Monthly Archives: September 2009

7 Essential Blogs to Help You with Weight Maintenance

This is a guest post from Mary Ward.

Many people look at the weight loss, but neglect to think of just how hard maintaining it all can be. For many, that can be the biggest struggle and obstacle to overcome. Here we look at some blogs of real life accounts and journeys of those going through such activities and how they make it all work.

1.    Diet Blog

The whole purpose of this blog is not just for the individual that wants to lose the weight, but who wants to keep it off. This blog is based on a community of people who understand how hard it is not just to take off the weight, but to keep it off and the networking and tips can be invaluable for this segment. A must read!

2.    Tales of a (Recovering) Disordered Eater

She offers such a real life account that you can relate no matter where you are at in your weight loss or maintenance cycle. Her mission is to bring awareness and reality to what it is to maintain weight loss efforts and she is very real about the struggles and challenges as well as the accomplishments one can feel.

3.    My Angle on Weight Loss

Don’t let the title fool you as this is a very real person who has lost their weight but who is honest about just how hard it is not to go back to old habits. As many people feel that the struggle ends when you lose the weight, he offers a real accounting of just how hard the maintenance phase can truly be.

4.    Another Weight Maintenance Blog

She has found her solace in yoga and practices it to keep herself sane and active. She offers one of the most real blogs out there stating just how difficult maintenance can be and how she feels it’s harder than the active weight loss in many different ways. She is also quite interesting as she chronicles her everyday adventures.

5.    The Road to Beautiful

Her words are as inspiring to other readers as they are motivational, and she is very down to earth. She repeats mantras about not giving up and is very honest about the struggles that she keeps with maintaining and oftentimes having to get back on the weight loss bandwagon. She wants her words to count and they really do!

6.    Hungry Hungry Hip Girl

She’s lost the weight, put it back on, and now struggles somewhere in the middle working towards proper maintenance. She speaks to her everyday adventures, the necessity to keep up a workout routine, and how all of this affects her and the self esteem she works so hard for. A normal girl with very inspirational words!

7.    Taking Back Control

This is all about nourishment for the soul as much as the body because here you can see how she struggles to believe that she’s beautiful in spite of all her hard work. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, you are sure to find it here.

Mary Ward blogs about various job issues in the health care field, including how to study in CNA courses online.


Six Great Fruits To Eat Regularly

This is a guest post from Wendy from Colon Cleanse Zone.

We all know that getting in plenty of fruits and vegetables is the smartest thing we can do for our health on a regular basis.  Sadly though, many of us do not take this information to heart.  Instead we pack our diet with ‘fruit and vegetable replacements’ such as fruit juice, V8 juice, fruit flavoured bars, fruit cups, and so on.

While these will provide some nutrition, you’re really missing out on everything whole fruit has to offer, so you’ll be so much better off if you just go with the decision to have real fruit instead.

Let’s take a quick peek at a list of the healthiest fruits you should be eating regularly.


Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse that will help to fend off disease and keep you healthy.  Each day your body is going to come into contact with a variety of substances called free radicals, all which could potentially cause harm.

By eating foods rich in these antioxidants, you help to protect the body so no harm is done. Blueberries only contain about 50 calories per half a cup, so they are a great addition to any diet.


If you’re trying to increase the fiber content of your diet, blackberries should be your fruit of choice.  A one cup serving provides a whopping 7.6 grams of fiber. This will help to keep you feeling full and prevent snacking later on throughout the day.


The great thing about apples is first, they contain a high amount of dietary fiber, and second, the pectin that’s found in apples will go a long way towards keeping your insulin levels under control.

This is very helpful for those who tend to have sensitive blood sugar levels and experience energy crashes throughout the day.  At about 80 calories per apple, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.


If you commonly stick with the more traditional fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, it might just be time to branch out and try something else.  Papaya’s are a great source of B vitamins, as well as provide you with vitamin E, folate, and fiber.


One fruit that many people forget about entirely because often they don’t really even consider it a fruit is avocado.  This is a big mistake because this is a form of fruit you should be including in your diet and it will be a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat.

In addition to this, another fact that most people don’t realize is that avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana, which is the fruit commonly eaten for potassium purposes.


Finally, don’t forget to add some pineapple to your week as well.  This fruit contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which has been shown to help prevent cancer development.  Pineapple is also going to help support the immune system, keeping you free from illness.

So don’t just rely on the classic standbys. Increase the variety of fruits you’re consuming in your typically daily diet to see better results and add more flavour to your day at the same time.

About the Author: Wendy is currently writing a book about moderate health strategies to achieve maximum weight loss. She also currently writes frequently for the Colon Cleanse Zone.