Transitioning from One Way of Eating to Another

morning-820326_1920Making a major shift in the way you eat is a big prospect. This means giving up long-held beliefs and habits; taking an honest look at what, how, and why you eat. Whatever prompted the change, in most people’s lives change is certainly necessary. Consider these tips as you transition into a new lifestyle involving healthier eating.

Attitude Adjustment

First of all, changing how you see food is as critical as undertaking the shift to a new way of eating. Is this a negative or a positive adjustment? Do you feel as though you are being punished and limited or is this a chance at a new start where life will be better than ever? People who view the world negatively will have the most difficulty, but their moods will improve with a better diet accompanied by exercise.

Food is so often seen as a reward or a quick-fix for something. Stop viewing food as part of your emotional toolbox for coping with life. Don’t regard a treat as the best way to celebrate getting through the day or getting a good mark on a college essay. Start to view food for what it is: fuel. Enjoying this fuel is not a bad thing, as long as it does not rule your life.

Shopping Adjustment

Make the switch immediately when you go grocery shopping instead of trying to phase out the old junk and ease into a better routine. There is no day better than any other to begin, such as the first day of the new month or on a Monday. Setting these parameters is a way of making excuses not to begin at all. If you try to ease into the process little by little, you will discover how easy it is to ease backwards again. Your cupboards probably contain the remnants of old eating habits anyway. Fine, use it up, or load up the food bank with still-sealed food if still in date. Just don’t add anything else from past eating habits to your new grocery list like a new jar of Alfredo sauce.

Learn about Food

What does this or that vegetable do for your body? What needs does it serve? Feel excitement surge as you discover the most effective metabolism-boosting produce in nature and the ideal brain food, served up as a real dish and not in a bottle. Supplements can be helpful, but try to get as much of what you need as possible from the meat and vegetable aisles. Poached or steamed fish will supply Omega fatty acids and protein to support strong muscles and a healthy nervous system.

Fruit and veg of all colors contribute to an effective immune system, good eye sight, strong bones and teeth, and more. Snack on whole nuts, not roasted, salted, or seasoned. Almonds and walnuts are best. Select real olive oil and Balsamic vinegar as salad dressing accompanied by herbs and spices; basil, poppy seeds, parsley, and so on. Your body will thank you for the additional Omega fatty acids in the olive oil and for eschewing sugar-laden bottled salad dressings. Produce lends fiber to your diet to maintain strong and regular digestion without disruption or pain.