At the beginning of the year I decided that it was time to lose a few pounds, and so I went to see the fine people at www.Optimal365.com and bought a book called, "The Engine 2 Diet." And around this time my lovely wife Amy decided that she was going to become a vegetarian and go gluten free.
So we were off and running into 2013 with a whole new plan...not a diet, but a new way of eating. Now, I don't totally abstain from gluten products, but I have very little. I almost always eat gluten free bread & crackers. I am still on the fence with the vegetarian thing, but it has been a few months since I had any red meat or chicken and I think that I do feel better. And did I mention we eat very little dairy? In fact, we have almost removed it entirely. And my wife recently went to the doctor to have blood work to determine if the fact she has cut out dairy, gluten, and meat has helped her hurt her. And guess what? Her blood work was amazing and her good cholesterol was through the roof.
The one food that has become my friend and my enemy has been nuts. I especially like almonds and cashews, and they are incredibly good for all of us. However, they are very high in calories so we have to be careful. Just a small handful of almonds can add nearly 200 calories to your day. So that is my tip for the day. Grab your nuts, but not too often!