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Diet Checklist

Diet Checklist

Lauren Meir

Channel: Lauren MeirPublished on May 7, 2012

Trying to lose weight for the summer? Incorporate these healthy eating habits into your lifestyle and you'll notice big changes...fast! Eat fresh, whole foods, drink plenty of water, and watch the pounds drop - the healthy way!

Tips

Did You now what are next generation foods? These are nutrient-rich foods that either 'contains' the next generation, nourishes it, or both. For example, eggs! The perfect protein, eggs contain all the essential amino acids for humans, and are loaded with nutrients like folic acid, calcium, and several key vitamins. Certain nuts - also the "seeds of new life" contain healthy fats and amino acids (like walnuts, which are rich in omega-3). Also beans, lentils, and other legumes are high in fiber and a good source of plant protein.

Helpful Hints:

  • Go slow. Tryintegratingjust a few of the above mentioned healthy habits into your diet, and you'll start to notice a change. Not only will you feel fuller longer, but as your body adapts you'll start craving fresh fare over pre-packaged products. Even cutting out refined flour and grains (such as white bread and rice) with whole grain alternatives will become second nature.
  • Incorporate moderate exercise into your schedule. Take the dog for a brisk walk, or play with the kids outside.
  • It's ok to cheat occasionally! In fact, some studies show it may actually help you maintain your healthy habits. If you maintain a healthy diet, there's no reason you can't partake in a piece of pizza or birthday cake once in awhile. Just make sure you know what's right for you. For some people, the occasional treat during special occasions is enough. For others, one cheat meal a week is acceptable.
 

Lauren Meir

Channel: Lauren MeirPublished on May 7, 2012

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