10 Healthy Habits to Keep You Thin (Podcast 27)

What I Do To Stay Thin and Healthy

One of the most common questions I get asked is how do I stay so skinny.
In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal the 10 ways I stay thin and healthy. 
  1. Exercise outdoors
  2. Don’t eat close to bedtime
  3. Clear your nose
  4. Get the right pillow
  5. Cook your own meals
  6. Avoid eating out
  7. Regular life planning, goal setting and daily morning rituals
  8. Try certain supplements 
  9. Avoid toxins
  10. Sleep 7 to 8 hours

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11 thoughts on “10 Healthy Habits to Keep You Thin (Podcast 27)

  1. My one thing is to get more exercise and love the outdoors. Our summers in NE Ks are humid and winters very cold (most of time). Ideas for those times of years. I am over 65 yr.

  2. RE not eating close to bedtime, what do you do when you’re always hungry at night and can’t sleep if you don’t eat something?

  3. I should have waited to include all of my comments/questions in one post. Oh well.

    I wish I could successfully use a contour pillow. I have very little curvature in my neck and using a contour pillow does not cause my head to fall back and open my airway. Instead, my neck is determined to straighten and my chin falls forward even worse. Then, in addition to blocking my airway I end up with a stiff, painful neck and a visit to the chiropractor. So far, no one has been able to suggest a pillow that will work for my situation.

    Can you recommend a good, basic, beginner’s Korean cookbook?

    Up until now, I didn’t really do anything to stay thin, but often was actually “below weight.” As of this year, I’ve got about 5 lbs too many and I can’t get rid of them. Sleep apnea, and what I believe are co-problems including chronic fatigue, chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, do not allow me to engage in regular exercise.

  4. Great podcast as usual. I do have a couple of questions. One, is the recommendation to take Calm – once being diagnosed with sleep apnea I stopped using it on the assumption that it would relax my throat muscles. So that is not correct?
    My second question centers around diet – I find that not just avoiding toxins but salty foods as well seems to make a huge difference in my sleep.Have you found the same?
    Thank you for all the wonderful information you provide.

  5. Renee,

    Your question is answered in this interview I did with nutritionist Alyse Levine.

    Regarding your other question, please listen to the interview with Alyse first. I’m not recommending a Korean diet for everyone. I made the comment to emphasize that everyone has to eat a healthy and nutritious diet based on cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

    Unfortunately, I’m not very familiar with Korean cookbooks. However, Maangchi is a popular site. Good luck.

  6. Thank you Dr. Park for your reply to my post!

    I followed the link and did listen to the interview with Alyse Levine. It was good, but, I didn’t really hear or learn anything I haven’t read or heard from other nutritionists. A couple of your early questions didn’t seem to be specifically answered by her during the interview. One of those questions was the one I was most interested in and was most relevant to my question/comment to you: specifically, what does a person do who works late hours and has to come home and eat late in the evening. Her answer about making sure to eat breakfast really didn’t address your question. Whereas the example of working late and coming home late doesn’t apply to me, it was most similar to my question of always being hungry at night before bed. I get hungry every two or three hours so not eating three hours before bed is a big problem for me and I absolutely cannot get to sleep if I am hungry.

    I did just run across an interesting article in a health food store magazine about an integrative neurologist. I just ordered her book but haven’t taken the time to look at her website (https://theprimeclub.com/) yet. What piqued my interest was when she said that by making a few changes that she recommends (involving teas and maybe a few supplements) to fix digestion, her patients lost their cravings and started automatically adjusting their own diets to better foods as a result. As I said, I haven’t read her book yet so I can’t say whether her ideas are good or not.

    I realize you weren’t advocating a Korean diet for everyone, but I thought it sounded like a good idea and I’m looking for a “new” way to prepare food for myself. I’m getting tired of the “healthy” foods and recipes that I have been using and find myself kind of stuck in a rut of the same things all the time… which leads to then eating other things that are not so good. Thank you for sharing the Korean food website. I will definitely look into that.

  7. I am 73 yrs young, but have had a sleep problem for probably close to 20yrs!!! I l start on my right side & 2hrs later I wake up because I am stuffed up. I get up & go to the bathroom & then I try the left side & 2hrs later I wake up because that side is plugged up. I get up & go to the bathroom & then I try to sleep on my back. I do have an adjustable bed & sleep with a small neck pillow. I was told it was sleep-apnia but then I went to an ear, nose & throat specialist who says I have a deviated septum & need surgery. I really don’t want to do that if I can find something more natural to try. I have many other medical issues coming in the near future like a 2nd hip replacement (which I am not looking forward to) & I have had 12 different procedures & surgeries done on my right foot & am in constant pain up & down my whole right side of my body. If you have any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated. Respectfully, Ida L Hosier <

  8. Great Podcast! Do you have any suggestions at all how to change the habit of eating dinner late? Perhaps foods that are safe to eat? Kathy mentioned someone even giving up tea, that sounds depressing…: )
    Anyway, It has become so ingrained into me (and so many people I know) that it is hard to stop, especially living in NYC…Was thinking maybe you could suggest steps on how to change this so it’s not as daunting.

  9. Yes, I can do it all except sleep. It was my bad habit, I slept very late and got up very late, I knew it was bad, but I used to use my smartphone before I slept, that light was very harmful for healthy sleep. I am trying to resist the appeal of smartphones