Week 4: Eat Healthier
Reconsider your carbs: Look at the bread, rice and in your pantry. Are they all "white foods," made with refined flour? If so, they're lacking the
all-important fiber that makes grains so protective against diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other ailments. On your next
shopping trip, make a point of purchasing whole-grain foods, like brown rice and 100 percent while-wheat bread and pasta.
Read the labels to be sure each serving contains at least 3 grams of fiber. Every day, make it your goal to have six servings.
Options include a slice of bread, 1/2 cup of pasta or rice, and 1 cup of cereal.
Cut back on red meat: Beef contains a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol. Make meals with chicken, turkey or fish, and prepare at least one dinner a week where you do skip meat. Meatless dished such as vegetarian chili packs in a lot of figure-friendly protein with better quality calories.
Stock up on produce: Fruits and vegetables are full of plant compounds that protect against all kinds of illness including cancer and heart disease. Enjoy at least five servings from different color groups.