1. FILL UP on the most nutritious foods first (fresh fruits and vegetables), then eat other foods.
2. Add at least 10 fresh, whole fruits and 10 different, fresh vegetables to your daily food plan.
3. Eat only whole fruit in the morning (up to 10 whole fruits). If you have diabetes or specific health issues, consult your doctor. Stop eating fruit one hour before lunch. Don’t eat fruit with other foods (it makes other foods ferment or rot causing gas and interference to digestion).
4. Eat until you are “satisfied” in your brain, not “stuffed” in your stomach.
5. For lunch, almost ALWAYS eat one large, green-leafy, vegetable salad with at least 10 different fresh vegetables (count them). If you are still hungry, then eat something else.
6. For dinner, almost ALWAYS fill up on a vegetable salad and vegetables first (such as steamed or baked). Then eat other foods.
7. Before you put something into your mouth, think to yourself, “Is this food FEEDING me or DEPLETING me?”
8. Clean out your cupboards. Do not bring the “bad guys” into your house. Keep “good-for-you” snacks with you at all times (at home, at work, in the car).
9. Communicate with your family about your food and fitness goals and beg for support.
10. Seek a support person who will hold you ACCOUNTABLE to your commitment to yourself, your body, and your health (like Dr. Leslie!).
BE PATIENT AND KIND TO YOURSELF… IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME TO SHED OLD HABITS AND BUILD NEW, LIFE-SUPPORTING HABITS.