Changing your diet is difficult to do overnight, although a lot of people attempt to start a new diet suddenly – ie, New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to eat healthily, you might be thinking about how you can adjust your diet long-term so that you can stick with it, instead of reverting to old habits. This is why I encourage clients to focus on lifestyle changes, and not quick fixes. Here are 4 tips on how to create a sustainable healthy diet.
1) Make Slow Changes
Trying to change your entire diet all at once will more often than not fail. It's a lot of effort, and it makes it too easy to give in to temptation. Smaller and slower changes are easier to make, and you can change things one by one until you're satisfied.
2) Assess Your Likes and Dislikes
Eating a healthy diet definitely doesn't have to mean only having things you don't enjoy. Food can be delicious and healthy and even quick to make. Think of something that you like, whether it's a style of cooking or ingredient, and find healthy ways to eat it. There are so many alternatives out there these days, it’s easier than ever to find healthier substitutions.
3) Make Space for Snacks and Treats
Completely cutting out "unhealthy" foods from your diet isn't necessary. You can still treat yourself occasionally, and even find healthy snacks and treats to enjoy. Without treating yourself now and then, you might just break one day and give up on your new diet completely (hence, the main reason New Year’s Resolutions fail).
4) Choose Log-term Changes Over Fad Diets
The most important thing is to focus on making long-term changes to your diet, rather than choosing short-term or fad diets. Fad diets might help you to lose weight or eat a little healthier in the short-term, but they aren't designed for long-term sustainability. Again, it’s all about lifestyle changes and a way of living that will make you both healthier and happier well into your future!
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