Thursday, January 14, 2010

Strawberries: Too Good for That Pastry

If you're like most people, you probably don't think of strawberries as "health food." They taste too good, for one thing. And you usually think of them in sugary jams and jellies; in ice cream, which is packed with saturated fat; and in cakes and pies made with refined flour. But that's just the kind of thinking you'll leave behind as you shed pounds on The Sonoma Diet.

Strawberries are a pleasure to eat and a boon for your health and weight loss efforts. Once you realize there's more enjoyment in a half cup of fresh, ripe, nutrient-rich strawberries than in a strawberry pastry, you're well on your way to reaching your weight goal.

Beginning in Wave 2, you can treat yourself to a moderate amount of fresh strawberries every day. When you do, you're giving your body a unique assortment of phenols. These are antioxidants, which help keep cells healthy and minimize the harmful accumulation of cholesterol in your arteries.

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