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Eat the Right Foods and Take Off Ten Years

by Vicki Seeger CCT 

Eat your fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are great for snacking. They can calm your craving for sweet or crunchy, plus they are good for you! Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients. They can also help prevent diseases such as cancer. Try to eat 5-9 servings a day. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D (vitamin D helps calcium go into bones) will help you maintain a healthy, attractive weight.

Studies show that particular fruits and vegetables are probably linked to lowering the risk of certain cancers.

  • Stomach Cancer - eat garlic, onions, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, raw vegetables, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Lung Cancer - eat green vegetables
  • Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, & Bladder Cancer - eat carrots
  • Oral Cancer - eat citrus fruits
  • Esophageal Cancer - eat green vegetables and citrus fruits
  • Breast Cancer - eat green vegetables

Processed and mucous producing foods such as meats, flour, and dairy products cannot always be processed efficiently by our digestive systems and are passed out of the small intestine into the colon as waste. This undigested food ferments and petrifies while remaining in the colon longer than a day, causing carcinogens which can develop into colon or rectal cancer.

Meat is loaded with protein that your body breaks down into amino acids, which makes your blood more acidic while your body neutralizes it by adding calcium that's taken from bones. The more protein you eat, the more calcium you lose. Milk, cheese, and sugar are the most mucous forming foods we can use. Salmon and sardines contain essential fats, eat more raspberries, blackberries, dried figs, sweet potatoes. All these foods are all high in fiber, which some experts call the most powerful weight loss aid in the world.

High fiber foods fill you up and satisfy you with fewer calories and they taste delicious. The recommended amount is 20 - 30 grams a day. Some examples of high fiber foods are apples, pears, baked potatoes with skin, green peas, beans, brown rice, Post Raisin Bran, shredded wheat, & 100% whole wheat bread.

Studies suggest that eating too little fiber makes stool hard. When muscles strain to move the stools, it raises pressure inside the colon, and that pressure could cause weak spots to bulge. People who eat more fiber have a lower risk of constipation and diverticular disease.

As you get older your metabolic rate, the rate at which you burn calories, drops. That means if you eat the same amount as always you'll gain weight. An occasional treat is acceptable, remember that all foods can fit into your eating plan.

When food is swallowed after only a few short chews, as so many busy people do, there is insufficient time for stalys to do its job. Consequently chewed food particles are harder for the body to digest and can result in gas, bloating and indigestion. Give your food the attention it deserves. Take time during meals, and truly taste what you eat. Eat slowly and have meal times be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Recharge mentally whole you refuel physically.

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