A healthful diet starts with making healthy choices every day.
The questions I had to ask myself in order to break my habits were the following:
- How does your breakfast look like? Your lunch? Your dinner?
- Are you getting enough protein, the right carbs and the right fats in your main meals?
- What kind of snacks do you eat?
- What happens when you get home late, you are really tired and hungry?
These were fundamental questions that I had to answer first to move to being able to make better choices.
I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Looking at it closely though, I noticed they were too high in carbs (lots of bread), too low in protein and to few veggies and fruit. I managed about 3-4 portions of veggies and fruit each day. Not too bad, but not great either.
Snacks was another culprit of mine. I indulged in chocolate and salty snacks. Though there are some merits in eating a little dark chocolate, I ate way too much.
Then came the worst of my offenders: coming home late, tired and hungry. I would opt for comfort food: pizza, sandwich, anything that didn’t involve much cooking activity.
Looking at my behavior, I realized there is lots of room for improvement. I didn’t want to go on a full blown restrictive diet. My goal was – and still is – finding a way to eat healthy for the rest of my live. Really, finding a better relationship with food. I came up with the following 6 habits I wanted to change:
- cut down on unrefined carbs. No more bread!
- eat organic wherever possible – fruit, veggies and meat.
- eat LOTS of fruit and vegetable. Go for 7 a day!
- use nuts and fruit as snacks.
- don’t eat any processed food. Yes, this includes pizza!
- only eat lean meats.
If you are looking to change your eating habits to more healthful habits, have a look what you are eating now. Keep a food diary and answer the above 4 questions. Be honest to yourself!