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Stop die -ting and start living! Be fabulous, it's not that hard

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Being on a “diet” is not fashionable anymore. Who wants to "die" anyways!? Refusing to eat normally because corporate capitalism has infiltrated your brain is not fashionable. Taking harmful pills or spending you rent check on diet gimmicks is not fashionable. What is fashionable is having a peaceful and productive mentality and a healthy, sexy, athletic body. Young Hartford professionals could not have agreed more.

Jack T., Hartford, CT, states, “Yeah, I’m not going to lie, girls who work out look hotter and yeah, they’re more fun to hangout with then girls who can’t stop thinking about why she’s not a size 0 yet”.

Laura F., West Hartford, CT, states, “I started eating right, I exercise regularly and without any magic, just a simple plan of action I feel and look amazing. I’m closer with my friends and my husband. I also got a raise at work. I’m guessing my healthy mind and habits had something to do with it”.

Patrick C., “Hartford, CT, states, “Lets just say, my sex life has never been better. My wife and I feel great about our selves and each other. We are happier and more confident. I feel like I am 18 again.”

Advice notes that will help get you back on track:

Sleep: If you are between the ages of 20 to 40 you need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. It is not uncommon if you are younger than 20 or older than 40 and need less sleep. Figure out your sleep clock to fit your needs, just make sure you’re sleeping more than 5 hours a night. If you suffer from fatigue you are likely to gain weight, are unable to lose weight, or lack motivation and sanity.

Simplicity: Live simply by cutting off your “over excess monster”. This means realizing you don’t need to buy as much as you think at the grocery or clothing store. You don’t have to eat everything. And you don’t have to workout to the point of exhaustion. You don’t have to drink or be excessively social. Live within your means and be conservative with your actions.

Eat Healthy: We all have heard this before – it is just not that hard to do. Always shop around the perimeter of the grocery store to skip all the packaged goods (hydrogenated oils, trans fats and high sucrose killers).

Ignore the FDA food pyramid. The top part of the pyramid should be FAT- good fat that is. Fat is crucial for lowering your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). Good- Monounsaturated/Polyunsaturated- fats to munch on are: nuts, avocados and olive oil, safflower/sunflower oils, soy or corn. Fish oils (Omega 3 fatty acids) found in most seafood (salmon) are excellent for brain function and protects your heart. Make sure to skip farmed salmon. The salmon is dyed for ascetics.

The lower part of the pyramid should be veggies and fruits – the only large amount of carbohydrates you should be consuming. However, make sure you have a slice of whole wheat bread (read the label – most whole wheat breads are made with enriched flour = they faked you out) for either a snack before working out or for during dinner.

Booze: The freshman 15++ never lies. In order to live a healthier (more vigorous) and productive existence it’s time to stop over drinking. Drinking one-draft beer or a sweet cocktail amounts to eating a medium size snickers bar. That’s just one!

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Not only does drinking too much make you gain weight it’s also a health risk: depressed immune system, liver disease, alcohol poisoning, heart/respiratory failure and possible social humiliation– all sounds very (un) attractive.

This is not to say that all consumption of alcohol is necessary. If you are one of the few who can enjoy only 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages a day then the limited amount of alcohol will increase your good cholesterol (HDL). Drinking red wine can also help protect your heart.

Smoking Cigs: We all know it’s bad for you. If you continue with the daily ritual of sucking down one cig to two or more packs a day, well, you’re in for a really bad ride. Not only will your attractiveness turn yellow and gray (inside and out) you are at high risk of developing all kinds of cancer. Look in the mirror, and repeat, “you are above it”.

Exercise: You must exercise regularly in order to maintain or increase your health. Stop griping that you don’t have enough energy or motivation. Once you begin exercising frequently you’ll have enough energy and motivation to pass along. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Going to the gym (boring and dirty) usually turns us all off within a week. Therefore, mix it up. Go for a walk on Monday. Garden for an hour on Tuesday. Go for a jog on Wednesday for 30 minutes.

Exercise for at least for 35 minutes at a medium intensity to achieve cardiovascular fitness. If you are not in shape- that’s okay. Make sure you remain low intensity active for at least an hour a day, 4-7 days a week. These activities can include housework, walking outside with friends, gardening and playing with your kids.

Check out: Map My Run – the site lets you mix up your running routine, tracks runs and gives you training advice.

Join a sports league!  Play the sport you loved in high school (or college), socialize while getting great exercises.

Now get to it! It’s never too late for a new you! Impress yourself (and others)- this is what's fashionable. Being hot inside and out.

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Questions? Comments? Get at me! lrgarrec@gmail.com

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