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Diet Tips for a Healthy and Fit Body

Diet. What a huge topic. People want to know my story when it comes to my diet and eating habits. Many times I’ve been asked what it is I eat, what I recommend and how I stay so slim. Questions like these are really important and I'm glad to share what I've learned.

Food is medicine, I believe. Much of what ails society can be cured by correcting the diet. People really need to begin to understand the relationship between what they ingest and how they feel. Each body is different and general answers about what is the best thing to eat isn't always the best. Each of us has a unique metabolical and digestive system. What works for someone may not work for someone else. One of the keys to health is to learn what foods work specifically for your body.

Our level of food intake changes throughout our lives. For example, the diet I ate when I was seventeen wouldn't sustain me today. As good as my diet was when I was seventeen and as much as I liked it, it had to transform into a more appropriate diet for each of my lifestyles, like when I was pregnant, when I was nursing, when I was recovering, when I was going through my divorce, when I was traveling a lot, when I wasn’t traveling a lot. You have to be aware of your bodily needs and give it what it needs when it needs it.

I strongly recommend that you begin to be aware of how food makes you feel immediately after you eat it. Your body is a miraculous organism which constantly gives signals and feedback to you and it will let you know if what you just ate agrees with it or not. All of us already know some signals loud and clear, like when you get food poisoning. Those signals are so strong you can’t NOT hear them. Others are so subtle that they might go unnoticed and if they go unnoticed for too long, some sort of sickness develops and will start to get your attention that way. That’s when you know that dietary changes for the better need to be made, or else.

How do you hear the subtle signals your body gives you, you ask? There is more than one way to hear the subtle signals. Here are a few pointers that I’ve learned about how to do hear the subtle signals from your body if what you’ve just eaten is good for you or not.

After you’ve swallowed food that's not agreeable with your body, almost immediately you might feel a subtle reaction coming on like a very slight headache, you might sneeze, cough or get a tingle in your nose, or some joints might ache, for example. All those signs are subtle enough to think that they are just a sneeze, just a cough, just a tingle, just a minor ache. But remember, we’re talking about reading subtle signals from the body that have been triggered by food you just ate. If you’re not sure it was signal, then take another bite and see if you have the same reaction. If you do react again, then you know your body doesn’t like what you just ate and you have to stop eating it. Try eating it again after 21 days and see if your reaction is different.

If you’re healthy most likely you are maintaining your weight. I’m against fad diets and starving myself or denying myself food that I enjoy because I believe that part of being healthy is being happy and getting enjoyment from your food. Emotions and eating go together. They are effected by one another. For example, if you are feeling bad, usually your appetite diminishes. If you are feeling fantastic, food can taste fantastic, too.

Here are more tips that I’ve acquired in my lifetime that have helped me and have helped others to maintain weight and health--

*When you are helping yourself to a serving of food, make it just a little bit

smaller than you think you need. Usually our eyes are bigger than our

stomachs. You can go back for seconds if you need.

*Chew, chew then chew some more. I remember a quote I heard that

originated from India which was “Chew your liquids and drink your solids.” Mastication is what you want to do. It’ll break down large particles of food into small particles, coat them