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Lose Weight and Lower Your Cholesterol With Dr. Oz on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 18, 2007

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Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, But It Does Buy Healthy Foods — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

When I hear Dr. Oz is going to be on Oprah, I usually try to watch. So today my daughter and I tuned in. One of the things Dr. Oz was talking about, was how eating eleven pounds of vegetables a day can be helpful in losing weight and in lowering blood pressure. At that time a big platter full of fruits, vegetables, and nuts was brought out and put in front of Dr. Oz and Oprah. It looked yummy to me.

It was when that platter of fresh fruits and vegetables was brought out that it occurred to me…I love all of those foods…So why do I have such a hard time sticking to a healthy diet? If it isn’t because of the taste, could it be because of the cost?

For several years now, I have been battling uncontrolled hypertension and high cholesterol. And as a nurse, I know the best way to conquer these problems is with a healthy diet. So Dr. Oz wasn’t really talking about anything I didn’t already know, just something I haven’t really been able to “stick” with.

Can someone actually lose weight by eating eleven pounds of food a day?

After 12 days, their cholesterol dropped by an average of 25 percent, their blood pressure dropped by 10 percent, and they lost about 10 pounds each—including two-and-a-quarter inches of their waists. “The results were … remarkable,” Dr. Oz says.

“When you eat this kind of food, you’re sending a very clear message to your brain,” Dr. Oz says. “You’re taking calories and nutrients. What we normally do in America is we give calories to people without nutrition. … The natural colors are gone, and so your brain sits back there and says, ‘Am I still hungry or not?'”

By the end of that segment of the show, I had come to the conclusion that the best way for me to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol would be to follow this type of diet. But blueberries, broccoli, walnuts, and all those healthy foods aren’t cheap…and I’m pretty sure my budget can’t handle it.

Others have tried…

Does Eating Healthy Cost More?

Sam and I have recently started a new diet–a combination of Dr. Oz’s YOU diet, and Bob Greene’s Best Life Diet. Our focus is not so much on losing weight, but on making healthy eating and lifestyle changes. One thing that may have to change is our grocery budget. At least half of my grocery shopping is now done in the produce aisle–all the fresh fruits and veggies seem to add up. But am I really going to spend more in the long run? Some things I’m NOT buying lately: a lot of meat, cold cereal, huge bags of cheese, and white bread. Also, I’ve cut way back on eating out.

From The Daily Table

Last week, CNN reported on a “new solution” to the obesity crisis: allowing employers to charge their obese employees a larger per-paycheck co-pay on their health insurance. Apparently, in July, new federal rules went into effect allowing for the “positive” reinforcement. But is hitting people in the pocketbook the answer to America’s expanding waistline? Probably not–just yesterday, researchers at the University of Washington reported a link between property values and obesity, which confirmed what most of us already knew–that folks who live in low-income areas are more likely to be obese.

From The Naked Truth

Oprah reviewing the raw food diet? They were discussing an experiment at the Paignton Zoo, in Devon England. Volunteers were monitored at the zoo, where they lived for 12 days, eating like apes. No monkey chow for them, just 11 pounds of raw fruit, nuts, and veggies!

Thoughts on Life, Love, and Loss – Eating Healthy, Losing Weight

The simple fact is fad diets don’t work. You might end up losing weight at first, but keeping it off is the difficult part. Focusing on permanent and realistic life changes is much more effective. Eating less fatty foods and opting for more fruits and vegetables will take the weight off and keep it off as long as you make this a lifelong practice.

And from Bev Sklar at That’s Fit

Can You Pass Dr. Oz’s Push-up Test?

Now here’s a test. Dr. Oz says a 30-year-old woman should be able to nail 45 bent-leg push-ups, while a man the same age should be capable of 35 standard push-ups. Take away five push-ups for every decade thereafter. Hold on, let me take the test. My face is red and hands are shaking, but I passed … barely. Any takers?

So…What do you think? Can anyone “afford” to eat healthy? Can you? Do you?

I’m beginning to think that…

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but is does buy healthy foods. I’m pretty sure that if I could afford to eat all these wonderful and healthy foods, I would be successful at lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol.

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    Fresh fruits and vegetables have long been considered healthy food choices. The idea of eating 11 pounds of such foods per day could easily overwhelm a lot of us, not to mention blow a budget. Making healthy choices in moderation may be preferable.

    Depending on where you live, the cost of food bills could rise if you choose more fruit and veggies. Then again, you may be surprised at how much junk costs. If you cut back on less healthy food and buy fruits and veggies that are in season, you may actually lower your food bill while also eating healthier. Youhave choices about what to put into your mouth. Discipline can come through training and peer support.

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  16. Seems to me an apple doesn’t cost any more than a dunkin dougnut or anything you find in the cookie isle of the grocery store. Live food vs. dead food. Even though we like live foods, we’ve become addicted to the dead foods and simply often don’t think of live foods until afer we stuffed our face with a doughnut–I could have had a V8. And then there’s our thinking that keeps us focusing on food. Free article Lose Weight with Smart Thinking at http://www.dstressdoc.com/Articles/LoseWeight2.htm

  17. mary said

    Hello, This is Mary

    I am 36 years old with 2 toddlers. My youngest just started day care last week- which still feels a little strange. I haven’t had this much time to myself in years. First thing I want to do is lose the extra pounds I put on during the last pregnancy. One of the girls next door has suggested I join her walking group two days a week. After my first pregnancy I lost around 35 pounds using the Herbalife products, but when I called the man that sold them to me three years ago he told me this week he doesn’t sell them anymore. He told me to look on the internet. It’s disappointing because he was really nice and he called me regularly to make sure I was using their products correctly. It was nice to have someone checking in with me every week to see how I was and it kept me motivated.

    I searched on the internet for someone that sells Herbalife in New Jersey. I found many websites but I don’t want
    just to buy the products, I want to find someone trustworthy that sells the products so I can also meet them and get started again.

    Could anybody here recommend someone in New Brunswick?.

    Thanks, Mary

  18. I was reading this post again and reflecting on how many approaches and methods exist to losing weight. Consistent behavior can be a challenge but raising awareness of your habits can assist you to discern what is and isn’t as healthy as it could be.

    Mary, I don’t know anyone who sells ythe products that interest you in New Brunswick, New Jeresy, but just interacting regularly with people who share your goals and mindset can be a healthy way to move you ahead on your own process.

  19. I can not find the Dr. Oz 30 day plan for lowering my cholerestrol on line so that I can due the plan. Can anyone help me get started, or derect me to the daily food plan he recomments.

    pjc

  20. Personally I believe the overall cost of eating healthy doesn’t have to be that much more than processed foods and junk foods. When you look at junk food I think it is far more expensive than healthy stuff. Fruit however does add up when you are buying it regularly. One way I save money on fruit is only buying certain fruits in season when they are at a lower cost. It would be nice to have fresh berries year round, but out of season the costs can be crazy.

  21. Hi All,

    Mary I would suggest looking into other forms of weight loss as well. Supplements and programs do work at times, but can be dangerous if they disorganize your health balance. Make sure you talk to your doctor or a specialist in order to ensure that the weight loss program you are taking is safe.

    I’ve run across some tips that might help as well. <a href=”http://www.onehealthylifestyle.com/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/health-tips.aspx”There are some general health tips, as well as some healthy eating tips, and overall healthy lifestyle suggestions available at One Healthy Lifestyle.

    All the best,

    H.G.

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