Trying to make sweeping changes to your diet can be overwhelming.
Remember: You do not need to meet huge new goals instantaneously.
Every step counts. Each one puts you closer to what you hope to achieve. And small changes are more likely to stick.
So… where to begin?
Here are 4 easy places to start on your path to healthy eating.
1. Replace Processed Foods
Oh-so-tempting processed foods pave the way to obesity and poor health. The center of your local grocery store is likely dominated by these items, including:
- Sugary breakfast cereal
- Toaster pastries
- Canned soup
- Frozen meals
You can work toward better health by simply replacing these foods with whole fruits and vegetables instead. Try prepping your produce before putting it away so it feels as convenient as processed foods.
2. Vary Protein Sources
If most of your protein comes from the same types and cuts of meat, switch it up a little! Varying protein sources can help supply your body with the right balance of vitamins and minerals.
Center at least one dinner each week around seafood. You can also replace meat in several other meals by switching to plant-based proteins, such as:
The more diverse your diet, the fuller the range of nutrients your body will get. This improves health across the board.
3. Downsize Your Plates
Portion control is a major factor in staying at a healthy weight. When it comes to eating too much, your plates may be partly to blame.
The amount of room available on your average dinner plate far exceeds the serving size of most foods. Don’t be duped! Simply downsize your plates to bring your portions back into line, making your ideal weight all the more achievable.
4. Watch Your Ratios
The way you fill up your plate matters as well, so aim for these proportions:
- ½ vegetables
- ¼ protein
- ¼ starch
With that ratio on your side, you can keep your meals balanced and slowly move toward achieving your healthier eating goals without feeling overwhelmed.
As you slowly reverse one unhealthy eating behavior at a time, your goals will come into focus and draw ever closer.
Just take your time and you will be there before you know it.