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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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alliep627 alliep627 8 years
Hi everyone! I just wanted to add that this advice/recommendations about getting in 30 grams of fiber applies to a good portion of the population but there are a few people out there (LIKE ME!) who have been advised to keep between 10-15 grams of fiber per day. Let me tell you it sucks! It is NOT an easy thing to eat healthy AND keep fiber grams so low. I have been diagnosed with an adhesion/small intestine problem that is aggravated by fiber. And considering the 70 pounds I lost about 5 years ago this diagnosis and new diet recommendations for low fiber food is wreaking havoc in my mind! I am scared to death I am going to gain the weight back. Flax seeds, oats, whole grains - all out for me. I LOVE black beans and garbanzos and lima beans and now I don't know how I'm ever going to eat them again. This sucks...but I'm trying to learn and live healthy no matter what. If anyone has any suggestions for HEALTHY low fiber recipes please please share. Thanks!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
A great tip, and it's so true....eating so many fruits and vegetables in a day sounds daunting, but with all of the possibilities out there it makes it seem easier and more fun.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
I try to add flax seeds or wheat germ to as many things as I can.
ahaynes ahaynes 8 years
I am using this as more of a reason to visit my local farmer's market :D
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love fresh in season fruit and veggies. SO yummy! I've been into berries lately. My hometown grows strawberries and I can't wait to go up there this weekend and get some! YUMMMMMM
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Good post, I love add fresh fruit to plain yogurt, granola and flax cereal!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips...
livyourlife livyourlife 8 years
I did this just this afternoon! I did such a good job eating healthy all day and then said, forget it, and ate some doritos! haha
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Great tip. It's a more positive way of looking at it. Much more glass half full.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I've been adding fruit and vegetables to my breakfast, lunch and dinner to increase the amount I get throughout the day.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
five to nine servings of fruits and veggies? but that's my food limit for the day :) if i eat all that fruit i don't have any room for anything else... really.
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