July 23, 2009

TV Timeout

Finally, a "diet" eating plan I can stand behind!
Honestly, the low-carb or no-carb eating plans are SO NOT HEALTHY! The healthiest eating plan is to eat a variety of foods in moderation. I think this article explains the whys and hows of that pretty well (without reading a novel).
I've heard many eating recommendations, some of which have stuck with me.
Things like:
eat your colors - meaning a variety of fruits and vegetables, in different colors. (The different colors of produce usually indicate the different nutrients they offer. Dark green veggies have similar health benefits, etc.)
protein and fiber make you feel full, faster and longer - eating a handful of almonds or adding chicken to your pasta will help you feel full and will stay with you longer.
carbs give you energy - unlike sugary foods, the good sugars in carbs give you more lasting energy.
Calcium is good for strong bones.
Chocolate is good for you. It has polyphenols, which help protect against heart disease. It helps the brain release endorphins - a feel good chemical. Chocolate also has low levels of caffeine, for a quick pick-me-up.
Seems to me, that a healthy diet is one that includes all the food groups, including desert, in moderation. Happy eating.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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