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Sage Advice

ay closer attention to your physical, mental, and spiritual life. Developing simple, healthy habits can make a world of difference in the quality of your life.

Here are a few tips to help you take better care of yourself:

  • Are you sleep deprived? Rest is a very powerful tool for managing both your weight and your mood. All too often when we are tired we reach for whatever will keep us going. If this sounds familiar, try going to bed a little earlier or sleep in a bit later. If you need to, take a nap and eat a nutritious snack in the afternoon.
  • Before you get out of bed in the morning, breathe and do some simple stretches. Try not to pay attention to the little inner voice that says, "Glad you're up! Couple of things I want to talk to you about!"
  • Stretch out wherever and whenever you can. Bring the phone or a magazine, this is one of those rare times when multitasking is acceptable.
  • Eliminate one food that isn't working for you and replace it with one that does. We all have a trigger food. Get rid of it!
  • Eat more vegetables! Buy a steamer and use it. Don't forget to include some protein and some healthy fat.
  • Drink premium green and white tea throughout the day; they are great anti-oxidants and mood regulators. Use tea when you feel the munchies coming on and wait for your appestat (hunger gauge) to stabilize. Cravings usually subside within 10 minutes so try waiting it out with a good cup of tea. You will be surprised how different your food choices will be.
  • Rita's Blog site

    Drink more water. If you need to, use premium bottle teas to enhance the taste, in a ratio of at least 6:1. My favorites are the bottled Tazo teas in Brambleberry, Lemon Ginger, Mango, and Wild Orange flavors. Very often when we think we're hungry we're actually thirsty. Pay attention to your fluid intake and the kind of foods you eat that might be making you thirstier.
  • Avoid multitasking whenever you can. Try to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time. Set a time limit then reward yourself with a little time out to take care of yourself. Go for a 15 minute-mile walk or two with a weight vest and don't forget to breathe. Then do a few simple stretches, make a cup of tea with a delicious snack and get back to what needs to be done.
  • A blood test (at least once a year) is an important tool in determining what your supplement needs are and whether there is a deficiency or condition that requires special attention. Don't take supplements randomly. Know what you are taking and why. Use natural products whenever you can, read labels, and look for supplements that have been independently certified.
  • If you need a mantra and relief from all that "stuff" swirling around in your head - call me, I'll give you one....