Eat this and get lean

by James Kerrison on February 14, 2009

Your body's best friend.

Your body's best friend.

If you are looking for no nonsense diet advise the first person I would talk to is your Grandmother. You’ll discover what I like to call the ‘Grandma Rule’ when it comes to detrmining wether or not you should be eating something.

If the ‘food’ you are about to eat wasn’t around something wasn’t a food when your Grandma was a kid then it sure isn’t miraculously a food now. It if was growing on a tree back then, it still will be now. If you could plant it and dig it up months later then chances are you still can today. If it was running around, swimming or flying back then, it will be now (well at least a descendant will be!)

Take the low GI, double the fibre, vitamin enriched, omega 3 enriched white bread for example. It is still just flour and water, highly processed and not your friend when trying to shed those extra kilos. And just remember, if a product has to tell you how healthy and good for you it is, then chances are it isn;t that good after all.

Lean proteins (red/white meat, fish, dairy), non starchy vegetables, berries and some good fats were fine for your Grandma and they’ll be just asĀ  good for you.

If you want to get lean then load up on the following. These vegetables will provide you with more vitamins, minerals and fat burning fibre than any self promoting ‘health’ food.

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

This is by no means a definitive list but it will give you a great starting point. Always try to find ways to get more of these onto your plate and into your belly!

Breakfast is as easy as eggs plus three of the veggies fried with a little spray oil on your non stick pan.

Lunch is a big salad with some extra protein (eggs, cheese, lean meat, beans etc)

Dinner can be some soup, salad or steamed veggies to go with your chicken, fish or other meat.

Try and find solutions, not problems!

Happy eating!

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