by dr.g

The Best Foods to Eat in 2011!!!!

Eating for better health results in weight maintenance and weight loss.Part 1

High carb, low fat, Atkins, Pritikin, etc… you have probably read or heard about all of them. Do they or don’t they work. The answer is none of them work and all of them work. What do I mean by that? Well, anything that is viewed as a traditional diet is typically viewed as something that you do that is temporary, to get a certain amount of weight off. This can be beneficial, and the more overweight you are might require some type of program or change that you know isn’t sustainable. However, if there are not fundamental changes built into the program that can be sustained you are destined to regain all the weight back or have your high cholesterol return, etc…. This isn’t anything you don’t already know, but how do you avoid this common pitfall. You have to get into your core thinking that 90% of the time you should be eating for the sole purpose of   fueling your body. Most of us wouldn’t put crummy gasoline into our expensive cars or even our inexpensive ones, but somehow we overlook the fact that stuffing white flour, high fructose corn syrup laden foods down our gullet is the equivalent to putting crummy fuel in our gas tank. Our body doesn’t know what to do with it so it often stores it as excess fat or triggers a variety of chemicals that make us hungry or crave sweets shortly after we have just eaten.

So, your first task is to begin eliminating white flour highly processed breads, crackers  and other foods from your diet.These types of food raise insulin levels, are pro-inflammatory, and often result in the excess carbohydrate being stored as fat. In addition, they are not as nutrient dense as fruits and vegetables so you typically end up eating more of them and get a lot less vitamins and minerals from them.

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If you eat out a lot or don’t eat much fruit or veggies make a goal of eating at least 2 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables a day. Fresh raw, steamed fresh and then frozen is preferred for fruits and veggies. Canned is better than nothing but make sure there is no added sugar. Kids love cut up fruit and veggies with peanut butter, apple or almond butter or salad dressing and hummus dips. These make really tasty and healthy snacks. The ultimate goal is to eat 6 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Water down fruit juices or use in smoothies. These are best taken just before or after exercise when the sugar will be rapidly taken to the muscle for storage instead of deposited as fat. Begin watering down and eliminating fruit juice from your children’s diets and replace with water. Eliminating the calories from juice will prevent them from getting filled up and necessitate them eating more whole or real food.

Wash down your fruits and vegetables with a tall glass of purified drinking water and you are on your way to a healthier 2011. Look for Part 2 on healthier eating for 2011 coming soon.

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