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Healthy Diet Plan Tips

Here are two of the biggest tips for a healthy diet plan I've learned: eat your veggies and minimize or eliminate junk food. Why?

Healthy Diet Plan Tip #1: Eat Your Veggies

There are certain foods that we are encouraged to eat:

1. Meat

2. Dairy

3. Grains

4. Fruits

5. Vegetables and beans/legumes

6. Nuts and seeds

All of these are deemed healthy foods. We could eat many things on this planet. Paint, gravel, children's toys, cell phones. These, however, aren't very tasty. And not very nutritious either. We're designed to eat meat and plants, like the ones I've mentioned above.

But some people say no to meats, the vegetarians and the vegans. Some people say no to dairy. Some people say no to grains, as in the Atkins diet. Some people say no to fruit, because of the sugar in it. Nuts and seeds are good, but be careful of the fat in them - don't eat too many. What's left? Vegetables. No one is saying not to eat too many vegetables.

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Eating your vegetables is one of the most important parts of a healthy diet plan. Everyone knows vegetables are good for you and you're supposed to eat them. For most of my life I've done an average job of getting them into me. I didn't neglect them, but I didn't overdose on them either.

Then I read Joel Fuhrman's book "Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free". He made such a case for the health benefits of vegetables that, even though I was already doing a half-decent job of eating them already, I decided to do a better job. Simply get more of them into me.

I highly recommend you read his book. Even if you just read the first few chapters or so, that should be enough. That was all that I needed. Soon into the book I made a decision to get more of them into me. A mini-epiphany, if you will.

Dark, leafy greens seem to be the best of all the vegetables you could eat. The more you read about healthy diets, the more they crop up. But any type of vegetable will do you good. Try to make a battle plan to eat more of them.

A battle plan? Steven Siebold in his book "Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People" mentions a good tip on this. People who don't eat well can often think of a "diet" as something that is restrictive and "un-fun". However, people who eat well describe their "diet" as a brilliant strategy.

A brilliant strategy to help you fend off the attacks of unhealthy food that seem to pop out of nowhere throughout your day. Try to think of some tactics you could use to create a healthy diet plan that works for you. For me, it meant keeping a cooler in my car with some nutritious food in it that I could eat throughout the day and keep me out of convenience stores and other places where the bad foods live.

Think of yourself as a "soldier" of sorts in enemy ground. How are you going to eat well and fend off the onslaught of attacks from salt, sugar and fat?

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Healthy Diet Plan Tip #2: Minimize or Eliminate Junk Food

Please try to cut down on the amount of junk food that you eat. Even cut it out entirely if you can. It will be one of the best things you do for yourself. It will be good for you physically, mentally and dentally.

My best recommendation to you to be able to achieve this is to read a book or two (or more) on how to stop eating junk food. Or watch some videos. Go on the internet or to your local library and look up "how to stop eating junk food", "how to stop eating sugar" or "how to lower your sodium intake".

Immersing yourselves in these topics will help to get you in the zone. Ever watch a movie and then think about it a fair bit over the next day or two? That's what reading a book or watching a video on cutting out junk food will do to you too.

We often think, "Oh, I probably shouldn't have that bowl of ice cream," and then proceed to eat it, thinking, "I'll get in shape next year." But by reading a bit about how to stop eating  junk food, you'll start to think about it more throughout the day, just like movies do to you. It helps to put you in the right frame of mind. It puts it top of mind. Or at least more in your mind.

You'll save money by not eating as much junk. Your teeth will thank you. Your body will have more nutrients. You'll lose weight. Your cholesterol will go down. Your brain will become healthier.

A healthy diet plan involves eating from the main food groups. Junk food isn't even a food group. Yet for the amount of it we eat, it might as well be. A slice of cheesecake is often the same size as the piece of fish we had for dinner. A brownie is comparable in size to an apple. A bowl of ice cream might even be bigger than the potato we eat.

If you'd like to learn more about cutting back on sugar and junk food, click here.

So eat from the main food groups, with an emphasis on vegetables. Vegetables will serve you well. Cut down or eliminate junk food. It's not even a food group. It has almost nothing in it that is good for you, and an awful lot in it that is bad for you.


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