Sep 17, 2010

Fitness Friday: Health Rules 3

It's been a couple months since I've shared any additional Health Rules, so this installment will have a couple extras, but still simple and easy to accomplish. 

 4. Eat more veggies
Seems pretty obvious, but I still have difficulty with this one. I'm sure I've confessed in the past that I'm a bit of a lazy eater, so I often turn to something quick. And yes, vegetables can be quite speedy, but not as quick as a granola bar or even fruit, not to say that fruit isn't also an important aspect in your diet, but you should really be consuming more veggies than you are fruit. The easiest way to increase your veggie intake is to add some to every meal you eat.

5. Avoid bar codes
Often the problem with being a lazy eater, you do not get enough fresh food intake, since you always turn to something packaged, with a bar code. What usually comes with that bar code? Well that's simple: food that's been overly processed and usually contains high fructose corn syrup, which helps extend the shelf life of the food, and helps expand your waist. Clearly not everything that comes with a bar code is "evil," eggs for example, but you should definitely try to limit if not eliminate your intake of processed foods, which normally include a bar code.

6. Eat two eggs a day
Eggs are not only an excellent source of protein, but they can also help speed up your metabolism thanks to the phospholipid lecithin. Lecithin can also be found in cabbage, cauliflower, garbanzo beans, soy beans, split peas, seeds, and nuts, or you can try taking a supplement, as I used to.

7. Add lemon juice to water
Another way to speed up your metabolism is by adding lemon juice to your water. I recently started drinking a mug of hot lemon water before breakfast again, to help soothe a sore throat. But not only does lemon water aid a sore throat, it also helps detoxify ur liver, and according to Jackie Warner adding 500 milligrams of ascorbic acid to your diet can speed up your metabolism by 33 percent.

Keeping fit and healthy doesn't require rocket science or a degree in nutrition, these simple rules are easy to follow; although I'm still working on number 5!

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