Diets are boring and they rarely last because they are not sustainable. A healthy, enjoyable lifestyle, however, is sustainable and necessary.
Diets are fraught with deprivation, discomfort, self-loathing and foul moods. A healthy lifestyle is made up of small doable changes and achievable goals which after a given time equal a lifestyle that can be maintained for a lifetime.
Food and eating are sensual pleasures and should be treated as such. Packaged convenience foods are not sensual or healthful. Preparing a meal with whole foods, herbs and spices is a multisensory experience. Even a simple salad tossed with fresh vegetables, quality olive oil and vinegar to taste can feel decadent.
Here are some ways of incorporating lasting change in your eating habits to create a healthier, happier you.
Eat More Often
Smaller, nutrient dense meals with quality snacks in between are the key. Protein, veggies, fruit and complex carbohydrates are your best friends now.
All the steamed or raw vegetables you can stand.
Fruit with breakfast, as snacks and in smoothies.
Plant based or lean protein and whole grains such as brown rice, oats and quinoa.
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Ditch the Sugar and Processed Foods
Eliminating processed foods from your diet and eating more often requires discipline at first but will soon become second nature. If you have a sweet tooth, it will fight you but soon the cravings will be gone and you will not miss the crash that once followed such indulgences. You will begin to feel so much better and more energetic that you won’t miss your old habits at all.
Stick with fresh produce, organic when available and if you eat meat, buy hormone, chemical free. If you only have foods that are good for you in your home it makes for a much easier transition to your new, healthy lifestyle and eliminates temptation.
Remember to enjoy the sensual pleasure of preparing and eating delicious food. Treat yourself well and you will notice little changes in all areas of your life. Perhaps even in the way others respond to and treat you.