12 Tips for Better Health

Christmas in July? Why not New Year’s in August? It's not too late to get started on healthy habits with these simple tips for better living from Certified Natural Chef and nutritionist Patty James.

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Small changes can make a big impact on your health, says nutrition expert and author Patty James.

Start today!

James suggests taping this list to the refrigerator and adopting one healthy habit a week:

    • Begin each day with a good stretch and some deep breaths.
    • Plan a week’s worth of meals on your day off.
    • Spend 30 minutes twice a week cutting up fresh veggies to have ready for snacks and preparing meals. Next time you want scrambled eggs (or tofu), sauté some veggies first, then add eggs.
    • Keep seasonal fruit on hand for when hunger (or a sweet tooth) strikes.
    • Vary your food; if you eat it on Monday, don’t have it again until Friday.
    • Eat at a table and chew well. Be thankful.
    • Make your own vinaigrette with olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, a little Dijon mustard, a minced garlic clove, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
    • Sprinkle grated cheese on top of casseroles instead of mixing in larger amounts.
    • Substitute raw nuts and seeds for processed granola bars.
    • Have at least one day a week without meat—Meatless Monday, perhaps.
    • Eat more leafy greens. Steam kale, chard, spinach, or radicchio, among others, for a couple minutes. Drain and set aside. Sauté some onions, garlic, and shitake mushrooms in olive oil for a few minutes. Add steamed greens, stir, and serve.
    • Communicate well. Kindly speak your mind and be done with it. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive yourself and others.

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