Why You’ll Be Paying More for Olive Oil

In a few weeks you may find that you are paying more for your olive oil. There are several reasons for this, three, actually. First of all there have been some bad weather conditions that have affected the production of olive oil. There will be less olive oil produced, reducing the supply. This in itself might have driven the price up a bit, but the two next reasons really sealed the increase. There is now an increased demand for olive oil, after a study confirmed the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, of which olive oil is a prominent factor. … Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet Wins Glowing Reviews

It seems as if people are always looking for the perfect diet.  But, it often alludes us.  We either feel deprived of food or don’t want to eat what we can have.  Worse yet, there are the diets that just don’t work! For years, I have been hearing good things about the Mediterranean diet.  This is the diet primarily followed by people that live in the southern regions of Italy, Greece, and Spain.  It includes a lot of fruit and vegetables along with olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fish, dairy, meat (but not red), and yes, even wine.  The diet … Continue reading

20 Diet Plans Reviewed by U.S. News and World Report

This month “U.S. News and World Report” put out a review on 20 diet plans. The diet found to be the best overall, which is not a very well known one, is the “Dash Diet.” It is especially good for heart health but has a lot of other benefits as well. After the “Dash Diet” comes: Mediterranean Diet TLC Diet Weight Watchers Mayo Clinic Diet Volumetrics Diet Jenny Craig Ornish Diet Vegetarian Diet Slim-Fast Nutrisystem Vegan Diet South Beach Diet Eco-Atkins Diet Zone Diet Glycemic-Index Diet Medifast Diet Raw Food Diet Atkins Paleo Diet They also ranked the top 5 … Continue reading

What Can The Mediterranean Diet Do For You?

We keep hearing about the Mediterranean Diet but nobody tell us exactly what it is. We keep hearing about what it can do for those of us with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis and yet, where are the instructions? We’re told the Mediterranean Diet leads to a longer life. What we aren’t told is how to get started on the Mediterranean Diet. In the 1950s, Ancel Keys, a nutritionist, began what was called the Seven Countries which linked the eating patterns of Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Finland, Netherlands, Japan and the United States. The study found that those who followed a … Continue reading

Five More Ways To Protect Your Heart

Don’t stop at just five changes to protect yourself from heart disease. Here are some more things you can do to help lower your risk of heart disease. Watch your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides. Keep a copy of your blood work from annual check ups. LDL cholesterol should be under 100 mg/dL; HDL cholesterol should be 50 or above. Blood pressure should be 120/80 or lower. Fasting blood sugar should be 100 mg/dL or lower. Triglycerides should be under 150 mg/dL. Stay active! Physical activity can reduce every controllable risk factor for heart disease. Just ten minutes … Continue reading

Win a FREE eDiets Weight Loss Solutions and Daily Progress Journal for Your Input!

Dear Readers, I’d really love your input so that I can make this blog more informative and provide the kind of information you really want to read. (After all, it does me no good to write if I don’t know what you’re hoping to find!) Following are a few questions that I have for you so I hope you’ll consider answering some or all of them in the form of an email to LisaP@Families.com or by private message here at Families.com to me at “cocotbo”. All readers who respond by September 30, 2007, will be entered in a drawing to … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri: Courtney Love’s Diet Secrets, Jacko’s House Hunting Adventures and More

COURTNEY LOVE’S DIET SECRETS It’s no secret that singer Courtney Love is a mere shadow of her former self, but how did she shed all the weight? Unlike most stars who say their dramatic weight loss was a result of a good trainer and a macrobiotic diet, Love is saying just the opposite. In a refreshing response to questions by PEOPLE magazine the 43-year-old singer says she lost weight by taking meal replacement shakes and putting a lock on her refrigerator—but not a macrobiotic diet. “I gained 40 to 50 pounds on macrobiotic food,” Love told the magazine. She says … Continue reading

How to Make Your Next Diet Successful

According to Time Magazine, over 65% of American adults are overweight. According to the Calorie Control Council, 23% of Americans are currently on a diet. If everyone who went on a diet was successful, would we have so many overweight Americans? Probably not. There are three keys to making your next diet a successful one. 1. Nutrition 2. Exercise 3. Motivation Nutrition does not necessarily mean starving oneself. Everyone’s body is different. Some people respond very well to high protein diets. They don’t feel hunger, feel energetic and actually lose weight on Atkins style diets. Then there are people who … Continue reading

Healthy Cuisine Choices – Part 1

Growing up in the south, I knew my food wasn’t health. Everything is battered, fried, and usually dunked in some type of sauce and gravy. Although it normally tastes incredible, as I aged, I realize that I need to change the way I eat and began looking for healthier alternatives. Here are a few cuisines that provide health choices, provided you don’t “Americanize” them. Follow traditional recipes and they will not only be yummy but nutritious as well. Vietnamese We recently visited Philly and ate at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant. It was my first experience with this cuisine, but I … Continue reading

A Mother’s View from the Pool—Bikinis on Babies?

Have you been to your local community pool this summer? It has been the hang out of choice for my preschooler, who finally learned how to tread water on her own (well, kind of). Our near daily visits to our county’s aquatic center have not only afforded my daughter the opportunity to learn how to swim, but it has served as inspiration for quite a few of my blogs. The city pool is the perfect place to people watch. You see a variety of people and just as many different parenting styles, techniques and problems. And then there are the … Continue reading