Live And Eat
Recognize that changing any pattern in your life is something that cannot realistically happen overnight. Give yourself a grace period of time that you want to see significant changes in your way of life happen in, and place bench markers along the way. For example, if you want to eliminate fast food from your life, first cut back drive-thru dining to a once a week splurge. If you want to eliminate processed foods, weed them slowly out of your pantry -- and don't restock them. To avoid the temptation of picking up a bag of chips or crackers, shop your local farmers' markets, where those types or products are few and far between.
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Let's face it: Your family may not be entirely onboard with your healthy-eating-way-of-life plan at the onset, so find ways to make the transition easy, fun and delicious! For example, if you want your kids to take an interest in eating their vegetables, start at the source. Take them grocery shopping with you or start a small garden to encourage their interest in growing fresh produce, then reaping the benefits of the harvest. If you need a little kick-start, take a cooking class geared toward healthy recipes or splurge on a healthy eating cookbook with beautiful, tempting pictures and easy-to-master recipes.
You may have to look outside your own home for support on how to make healthy eating a way of life… at first. Hook up with a friend who maintains a healthy eating plan and pick her brain for tips on how to get started. Seek out a healthy eating support group or even an online womens' or moms' group. While the internet is a limitless place to find people who may share your interests, always proceed with caution when it comes to sharing any information you may feel is too personal.
Remember that with making healthy eating a way of life come other aspects of a healthy lifestyle, such as exercise, living green and beyond. There are so many ways to make little changes in your life that will impact your health in a positive way. As you discover the joys of eating healthy, you may also find that a 20-minute walk outdoors will revive and energize you much more than your morning cup of joe or mid-day soda fix.
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If a stressful meeting sends you straight for the vending machine, or a busy evening leaves you in the fast lane to the drive-thru, don't abandon all your healthy eating efforts. Forgive yourself for the little slip-up, and then continue forth in your amazing strides to make healthy eating a way of life.