14 Tips for your Best Valentine’s Day this February 14th
by Dr. Steve Hoody
- Be active. Whether you have a regular exercise routine or if you just keep yourself moving around the house doing normal chores like cleaning or gardening or washing your car, keep your body in movement.
- Avoid processed foods. Packaged foods and processed meats contain far fewer vitamins and minerals and huge amounts of chemicals and empty calories.
- Avoid refined sugar whenever you can. Look at the ingredients in the food you are eating and check for all the forms of sugar: glucose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, fructose, maltodextrin, High fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, etc.
- Beware of the grains, including the root vegetables also. Wheat, corn, rice, oatmeal, and most root vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, etc. are biochemically designed to get stored as fat. They should be kept at a minimum in your diet.
- Avoid trans fats and saturated fats. These are found primarily in processed foods like chips, cookies, donuts and cakes, and a lot of the cheaper cooking oils.
- Follow Dr. Hoody’s Rule of 3’s. Day by day and week by week make certain that you have three times more vegetables than protein and three times more protein than grains (including the root vegetables).
- Stop smoking. Stop being around people who smoke and do not smoke yourself.
- Keep your body at its ideal weight or get your body to its ideal weight. At Healthier2gether, we specialize in educating our patients on exactly how to get those results.
- Know your body. Get a regular blood test, quarterly, where you can measure cholesterol, blood sugar, A1C, and all of the vitamins including Omega threes.
- Regularly check your blood pressure and pulse. If you do not have such a monitor, get one, they are inexpensive on Amazon.
- Purchase a metabolic scale. A proper metabolic scale will show not only your weight, but your fat mass, visceral fat, lean body mass, free water (which is the best indicator of toxicity), available calcium, and metabolic age. Get in control of your body! The following is a link to our favorite metabolic scale that you can find on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_api_glt_fabc_dl_Y9J5J6HA837SHBS25ZJC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1.
- Get a DNA test with a full medical metabolic analysis. With that, you can customize exactly what nutrients, food, exercise, and lifestyle choices are absolutely best for your body.
- Be grateful. Start every day by thanking the creator for everything you have. Giving thanks releases endorphins and changes our biochemistry; it makes us healthy.
- And finally, tell someone you know that you love them. Ask someone to be your Valentine. Because when you give love, you get love 10 times back.
And finally, enjoy our recipe for the month that follows Dr. Hoody’s Rule of 3’s with plenty of cruciferous vegetables that have pre and probiotic qualities to boost your immune system, crunchy cucumbers, and delicious watermelon that’s full of electrolytes, and grass-fed beef that is high in Omega 3s for cardiovascular health and the best source of protein.
For more tips on staying healthy and delicious recipes to make it fun, visit healthier2gether.com today.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hearts confetti photo by Monstera from Pexels and couple with balloon photo provided by Daniel Odescalchi