Drink lots of water

Carry a 32-ounce bottle around with you; try to drink at least 2-2.5 full bottles each day. Choosing water as your primary drink (instead of soda or juice) will cut extra sugars and calories from your daily diet, and you’ll save a surprising amount of money. Try keeping track of the money you save; take your family out for ice cream or to the movies as a treat with this money at the end of each month.

Read food labels

A great way to avoid high sodium foods is to eat more fresh fruits and veggies instead of processed and boxed choices. Also remember that fat content isn’t the enemy. Try eating foods with natural fats.

Spread out your meals

This helps you avoid overeating. Smaller meals every few hours allow your metabolism to work at a steady rate, burning calories throughout the day.  With smaller meals, you’ll also avoid food comas and be able to stay alert throughout the day.

Stay active

Keep yourself motivated by finding activities you like. You don’t have to go to the gym or go on a run to stay fit and healthy. Walk to work if you live nearby. Take a walk with your spouse or family after dinner. Take a dance class with friends.

Everything in moderation

Find a balance that’s right for you. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you love. On the other hand, don’t force yourself to do things you don’t enjoy. Have a weekly hamburger if that’s your favorite food. Get creative with healthy homemade pizza options. Limit your soda intake instead of removing it completely from your diet.

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