3 health rules you can break (and not feel that bad about)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Ah heck--sometimes apples just don't sound as good as chocolate! With me there? Under the category of "rigidity never did anyone any good," I've got a list of health "rules" you can go ahead and break now and then--without freaking out or putting yourself on probation. Your get-out-of-jail-free cards, after the jump ...

Rule #1: Thou shalt eat 5 fruits and veggies a day. Important stuff, for sure. But if you slack one day, and only eat three--don't sweat it. Seriously. Make it up the next day, and remember this easy way to sneak in a fruit or veggie: juice. (My New Obsession: Pre-Portioned Dried Fruit,)

Rule #2: Thou shalt not stress, it affects your health. Yeah, yeah. Stress isn't fun, but most health experts believe that we place way too much emphasis on small-time stress. News flash: your boss' bad mood isn't going to do you in. The only kind of stress you should "stress" about is of the war zone variety. And last I checked, the majority of us don't live in war zones. Instead of stressing about your stress, use it to be a better, more confident, more take-charge you. Check out this Mayo Clinic stress assessment test to see how you're doing with stress in your life.

Rule #3: Thou shalt drink 8 glasses of water per day. While many of us (me included) love drinking this much, and more, water per day, it isn't always a must, say some health experts--especially if you have bladder control problems. Ask your doc how much you can cut back to, and don't for get that 20 percent of your daily fluid intake comes from food.(What's in Your Bottled Water? The Answer May Surprise You.)

Read 4 and 5 of our breakable health rules here!

What health "rules" do you sometimes break?