Sometimes it can feel like Healthy Eating is an all or nothing adventure. That you must change everything about the way that you are eating and that is so overwhelming for us that we end up changing nothing at all.
It doesn't have to be like that - every small change can make a difference in a big way. Every more towards better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle can add years of life and life to your years.
Sure, there is a lot of conflicting nutritional information out there, for everything that you read that says something is a fantastic miracle food (or diet) there are an equal number of people saying how horrible that same thing is for you.
Stick with sound, time tested nutrition. The things that have always worked, still work. There is no magic pill or food. There are just the same building blocks that there have always been. - Eat fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low fat dairy, whole grains, almost no salt and sugar and stick with healthy fats. Chemicals are never going to be "good for you" and the more foods are processed them more "good things" they lose.
Set yourself up for success
To set yourself up for success, be sure that you aren't setting yourself up to fail. I know that sounds ridiculously confusing, but no one would ever thing of having a baby march up Mt. Everest. You can to learn to crawl before you can walk... and you have to walk before you can run.. and you have to run for a really long time before you can run a marathon.
To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps—like adding a salad to your diet once a day—rather than one big drastic change. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.
Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing animal fats with vegetables fats (such as switching butter for olive oil) will make a positive difference to your health.
Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients. Especially ones in season for price and flavor.
Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar and salt in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.
Focus on how you feel after eating. This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.