Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Salad a Day

Eating healthier is not that hard, but you do have to make some changes and put in a little effort. It's easier to just do as you've been doing, but if you want to feel better about your food choices some change in diet has to take place. One simple thing I've started is eating a salad every day. In the book 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People they talk about the benefits of adding more raw foods to your diet.

People changing to raw food diets (including fruit and nuts and seeds, besides vegetables) have reported finding that their skin looks tighter, puffiness is removed, their eyes become clearer, and grey hair starts to grow back dark...

Studies show that salads and other raw food can help you to lose weight, without suffering any of the agonies and failures of going on a diet. Raw food expert Dr. John Douglass has said, "For many years I struggled with obesity and was frustrated in treating patients because nothing ever seemed to work...Then I discovered the potential of uncooked foods and found that the more uncooked foods patients used, the less they wanted to eat. These foods are more satisfying for patients and they lose weight on them."

Now, you don't have to switch to eating only raw foods (I'm certainly not going to) but you can start by adding more of them to your plate. I'm eating a salad in place of one of my regular meals (I just started) and I'm enjoying it more than I would a burger and fries (hard to believe for some of you, I know) and feeling better about taking steps to eat better. Try topping your salad with a homemade dressing of extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a little garlic.

Someone in this months Reader's Digest writes: "For three years, I've been eating a mostly raw-food diet. No meat, dairy, sugar or processed foods. I feel great, look great and have incredible energy."

I myself am not inclined to cut out all meat and go completely veggie, but the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are, I think, obvious.

Now, if you just want a very simple weight loss plan, try this.

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