A diet that’s focused on mostly whole, unprocessed food is second on my list of nine healthy weight control fundamentals. The US government dietary guideline is for half of our daily food intake to come from plants---yes, good old fruit and veggies. If you break down the fifty percent target to a daily or even meal level, half your plate would be filled with edibles that come from the earth. Most Americans fall sadly short of this ideal, with an estimated paltry three percent of Americans getting enough daily fiber (which comes mostly from plants). And yet, our culture obsesses over getting sufficient protein. (Most people get enough daily protein without even trying.) A renewed focus away from protein and onto fiber would send our health soaring and disease risks plummeting.
Adding beans and legumes to our regular menu rotation is an all-around boon: high nutrition, fiber and protein for little cost.
For help in making positive shifts to how you fuel your body, here are links to some solid resources:
And this links you to a pdf tip-sheet for increasing your veggie consumption:
Find your why,