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What the Heck Should I Eat?

What the Heck Should I Eat?

I get this question all the time.  Here are my usual responses:

  • Eat a wide variety of vegetables.
  • Consume small amounts of chicken, fish and fruit.
  • Avoid processed food (including bread) as much as possible.
  • Enjoy some beef or pork, and don’t be afraid of good fats such as avocados and nuts.
  • Limit dairy products such as milk and cheese.
  • Keep sweets to a minimum.
  • Consume more water than you think you need.
  • Don’t drink juice or soda.
  • Choose real food over “fake food.”
  • Breakfast is dangerous – Be certain to consume some protein and healthy fats – It’s very easy to eat just carbs for breakfast.
  • Avoid the following products completely if possible.
    • White rice
    • Flavored yogurt
    • Oatmeal in a pouch
    • Bagels
    • Fruit juice from a container or frozen – (it’s ok to use it in a smoothie).
    • Candy
    • Ice cream
    • Pasta

If you’re interested in more information on this topic, you might look for an interesting documentary by Dr. Mark Hyman called “What the heck should I eat.” It is often replayed on PBS, but it is not online or On Demand as far as I know.

One of the regular podcasts I listen to is called Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron with some great pointers on foods  we might think are healthy to eat but are not.  Two very good episodes are #14 called “Simplifying Nutrition and #45 called “Don’t Get Bamboozled by Big Food.”

Many studies show that people who consume fewer calories over the course of a lifetime tend to live longer.  The bottom line is that eating less will help you to live longer and choosing the right food is critical for weight loss (and weight maintenance) as well as daily well-being.

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