The first step in any healthy diet is eating a balanced variety of foods, so everyone should start there. But for women, science is showing that there are some foods that can help ward off osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and even tone down a hot flash or two.
Find seven “wonder women” foods and recipes to get them cooking in your kitchen for Perfect Body Shape.
Ripe and juicy, heirloom and cherry tomatoes are easy food to love. So it’s just icing on the cake that observational studies suggest lycopene-rich foods like tomatoes may play a role in warding off breast and cervical cancers.
Since no clinical trials have tested the hypothesis, it’s not proof positive. And maybe the protection comes from a diet rich in vegetables rather than just one vegetable.
hick and creamy, Greek yogurt offer double the protein of most yogurts and far less sugar. The lower carb levels (7 grams versus 25 grams in fruited yogurt) help keep blood sugar on an even keel. But protein may be the real advantage since many women have no clue, or rarely think about, how much protein they eat. And they should. Studies suggest that eating higher levels of protein (30 percent of calories) helps women with weight loss, muscle maintenance, and promotes healthier aging.
Kick-start your metabolism by including protein at breakfast, choose from eggs, salmon, lean ham, or dairy. We burn more calories digesting protein rather than carbs so, by making your breakfast a protein one, you’ll be revving up your metabolism and because protein keeps you fuller for longer, you’ll eat fewer calories the rest of the day.
Many people find eating little and often helps them manage their blood sugar levels – this doesn’t mean they eat more but instead spread their day’s intake evenly throughout the day. Make every snack count with nourishing options that supply both the ‘pick me up’ you need while topping up your five-a-day.
Swap your morning biscuits for oatcakes spread with peanut or almond nut butter and a banana or have a tasty dip with veggie sticks that will make a Perfect Body Shape Diet Plan.
Make lunch a mix of lean protein and starchy carbs. Carb-rich foods supply energy and without them, you’re more likely to suffer that classic mid-afternoon slump. The key is to choose carbs that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary ‘white’ foods and going for high fiber whole grains which help you manage those afternoon munchies.
Satisfy that sweet craving and the need for energy with fruit. A handful of dried fruit combined with unsalted nuts or seeds provides protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied till supper.
Don’t curfew carbs – they’re low in fat, fiber-rich, and help you relax in the evening. Combine them with some healthy essential fats the ones you find in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines as well as nuts, seeds, and their oils. Your body can use these healthy fats overnight for regeneration and repair, which is important for maintaining healthy skin and hair.