-Everybody’s different, so choose changes in your daily routine that you can manage. No need for
ultimatums & scare tactics, just small things whenever & wherever you can. I use these tips myself, & at
a “certain age”, with a life full of lots of ups & downs, you can see they work!
-If you do nothing else this year-get soda out of your life. And before you say it, diet soda is even
worse. You can drop 20 pounds in a year with just this small change! Wine with dinner is a much better
alternative, relaxes you & keeps your digestion working properly. All “diet” or “light” products are full of
processed chemicals that affect your body & your morale badly. If you can’t pronounce it & have never
heard of it, don’t eat or drink it!
-We all can find 30 minutes a day to move it. You can stabilize & stimulate your metabolism if you do.
Not to mention the endorphins, which can override most mood swings! If you know you can’t make it to
the gym-find another way to incorporate-rather than farm it out, like walking your dog after dinner, or
biking with a friend to keep you motivated.
-Try moving the times you eat heavier foods to earlier in the day: pasta at lunch, not dinner, & con
yourself on smaller portions: if you can’t consciously cut the portion in half-use smaller plates &
bowls…& my personal tip-talk often during the meal to encourage
eating more slowly!
-Never “eliminate” things you love from your life, it doesn’t work. Just step it up to a better version.
Examples: 2 dark chocolate squares, instead of milk chocolate candy bar, anything fresh instead of
processed foods. I have lots some sample menu ideas I can
share, & it helps to cook up stuff on Sundays. Do it with your kids & have fun while learning about
making better choices. Learn to read food labels! What you want should be in the top 3 ingredients.
-Too much planning is just as overwhelming as none, but it always helps to get out of your home or
office & do something once a week to treat yourself. Good people usually give away all their time &