7 Simple Ways to Stick to a Healthy Diet

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Good eating habits are crucial to nourishing and restoring your body, but sticking to a clean eating plan isn’t always easy! Foods loaded with fat, sugar, salt, and additives are appealing and addictive. Here are a few tips to stick to a healthy diet.

 

1. Start with Realistic Expectations
Don’t plan on cutting out sugar or wheat from your diet all at once. Instead, set achievable goals to slowly taper off. This will give you time to figure out which alternative options work best for you and allow your body to adjust without going in to shock.
2. Change Diet and Exercise at the Same Time
Research has shown that when you make both dietary and physical activity changes at the same time, the results tend to reinforce each other.
3. Keep Unhealthy Foods Out of the House
It will be difficult to stick to your diet if you are always surrounded by junk foods. Remove them from the house, or keep them out of sight if household members want to keep these foods.
4. Carry Healthy Snacks
Have healthy snacks on hand when you’re on the go. They will help curb your appetite until you can get back home. Other healthy snacks include fruit, nuts, hummus, vegetables and plain yogurt. (See our granola bar recipe below.)
5. Track and Monitor Your Progress
Keep a food journal until healthy eating habits are established. It will help you to make better choices and figure out which foods may be causing negative reactions.
6. Get a Partner to Join You
It can be tough to create new, healthy habits on your own. Having a diet or exercise buddy my be helpful, especially if that person is your partner or spouse.
7. Figure Out What Works Best for You
Everybody is different – there is no perfect roadmap to achieving healthy eating habits. Use your food journal to analyze your successes and mishaps and determine what works best for you.

 

Click here for tips to eat healthy when dining out.

 

Article adapted from Authority Nutrition.

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