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... for Healthier Dieting

  1. If a diet or eating style doesn't taste good, it won't work for very long.

  2. Don't beat yourself up if you indulge in something forbidden or sinfully rich occasionally.  It's part of the human condition. Make up for it by an extra walk or a healthier meal next time.

  3. Extremes of any kind are liable to do more damage than not (and the average USA diet heavy on greasy meat, highly refined grains, sugars and additives is, indeed, an extreme).  Always take the latest "discoveries" and recommendations with a grain of salt.

  4. We cannot cure all ills and live forever by changing our diet. Accept that we all have to "go" sometime.  A healthy diet is one we enjoy, and one that lets us live as comfortably and happily as possible while we're here.

  5. Know your own body and its needs.  If your doctor or nutritionist recommends a specific diet regimen, make sure you understand the reasons and requirements.  Ask questions, and if you don't get or can't understand the answers, change doctors.

  6. If you start or follow any radical diet, whether macrobiotic,  vegetarian, vegan, weight loss or some other, whether you are doing it to try to cure a disorder or for philosophical reasons, don't do it on your own.  Consult experts; educate yourself (not from the source you buy vitamins or foods from), and have periodic checkups with blood tests (not hair samples) to see if you are lacking in any vital nutrient.   If you depend only on whether you "feel better", you could be heading for trouble down the road.

  7. Do NOT put children on any radical diet without close medical supervision.  Most experts feel that the majority of children require animal protein and some fats to grow and prosper. Is it possible to raise completely healthy children on a vegetarian or vegan diet?  Probably, but not by yourself.

     
  8. Supplements and vitamins are certainly a valuable addition to the diet,  but you cannot depend on them alone for good health.  Good food and a varied diet offer many advantages that supplements don't contain. 

  9. If you are going to deny yourself specific foods, understand why you are doing it and the possible consequences. 

  10. Negatives (don't eat that!) are much less productive than positives.  Serve and eat lots of the right foods, deliciously prepared, and the rest will usually fall into place.

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