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Any good, balanced diet should b...

Posted Sep 14 2008 2:55pm

Any good, balanced diet should be made up of three types of food:

1. Protein

2. Carbs (starchy and fibrous)

3. Healthy Fats

I’m sure you’ve heard this before but if you’re anything like me it can be very confusing trying to figure out what foods are what and when to eat them!

I’ve put together a list of what foods are what and when to eat them during the day. Read on to find out more.

The experts in the industry recommend you have:

* Protein at every meal including snacks

* Starchy Carbs during the day (oatmeal, wholegrains, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, potatoes)

* Fibrous Carbs at night (most veges except for those mentioned above)

* Healthy Fats daily but still in moderation

Protein can be obtained through a variety of sources including meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds. The majority of your carb intake should be taken from veges and fruit for best weight loss results and general health. Healthy fats are important for the health of your heart and rebuilding muscle.

Good Protein Foods

Chicken
Lean Beef
Turkey
Tuna
Eggs
Egg Whites
Shrimp
Beans (kidney, lima, pinto etc)
Miso Soup
Nuts (peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans etc)
Seeds (pumpkin and sunflower)
Protein bars and powder
Low Fat Milk
Cottage Cheese
Low Fat Yoghurt

Good Carb Foods

100% Wholegrain bread and pasta
Brown Rice
Oatmeal
Bran Cereal
Buckwheat
Sweet Potatoes
Brocolli
Spinach
Lettuce
Bok Choy
Cabbage
Tomatoes
Asparagus
Carrots
Apples
Grapefruit
Bananas
Oranges
Berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
Grapes

Healthy Fat Foods

Flaxseed Oil
Olive Oil
Fish Oil
Oily fish (like sardines, salmon and mackerel)
Nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
Seeds (pumpkin and sunflower)
Avocado

Here’s an example of what I eat in a day

Meal 1: Oatmeal with water and 1 scoop of protein powder

Meal 2: Chopped veges with cottage cheese

Meal 3: Rice wrap with salad, chicken and hummus

Meal 4: Protein shake with 1/2 cup of berries

Meal 5: Stirfry chicken with veges

Hope this has made all the scientific talk a little easier for you! There are definitely weight loss super foods that you should always add to your diet.

Ps. I have to recommend Valerie’s book again for this post.

She has made the nutrition section SO easy that literally anyone can not only follow it but stick to it. PLUS I’m on Day 5 and have already lost 1kg! :)

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