eatwellIf you’re hoping to get more fit in 2013 and change unhealthy habits, remember that small, persistent steps are the best way to reach your goals and stick with them. So let’s talk about some small steps to get you started…

Planning your meals ahead of time can make it much easier to ensure healthy ones. Like the old saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” (paraphrased)

Whether you want to simply get fit or lose weight, slowing down when you eat (and chewing thoroughly) is healthier. When you eat fast, you don’t know when you’ve had enough and you’ll keep eating. Proper chewing is also best for your digestion. If you’re a “fast eater” try listening to soft, comforting music. It may help you slow down and enjoy your food more!

A diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals from fresh whole foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, goes a long way in reversing health problems, including digestive disorders, aching muscles, depression, weariness and even skin disorders. Eat more fresh fruit and veggies to have beautiful skin and a healthy body!

Speaking of beautiful skin and a healthy body, don’t forget there is no liquid you can drink that even comes close to the benefits you get from drinking plenty of pure water! Water flushes toxins from your body and increases your energy. However, if you must have something other than water to drink, may I suggest tea instead of soda? The benefits of tea are excellent! Read more about tea here.

An American Medical Association Study reported that middle-aged women who drank one or more sweetened beverages daily gained more than 17 pounds on average over an 8-year period. Of course, the more you drink, the more you’ll gain.

One more point, adults should consume no more than 1,500mg of sodium per day but the average American consumes more than 4,000mgs. How much is 1,500mgs? A little over 1/2 teaspoon, which equals 1200mgs. 3/4’s of a teaspoon equals 1,800.

What being food fit does for you…

Eating whole foods (slowly), cutting back on sodium, and drinking (a lot more) water will help you get healthier faster, maintain the weight that’s right for your body, feel and look better, have more energy and a brighter, more positive attitude. Barring the unforeseen, it can also help you live longer!

Isn’t that incentive enough to get food fit?

Do you think you are food fit? If so, tell us your secrets! If not, what are you willing to do about it? Let us know!

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