Making Lifetime Changes to Your Eating Habits as Opposed to Dieting
1. Diets rarely work. It is better to have a goal of a gradual lifestyle change, something that you will be able to do for the rest of your life.
2. Change only one or two things about your present eating habits at one time, then give yourself two to four weeks to become comfortable with this change, before changing something else. For example, you can change from a sugary cereal to a whole-grain cereal with low sugar, possibly to oatmeal, and/or instead of ordering a burger, order a turkey on rye.
3. Veggie Day. Go vegetarian one day. This will reduce your calorie and fat intake and add fiber intake.
4. Get rid of your junk foods. Go through your house, office, wherever it is you stash your junk food, and throw it away, then do not buy anymore junk food. If you do not have it close at hand, you will not be as apt to eat it.
5. Stock up on “smart” snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole wheat crackers, are all good examples of “smart” snacks. Keep them at home, and take them with you so you always have a good food available to you.
6. Brown bag it. Pack yourself a good, wholesome lunch with a couple of wholesome snacks and some water or tea, or a “good for you” beverage, instead of eating lunch out.
7. Atkins Hack. It is unlikely anyone can healthily stay on the Atkins Diet for life. However, the Atkins Diet does teach us that not all carbohydrates are created equally. Substitute whole-grain carbohydrates for white ones.
8. Flax it up. Flax seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids. They can be tossed onto pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, and things you bake.
9. Do not bother with fruit juices. Fruit juices are fruit with most of, if not all, of the fiber removed, leaving a sugary drink.
10. Water is the best drink there is. Your body constantly needs water. Drink it instead of sugary beverages.
11. Do not use mayonnaise. It is filled with fat.
12. Olives are a great addition to salads, pizzas and other dishes. Replace saturated fats with healthy fats.
13. Nuts are a good source of good fatty acids and protein. Raw is best. Avoid salted nuts.
14. are good for you. Add them to yogurt or cereal, or eat them plain.
15. Bake your food, do not fry it. Your food will be less fatty and still taste great.