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Lose the Freshman 15: The Jump Start Grocery Guide

Having my sisters here visiting me has only made me more excited to go home for the summer. And one of my goals for the summer is to continue losing weight while also helping my family live a healthier lifestyle.

One of the ways I’m going to do this is by helping plan meals, which means I’ll go grocery shopping with my mom every week. The Jump Start Diet provides a grocery guideline, so I’ll make sure to bring it with me every time.



22 fat burners

All vegetables


Black olives


Cold-water fish and shellfish without mercury, such as halibut, wild salmon, sardines, shrimp, tilapia and trout

Dark chocolate

Fresh fruit such as apples, citrus fruit and pomegranates (but see “11 to avoid”)

Fresh herbs and spices

Low-sodium beans


Natural sweeteners such as agave, maple syrup, raw honey, Truvia and Xylitol

Nuts and seeds


Organic Greek yogurt or kefir

Russet and sweet potatoes

Sea vegetables such as arame, nori and sea palm

So Delicious coconut milk

Squash such as spaghetti and pumpkin



Whey protein powder

Whole grains such as barley, oats, quinoa and whole-wheat bread

Whole organic eggs, fortified with omega-3 fatty acids

11 to avoid

Bamboo shoots

Butter, shortening

Dried fruit such as dried apples or apricots

Granulated sugar


Noniodized sea or kosher salt

Peanuts, pine nuts

Processed foods with artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, butylated hydroxytoluene, trans fats, MSG or high-fructose corn syrup

Processed soy

Swordfish, shark

White flour

5 to use in moderation

Alcohol (two glasses wine per week, max)

Full-fat cow cheese and dairy products (not including Greek yogurt)

Oils (Olive and coconut are the healthiest options.)

Table salt




Still lovin’ on the twins,


I am a junior studying News-Editorial Journalism at the University of Illinois. When I'm not writing and editing for HC Illinois, I work as the Features Editor of the Daily Illini. I am also the vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists on the UI campus as well as the computer chair for the Iota chapter of Delta Gamma. Writing is my passion and I hope to one day move to New York City and work for a magazine, writing feature stories and investigative pieces. I love HC Illinois because I have so much fun writing stories for collegiettes™and reading stories by my amazing peers.
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