Your Tips for Eating Healthy and Cooking On the Fast Metabolism Diet

We asked our Facebook community to chime in with their best advice for those new to the Fast Metabolism Diet: How to get organized, favorite meals, and recipe tips. We got more than 100 terrific nuggets of wisdom. Last week we shared your ideas for getting organized. This post covers tips for eating healthy and cooking on the FMD.

We posted more reader tips a while ago — and they’re well worth a read too: “Best reader tips and tricks” and “More reader tips: recipes and food.”

If you’re following this blog, you are already getting lots of great tips on how to make the Fast Metabolism Diet work for you. (You can get even more tips and recipes in the newsletter, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  But let’s face it—the ultimate expert on turning the diet into a lifestyle is you!

Water’s the key

Drinking enough water is a key part of the Fast Metabolism Diet—but an estimated 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated, so it’s no surprise that drinking all that water can take some getting used to! You’ve come up with some great strategies to make it happen, though—like Nina L., who keeps a water bottle in her car and sips at every red light.

If tracking your water intake is the big challenge, try this strategy from Stacia G.: Fill up a bottle or container with the whole day’s water supply. Once the container’s empty, you’re done! If you find drinking so much water to be boring, add natural flavor. Alexis B. uses a lime wedge and mint leaves, while Chelsea F. blends lemons, ice, water and xylitol, then freezes the result in ice cube trays for a quick, FMD-friendly treat.

Cook smarter, eat smarter

Many of you follow the practical method of cooking extra portions and freezing the leftovers—savvy! But it’s easy to lose track of which frozen meals you’ve already socked away, so Cheryl S., Betty S., and Anna Marie K. all recommend keeping an inventory log (by phase), so you always know what you have in your freezer.

Tired of seeing phase-specific vegetables go to waste if you didn’t eat them all? Joyce B. recommends buying veggies that are appropriate for all phases and making a big salad out of them. You can always customize each day’s salad by adding phase-specific fruits, vegetables, and protein.

If you’d like to add some extra flavor to your salads, try Patti S.’s homemade salad dressing/marinade: “Juice of two limes, two generous dashes of tamari, 1/2 teaspoon of stevia and a squirt of brown mustard (all FMD-approved of course). Yummy!”

Spice it up!

Using herbs and spices is one of the easiest—and most FMD-friendly—ways to flavor your food, and spices have amazing health benefits.  Meredith N. loves adding cracked black pepper to her turkey bacon, and Kimberly T. C. says spending a little extra to have fresh—not dried—herbs on-hand is really worth it.

Be ready to go

Life happens—but you can handle it! Here are two great strategies for keeping the stress down and your diet up: Sandi R. and Lisa K. recommend preparing the next day’s food the night before, while Diana H. makes sure she never leaves the house without a phase-appropriate snack and water.

What’s your favorite trick for getting the most out of your FMD food? Keep those tips coming!