Monday, January 15, 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.

Portion check

Even if you’re eating low-fat, high-fiber foods, watch that you’re not undoing your new healthy lifestyle by eating too much of a good thing.

A serving of chicken is the size of a deck of cards, not a whole breast.

One serving of pasta is 1/2 cup cooked.

One serving of juice is 3/4 cup.

One serving of a bagel is half a bagel.

One serving of rice is 1/2 cup.

Check what size a portion is supposed to be, and try measuring or weighing your food until you can eyeball it. And even then (since my eyeball tends to grow after a few weeks), go back to measuring or weighing every so often to keep yourself in check.

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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