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How to Be Healthy Without Giving up Your Favorite Foods

How to Be Healthy Without Giving Up the Foods You Love

­­When most people talk and think about “diets,” they often refer to removing and cutting out certain foods or food groups—usually the foods we love the most!  But, removing foods is only half the picture. The good news is that you can have an extremely healthy diet without giving up your favorite foods! Heathy diets aren’t about what you don’t eat, they’re about what you DO eat. This simple shift in perspective can make a big difference in understanding your meals.

Significant scientific research demonstrates that unprocessed plant foods, including vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and whole grains, reduce your risk of major diseases (1.), increase lifespan (2.), and offer the most health benefits. The key is to incorporate plenty of unprocessed plant foods. When including more plants into your meal, you add an enormous amount of water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (3.), and phytonutrients. All of these are compounds that your body digests, absorbs, and utilizes for its important functions and energy systems. By consuming nutrient-dense plant foods, you’ll naturally and effortlessly consume more of the essential nutrients your body requires while replacing some of the unhealthier processed foods. (4.)

How you can do it:

  • Eat a large amount of fruits and vegetables before each meal. For lunch, have a salad with your favorite green vegetables and toppings before eating anything else.
  • Incorporate whole plant foods into each meal. Having dinner with a side dish of broccoli, brown rice, carrot, tomato, and red pepper stir fry is easy and delicious.
  • Reserve specific meal(s) every day for eating only whole plant foods. Breakfast is simple, enjoy a berry and vegetable smoothie or oatmeal with fruit, nuts, and cinnamon. (5.)

With Your Daily Blend smoothies from Your Personal Trainer, I offer my clients a delicious eating solution that provides each day’s worth of fruits and vegetables. The Your Daily Blend program is designed to curb cravings for nutrient-deficient foods by adding fruits and vegetables before each meal, ensuring abundant nutrient consumption. (6.)

For further information or to learn more about my in-home custom workouts and nutrition plans, feel free to contact me at 240-380-8022 or wyatt@yourpersonal-trainer.com.

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1. Higher intake of plant foods associated with lower all-cause mortality: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748772/
2. Fruit and vegetable consumption increases lifespan: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23803880

3. The foods highest in antioxidants are fruits, vegetables, and spices:
https://www.biomedcentral.com/content/supplementary/1475-2891-9-3-S1.pdf

4. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption was shown to decrease high-fat and high-sugar foods consumption: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11323442
5. Great recipe for oatmeal: https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/fruit-and-nut-healthy-oatmeal/
6. Your Daily Blend: https://www.yourpersonal-trainer.com/programs-2/