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Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.  Practicing both will give you great results for your health and physical appearance.  You would be amazed to see that those who exercise are more concise of what they eat because they invest time in exercise.  A person is less likely to workout for an hour to just turn around and eat an unhealthy meal that would negate their hard work.

You should carefully plan out your nutrition and exercise plan.  Planning ahead saves time and frustration.  Sometimes our day may not go as planned, but you can stay on track by focusing on your goal.  Enlist your family and friends to keep you on track by sharing healthy recipes or helpful exercise routines.  You can share healthy snacks with a co-worker, and you can get a friend to exercise with you at a local gym.  A little motivation goes a long way.  Just keep in mind that goals are easier to meet when you combine nutrition and exercise in your daily routine.

Today there are so many fad diets available that it is hard to keep up with the latest trend.  Like all trends they lose their hype when the smoke clears.  I say smoke because it’s an illusion, and I will go as far as to say a magic trick.  Fad diets are known for quick turnaround results, but they don’t last long and they can create health issues.

I can spend hours explaining the damaging side effects of fad diets, but instead will sum it up in one sentence.  “If you don’t intend on following this diet every day for the rest of your life, then don’t do it.”  The changes that you make to live a healthy life needs to be a lifelong journey, not a 90 day patch work.  Fad diets are used like spare tires (no pun intended), it might get you to where you want, but they are not meant for long distances.  You have to replace the spare tire with a proper wheel, as in this case a proper eating plan.

Let’s get it right the first time, eat healthy for the rest of your life and not just for a season.

You can spend a good deal of time comparing yogurt ingredients at your local market, but the best one is made at home.  Try purchasing a plain non-fat yogurt (32 oz), fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and honey.  You can create many different types of yogurt that satisfy your palate. 

For a snack try:

  • 4oz of non-fat yogurt, plain
  • 1/3 cup of fruit (you can replace this w/a teaspoon of honey & a tablespoon of nuts)

Making your own will eliminate things you don’t need like excess sugar (high fructose corn syrup) and other ingredients that are difficult to pronounce.  Your body and your wallet will thank you.


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