Kidney beans and lentils- excellent source of fibre and provide slow realising carbohydrates.
Grocery shopping- controlling your weight start here, do not buy anything that you know you should not eat, as more often than not you will end up eating it, not the "guests".
Entree- eat your food from an entree size plate, this allows you to get smaller amounts of food and you may even find that you are actually full when you finish it.
Salad- when ordering salad ask for the dressing on the side, that way you can control how much you add.
Thirsty- drink water it has no calories and we all have to love that!
Apples- they are full of fibre and potassium as well as Vitamin C found just under the skin. So just wash one and eat it with the peel. Always choose apples with undamaged skin and they will keep fresh longer and stay crunchy in the crisper section of your fridge.
Hungry- try reducing your appetite by starting your meals with a soup or salad.
Heartburn- It is caused by stomach acid coming up and irritating the oesophagus and causing a burning sensation. It can be avoided by eating slowly and chewing the food properly. Drink fluid between meals and not with them. Avoid irritants like alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and citrus acids. Sit up straight while eating and do not lie down straight after a meal.
Citrus fruits- lemons, grapefruit, oranges, limes and mandarins are low GI, high in fiber and a a great source of Vitamin C. You can cook with them, juice them or eat them as is, how versatile can they be!
Hot, Hot, HOT- It has been found that a compound in chillies that makes them hot may stimulate the metabolism slightly after eating them, allowing your body to burn energy at a faster rate, so pass the chilli!!!
Nashi- In season March to October and a great source of Vitamin C, it has the look the look of an apple and the taste of pear. It goes great by itself of in salads or tarts and while cheese.
Soft drinks- Did you know that the average soft drink has 10 teaspoons of sugar! (not to think of the extra kilojoules you are taking in), so stay clear of them if you are trying to loose weight. Instead try a glass of water with some lemon, your hips will thankyou for it.
GI- The glycemic index (GI) is a way of determining foods based on their effect on blood glucose levels. Low GI foods are best as they break down carbohydrates slowly, realising gradually glucose into the blood.
Cranberries- have anti-cystitis properties and may help fight tooth decay. Try sprinkling cranberries on your cereal, for an extra boost to your morning.
Tomatoes- Full of vitamin C, one medium sized tomato provides 40% of your recommended daily Vit C intake.
Beans- Great protein source, dietary fibre and they have protective antioxidants.