Monday, January 08, 2007

Health and the Writer by Camy Tang

Whether you’re a writer who also works a full-time job or are a busy stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard to stay healthy. I researched and figured out a bunch of tips and tricks to help me stay in shape without carving out of my precious writing time. I also found some tips to help me have just general better health. Pick and choose which of these will work for you.

A small change—complex carbohydrates

Making just a small change from simple sugars to complex carbohydrates can drastically improve your health.

Simple sugars are stuff like white flour, pasta, rice, cake. They’re shunted directly to your hips, baby. They also can cause your blood sugar to crash, which will inspire more eating.

Complex carbohydrates are foods that contain fiber, like whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, fresh fruit, veggies.

These days, it’s easy to make small substitutions in our diets from simple sugars to complex carbohydrates.

Instead of all white rice, make it half-and-half white rice and brown rice. Buy whole-grain breads instead of white bread. Serve fresh fruit for dessert a couple nights a week instead of brownies or cookies. Increase the amount of vegetables in each meal by a third.

Make small changes—it’ll have positive long-term effects.

Camy Tang is a novelist also fighting the battle of the bulge. Find out more about her and her books at, or enjoy the read on her blog at



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