Steps to Successful Eating

After my last blog of “staying fit and working out,” I decided to talk about “healthy eating” this go around. Here are a few steps to getting on the right track. It only takes a few changes in your diet to see the change in your body!

Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.

Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps and as your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet.

Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” When you ban certain foods or food groups, it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation.

Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or  have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.

AND avoid eating at night. Try to eat dinner earlier in the day and then fast for 10-12 hours until breakfast the next morning weight. After-dinner snacks tend to be high in fat and calories so are best avoided, anyway.

I really hope these tips help because they do with me and my family! The next few blogs will be about great workouts and awesome recipes so follow me on Twitter @kypolan and find out when my next blog posts will be!

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