How to Change Your Eating Habits One Day at a Time
By Genevieve Cunningham
Changing your diet to incorporate healthy foods is an excellent idea. It’s also not quite as easy as it looks. When we get the bug to eat better, we often hit up the grocery store buying tons of fruits and veggies and health foods. But once we get these items home, we have no idea what to do with them. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, take a look at these tips for planning ahead and changing your eating habits one day at a time.
Choose Just One Meal
Don’t even try to make one big change to your diet all at once. Just don’t! It will be overwhelming and intimidating, and unless you have a lot of extra support, it’s unlikely to work long-term. Instead, focus on changing just one meal. If you usually get fast food or donuts for breakfast, that’s a great place to start. Focus on eating a healthy breakfast, and don’t make any other changes until you’ve got that down. This will be far less overwhelming, and it will be much easier to make this stick.
Cut Out Just One Bad Food
You might be tempted to throw out all of your junk food. While this is a nice idea in theory, it often leads to binging later on. Instead, choose just one of your guilty pleasures, and throw it out. Start by eliminating chips, but leave the rest of your goodies. Once you’ve mastered the no-chip diet, eliminate another bad food. The slower you do this, the less deprived you’ll feel, and the easier it will be to make it last.
Cut Out Second Helpings and/or Dessert
Another great first step in a healthy diet is to eliminate second helpings and desserts. Even if you don’t change the specific foods you’re consuming, cutting out calories will still make a difference. Limit yourself to only one helping of each meal, and skip dessert. If you can’t do both, then allow yourself dessert only a set number of times per week. This will help you cut back the amount that you eat, and you can then slowly make changes to the content.
Eating a healthy and well balanced diet doesn’t have to be difficult. But if you want to make it stick, it shouldn’t be rushed either. Use these tips to change your diet slowly and steadily over time. If you’re smart about it, you’ll have a brand new diet full of healthy food before you know it.
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