Eat this up a grain is a terrible thing to waste!

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Forget those fad diets. They make idiotic promises they can't keep. And stop thinking that high protein is the way to go. It isn't, not if you want to follow a healthy and balanced eating plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Instead, go for the grains. That's the very good advice from the Wheat Foods Council, advice so tasty and true I want to share some of their top reasons why a grain is a terrible thing to waste:

1. Energy. Adding more grains to your day adds more energy to your day, especially at breakfast.

Cereals or whole wheat toast keeps your energy from collapsing mid-morning, which is what happens if you break the fast with doughnuts and a Coke.

2. Fiber. Whole grains have been proven to prevent the onset of cancer and other diseases, and fiber also helps keep the bowels moving. This is a very good thing!

3. Phytochemicals. The antioxidants and phytoestrogens found in grains may decrease your risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

4. B vitamins. The B vitamins found in grains can help prevent memory loss (did I mention that already?) and osteoporosis. Vitamin B also supports the health of your skin, nervous system and digestive system.

How much is enough? The Food Pyramid people recommend Americans get six to 11 servings of grains each day. (Vegetables are three to five servings; fruits are two to four servings.) Lots of us don't get that much.

For much more information about grains, why they're important and how to get enough, check out www.wheatfoods.org.

Or, for women, get a FREE "What Every Woman Needs To Know About Good Nutrition and Health" brochure by sending a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 (log) envelope to GTTA Brochure/VK, 2405 Grand Blvd. Suite 700, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Enlighten up!

Life is not about fame or fortune.

"Every morning I wake up knowing that everything I am going to do that day will be life-affirming. Each day has meaning to me. Life is not about fame or fortune but rather about the quality of the energy that is shared.

"You can make the world a better place if you choose to do so because you are an essential ingredient in society. It doesn't matter whether you are rich or poor. You have something special to share."

From "Gary Null's Ultimate Lifetime Diet: A Revolutionary All-Natural Program for Losing Weight and Building a Healthy Body," by Gary Null, Ph.D. (Broadway Books, New York)

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