So, what exactly does this mean?
In order to make sustainable health changes, it’s best to start small; “one forkful at a time.” Instead of drastically changing all of your eating habits at one time, think of one small change you can make - perhaps making one small change per week.
In order to make these beneficial, small changes, think of what you can add or substitute into your meals and snacks, instead of what to eliminate or restrict. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 82% of people don’t want to give up foods they enjoy in order to eat healthier. Someone does not have to eliminate their favorite foods in order to become healthier. Focusing on increasing nutrient-rich foods keeps the body satisfied and full so there’s less temptation to reach for the cookies or chips.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. In addition, they encourage fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. Focusing on increasing these foods will leave less room for the high calorie, energy- dense foods.
For more information on how to change your eating habits, talk with a Registered Dietitian at Revolution Physical Therapy Weight Loss. They can help you make small, sustainable changes that fit into your lifestyle.