By Christine Steendahl
Once you get in the swing of things and find healthy foods that you truly enjoy sticking to a healthy eating plan isn’t very hard…provided you do it right and don’t fall in one of the few traps that seem to get most people to give up on their healthy eating efforts.
The key to healthy eating is to find ways to insure you are eating foods that are good for you until it becomes a habit or a new way of life for you. One great way to do this is to let family and friends know about your plans and ask them to check in with you every once in a while. Positive encouragement from loved ones and knowing that they will hold you accountable is a great way to motivate yourself to keep going and stick to your plan.
Put your healthy eating plan on paper. Sure that may sound a little simplistic and you may have a pretty good idea of what you are doing in you head. But it’s not the same as writing it all down and having it in front of you. It’s much easier to cheat yourself into thinking that carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a health food when you don’t have a healthy meal plan written out. Get out a piece of paper or even better, grab your free meal planning basics report and meal planning worksheets at http://www.menuplanningcentral.com and write down what healthy foods and dishes you are going to enjoy this week.
Speaking of enjoying food. Try new healthy foods like a vegetable you’ve never had or a new recipe on a regular basis. Sooner or later you are bound to find some things that you absolutely love that are also good for you. And don’t completely cut out your old favorites either. If you can’t live without a bacon cheese burger then don’t… instead enjoy it in moderation like maybe once a week or once every few weeks. Make an effort to eat healthy foods the rest of the day and maybe take a walk to burn of a few of those calories. The point is that you don’t have to live without those favorites. You just don’t want to eat them all the time. But don’t feel guilty when you do indulge yourself. In fact, you may want to make them a regular part of your meal plan.