Need to be motivated to start the week off on a healthy note? Just try one or more of three things to start the week on the right path.

1. Having trouble eliminating junk food? Try the 80:20 rule. Eat less healthy food or junk food less than 20 percent of the time. Keeping all food available may take the pressure off by not creating any forbidden food attraction. Dedicate 80 percent of the time or more to healthy food choices. So at the family birthday party, take part in the cake or grab a snack when on an outing. While nothing is off-limits, the goal is to make healthy choices for the majority of meals and to get back to it after indulging in a little "junk" food.

2.Take home the honey-not only does it have antioxidants, WebMD notes it has amino acids and vitamins it also has antibiotic properties and can help ease cold symptoms.

3. Snacks that can power the day by boosting energy include: Microwaving a yam or sweet potato, adding a teaspoon of maple syrup to low-fat Greek yogurt, picking up a brown rice cake for quick energy and topping with avocado or peanut butter, blanching asparagus and serving with sliced turkey or ham and low-fat cheese, or taking low-fat Greek yogurt and adding granola and fruit. WebMD offers all those options for smart snacks and one more for toasting: Take a half of an English muffin and top it with a tomato slice and mozzarella cheese.

For more tips from the weekly Three Things list, check out the Monday Motivator page each week in the Dispatch or e-edition, or go to and go to lifestyle to reach the drop-down menu for health or search using the keyword Monday Motivator.

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