7 Step Plan to Successful Diet Change
Overcoming years of habit is the hardest part of making any kind of change. The key to success is making an easy to follow, step by step plan. It is also very important to remember WHY you are making the change.
Remove temptation. Sorry, that bag of chips from the pantry has to go.
Make sure to make a list of replacement foods, to the ones you will be giving up. For instance, replace white potatoes with quinoa, wild rice or sweet potatoes.
When finished, go shopping.
Plan a menu for the whole week, including snacks, as they are vital to your success!
On Sunday prepare snacks - hard-boil some eggs for a quick bite. Wash and chop peppers, celery stalks, carrots. Pre cook quinoa, lentils or rice for weeknight dinner.
If you have family to feed, talk to them and introduce the new menu. I did it and they all survived.
Prepare an emergency kit to carry with you – small bag of almonds, apple and/or good quality protein bar are your best friends for when the hunger comes and all there is available are cinnamon buns!
Simple is better. At least until you firmly establish new eating habits.
Here is what I eat at work. Breakfast, snacks and lunch. It took me 2 weeks to get used to new food routine and 11 months later I am still doing it.
For breakfast I alter between green or berry protein shakes – I started with berry shakes first than tried making green ones. Remember they are super healthy but more time consuming to prepare.
For lunch I have a salad.
My snacks usually are apples, protein bars, hummus with veggies, hard-boiled eggs or rice crackers.
Whatever the reason that you want to change your eating habits you may want to learn more about Alkaline Diet principle.
Below is a simple list of foods to avoid, at least in the first 4 weeks to help clean the body from accumulated toxins. Once we are rid of toxins, the body can function better, digest faster and the nutrient absorption increases. How this process works and why it is vital to our health is very well explained in the book by Dr. Junger that I reviewed here.
PEANUTS & PEANUT BUTTER
FRUIT HIGH IN SUGAR EXCEPT LEMONS & LIMES,
ALMOND, COCONUT & FLAX MILK
BROWN RICE, QUINOA
COCONUT SUGAR, STEVIA
GREEN & HERB TEAS
ORGANIC GREEN ("GRANNY SMITH") APPLES, ALL BERRIES
WILD-CAUGHT COLDWATER FISH
FREE-RANGE CHICKEN & TURKEY
SWEET POTATOES, YAMS, LEGUMES
OLIVE OIL, GRAPESEED OIL, COCONUT AND FLAXSEED OILS
Happy Healthy Spring!
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