Do you love to eat? Eating is a great thing. You may wonder if it’s possible to love food and maintain a healthy weight. I struggled with this for many years. Then I discovered healthy habits that changed my life. Do you want to eat good food and maintain a healthy weight?

Right now you may feel helpless to get your weight under control. You may wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and sigh, silently criticizing some part of your body, feeling burdened or hoping for a change you no longer believe possible.

Imagine that you are driving your car and it makes a funny knocking noise in the engine. It starts slow and seems sluggish on the highway. It runs o.k. and takes you where you need to go, but you are getting poor gas mileage. Some kinds of fuel will create this issue in a car.

Our bodies are like this. Some foods keep us humming smoothly and efficiently, in optimal health. Other foods may taste good at first, but they gum up the system, and slow us down. The more we eat of foods that clog our system, the more weight we gain and the worse we feel.

The path to a healthy life starts one step at a time. Just for today, drink eight glasses of water. Really. Changing your life is just that simple: one healthy habit at a time, one day at a time.

Get up. Measure out eight ounces of water. Poor it in a glass. Now that you know what eight ounces looks like, drink one of these every two hours, and you will be on your way to a healthier life. Watch next week for a new healthy habit.