Tweaks for Better Health

Many of us want to improve our health but are overwhelmed with all of the information out there and don’t know where to start.

Fortunately, there are 10 simple things that you can do today and every day to make a profound difference in how you look, feel and function:

  1. Write down everything you currently do that promotes health (such as walking your dog every morning) and things that you’d like to change (such as giving up your afternoon soda).

  2. ​Start juicing. It’s a foolproof way to get more vegetables and fruits into your diet. A great beginner’s resource is the Reboot With Joe website.

  3. Replace a meal with a smoothie. This is another great way to get fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber into your diet. Check out the Williams-Sonoma blog for great smoothie recipes.

  4. Everyone drinks or eats something regularly that they know they could do without. Try eliminating this thing for one day, and see how you feel the next day.

  5. Keep one small treat in your daily diet. This will actually help keep you from feeling deprived and miserable. Just make sure your treat is less than 200 calories.

  6. Sneak in more vegetables. Eat a salad at lunch. Hid veggies in treats, like shredded zucchini in brownies. (You won’t taste the zucchini. Really!)

  7. Sleep more. According to WebMD, getting just one hour of additional sleep each day can make a profound difference in your health.

  8. Exercise—when you can for as long as you can as often as you can.

  9. Meditating can reduce stress and help you feel re-energized. Read Deepak Chopra’s meditation tips for beginners.

  10. Ask yourself, “Would I let my child eat this?” If the answer is no, why would you eat it? Take care of yourself as you would your child.

Joelle Pauley-Fine is a freelance writer/editor specializing in health and medicine and has been writing professionally for more than a decade. At her one-person editorial shop, WordSpark, Joelle writes engaging and optimized content for a variety of organizations, in addition to her food and lifestyle blog, Terroir and Tater Tots. Joelle is a member of the American Copy Editors Society and the proud mom of a precocious 4-year-old girl.

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