Healthy, Wealthy oh so Wise!
Considering living well? As with any diet and exercise programs, you must always consult your doctor/General Practitioner or dietician first before making any changes, simple or dramatic, in your eating and/or exercise habits.
Things to consider before you start:
- Think about where you are and where you would like to be
- Think about how you feel, health wise, tired, fatigued, depressed, etc.
- Don't focus on actual weight, that will only make it more difficult to start and continue. Once your health improves your weight will follow
- Again, consult your GP before putting plan into action
- Start simple and work your way up
- Keep track of how "well" you are doing not the other way around it will slow you down—motivation is key
- Don't force yourself or force yourself to give in to what others think (you will have that challenge)
- Seek out others who feel the way you do about health and well being. They don't have to be doing what you are doing, they just need to support you
- If you don't like the gym or can't afford it consider walking, jogging in or around your neighborhood
- Instead of just sitting in front of the television, get some weights or canned goods and do a little weight training, (again, don't force yourself, work at a pace that is beneficial to you) something to do while watching the tube
Eating like Europeans
To improve your overall health based on the Mediterranean and French diets, try the following:
- Go meatless for a week
- Add nuts to your morning cereal
- Incorporate fish into your diet at least twice a week
- Replace margarine and butter with olive oil
- Eat fresh fruit for dessert
- Omit processed foods
- Purchase free-range poultry and pork
- Be aware of portion sizes; in most cases, you could probably cut the amount of food you eat in half
Following diet tips from the Mediterranean region and France is easy -- after all, there are no ratios between carbohydrates and protein, no foods are forbidden, and you can drink wine. Bon appetite!