Look anywhere this time of year and you’ll see people talking about their latest adventures in dieting – low carb, special teas, smoothies, cleanses – the list goes on. But come spring, many of these “healthy” habits have gone by the wayside and people are left feeling frustrated.
Instead of following an unrealistic diet plan, why not try to make small changes that can have a real, lasting impact? Here are a few simple ways to help you make healthier, more nutritious choices:
- Just say no to the bread basket or greasy appetizers when eating out. Often, you’ll eat a meal’s worth of calories before your entrée is served.
- Cut out the soda (that means diet soda, too). Sugary drinks are a huge source of hidden calories – and the chemicals in artificial sweeteners aren’t good for your body.
- Put an end to late-night snacking. Give yourself an eating curfew and post it on your fridge or in your pantry.
- Load half your plate with veggies. The fiber helps you feel full, and they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that will keep you healthy and energized.
- Reward yourself with time, not calories. Sure, special occasions often call for special treats. But when there seems to be a daily reason to eat cake, it’s time to change your rewards. Instead, treat yourself with an awesome soak in the tub, a new magazine or a pass to a fun fitness class.
- Practice mindful eating. At meals, unplug and really pay attention to your food – how it tastes, how much you’re eating and when you feel full.
Enjoy your food
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