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Flee from the junk before it kills you!
Excessive sugar and sodium are often lurking in processed and prepared foods. If you make your own smoothie with just fresh fruit, yogurt and a splash of fruit juice, you’ve got something healthy and you’re pouring it into your own glass or cup that contains a reasonable serving. One from a smoothie stand may have lots of added sugar and be in a cup that actually contains multiple servings but is sold to you as one. Manufacturers and retailers know people have at least some awareness of the need to make healthier food choices, so marketing exploits this with terms that sound healthy but are often meaningless — i.e. “multi-grain” sounds better, right? Eh, it’s often not, so look for “whole grain” or “whole wheat.” Knowledge is power!
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Love your fruits and veggies!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Heart-healthy, toasty warm and very filling. Oatmeal is a win for cold mornings. I like to add a splash of vanilla soy or coconut milk to it when it’s cooking, then some dried blueberries, apricots and pecans when it hits the bowl.
Lots of yummy smoothie recipes! Super easy to make. Give ‘em a whirl! (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)
Gotta tell it like it is! Step one to better health is eat better. Step two = move more, often a lot more. Starting a fitness routine can boil down to these two changes. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
And why do I put the steps in that order? Well, it is possible to be exercising daily but to still be lining your arteries with fat and overworking your pancreas with sugar. Think before you eat. Plan ahead just a bit and carry healthy snacks in your purse or briefcase or backpack or car. Never let yourself get so starving that you desperately choose bad food. Be prepared!
FRESH is best!
MOTIVATION: processed “food” is poison.
Almost every diet, from the radical no-carb-at-all notions to the tame (and sane) “Healthy Eating Plate” from Harvard, agrees on at least this notion: reduce, or even come close to eliminating, the amount of hyper-processed carbohydrates in your diet, because, quite simply, they’re bad for you. And if you look at statistics, at least a quarter of our calories come from added sugars (seven percent from beverages alone), white flour, white rice, white pasta … are you seeing a pattern here? (Oh, and white potatoes. And beer.)
So what’s Ludwig’s overall advice? “It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with minimally processed carbs. If you take three servings of refined carbohydrates and substitute one of fruit, one of beans and one of nuts, you could eliminate 50 percent of diet-related disease in the United States. These relatively modest changes can provide great benefit.”
The message is pretty simple: unprocessed foods give you a better chance of idealizing your weight — and your health. Because all calories are not created equal.
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