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What to eat.. yum yum..

June 16, 2010

 I was reading this article about healthy foods from Glamour Magazine and thought it was interesting so I wanted to share it with everyone.

Packaged Foods: The general rule is “if it grows, you can eat it.” So try not to eat anything that comes in a box, jar or wrapper this week. A few exceptions: low-fat dairy, high-fiber cereal and natural peanut butter or hummus.

Alcohol: Booze boosts appetite and has empty calories.

Caffeine: Having one cup of coffee in the morning is okay, but no more than that.

Sugar:  can increase water retention. Check labels for words that end in “-ose”; they often mean sugar. (And be careful with artificial sweeteners—they can cause bloat if you overdo it.)

Soda: Regular or diet—sorry!

Added Salt: It bloats you. Flavor food with lemon juice, garlic, ginger, basil and other herbs instead.

Bread, Pasta and Crackers: Nix these carbs (even whole-grain) in favor of the starch options see foods to eat. (They’ll be back on the menu after the cleanse.)

Butter and Cheese: They’re high in saturated fat and calories.

Red Meat: Beef, lamb and fatty meats like bacon move slowly through your system, causing bloat, but you can have some of them again post cleanse.

What to Eat

Fruits: You can have any type, fresh or frozen. Berries, apples and pears are best because they tend to be lower in calories and sugars than, say, bananas.

Vegetables: Eat as much broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach and other vegetables as you want.

Starches: You can have one serving— that’s half a potato or ½ to √ cup of

whole grains—at every meal. When it comes to spuds, choose sweet potatoes over white ones (they have more fiber and antioxidants). Whole grains

include brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and bulgur wheat, among others. (See

the menu-planning sidebars on the following pages for specific meal suggestions.)

You can also have wholegrain cereal, as long as it has at least 9 grams of fiber per serving. Try Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran and original Fiber One.

 Lean Protein: Egg whites, chicken, fish, shrimp, tofu, lean pork, beans and tempeh are easy to digest and will keep you feeling full and satisfied. It’s important to have some protein at every meal — a portion should be 3 to 4-ounces (about the size of your palm).

Dairy: Have up to 10 ounces of low-fat or nonfat cow, soy or almond milk a day. (Never had almond milk? It has a slightly sweet taste.) You can also have six to eight-ounces of plain low or nonfat yogurt, preferably Greek. It has more protein than the regular kind, and it has no sugar or artificial sweeteners — unlike many fruit flavored options.

Healthy fats: No diet is complete without some fat (thank goodness!). So get a little good fat from avocado, olive oil and nuts. They’re high in calories, however, so keep portions to 2 tablespoons of nuts, 1 tablespoon of oil or nut butter or one quarter of an avocado.

After reading this article all I can say is – Can someone please pass the chocolate? Thank you!

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