How do I get started with a Healthy Eating Lifestyle?
By: Lisa Caldwell, Nutrition Consult for U GO Baby Fitness
Consider the question’s,”What is food to me?” “What is my eating style?” Once you have taken a look at what role food plays in your lifestyle, then you will be able to make adjustments that will be easier to adopt and enjoy.
Changing your eating style is going to be as positive or as negative as you would like it to be. This is crucial to have with you along the way. Your view on change is going to help you see it through or not at all.
Be patient with yourself. It is easier to create a habit than to break one. You can train your brain, cells and synaptic pathways to do anything. Give yourself time and be “aware” of what you are eating…. and why!
Understand that many will call you and your decisions into question. Taking stock in our own lives and how one goes about it is something not many do. It is a tough question and GOOD FOR YOU for doing it!
Establish an understanding of Nutrition, just the basics. Being able to identify the two types of carbohydrates, different fats, quality proteins and food sources of vitamins and minerals will help you in any situation.
Understand that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Find sources (i.e. specialists, literature, research, people) you can trust, rely on a series of methods that work for you and the plan that you have designed.
Food Labels: the Nutrition Facts are confusing, but the ingredient listing is the real deal. This is where you are going to learn the sources of those carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If you can’t identify them or cannot imagine them on a tree, in the ground or on a bush then consider another choice.
One way to start eating with health in mind is to just ADD whole foods into your day. There is no rule that says you have to take anything away from your daily eating habits. This could be an additional salad, fruit or whole grains to your regular meal.
Look at the world of whole foods as an endless adventure. Wouldn’t you love to learn about something else that makes you enjoy life more than you already do?
Lastly, but most importantly…..eat breakfast. It is literally just that, you are “breaking the fast” that your body is going through from the night before. If it doesn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the next meal instead of using it right away.