Old habits die hard, which is why New Year’s Resolutions very seldom work out. The same goes for fad diets, so if you want to implement change in your eating habits, start small and work your way up.
Replace Rather than Remove
Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up your favorite midnight munchies, but merely looking for replacements that could contain less sugar, fat, and sodium, but instead could be packed with vitamins and minerals for a better source of energy. A common misconception of choosing to be healthy is that you need to “quit” eating delicious food. Nobody’s making you eat cardboard flavored crackers for the rest of your life, simply cooking with leaner meat with some low sodium brown gravy on the side is already eating healthier. Who says you can’t make your cake and eat it too? Eat the whole thing! But make sure you substitute with healthier ingredients.
Eat Clean not Less
If your body has specific needs or if you’re going for a specific goal, either you need to lose weight or bulk up, you should consider going for food options that will help you reach your goals faster. Choose the right diet for you if you’re looking to lose some weight. This would require you to choose food substitutes that have low levels of carbohydrates, fats, and sodium. Also have a list of low-carb food which you can opt to buy when grocery shopping next time. But if you’d like to increase muscle mass, make sure to pack your meals with protein such as lean meat and soy.
Eating healthy will require a lot of self-control and dedication, keep yourself motivated by remembering why you’re doing it in the first place, but achieving a healthier lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. Keep at it and you’d be surprised with how much you’ve achieved in the next three months.