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10 little tips to improve your health

Audrey Hurteau

Posted on March 29 2021

10 petits trucs pour améliorer ta santé

1. Keep an eye on your weight and work to make sure you don't gain extra pounds. Even if you gain just a pound or two each year, the extra weight adds up quickly.

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of an extra mile. Keep adding steps, about 1,000 to 2,000 a month, until you get to 10,000 steps most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to eat better overall. For a hearty, nutritious breakfast, top the whole grain total with slices of fresh fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk.

4. Switch three servings of grains a day to whole grains. If you are like the average Quebecer, you eat less than one whole grain a day.

5. Have at least one green salad a day. Eating a salad (with a low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and can help you eat less during a meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruit.

6. Cut out the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Buy lean meats, eat skinless poultry, switch to low-fat cheeses, use a non-stick pan with only a touch of oil or butter.

7. Consider calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for your bones and can also help you lose weight.

8. Reduce the size. The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you'll eat.

9. Lose only 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. Health benefits include extremely low blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

10. Keep track of your diet. Write down what you eat over the next two days and look for problem areas. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.

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