Feeding and Diet
- Published on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:32
- Written by healthyeating.sfgate.com
Eating healthy is something most people would like to do, but it can be overwhelming and difficult for some to do for the long term. However, there are a few tips, tricks and practices that can help you stay focused on healthy eating habits without adding extra stress to your life.
Keep a Journal
Although it may seem like a silly practice to some, writing down your dietary intake can be extremely helpful. Writing down everything you eat and drink can provide accountability without bringing other individuals into the picture. Food intake can be documented either before or after consumption, although if you do it before you eat, it may help curb overeating. There are several electronic methods for recording food intake that can also be used if traditional journaling isn't your style.
Planning ahead is key when sticking to a healthy eating plan. People mainly lose their focus because of their lack of planning, which can make them feel overwhelmed. By setting aside time each day to plan meals and snacks for the next day, you can prevent this. A weekly menu board is an effective tool for meal planning. Plotting nightly dinners in advance can make planning healthy meals easier and improve time management. Prepping snacks and lunches ahead of time can also help you stay focused and prevent you from eating unhealthy foods on impulse.
Build a Support System
A person's support system can have a huge impact on their ability to stick to a healthy lifestyle change. Informing family, friends and co-workers about your healthy eating plan and asking them to encourage and support you can help you get through any difficult or frustrating moments. This can also provide accountability since most meals are eaten in the presence of others.
Goal setting can be extremely beneficial when trying to stay focused. Goals will help increase self-motivation and decrease the likelihood of eating unhealthy. The most important thing to remember when setting goals is that the goal has to mean something significant to the individual. Personal attachment to a goal will increase the likelihood she stays on track. Goals should also be small, attainable and realistic. This will help prevent burnout and frustration. Once goals are reached, new goals should be set to further success.