10 Healthy Ideas

Are looking to improve your diet? Sometimes baby steps can give you giant leaps heading toward lifestyle changes. Try one or more of these simple tips each week or every other day for a jump start to living longer, happier and healthier.

1. Eat at least three veggies daily. Try to have three different colors or kinds.

2, Eat at least three fruits daily. Try to have three different colors or kinds.

3. Eat fish at least twice a week. Opt for cold water fish or those that swam fast when they were alive. They’ll have less cholesterol than the slow swimming or bottom bouncing ones.

4. Eat whole-grain high fiber foods at least once a day. Look at the labels and opt for 3-5 grams of fiber in a serving.

5. Limit foods that are high in calories low in nutrients. If it doesn’t have more than 5 grams or protein or 5 grams of fiber, what nutrients are you really getting from this item.

6. Limit foods that have saturated fats chose unsaturated fats like olive oil or nuts. If it came from the ground naturally or stays liquid at room temperature it should have less saturated fats.

7. Chose fat free and low fat dairy products or skip dairy altogether for 24 hours to see how your body feels. Many people are lactose intolerant and don’t know it!

8. Eat breakfast everyday. It’s the single best meal of the day to help you maintain a healthy body weight. But remember that breakfast isn’t just a cup of coffee and piece of fruit. You’ll need protein too!

9. Drink 16 oz of water first thing in the morning. This helps flush out toxins and rehydrate your body. Over the course of sleeping your body uses water to restore and rejuevnate tissues. Get the jump on rehydrating immediately.

10. Change out a high calorie beverage for a low calorie or no calorie one. Although diet drinks can cause havoc on your teeth with the citric acid preservatives, saving a few hundred calories may help your waistilne in the long run.

Simple changes can have significant results. How many of these changes can you make starting today? Share them with friends and loved ones and support one another to keep on track. Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson and one of America's Fitness Experts.

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