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Jumpstart Your New Year By Cleaning Up Your Nutrition!

Posted Jan 06 2010 6:00am

Here we are in the New Year 2010, we have set goals that are attainable to reach, we have set ourselves up for winning the goals but what else do we need to know to make this easier?

Cleaning up nutrition, the food we put in our bodies.  Learning what to eat and what to leave out without feeling deprived is what is going to make us winners in this goal.

The closer a food is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Fresh fruits and berries are great and will satisfy a craving for sweets. Whole vegetables have lots of vitamins and minerals, so eat more green, orange and yellow vegetables. Steam them to retain the most nutritional value and be careful with sauces, they may be high in calories and fats that aren’t good for you.

Any pasta or baked goods should be made from whole grains. Avoid sugary snacks and pastries as well. An apple is good for you, an apple pie really isn’t.
Shop for lean meats and don’t forget the fish. Baked fish and chicken are healthier than fried.
Stick to water, milk and 100% fruit and vegetable juices as your main beverages and limit sugary soft drinks. If you get tired of plain water, add a slice of lemon or lime to add a touch of flavor.

Unhealthy Foods to Avoid

·                        Battered and deep fried foods
·                        Sugary sodas
·                        Processed lunch meats
·                        Greasy snack chips
·                        White bread and refined pasta
·                        Most canned spaghetti and ravioli
·                        Sugary breakfast cereals
·                        Frozen fried chicken, fish sticks and corn dogs

Healthy Foods to Enjoy

·                        Green and brightly colored vegetables
·                        Dark leafy greens and lettuce
·                        Fresh fruits and berries
·                        Lean turkey and chicken
·                        Nuts, dried fruits and healthy snacks
·                        Whole grain breads and pasta
·                        Healthy cooking oils like canola and olive oils
·                        Grass fed beef and bison
·                        Cold water oily ocean fish
·                        Low fat milk or soy beverages
·                        Nuts, seeds, and legumes

Assess Your Lifestyle

Consider these questions, then think of things you can do to change these:
·                        Do you eat because you are bored, sad, or happy?
·                        Do you snack in front of the TV without even giving it much thought?
·                        Are most of your meals eaten at home or in restaurants?
·                        How often do you eat fast food?
·                        Do you like to cook?
·                        How often do you grocery shop?
·                        Do you skip breakfast or lunch, then overeat later in the day?
·                        How big are the portions you consume?
·                        Do you crave sweets?
·                        Are there foods you won’t give up?

If you are an emotional eater, keep the junk food like potato chips, tortilla chips, ice cream, and candy out of the house. Keep healthy snacks like fruits, crunchy vegetables with dips, or nuts handy.

Simple things like this are what will help you to either move closer to or farther away from your health and fitness make the right decisions!
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