In my opinion it should be a legal requirement for all school age kids to learn how to read food labels. Food labels are very important. They are the road map to good or poor health. Everyone needs to educate themselves and get familiar with learning what all of the ingredients are in the foods that you are eating. When in doubt, Google a mystery ingredient one by one, until you learn them all. The best advice I can give anyone is that you should make educated decisions before you put any food into your body. You are what you eat.

(Animal Hero's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK


Patience. Moderation, and Discipline are the keys for success.
Eat less and move more. Most importantly, DON'T LIVE TO EAT, EAT TO LIVE!

  by member Animal Hero
My name is Jenni. I'm 35 years old. A few years back, I was diagnosed to being allergic to the protein in dairy products (cow milk) and beef, which has undoubtedly attributed my weight problems. In addition to eating a dairy free diet; I recently made another ...
member since: 23 Feb 11


Animal Hero's top tips

1.Aim to eat between 1100-1500 calories a day. Choose low fat, low calorie foods. Eat your breads, but choose WHOLE wheat (Rudi's is great) or keep bread items to a minimum. Trim out your refined sugars and flours from your diet and replace them with unrefined foods. Avoid enriched items, eat 100% whole grains instead. Avoid processed foods and preserved foods.
2.I avoid dairy products because I have food allergies so I learned along the way that their are really much healthier alternatives to cow milk out there for people such as almond milk. It has 50% more calcium than regular skim milk and is fortified with Vitamin D. I also use soy based butters that are better for your heart than standard dairy butters. The only thing that I can say that I honestly miss since going dairy free is when it comes to cheese and yogurt. So far, I haven't found any substitutes that taste as good or have better health benefits than diary cheese or yogurt. Since I'm allergic I avoid both them anyway, but I have to admit they do taste good and if I wasn't allergic I would probably still eat the cheese and yogurt. I honestly can say that I would NEVER go back to drinking cow milk and using regular butter. It was a blessing that my allergies came to light.
3.Eat natural foods. I choose organic foods when ever possible to avoid eating things that are genetically modified, filled with chemical preservatives, pesticides, steroids, hormones that fill your body with toxins. If you cannot afford to eat organic foods, learn how to read ingredients on the labels so that you can avoid eating some of these things. Make sure that you wash your fresh vegetables thoroughly before cooking and eating. Avoid eating fast food at all costs because they laden with preservatives that will quickly build up toxins in your body. Instead cook at home, plan your meals, and pack your lunches for work.
4.For best results, eat something small every 3 hours during the day. Have a small breakfast, a morning snack of fruit, a small lunch, a afternoon snack of a handful of nuts or a vegetable, a small dinner, and a TINY nightly snack.
5.You must plan your meals in advance and don't forget to write down everything you eat. Cut soda and carbonated drinks out of your diet entirely. (It has been shown that their is a link to drinking soda's, carbonated drinks and cancer) Limit your sugar filled drinks (Use unrefined sugar) to a minimum of 1 serving (8 oz a day). Avoid all products using corn syrup as a sweetener. Make sure you drink your daily intake of water.
6.Take a daily Vitamin with your breakfast. Try not to skip meals because you want to teach your body that you are going to use the calories that you give it. When you skip meals you are teaching your body to store fat. I also recommend that everyone should go see a nutritionist at least 6 times a year.

About / History

I was diagnosed with having allergies to cow products (both dairy and beef) At the time I was seeking professional help because I was at my heaviest (265) and couldn't understand why I wasn't losing weight, I wasn't eating that much at the time yet my weight was skyrocketing. The change to diary free was a struggle at first just getting accustomed to learning how to read food labels.

 Promotes long term weight loss
 A healthy living alternative
 A body "detox"
 Teaches sustainable weight loss skills
 Provides an energy boost
 Improves mood and outlook
 Reduces the risks of diet-related diseases
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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