Useless veggies?

Any vegetable you feel is a waste to eat? No. Eat a wide variety and enjoy your colors. Darker colors typically contain more nutrients. Try to include at least one serving of green leafy veggies per day.

A good diet plan?

Can you help me with a Diet Plan? I recommend an eating plan for life. I like the healthy plate method in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter is starch and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and low fat/nonfat dairy are outside the plate. Prepare food in a healthy manner like baking, steaming and grilling. To lose one pound per week, cut 500 calories per day through diet and exercise. Don’t skip meals and refrain from drinking your calories. Many beverages like regular sodas, juice and coffee drinks can be packed with calories. Don’t go below 1200 calories a day without medical supervision. Writing down what you eat is a great tool and there’s a wonderful program, www.myfitnesspal.com that can help you track the nutrition information in your meals and snacks. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week. For weight loss, though, you’ll likely need to up it to 60 minutes most days of the week. Make a plan and start somewhere. You don’t have to make all the changes you want overnight. Small steps add up to big...

Ideal amount of carbs?

How many carbs should I have in my diet? About or a little less than 50 percent of total calories should come from carbohydrate. Aim for balanced meals. I like the healthy plate method in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter is starch and the other quarter is protein. Fruit and low fat/nonfat dairy are outside the plate. This is a good balance of the food groups. It’s important to note that for diabetics it’s essential to monitor carbohydrate intake. The healthy plate is good for diabetics as well. No one with diabetes should eat carbohydrate by itself unless they are experiencing a low blood sugar episode. Pair carb with...

Is oil healthy?

Is oil healthy ????? Monounsaturated oils such as olive, canola and peanut are the best choices. Vegetable oils are good choices. But oils should be used in moderation. One teaspoon is a serving size and we should only have about one fat, such as oil, per meal. I recommend avoiding coconut and palm kernel oils as these are saturated...

Are fat calories bad?

Are fat calories bad? I recommend not exceeding 30% of total calories from fat even if you stay within your target calories. Consuming too much fat can be unhealthy. Choose healthy unsaturated fats like nuts and nut butters, olive/canola/peanut oils and avocado. Saturated fat and trans fat isn’t good for you. Even with unsaturated fats it’s important to monitor the portion sizes. A serving size of nuts is 6 almonds or 4 walnut halves. A teaspoon of oil is a serving size, as is one-eighth or 2 level tablespoons of avocado. Enjoy fish several times a week and limit red meat to once or twice a...