Foods that Benefit Your Body

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Do the foods that you eat really benefit your body? Here are just a few tips to fuel your body and still enjoy what you eat.

Making sure you have enough vegetables in your diet is very important. You want to get all of the nutrients and the fiber that are in vegetables. Try to eat them at every meal. I realize that breakfast can be hard to get those in. Veggie omelets are easy to make. Vegetables such as spinach, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and/or celery are all delicious in an omelet and add so much to your breakfast. I have always said that I like “bang for my buck” when I eat. I am not satisfied with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese for a meal. I want some volume in my meal; after all it has to last until my next meal. Vegetables do that for me.

Keeping your proteins lean is a great way to go. Try to eat fish twice a week. There are so many healthy recipes for chicken breasts and you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef in most of your recipes. Remember though to use the ground turkey breast. A lot of ground turkey includes dark meat as well. You want to use the leaner breast meat. Having beef is okay as long as you limit them to once or twice a week and use the leaner cuts.

We all need fats in our diet. Avoid the saturated and trans fats and eat the healthy fats that you find in nuts and avocados along with the healthier oils such as extra virgin olive, canola, peanut and flaxseed.

So many empty calories are consumed in sugary drinks. I know a woman that lost nearly 60 pounds by cutting out diet sodas. She would drink 1 or 2 2 liter bottles of soda a day! Just by eliminating that sugar, she lost all of that weight! Think of how well her body works now without all of that sugar.

There are healthier alternatives in just about everything that you like to eat. Desserts are no exception but you have to choose wisely. Watch out for those desserts that are marked “low fat or sugar free”. They can give the false sense that you can eat more because it is healthier. That isn’t the case. There are plenty of healthy desserts out there and when you make things yourself, you are in control of what you put into it.

Thinking about what you are eating is a great start to eating foods that are beneficial. Take a minute and think about whether what you are eating is healthier or just something that you are in the habit of eating. Make some changes. You want to enjoy what you are eating but remember to think if it is a good choice in fueling your body.

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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