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Jane Thacker is a dietician at Trinity Spine Center in Florida, and she offers a short list of nutritional guidelines that will get you started on a path to healthier eating. “Farm to plate, with the fewest stops in between,” Thacker said. “We are not lab rats. And if it was created in a lab, we do not need it.”

Thacker takes patients to grocery stores to show them what to look for on
package labels and to show them changing diets isn’t all that difficult.

She offered a few steps to start:

  • Stop drinking sugary beverages and switch to water with fruit slices, like
    lemon, lime and kiwi.
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners of every kind.
  • Use olive oil or real butter instead of margarine or “spreads.”
  • Include fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack.
  • Choose high fiber breads and cereals.
  • Stick with whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
  • Cut back on meat and have fish and shellfish at least twice a week for
    healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid farm-raised fish because they
    contain high amounts of PCBs.
  • Eat more beans, lentils and legumes for protein and fiber.

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