Do you have a plan for dinner tonight? As you head to your car after a busy day at school or work, your thoughts turn to dinner. What’s the plan?
A lack of planning can lead to unhealthy food choices. Once hunger has set in, then eating is the goal. Fast foods and snack foods become the quickest route to satisfy your hunger. Looking for healthy options at fast food chains is not a dinner plan.
Routinely planning meals and snacks is a key part of heathy choices. How do you get started?
Breakdown the steps:
- Commit to a plan.
- Talk to the people that can derail you about your commitment to have a healthier diet.
- Set up your environment to help accomplish your goal.
- Repeat healthy habits.
It takes time and effort to eat healthy. You have to commit. Pick a change you need to make to improve your diet and the practice and repeat the change. Set up a 14 day challenge to work on the change you will make to improve your diet. Goals are specific so commit to a certain amount of change. Eating more fruits and vegetables is not as helpful as specifying 5 servings a day. Once you are committed to healthy eating then take the path of least residence by setting up your environment to accomplish your diet goals. This may involve talking to people who bring food into your home or work environment. Discourage family and friends from putting unhealthy food choices in your path.
Finally, you want to be consistent. Repeat planning and setting up your environment over and over. Eating routinely nutritious is not a short term goal but a life-long commitment. Your future self will be glad your current self made the effort.
Not sure how to get started. Go to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/caloriesHealthy eating