In the Habits of Health System, our approach to exercise continues to surprise people who think they know what it takes to reach and thrive at a healthy weight. They see ads on television for fancy new exercise equipment and for gym memberships and they have a neighbor down the street does a lot of swinging sledge hammers and flipping tires.

What we have found to be most effective—from the medical literature and from our years of experience in the field—runs counter to what the fitness industry might have you believe.

In our program, the path to meaningful, lasting weight loss does not begin with a daunting workout routine. In fact, the results of that approach are the exact opposite of what we would want: Most people cannot sustain the rapid, extreme change from being mostly sedentary to suddenly adopting an intense exercise schedule. They try the new program for a few weeks and then tend to revert back into their old Habits of Disease.

Formal exercise programs are an important part of optimal wellbeing (just to be clear), but they are not the only Habit of Healthy Motion, nor are they the most effective starting point.

The Habits of Health System encourages people to increase their activity levels outside of the gym first: More walking, more standing instead of sitting, more doing household chores by hand, more moving to the music of your favorite songs. Your daily life is full of opportunities to burn more calories, and improving those Habits of Healthy Motion is a more accessible—and therefore more sustainable—first step toward optimal wellbeing for the vast majority of people who are frustrated with their health.

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8 oz raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined, or 7 oz fully cooked frozen shrimp, thawed (either starting portion should yield one 7-oz cooked serving)
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped or shredded
½ cup (1 medium 2-3/5”) tomato, diced
½ cup cucumber, sliced
4 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Dressing, divided

Marinate shrimp in 3 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Dressing for 1-2 hours. Prepare salad by washing vegetables and cutting them as indicated above; set aside. After shrimp has sufficiently marinated, pour entire contents (shrimp and marinade) into a skillet and cook over medium heat until shrimp are cooked through (or turn opaque in color), about 3-5 minutes. Place shrimp on top of salad and drizzle 1 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Dressing over salad.

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