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Weekly Diet News Digest
by John McGran, Columnist

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Tips for a Healthy Kitchen, Getting Rid of Problem FoodsOne all-important step to starting a healthy weight loss plan is to clear your home of the foods that can derail your diet.

Your Healthy Shopping List

Light string cheese
Cereals with fiber*
Skim milk
Whole-grain bagels*
Low-fat cottage cheese
Whole-grain waffles*
Reduced-fat yogurt
Low-fat granola bars
Light microwave popcorn
Whole-grain bread*
Whole-grain crackers*
Whole-grain pasta*
Brown rice*
Mrs. Dash
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Kosher salt
Turkey slices
Light salad dressings
Tuna packed in water
Olive oil
Chicken breasts
Low-fat mayonnaise
Bean soups, beans & lentils
Boca burgers
Fat-free Fudgsicles
Soy beans (Edamame)
Fruit juice bars
Natural (sugar free) peanut butter
Low-fat pudding
Sugar-free Jell-O
Meal replacement bars
Bottled water
Mineral water
Healthy Choice meals
Herbal tea
Lean Cuisine meals

*Good source of fiber contains 2.5-5 grams fiber per serving. High fiber source contains over 5 grams fiber per serving

If working outside your home:

Find someone supportive at work who may help you when the going gets tough or bring daytime numbers of supportive people you can call.

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@ 12:29pm ET on May 7, 2008 This is an excellent article for anyone looking for tips and ideas on the ol' shopping trip. I also went through my pantry and threw out anything that was high calories, fat and salt in January when I started the Fresh Start Challenge. It takes the "I'll have just one" of those bad foods thinking and tosses it right out into the garbage.....ALONG with all of that bad food!

I really enjoyed this article!
@ 12:15pm ET on May 12, 2008 I loved reading this article. I'm so proud of myself. My grocery list is almost
@ 12:16pm ET on May 12, 2008 ...(sorry) it's almost identical to the grocery list above!!! Clearing the house is another really key concept! It's amazing to see how far I've come since January since I've started to live like Dr. Kushner suggests!
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