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What you eat can make you feel absolutely wonderful or absolutely terrible. So let’s talk about food.

In order to change the way you eat on a daily basis, you have to find a routine you can stick to FOREVER. I don’t recommend going on a “diet,” because most people think of them as short term, or something that they’ll stick to for a few months and then forget about.

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Eating the right foods on a daily basis will easily become part of your lifestyle, if you approach things in the right way. I recommend slowly taking a “bad” food out of your “diet” and replacing it with a “good” food every couple weeks.

I also encourage you to take one cheat day per week and eat whatever you want. It will be easier to stick to the changes you make in your lifestyle if you know you have a splurge day just around the corner. Everyone’s eating regimen is different, and I encourage you to develop your own with certain foods you like and enjoy, that are also good for you.

GOOD Foods: I recommend vegetables, fruits low on the glycemic index, lean meats (chicken, fish, pork), protein bars, low-fat dairy products, nuts, and small amounts of whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice. I say small amounts because eating too many carbs causes your insulin levels to spike, which causes you to store fat.

BAD Foods: Stay away from sugary foods, packaged foods, desserts, fruit high on the glycemic index (like pineapple and watermelon), semolina (white) pasta, white bread and white rice.

Today, humans actually don’t need that many carbs, because we are much more sedentary than we used to be. Before the industrial revolution, people worked outside doing manual labor or on farms plowing fields and milking cows, which meant they were moving all day long and thus, burning lots of calories!

When the industrial revolution hit, humans were replaced with machines, and instead of moving around all day, they just SAT in front of machines and operated them. A vigorous work environment in the great outdoors evolved into a sedentary work environment at the computer or whatever equipment was being operated.

Back then when everyone plowed fields, it was OK to eat a lot of carbs, because they were getting burned off via manual labor. Today, people sit at computers all day long and the carbs they eat don’t get burned, which is why it is so important for people with sedentary jobs to exercise and lower the amount of carbs they eat.

Also, the famous food pyramid is totally wrong in my opinion. It tells you to eat anywhere from 7-13 servings of carbs per day. That’s crazy! Who created the food pyramid? I bet the people selling grains had some say in the matter. I could be wrong…just speculating.

Get a load of this: When you do low impact, slow-paced cardiovascular exercise, you burn FAT, when you do high impact, fast-paced cardiovascular exercise you burn CARBS.

I’m not saying don’t go on a run, just don’t feel guilty if you need a break from running and decide to go on a walk instead.

Low impact cardiovascular exercise, like swimming and bicycling, is also great if you have bad knees or injuries that prohibit you from running. As long as you stick to a low carb diet, low impact exercise will effectively help you achieve your weight loss goals.

On the other hand, if you’re lifting weights and running 6 miles, 5 days a week, your body needs more carbohydrates. High Impact Exercise = Your Body Needs More Carbs.

Here’s a delicious low carb recipe to get you started: Chicken cobb salad with blue cheese buttermilk dressing from Healthy Food for Living.

If you don’t have time to prepare meals try Bistro MD. If you need to be held accountable, try DietWatch. If you like cookies, cupcakes and sweets, try the cookie diet available at Smart for Life. If you want something other than what I’ve listed here, try the ZONE Diet. Many people have had GREAT success with it!

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