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Can you really do both? Experts tell us to eat fruits and veggies, include whole grain products, every day and be sure to eat breakfast. This takes time and money, right? Right, but no more so than eating a diet full of convenience foods that are high in fat, low in nutrients and pack on the pounds.
Rome was not built in a day, and you can't overhaul your diet and eating habits overnight, but here are some facts that may surprise you. The end result could be a healthier you, weight loss and a net savings at the grocery store.
Fruits and Vegetables - Americans are notorious for neglecting fruits and vegetables, but you need these foods to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Walk in any grocery store and you immediately see the shining displays of colorful veggies and polished apples. Too expensive, you say? Not at all. Use the tips below to guide you in finding fruits and veggies to fit your budget and help maintain good health.
Whole Grains - Whole grain cereals and breads supply many necessary nutrients, but those cereals and breads usually cost more than plain old white bread, which is stripped of many nutrients, and over-processed, sugar-covered cereals. During the milling process for white bread and popular sugared cereals, the germ and bran are removed and you lose most of the nutrients. Some are added back in as supplements, but not all. You get an inferior product with chemical additives you may not want. Here are some suggestions:
Dairy Products - There are a lot of ways to include dairy products in your diet without going broke, and if you don't, what ends up broke may be a bone! Calcium and Vitamin D are important to build and maintain strong bones, and you get these nutrients most readily in milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.
You don't need to buy those individual servings of yogurt, nor do you need pre-packaged slices of cheese, or even cheese sliced in the deli. The store brand of milk is always cheapest, but you may want to check whether the cows that produce the milk are fed hormones if it is a concern. Check into these possibilities on your next trip to the store:
Read Labels - There is no excuse today for not knowing how much fat, sodium and sugar are in a packaged food item. Be sure you are buying something that contributes to your health and does not sabotage your efforts. But be realistic; don't try to cut out all sweets overnight. Read the cookie label and see how many calories (and fat grams) are in a "serving." A cookie a day won't hurt you and won't cost much either, but half a bag is a no-no. Eat a bag of cookies every day and you have wasted money, shot your dietary efforts and added bulk to your body.
Sherry Hanson has published hundreds of articles, essays and poems. She teaches others how to get published. Her first book, a collection of poetry titled A Cab to Stonehenge was published in 2006.
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