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Gas is to Cars as Food is to the Body

What you eat has a lot to do with how healthy you will be. Just as what kind of gas you put in your car affects how it will run, what we put into our bodies and minds affect how our bodies and minds work. Exercise alone will not make you healthy. Here are 16 diet and fitness health tips for women.

Training without proper nutrition is really not optimum health at all. A proper diet is not just about what you eat, but how and when you eat. The types of food you put in your body can make the difference between a long life or a short life.

If you are far from the ideal, why not incorporate a few life changes at a time. If you make systematic changes during the year, you can transform your whole diet a little at a time. Maybe you are at a loss of where to start.   Here are some suggestions:

1. Start Drinking Water

Try adding just one more cup per day than you currently drink and increase your amount in increments. You decide if it will be weekly, bi-weekly, etc.

 

2. Add Fruit To Your Diet

Increase your fruit intake one serving at a time until you are eating 3-4 servings per day.  Try Dr. Smoothie crushed fruit.  It comes in many flavors. 

3. Eat One Raw Salad Per Day

 I knew a family that served a salad every day with dinner.  This is a good way to increase raw vegetables in your diet.  Incorporate more raw veggies daily.

4. Don't Skip Breakfast

Breakfast is your most important meal of the day, don’t skip it.  When I skip a meal, I am attracted to junk foods and will most likely eat them because they are quick and easy.  When I leave home in the morning satisfied, I can wait until lunch to eat again.

5. Plan Your Meals For The Week

  • Cut up some raw vegetables and put them in an airtight container so they will be ready for a quick salad.  Buy frozen vegetables that you can put in a quick vegetable soup or stew.

Roast some potatoes and put them in the refrigerator to warm later that week.  Use your crockpot and prepare a healthy meal.

However, if you know you are not going to get the recommended amounts of vegetables per day, why not consider  Amazing Grass, Green Superfood?   This should not replace your fruits and vegetables but can be added to your diet.  One suggestion would be adding it to your smoothies.

6. Include orange, yellow, red, green or purple veggies daily

Make your meals colorful.

7. Choose Whole Grain Bread Instead of White Bread

Whole grain is a healthier option because the nutrients have not been removed.

8. Decrease Your Consumption of Meat

Reduce your intake of meat, especially red meat.  Increase your servings of beans and other protein sources such as Quinoa.

9. Choose vegetable or whole grain pasta

Whole grain or veggie pasta has more nutrients.

10. Eliminate Sodas From Diet

There is nothing healthy about sodas.  There are no essential nutrients in them.

11. Choose 100% Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is a better option than soda, and fresh fruit is better than fruit juice.  Remember there is still a higher content of the natural sugar in the juice.  If you are diabetic this is especially important to remember.

12. Try Almond or Soy Milk Instead of animal milk

Almond milk is a healthy alternative to animal-based milk.  You may also like Soy Milk.

13. eat more nuts seeds and grains

Whole grain bread, crackers muffins, and just the natural seeds and nuts themselves are healthy options.

14. Eat healthy Fats in Moderation

We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to be healthy, however, too much healthy fat can increase cholesterol in your body.  The key is to keep everything in balance.

15. Use Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Instead of refined sugar, try dried fruit, raw cane sugarAgave Nectarcoconut sugar, or similar products.

16. Buy a Good Blender

If you want to have healthy smoothies, soups, spreads, meals, or any other healthy dishes in your diet, I would recommend the Vitamix Blender.

If you can practice or start incorporating these 16 diet and fitness health tips for women into your lifestyle.  You will be well on your way to a much healthier you!

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