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51 Foods You SHOULD Be Eating

We recently wrote a blog called the 10 Commandments of Fat Loss — and it got a lot of attention …

It was reposted to the millions of Livestrong.com newsletter subscribers, posted on MensHealth.com and a writer from a popular fitness magazine emailed to ask if they could use that in an upcoming issue.

And I wondered — why?  I’m honored that such a simple, yet important post can get that much attention.  But I asked one of the editors.  Why THIS post in particular?

His answer?  "When most people, including our magazine, talk about fat loss — it’s always about deprivation.  Your blog post was actually 10 things you SHOULD do, though, when trying to change your body."

Interesting.

Almost like the placebo effect, when you give someone something (even if there’s zero active ingredients) they get better.  It’s all in the mind.  Amazingly, there are even data where people go under the knife … yet the surgeons do NOTHING outside of a faux surgery, yet the people report being better after the fact and one study I’m thinking about had people with arthritis hopping around and not feeling a bit of pain 2 years after their "faux" surgery. 

In their mind, a positive change happened and they got better.  Apply that to nutrition now.  Positive changes in the diet — or even the idea of being told to ADD things to the diet vs. decrease — will have a positive result on the final outcome. 

That being said, incorporate some or most of these 51 foods more consistently and you’ll be better off.  Even better, for every great food you add from this list, replace a junky alternative. 

51 Foods You SHOULD Be Eating

  1. Spinach
  2. Wild salmon (fresh and/or canned)
  3. Blueberries
  4. Raspberries
  5. Swiss chard
  6. Quinoa
  7. Rolled oats
  8. Pistachios
  9. Barramundi (often called "the sustainable sea bass") can be found in the frozen section of Whole Foods & has half the calories, yet equal omega 3′s to coho salmon)
  10. Plain Greek yogurt
  11. Apples
  12. Red bell peppers
  13. Yellow bell peppers
  14. Orange bell peppers
  15. Lean red meat (we prefer grass fed beef)
  16. Whole eggs
  17. Blackberries
  18. Almonds
  19. Sardines
  20. Carrots
  21. Black tea
  22. Green tea
  23. Pink grapefruit
  24. Turmeric
  25. Kale
  26. Cauliflower
  27. Red grapes
  28. Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc)
  29. Coconut (either fresh, where you crack the shell or unsweetened, shredded)
  30. Strawberries
  31. Avocados
  32. Tomatoes (raw and cooked as both have unique benefits)
  33. Pumpkin (we often add canned, unsweetened 100% pure pumpkin to our smoothies)
  34. Unsweetened, raw cocoa powder or cocoa nibs (we also often add to smoothies or Greek yogurt)
  35. Pineapple
  36. Sweet potatoes or yams (technically not the same, yet they’re often used interchangeably)
  37. Beans (black, kidney, chick peas, red beans, etc)
  38. Lentils
  39. Garlic
  40. Broccoli
  41. Red and green cabbage
  42. Onions
  43. Dark Cherries
  44. Cinnamon
  45. Oat bran
  46. Beets
  47. Barley
  48. Mushrooms (all types)
  49. Canola and olive oils (replace other less healthy fats with these, don’t simply add these to the diet)
  50. Farro (a whole grain that’s super high in fiber)
  51. Coffee (without sugar, cream and everything else)

Wow, there you have it – 51 of our favorite foods (and beverages).  Is this comprehensive of every single food that’s amazing for you?  Of course not.  But it is a pretty solid list of fantastic foods.  Variety is the key and quality is the key.  Aim for 1 ingredients foods when you eat (vs. processed options with many ingredients you can’t pronounce) and you’ll be much better off.

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10 Responses to 51 Foods You SHOULD Be Eating

  1. Beth June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    WOW! It made me feel good that I am already eating quite a few of those foods. I’m trying to eat to fuel my body!

  2. bea sandoval June 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    i hope all ur subscribers will heed ur suggestion in order to live healthy.

  3. Divi June 30, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Yay!! I already eat most of this stuff!! Red meat and pineapples are a total no-no for me. I have re-discovered avocado. I am learning to like salmon. And just found barramundi for the first time; still gotta try it though. Am also back to playing squash, my all-time favourite sport!! So things are looking up for me, eh!!

    Cheers!
    Divi

  4. Alan Broder July 1, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Walnuts, almonds??

    • Chris and Kara Mohr July 1, 2011 at 7:02 am #

      Both are great.

    • JAK April 2, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Almonds was #18!

      Also glad to see I have more than 1/2 of these in my regular rotation. Though farro is new to me. Will have to research this one.

  5. Steph April 2, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I love reading your info-mails! Dipping #20 in some almond butter right now!

    YUM!

  6. WellDatrix April 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    These are great additions to any low calorie diet or diet in general. There are so many foods that should be implemented into our diets that we don’t generally think about as being a necessity or even as a general good-for-you food.

  7. Glenda Barrera May 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Love your list. I have most everything on yours on mine! Except one thing I have Kefir on mine for the amazing probiotics they offer our immune system. I love making smoothies and yogurt from my Kefir!
    Thank you for your list and sharing with everyone!

  8. George June 21, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Nice list, I see the super foods are well represented including the avocado, which I love. All natural equals all good. Take care.

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