RE: balanced diet
Posted Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM
The general guideline I've been following lately is based upon Dr. McDougall's belief that human's are meant to be starch eaters; our brains, and the rest of us, function best on a high-starch diet. For each meal or snack, my first thought is: Where's the starch? Is it grain, legume, or starchy vegetable (or a combo)? Then I fill in with fruits and non-starchy vegetables. I try to add as many fruits and vegetables as I can! My fridge is overflowing at the moment!
What I like about this approach is that healthy starch is quite filling; I'm less apt to want to snack on unhealthy things if I get enough filling starches. I've banished oil from my diet this week (I'll admit that some had crept back!); I'm finding I'm not missing it as much as I thought I would if I focus on the healthy starches!
My suggestion: start with a healthy serving of a healthy starch and fill in your plate with a rainbow of healthy fruits and vegetables...and you can't go wrong.
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