Beauty Tips and Diet Tips from a new Beauty Book ! plus....Valentine's Day 2014

ON SALE NOW !   "Beauty, Diet, and I Said What?"   AN AMAZON KINDLE EBOOK (click link below)   http://www.amazon.com/Live-Progress-Renee-Ashley-Baker-ebook/dp/B00I4DI4...   also...   RULES OF THE HOUSE IF--YOU WEAR IT...HANG IT UP. IF--YOU DROP IT...PICK IT UP. IF--YOU EAT OUT OF IT...WASH IT. IF--YOU SPILL IT...WIPE IT UP. IF--YOU TURN IT ON...TURN IT OFF....more

Why the plant-based diet didn't work for me

All good things must come to an end. January was a great month to test out vegan eating. I was inspired, I learned, I tried all kinds of new foods and new preparations. But in the end, vegan eating just isn’t for me. ...more
"Hopefully we’ll all be winners." ?????  Seriously?  You mean everyone except all the animals ...more

How To Boost Your Slow Metabolism

We all come in different shapes and sizes. We do not recommend crash dieting or being hard on yourself. Embrace what you have! Follow a few of these tips to keep your machine humming! Metabolism is a critical part as to why you’re losing or gaining weight. A big part of it has to do with your heredity. Just because you were born with a slow metabolism certainly does not mean you can’t speed it up and help burn fat more efficiently. The power is within you to take control and use your surroundings to benefit your metabolism....more

Don't call it a DIET, call it a LIVE-IT! Here's 5 Rules to Follow.

The 5 New Live-it Rules: (Or, how to Live-it-Up ©!)...more

Challenging Myself with a DietBet

Okay guys, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and try out this DietBet thing that I’ve been hearing so much about.Oh, you haven’t been hearing about it?In a nutshell, DietBet is an online game where you bet money that you will lose a certain amount of weight within a certain amount of time. There is DietBet 4 (losing 4% in 4 weeks) and DietBet 10 (losing 10% in 6 months), with lots of different Bets to choose from....more

New Year New Heat

So I have gone back to exercise class after the break.I have decided to tweak stuff a little more: I am adding heat to my diet! They say that your metabolism, when you are over 50,may need a little help, and upping your intake of spicy food might help.Taking one tiny step for me, I had jalapeno cheese this morning.Granted I know I am going to have afterthoughts about eating this, but I figure you have to start somewhere.I’ll keep you posted....more

The Flexitarian Lifestyle

For the past few years I have been a vegetarian on and off and have mainly adhered to a meat and dairy free diet. Last year, while preparing for my wedding, I cut out most foods that contained fat like chocolate and all animal products. I felt physically great and I lost a bit of weight, which I attributed to cutting out fatty foods....more

Is Your New Year's Resolution Weight Loss? Tips for losing weight in 2014

If losing weight is your New Year's Resolution for 2014, you are not alone.  But to be successful you will need to do more than just wish it.  Here are my 6 tips that will help you lose weight in the coming year....more

The Beck Diet Solution: My Experience (Week Six)

Well, I did it... I finished all six weeks of The Beck Diet Solution, and have learned so very much along the way! While I know it will take time to cement the habits and strategies the book has taught me, I feel far better equipped to handle food and eating challenges than I did before I began working through the program. I'm glad I made the decision to do it. This week I give myself credit for: ...more

Resolve to follow a brain-healthy diet in 2014

New Year's resolutions are often the result of guilt or shaming. But what if this is the year you focus on health instead of weight loss? I ran across this article on brain health, which we're discovering is more and more tied in to diet and nutrition.Here are some of the highlights:1. Yes to dark chocolate, dried blueberries (and I'd argue fresh blueberries as well) and pumpkin seeds.2. The brain uses 20% of the body's metabolic fuel even though it only makes up 2% of your body's weight....more