Guiltless Ordering Tips to Empower Mid-West Eaters

Calorie Restriction (CR) is the fastest way to slow down our aging process” according to various research studies worldwide.  The amount that is served at the price that is given usually looks like a pretty good deal in any restaurant, but remember that we can only burn a certain amount of calories.  The rest of the calories not utilized in a 24 hour period turns to fat. Thus, a daily meal plan is critical so that each calorie that is consumed is nutrient filled. 
Knowing how to order, and understanding why we need certain foods throughout the day can only empower us when walking through the door of our favorite hometown Eatery.  The key to Guiltless eating is one must have the mindset of Whole Foods,  whether you are eating at Panera, Skyline Chili, Krogers, Wild Oats, Subway, McDonalds, or Wendy’s.  The naturally occurring vitamins and minerals within such produce will energize your mind and body throughout the work day. 

Fluids are equally important to a successful diet. Add 1-2 glasses of water with 1/2 to 1 whole lemon each day. Also drink 1-2 cups of Oolong tea each day. Oolong tea burns over 157% more fat than Green Tea and has become the most popular tea designed to accelerate weigh loss. 


Pass on the chips, burgers and fries.  Ask to replace them with fish, lean meat, rice, yogurt, fruit or vegetable!

1.  Broiled Salmon or fish has Vitamins A, D, E, magnesium, calcium omega 3, 6.   Vitamins A,E, D is beneficial for skin and eyes. Magnesium assist the gut in keeping things moving, plus a mood stabilizer.  Omega 3,6 promotes HDL in removal of plaque build up in arteries plus reduces inflammation within the body.

2.  Lean meats have Vitamin B’s.  According to Life Clinic, “they help to process calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat. Your body needs it for growth and red cell production, and adequate riboflavin intake promotes healthy skin and good vision”.

3.  Bean Soup has various vitamins and magnesium!  We need 600-800mg magnesium to balance the calcium so that constipation is not an issue. Magnesium is found in fish, pumpkin seeds, nuts and beans.  It is also a mood enhancer curving depression, fatigue, leg cramps, migraines, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and high blood pressure.

4.  Leafy greens and  salads with nuts or seeds vineagrettes. Obtain magnesium, Omega 3,6.  for Vitamin K, A and iron.  Promotes blood coagulation (vit. K) plus  skin cell repair.   

5.  Vegetable Sticks, Fruit for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to combat free radicals.

6.  GO FOR Multi-Grain or Whole Wheat breads.  When wheat (or any other grain) is processed into flour the germ and the bran (which contain most of the nutrients and fiber) are discarded. The whiter the flour the more nutrients have been stripped away. At this point I consider it a serving of sugar and not a ‘grain’.

7.  Lemon water . Lemon has Vitamin C (any fruit or veggie), which allows for iron to better bind to hemoglobin (red blood cells), reducing opportunity for anemia.

8.  Skim or 1% milk (also leafy greens).  We need 1200 mg of calcium a day found in milk and leafy greens.  Calcium contributes to healthy bones and muscles so that when they are stronger weightloss is more prevalent.

9.  Oolong, Green and Black teas are some of the best teas with the highest amount of anitoxidants present per mg. It’s a great way to keep your cognitive functions healthy and focused!  Additional evidence boasts of Oolong tea benefiting your pancreas and optimizing it’s ability to work better too.

BE EMPOWERED.  Know what nutrients you are providing yourself with and why you need them.  To eat Guilt Free is to eat with a sense that you are giving your body the best that you can for the day.  The Whole Foods will help you to combat Depression, keep Diabetes and Heart Disease at bay.  Nutrients from Whole Foods strengthen your body so that pathologies requiring medication can be kept at lower doses.  French fries, chips, chocolates, soda’s, white bread, or large amounts of cheese are all tasty, but must be eaten in small quantities, reducing intake of no more than 3 times a week.

 By: Kimberly Crocker

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