Healthy Foods Equals a Healthy Family

by Leanne Ely, C.N.C.

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New Year's resolutions almost beg to broken. Most often they are way too ambitious and don't have a firm grasp on reality. And while eating healthier and developing a more sound approach to fitness is high on the list of most people, a lot of people struggle with what "healthy" constitutes.

There are books, diet gurus and all kinds of fitness infomercials out there throwing conflicting information out to the public by the bucket full. There are low-fat, low-carb and low-protein diets-to name just a few. On the other side of the fence are high carb, high protein and high fat diets even. Contradictions are legion and each one has their own particular spin, with their own particular "scientific data". It's enough to make you crazy!

How do you deal with this information overload and manage to maintain a modicum of sanity? The answer may surprise you and probably relieve you. Do you really want to know who the expert is?

It's you! You're the one who knows if you bloat after eating fettucine and you're the one who knows that citrus doesn't agree with you. You know if you need a more substantial breakfast than the next guy and you also know if you've secretly hiding a box of Little Debbie's in the front seat of the car, too.

The answer to weight problems, health problems and food allergies is you. Surprised? Hoping to hear there was a new diet doc in town willing to take on your problems? Believe me, you might actually get some good information from some of these experts, but one size never, ever, ever fits all and don't be duped into believing that. You know what works for you and what doesn't. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that in order to make sense of a healthy diet, you need to eat healthy! What does that entail, how can you get to this Promised Land?

Eat as close to nature as possible by eating foods that are easily identify-able. If you're pouring something out of a box and reconstituting it with water, not only are you probably eating a whole box full of chemicals, you're paying premium dollars for that chem-food. A good rule of thumb--if you can't pronounce the ingredient on the label, don't eat it.

It's about eating what suits you. If you get squeamish at meat of any sort, be a vegetarian but give the rest of the world the grace not to be a vegetarian. If you feel better and eat less when you consume a little more protein, you're on the right track.

The bottom line is figuring out what your body likes and doesn't like. Do a little sleuthing. Allow yourself some experimentation and find out what fits. Remember, you're the expert!

Leanne Ely is a New York Times best selling author of Body Clutter and the popular Saving Dinner cookbook series. According to Woman's Day Magazine, she is the expert on family cooking.

Leanne's syndicated newspaper column, The Dinner Diva can be found in 250 newspapers nationwide and in Canada. Her vast broadcast experience includes media satellite tours, QVC several times as well as guesting on several national television shows, including HGTV's Simple Solutions, ABC Family's Living the Life, Ivanhoe's Smart Woman, Small Talk for Parents and Talk of the Town. She has guest chef-ed on the cooking show, Carolina Cooks and has taught cooking classes all over the country for Bloomingdale's.

In addition, she is a seasoned radio personality. Leanne's own radio show, Heart of A Woman aired during drive time in two major California markets, Los Angeles and San Diego. Her current show, The Dinner Diva is one of the top Blog Talk Radio shows on the Internet.

On the Internet, she pens the Food for Thought column for the immensely popular,, with over half a million readers weekly. She has been featured in Woman's Day magazine, the Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Orange County Register - to name a few. Additionally, she is a sought after speaker and has spoken all over the country, with keynote addresses to corporate and non-profit entities. Visit Leanne Ely on Google+.

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