I’ve never been one to do things for a short amount of time. If I do something new it’s for the better and it rarely makes sense to revert back to the thing I changed in the first place. When you know better do better. This should be the motto for all things including your eating habits.
I never quite understood the concept of dieting. If you know you need to change your diet for any reason, why then does it make sense to do it for a short amount of time and then revert back to old habits that put you in a negative position. It’s better to ditch the diet and make a habit of healthy eating. If you’re looking for a little direction, here are a few tips that helped me along the way.
Start with one meal a day and make it the healthiest you can. You don’t have to learn to eat all new foods, just make the things you love as healthy as possible. For example, you can change out your white flour pancakes for a buckwheat waffle with chia seeds. You can still have a sandwich for lunch, just change the bread to sprouted grain and add low fat condiments. For dinner be sure to switch to meat free of hormones, preservatives, pesticides, and more. Also, be sure you have some green vegetables on your plate.
For those transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, start with meatless mondays. That way you can try out different dishes that you can enjoy without meat.
Take advantage of having answers at your fingertips. There are thousands of blogs, hundreds of books, and plenty of nutritionists and specialist that can help you in this journey. Try to learn a little every day and apply it to your lifestyle.
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Don’t try to create very restrictive eating habits all at once. If you try something extreme like only eating salads or juicing, you’re bound to give that up at some point. Remember this is a lifestyle change, so try making the things you already eat as healthy as possible and eliminating things out of your diet one at a time as your taste buds change.