Changing your diet isn’t always a walk in the park (though chances are your doctor recommended it, right?). Regardless of whether you’re trying to eat healthy to loose weight or for medical reasons, making the change can be challenging. But there are ways to make this transition easy, and can help you stick to your new health plans.
You’ve probably heard about eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones, right? The idea as a lot of appeal, but it’s not a magic trick to making dieting easier. If you are often hungry between meals, and go overboard when you finally do sit down to a meal, eating smaller meals may keep you from overeating. But just like with your main meals, your small meals still need to be healthy. That means whole grains, fruits and veggies, and very little to no junk food. Remember it’s calories in vs. calories out. Read the labels and keep track of how much you’re eating.
Don’t picture every meal as a tossed salad with a little dressing. Take this as an opportunity to try new and different foods. Have you tried starfruit? Papaya? Broccoli rabe? Soy beans? Consult with a nutritionist about different foods to try so you don’t get bored. And don’t limit yourself to salads. Try making different kinds of soups or pastas with fresh produce. If you don’t like the texture of certain foods, try preparing them differently. Check out a few recipe books if you need inspiration. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.
As you’re shopping for your new diet, you’re likely to find yourself spending more time in the produce aisle than usual, and there’s a good reason why. A lot of shelf stable food also tends to be heavily processed. If you read the label, chances are you won’t recognize many of the ingredients, or you are apt to find that they’re high in that infamous high fructose corn syrup. There are a lot of fillers and not a lot of the nutrition your body needs in those foods, and they tend to be higher in calories and fats. Having these foods on occasion isn’t bad, but they shouldn’t be eaten every day.
Start drinking more water, milk, and natural juices. Read the labels on the juice you buy to make sure it’s mostly juice, not more sugar and corn syrup. If you’d like, you can also buy a juicer and juice your own fruits and veggies. You can still have the occasional soda, but it should only be on occasion. Water, however, is the best way to stay hydrated without adding calories. So if you need to cut calories, replacing many of your drinks with water is an easy way to do it.
If you haven’t already consulted with your doctor, you should do so before making any major dietary changes. You may need to accommodate for any medical conditions you may have, your exercise routine, or if you have any food allergies. Depending on what you eat, you may also need a multivitamin or nutritional supplement.
Eating right isn’t easy at first, but if you make it a habit, it’s one that will last you a lifetime. Hopefully the advice you have here will help you make a smooth transition into healthy eating.