Most of us want to eat healthier. But the effective way to accomplish this is different for each of us! I happen to have a sweet tooth and love chocolate, but can easily avoid buying or eating salty foods such as chips.
- Instead of “I am going to eat healthy”…Think “I’ll eat a salad with dinner.”
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends we eat five servings of vegetables daily. Starting dinner with a salad will give you two to three servings and you are also less likely to overeat your main dish according to Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. Try for 1 1/2 cups of fruit (a small apple, pear, or large banana each count as 1 cup) each day. Eating a piece of fruit after lunch could be another micro resolution that will help you “eat healthy”.
- Instead of “I’m cutting out sugar”…Think “I’ll have one sweet treat a day.”
Focus on what you can have, not what you can’t according to Gans. Eliminating sweets altogether is restrictive and could contribute to binge eating. She suggests fine-tuning your favorite things with reasonable/small servings so they meet your goal of eating healthy.
10 Micro Resolutions by June DeMelo
I have a salad most nights with dinner and enjoy a fine piece of chocolate most days! This mint is one I often choose after a workout at the gym:)