New Diet Craze Takes Wind out of Being a Vegan

Many of us are concerned about our environment, and as a result, our meal planning  is beginning to become more environmentally friendly. Until now, the latest trend has been the vegetarian diet which focused on eating solely produce and no meat, but now the Paleo Diet, a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative, has taken the health world by storm!

As the Paleo Diet has become more popular, many of us are wondering how this diet that encourages large consumption of meat contributes to our environment?  Is it possible to be environmentally conscious and still try the new Paleo diet?

The Paleo diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, encourages us to return to the eating habits of cavemen from the Paleolithic era. Over two million years ago, cavemen were hunter-gatherers who spent their days being extremely active; they only ate what they could find which were proteins, healthy fats, and very few carbohydrates.  The Paleo diet trend started with “Paleo Diet for Athletes”, a book written by Joe Friel and Loren Cordian.  In the book, Friel and Cordian argue that our current diets have us eating too many refined sugars, cereals, and dairy products and too few lean meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables or fruit. Their argument is supported by an article that the American Heart Association published in the New England Journal of Medicine where they demonstrate that a low-carb high protein diet is more effective for weight loss than a low-fat high-carb diet.

For those of you who would prefer to consider the environment when planning your meals, there’s evidence that the Paleo diet contributes to the environment in two ways: promoting the growth of  livestock and reducing deforestation by reducing the demand for produce. Also, vegans who love their cheese will be stunned to learn that cheese is bad for our environment and cereal lovers will not like to learn that cereals are known to produce more greenhouse emissions than red meat does.

Although the Paleo diet is not considered an environmentally friendly diet, it clearly is because it supports the consumption of fresh food, and it also supports environmentally sustaining processes. There might still be skeptical people who do not believe that a diet full of meat is such a great idea and there also might be the notion that this diet is simply another trend, but these falsities are irrelevant.  Whether you choose to try this diet or not, it makes us think what we’re putting on the dinner table.

James Kim is a writer for Unique Influence, a content service that publishes articles about trends, current events, and topics of interest.


5 Quick and Easy Dinners

Here are five wonderful dinners that will take you less then 30 min to prepare.

They are not only quick but they are easy as well, you should have everything you need in your pantry.

Try them all and enjoy eating good tasting health food  while on your diet and exercise journey.

Get cooking.

Stay on your diet with these 5 Quick and Easy Dinners

Quick and Easy Dinner 1 – Zesty Mexican Soup

This is a wonderful soup perfect for those cold nights. It will serve a family of seven. It only requires  seven ingredients; cooked chicken, low-sodium chicken broth, vegetable juice, corn, salsa, green chilies, and some cilantro. Mix all together, heat to boiling, let simmer 10 min. then serve. Try the soup with  tortilla chips on the side or even a dollop of low-fat sour cream on top.

Quick and Easy Dinner 2- Tomato and Basil Chicken

Our next 30 minute meal is a wonderful chicken and tomato pasta with nine simple ingredients. The ingredients are fettuccine pasta, onions, olive oil, garlic, salt, and chicken. Oh yea don’t forget the basil and tomato’s. Now your going to cook it. Just cook the pasta, and the chicken then toss all the other ingredients together and serve. This pasta dish will serve 4 and will go great with some garlic toast and a small salad on the side.

Quick and Easy Dinner 3- Salmon with Creamy Cucumber sauce

Try a wonderful salmon dish with a creamy sauce to go with it that will serve a family of four. Start with some salmon, spinach pasta, a little flour, dill weed, and horseradish, then some yogurt, and cucumbers. Cook the pasta as directed on package. While its cooking mix everything else in a 2 qt. pot and heat. After all is hot pour mixture over pasta, then toss and serve with a nice Caesar salad.

Quick and Easy Dinner 4- Pork and Sweet Potato Kabobs

How about trying something grilled. This recipe will only serve  two but you can easily make more without a problem. Start with a wonderful cut of pork tenderloin, some sweet potatoes, zucchini, and rosemary leaves. Place the pork and veggies on the kabob skewers, cook on the grill, and glaze with the wonderful sauce you will prepare. From start to finish this should only take about 20 minutes.  This would be a great way to start the summer and it is so easy the kids can even help.

Quick and Easy Dinner 5-   Home-Style Sausage and Potato Skillet

Try this wonderful potato and sausage meal that is homemade and not out of any box you buy at the store. This recipe is a cheap and easy recipe that will only take about 30 minutes and will taste great anytime. We will be using a dutch oven for this recipe. Start with some thinly sliced potatoes, some turkey sausage, and onions. Throw in a few spices like salt, paprika, dried thyme leaves, and some pepper. Cook the sausage and the onions then add everything else. The finished meal will be a savory sausage and potato dinner. Don’t forget to add some nice green vegetables with that meal.

Enjoy these wonderful quick and easy dinner ideas.

You can visit ( www.eatbetteramerica.com) for the full recipes and cooking instructions.

Remember to stay strong and never give up on your diet and exercise program.  Always keep your minds focused.

Written By Melisa Thompson

Are You Ready to Lose Weight

3 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

manchoiceDid you know that there are three easy ways to lose weight?

Eat less, Eat differently, and Move more.

You’re probably saying “Yeah, I knew that, but how exactly do I implement them?”

Once you master these 3 easy ways to lose weight, you’ll be surprised at how easily the pounds come of. Let’s look at the 3 ways individually:

Easy Way to Lose Weight #1 – Eat Less

Many people believe this is the hardest of the three methods for losing weight. It really doesn’t have to be.

Remember eating less doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food – It’s eating fewer calories. Think of creative and imaginative ways to begin to eat less. Here are some tips you can start with:

  • Eat from a smaller plate
  • Fill your plate 1/2 full of low cal vegetables
  • Put each item of food into it’s own small bowl or plate
  • Drink lots of water – most cravings are actually due to thirst
  • Eat a bowl of vegetable soup before each meal
  • Chew each bit thoroughly – Savor the flavor
  • Put your fork down after each bite

The possibilities are endless. Just put on your creative hat and try something new. Be sure to leave us a comment with the tips that help you eat less.

Easy Way to Lose Weight #2 – Eat Differently

You don’t want to do a complete re-haul on your eating behaviors all at once. Begin with small changes and move on from there. You’ll find that there’s really a big payoff when you begin to eat differently.

Most overweight people are really lacking on their 5 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If this is you, why not try eating just one more serving then you’re currently eating.

If you’re not eating any fruits and vegetables, then start by adding one fruit to your diet each day. Maybe at breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. Fruit is naturally sweet and will help ward off craving later in the day.

Each week add one more serving of fruits or vegetables to your daily diet. Before you know it, you’ll easily be consuming your 5 to 8 servings daily without out much effort or thought on your part.

Other small changes you can make are:

  • Eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread
  • Eat brown rice or whole wheat pasta in place of their white counterparts
  • Begin cooking with olive oil
  • Use one less teaspoon of sugar in your coffee or tea
  • Have a small salad before lunch and dinner

The BIG thing to remember is to change just one thing at a time.

Easy Way to Lose Weight #3 – Move More

Stop groaning …. It’s not that painful. No one is asking you to train for a marathon or workout for hours a day.

You need to start with where you are at right now. Add movement to your regular daily activities.

You should be walking at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t need to be all at once though. Try walking in place or walking around your home during commercial breaks – or every hour.

Do you realize if you took a 5 minute walk around your home or office every hour that within ten hours your would have walked for 50 minutes?

Try moving your arms too. Do some stretching exercises. Lift a 5 pound weight at your desk every hour.

Other simple ways to move more include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, parking further from your destination instead of in front of it, and playing with your kids outside (which would be good for everyone).

Don’t stop with these suggestions, get your creative juices flowing.

Remember, you only have to do three easy things to bring about a weight change.


Overview of Weight Watchers

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Weight Watchers has been around since the early 1960’s and has helped millions of people lose weight. Their program has changed over the decades, making it easier to follow and therefore stick with.

The Plan

The new PointsPlus system at Weight Watchers is a pretty easy plan to follow; Each serving of food is given a point value based on calories, fat, and fiber content. You are allowed to eat so many points per day based on your gender, weight and height.  There is a lot of flexibility built into the plan to allow for treats and going out. There is also a list of Power Foods that you can enjoy which will help keep you full and satisfied longer. There are no required or restricted foods. Simply, stay within your point range and watch the weight drop off.

Live Meetings

There are Weight Watchers meetings available in just about every city, town and village. Look in your local phone book or online to find one near you. To join Weight Watchers locally, you will pay an enrollment fee, as well as weekly meeting fees. You will receive some books and other diet aids at the time of enrollment, and there are other books and products available for purchase separately, as well.

At the weekly meetings, you will weigh in privately with the secretary only. He or she will record your weight each week. This is probably the biggest motivator for some people to stick with the program. You also gain lots of encouragement from the other members, as well as lots of healthy eating and exercise tips from the instructor by attending regular meetings.

As a Weight Watchers paid member you have the option of purchasing eTools which includes access to thousands of recipes, trackers and other tools to help you along your weight loss journey.

Weight Watchers Online

If you don’t want to attend live meetings, consider joining Weight Watchers Online. Fees are paid up front for a specified amount of time, and then deducted monthly from your credit card once the initial time period has passed. Their online program includes Points trackers, Activity trackers, weight trackers, recipes, a forum and chat rooms, a Points calculator and much more. If you can make your way around a website at all, you’ll find Weight Watchers Online  very easy and convenient to use.

Whether you have 5 pounds or 100 pounds or more to lose, Weight Watchers is a great program for just about anyone looking to lose weight and keep it off.  Their program is designed to help you adjust your lifestyle to one that includes healthy eating and exercise that will last a lifetime.

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Eat Soup - Lose Weight

Eat Soup – Lose Weight

Yep, a bowl of piping hot soup filled with vegetables not only warms your inside it can actually help you to lose weight!

Soup helps you lose weight and is a great way to get your recommended servings of vegetables each day. Be creative and try different vegetables in soups. Try making your own soup, it’s lower in sodium and has less preservatives.

Be careful of the cheesy and creamy soups because they are higher in calories and fat. Doesn’t mean you can’t ever have them … But be careful of them if you are eating soup to lose weight.

Just enjoy them in moderation. You want to add soup to a nutritionally balanced diet. Do not try to lose weight by only eating soup. For lunch, have soup and a sandwich and for dinner have a cup of soup prior to your meal.

Studies that Show how Eating Soup helps you lose weight:

A two-year French study found that people who ate soup five or six times a week were more slender than those who did not eat soup.

A study by Pennsylvania State University found that people who ate soup one or two times a day as part of a reduced calorie diet were more successful in losing weight.

Another study by Penn State concluded that by beginning a meal with soup, volunteers reduced the amount they ate by an average of 100 calories per meal.

And another study at Penn State found that foods high in water content has a strong impact on feeling full and satisfied … The study was in three parts:

1. The volunteers ate a chicken rice casserole appetizer before their meal

2. The volunteers ate the chicken rice casserole as a soup (The cooks just added one cup of water to the previous rice casserole).

3. The volunteers ate the chicken rice casserole appetizer followed by drinking a glass of water.

The RESULTS – the volunteers ate one third fewer calories when the chicken rice was consumed in soup form. They did not get hungrier earlier or eat a bigger dinner later.

TIP: To reduce the fat in your soup … refrigerate right after you make it. As it cools that fat rises to the top and you can skim it off the surface. Reheat and enjoy!

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Four Healthy Winter Breakfasts

Why do we seem to eat more food during the winter?

Do we somehow figure that it is okay to add a little more fat or cushion to our bodies to help keep us warm when it’s so cold?

After all, it works for the bears, right?

However, for us, moving less but eating more does not equal a healthy lifestyle even if it is just for the winter.

It is possible to eat, and feel full without adding excess weight and ruining our diet plan. You can stay warm and healthy during the winter by starting off with a healthy breakfast.

You work hard to lose weight, or maintain your weight while the weather was warm so don’t ruin it just because it is bitter and cold out.

Four Healthy Winter Breakfasts

Healthy Breakfast #1 – Oatmeal

You can get your oatmeal in great little instant packages with flavors like strawberries and cream, maple and brown sugar, and cinnamon and apples now. It doesn’t have to be like the pasty, gray stuff you ate as a kid.

The oats provide fiber (both soluble and insoluble) which helps stabilize blood sugar which can help prevent overeating later in the day. The slow release of energy by your body is great for keeping you going at a steady pace. You can make your oatmeal with water or milk. Keep in mind using skim milk will also provide vitamin D.

Healthy Breakfast #2 – Fruit filled breads

Many people find themselves in a hurry all the time. This may mean having a warm breakfast is out of the question, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a nutritious meal!

Muffin mix recipes can be used for sweet bread – Banana Nut, Cranberry-Raisin, and Blueberry bread. For variety you can add fresh or dried fruits to the batter.

These breads are fast and easy to make and eat. Using the combination of whole grains and fruit makes it a healthy winter breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast #3 -Eggs, cheese and sausage

A mixture of protein, carbohydrates, and fats equal a good, healthy breakfast. You get protein and some fat from both eggs and cheese. You can always substitute low fat cheeses but keep in mind fat free cheese doesn’t seem to melt as well.

Turkey sausage or bacon provides you with protein from meat, which we often crave. If this is not an everyday option, you can designate weekends as a time for the entire family to sit down and enjoy a good hearty, healthy, hot breakfast together. (This promotes good winter health habits as well as the perfect excuse to spend some quality family time together.)

Healthy Breakfast #4 – Unsweetened Cereals

Cereal is still a part of a balanced breakfast, and this doesn’t change just because the weather outside does. Try cereals that obtain their sweetness from honey or cinnamon. These ingredients are better for you as they are fortified with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to consume every day.

Add a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee with a slice of whole grain or wheat toast and you have a fast, healthy, well balanced breakfast before school or work.

Think about your breakfast habits. Your body craves carbohydrates which lead to eating more food. This instinct to hibernate is natural in our bodies. However you can overcome this and prevent a larger version of “you” during the spring by continuing to watch what you eat during the winter. Try these breakfast alternatives to help you stay informed of what you are consuming during this cold, unforgiving season!

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Make Your Weight Loss New Years Resolution a Reality

new-years-resoulution-dietIs your New Year’s resolution to lose weight?

If so, you are one of millions of Americans who have set a weight loss resolution. Unfortunately, most give up their quest to lose weight in just a few months. If you are serious about losing weight, you do not want this to happen. So, how do you ensure your meet your New Year’s goal of losing weight?

Write down your New Year’s resolution.

For many, simply saying “I want to lose weight,” isn’t enough. Many Americans lead hectic lives, so it is easy to forget. Instead, write down your resolution. Not only that, write it down many times and place it in different locations. Consider your weaknesses. Do you head to the cookie jar in the middle of the night or do you head to the refrigerator when stressed out? Put small sticky notes reminding you of your New Year’s resolution. That second thought can prevent you from overeating or eating unhealthy foods.

Give it time. It is important to remember the phrase “New Year.” You are making the resolution to lose weight, but for the entire year. This is an important fact that many seem to forget. Losing weight takes time. The more you weigh, the more time you will spend shedding extra pounds. For that reason, give it time. Don’t expect to lose 50 pounds in one month. Unless you opt for gastric bypass surgery, it will not happen. Achieving your New Year’s resolution isn’t a race, so don’t make it one.

Don’t give up. As previously stated, weight loss is not something that can be achieved overnight or even in a month. Unfortunately, this is not what most want to hear. If you are obese, it can literally take you all year to slim down. During that time, you will experience many ups and downs. One week you may lose 5 pounds and the next you may gain 2. Despite the frustration, don’t give up. If you want to achieve your New Year’s resolution weight loss goal, you need to stay focused and on task, no matter how hard it is.

Have a friend help.

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions. As previously stated, weight loss is a common one. If you know of someone, like a close friend or family member, who also has the same resolution, rely on them for help. Make that person your workout buddy. Start taking daily walks or jogs together. If you weakness is buying unhealthy foods at the grocery store, go shopping with your weight loss buddy. Those who have a strong support system are more likely to achieve their weight loss goal and turn their New Year’s resolution into a reality.

Create mini-goals.

New Years resolutions are all about taking one big thing in your life and changing it. Your goal is to lose weight, but it isn’t as simple as saying “I want to lose weight.” You need to create mini-goals for yourself. The best approach to take is to start with the month of January. For week one, start exercising. For week two, start buying healthy foods at the store. For week three, start eating healthy. When you tackle weight loss one step at a time, you are more likely to achieve your goal.

Try again.

Many people are unable to meet their New Years resolutions. In fact, some stop trying after only a month or two. If that happens, remember that it is possible to start from scratch again. A New Year’s resolution isn’t a race; you have all year to meet your weight loss goal. So, even if it involves starting again in July, you can still meet your New Year’s goal.

In short, weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but it is also the one that most individuals give up on. By creating mini-goals, enlisting the help of a friend, giving it time, and not giving up, your New Years resolution will no longer be just a goal, but a reality.

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Exercising – Where Should I Start?

Fitness becomes more important as you age, but it is vital for people of all ages. Exercise can prevent injuries and slow the signs of aging while keeping your mind and body healthy.

Making the decision to get in shape is one of the most important steps in getting fit, however it doesn’t stop there.

Many people just don’t know how to get started and end up losing their way. Maybe you’ve been in shape before and strayed, or maybe you’ve never really tried to get in shape before.

Either way, here are some tips to get on track-NO MATTER YOUR AGE.

1. The Doctor

You’ve probably seen or heard this message multiple times: Consult your doctor before starting a diet and exercise program. You probably ignore this message however it is important for everyone, even more so as you age. We’ve all heard of seniors running (and even winning) marathons, or climbing treacherous mountains, but just because their body is built for those things doesn’t mean yours is-no matter your age.

If you choose to start a fitness program without consulting your doctor, you could be putting your health in serious danger. Your doctor will check for problems, which if found they can help you take steps and choose a routine that will reduce your risk. They can also advise you on how to get fit in a safe manner.

2. The Gym

Gyms are always a great place to start when you decide to get (or stay) fit. Many gyms have been geared towards younger people with a high fitness level, however a lot of places are starting to catch on and market towards baby boomers. There are classes, programs and equipment designed for beginners, or people with less mobility. Many gyms also offer start-up programs which are great to help those of us who haven’t been to a gym in a while (or ever) get going. They can recommend exercises and programs which are designed just for you and your fitness level.

3. Fitness Clubs

The gym just isn’t for everyone. So, if it isn’t your thing, try a walking club or some other kind of fitness club. You can get social support along with your workout, and many clubs offer fringe benefits such as health check-ups or discounts. Most local malls now have walking clubs because they offer benefits such as being in a climate controlled setting, and it is typically safer than walking in the open streets.

4. Your Friends

Having a back-up system to keep you motivated is one of the biggest factors in determining whether you will stick with your workout plan or not. If you have friends who work out or participate in physical activites, ask if you can join in. Friends are usually happy to help you out, plus they’re usually excited have a friend interested in what they do. On the other hand, if most of your friends aren’t very active either, try to motivate them to get active with you. You can research your options together and neither of you will feel so out of place because you’ll have each other. You can also help keep each other motivated.

The most important part of an exercise program is to have fun! Remember that, so you’ll be much more likely to stick with it and reap the full benefits for a long time to come.

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Create a Weight Loss Support System

Losing weight is one of the most difficult challenges many of us face. Having a support system makes your weight loss goals much easier to attain.

Not only will a support system help motivate you through the tough times, but it will make it much easier to succeed and cheer you on when you do succeed.

Creating a system of support to achieve your weight loss goals is that much easier with these five great ideas:

Weight Loss Support System #1 – Family

One of the easiest support systems will most likely be your family. They love you unconditionally, they want you to succeed and they are always around.

Moms are great for complimenting you on your goals …
“You look great today!”
“I can tell you have been exercising, it’s really paying off!”

Our children are superb at calling us out on our slip-ups,
“Did you eat the last piece of cake, mom?”

And of course our extended families are helpful by asking about our status,
“So have you dropped those ten pounds you were working on losing?”

Husbands or wives are there to cheer for you when you succeed and hold you when you slip.

By providing you with an environment of support, your family members can help you attain your goals. This is great for goals other than losing weight as well. Such as if you are trying to quit smoking, your spouse or family members may try to quit with you, or smoke outside, and of course never offer to pick up a pack for you when they’re out.

Weight Loss Support System #2 – Friends

Friends challenge you to succeed, making them a superior support system. They keep you focused on your goals and make you laugh.

More importantly, they will often join you on your quest for a healthier lifestyle. You can join (or create) a walking club or exercise group where you get together three times a week for laughter and fitness.

If all of you are trying to lose weight, weekly calls or coffee meetings to discuss your trials and successes during the week can help keep everyone motivated and on track.

Weight Loss Support System #3 – Online

Chat rooms, forums, and online support groups are incredibly successful tools. Because of their success, specific chat rooms have been created to help people meet and attain their fitness and weight loss goals.

Besides chat rooms and social networking support sites, there are many other online tools available to help you track your success. There is a Google plug-in that tracks your fitness. You can use it to track your mileage if you’re running, swimming or cycling and you can also track your weight lifting progress. This allows you to track the statistics of your workout, and how you felt afterward.

Weight Loss Support System #4 – Programs

Many weight loss programs offer some kind of support system. It is crucial for us to have support as we embark on something important (and in many cases difficult).

Weight Watchers offer meetings, Jenny Craig has in office support or online support, and Curves offers support with their fitness programs, eDiets offers support via online meetings, phone consultations with a nutritionist, fitness support and of course their multiple forums.

Program support is often the best support because other people in the program are going through the same thing as you – or they have been there before. They understand your struggles. It is easier to offer advice and tips to one another, because you understand what each other is going through.

Weight Loss Support System #5 – Journal

You can always count on yourself. Journaling your successes can help you stay motivated. Tracking your struggles can help you understand yourself better.

When you are having a bad day, read your journal .. your successes and the milestones you’ve already achieved – this helps you stay motivated to achieve all of your weight loss goals . Use the slip-ups to figure out what triggered those moments of weakness – this helps you to find alternative actions you can take the next time and helps you to avoid certain situations in the future.

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4 Steps to Dieting

Dieting Step 1: Talking to Your Doctor

Before starting on any diet and exercise program you need to discuss it with your doctor first. When you go to see him/her you need to discuss with him/her your current weight, your healthy weight, and how much weight you should try to lose. After discussing this with your doctor you and him/her can come up with the proper diet and exercise program that fits you and you body. Everyone has a different metabolism and a different body structure so it is important to find your type of program.

Dieting Step 2: Starting Your Exercise Program

So you have already discussed with your doctor what kind of exercise program would best suit you. When first starting your exercise program you should always start out slow and do exercises that your might enjoy like swimming or playing a sport that way you wont get burned out in the first week.

There are many different types of exercising you can choose we are going to discuss one of the many different type of exercise that are very good for you and your weight loss.

Walking is probably the easiest one of all most everyone can do it.  Start out at a slow pace and a short distance at first then you need to slowly increase your speed and your distance as time goes on. The faster your walk and longer your distance that you go the more calories you will burn off at a time and not only that but walking also burns the stored fat that is on your body already. Remember always drink plenty of water while exercising.

Dieting Step 3: Foods We Eat

Many of the foods we eat can be helpful or hurtful for our diet and exercise programs. We always want to check to see what we should be eating and how much we should eat. Everyone will have different meal programs to go by because everyone is different. Always make sure that you don’t starve yourself that will only put your weight loss on hold. When you starve yourself you may lose weight but you are not loosing fat you are loosing muscle. Your body will hold on to the fat so it can survive.

Here are some foods we should try to leave alone or not eat a lot of. Sugar, sweeteners, butter substitutes, margarine, and processed foods, like snack cakes, frozen dinners, ect.. They are high in fat, sodium, and lots of preservatives which are not good for your body.

Some of the good foods we can eat: Eggs, avocados, olive oil, real butter, raw nuts, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and coconut oil.

Dieting Step 4: Cooking Our Food

Everyone likes fried foods right. Well how about trying something a little different. Go out and buy you a George Foremen grill. You can cook your hamburgers on it or maybe grill you a nice juicy steak. How about making some fried chicken in the oven, or even baking  french fries. Baking in the oven or grilling are two of the healthiest ways to cook. You don’t have to use all of the oil and the extra oil from your meat on the grill drains off.

Do you ever have a sweet tooth? Well if you must make a cake try to use applesauce instead of oil it will bake the same way and taste just as good without the oil and you can sprinkle powdered sugar on the top instead of using that sweet icing that is full of fat and sugar. Try to eat some fresh fruit, or ever a sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. You will find your mouth watering for more.

Written by Melissa Thompson

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