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Four Simple Tips to Make You Better

Today I have four tips that I will help you get better.  For you that might mean healthier.  Maybe shed some pounds.  Or at least maintain the pounds you’ve already shed.  Regardless of your goals, there are a few simple nutrition tips and strategies that will benefit all of us.

And none of them have to do with eating x or not eating y.

First, learn to cook.  There is no single more important factor that will permanently change your health, your body and set you up for permanent results.  I admit cooking isn’t the easiest thing.  But learning some basics around the kitchen is a must.  Maybe try a local cooking class or pick up a simple cookbook or magazine and challenge yourself to try 1 new recipe per week.  If you’re relying solely on take out or eating out, though, staying on track will be an uphill battle.

Second, eat what you love!

Eat what you love.  I often hear people talk about eating “diet” foods like rice cakes, low fat this and low carb that.  But if you don’t enjoy any of those foods, don’t eat them.  You should enjoy what you eat.  The challenge is eating the right portions of those foods you love. This might mean splitting a dinner with someone or enjoying an appetizer and a salad. 

Third, be in charge when eating out.  This may seem strange after I just told you to learn how to cook, but let’s face it, you will eat out on occasion.  We all will.  But be in charge and be smart about your choices.  I say be in charge meaning you’re the paying customer; ask for what you want (within reason).  Ask to swap the fries for a baked potato.  Ask for a side of veggies instead of the rice.  Ask for them to not put the bread on your table.  You get the idea. 

Piggybacking on #3, fourth, spend money on better restaurants when you do eat out.  What do I mean by this?  Rather than eating out at less expensive, not real high quality restaurants, or spending $10-$20 getting take out several times per week, save that and make eating out a more special occasion.  You’ll spend more at that single time, but when saving by not eating out so regularly, it will be worth it in the end.  You’ll A) get better food and B) not be eating out at less healthful restaurants the rest of the time.

There you have it – 4 super simple, yet very effective tips when permanently changing your health and body.

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