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Smarter Health: The five tips you need to eat healthier!

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Right, we are still in the throws of resolutions and we are eating healthier and putting forth a huge effort. You know it takes at least 21 days of repeated behavior to enforce a new routine...six months to truly incorporate that as a habit (the whole science of habits is fascinating - have you read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg?).

So, I got you to look at this post because I promised five tips didn't I? Wouldn't it be so easy if it were just five. It kind of is that simple...though if you are eating a large pizza, something deep-fried at every meal, these tips won't really help you. For the rest of us, adopt even a few of these, and I bet you will see a change, feel a bit healthier.

-- Eat slower and with more attention. How many of us rush through a meal, grab that snack or lunch while standing at the kitchen island, while checking emails or watching TV? If we eat slower, really chewing each bite and be aware of eating, we won't eat as much. Really. There is science behind it. Not only won't we eat as much, we won't be as hungry later. That whole tricky brain-tummy thing.

-- Drink more water. I've said this over and over again on various hubs here at CM and it is probably because my body tends to run a tad dehydrated all of the time. More often than not, when we feel hungry, it is because we are thirsty. Again, that whole tricky tummy-brain connection.

-- Read the labels and choose ones you know. Again, we have all heard the mantra to eat those foods without labels, veggies fruit and so on. OR at least eat the foods that do have a label the ones with the shortest list. When you get into 10 or 33 ingredients that sound made-up...skip it. You're just eat chemicals and processed crappola.

-- Skip the soda. It isn't good for you. Period. This one step alone can save you hundreds of calories a week and re-alter your taste buds, to get them used to regular foods again and put the kibosh on these sugary cravings. Even skip the diet ones -- that sugar substitute isn't so great to have running through your system either.

-- Lower your sodium. A great choice when you are trying to get your heart in the healthiest form you can is to cut back on salty foods. The kicker with sodium is it is hidden in so many things we eat - breads, muffins, cereals, that soda you should skip anyway, tomato sauce, soup, almost anything canned...need I go on? Pick the low-sodium version of your usual and I promise you won't notice any difference in taste...but you may be less bloated in a few weeks. Score!

Are any of these an issue for you? Have you done any of these with good results (or bad ones)?

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by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

 Lots of good tips. I try to choose the right foods.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

 I'm terrible about doing something else while I'm eating tho, gotta work on that.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Quoting MamaMandee:

I do all of these and you can tell a difference. But man sometimes I really miss soda and have one. 

I usually have a sprite or gingerale if I feel pukey. It's about only time I drink soda. Or rootbeer with KFC chicken pot pies. It's a staple!!

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

me too

Quoting koolkidsmom:

 Lots of good tips. I try to choose the right foods.

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I have a habit of multi-tasking when I eat and I really need to break that habit.  I have cut back on salt and use light salt when I want salt. 

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:08 AM

We've lowered sodium.

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

TFS! I am trying to stop drinking soda.

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

NO we got a lot better doing this stuff last New Years the water drinking was hard for us

by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM

thank you so much for this information. my biggest problem is i start with healthy foods and when finances are bad i refer back to the bad foods. i am not one of those people that are persistent with good eating or exercise. i live on my own and a lot of the time i find myself eating sandwiches, ramen noodles and pizza rolls. i snack a lot and i am gaining way too much weight. motivation is my biggest problem. i stay on the computer at home a lot because i am on social security disability. in the last couple of months i have gained 10 pounds. i am hoping to join a gym once i get insurance. this website is one of the most helpful websites i have found with a lot of information. i am hoping in the next month or so i will get more motivated. going crazy

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