Do One Thing: Getting healthier is a marathon, not a sprint

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

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Tiny decisions make a big difference.  Trying to get healthier seems like a never-ending task and too much to do.  But, the good news is that you can make an impact on your health with small, daily choices.  Try making small changes: drink water instead of soda one more time today, eat one less chip today, don’t add extra salt to your food today or only eat one cupcake instead of five (it’s hard for some people!).  Each of these changes seems small, but will make a big difference if done each day.

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Use your palm as a guide for serving sizes.  Sometimes the best intentions can go to the wind, just because it’s hard to remember how much to eat.  Good news! Your hands are a great serving size guide.  Use your hand for fruits and veggies, your palm for meats and grains.  This makes it easier to get it right with food wherever you are.

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Vitamin C works wonders.  When I’m starting to feel under the weather, I jump-start my health by incorporating extra vitamins into my diet.  No, I don’t actually take vitamins, I look at foods that give me the boost I need.  Extra OJ for Vitamin C, extra liquids for hydration, extra bananas for potassium.  Think about why you tend to get sick and look up the vitamin to combat that and foods that contain it.  When you start to feel under the weather – get the boost and start your recovery!

Small changes and small decisions add up to the lifestyle that you want.  Figure out what you can realistically do and start to make those changes first – once you get them down, you’re more confident to move to the next change.

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