I have a great friend from college who likes the first of each month because it’s an opportunity for a fresh start. I think her fondness of the 1st has rubbed off on me. Particularly because today is November 1st AND a Monday, it just seems fitting to focus on healthy changes today. So, here are 5 easy changes to healthier eating:
- Plan and make your meals as often as possible. If you’re making an effort to be healthy, you’re probably not going to want pizza five days/week (without a plan, though, this might be your menu). Plus, even if you eat at those trendy, expensive, local, organic restaurants, it’s difficult to know (& plan) what you’re eating.
- Switch your grain choices. Instead of white bread, try whole wheat or multi-grain. Instead of white pasta, use enriched (it doesn’t taste anything like cardboard). Once you’ve accepted the switch, you might start to prefer the added flavor (and fiber!).
- Stock up on fruits, veggies, and nuts. Snacking is great, as long as you watch portions and you’re making healthy decisions. I like to have something for the end of the work day before I head home for dinner, but it’s easy to crave sweets. Prepare some carrot sticks (or buy baby carrots), make a trail mix (use nuts, dried fruit, cereal, seeds), or bring an apple.
- Eat smaller portions throughout the day. Eating six small meals each day is easier for your body to digest than two or three large meals. Focus on a variety of colorful foods and don’t forget to eat breakfast, even if it’s a small bowl of cereal or an apple and peanut butter.
- Allow yourself some indulgences. I love sweets, particularly chocolate. Sometimes it’s better to happily enjoy a small amount of your weakness to avoid overeating a few hours later.
I hope you might see one or two of these changes as a gradual (managable) switch, rather than introducing something new to your eating habits. Enjoy the month!