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The Free-For-All Diet List

healthyWe all love having a snack while watching our favorite movie. Whether your go-to snack is popcorn, chips or M&Ms, the portions are small. If we eat more than one serving, we feel guilty. It’s a loose loose situation. Instead of those high calorie snacks, try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables. Drew Logan, author of 25 DAYS, shares a great snacking list.

Americans aren’t overweight because people are eating too many peaches. And when was the last time you saw anyone on a talk show crying herself a river about how fat she got putting away too much spinach? Exactly! That’s why when it comes to the following low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, you’ll have the freedom to eat as much as you feel your body needs:

  1. Any green vegetable (broccoli, bell peppers, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage, snow peas, etc.)
  2. Any leafy greens (spinach, kale, arugula, lettuce, etc.)
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Strawberries
  5. Peaches
  6. Grapefruit
  7. Apples
  8. Cherries

These are the foods I’m allowing you to eat without restriction for several reasons. The first is that all of them are low-glycemic, fibrous foods that are ideal for keeping you satiated during the day. The second reason? None of them triggers the release of dopamine to any great extent, so it never will affect your daily dopamine levels in a way that waters down that aha! moment I want you to experience at the end of the day when you receive your grade.

That’s why I never want you worrying about weighing your broccoli, asparagus, cabbage—whatever it is. That’s why I’ll never tell you that you can have only so much cucumber in your salad. Have as much as you like. You can eat it by the bucketload because it won’t be a problem.

These are also great foods to use when you’re more susceptible to mindless snacking. Instead of putting tempting foods in front of you when watching a movie (or any activity where you often find yourself typically reaching for food), most of the free-for-all foods fit that crunchy profile, so they’ll feel satisfying from an oral fixation standpoint.

Add these yummy and healthy foods to your list.


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