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Your Dinner Made Healthy in 5 Steps

Think you’re eating healthy meals, but aren’t sure?

If your weight loss has slowed, or even stopped, then there’s a good chance that you haven’t been eating as healthy as you should be.

I’m going to end the guesswork for you, once and for all, with my 5 steps to a healthy meal.

By following these 5 guidelines you’ll know that your meals are healthy and fitness friendly. And as a result you’ll experience healthy weight loss.

Here are the 5 Steps to a Healthy Meal:

Step #1: Quality Ingredients
These are the building blocks to a healthy meal. While you certainly don’t need to dine in gourmet restaurants in order to ensure quality ingredients, you should pay attention to the quality of the foods you eat.

Choose foods that are:

  • Fresh and organic
  • Pronounceable ingredients
  • Fewer Ingredients = Better
  • Whole foods

Step #2: Cooking Method
The way a meal is cooked determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive. This simple factor will make or break your weight loss goal.

Avoid foods prepared like this:

  • Fried and battered
  • Processed and packaged
  • Doused with cream sauce
  • Sautéed

Choose foods that are prepared like this:

  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Broiled
  • Steamed

Step #3: Lean Protein
Protein helps you feel full longer, it regulates blood sugar and helps repair any damaged tissue in your body.  Make sure a 1/3 of your plate is loaded with a quality source of protein. With the first 2 guidelines in mind, these will be high quality, healthfully prepared.

Good choices of protein include:

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Egg
  • Lean red meat
  • Beans

Step #4: Lots of Natural Fiber
Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Whole, fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering numerous vitamins and nutrients in low-calorie packages. Fill at least two thirds of your plate with fibrous fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try these forms of fiber:

  • Salad
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Legumes

Step #5: Lay Off the Starches and Refined Sugars
Here’s where many well-meaning dieters lose it. The facts are simple, in order to maintain the healthy carb and protein diet required for healthy weight loss, there is no room for starchy foods.

Starches to Avoid:

  • Potatoes
  • White Pasta (Try a quinoa or legume based pasta instead)
  • White Rice and Sugary Cereal
  • White Bread and cracker

For faster results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine.

Call or email today and I’ll get you started on an exercise program that will make your goals a reality.

 

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