BECOME A BETTER YOU!

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CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S CLASSES & EVENTS!

See what classes, seminars, or local and national events are happening this month.

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WHATCHA GOT COOKIN’ THAT’S HEALTHY & TASTY?

Melanie is regularly posting new and tasty recipes with the healthiest foods on earth. Check back often for ideas on making yummy meals and delightful treats that have health benefits.

WHAT’S THE HEALTHIEST FOOD TO BUY?

Going to the grocery store or farmer’s market and not sure what to buy to achieve your best health or how to purchase good, quality food on a budget? Melanie’s food buying guide for healthy meals and snacks is here to help!

Simple Eating Tips That Are Proven to Work – Second Edition

I previously posted a list of my version of commonly recommended eating tips.  Today I thought I’d give you a few more simple eating tips to make you healthier and possibly lighter.  IMG_0177

1.  Eat a variety of colors (those that come from nature).  You know this.  If the food on your plate is all white, beige, brown, you might be missing out on some great nutrients and antioxidants.  The wonderful colors found in organic fruits and veggies come from the variety of antioxidants in them.  And, trust me, you want those awesome disease fighting antioxidants.  Well, unless you like disease.  But you say you don’t like fruits and veggies, hmm, maybe you do like disease.  Well, I guess you better have a game plan to make up for those missing nutrients.

2.  Get your protein on.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian, so by protein, I mean meat.  Nuts and dairy and whey protein can be decent sources of protein.  Soy, grains, and legumes are not.  Protein has been proven over and over again to be the most satiating of all the macronutrients.  I recommend having a good dose of protein at breakfast to keep you from needing snacks all day.  I prefer my clients to eat three meals per day (no snacks) and have protein at every meal to stave off cravings.

3.  Get your veggies on.  Besides the aforementioned antioxidants available in veggies, you also get lots of vitamins and minerals from them plus fiber.  These nutrients do amazing things for your health, your looks, and your waistline.  One of the most nutrient dense veggies around is spinach.  (Popeye was right!).  Find ways to incorporate spinach into your diet on a regular basis (both raw and cooked).

4.  Know your ingredients.  If you can’t pronounce it or find it in nature, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.  Do you know what butylated hydroxyanisole is?  BHA for short.  Yeah, probably not.  It’s found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and some oils.  It’s been linked to cancer.  Do you know what broccoli is?  Yeah, probably.  It’s been linked to fighting cancer.

5.  Don’t drink your calories.  It’s been reported the average person consumes more than 400 calories per day from beverages.  There’s actually only one beverage you really need.  Water (plain).  It’s been calorie free since the beginning of the earth.

6.  Eat eggs for breakfast.  Unless you have a food allergy, but otherwise…  If you need to know why you should eat eggs (anytime), review my post on egg nutrition.

7.  Use herbs and spices daily.  Herbs and spices have amazing health benefits and add lots of flavor.

8.  Never eat to the point of stuffed and miserable.  Except at Thanksgiving.  =)

 

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