With the holidays quickly approaching many of us are already dreading our post festivities encounter with the scale. To help you stay trim this season here are 7 foods you should heavily incorporate into your diet.

  1. Water
    You can drink it straight or eating fruits and vegetables that are at least 90% water, but either way it will help you lose weight according to a recent study at the University of Tokyo. Researchers speculate that water fills you up so you feel full and don’t continue to eat. Opt for high water foods like cucumbers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, and spinach. Start each meal with a large glass of water to help fill you up.

  2. Broccoli
    Broccoli contains fiber, which helps you to feel full longer. It is also an excellent source of calcium, which is integral to the health of your bones and teeth. Steam some for a delicious side dish or add it raw to your salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

  3. Cabbage
    Cabbage is full of water and fiber, filling you quickly and helping you stay full longer. It is also rich in Vitamin C, which will help to boost your immune system. Add it to your next stir fry or chop it up and toss it in your salad. Cabbage, like other cruciferous vegetables, is full of vitamin C and folate. It is healthiest when it is raw or lightly steamed, but is also an excellent addition to any hearty winter soup.

  4. Grapefruit
    Grapefruit is excellent for keeping your heart healthy. It contains Vitamin C, Folic acid, Potassium and Pectin. Pectin helps keep your arteries clear of plaque. Pink and red grapefruits also contain Vitamin A and lycopene, which protects arterial walls from oxidative damage. If you find eating it alone too sour try chopping some up to add to your next salad, or mix it with chopped oranges to temper the sour taste.

  5. Mixed greens
    Mixed greens like romaine lettuce, spinach, kale and other dark green or purple leafy greens are low in calories, but very fibrous so they keep you full longer. They are also a great source of B Vitamins, Folic acid, and Manganese, which help to regulate blood sugar and boosts your immune system. Toss them in your salad or add them to sandwiches or wraps.

For more healthy eating tips, or to book a consultation appointment, call Paul Anthony of Dreambody today at 403.612.3538 and visit paulanthony.ca

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