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Eat Right, Get Fit

Proper nutrition and fitness are essential for vibrant health, whether or not you are following the Promise Diet™.

But if you are, they are vital for your success, as any promise you make needs to be rooted in PUBIMO's U and I -- your promises must be informed and they must be uncontested.

Other posts on this website are going to detail many specifics, discuss the medical/scientific rationale for these guidelines, and introduce (interesting!) areas of current controversy/divergence, but here's a quick "short list" of dietary and exercise principles. If you're not currently doing these things, doing them will likely be beneficial to your health and wellness. (But always consult your doctor before making any changes in your diet or exercise, particularly if you have existing medical condiitions or are taking prescription medications.)

Eat Right

These are listed in no particular order. (And those familiar with it will see Walter Willett's Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy influence on me, in particular regarding the need for good fats.)

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. (But white potatoes shouldn't be a staple, especially french-fried ones. :)
  • Eat whole grains instead of refined ones. That is, eat whole grain bread, slow cooked oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain noodles instead of white bread, white rice, instant oatmeal, and normal noodles
  • Eat beans/legumes and nuts
  • Eat leaner meat as opposed to super-fatty meat
  • Eat "good fats" such as olive oil and canola oil and the fat in wild salmon. Good fats are good for you
  • Avoid partionally hydrogenated oils found in margerine and many processed snack foods and pastries
  • Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. (And "sugar" comes in many different forms)
  • Don't make deep-fried meats, potatoes, etc. a staple. (And if you're from the southern U.S., realize that "etc." includes many, many things you may currently enjoy :)

I like the way some people summarize a fair amount of this: Eat things that spoil, and eat them before they spoil.

Get Fit

(Or stay fit, as the case may be...)

  • Partake in regular cardiovascular activity -- get moving and get your heart pumping, daily or just about daily
  • Do resistance training, a.k.a. weight training, working each major muscle group two or three times a week
  • Do stretching in order to increase flexibility several times a week

Again, additional posts will go into much greater detail on all of these and will also discuss the "whys" along with the "whats". (Broccoli literally started tasting a lot better when I realized how good it was for my body.)

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