You know the scenario: after only a few days of
overindulging in the wrong kind of foods, you can't fit
into those fabulous slacks that looked so great on you
before. You feel bloated and discontent. Take heart! You
can avoid gaining weight and feeling depressed - and you
don't have to eat like a rabbit to stay trim!
What are your best food choices for maintaining your
weight and feeling great? First, we must acknowledge that
there are a variety of healthy diets, one of which may be
better for you than others. You may feel best with less
protein and fats from meat or dairy, and plenty of fresh,
raw vegetables, fruits, with a little fish. A friend or
family member may only feel good on a diet that includes an
abundance of red meat and eggs. Yet others do well on a
Mediterranean or South Beach style nutritional program. All
of these choices are good for different people.
No matter what kind of healthy diet you prefer, you will
feel better and succeed in looking fabulous when you follow
the tips provided here.
Revelation on a New York to Los Angeles
Six hours on a transcontinental flight demands a
creative approach to keep boredom and restlessness at bay.
One of the most memorable moments was during lunchtime,
when I decided to do a little research. There were three
choices of entrees; fish, steak, or pasta.
I thought, 'This is interesting. Let's see whether there
are any significant differences in the physiques of the
people who chose the various entrees.'
The stewardess slowly made her way toward me, calling
out the entree selection (either fish, steak, or pasta) as
she handed them out. I carefully noted the physique of each
person receiving each entree.
By the time the stewardess had handed out all the meals,
I was in a state of amazement. Every single person who
had asked for the pasta was notably overweight. Every
person who received the fish or steak was of normal weight
and looked healthier than their carbohydrate-loving
counterparts. I never forgot that scenario!
A Secret About Processed Food
Many nutrients, such as vitamin C, enzymes, and B
vitamins are rendered useless by temperatures over 150
degrees. Processed foods such as chips and canned foods are
often heated to temperatures exceeding 500 degrees.
Anything canned or bottled has been pasteurized. Even if
the label says vitamins were added, you don't know if they
were added and then destroyed in the pasteurization
All processed foods are, to a greater or lesser extent,
a nutritional wasteland. In fact, foods lacking enzymes,
vitamins and other nutrients needed for digestion and
absorption usually deplete nutrients from your body during
the digestive process. This can leave you feeling tired and
depleted if you ingest a significant quantity of 'empty
You may not know this secret about processed foods: When
you eat 'empty calorie' foods, your body is starved for
real nutrition. This will keep you hungry, and can
contribute to compulsive eating. By following the
suggestions below, you will not only find it easier to lose
weight and stay trim, you will be significantly
1 - As much as possible, avoid or minimize refined
carbohydrates such as confectioner's sugar, corn syrup and
white flour. Candy canes, ribbon candy, cakes and soft
drinks contain copious amounts of sugar.
Also, remember that all alcoholic beverages are, in
essence, 'super carbohydrates.' You will minimize the
glycemic effect (blood sugar high and subsequent crash) if
you eat some protein and fat, such as some cheese or fish,
before consuming alcohol or sweets. However, you are
much better off avoiding alcohol and sugary foods
2 - Avoid potato chips, corn chips, and all other highly
processed junk food snacks. Yes, they may taste good, and
it's satisfying to eat something crunchy. Also, if your
body is lacking enough minerals such as calcium and
magnesium, that can contribute to cravings for the salt
these snacks contain. In addition, the high
temperatures that are used to process many crunchy
grain-based snacks, distorts the molecular structure of the
fats and carbohydrates so that they become toxic
Potato chips, for example, have been found to contain a
substance called acrylamide. Acrylamide is formed when
foods containing starch are fried or baked at high
temperatures. High heat alters the molecular structure of
starches (as well as protein and fats), turning them from
beneficial nutrients into toxins. These toxins have been
found to be cancer-causing.
Interestingly, Reuters news agency reported that The
Environmental Law Foundation in California has filed
notices with the state attorney general against the
following potato chip manufacturers of the following
brands: Lay's, Pringles, Cape Cod, and Kettle Chips. This
is just one example of why it is good to avoid processed
Here are examples of a few other chemicals commonly
found in commercial foods:
1) Monosodium glutamate is known as an excititoxin. It
literally overstimulates brain neurons to the point where
they self-destruct. Loss of memory and hyperactivity are
two common results.
2) Coloring agents have been shown to be
3) Most preservatives are hazardous to health. Nitrate,
for example is directly linked to the development of
For meals, choose salads, lightly cooked vegetables,
chicken, fish, lamb, or beef. You are far better off
reaching for celery and carrot sticks, apples, cheese, nuts
and other whole food snacks, and totally avoiding processed
junk food. Avoid starchy dishes such as mashed potatoes,
white rice, and pasta!
Gloriously Delicious Foods for Weight Loss
OK, I promised you that you don't have to eat like a
rabbit to lose weight. You can richly and joyously satisfy
your palatte while reducing your cravings for fattening
Fat (the right kind) does not make you fat! While
I don't advocate extremes of diet, there is some validity
to the clinical findings of Dr. Robert Atkins. When people
could not lose weight even on the diet he usually
recommended, he would put them on a short-term very
high-fat diet with great success. In one study, a group of
people were put on a water fast, and another group were put
on a 99% fat diet. Guess which group lost the most weight?
The people eating fat!
As Dr. William Campbell Douglass points out, when the
farmer wants to fatten livestock, what does he feed them?
Grains! Lots and lots of grains! While some people do
alright eating a moderate amount of whole grain products,
for someone trying to lose weight, grain foods are the
first that should be eliminated (after alcohol, refined
sugar, and processed foods).
Here is a list of tasty foods that can help with losing
weight and looking fabulous.
- Wild salmon and other fish
- Grass fed beef and lamb
- Organic or naturally raised poultry
- Eggs from naturally raised, free-range chickens or
- Raw dairy products:
Cheeses from Switzerland (where it is required that aged
cheese is raw) - Emmenthaler, Gruyere, or Swiss cheese
Raw whole milk or cream (if you can get it from a local
farmer). A few states allow the sale of raw milk and
Yogurt (without sugar and fruit ingredients)
- Dark green leafy vegetables
Romaine, butterhead, and other lettuce varieties
Chicory and endive
Parsley, cilantro, and other fresh herbs
- Low glycemic (high fiber with carbs that are slowly
absorbed) fruits (try to buy low-spray or organic)
- Brassica vegetables
Red and green cabbage
- Olive oil
- Fresh lemons and limes
- Fresh raw nuts (Avoid nuts roasted in oil, covered
with salt, sugar, and flavorings, and nuts that are old and
rancid. Also, limit intake of nuts as they can be difficult
to digest in more than small amounts. Nuts contain more
carbohydrates than most of the foods on this list, so can
cause weight gain when too many are eaten).
- Herb teas (flavored with stevia if you're like me and
like sweet taste but don't want the glycemic effect. Stevia
has NO effect on blood sugar).
With such a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods to
choose from, you can lose weight and always look fit and