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My Top Healthful Choices for Better Living

Updated on November 8, 2014

Principles in Healthy Choices

You don't need anything but the right foods and the right plan to achieve your perfect healthful balance This is the biggest money making scam in the world today: Companies selling you worthless supplements and fat burners with false promises.

Without the right nutritional principles and without the right foods, no supplement will have any effect on your body. It will just be a complete waste of money! This does not mean cutting out vitamin and mineral supplements. They do help with the right principles in healthy choices.

There is no miracle way to getting fit.

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What the Bible Says About Healthy Living

Change Your Diet

In a world infatuated with junk food and fad diets, why have we overlooked the simple instructions provided in the Bible that have guided people for thousands of years toward better health? You don’t have to be Jewish or a Christian to find wisdom for healthier living in this doctor’s scripturally based book on eating and feeling better and living longer. You’ll learn the truth about grains and nuts, and the ins and outs of meat, fat and sweeteners. Discover why beverages can be the elixirs of life or death. The principles here will help anyone who is sick and tired of feeling sick and tired find energy, freedom from illness and more vibrant health.

Walking for Fitness

Walk for Your Health

I am too much of a hermit in the cold Wisconsin seasons and spending endless hours writing articles is in no way getting fit. The one fitness exercise that tops my number one list is walking. Walking is the best low impact exercise that a person can do. Studies have shown that walking can lower blood pressure, stress levels, improve sleep and elevate overall mood and sense of well-being.

Get Your Fiber

Dietary Fiber in Health and Disease

Remember What Mom Said

Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber in the human diet. They are also a rich source of secondary metabolites that are proving to play an important role in the protection against numerous chronic diseases. These substances are almost ubiquitous in plant-derived foods and inherently have more subtle effects than nutrients.

Cut Out Soda

Are You a Soda Jerk?

Drinking Too Much Soda Causes Health Problems

Soda Jerk Poster

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My family loves to drink soda. But it is not beneficial in any way. I use to think that it was OK to drink diet soda. But studies have shown that even with artificial sugar in carbonated drinks, it can cause weight gain. Drinking too much soda pop can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Weaken bones
  • Dissolves the tooth enamel and can cause cavities
  • Kidney problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heartburn
  • Liver damage

The list goes on. There are no benefits to drinking this carbonated health killer.

Take Your Own Lunch To School Or Work

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Prepare Your Lunch

Durable and waterproof outside and inside with a center that's insulated to keep food and beverages cold. This bag can hold enough for your lunch and a mid day snack.

Preparing your own lunch and keep you in check to make healthy food choices.

Stay Off the Junk Food!

Don't spoil your dinner with cookies or other mindless munching.

Are You a Fast Food Junky? - Avoid Fast Food

Eat Hamburgers in Moderation

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This speaks for itself. Fast food is high in fat, calories and salt. Fast food has helped in the increase of obesity. But I don't agree with the frivolous lawsuits brought up against fast food restaurants. You are the one who drove there and fed your face. No one forced you to put that food in your mouth.

# 7 Eat Real Non-Package Food, Raw Fruits And Vegetables!

With that said...read the label of packaged and can food. Often you will see the ingredients: cornstarch, salt, sugar, corn syrup and the list goes on with unhealthy ingredients. I was surprise to find on the back of a soup can, one of the ingredients was high fructose corn syrup. My question is, "Why?"

Snack Yourself Slim Book

Eat several small meals during the day

Studies have shown that eating several small meals versus three large meals works better on your metabolism.

Mini-meals can help your health! They slash cholesterol levels! They soothe tummy trouble! They fight diabetes! -- Woman's World

Drink 6 to 8 Glasses of Water a Day

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Increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.

Drinking enough water allows the kidneys to function better. If the kidneys are working to their peak, some of their load is dumped on the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. Without this energy we feel sluggish.

Not drinking enough water can cause fluid retention. When your body is given less water than it needs, our bodies go into survival mode. Water reserves are stored in extra-cellular spaces (outside the cells). This water can show up as swollen feet, hands and legs.

Drinking enough water helps rid our body of harmful toxins.

Don't Eat Late At Night

Your Body Cannot Break Food Down Properly Late at Night

Have you seen the movie Germlins? Then you know if you feed these cute cuddly pets after midnight, something evil happens.

If you eat late at night, your body does not have time to metabolize the food properly. Instead it will store it as fat. Eating late at night can cause problems with proper sleep function as well.

Have you seen the movie Gremlins?

Then you know if you feed these cute cuddly pets after midnight, something evil happens.

Gremlins is a fun movie from producer Steven Spielberg, writer Chris Columbus, and director Joe Dante. Zach Galligan is the young man whose inventor father (Hoyt Axton) gives him an odd Christmas present: a tiny, furry creature that comes with a set of rules: don't get him wet, don't feed him after midnight, and keep him away from direct sunlight. But Galligan breaks the first rule and the damp little critter pops out a dozen little offspring. Then the offspring break the second rule and, overnight, turn from cute furry guys to malevolent scaly guys with world domination on their mind. The only way to stop them: rule three. But it's an anxious (and extremely funny) battle to make it to daylight--and the bad gremlins find ways to multiply over and over. Great special effects and a gruesome sense of humor make this a wild (if occasionally dark and scary) ride. --Marshall Fine

© 2010 Sandy Mertens

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Good commonsense advice. Nice lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wise and healthy choices. We just need to follow them. I've almost, almost given up soda.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another great lens, my linchpin! lensroll to my "How to Cook Healthy" lens.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Love it! Especially like the "Gremlins" reference!

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      NaturalMommys 7 years ago

      I love all your lenses, lol! Thanks!

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Great lens!

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      RaintreeAnnie 7 years ago from UK

      Great tips and lovely lens to read. All about making healthy choices if we can most of the time. Like you I do question some of the ingredients in some of the foods. Seems to me the closer we can get to natural foods the better.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great reminders and healthy hints with your Top 10 Healthful Choices. I definitely need to increase my water intake.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Brilliant advice here. Wish my I could get my Dad to listen to it.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I try to make healthy choices but it's hard!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      I am a recent diagnosed first stages diabetic the exercise is most important for me right now along with a healthy diet and making it enjoyable for my husband as well this lens was helpful and a joy to read thank you for making it.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! The one I most often forget is to drink enough water!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the site and just so you know, I'm always on the look out for more great retro posters and images. Feel free to drop by anytime!

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      Tamara Kajari 6 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      So easy to learn and so hard to put into practice :) Great lens!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Some good books listed here - nice lens.

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Great tips Sandy!! I want to check out that book, 'snack yourself slim' - that looks really interesting. Lots of good information here!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Very helpful tips. Health is wealth.

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      Brian Stephens 2 years ago from France

      You are absolutely right, a good well balanced and healthy diet is all that most people need.

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      Christin Hong 2 years ago

      very useful tips. thanks for sharing.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      All great ideas and advice. My body tells me when I have drank too much soda. That is one thing that I learned a couple of years ago....listen to your own body.

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      Ardhendu Dey 2 years ago

      Great and useful post for better life, thank you for sharing.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Christin Hong Thank.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Lady Guinevere So right. Often we don't listen to our bodies.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Ardhendu Dey Thanks.

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