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99 Health Tips: Submitted By Barlean's Facebook Community!

by Barlean's on March 03, 2012

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At the end of February this year, Barlean’s hosted a contest in celebration of reaching our 5,000th "like" on Facebook. We asked our community to post their top-five favorite health tips as part of their entry into the contest. The results were amazing! Many of the tips were repeated, like take your Barlean’s every day, drink tons of water, exercise, and avoid processed foods. There were so many great tips offered that we thought it would be great to showcase them in a blog post for the world to see.

So, without further ado, here are 99 health tips submitted by Barlean's Facebook community:

  • Don’t allow stress to bog you down.
  • Prioritize what’s important to you.
  • Love and value yourself.
  • Set 90-day goals.
  • Challenge yourself.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Disconnect from electronics before bed.
  • Have a positive attitude in all circumstances.
  • Laugh, smile and have fun.
  • Be happy.
  • Be kind to others.
  • Appreciate all that you have.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff and you will reduce your stress, which will make you healthier.
  • Hug someone!
  • Hug a dog!
  • Smile! :-D
  • Laugh a LOT. :lol:
  • Be positive! + > -
  • Get some fresh air every day.
  • Laugh with someone as often as you can.
  • Do something that scares you every day – challenging yourself keeps you young at heart and makes you feel good about yourself!
  • Have a great attitude and appreciate your life and health every day.
  • Read! Read books, newspapers, anything – it’s good for the brain!
  • Do something nice for at least one person every day – it will make you feel good knowing you did something for someone else.
  • Take as many vacations as possible and relax.
  • Breathe deeply…
  • Reduce stress and practice handling life stressors with an eternal perspective – life is short.
  • Be sustainable. Not environmentally sustainable (well, yes do that too) but personally sustainable. Don’t commit yourself to things you cannot or will not do.
  • When you find yourself really angry or frustrated or really upset, stop what you’re doing and don’t go back to it until you can give a good, honest smile.
  • Be your own personal best daily – don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Make exercise fun – go with a friend or listen to something positive and inspiring.
  • Walk a mile every day.
  • Exercise 3x per week.
  • Exercise or move ½ an hour every day.
  • Workout at least 4 days a week at two hours or more each workout.
  • Walk, walk, walk.
  • Do something physical every day.
  • Move more.
  • Always choose the stairs over the elevator.
  • Get outside every single day.
  • Be out in the fresh air every day with at least a 20 minute walk.
  • Do yoga.
  • Surround meals by movement. Go for a walk before or after (or preferably both) you eat meals. Don’t go from stagnation to digestion.
  • Hike, bike or walk with the dog outside 3 times a day.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Drink clean water – ½ body weight in ounces.
  • Eat 5 small meals a day with no more than 3 oz. of meat and lots of veggies and fruits.
  • Use ground flax seed in smoothies.
  • Eat clean, health-promoting foods.
  • Eat organic as much as possible – the less processed the better.
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Include Omega-3s, herbs and spices in your diet daily.
  • Wake up every morning with a cup of green tea and a tablespoon of Barlean’s 3-6-9 Total Omega, two tablespoons of Chia seed, and three tablespoons of ground flax seed.
  • Drink Coconut Water for a refreshing and hydrated snack.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  • Take your supplements (especially Barlean’s) every day.
  • Eat a clean, organic (raw if desired) diet.
  • Cook with coconut and olive oil.
  • Try gluten-free.
  • Try dairy-free.
  • Eat double-fiber English muffins.
  • Eat less.
  • Eat low-fat turkey taco meat.
  • Eat as many fresh foods as you can and stay away from processed foods – more fruits, veggies, nuts, fish and eggs!
  • Avoid processed food.
  • Eat in moderation.
  • Eat local.
  • Stay away from non-organic foods that don’t have a thick skin/rind to protect themselves.
  • Don’t eat anything that contains refined sugars.
  • Eat plant foods only.
  • Avoid GMOs.
  • Try reducing your intake of simple grains, especially if you’re not athletic by nature.
  • Red Rice Yeast.
  • Eat salads and a lot of fresh caught Alaskan Salmon when possible.
  • Don’t drink your calories.
  • Eat healthy; healthy eating isn’t as hard as you might think. Portion control is a huge factor here as healthy eating has more to do with how much you eat at one sitting that what you eat.
  • Eat to live, not live to eat.
  • Spice it up. Be sure to stock some red pepper flakes in your pantry. When eating earlier in the day, Dr. Oz says that red pepper can reduce the amount of food you consume later.
  • Never eat out of the box or carton. Sure, buying in bulk saves money, but it doesn’t do anything for your waistline when your portions get out of whack with the enormous packaging. Instead of eating straight out of the box, pre-portion your snacks into individual baggies. They’re perfect portion control for on the go!
  • Have a puree party! Who said healthy foods have to be boring? Puree peaches, pears and berries and spread them on wheat pita for a healthy and delish treat that’s perfect for spring and summer.
  • Choose free-ranging, grass-fed or pasture-produced, hormone-free lean meats whenever possible.
  • Eat more fiber.
  • Make sure your sodium intake is low.
  • Get plenty of sunlight/supplement with Vitamin D when needed.
  • Make sure you’re not lacking in your B Vitamins.
  • Take whole food supplements, probiotics and get plenty of Essential Fatty Acids.
  • Floss your teeth.
  • Keep the toilet seat down.
  • Chew your food.
  • Take a hot bath for 30-minutes with Epsom salts to relax.
  • Regular Check-ups from the neck up.
  • Use Lysol wipes on your cell phone and t.v. remote at least once a week – cuts down on unwanted germs.
  • Treat yourself once a week – this can be whatever you want as long as you have been good the rest of the week.
  • Create Balance.
  • Live your dreams.
  • Take time during the day for meditation.
  • Take time for yourself and do whatever it is that will allow you to step outside your busy day and just “be”.
  • Take (more) Barleans!

As you can see, Barlean's Facebook community members have some great recommendations on how to get and stay healthy! It goes without saying that Barlean’s has the best "fans" on the planet, and we thank everyone who participated in this contest!

Do you have any health tips you'd like to add to this list? Please share as a comment below!

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