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5 Quick Tips To Still Look Better This Summer

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June 14th,

Here are five quick things you can do to improve your physique (and your health!) and still have enough time to look better for the beach, pool, or lake this summer!

1) Drink more clean water. Work on reducing your compulsion for flavored drinks by having pure, clean water throughout the day. If you are truly addicted to needing flavor in your water, use natural sources like lemon, lime, or fresh mint

2) Get rid of foods in your house with high fructose corn syrup. The NIH recommends not eating this substance (read the book available at for the actual link). It is prevalent as a cheap alternative to the rising costs of sugar, but it is something which you want to minimize consuming.

3) Stop eating partially hydrogenated oils. Again, the NIH recommends that you don’t eat these “trans fats.”

4) Eat some veggies. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor or nutritionist, you should eat some green veggies with most of your meals. Remember that corn, carrots, and peas are ok but eating the “cruciferous” veggies like spinach, broccoli, and kale are needed more by your body.

5) Cut back on the booze. If you want to be social and have a few beers by the pool this summer, then at least resolve to have some discipline and cut back on how much you drink. You will still be social and help your body function better. Ideally you won’t have any beer or liquor; but if you realistically can’t stop drinking then at least cut back on it so that you reduce the “empty calories” in your body. Remember that alcohol has 7 calories per gram (roughly) yet no proteins, minerals, vitamins, or other items your body needs to be healthy.

Try these recommendations for a month and note the difference in your swimsuit or jeans!

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Eat Healthier For No Difference In Money

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January 20th,

The other day I was with a dear friend at the grocery store, and I showed her a trick which is employed by the manufacturers of foods to present a product as being “healthy” when, in fact, it contains ingredients not worthy of your consumption.  The main culprit is any product made with .

This ingredient, a cheap alternative to sugar used by food manufacturers, is hidden in many products.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) even recommend that people limit their intake of high fructose corn syrup as seen on these two NIH websites:

The NIH also warns against consuming foods with partially hydrogenated oils, citing several risks.  Here is just one of many pages on the NIH website warning that you should limit/eliminate foods with partially hydrogenated oils:

The other day my friend and I were in the bread section, and she wanted to buy some healthy, multi-grain bread.  There were four different types of bread from the same manufacturer, on the same shelf, side-by-side, AND all at the same price.  They were labeled with the following generic terms:

  • multi-grain
  • sugar free
  • fat free
  • whole grain

Again, all were the same price.  My friend assumed that all of these breads must be “healthy” due to the packaging and the price, relative to cheaper white bread or basic whole wheat bread.  Looking at the labels, however, we found a different story.

 Two of the “perceived healthy” versions of the bread (again, from the SAME manufacturer, on the SAME shelf, at the SAME price, right NEXT to each other) had high fructose corn syrup within the first four ingredients listed.  A third had BOTH high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils.  Only one of the four versions was free from both of these; and it just so happened to have the most slices in the package!

For no difference in cost, simply taking 10 seconds to read the food labels can prevent being your misled.  Of course, it is difficult in today’s society to completely escape foods with high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, especially when you go out to eat; but if you make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of those ingredients when you have the opportunity to look at the food labels, you will go a long way toward increasing your health for no extra cost!

Just for fun, take an additional 10 minutes the next time you go shopping.  Take a look at all of the foods you buy which contain either partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.  When you find them, consider buying another brand or alternative foods for the same price. 

While you will probably not feel the difference in just one or two meals, think about how much healthier you will be over 6 months when you make some simple substitutions at the grocery store.  If you’re lucky and find the alternatives on sale, you may even save some money while taking a great step toward getting healthier!

This simple step is just one of dozens you will find in Fit Into Your Jeans to help you become healthier, drop at least one jeans size in 28 days, and possibly while !

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