful for:

  • Boosting immune system function
  • Maintaining healthy gums
  • Improving vision for those with uveitis (an inflammation of the middle part of the eye)
  • Treating allergy-related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, and hay fever (called allergic rhinitis)
  • Reducing effects of sun exposure, such as sunburn or redness (called erythema)
  • Alleviating dry mouth, particularly from antidepressant medications (a common side effect from these drugs)
  • Healing burns and wounds
  • Decreasing blood sugar in people with diabetes
  • Some viral conditions, including mononucleosis

Some excellent sources of vitamin C are oranges, green peppers, watermelon, papaya, grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, mango, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and citrus juices or juices fortified with vitamin C.

Raw and cooked leafy greens (turnip greens, spinach), red and green peppers, canned and fresh tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pineapple are also rich sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is sensitive to light, air, and heat, so you’ll get the most vitamin C if you eat fruits and vegetables raw or lightly cooked.