1. Some people need to eat more protein than others.
    If you're stressed, working out more, or just have a lot on your plate, you probably need significantly more protein in your diet than your neighbor.
  2. Everyone can benefit from some form of interval training.
    Intervals can be done in just about any form of fitness that pushes you for a few minutes, followed by a short period of relaxation.
  3. Skinny is not synonymous with healthy.
    Regardless of our size, we should always focus on health from the inside out.
  4. Flexibility is under-appreciated.
    Regular movement is so important to maintaining flexibility.
  5. Dark chocolate IS really good for you.
    Eat a little every day.
  6. Knowing the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats could be the lynch pin in your overall health.
    Read your labels. Avoid anything that says "partially hydrogenated."
  7. A good massage and a few deep breaths can work wonders.
    Make time for this, every now and then.
  8. Not all "healthy sounding" foods are healthy.
    But billions of dollars are spent to persuade us to think otherwise.
  9. Even if you workout regularly, you'll never be truly healthy unless you eat right.
    The workout-for-a-cookie-mentality has got to go.
  10. Sleep really can help you keep unneeded fat away.
    You should never feel guilty for wanting a full night of sleep. No promises that you'll get it!...but a full night of sleep should be the goal.

Who wants to get into great shape? Beginning May 1st, TDM is starting the 40-Day Shape Up. This diet and fitness-focused program is free to anyone on my Facebook page. Get the scoop here today.  Traci D Mitchell is a health and fitness expert who specializes in functional fitness and body-type nutrition.