In addition to what others wrote:
Take out foods that contain sugar and certain carbs that make your body hang onto fat:
Orange Juice (balanced diet, one serving at breakfast, don't drink it all day long!)
Corn Syrup in anything (soda, nearly all bottled drinks)
Soy Milk and products
Canola Oil (olive oil and coconut oil instead, for fat reasons)
Margarine (Yes, use real butter instead; it contains protein, a milk product)
It's back to lean meat, white meat (chicken, fish, seafood, lean pork) one-main ingredient recipes.
Cut back on pasta, just every now and then (once a week on Sunday is only four times a month, remember, just like my Italian grandparents did, with very healthy tomato sauce). Rice and beans instead. Even whole wheat pasta contains sugar.
Eat fruits and veggies, those with less sugar. But you still need some things for balanced diets, like citrus, just eat less quantity. Bananas, apples, and oranges all are high in sugar. So are carrots.)
And cancer feeds off sugar! And there's the diabetes risk, etc.
Eat a handful of raw nuts every day (pistachios, almonds, walnuts are among the best). Eat avocadoes. Eat eggs.
Eat protein first thing in the morning to jump start your metabolism (milk and meat products, some like protein shakes), a few carbs later in the day for energy. Eggs are great here, with veggies in them. Mushrooms.
Go to the used bookstore or thrift store and pick up cookbooks for eggs, meats, and fruits and veggies, and start eating right!
Our Italian grandparents and the Mediterranean Diet had it right!
You will feel full on this lifestyle and eliminate cravings (energy drinks are full of sugar and chemicals)!
Mediterranean diet for heart health - MayoClinic. com
The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
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Aug 6, 2009 ... The Mediterranean Diet is more than a diet. It is a lifelong living style. You have to adopt it, as a religion. Decades ago, it was the ...
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They used to call this a "balanced" diet. What's old is new again! Smaller portions, don't overeat (they used to call that "counting calories", but that is an unfashionable term now; but you still need to figure that out and watch how much you consume during each day compared to your activity, in order not to take in more calories than you are working off, or take in less, in order to burn fat), and fill up on water inbetween meals. Eight glasses a day, restroom every two hours. There you go. You need the water in you to process everything through, and it reduces wrinkles and dry skin. People confuse thirst with hunger, drink water instead!
Yes, you can have an occasional regular dessert and chocolate (oh, chocolate!) with this diet, just count the calories you consume during the day and eat plenty of the other things to fill you up!
If you rebel against meat, then follow the vegetarian recommendations for protein, but you must have protein for a balanced diet.
I am within a few pounds of my ideal weight, all the time, for these reasons. I used to be 20 lbs. overweight at 38, dropped it all, and am healthy and fit now.
(Did you know if you continue to eat like you did when you were 18, that you will gain 2 lbs. per year, when your metabolism changes at around 28 or 30, until "suddenly" you are 20 lbs. overweight? Is THAT how it happened? Okay? Okay.)
If I can do it, you can do it!
- Response by naiveladyquestions
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