You Are What You Eat!

We’ve heard it since childhood, “You are what you eat!” But with the dozens of new healthy eating trends flooding the market each year how can you be sure to choose the best fit for you? Everybody is different and depending on your current health status, what your body needs may not match up with what health trends are suggesting. Going Paleo or raw is great but could be a shock to the system if you are used to the drive-through five days a week. Jumping into a brand new diet without completely understanding how it will affect you can actually hinder your ability to change your life for the better.

You Are What You Eat 
The easiest and safest route, of course, is to consult with your doctor. A trained health care professional can help you to safely and effectively make life long health improvements. But if you want to start making safe changes today, here are some simple tips to get you started.

Slow and steady wins the race! Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.  As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long-term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.

 Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.

Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” When you ban certain foods or food groups, it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation. If you are drawn towards sweet, salty, or unhealthy foods, start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often. Later you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.

Remember, when making serious changes to your diet and health routine, it is always best to consult your health care provider first. Getting healthy is a process and there is no quick way to the finish. Every step you take today will help you tomorrow. So take the first steps and soon you will be making strides!

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