Seven Strategies for a Healthier 2012 – on

It’s a new year and you’ve got a clean slate (make that plate). The holidays are over and now it’s time to get back to business. Whether you’ve made a new year’s resolution to lose some pounds or you’re just flat out disgusted with all that you’ve put into your body over the past month and a half, resist the urge to go to extremes (read: soup diet).  An extreme diet or routine may be tolerable for the short term, but eventually deprivation will give way to old habits and you’ll find yourself right back on the opposite end of the spectrum (read: M&M binge). For healthy habits to stick, they’ve got to be simple, practical and rewarding. Things that are truly good for you make you feel great. And because you feel better, you’ll want to keep it up. Start working these healthy habits into your routine and just see how you feel.

Drink water. First thing in the morning, right when you wake up, before coffee, tea, breakfast or anything else, fill a big glass with water and drink it all. You’ve just gone all night without having anything to drink and your body is screaming “WATER!” Starting your morning with water gets things going and helps to flush the system. You’ll feel more awake and energized, even before you have that can’t-function-without-it cup of coffee.

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