Monday, October 10, 2011

If you do ONE thing this week...


No I am not Vegan. Nor am I telling you to become one either. But one meal isn't going to kill you. In fact, do this and you'll protect your heart, help prevent cancer and if you can incorporate this into your weekly routine, you'll lose up to five pounds this year!

To me, lunch would be the easier option to cut out the meat. If you're like me, you have a handful of standby lunch meals on rotation. Turkey sandwich at Subway. Grilled chicken salad. Instead of ordering the usual, do your figure a favor and add a veggie option to your repertoire. Veggies are low in fat and calories but high in fiber, which keeps you feeling fuller longer. Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D, director of the John Hopkins Weight Management Center in Baltimore found that when people ate a veggie-based lunch, such as meatless chili, they took in 371 fewer calories and 28 fewer grams of fat throughout the day than when they had a similar meal made with ground beef. Studies show occasionally going vegetarian also boosts your cardiovascular health and lowers your risk of breast cancer.

So sometime this week when you're reviewing your midday options, consider loading up that 6 inch sandwich with a mound-full of veggies and avocado. Or try a hummus and cucumber pita, lentil soup, or black bean and cheese burrito. I already fulfilled my week's goal with a bowl full of steamed broccoli and mushrooms. Mmmmm. Jealous??

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