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Slow down! Drink plenty of water with and between all meals, try to chew at least 15-20 times before swallowing, avoid eating in front of a TV and sit down for each meal. I'm guilty of being a former fast eater, but I've changed my ways and love that I can actually taste and enjoy my food! Feed your body what it needs, not just what it wants! Those first fifteen minutes when you feel hungry can cause fast eating and poor food choices. 

It takes about twenty minutes after you begin your meal for your body to register the "full" feeling, and by eating more slowly, you'll consume smaller portions. Men who scarf down meals are 84% more likely to become obese, and it is even worse for women! Make an effort to slow down, and you'll be glad that you did when the bloating, indigestion and other uncomfortable side-effects subside.
Bad idea!


7 Habits of Healthy People
From .com

We've all heard of the seven habits of highly effective people (remember the book that everyone was reading?) but what about the 7 habits of healthy people? Now that is a book I would want to read!
A new study from the UCLA School of Public Health followed 7,000 healthy people for 35 years. The study showed that following their habits not only predicted lower mortality, but those who lived longer also suffered fewer disabilities. So if you want to follow in their footsteps, here are the seven habits of healthy people:
  1. Don't smoke.
  2. Drink moderately or don't drink at all.
  3. Get a good night's sleep of seven or eight hours.
  4. Exercise 30 minutes at a time, several times a week. Walking vigorously is a top choice.
  5. Forget the scales. Eat moderately to maintain weight in relation to height.
  6. Eat regularly, whether that's two meals a day, three or five. Whatever you do normally, keep it up because it's the regularity of life and moderation in eating, sleeping and exercising that makes all the difference.
  7. Eat breakfast every day.
Fit's Tip: I know these may seem obvious, but it is nice to have a study backing it up every once in a while.
It would be best to do 45 minutes to an hour of exercise at least five days a week rather than just half an hour, but a little bit is better than nothing! Remember: In order to call yourself healthy, you must exercise, nurture your body with nutritious foods, never smoke, and drink as moderately as possible. Also, snacking throughout the day (fruits, veggies, nuts, etc.) will keep your energy and metabolism going.

When you don't eat, you aren't only slowing your metabolism, your body begins to eat away at muscle, not just fat! Who wants to be "fat-skinny?" I sure don't! If you shock your body with quick and unhealthy weight loss, you'll just gain it all back, when the smart choice would be to change your lifestyle for good and lose weight gradually so that you can keep it off. It isn't just about being skinny, its about being fit and healthy!


Here's a great article that I got from one of my favorite sites, blisstree.com. The text came out weird when I copied and pasted it, sorry!

Buy The Right Fish: 

Avoiding Mercury

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Fish is one of the healthiest foods you can eat—if you’re eating the right kind. So far,
we’ve explored the wild caught vs. farm-raised debate, and ways to tell if your fish
was harvested sustainably. Now let’s tackle the mercury question, shall we?
There’s been so much hype surrounding fish and mercury that I think a lot of us aren’t sure
whether our seafood dinner is tantamount to sucking down an old thermometer, but
the good news is that mercury in fish might pose less of a problem than you believe.
Some of the fish we eat most often, like shrimp, salmon and tilapia, show consistently
low levels of mercury contamination. As long as you avoid (or don’t eat too much of)
certain types of fish—most of which are fish we consume less of in America
anyway—you should be just fine on the mercury front.
Fish and shellfish have a tendency to harbor methylmercury, a super toxic mercury blend
produced by environmental toxins that accumulates in bodies of water—and, hence, in
bodies of seafood, too (for more details on how this happens, see here). Obviously, this
isn’t something you want to get lots of in your body, especially if you’re pregnant or
nursing.* But for most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not
a health concern, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While government tests
have found some mercury in almost all fish (regardless of type or their home waters),
only about 25% had it in concentrations high enough to be dangerous to human health.
Certain types of fish are much more likely to accumulate high mercury and 
methylmercury levels than others. These include:
• Shark
• Swordfish
• King Mackerel
• Tilefish
Women who may become pregnant soon, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and
young children should avoid these four altogether.
Fish that show consistently lower levels of mercury contamination include:
• Butterfish
• Catfish
• Cod
• Haddock
• Herring
• Lobster
• Atlantic Mackerel
• Ocean Perch
• Pollock
• Trout
• Canned light tuna
• Whitefish
• Whiting
The lowest levels of mercury are found in:
• Anchovies
• Clams
• Oysters
• Salmon (canned, fresh or frozen)
• Sardines
• Scallops
• Shrimp
• Tilapia
Concerned about mercury in your sushi? The National Research Defense Council has
a handy guide to sushi choices that present the highest and lowest mercury risks.

Some of the higher mercury threats include:
• Ahi (yellowfin tuna)
• Kajiki (swordfish)
• Maguro (bigeye, bluefin or yellowfin tuna)
• Makjiki (blue marlin)
• Shiro (albacore tuna)
• Suzuki (sea bass)
• Toro (bigeye, bluefin or yellowfin tuna)
For a complete chart of mehtylmercury contamination by species of fish, see here.
Another cool resource is “Got Mercury?” a public awareness campaign to encourage
healthier seafood choices. Enter your weight and the type and amount of seafood you
eat into the Got Mercury? calculator to calculate and evaluate your exposure.
* Or are a small child, though if you are a small child, I assume you are not reading
this blog.


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