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Magic food I was visiting a friend a few years ago, and when she opened a cupboard in her kitchen, several boxes of food from a popular weight loss program fell out. She explained that she wasn't strictly on the program anymore, and hadn't reached her goal weight, but she still purchased the foods in hopes that it would help her to eventually lose weight. In spite of the fact that she is an intelligent person, the commercials with the svelte movie stars had half convinced her that there was some magic in the food itself! Stereotypes If you were asked to make a list of diet food, my guess is that it would include such things as celery sticks, carrot sticks, rice cakes, cottage cheese, poached fish, salads, and depending on which weight loss regimens you have been on, you might also mention cabbage soup, grapefruit, cider vinegar and even coconut oil. Some might include those frozen meals such as Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice, or the commercially available foods connected to diets such as Weight Watchers and South Beach Diet. For others, like my friend, diet food arrives at the door in the form of pre-packaged meals provided by the program they signed up for, the two most popular being Nutri-System and Jenny Craig. A broader meaning If any of these examples represents your definition of diet food, you need to get a new dictionary. While some of these foods can form part of a healthy weight loss diet, the list of diet foods can include any and all whole foods, when eaten in appropriate portions, and should always include foods that you enjoy and can eat for the rest of your life. Narrow diet = Recidivism If there is one way to insure that, even if you lose weight, you will gain it all back, it is to define the food you can eat in such a narrow way. You tell yourself that you will eat this diet food until you achieve your goal and then you will go back to eating all of the foods you really like. This kind of thinking is an absolute prescription for painful frustration and demoralizing failure. Thousands, maybe millions of people lose weight using this thinking, and then find themselves gaining it all back, and then some, when they stop eating so-called diet food and go back to eating normal food. Billions of dollars are spent every year on diet food, but we are still more overweight


than we have ever been. It's time to change your thinking. First, stop thinking about foods in terms of diet food and normal food, and instead start thinking of healthy food versus unhealthy food. Healthy food includes fruits, vegetables-not just carrots and celery sticks, whole grains, lean meats, whole eggs, legumes, low-fat dairy products and good fats such as monounsaturated fats and even nuts and dark chocolate. This represents a huge list of foods and they all can form part of a successful weight loss plan and more importantly a successful life plan to maintain your weight once you have lost it. Know your portions Next, think about the amount of food you eat and educate yourself about portion size. Most people, especially overweight people, fool themselves about how much they are eating. If you don't know what a cup of strawberries looks like, or 3 oz. of lean meat, then measure it once or twice until you do know. Ignorance is no excuse under the law or in healthy eating. For example, a 1600-calorie diet, the portion sizes for each day would be 1-1/2 cups of fruit, 2 cups vegetables, 5 oz. whole grains, 5 oz. lean meat, 3 cups low-fat dairy and 4 tsp. oils. Keeping track Finally, keep a food diary, in which you write down everything you eat, including portions. You probably won't need to do this forever, but just until you learn eating habits that lead to a healthy weight and lifestyle. Recording what you eat each day has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to achieve success with weight loss. You can use a simple pen and pad of paper, one of the inspirational food journals that are on the market, or do it online at any one of several free dieting sites such as sparkpeople.com, where you can also take advantage of community support. Make your own magic In the incident mentioned above, my friend looked a bit sheepish when those boxes of programmed diet food were revealed. I understood perfectly how she felt. Who of us has not been tempted by the promises of a trim, attractive celebrity assuring that we too, can achieve the same result if we are willing to trade our dollars for some of their magic diet food? The good news is that we can decide to make our own magic, and instead use those dollars to choose a variety of delicious whole foods, in appropriate portions and establish habits that can bring a lifetime of looking good and feeling well.

I am convinced that what we eat and how we eat plays a major role in how we feel and particularly, how well we are. For this reason, I would like as many people as possible to become more aware of what healthy eating involves, and of the extreme benefits that can be found in


being conscious of what and how we eat. Eat and be healthy with my warmest regards, Suzy Staywell http://healthy-eating-support.org http://www.healthy-eating-support.org/Healthy-Eating-Weight-Loss.html

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