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The Vegetable Revolution Diet

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Most people who are serious about losing weight are looking for simplified strategy. The Vegetable Revolution Diet approach is to have a simplified food guide that everyone can follow that stresses eating healthy foods, especially vegetables, to fill you up and avoiding foods that have high caloric load. The hallmark of this diet is the three servings of vegetables (a serving is 8 ounces, or a handful) with each meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, breakfast! The philosophy is that the vegetables are low in calories and provide an excellent sources of minerals and vitamins, give you fiber and fill you up and you will not need to each much higher calorie foods.

In the past, people have shied away from vegetables due to the fact they required a lot of preparation or went bad readily. Now vegetables are often pre-cut and washed and come in a large variety of preparations and are readily available in grocery stores. Frozen vegetables are excellent and convenient and even canned vegetables are good. Vegetables can be stir-fried with a vegetable spray like PAM, canola spray or olive spray or soy sauce (as long as you are not on a low-salt diet). Vegetables can also be flavored with spices, soy sauces, or tomato or marinara sauce. Vegetables can be made into soups as well.

Recommended vegetables include the following (the symbols next to some of them denote how they may be purchased or prepared--please see below the list for the code):

#Alfalfa/ Bean Sprouts
*Artichoke hearts
+Bok choy
*Brussels sprouts
Collard or mustard greens
*Green beans
+Onions (especially Vidalia onions)
Salads (careful about the dressings and additions)
+Snap peas
#+Snow peas
+Stir-fry vegetables
V8-or other vegetable juices
Water chestnuts

*Frozen-perfect for micro-waving
#Fresh-can be eaten raw

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