“Our task must be to free ourselves…by
widening our circle of compassion to
embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature and its beauty.” —Albert Einstein
Eating a balanced diet is like walking a tight rope. Each food we eat can be a step in the right direction, or the wrong direction. It’s difficult enough to eat right and maintain a well balanced diet, but it’s even more difficult to know exactly what nutrients you get from everything you eat.
Starchy Vegetables and Whole Grains
These two food categories are grouped together because either can be the culprit for those who have difficulty losing weight. While wholesome high-carbohydrate foods are a valuable addition to a disease-prevention diet, they are more calorically dense than the nonstarchy vegetables. Therefore, cooked high-starch vegetables and whole grains should be limited to one serving daily after the thirty day reboot.
Diabetics, those who want to lose weight more rapidly, and those who have difficulty losing weight no matter what they do may want to restrict these foods altogether, at least until they have arrived at their target weight.
Eating lots of greens makes it difficult to overconsume high-starch vegetables. You just won’t have room for that much. Examples of starchy vegetables include corn, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, winter squash, chestnuts, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, water chestnuts, yams, and pumpkins. Grains include barley, buckwheat (kasha), millet, oats, quinoa, brown rice, and wild rice. On some days, you may choose to have a cup of oatmeal or other whole grain at breakfast. On other days, save your serving of starch for dinner.
Links to Success
To help educate yourself, here are a few web links that will provide a quick check to see what vitamins fruits and vegetables contain and help you keep current on health issues.
Health-Alicious-Ness – Great website for nutrition facts, super foods and recipes.
National Institutes of Health – Great website for all medical information. NIH is the nation’s medical research agency—supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.
Public Health and Medicine – Great website for facts about current and new health information.