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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Go Grocery Shopping!

Next time you go to the grocery store skip the junk food aisles, please. And try out these food choices below. If you eat a diet with the following foods, eating 5-6 small meals per day, you will lose weight. Listed below are categories of foods that contain healthy options.

Grains
Kashi cereal varieties
oatmeal
whole-wheat bread
whole-wheat pasta
whole-wheat crackers
brown rice

Protein
turkey sausage
turkey bacon
deli meat
skinless chicken breast
ground turkey for turkey burgers
fish (no breading)
lean beef
canned tuna in water

Dairy
eggs
low-fat cheese
light yogurt
2% or less milk

Fruit (any fresh fruit is fine. stay away from frozen and canned fruits because they have added sugar.)
apples
oranges
bananas
strawberries
pears
plums
blueberries
cantaloupe
melon
grapes

Snacks
nuts
Cliff bars
sugar-free jello
sugar-free pudding
pretzels
100 calorie popcorn (NO other 100 calorie snacks!)

Vegetables (all are fine, below are just some examples)
(canned and frozen varities are okay)
broccoli
green beans
romaine lettuce
green leaf lettuce
spinach
carrots
tomatos
squash
zucchini
peppers (green, red, yellow, orange)
sweet potatos
onions

Condiments
low-fat dressing (only use seving size)
vinaigrette dressings
light Miracle Whip
mustard
light butter
zero calorie butter spray
olive oil

Miscellaneous
Kashi frozen dinners (only the Kashi varieties)
natural peanut butter
sugar-free preserves/jelly
pickles
soup (NO cream based soups like cream of broccoli)
Splenda instead of sugar


You'll notice that there are no drinks listed. That is because you should be drinking water instead. I would skip juice because it is full of sugar and empty calories. Also, avoid soda pops. Drink water instead. You will also notice that there aren't too many prepared foods listed. That means you will have to cook! The easiest way to cook chicken is to throw it on the Foreman Grill. Make a lot at once. Make enough to get you through about 5 days. That way the food is always there and ready to eat. This will help you avoid eating fast food and junk you should not eat.

My challenge to you: for one week, avoid fast food, restaurant food, junk food like cookies, candy, etc., coffee drinks like lattes and only eat the foods listed above. If you can do that for one week, you will not only feel better but you'll lose a pound or two. Go ahead and try it, it's only a week. ; )


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