Hi! Good for you for taking steps and looking to change your diet to control these health issues.
I think it would be good to focus on organic vegetables and fruits for a start. If there is a public market near you, frequent it. The prices are usually incredibly lower than they are at the grocery store, because you're buying directly from local farmers. Eat fish instead of red meat, egg whites instead of whole eggs (Walmart sells quarts of egg whites). Try to get the majority of your protein from raw nuts(NOT ROASTED) if you're not allergic-cashews, hazelnuts (filberts), almonds. Also get protein from seeds-chia seeds (has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), hulled hemp seeds, (same), flaxseed meal, sunflower seeds. Bob's Red Mill has chia, hemp, and flaxseed stuff. You can usually find those things in your grocer's organics section or in a whole foods store, or a local co-op.
Don't eat white bread. Switch to whole grain if you must have bread. Try the Ezekiel 4:9 wraps and breads-which you can usually find in the freezer. If you've never had it before, ask an employee to help you find it.
Avoid foods high in saturated fat, like butter. However, butter is still better for you than margarine or margarine spreads like Country Crock (it has "crock" right in the name!!!). Earth balance is an okay alternative, but it is still nothing but fat and salt.
Bake instead of fry at least most of the time.
Avoid fast foods-but that's a given. Subway is a decent alternative, but make sure you read all the nutrition information. Not all their subs are healthy.
Measure out salad dressing. Again, go for organic if you can. Annie's Naturals makes some really good ones.
Make fruits and vegetables your new favorite snack foods, too. Baby carrots with a dip made with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, garlic powder, dill weed, and a little bit of salt and pepper??? OMG. So good!
I don't always follow my own advice, but I do with this, more often than not. It's a long hard climb, but as long as we keep trudging in the right direction, we'll reach our goals.
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Starting weight July 2012: 310
(dates of accomplishment for the following to come)
GW1: 280 passed 2/8/13-278!
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