A new friend, who is in her 20s and has a young family, has been asking me lots of questions on both basic health and weight loss.

A new friend, who is in her 20s and has a young family, has been asking me lots of questions on both basic health and weight loss. It seems as if more and more readers are interested in being proactive with their health. (Thank heavens!) So, to answer her as well as others—here are my top ten suggestions. Please remember people are all different, as we have genetic differences, and along with that we have some things that are easier for us to handle, and some things we consider faults or weaknesses. I have been a certified diet wellness coach for several years now, and here are a few things that I feel are basic and should be followed. For a healthy, and yes, slim body: Have some protein at each meal. The amounts you need are determined by your genetic type, but include some at each meal The majority of people need to eliminate wheat and flour based products. That means all grains including breads and pasta. Why? That is because you cannot have grains without it being processed, and it is not handled well by the majority of our population. The largest part of your plate, or your diet should come from plant based whole foods. That includes raw vegetables- (organic is best), steamed vegetables, lean grass fed meats or wild caught fish, and a few fruits that are low glycemic. Supply and demand is the name of the game in finding these. You demand--- and they will supply. Concerning higher glycemic or starch type foods. Only have one per day, and choose between sweet potatoes or beans. Fruit: keep the amounts low. Only once or twice a day and the type you eat should be low glycemic. Whole fruit can be eaten with the fiber intact. Fruit juice is not encouraged as it does not contain fiber. No white foods. No white flour, sugar, and dairy (for now). Exceptions are cauliflower and plain yogurt with active cultures and no sugar kefir. Keep your nutrition up by intelligent supplementation. Use whatever you need. With the decrease in nutrition of foods for the last 50 years, and with the chemicals used in food production, supplements are needed--- use nutrition only from whole foods. Vegetable oils in most supermarkets are highly refined, oxidize easily when heated, and contribute to ill health. So use good olive oil instead for salad dressings and on foods after cooking. For cooking use a little coconut oil that can handle some heat. Make sure it has been handled or processed correctly. Include good healthy fat in your diet. Margarine is not good and healthy. You may use a little real butter and add molecularly distilled Omega 3 fish oil, and flaxseed or flaxseed oil. Drink water, water, water. We live in a sea of toxicity, we need water and lots of it in order for our bodies to work properly and flush out the toxins and contaminates. This need is especially true when breaking down fat cells. Drink plenty of pure clean water each and every day. These are just a few of the essentials. Be sure to do research and find out what is best for you, as you are special and unique. Remember we are different genetically. It is okay not to go along with the crowd. Just look at the crowd anyway, as a majority they are unhealthy, with more and more health concerns. Yes, we all sometimes get sick, but, we do want to be as healthy as possible with good strong and well modulated immune systems. For more encouragement, pictures, and to watch my personal video go to: http://www.squidoo.com/Carmel-Aaron-Wellness-Coach or contact me at: AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com You may ask specific questions, as several have asked for more information, and I didn’t know which article they were referring to. Learn what is right for you and those you love. Remember, when you are sick your focus is on getting well. But when you are well, you may focus on whatever you wish. The sky is the limit! (Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs, has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing, and enjoys ongoing Wellness classes. Carmel owns and operates Anatomy Academy Wellness, where she teaches classes a few times a year as a Certified Diet Wellness coaching program. To get in touch with Carmel: AwellnessCoach@Gmail.com)