Improving your diet — uh, oh, there’s that nasty word again …
Sorry about that.
Improving your eating habits does not mean you have to make wholesale changes.
You don’t have to go in and throw out half the stuff in your fridge and your pantry,
And give up all those delicious, bad-for-you foods that you love.
The thing to do is to change one or two things at a time.
Start with one thing you know for sure you should cut out of your regular “diet.” Get used to that for a while, and then eliminate something else.
Keep it simple and the chances for long-term success are a lot better.
Here are a few suggestions for some small changes:
- Use mustard instead of mayonnaise. Lot fewer calories in mustard.
- Water instead of soft drinks. This one is fairly obvious. I know, I know, water is boring. How about some sparkling water with lemon? Maybe some of those flavored sparkling waters?
- Fresh fruit instead of dried fruit. This one kinda surprised me a little, I have to admit. I like to put craisins in my oatmeal. I didn’t realize how much sugar those things have. I still put some in there this morning — just not as many.
- Frozen protein smoothies instead of ice cream. I’ve started doing this one a lot. I still have some good ol’ ice cream once in a while, but mostly I stick with the smoothie concoctions.
- Regular oatmeal instead of the flavored packages. The one-minute oats is easy to fix, and you can jazz it up with a little butter, some honey, and some fruit.
So there ya go.