Friday, August 29, 2008

A Woman's Healthy Diet

I read an article on Women's Health about starting a healthy diet and here are a few facts:

Instead of ''three squares,'' try eating three small meals and three snacks daily. Frequent small meals keep your blood sugar stable and avoid energy highs and lows. As you plan your meals and snacks, include a mix of these healthy foods:

Lean sources of protein - most women do not eat enough!
Legumes (lentils and beans)
Foods with soy protein (soy nuts, soy milk, or tofu)
Raw and leafy vegetables and fresh fruit
Low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt
Whole grain bread, cereal, and pasta
Fish with Omega-3 fatty acids (tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines, salmon, shellfish)
Foods to avoid include salty lunch meat, sausage, bacon, high-fat cheeses such as brie, white bread, cake, cookies, jam, honey, molasses, high-salt snacks like potato chips, caffeinated drinks, coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol.