Your Healthy Weight

Healthy tips to help you feel good, get healthy and achieve your healthy weight.

  • Oct. 20, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Ready to make a healthy change?Special edition published by The Abbotsford News and Healthy Abbotsford.


Healthy comes in many forms, so it is important to listen to your body and know what is healthy for you. To truly be healthy you want to strive for a body weight where you feel good and have plenty of energy to take on the day. Remember that while achieving a healthy weight is important, making healthy lifestyle changes has tremendous health benefits even before you notice changes on the scale.

Here are some healthy tips to help you feel good, get healthy and achieve YOUR healthy weight.

Eat your carbohydrates:

These are essential for optimal health. The trick is to choose whole grains (barley, brown rice, whole grain bread etc.) and limit the white carbohydrates (white bread, white pasta etc.).

Eat Slowly:

It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. If you eat too quickly it is easy to overeat and not know it until it is too late.

Start with Fruits and  Vegetables:

Have lots of these on your plate and eat them first. Not only will you get lots of nutritional value from them but it will also help to fill you up.

Eat Real Food:

Limit how much processed food you are eating. Processed foods are typically high in calories, salt and chemicals and low in nutritional value.

Eat Less:

Start using a smaller plate when at home, you will eat less. If you are at a restaurant share your appetizer or dessert instead of having it all to yourself or take half of your meal home for the next day.

Move Lots:

Take every opportunity to get up and move. Take walks at lunch, do some yard work, park further from the store, take the stairs or play with your kids. To gauge the amount you walk around each day try using a pedometer to count your daily steps. For health benefits work up to 10,000 steps each day.

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