The first part of the plan is a new take on a Dr. Oz staple: automating your meals. For those working long shifts, like the nurses seen on The Dr. Oz Show, eating 6 smaller meals throughout the day will provide constant energy and prevent you from making bad eating choices when you're starved and there are few options.
Each day, bring 6 mini-meals with you. Eat them in the same order so there is no room for error.
Mini-meal #1: Protein
You can choose from a variety of food choices, but your first meal must be a protein. Healthy options include:
Click here for a healthy salmon burger recipe.
Mini-meal #2: Healthy Fats
Again, there is flexibility in the kind of healthy fat you can have, but keep the food in the same category. Options include:
Canned salmon (which contains Omega-3s)
Mini-meal #3: Whole Grains
Whole-wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese
Whole-wheat bread, pasta or crackers
Mini-meal #4: Fiber
Grains and whole-grain products
Beans, peas and other legumes
Nuts and seeds
Mini-meal #5: Metabolism Booster
Salad with hot green peppers
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Mini-meal #6: Healthy Sweets
Click here for a quinoa fruit pudding recipe.
In addition to your 6 mini-meals, each day you must take a vitamin D supplement and a multi-vitamin.
The second part of the 6-pack plan involves getting some physical activity. Even those who work on their feet can have trouble getting in their 10,000 steps. But Dr. Oz's charge nurse at Columbia, Bonnie Archer, suggests parking at the far end of the parking lot, using bathrooms on different floors and always using the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
In addition to finding ways to get yourself moving, you need to let your commitment be known. Whether you enlist a buddy in your commitment to health or blog about it online, communicating your goals makes you accountable.