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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Right Way to Lose Weight

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

     You have to read what Aileen Ludington and Hans Diehl has to say about Statistics and Waistlines.

     By switching to the optimal diet plus some walking, you can lose one to two pounds a week. That might not get you slim in time for summer, but it is a sensible health-conscious approach to long-term weight management.

     How Fiber Helps
     One of the many virtues of fiber is that it acts as a safety mechanism to keep you from overeating. It helps you feel full before you can eat too many calories.
     Fiberless foods lack this automatic shutoff. By the time you feel full, you've eaten enough calories for  a family of five. willpower is the only thing that stands between you and obesity - and we all know how effective that is!

     Low Fiber Foods
     All animal products lack fiber. They include meat, milk, eggs, and cheese.
     In addition, modern food-processing mills take the fiber out of many foods that used to have it. Sugar, white flour, oils and most packaged foods fall into this category.
     Corn oil is a good example of this process. It takes 14 ears of corn to make one tablespoon of oil. Imagine trying to eat 14 ears of corn at one sitting. Impossible! Yet it's easy to sit down and eat several tablespoons of oil in the form of salad dressings and fried foods.

     Your Challenge
     Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are high in fiber. Eat them in abundance. Start with this lowfat, high-fiber soup. Serve it with hearty whole-wheat bread and a salad. Eat all you want. You'll fill up long before you'll flatten up.
     Eat whole fruits, with all their fiber, instead of drinking the juice.


You will need:

1/2      cup black-eyed peas, cooked
1/2      cup oatmeal
1/2      cup carrots, diced
1/2      cup Baguio beans, chopped
1/4      cup celery (optional)
1/4      cup red and green bellpeppers (optional)
1/4      cup onions, chopped
6         cups water
           Salt to taste

Here's how:

1. Add black-eyed peas and onions to boiling water and cook until "almost tender."
2. Add remaining ingredients and cook until "very, very tender," stirring occasionally.
3. Season with salt.

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