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The Holiday Diet – Are You Ready?

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We are 4 weeks from the annual holiday food fest season. You know the ones. They come creeping in with sugar coating, fat infused, salted up deliciousness then are quickly followed by the newest hottest weight loss pill, book, diet and treatment endorsed by every TV doctor guru and celebrity trying to cash in. Are you going to fall prey to the latest weight loss hype this year or are you going to concentrate on what matters most your long term health?

Just to be clear dieting and health do not necessarily go together. So what is the best diet?  As with all questions it depends on who you ask and the goal of the expert you’re asking. For example, for the experts who have written books the goal is to sell their book. If the advertisement includes a “magic pill” to lose weight then the expert will recommend the pill. The diet industry is a big business. CBS reported Americans are spending about $35 billion a year on weight-loss products. Most likely a good portion of that money is your money. Ouch!

There is no shortage of fad diets for every human condition, situation and want hyping the latest “craze”. Remember the Twinkie Diet, Rice Diet and Hot Dog Diet? Did you fall for that one? Then there is all the confusion over low fat, good fat, low carb, high carb, calorie restriction, sugar, and anti-aging diets. You name it there’s a diet for it. Who’s to know what do? It just makes sense when making important decisions about your food choices to go with national experts who promote solid clinical research promoting not only weight loss but promote reducing disease risk reduction and longevity. I know it’s not as sexy but a sensible approach will not leave you disappointed either. Following the latest diet craze will make you crazy, depressed and fatter after the diet than when you started.

That’s not all. Yo Yo dieting puts you at risk for major serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes just to name a few. I don’t know about you, but if I’m in a casket I really don’t care how I look.

If it’s true food is medicine which it is, then you have to ask what medicine are you giving your body? Is the diet you are following giving your body good for you, keeping you healthy or is it bad medicine, causing long term disease?

Best diet? I vote is for the one that makes your life better, healthier and in it for the long haul diet. The one that promotes your best self. How about you? The American Cancer Society, American Diabetic Association, American Heart Association, USDA and many others recommend a diet packed full of fruits, vegetable legumes and whole grains. How about that? No magic pill, no food combinations or formulas. Simple easy to follow, makes common sense diet.

The common sense diet is the one recommended by our government. Surprised? The USDA recommends to reduce obesity and promote health the diet to eat is the one that contains fruits and vegetable in a wide variety, colorful, fresh, raw when possible.

The entire recommendation for a healthy diet can be found on the USDA website www.choosemyplate.org. Here is the fruit and veggie recommendations for each age group. 5 servings = Young Children (1 -3 years) Girls (4 – 8 years old) 6 servings = Boys (4 – 8 years) 7 servings = Girls (9 – 13 years) Women (51 years+ older) 8 servings = Boys ( 9 – 13 years) Girls (14 – 18 years) Women (31 – 50 years) 9 servings = Women (19 – 30 years) Men (51+ years) 10 servings = Boys (14 – 18 years) Men (19 – 50 years) 11 to 13 servings = Active Boys and Men

The good news is you can say bye bye to weighting, measuring, counting points and special foods. You can’t over eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat as many as you want. In fact, eat more than you want, the more the better. With every serving of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables you eat you will get skinnier and healthier. Who doesn’t want that?

I know what you’re saying right now. This is too hard. All those fruits and veggies? Think about it. If you are a women that means you need to be eating 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetable every day.  What about your kids, 3.5 cups really? It’s just not happening. If this is you your family, the Transform30 Program is the perfect solution for you. The guidelines are simple, easy and affordable. Following the Transform30 Program you will get healthier, skinnier and feel great knowing you are securing health for you and your family.

To answer the question “What is the best diet?” It’s the best diet you can follow for the rest of your life, mostly fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes. Meat you ask? The American Heart Association said years ago think of your meat (chicken, fish) as a condiment to your meal, so just a little. 
This holiday season do yourself a favor, put that diet book back on the shelf, save your money, and give yourself and your family the gift of health plus.

You partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant
WELCOA Faculty
C2 Your Health LLC
www.CindyCohenRN.com

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA owner of C2 Your Health LLC, Certified Health & Weight Loss Coach and Certified Workplace Wellness Consultant brings with her 40 years’ experience from the bedside to CEO of a hospital. Cohen is recognized as an accomplished author, wellness expert, sought after national speaker and corporate wellness leader.

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