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There are no forbidden foods - every food is OK in moderation

There is no truly forbidden food. There are preferred ones, healthier ones, acceptable substitutes, ... but in truth if you like a food, eat it. But do so in moderation, and occasionally, not in excess nor regularly.

There is no need to completely eliminate it from your diet. A four to six ounce serving once every two to three weeks is fine as long as:

1) the rest of the day your nutrient intake of saturated fat is low.
2) the cut of beef is incredibly good tasting and not just an average one.
3) you thoroughly enjoy it, savoring each and every bite :-).

Unlike butter or lard where there truly are no beneficial nutrients in them, beef is an excellent source of bio-available iron and B-vitamins. A much better source than any other food. So eating it once a month is actually a plus; particularly for pre-menopausal women.

But with any food you love, make sure it fits into your overall nutrient guidelines and then make sure you savor every bite.

Don't eat it in the car, while reading or watching television, hidden in the closet. If possible, you don't want any shame or negative feelings associated with food. That only creates more issues and puts food in control of you, instead of you in control of food and your health.


Written by Dr. Sternlicht for on 1.30.06