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By: Professional Nutrition Services  09-12-2011

I have no idea what I’m supposed to eat!” or “Everything I eat bothers me anyway!”

We hear this many times from people who come into our offices.  They would like to eat properly, but they get overwhelmed by all the information that’s out there.  Figuring out what food to eat should not be a source of stress.

Eat for your blood type:  The grocery list that has been created is quite accurate, so why taste and trial on your own.  People who eat foods that are compatible with their blood types actually report an improvement in a variety of health concerns.

Digestive function is improved, stress is reduced, energy is increased, they can focus and think more clearly, and they also lose weight.

Eat enough protein: protein is necessary to maintain your lean body mass and muscle health.  It fuels your muscles, helps stabilize your blood sugar, and reduces hunger.   Every meal and snack should contain some protein.

Good sources of protein (depending on your blood type) include lean meats, poultry, and fish, eggs, nuts, nut butters, cheese, yogurt, protein shakes and bars. At minimum, everyone should get at least 20 grams of protein per meal.

Eat plenty of colorful fruits and veggies: they supply your body with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that can help protect against chronic diseases and inflammation.

Good choices include salad greens, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, beets, zucchini, green beans, peppers, apples, cherries, plums, and berries.

Watch your sugar intake:  besides being addicting, excess sugar contributes to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  It causes weight gain, tooth decay, and even weakens your bones.

Be sure to read nutrition labels because sugar is everywhere.  Whenever you see an ingredient ending in –ose, that’s sugar.  Also watch out for corn syrup, honey, molasses, and cane juice, which sound healthy, but are sugar, too.

Go gluten-free: gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, but also in rye and barley.  It is estimated that up to 50% of the population may be gluten sensitive.  These people may suffer from digestive problems, intestinal bloating and cramps, weakened immune systems, fatigue, increased blood sugar, and skin rashes.  Safe choices include buckwheat, rice, amaranth, quinoa, and nut flours.

Drink enough water: drink at least half your body weight in ounces daily.  (i.e. a 140 pound person should drink 70 ounces)

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