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5 foods you should be eating for your best body—inside and out

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., July 27, 2009 - 11:00am

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Brierley asks: What are your go-to health foods when you’re trying to eat healthier?


I started out eating the following foods and drinks just to straighten out my digestive system. An unexpected benefit was that I lost 16 pounds in about 6 weeks. My mental state improved and I definitely gained an overall better state of health. Much to my amazement, I quit drinking coffee completely, and also eliminated sugar and most gluten products very easily.

In the morning and for an afternoon refreshment and a bedtime snack, I have a green drink made of kale, spinach, carrots, pineapple and herbal tea. I'm not juicing the vegetables, but simply pureeing them, eating the fiber that remains. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory, spinach is full of vitamin C and pineapple is an excellent enzyme. Sometimes I add a kiwi for a change of pace, and it's actually higher in vitamin C than oranges. Once a day I have a fruit smoothie (no ice) made with EITHER raspberries, blueberries and blackberries OR pineapple, mango and papaya AND lowfat, natural vanilla yogurt and milled flaxseed. Occasionally I'll add a fig.

I also like to make a big pot of vegetarian chili using olive oil, red and black beans, chick peas, garlic, onion, green, red and yellow and orange peppers, carrots, tomatoes and celery, adding whatever herbs and spices strike my fancy at the moment. It's just me, so the pot of chili makes for several days of quick, healthy lunch or dinner. The beans also seem to help stablilize my blood sugar levels, so I'm not feeling drowsy by mid-afternoon.

Shredded cabbage and carrots with tuna or salmon and fat free sweet and sour dressing has been another favorite for lunch, as well as rice cakes with hummus for snacks.

I never feel hungry or deprived. It seems like I can eat whenever I want and somehow I never seem to go over 1500 calories a day. My skin has improved greatly, allergies have been alleviated, I'm sleeping better and have more energy...AND I'M LOSING WEIGHT WITHOUT EVEN TRYING!


03/25/2010 - 9:06pm

Spinach! I also love celery & eggs. I reach for Wehat Germ & Flaxseed everyday. I try to eat one serving of either greek yogurt or cottage cheese with a serving of fruit a day.


03/25/2010 - 5:49pm

salmon,grapefruit, apples, integral cereals, yoghurt,tomatoes,


03/25/2010 - 3:18am

Thank you for all your wonderful information. I stay alone a lot in my home and i need to be more healthy! I need to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. I need to stop all the sugar intake, as my teeth show its awful results.
Gilbert Loera


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01/25/2010 - 12:27pm

What is more bennificial to health? caffinated or decaffinated green tea?


01/22/2010 - 5:53pm

Hi, I was wondering how long was the course of the study in the high fiber experiment. Thanks.


09/12/2009 - 10:12pm

I like your suggestions for the foods we SHOULD be eating. Unfortunately, we are now approaching the fall season and won't be seeing the water rich fruit and fresh tomatoes during the fall. Tell me what you suggest for the fall? I love eating from the local food source and prefer not to buy food that has been shipped 100’s of miles. Food in season suits me just fine. What do you recommend? Wintering food for me are sweet potatoes, kale, collards, turnips and all of the winter squashes.

BJ Corpening, Marittta, GA


09/02/2009 - 10:56am

I Love to eatwell because i am diabetics i have too.

Alice Hennis, Lancasterr, OH


09/01/2009 - 11:56am

All these good PREVENTIVE things to do for the heart. What do you do if you HAVE a heart condition? I mean nutritionally. I have A Fib.

Larry Siegel, Brooklyn, NY


09/01/2009 - 11:56am

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