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Small Changes Yield Big Benefits


You can start today - right now, even - on a road to feeling better, looking better, living longer and enjoying a far better quality of life.

We're all familiar with the big steps:

If you smoke, do yourself and those who love you a huge favor - STOP. It'll be the best, though possibly the hardest, gift you ever give them.

Nix unhealthy vices such as drinking, speeding, taking your health and safety for granted, etc.

However many fruits and vegetables you consume, double that!

Those are the "Big Ones", and I don't have to tell you how important they are, but this article is about the "Little Ones". They don't have the publicity of the larger steps, but they're every bit as important.

In no particlular order, here are the small steps I'd love for you to start taking. Ideally, you'll take each and every step each and every day - but realistically, you should just aim at doing just as many as you can, just as often as you can. Let's get to it!

Limit empty calories. You can't cut them out entirely, but try to ditch as many sodas, doughnuts, cookies, chips, fries, etc, as you can. Next time you go to your favorite fast food restaurant (go ahead and admit it, I've seen you there!), have a salad in place of the fries and rink tea instead of pop.

Replace eating red meat with chicken or fish at every opportunity. The steps will be even bigger if you make sure the chicken or fish is grilled or baked instead of fried.

If you're trying to lose weight, switch to using artificial sweetener in your tea and coffee, and switch to a diet drink. A while back, I began a weight loss regime. I simply began using the little pink packets in my morning coffee instead of sugar, and I sweetened my tea with artificial sweetener instead of the cup of sugar I normally used. The final switch I made was going from Dr. Pepper to Diet Dr. Pepper. These are the only changes I made to my diet, and I quickly lost over 10 pounds. You quickly get accustomed to (and even begin to prefer!) the diet drinks and sweetener. I literally can't stand the taste of regular pop now, something I was once incredibly addicted to.

Begin walking. Start with a trip around your neighborhood or a stroll through the park or mall. Heck, even start with lapping Wal-Mart, just start and start today. Make your walking a priority and don't allow anything to interfere with it. You will soon be so hooked on the "walking buzz" that you won't allow yourself to miss a single day. When weather or illness prevents me from walking for a day, I feel crummy, absolutely crummy!

Small changes can yield very big, glorious results. My husband once told me that he had shaved stubborn strokes off of his all-important golf game. I asked him if he'd gotten new clubs, new balls, changed his stance or started scoring creatively. He showed me one tiny little maneuver with the positioning of his hands - he said it made all the difference in the world. All he did was change his thumb's stance!

In closing, here's a website I'd like for you to check out: The Longevity Game. It makes you think - and thinking's usually a good thing.

Keep checking Buttermilk Press.com, as we'll be adding health and fitness related articles at an alarming pace. Make these changes today and you'll be thankful tomorrow!

Joi Sigers, of Hightide Web Publishing, is a web designer, web publisher and web editor.


MORE RESOURCES:

NPR (blog)

Blending Vs. Juicing? How To Get The Most Nutrition From Your Fruit
NPR (blog)
At a time when Americans consume, on average, only about one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables a day when we're supposed to consume five to 13 servings, the appeal of juice and smoothies is pretty obvious. Juice can be a convenient way to ...

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Beyoncé Partners with 22 Days Nutrition
Shape Magazine
Now, to really prove she has put her Pepsi days behind her, Queen Bey has picked a side among all the plant-based diet players. The (unsurprising) winner: 22 Days Nutrition, the maker of Bey & J's famed spiritual and physical cleanse. The brand is ...



Chiropractor Says Organic Nutrition Will Save His Kids From Measles
LAist
Bennett claims that he personally believes his children's immune systems are better served by organic nutrition, avoiding chemicals and chiropractic therapy. According to Bennett's website, "Dr. Patrick simply believes in chiropractic first, drugs ...

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2015 Predictions From Vegan and Plant-Based Nutrition Experts
Huffington Post
2014 was a huge year for plant-based nutrition. From top tier celebrities, critical nutrition studies, amazing books, cookbooks, documentaries, and a dizzying selection of new vegan products on the market, veganism is quickly moving from the margins to ...



Got Milk? Activity makes nutrition memorable for students
fox4kc.com
LENEXA, Kan. — One local school is getting creative and learning about nutrition by asking one question: Got milk? Students at Holy Trinity Early Education Center spent some time Wednesday making milk mustaches as part of their nutrition class.



The Hill

Nutrition Association: Lunch rules pushing students to 'junk food'
The Hill
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is lobbying to relax rules for healthy school lunches as Congress prepares to reauthorize first lady Michelle Obama's prized Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The SNA is asking Congress to give the schools ...
School Nutrition Association Proposes Changes to Federal School Meal LawEducation Week News (blog)
Students opt for junk food contraband to avoid Michelle Obama's gulag lunches ...Personal Liberty Digest
School Nutrition Association calls for boost in school meal reimbursementAgri-Pulse
Food Consumer
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LAFC wishlist: Don't cut corners on matters like player nutrition
The Goat Parade
I understand logistically why MLS doesn't mandate nutrition benchmarks for teams, because the expectation is that teams will be fully professional, and it's an arena in which different clubs will go in very different directions and can be a way to get ...



Pensacola News Journal

NUTRITION: Nourishment for your relationship
Pensacola News Journal
PART 2: NUTRITION. Eating healthy isn't always the easiest thing in the world. In fact, it's sometimes quite difficult to make yourself want that salad or fruit instead of that donut. While a splurge from time to time is to be expected, keeping your ...



Big Food Dominates the School Nutrition Association's Latest Conference
Huffington Post
The annual conference, which this year ran from January 11 through 13, is "where school nutrition directors and industry representatives [came] together to build successful partnerships to better serve the nation's children," according to the SNA's ...



Boston Globe

Six myths about nutrition and health
Boston Globe
Fact: Vegetables are typically frozen at peak ripeness and may be more nutritious than fresh vegetables bought from the produce department out of season, said Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian and a clinical associate professor of nutrition at ...

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