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Small Changes Yield Big Benefits


You can start today - right now, even - on a road to feeling better, looking better, living longer and enjoying a far better quality of life.

We're all familiar with the big steps:

If you smoke, do yourself and those who love you a huge favor - STOP. It'll be the best, though possibly the hardest, gift you ever give them.

Nix unhealthy vices such as drinking, speeding, taking your health and safety for granted, etc.

However many fruits and vegetables you consume, double that!

Those are the "Big Ones", and I don't have to tell you how important they are, but this article is about the "Little Ones". They don't have the publicity of the larger steps, but they're every bit as important.

In no particlular order, here are the small steps I'd love for you to start taking. Ideally, you'll take each and every step each and every day - but realistically, you should just aim at doing just as many as you can, just as often as you can. Let's get to it!

Limit empty calories. You can't cut them out entirely, but try to ditch as many sodas, doughnuts, cookies, chips, fries, etc, as you can. Next time you go to your favorite fast food restaurant (go ahead and admit it, I've seen you there!), have a salad in place of the fries and rink tea instead of pop.

Replace eating red meat with chicken or fish at every opportunity. The steps will be even bigger if you make sure the chicken or fish is grilled or baked instead of fried.

If you're trying to lose weight, switch to using artificial sweetener in your tea and coffee, and switch to a diet drink. A while back, I began a weight loss regime. I simply began using the little pink packets in my morning coffee instead of sugar, and I sweetened my tea with artificial sweetener instead of the cup of sugar I normally used. The final switch I made was going from Dr. Pepper to Diet Dr. Pepper. These are the only changes I made to my diet, and I quickly lost over 10 pounds. You quickly get accustomed to (and even begin to prefer!) the diet drinks and sweetener. I literally can't stand the taste of regular pop now, something I was once incredibly addicted to.

Begin walking. Start with a trip around your neighborhood or a stroll through the park or mall. Heck, even start with lapping Wal-Mart, just start and start today. Make your walking a priority and don't allow anything to interfere with it. You will soon be so hooked on the "walking buzz" that you won't allow yourself to miss a single day. When weather or illness prevents me from walking for a day, I feel crummy, absolutely crummy!

Small changes can yield very big, glorious results. My husband once told me that he had shaved stubborn strokes off of his all-important golf game. I asked him if he'd gotten new clubs, new balls, changed his stance or started scoring creatively. He showed me one tiny little maneuver with the positioning of his hands - he said it made all the difference in the world. All he did was change his thumb's stance!

In closing, here's a website I'd like for you to check out: The Longevity Game. It makes you think - and thinking's usually a good thing.

Keep checking Buttermilk Press.com, as we'll be adding health and fitness related articles at an alarming pace. Make these changes today and you'll be thankful tomorrow!

Joi Sigers, of Hightide Web Publishing, is a web designer, web publisher and web editor.


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Sun Sentinel

Hollywood toughens rules for vacation rentals
Sun Sentinel
Hollywood cracked down on vacation rentals in fall 2015 by requiring them to apply for licenses. Those that don't comply face fines of $250 for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. Vacation rentals with three offenses in the same year ...



Voice of San Diego

Vacation Rentals Are Here to Stay, and It's Time for Reasonable Regulations
Voice of San Diego
Vacation rentals have been around for decades, and with the evolving sharing economy, it's clear these rentals are here to stay. Outright bans or severe limitations only further an underground economy that is already present, and those renting homes ...



Bravo (blog)

6 Vacation Rental Homes With Dead-On Views of the World's Most Famous Sights
Bravo (blog)
A room with a view of one of the world's most iconic wonders is not the sole reserve of luxe hotels. With a perfectly positioned home rental, you can admire such sights as the Eiffel Tower or the Alps from the comfort of your room, or balcony — all ...



Skift

Booking.com Could Narrow the Gap In Vacation Rentals
Skift
In our metasearch report, we discussed the opportunity for meta to play a bigger role in vacation rentals. Platforms like Tripping.com have built the use case in the segment. The static inventory (i.e. those that list their properties on one site only ...



Maui vets 29 percent tax hike for transient vacation rentals
Hawaii News Now
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A nearly 29 percent property tax hike could be in store for Maui homeowners who rent out their non-primary residences as transient vacation rentals. Maui County's website defines a transient vacation rental as any housing unit ...
Maui considers 29 percent tax hike for some vacation rentals - Fort ...Fort Bend Herald

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USA TODAY

50 states: Vacation rentals perfect for a group getaway
USA TODAY
Planning a group getaway or family reunion? A vacation rental could be just the ticket. From 18-bedroom oceanfront mansions to three-bedroom New England charmers, TripAdvisor Rentals has rounded up one house in all 50 states that would be perfect for ...



Hi-Desert Star

Yucca Valley will require permits and taxes from vacation rentals
Hi-Desert Star
Since vacation rentals have come into his Western Hills neighborhood, he said, he's seen “traffic that couldn't care less about speed limits,” and graffiti: “The people coming here feel every boulder is a canvas for their art.” “We must put some ...



Couple seeks approval for vacation rentals
Daily Inter Lake
A Bigfork couple whose commercial wedding facility was shut down four years ago because of a zoning violation now are asking for permission to operate two separate vacation rental homes on their property. Bill and Alan Myers have applied to the ...



New York Times

Vacation Rentals Turn Into Shelters in Harvey's Wake
New York Times
HomeAway, the Austin-based marketplace that focuses on vacation rentals, has a smaller number of listings than Airbnb, roughly 100. It has created a number of services for those affected by the hurricane, including a specialized page for temporary ...



Hi-Desert Star

New rules for vacation rentals on Town Council agenda tonight
Hi-Desert Star
... planning commission meetings on the new ordinance, where most speakers were people asking for help managing the noise and trespassing they said they were enduring because of vacation rentals in their area. If the council passes its ordinance ...


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