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A Diet Plan That Works

Developing Your Own Diet Program

There are so many diet programs out there that are designed to help you loose weight and feel better. The Atkins diet, the pagan diet, the vegan diet and the Mediterranean diet are some examples, but how do you know that they are going to work for you. Developing a healthy dit and healthy habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as people think, the key is to avoid heavily processed foods, incorporating plant based proteins can not indulging in sugary snacks whenever possible. I you want the program to work your vested interest has to be more incorporated than simple participation, so have you ever thought of developing your own plan? Let’s help you get started with.

Using the new Canadian Food Guide as the base starting point, we can develop a diet that is simple, easy to follow and more importantly will get you the results you want. Here are some simple steps in developing your own program, but before you get started we recommend seeing a doctor or consulting with a nutritionist or naturopath.

Set Goals : Set yourself an overall goal and brake it down into small easy manageable micro-goals. For example if your goal is to loose 40 lbs this month, its a lot easier if you think of it as 10 lbs a week or one and a half pounds a day. This helps you to not be so overwhelmed with a higher number.

Eat Variety : Not all the nutrients and other substances that contribute to good health have been identified, so eating a wide assortment of healthy whole foods like fruits and vegetables helps ensure that you get all of the health-promoting benefits that foods can offer.

Fruits and Vegetables : For a 2,000 calorie daily diet, aim for 2½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day. If you consume more calories, aim for more produce and if you consume fewer calories, you can eat less. Include green, orange, red, blue/purple, and yellow vegetables and fruits.

Eat More Whole Grains : At least half your grains should be whole grains, such as whole wheat, oats, barley, or brown rice. Whole grains retain the bran and germ and thus all (or nearly all) of the nutrients and fiber of the grain.

Limit Processed and Refined : Highly processed foods are industrially formulated mixtures that are no longer recognizable as their original plant or animal sources. Refined foods can include soda, candy, white bread, regular pasta, and many snack foods and baked goods.

Eat Good Fats : As found in nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and plant oils. You should consume these high-fat foods in place of other high calorie foods; otherwise, you’ll be adding excess calories to your diet.

Enjoy Your Food : Remember Sunday dinner at Nona’s? Many cultures around the world emphasize a family dynamic and cohesiveness around food. This can be a huge boost in bonding with your children and teaching them proper healthy eating habits. Setting aside some time to teach them the value of a good diet and preparing wholesome healthy meals together will help promote that dynamic. Make it an event to celebrate and have some fun with it.

Hopefully these few tips will allow you to develop your own personal diet. Remember that it doesn’t have to be complicated and over restrictive and when done right you can achieve some amazing results. As always, we are more than happy to help out when needed.

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