Although many of us may be interested in changing our diet, not knowing where to start can often feel daunting and discouraging. If you truly want to start eating healthier, it takes a combination of self discipline and planning ahead to ensure that you are able to stick with your new habits. Thankfully, by keeping a few simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to easily construct a healthy eating plan that will be easy to stick to.
In another article, we talk about how to asses if your diet is healthy. Here is the list of tips for healthy eating that we recommend adding to your diet.
- Various Fruits and Vegetables
- Lean meats
- Whole grains
- Low fat dairy products
In general, when looking to construct a new diet, here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Make a List: Think about what you want to purchase before going to do groceries. In this manner, you won’t waste time thinking about which products you want, and it will probably also save you from spending money unnecessarily. Make sure to include a balanced mix of the foods listed above to get a variety of nutrients.
- Use Nutrition Labels: If you’re not sure whether a product is healthy, the best way to find out is simply by reading its nutritional information. Don’t be discouraged by the various terms you may read, just keep in mind the following:
- Avoid products high In:
○ Saturated fats and trans fats
- Instead, look for products rich in:
- Invest in a cookbook: Find a cookbook that has a number of healthy recipes that are hopefully both easy to make and inexpensive. You don’t need to buy one directly either; many public institutions such as libraries will carry them.
- Gradually Adopt Your New Diet: Immediately altering your eating habits could cause you to relapse quickly. Instead, look to slowly integrate your new diet so you have time to grown accustomed to the new foods and flavors.
- Speak to a doctor/nutritionist: Consulting with a nutritional expert before changing your diet can go a long way. Their educational background and expertise means they can provide excellent recommendations as to how you can structure your new eating plan.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.