10 Best Most Important Foods to Eat

To Diet or not to Diet? That is the question.

I am not nutritionist or diet expert or doctor or anything as spectacular as that. As a matter of fact, I have eaten an unhealthy diet for most of my life and carry around an unhealthy amount of extra pounds.

I have single handed, mindlessly, impulsively followed every diet known to me and have always had the same disappointing results: weight gain after a temporary loss.

I tried fasting, fasting with protein powder, fasting with liquids only. I tried low carb diet, low calorie, low fat, low self esteem, and each time ended up in the same place: eating everything in sight and fatter than when I started.

I have tried the all you can eat diet, just do it by eating the right things, cutting out all the super sizes and eating only tuna, or only grapefruit, or only raw foods, or only veggies, or only drinking diet supplements or substituting meals with drinks that always end in FAST.

But dieting has never worked for me for the long term.

Ok so what can you do?

I have searched all my life trying to figure out that one thing that will work for me and it has been elusive to say the least. As I said before, I have tried a lot of different things. The bottom line: DIET should not be in my vocabulary. If I say I am going on a diet, then the mind body and soul start to store up calories just in case I might be "for real" this time. Just thinking about a diet is enough to gain 10 pounds. Oh no! No diet for me.

Surprisingly, I did finally figure out a healthy strategy for me. I found that following that strategy has worked quite well to my amazement. Now I want to share this secret with all of you. Remember, this is not a diet. This is a strategy.

Mind you now, this is just experimental.  I am in no way an expert and there is no way I can walk 3 miles to a subway sandwich shop.

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What happened to me?

You will want to know what happened to bring me to this point.  In September 2009 my wife got some not so good news, her smoking is beginning to have some real negative effects on her lungs, etc.  She decided to quit.  I could not in good conscience let her try while I still smoked.  So I adopted her quit smoking date and quit with her.  Consequently we both bought bags of candy and other goodies which we substituted for smoking and by Christmas, I had gained enough weight to cause edema and soreness and all kinds of other problems with mobility and joint pain.  It was obvious that I needed to do something or I was certainly doomed.  Being a generally happy person, this weighed on my mind and emotional status and turned me into a big fat snowball rolling down hill.  I needed to do something beside let my belt out another notch.

Now remember, I am not emotionally suited to diet.  I cannot, will not, could not, and should not go on a diet.  I cannot even think in terms of portion control, this is the worst thing I could do. 

How could I change my eating habits so I would be healthy?

I began to study healthy foods.  I looked up lists of 10 most important foods, worlds best foods, most  important foods to eat, healthiest foods to eat, and so on.  While conducting this research, I had an epiphany:  I will find the 10 most important foods to eat for good health and I will eat them every day.  In conjunction with that I will define the problem foods for me and try to avoid them.  It took me a few weeks to settle on the most important foods to eat but I did it.  This list is what I started with, I let the list fluctuate a little based on seasonal availability of some things like asparagus.   I decided that I would do nothing else, I would eat as much as I wanted of the healthy foods.  I mean how much broccoli can you eat?

Also, I wrote down the unhealthy items that I love to eat and I try to not have them in the house.  My wife has participated since she too gained some unsightly bulges she didn't want.

Here is a list of the unhealthy stuff I avoid: 

  • Mayonnaise, dressing, oil and other fat filled sauces, butter dishes etc.
  • Sugar, candy, cake, ice cream, desserts in general.
  • Salt, salted things, season salt,  garlic salt, and salty stuff.

I feel like Forrest Gump when he was talking about shrimp when I talk about these items.

So Here is my list of 10 Foods I eat every day!

From all the lists and important food sites I have visited, I made this list for myself and I try to eat all of these foods every day: I do not limit myself in anyway as to quantities or how often I eat them and how they are prepared except that they must be prepared in a fat free way.

  1. Oatmeal with Blueberries (I use aspertame sweetener and cinnamon).
  2. Double Fiber Bread No trans fat and 70 calories.
  3. Broccoli
  4. Brown Rice (Whole Wheat Pasta) (I start with a cup, if I want more I take 1/2 cup more at a time) and Beans
  5. Onions
  6. Chicken Breast
  7. Turkey Breast
  8. Blueberry Non Fat Yogurt
  9. Apples
  10. Grapefruits


What else do I eat?

I eat a lot of other stuff too. I just like to eat. Of the other stuff I eat, I try to eat only one portion unless it is an empty calorie item like lettuce. So here are the other things I eat if I want them:

  1. Rice Cake Crackers: Limit to one or two portions.
  2. Salad: Unlimited, with basalmic vinegar.
  3. Vegetables: Unlimited (eat any kind of vegetable I want and any amount I want cooked or raw)
  4. Fresh Fruit: Unlimited (any kind of fruit is fine for me, no dried or candied fruit though)
  5. Diet Soda: one a day, a little sweet treat.
  6. Water: Unlimited
  7. Fat Free Milk: unlimited (I just don't want that much so I don't have to limit it)
  8. Nuts: 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsalted, unseasoned, PLAIN
  9. Low Fat, Low Sodium Popcorn (air popped is best but I threw mine away a few years back)
  10. Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  11. Fat Free Sour Cream
  12. Dill Pickles
  13. Tomatoes
  14. Avacados
  15. Baked Crackers or Chips One portion (usually one portion is 10 or 12 I like to eat them with fat free sour cream or fat free cottage cheese.
  16. Peanut Butter (two or three tablespoons)
  17. Cherrios
  18. Cucumbers
  19. Pepperoncini 
  20. Pretty much anything else I want that is low fat, low sodium. etc.


Magnificent Foods!
Magnificent Foods!

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Comments 46 comments

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Good Luck. I have to watch what I eat so I really got into your hub tonight.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Congratulations, Steve! If you keep that up you may live as long as I'm doing! I've preferred those things most of my life, but as a mom, I cooked a lot of cookies and other stuff and I've had my moments. But fortunately those were the "diet" excursions that I found to put on pounds! haha.

Anyway - I think I must follow your hubs because I must find out what all those promised "secrets" are - about teens and being a software user (isn't everyone?) ;)

Welcome aboard HubPages - it's really quite a wonderful world as I'm sure you must have discovered!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Have you tried Stevia extract as a sweetener yet? It's a natural plant, 300 times sweeter than sugar, comes in liquid or powder form much better for you then aspertame. Available at bulk food places and health food stores.

There is my sales pitch for the day...

Great hub

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

I have to give that Stevia extract a try, it sounds so sweet, thanks.


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edguider 6 years ago

Double Fiber Bread is delicious, did not really know it had 70 calories, thanks for shedding some light on this.


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samiaali 6 years ago

Hello SteveoMc,

I am new to the Hubpages and just created 2 hubpages myself, one being on eating healthy. It is a passion of mine - truly. I like your article very much - you are right-on about how we need to pay attention to what we eat. Thanks.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

Sounds like a great plan-- though I wouldn't exempt a little olive oil on the salads with the vinegar. It's good for you, too.

I love the double fiber bread toasted with a little peanut butter and banana-- a filling, satisfying breakfast with a cup of tea.


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gidtset 6 years ago

I stopped smoking like yourselves and gained weight instantly. It has been a struggle ever since to get back on the right weight.

I might adapt some of your new habits :-)


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ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

I like Bison burger that is $6 a pound but has less fat than turkey and ZERO processing/ The blood looks like real blood - not the carbon-monoxide gassed bright orange looking meat. Also no hormone injection while alive.

Personally it not they we are all eating too much but that of all the bovine growth hormone given to livestock to grow them faster and fatter or more milk production is the real problem.

We are all being fatten up like cattle.

SCI-FI FEAR - I'm thinking the great rapture is going to happen when we are all fattened up for best market price.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Good luck with the smoking testdig....it sucks to quit!

Ptosis, hahaha on the scifi fear....LOL I gotta try that bison burger, where do you get it?


AphroditeisAlone 6 years ago

I loved your very honest opening about how most of your life you have been an unhealthy eater. That was the hook for me! This was informative and interesting.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thanks for the comments AphroditeisAlone. Believe me, I wish I had started sooner. I feel much better only after 4 months of eating more healthy. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I think it would be a great activity for each person to make a list for themselves of the healthiest foods to eat. I am always looking for some fish to add to the list.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

moonvine I have not even tried to diet. I just eat those same foods every day and in the last 4 months, I have lost 35 pounds. Only 150 more to go. Yippee!


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ImanAlipk 6 years ago

Really nice hub. (-:


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

ImanAlipk Thanks for the comment. I have found a profound difference in how I feel by eating this way. Glad you liked the hub.


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danatheteacher 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I eat oatmeal almost every day too Steve!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

It is good for you Dana. Thanks once again.


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

I could not agree more! Good information and well presented. Thanks!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thanks again Allan, I appreciate all of your reading. I hope you don't get bored with me.


TeresaC 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading your hub! Those items on your list of 10 healthy foods are spot on with the exception of aspartame which I avoid completely! A thunbs up for a great hub.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

TeresaC Thanks for the read and supportive comment. I should have written the aspartame part differently, I don't recommend it, I just do it. LOL I won't stop!


DarkBauer 6 years ago

I had also a past with stress, unhealthy food and was soda and energy-drink powered all day. But I changed my lifestyle and it's paying good (I'm 31) I want to share a tip with you: Pistachios are an awesome source of minerals and are packed with nutrients, they make a healthy snack. (especially since I quit smoking)I'm very fond also of brussels sprouts, fresh or frozen, I bring them to a simmer in hot water (7-8 min,for not to overcook), then I cook them in a pan with some garlic and olive oil. They are excellent for your health (specially if you are a man) and taste delicious!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

I love pistachios....I'm gonna get some. Thanks for the tip. I heartily hate and detest brussel sprouts though. I love vegetables but I hate those nasty little cabbage wannabes.


Mom 6 years ago

Have to add here that peanut butter is terrible for anybody having joint pain or arthritis. Read this info in Prevention Magazine. Change to any other nut butter, but forget peanut butter.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Hey mom, thanks for the tip. I will look further. Hope you are wrong because I want to keep eating it.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Diet soda - one a day! Oh, my goodness, I have a mountain to climb to be as good as you. Congrats! Very well done and you are very disciplined! Thank you for motivating us! I really need it - food is my comfort - must remain stronger than my desires.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

GmaGoldie I just love the diet soda and save it for a treat at the end of the day. I am no example, let me tell you, but I have done well with this as I still eat mountains of food, just low fat, low sodium, low low low. I love the vegetables and now I am used to the no fat stuff. Just make sure you have those healthy foods handy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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bskinny 6 years ago from US

Great hub. Lot of good information and suggestions. One thing though, I saw you talking about using aspartame.. I had always heard aspartame is really bad for you no? Macadamia nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fat to go along with your pistachios. I also read a report that diet soda is fattening ! It was on the news somewhere, I forget where. Follow my profile or hub and I will be sure to post a hub on it in the next few days. Very interesting stuff.

Thank you for the hub.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

bskinny thanks for the comment and for visiting. It is true from what I can find out, that aspartame is not good for you, but I can't resist the sweet no cal drink once in awhile. I don't recommend it, I just do it. Sugar is like poison to me, so I have to stay away from it for sure.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Your list of the 10 healtheist foods is quite interesting. I found it to be mostly what I try to eat. The only thing I might add is garlic. Wonderful job. I enjoyed reading all of your tips and experience.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals It really helps me because I really want to eat all the salty fatty food I can get....sticking to these foods has improved my health a lot. Thanks for reading and lets keep sharing tips.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@saleheensblog LOL, very funny indeed. I would like to aspire to be like Nellieanna in a lot of ways let alone longevity! She is special. Thanks for reading.


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Writerlight 6 years ago from the world full of mystery

Very informative hub. I think your strategy will bring positive effect for you.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@Writerlight Thanks for the comment, I have done well in the past 8 months, down 4 belt sizes since I started this and feeling good.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm looking forward to the advanced levels of wisdom that comes with age. . . ..but I think that's it!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@Wesman Todd Shaw Wisdom is simply understanding that you know nothing. It makes you much more humble and very wise appearing. Haha.


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membersa 6 years ago from USA

Great hub. I eat 8 of the 10 foods you eat everyday. Being vegetarian, I don't eat chicken and turkey. One problem that I have is that I don't get much protein. I eat some fish. What else do you suggest?


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@membersa Beans, nuts, seeds, and soy. Greek yogurt, lowfat dairy and eggs. Believe it or not, fruit. All the protein you may need. Thanks for reading the hub.


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whitton 6 years ago

Great Hub and a lot of helpful information. I find that when I eat healthy that my body feels a lot better and I have more energy to last me throughout the day. I have started drinking Coconut Water which is very healthy for you. Here is a link of all the healthy benefits of Coconut Water:

http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-3...


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@whitton Thanks for the info on coconut water. It appears that just about any nut has its benefits. Glad you enjoyed my hub and thanks for commenting.


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gajanis786 5 years ago

Excellent hub....good information.Thanks


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Steve..you have the same foods on your list as I do. They are indeed the very best foods one can eat, and help us maintain our weight at healthy levels. Thanks for sharing this. By the way, those photos are making me hungry!


hubpageswriter1 5 years ago

Great hubpage SteveoMc. I am definitely going to start including the foods on your list into my diet. I've always found that fruit is one of the most important things for people to eat on a regular basis these days because of how good it is for your body with all the vitamins and minerals that it contains witch keep your body performing to its full potential. You have probably realised this to because you put apples and grapefruits on your list. I don't know if you have found this but it seems to be pretty hard to be able to keep up with eating 5+ fruits a day. So I’ve found that a fruit smoothie is a great way for you to consume a number of fruits all in one and conquer that 5 a day. Anyway if you interested you can look at my fruit smoothie recipe hubpage here is a link to it. I hope it helps you to stay being as health as you are today.

Fruit smoothie recipes hubpage - http://hubpages.com/t/1f29db

Ps Thanks for sharing


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carolinemoon 5 years ago

Thanks for this hub. I really love it.


hiit 5 years ago

Fantastic hub, looking forward to come back and be fascinted by your posts. Thank you.

Ron from http://www.intervalstraining.net


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

I've just started a hub on my New Year Resolution of healthy eating, I hope you'll have a look at it, as you've pointed out I think it's definitely better to be thinking of healthy eating instead of dieting and cutting food. Please have a look at my hub and let me know what you think - http://hubpages.com/health/MY-HEALTHY-LOW-FAT-NEW-...

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