I am so totally committed to eating healthier and my guide (along with some suggestions elsewhere) has been Dr. Michael Greger's book 'How Not To Die'. I sent the book to two of my daughters - Susan (who has received hers already and loves it) and Marie (from A Colorful World, who has not gotten hers in the mail yet). She'll love it, too, trust me... A Mom knows best, hehe.
Dr. Greger believes that to live long, healthy lives we should eat plant-based foods. I'm not going to go vegan. I do like my chicken and other less fattening meats so I'll say that you base how you use these suggestions with your own conscience.
In the book, I ran across a chart Dr. G. had made and stuck up in his kitchen that are his projected requirements and he checks off each one as he consumes them every day.
Now, I'm telling you - there's no way I can eat all of that.... I don't think it -- I know it!!
SERVINGS PER DAY
3 beans 1/2 cup
1 berries 1/2 cup
3 other fruit 1 med. or 1 cup
4 green leafy vegetables 1/2 cup
5 other greens
2 other vegetables
1 flaxseed 1 Tablespoon
1 nuts 1/4 cup
I have briefly covered "beans" in a previous post (you can find it by going to the labels at the bottom of the page). We'll discuss the other servings later on.
Right now let's just think about what he suggests we eat. Personally I can't consume all of that. And, yes, I do need a chart so that I can check off what I do eat.
I've made some changes already.
I am eating a lot more beans (but not every day).
I am a cereal for breakfast kind of gal so I eat whole grain and add both a handful of walnuts and a few berries or chopped cherries on top
I haven't tried flaxseed yet. Dr. G. suggests ground flaxseed and I didn't find that in my grocer.
I am eating more salads with raw vegetables
I see there is room for improvement. It's a work in progress, evidently. How are you all doing? Let me know.