A monthly column on diet, exercise and my weight loss journey.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high

Can you hear Ella Fitzgerald singing her song “Summertime” in your head? I can. 

Ella, this month I would alter those lines to read –

Summertime, and the temp is too high

The AC is calling, and my exercise routine gone by

Is it me, or is it too hot to exercise? 

My family moved to Tennessee 24 years ago, from Northern California and I’ve always struggled with weather being an excuse for exercising.  It’s either, too hot or too cold – with just a few days in Spring and Fall being optimal for sweating but exercise is still something we all need to do – year round – so I’m encouraging myself, and you, to get out and move. 

Doing a daily radio show, I’m connected to a lot of information and much of that has to do with being healthy and losing weight.  Here’s a few interesting reports I found for us to consider.

HEALTHIEST FOODS                                                                                                                        If you are trying to eat healthy, but don’t know what to eat, a new tool can help. Scientists looked at 8,000 different foods and created a Food Compass. Foods like Cheerios, strawberries, chocolate-covered almonds, and oatmeal are among the healthiest. To see the full list, just Google “Tufts Food Compass.”


The best way to enjoy your food is in silence. According to a new study, published in research journal Food Quality & Preference, peace and quiet may help your food taste better – and could even help you eat less of it. In the study, diners who ate in noisy conditions reported that their food was less appealing. High noise levels prevent you from focusing fully on the taste of your meal, the researchers say. Previous research has shown that people tend to eat more when they are distracted.


Want to lose weight? Chew your food slowly. We’ve been hearing that advice forever, and now, in an article from Scientific Reports, Japanese scientists have proven it works. People who chewed their food for 30 seconds before swallowing burned more calories than those who did not masticate their food long enough.

Of course, another big help in weight loss is accountability and NOT going it alone!  I attribute my weight loss success to Dr Lodge and the staff at Cool Springs MD.  From nutrition counseling to personal trainers and more, you won’t have to go it alone with Cool Springs MD

Dr Lodge and his team are ready to help you with their stated goal for everyone to be “Happy, Healthy and Whole”

What has helped you lose weight?  Any tips you would like to share?  I welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing them in a future article.  You can email me at [email protected] or feel free to call me during my live radio show – weekdays between 3 pm – 7 pm on 94 FM The Fish. (800) 826-3637

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