Laure Redmond, Self-esteem Coach and author of "Feel Good Naked," is the role-model for good health and says getting healthy is as easy as making small changes that add up over time.
Small Changes that Can Reap Big Health Benefits:
Walk and talk
- When your cell phone rings, slip on your walking shoes and stroll the halls at work or hoof it outside.
- If you did this for 10 minutes every day at a moderate 3 mph pace, you’d burn about 1,000 calories a month and lose 3 pounds a year.
Brush your teeth after every meal
- It doesn’t just fight cavities: Brushing serves as a physical and psychological cue to stop eating.
- When you’re on the go, a few Altoids or a breath strip can have the same effect.
- 90% of the things we worry about never happen – Be Present!
Size Really Does Matter
- When at work: - visit the vending machine, since nibbling on single servings is better than digging your way to the bottom of a mega bag of chips.
- When at home: - downsize your dishes, since smaller plates can cut one-third of the calories.
- And when eating out at restaurants: - order two appetizers instead of an entrée, since the average hamburger is 23 percent larger today than it was in 1977.
Go Green instead of White
- Cook with herbs instead of salt, butter, or cheese.
- Start with salad, which will cause you to eat less during the rest of the meal.
- Drink green tea as often as possible, since it’s packed with heart-boosting, cancer-stopping antioxidant properties.
Read Pill Labels
- High blood pressure should not be ignored. Many medications such as birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicines, and antidepressants raise blood pressure.
- Consult your doctor for safer substitutes.
- Regular exercise and a healthy, high-fiber diet that’s low in salt and saturated fat can lower blood pressure significantly.