April 2012 | Dr. Stephen Gullo

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Get a Bond Girl Body

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Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder

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Behind every secret agent is a drop-dead gorgeous woman. The Bond girls have flirted and seduced their way across the silver screen since Ursula Andress played Honey Ryder in “Dr. No” (1962). Long admired for their great bikini bodies, Bond girls definitely understand how to eat a healthy diet. Some of their favorites are listed here, and it’s important to note that they’re all whole foods – no processed crap. Eating the foods on this list may not guarantee that you’ll get a Bond girl body, but you’ll certainly be on your way to meeting your weight loss goals. Don’t forget to pair your healthy meal plan with regular exercise.

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The Many Forms of Soy

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Types of Soy Products

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Soy gets an undeserved reputation for being “hippie food.” Some people will only grudgingly try soy when their girlfriends force it on them. But you don’t need to choke down a block of tofu to reap the health benefits of soy – like its protein (including all essential amino acids), fiber, and isoflavones. Soy is available in numerous forms from the ubiquitous soy milk to fresh soybeans to soy cheese. Incorporating soy into your weight loss diet plan is a healthy idea – it’s far lower in calories and fat than a slab of steak or a handful of fries. And no, eating high-sodium soy sauce doesn’t quite count.

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Superfoods You Should Be Eating

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Assortment of Superfoods

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Superfoods are everywhere these days. When asked to define what a superfood is, many people might say it’s something exotic like Goji berries or hard to pronounce like Acai berries. But the truth is, your supermarket is already stocked full of super-nutritious, everyday foods that can help improve your health and trim your waistline. Yes, you can certainly go on a shopping spree at your local health food store, but the seafood counter and dairy section of the supermarket also offer many nutritious choices. Google your shopping list and see how your choices fare in terms of health benefits.

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The Problem with Portion Control

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Portion Control - Tiny Fast Food Tray

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Portion control is considered to be one of the cornerstones of dieting. Proponents claim that you can eat fast food tacos, chocolate, ice cream, and all other types of junk food and still lose weight – so long as you use portion control. Some proponents of portion control recommend stocking your kitchen with much smaller bowls, plates, and glasses to cut down on portion sizes and calories.

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The Paleo Diet

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Caveman Cartoon

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The Paleo Diet takes evolution to a whole new level – that is to say, backwards. It argues that the illnesses of modern-day society (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.) can be cured by reverting back to a caveman-like diet. If our ancient ancestors didn’t eat it, then you shouldn’t either. The Paleo Diet cuts out whole food groups, like dairy, legumes, and grains, along with refined sugars. Followers of the diet are only allowed to eat meat, vegetables, and fruit. Essentially, it’s a fad diet.

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Farro

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Warm Farro Salad

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Farro is a whole grain, a type of wheat. In ancient times, it was grown throughout the Middle East. In fact, it’s been called the oldest known grain to be cultivated. The taste of farro is similar to spelt and it has a chewy texture. Farro is great for athletes because it may help alleviate muscle cramps. This grain is high in magnesium and vitamin E. Farro has a definite edge over modern-day wheat, as it contains about twice the amount of fiber and protein. Farro also contains cyanogenic glucosides, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

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Jenna Ushkowitz Avoids Fad Diets

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Jenna Ushkowitz at the Golden Globes

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Jenna Ushkowitz started out on “Sesame Street” as a child actor, but quickly graduated to Broadway plays. Jenna is best known for her role on “Glee” as Tina – the girl who faked a stutter. Her singing and dancing definitely wasn’t faked; however, and Jenna has a reputation for being one fit girl. Jenna Ushkowitz even teamed up with “Seventeen” magazine to write a fitness blog and share her trainer’s workout plans.

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Gladys Knight Dances Away 60 Lbs.

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Gladys Knight Accepts Award

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Soul singer Gladys Knight helped to popularize the soul food staple, chicken and waffles, with her chain of restaurants called Gladys Knight and Ron Winan’s Chicken & Waffles. Deep-fried poultry and buttery, syrupy waffles were probably partially to blame for Gladys’ waistline, but the “Empress of Soul” swapped out her waffles in favor of Power Bars when she went on “Dancing with the Stars.” Intense dance rehearsals and a healthy diet helped Gladys Knight lose an impressive 60 lbs., proving that it’s never too late to reclaim your health.

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Cinnamon

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Cinnamon Sticks

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Cinnamon is a spice available ground or in sticks. It comes from the inner bark of trees in the Cinnamomum family. In ancient times, cinnamon was more highly valued than gold and it was used for everything from cooking to embalming. Cinnamon contains three components in its essential oils that are important for your health. Cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamaldehyde help prevent excessive blood clotting, ease inflammation, and control blood sugar levels. The spice can even help prevent insulin resistance. Cinnamon also has anti-microbial properties that can be helpful for those who suffer from yeast infections.

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Alternative Breading for Chicken

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Plate of Chicken Fingers

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Who doesn’t love crispy fried chicken fingers? When you’re on your weight loss diet, you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Dieting is about substitution, not deprivation. Select a package of raw, un-breaded chicken tenders instead of the frozen stuff and trim away the fat and skin. After prepping it, dunk it in eggs, egg whites, or an egg substitute and dredge it in a healthier alternative to breadcrumbs. Instead of deep frying your chicken, bake it. Remember to serve it with lots of belly-trimming veggies instead of French fries.

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