The Healthy Realtor: Fast and Easy Changes for a Healthy 2012

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The Healthy Realtor:  Fast and Easy Changes for a Healthy 2012

Want to try and eat a little healthier this year, but looking for some quick and easy tips that you can implement into your life without too much drama?

Then here ya go!

2012 is the year of health:  both physically and mentally.  In our whirlwinding economy and your efforts to churn and burn to stay ahead, sometimes you need to stop for a moment and take care of the body so that you can stay on track toward your goals.

I'll be posting a series of blogs from "Ralph The Healthy Realtor", and we can go on this journey together.  I care very much about my family, my friends and business associates and want to see you all healthy, happy, and living the most fulfilling, productive lives you possibly can.

And since time is not a plentiful commodity for most, here are some small, quick thing you can do to live "Hot Spot" Healthy:

  • use extra onions and garlic when recipes call for them as a base
  • use extra virgin olive oil instead of cheap cooking oil
  • steam vegetables for a short time, instead of a longer time
  • put extra herbs on your salads
  • eat fresh raw nuts instead of chips or salted peanuts
  • put smaller portions on your plate
  • grind the salt cellar only once instead of several times
  • drink a smaller glass of wine instead of two or more large ones
  • use raw honey instead of sugar as a sweetener
  • fill your plate with more vegetables and less carbs and protein
  • sit and rest for five to ten minutes after eating, instead of getting up immediately
  • eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly
  • have small amounts of quality dark chocolate, instead of large amounts of cheap chocolate or candy
  • allow yourself your chosen “poison” (e.g., donuts, cappuccino, ice cream) from time to time so you don't feel deprived, but eat healthily most of the time


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Aaron Mazurek
Coast Realty Group, (Powell River) Ltd - Powell River, BC
Powell River Property For Sale (BC)

Thank you for these tips. All about moderation, not denial. Perfect

Jan 10, 2012 03:52 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

We could all benefit from these small changes, Ralph. I'd add: get a good amount of healthy exercise - good for the body and the mind! Here's to a healthy 2012!

Jan 10, 2012 04:17 AM #2
Don Hess
KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 - Quarryville, PA

Good tips. I faithfully work out three times a week and my wife makes sure I follow a good diet. Having someone to take the "journey" with you definitely helps. It's much better than having lunch with someone that's eating a burger and fries. Happy 2012!

Jan 10, 2012 04:27 AM #3
Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Pickerington, OH
"Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs"

These are all great suggestions. Tiny steps or small changes really do help.

Jan 10, 2012 04:31 AM #4
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Thanks Ralph-

All things I'm aware of but don't always pay attention to.  A great reminder.  I will pay attention for your other tips!

Jan 10, 2012 07:25 AM #5
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

What an excellent idea for a column and all great tips. I studied nutrition on my own for a decade but I didn't think to mix it with real estate. Creative and original concept.

Jan 10, 2012 08:02 AM #6
Cari Dandy
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Homes for Sale - Scottsdale AZ

Ralph, you are right on the money! I just had a handful of raw almonds before I read your post. So at least I accomplished one of those things today! Along with a workout.  I am going to try to achieve a little more balance in everything this year - my life the last couple of years was leaning toward burnout. It is so important to take care of yourself and stay healthy! Great idea!

Jan 10, 2012 10:29 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Ralph -- a great post and very timely as people strive to keep our resolutions.  I also find using a smaller plate tricks my mind in thinking I'm eating more.   Here's to a healthier 2012 and beyond!

Jan 10, 2012 04:30 PM #8
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

What a great post.  I wish more of those who struggle with their weight or with the ability to make good dietary choices knew how small it all starts.  Just like your list above.  If you can make some minor changes and stick with them, they start the ball rolling.  Once you begin to enjoy the new habits, you don't want to go back to the old.  Once you gain some positive physical feedback you'll be so motivated to continue down the right path.  Momentum cures everything.

Jan 11, 2012 12:49 AM #9
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Ralph - I'm doing most of what you have listed.  It was nice to be reminded of the rest.  Great post.

Jan 11, 2012 03:04 AM #10
Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

These are great tips and easy to incorporate into daily life.  Happy New Year Ralph!

Jan 11, 2012 07:54 AM #11
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Ralph - You are trying to out-live all of us. Thanks for the recipe.

Jan 11, 2012 10:13 AM #12
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Thank you! These tips are wonderfully simple and easy to implement.  Baby steps...

Jan 17, 2012 04:35 AM #13
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Ralph, great, easy to use tips that I can incorporate into my lifestyle to make better choices.

Jan 17, 2012 05:12 AM #14
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Ralph, I like your Healthy Realtor Guidelines.  They make perfect sense and seem easy to accomplish.

Jan 17, 2012 05:36 PM #15
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