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ESTHER SATHIARAJ
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Health Simple tips to improve your diet and overall well-being

A part from the usual tips on cutting down on sugars, salt and fatty foods, try these interesting tips to change your life-style for better health in 2011.

Eat home made meals rather than ready to eat meals. Plan and make your meals interesting at home. Get a cookbook with a variety of recipes, shop for local and fresh foods. Also host parties at home and cut down on the frequency of eating out.

Fill up with colourful fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet—they are low in calories and nutrient rich, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

Fruits and vegetables should be part of every meal and your first choice for a snack—aim for a minimum of five portions each day.

Calcium and vitamin D should be essential components in your diet. Good sources of calcium include milk and milk products which also come with fortified vitamin D, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and legumes. Ragi is also a good source of calcium.

Water is as vital as food Drink water rather than caffeinated and/or energy drinks. Nothing hydrates you better than plain simple water.

Make exercise a routine activity like sleeping and eating.Walk, run, jog or swim. Whatever form of exercise, do it regularly and incorporate it into your daily system. It is not the weight alone, but your overall well-being. Focus on weight management along with enjoying the foods you love.

Meet a registered dietician/nutritionist and plan a diet-exercise regimen that suits you. And finally set yourself for success and think about the healthier options you can include into your busy schedule.

ESTHER SATHIARAJ

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