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My #1 Health Strategy – Drop the Sugar

There are many steps I take to stay on top of my health and fitness. I’m going to discuss them one at a time so it won’t seem so overwhelming.

Also, I’m going to tell you what I’m doing to stay fit, keep off excess weight and maintain this meat machine in top running order for as long as possible.

As I said in the post Making the Turn to Better Health, when we get older, health and fitness are harder to maintain. We have to draw on every weapon to keep unhealthy lifestyles at bay.

Drop the Sugar

I know you were expecting me to lead with something more manly like: lifting or body weight calisthenics or who knows what.

This is my number one strategy – it ties everything together. This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle.

We already know that sugar is in everything. Dr. Oz tells you, Oprah tells you and your mother probably told you.

You already know this.

So do something about it.

You hear it everywhere. But why can’t we stop consuming the massive quantities of sugar that throws off our bodies’ metabolic function so badly we just can’t figure out why we are always tired and feel like shit.

alternative-sugars

Sugar is like a drug

Don’t think sugar is like a drug. Go cold turkey like I did for 8 weeks and find out. The first week to 10 days was strange – like stopping drinking coffee. I had a low-level headache and general “off” feeling.

But when that second week came around something was different. I felt clearer. I didn’t feel anything else really just that I was not in such a haze. I made decisions quickly, felt I could stay awake longer but not from an energy surge just a low-level mental clarity.

How do you do it?

In this era of muffin-top, flip-flops and “always wears shorts guy” our diets have changed as much as the common dress code. You have to eat real food that doesn’t come in packages and closely read the ingredients of items you eat that are packaged.

Items that will disappear from your pantry: soda, cereal, fruit juice, candy, smoothies, sports drinks, donuts, cake, cookies, ketchup, pizza and the list goes on.

Initially, focus on just sugar; there are plenty of other things you should be watching out for as well. Salts, food coloring and preservatives just to name a few.

If you drop or strongly reduce sugar in your diet, you’ll find the “bad” foods will disappear from your shopping list.

Try this program

I Quit Sugar

This is Sarah Wilson’s 8-week plan to get off sugar. Yeah, it will cost some money and take time to prepare and cook the food, but this single action will make such a big change in your health you won’t believe it. The food is excellent quality, the taste overall is good and the lessons you learn will be invaluable.

When you finish this program you will know exactly what to do from then on. If you can’t go a day without a cookie, cake or soda – maybe there is a problem?

Shoot me a line if you have any questions or comments.

Get on it – See what happens – Fail often – Get on it again

DaveP

Making the Turn to Better Health

Today I’m writing about what I do to stay healthy and also to cast light on the big low-fat diet lie most of us bought hook, line and sinker. How could low-fat products have contributed to all-time high levels of obesity. Easy – they are the cause. How is that possible? I’m going to tell you from personal experience; I’ve been the guinea pig.

I’ve had some temporary weight loss traction from whiz bang diets, but long term they do not work. We’ve all been there. And by the way, weight loss is only one component of fitness. I know plenty of skinny soft people. You don’t want that either.

If you’re older it gets more difficult

I’m 52 and as we all know the older you get the more crap we have on our plate, literally and figuratively. Find the time. You have to take your health seriously. This is no game. We all know people who are health disasters; so take action now no matter how insignificant you think that action may be.

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Making healthy lifestyle changes is like turning an aircraft carrier, it’s a slow process but it can be done.

  • Give yourself permission to make your health a priority
  • Get someone to do this with you
  • Take it seriously

To get started you can do any small step to improve your health. Don’t do everything at once. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re 40, 50 and over, some aspects of your life are going to have to permanently change or you will be where you are forever. Get set to change that mindset one step at a time.

Here are some easy money saving things you can do to get on the right path now.

  • Start walking – any distance no matter how small
  • Reduce or temporarily stop alcohol consumption
  • Stop the sugary drinks
  • Reduce consumption of processed foods.

Getting fit is not going to happen overnight. You didn’t get where you are over a short period of time did you? Any action you take is a good start. Please share this with a friend.

Get on it – See what happens – Fail often – Get on it again

DaveP