Any dietary changes you make should not feel restrictive, overwhelming, or hard to live with.
Most Americans grew up on processed foods. If eating healthier seems like a big change for you, take it one step at a time.
Pick one or two changes to make now, and once those are in place, pick one or two more. This is the best way to make healthy changes a part of your lifestyle, and something you can easily live with, long term.
Transitioning to a healthier way of eating may seem daunting so here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Eat vegetables at most meals. Think salads, veggie side dishes, veggies in soups, and adding veggies to your sandwiches or wraps.
- When you crave something sweet, opt for a serving of fruit. Be sure to keep your favorite fruits in the house!
- If you eat meat, it’s best to choose organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free so you get the maximum nutrients possible without harmful pesticide residue, antibiotics, and hormones.
- Fill your fridge and pantry with healthy food choices that are ready to eat on the go. Snacks like nuts, seeds, hard boiled eggs, Lara Bars (without added sugar) apples, and bananas are good for ‘grab and go’.
- Heading out for a few hours? Grab a healthy snack or meal to take with you. Keeping healthy food with you on a regular basis will help you avoid unhealthy choices when you’re out for an extended period of time. Example: Make up some of your own trail mix (avoid ready-made trail mix as most of them have hydrogenated oils and lots of sugar) or bring a small cooler to keep in the car with a healthy meal like leftovers from the night before.
- Most importantly, don’t be too rigid. Making small changes over time will make a huge difference and it makes the changes easier to stick to.
What about you?
What’s your best trick for eating more healthfully?
I look forward to hearing from you!
-Caitlin Russell MS, RDN, CLT