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Diet Tip: Focus on What You Can Add to Your Meals

When dieting, it's hard not to fixate on the unhealthy foods you should avoid. Many women who diet choose to eliminate soda, salty foods, dessert, high-fat foods, and huge servings. This can make you really depressed, and it often leads to binging on the forbidden foods you crave or can make you go back to your unhealthy eating habits.

So instead of obsessing about what you can't have, think about what you can have and should be having. One thing you can do is focus on getting five to nine servings of fruits and veggies. Are there some new ones you've never tried like asparagus, artichokes, or pomegranates? What about seasonal fruits and veggies? I like to work them into my meals by adding a huge variety to the main dish, not just having them as a side dish or snack. That way my taste buds are happy and my stomach feels satisfied. You can also think about how you can get your 30 grams of fiber a day. High-fiber foods not only taste great, but they'll keep you feeling full longer, so you'll eat less calories. Whole grains are another type of food you should be eating. Get creative about how you can work them into your diet (make hot cereal with barley instead of oats). Also think about all the healthy fats you can include like nuts, nut butters, avocado, and olive oil. There are so many healthy foods out there that you can eat, so if you take advantage of them, you'll think less about what you're missing out on.


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