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Get happy, get healthy--together

By Nicci Micco, February 13, 2009 - 3:36am

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Get happy, get healthy--together

I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.

This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream sauce. (My solution: make delicious and seemingly decadent diet-friendly recipes that everyone will love, such as Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna, which is ooey-gooey delicious and has only 333 calories per slice.)

But sometimes you need a different sort of support—someone to watch your kids while you go shopping for healthy foods, for instance. Or your co-worker to leave you alone and stop sabotaging your healthy-eating intentions. (You don’t want to swing by the bakery for a cupcake every afternoon!)

Figure out who, or what, will help you reach your goals—whether you’re aiming to lose weight, eat more vegetables or hit the gym more often. With that support in place, you’ll see results faster and have more fun along the way!

TAGS: Nicci Micco, Health Blog

Nicci Micco
Nicci Micco is co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.

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