Food Addicts Anonymous Meal Plan

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A 12-step program based on the idea that food addiction is a serious disorder, Food Addicts Anonymous aims to change the way you think about food so you can make lifelong eating changes. The organization claims that by building your meals around nutritious foods and proper serving sizes, you can overcome an addiction to unhealthy junk foods.

Build a Better Breakfast

A breakfast following the Food Addicts Anonymous guidelines includes one protein, one dairy, one fruit and one grain or starchy vegetable. For example, two eggs count as one protein and make a nutritious morning meal. Four to 6 ounces of lean meat or tofu meat replacements are other protein options. A cup of cooked oatmeal with a cup of skim milk and cup of berries is another acceptable option. Cold cereal with skim milk is another healthy choice.

Have a Light Lunch

Following the Food Addicts Anonymous program requires you to eat lunch four hours after you eat breakfast. Your lunch will consist of one protein, such as white-meat chicken or lean steak, as well as one cooked vegetable, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots or cauliflower. You also get one fresh vegetable with lunch such as tomatoes, celery or leafy greens. Half a daily oil is also included in your lunch. To meet these guidelines, you might have a leafy green salad with white-meat chicken and tomatoes, served with a splash of olive oil and a side of steamed broccoli. Men also get to add one fruit, grain or starchy vegetable to their lunch.

Dive Into Dinner

Plan on eating your dinner about five hours after lunch. Your dinner will consist of one protein, one cooked vegetable, one fresh vegetable, one grain or starchy vegetable and half a daily oil. This means you could have a serving of grilled meat with a side of steamed vegetables, a side of grains such as rice or couscous and a leafy green salad. A pasta salad heavy on the vegetables with shredded turkey is another option.

Metabolic Adjustments

About four hours after dinner, you can have a snack, which the Food Addicts Anonymous program calls a metabolic adjustment. This metabolic adjustment consists of one dairy or 2 ounces of protein and one fruit. A serving of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh berries or melon is one way to meet this requirement. A glass of milk with an apple or a serving of low-fat cheese with grapes are additional options.

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