Lifestyle changes may seem daunting at first but set yourself up for success by starting with small modifications. Keep in mind that eating healthy does not have to be extremely restricting; it can be fun and rewarding.
- Choose whole foods when possible. This means avoiding overly processed and packaged foods. Aim to make meals well rounded with lean meat, fresh vegetables, and a serving of good fat such as olive oil, coconut oil or raw nuts. Eat fresh fruit in moderation.
- If eating grains, try to choose minimally processed whole grains such as oats, quinoa or brown rice.
- Eat breakfast. Starting your day with a balanced meal will help you stay on track throughout the day. An omelet with your favorite veggies is simple and filling. Another great option is old fashioned oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk and a spoonful of almond butter.
- Take caution when packaged foods claim to be ‘healthy.’ Always read labels and try to avoid foods with added sugar and long lists of ingredients you’ve never heard of.
- Plan ahead. This may mean taking time to prepare and pre-cook meals for the week. Prepping meals ahead of time will reduce chances of making unhealthy choices when time is limited.
- Occasionally allow yourself to eat whatever your favorite foods may be and enjoy it! Do not restrict yourself so much that when given the chance you over indulge.
Keep your goals in sight and do not get discouraged! Consistency and patience are vital. Results won’t come overnight, but small changes over time will lead to success. Avoid using the word diet, let eating healthy be a new way of life, not a temporary phase.