How to Be Healthy Without Dieting

Three Parts:Eating HealthyTake Up ExercisingTaking Care of Your Skin

Do you want to be healthy without counting calories, limiting carbohydrates, or starving yourself? Then, couple moderate exercise with a healthy food regime. The prudent pairing will nourish your body with a minimum of thinking, measuring and counting while building strength and resilience.

Part 1
Eating Healthy

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    Eat lots of beans. Studies on people have shown that beans and other legumes can prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, so eat legumes such as:
    • Black beans
    • Lentils-- red and yellow
    • Chickpeas
    • Mung beans
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    Fill up on complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, starchy vegetables and legumes are the best sources of complex carbohydrates. Top healthy choices include:
    • Steel-cut oats
    • Wheat-- whole or cracked
    • Bulgar
    • Barley
    • Quinoa
    • Rice-- brown and wild
    • Popcorn
    • Squash and pumpkin
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Potato wedges-- grilled or baked
    • Soybeans
    • Split peas
    • Beans-- white, kidney and chili
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    Eat healthy fats. Yes, fats. The healthy fats are typically found in plants and are classified chemically as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Bad fats are made by chemical reactions that create products with long shelf lives. The food industry benefits when their products last a long time. The problem is that if bacteria, oxygen and micro-organisms can't break the so-called foods down, our enzymes cannot either. These fats become a poison to our bodies, work our bodies excessively and clog up our internal systems. These fats, which have no analogs in nature, are classified as saturated or trans-fats.
    • Good fats are found in:
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      • Avocados
      • Nuts-- almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews
      • Natural monounsaturated oils-- olive, canola, sunflower, peanut, sesame
      • Natural polyunsaturated oils-- soybean, corn, safflower
      • Olives
      • Almond butter
      • Seeds-- sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, flax
      • Fatty fish-- wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines
      • Soy milk
      • Tofu
    • The sources of bad fats are:
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      • Tropical plants and oils
      • Synthetic saturated or trans-fats
      • Fats found in animals
    • Limit intake of fats from the bad sources.
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    Stay away from unhealthy food choices.
    • Milk, often thought to be a good source of calcium, is actually a very bad source of calcium. The "hype" that milk is good for you is a product of lobbying by the dairy producers. The reality is that people who drink milk often don't get enough calcium. So, as it turns out, it is good to stay away from dairy.
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    • Protein is necessary for proper metabolism and optimal health. The thing is, protein is good for you, if you don't consume to much of it. Also, people often eat lots of animal protein, which is the worst source of protein. Protein from beans and nuts are a much, much better. The verdict is still out on how much protein is enough, so, for now, just eat some beans four or more times a week, and include nuts as well.
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    Eat your vegetables. You know this already. It's not so bad, though, once you've learned how to eat them. And you don't have to be a gourmet chef to prepare them, either. Search online for quick and easy ways to prepare vegetables.
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    Eat fruit for dessert. If you love your desserts, you're not alone. But, your body cannot handle sugary cakes, pies and cookies every day, so opt for the healthy fruit alternative when it is available and in season.
    • Fruit is important because it is packed with vitamins and minerals. Again, search online to find quick and easy ideas for turning fresh fruit into a favorite dessert!

Part 2
Take Up Exercising

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    Walk often and swim if you can. If you're working a lot, you probably don't have time for exercise. If you're constantly on your feet at work, your muscles might not need much additional exercise. But, for a healthy heart, make time for a walk in the morning before you go to work or in the evening after dinner. If you get breaks in your work schedule use that time to benefit your body.
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    Ride a bike, swim, play sports, run, or go to the gym. Or do them all. The more, the better-- up to a point. Make sure not to overdo and to rest your muscles one or two days each week. For serious targeted exercise, rotate the muscle groups so that each has a chance to recover.

Part 3
Taking Care of Your Skin

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    Wash your face and body regularly. Most people have a problem with acne. To prevent an acne flare up or improve an acne problem, wash your face regularly.
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    Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will enable your body to function optimally.
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    Get enough sleep.
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    Cut any animal foods out of your diet. These can increase acne problems.


  • Great reads are "Vegan for Her: The women's guide to being healthy and fit on a plant-based diet" and "The Engine 2 Diet".
  • Become educated about the natural foods of the earth.
  • A raw food diet is not as healthy as it may seem. Try incorporating cooked and raw foods in to your diet.


  • If you're thinking about changing your diet, please talk to your doctor.

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