Create A Healthy
A good menu will fit your lifestyle and leaves you feeling satisfied and full (but not too full). It is easy to prepare and made from healthy, organic (when possible) foods and ingredients that are easily obtainable and affordable for you.
Create your healthy weight loss menu by including plenty of these high fiber foods rich in valuable nutrients.
The best menu for losing weight will be one you stick with. If you love to cook and you have the time, you can take that into consideration when choosing recipes and making shopping lists. If simple and quick are more your style, stay with a simple plan made of easy weight loss recipes.
Buy natural and organic foods as often as possible. The quality of the food you eat is a big part of losing weight and being healthy. Processed food, meat, dairy, and produce grown with pesticides and hormones should be avoided. Yes, it costs more. Eating healthy, natural foods is an investment in your body and wellbeing.
Lean protein is the first consideration. Fish, eggs, turkey, chicken, and tofu are the best choices. Keep them natural and hormone free. You don't need a lot of protein in your diet. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for protein is 60 grams a day; that’s a portion of meat, chicken, fish, or tofu that’s about the size of 3 decks of cards. Eat your total day’s worth of protein among all 3 meals about five hours apart to stay full longer.
Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
Including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet is to sample Mother Nature's drugstore. The vitamins and minerals you get from fruit and vegetables are all natural things that give your body the best nutrition possible. Eat all kinds of fruit, like cantalope, apples, oranges, berries, and pears. Make sure your veggies are every color of the rainbow: carrots, broccoli, squash, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
Low Fat Dairy
Low fat dairy adds essential nutrients to your weight loss menu. Calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin (a B vitamin that helps convert food to energy), and essential amino acids are just some of the healthy elements of dairy. Nonfat milk is one of the leanest protein sources available. Add a little yogurt, cheese, including ricotta and cottage cheese, and cream cheese to eat alone or in healthy recipes.
And don't forget healthy fats. They help your body absorb essential vitamins, and maintain the structure and function of cell membranes. They also help boost your immune system. Fats are concentrated and pack a lot of calories per gram, so don't overdo it. Pay attention to your total fat intake. Limit fats to healthy sources, such as nuts and olive oil, canola and nut oil.
Superfoods and Snacks
As you go along, incorporate healthy superfoods into your weight loss menu. Meals and snacks packed with natural, nutrient-dense choices will keep you energized and motivated to stick with your new weight loss menu as it becomes natural and easy for you to stay with.
Experiment and find what herbs and supplements work best for you. Research food as medicine, such as apple cider vinegar, acai berries and green tea instead of taking expensive, over-the-counter pills and potions. Simple planning is key to healthy, natural weight loss.