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10 Tips for Clearing out Clutter

Dr. Bo’s Diet

800 Community Drive, Manhasset (516) 365-3908, Weight loss and weight maintenance are only successful if you get down to the root of the problem and create a lifelong plan that allows you to eat what you want and fully enjoy life. Dr. Bo’s Diet is a comprehensive, five-phase approach to weight loss and maintenance — designed specifically for each patient — and discovers where the weight struggle lies. Isaac Schulman, Director and former patient, said, “Most diets only treat the weight of a patient. Hunger is not always the issue; there are other factors involved, so these people only see results in the short-term. It is impractical and impossible to sustain these sort of diets over a long period of time.” Dr. Bo Rosenblat is an emergency room doctor who is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Many of his patients struggle with obesity, leading to larger complications, such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. “The practice opened five years ago — after two years of research — and now when Dr. Bo sees patients that need to lose weight, he can provide the proper tools to help them,” Schulman said. The procedure includes a 90-minute process of getting to know each patient and building a profile. The patient receives a medical exam and questionnaire to discover the origin of the problem. “There are three main reasons why people struggle with weight,” explained Schulman. “It can be nutritional, physiological or psychological. Psychological is the most overwhelming factor, but each of the three requires unique treatment.”

The first four phases are completed in sixteen weeks and the fifth phase takes 12 months, in order to ensure that patients can follow the plan on their own. Phase one and two is a 2140 day rapid weight loss period. According to, this part caters to the human need for instant gratification, then trains them on how to keep the weight off. Schulman said, “This part is not ‘real life’, it is a diet sustainable for only a short time period.” Phase three resets the patient’s metabolism, which is a prerequisite to a goal of lifelong weight maintenance. This is where the patient learns how to create a valuable bridge between rapid weight loss and lifelong maintenance. “Real life” begins at phase four. “This is the educational component and nutritional phase, where patients understand how all the phases come together. The four parts of this phase are types of food, portion control, preparation of food and eating schedule. It varies for every patient, as each person has a unique metabolic rate and caloric budget,” said Schulman. Until phase five, patients meet with a staff of nutritional, medical and psychological experts, as well as a support staff, for a half hour every week. After four months, there are six meetings spread throughout the year. First, they meet after four weeks, then after six weeks, then eight, ten, twelve and finally, fourteen weeks. “Patients gradually stop seeing the staff because if they quit ‘cold turkey’ they will lose hyper focus and may return to the root of the problem,” said Schulman. Patients are able to eat “real food” that they find in supermarkets and restaurants and can cook in their kitchen. Schulman said, “Making a lifelong commitment to a diet is scary and unsustainable. Our finite phases make things more manageable and there is never any feeling of deprivation. There is no ‘cookie cutter’ approach to weight loss and that is why we deal with each patient’s needs individually and work with experts across all fields.” Dr. Bo’s Diet has treated over 10,000 patients and is available to men and women, with all different medical backgrounds and struggles, from ages 18-75, who want to lose 10 pounds or 310 pounds — for good. Locations are available in Hewlett and Great Neck, as well. -Kristin Cacchioli

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve lost something valuable because of clutter, according to a recent Harris Interactive survey. It happens to just about everyone, but there are ways to prevent the loss. The most common thing lost? Important documents and bills, which can add unnecessary hassle and stress to your life. Don’t ever worry about losing or misplacing important — and non-important — things again. So that you don’t have to deal with the panic and constant running around trying to look for something, here are 10 tips to help you get organized and stay that way: Tip 10: Start small. When starting to declutter, it is best not to overwhelm yourself with too many things at once. Pick one area or room and sort through your stuff slowly and carefully. Purge items that you no longer use and assign the keepers to a place where they belong. Tip 9: Keep things orderly. Create zones for certain activities or categories and store all related items in that zone. It will be easier to learn where everything is if there is some sort of order and category to remind you. Tip 8: Have a young family? Make it a game with your kids to get organized. Whoever can create the most organized space wins. Or create a treasure hunt and you may rediscover precious items once thought to be lost. Tip 7: Organization needs consistency. Talk to your significant other or roommate about maintaining a united front on keeping things organized. Unless everyone is on board, it won’t work. Tip 6: Enlist help for larger organization efforts. Invite friends over to help clear out clutter; pay them with pizza and cold drinks for their work. Going through old stuff with old friends can be fun and bring back wonderful memories. Tip 5: Donate duplicate or unwanted items to a charity that can use your extras to support those in need. By the time you clean out your entire house, there will be a ton of things you don’t want; put them to good use. Tip 4: Pick your battles. Start with what is manageable, like a closet, and work your way toward larger projects, such as the basement or garage. If you tackle something too large in the beginning, it may discourage you from organizing the rest of the rooms. Tip 3: Create routines. Make it a habit to tackle a new area of the home every month. When only a couple areas are left, you won’t be able to wait to organize them. Tip 2: Put it away now. Done using something? Instead of letting things pile up, put them away immediately. You can have plenty of places to put stuff when you get storage units, shelving and organization kits. Tip 1: Enjoy the spoils of victory. Cleaning and organizing is a daunting, but rewarding task. Enjoy your accomplishment by going out with friends to celebrate or taking a day to yourself to relax and read a good book. A neat and manageable garage, basement and life can start by straightening a single shelf. Don’t waste another minute running around for something that can have a perfect place in your home. -Napsnet

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