Instead of wondering whether a food is ‘bad’ and if you should feel guilty for eating it, think ‘Does this food nourish my body? Does it have vitamins and minerals?” If it does, then enjoy it thoroughly and feel good about treating your body like a temple. Far too often I hear people feeling guilty or concerned about eating butter, oil, bacon, a juicy steak, potatoes, nuts, shrimp, eggs, peanut butter, cheese, bread, cream, too much fruit, chocolate and even coffee! These foods have plenty of vitamins and minerals and regardless of their caloric content they help to support the chemical reactions in your body that make up your metabolism, the health of your skin and other endothelial cells that line your blood veins and digestive system, the hormones, proteins and neurotransmitters responsible for communication all over the body as well as brain, bone, muscle, organ, and tissue health.
Snack on dried fruit between meals. Dried fruits are a sweet treat that adds fiber to your diet to keep you full until lunch or dinner. One serving -- eight dried apricot halves, three prunes or four dried apple rings -- has approximately 60 calories. These single servings also provide about 3 grams of fiber. Dole out your servings of dried fruit into individual plastic bags and keep them in your pantry. Your snacks will be pre-portioned and you'll be less likely to overindulge and consume too many calories.
If you want to beat food guilt, think about why you have it in the first place. What triggers your guilt? It might be specific foods or it might be an internal feeling. Now think about why. Do you feel bloated after you eat it? Did someone once tell you that X food was healthier than Y food and now you feel bad after eating Y food? Once you find the root of your guilt, you can start to alleviate it.
What else? There is never ‘guilt’ as an ingredient. I promise. Go check the back of your favorite “guilty” food, it won’t be listed. When we label foods as ‘guilt free’ it makes it seem like we should feel guilt about foods that aren’t labeled guilt free. Yikes. What’s really happening is that the labeling of this product is using basic psychology and marketing principles to make you buy their product - but it’s also changing how you feelings and thoughts about food.

Whether you’re managing diabetes, want to lose weight, or just plain want to be fit while eating insanely scrumptious meals, weight-loss expert Devin Alexander is here to assure you, “You Can Have It!” The celebrity chef on the hit series, The Biggest Loser, and the author of the New York Times bestselling The Biggest Loser Cookbook series and The Most Decadent Diet Ever!, Devin Alexander, has created a collection of easy diabetes-friendly recipes that seem simply too good, and too decadent, to be healthy. Using her chef secrets, tips, and techniques that helped contestants on the hit show lose weight and that wowed customers in her restaurants, Devin Alexander has crafted more than 125 easy diabetes-friendly recipes that bust the myth that eating well means giving up the comfort foods you love. Best of all, Devin is living proof that these meals work—even as a chef, around food all day, she's lost 70 pounds and kept it off for close to 30 years! With beautiful photographs, doable tips, simple techniques, affordable ingredients, and mouthwatering meals, this is the cookbook every person who cares about their health (whether they have diabetes or not!) will want to own. Inside you'll find hundreds of decadent, simple-to-prepare dishes, including:

As someone who has managed a 55-pound weight loss for 16 years, Alexander knows her stuff. At the beginning of the book, she gives you options: Do you want to count calories or not? The author details a simple diet plan either way (based on your gender, age and activity level), shows you how to put together a weekly meal plan, and covers the importance of exercise.
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