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I've decided to take the slow and steady route of getting there though. I'll flake out in a week or two if I get overly ambitious. So instead of pushing myself to do 30 minute cardio routines and only eat salad (yeah right!), I'm trying to do something active every day, even if it's just going for a walk. I'm choosing to eat less bread, drink more water and eat more "power foods" (food that's got a lot to offer).
Here are some of the versatile and relatively cheap healthy foods I'm choosing:
Avocados. They're a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. Plus they're delicious and make for an easy snack, even if just with a little salt.
Cabbage. I've always loved cabbage but I didn't realize until recently how much it has to offer, plus it's cheap! It's a good detoxifier and is rich in iodine, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Here are some tips for cooking cabbage.
Oatmeal. As I'm sure many of you know, oatmeal (not the instant kind, the real deal) is the way to start your day. Oats are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber and nutrients, including: vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. It's also a good source of protein. Whew. I change my oatmeal up with different fruit each morning so I don't grow tired of it.
Spinach. I like substituting different types of lettuce for spinach whenever possible because this stuff is no joke. Just picture Popeye and you'll get the right idea. It's loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. It's also rich in vitamins A, C, fiber and carotenoids. When Kurt and I were visiting friends in Ireland they shared a really awesome spinach smoothie recipe with us, it's so delicious, try it!
Yogurt. I love having yogurt as a mid-day snack. It's a rich source of calcium and is easier for your body to digest than milk. It also has protein and live-culture yogurt helps boost your immunity with lactobacteria (basically, good bacteria that your body needs).
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I'm also drinking Nettle Tea every day. Sounds strange but it offers so many benefits and doesn't taste bad either. It's a natural diuretic (helping reduce water retention) and cures inflammation. It helps eliminate acne and to regulate a women's cycle and reduce pain during it. You can read all about it here.
I'm curious how you enjoy any of the above. Do you have a good recipe for cabbage or spinach? I want it! Are there any other foods you consider a must in your diet? To be honest, this is the first time I'm really taking it upon myself to be educated about what I eat (in college I was concerned with how I was going to pay for food, not what was in it). I'd love some help!