Nowadays, you can learn a lot of things on the internet. Those of us who have access to the web can gather all kinds of information about a myriad of topics, including “A Healthy Diet”. However, when making positive changes in your daily eating habits, it takes more than just good information. It takes a whole “tool chest” full of helpful ideas. Here are seven of these tools:
1. Get the facts: Gather reliable information! Be careful as there can be a lot of misinformation out there on the internet. If what you are reading seems like a good positive healthy diet idea, make sure that it’s found in many reliable sources, like the USDA.gov, Eatright.org, and Fullplateliving.org
2. Get inspired: What is motivating you to improve your eating habits? The bigger the motivator the better (i.e. if you have a new grandbaby, you might be extra motivated to get healthy so you can be around to watch this little one grow up).
3. Be a role model: Whom do you want to inspire by living more healthfully?
4. Tap into resources: There are a lot of great resources, like cookbooks, websites, magazines etc that can help you make healthier food choices. Keep a look out for them.
5. Make a commitment: Making a commitment will change the way you think about improving your eating habits. Think it through ahead of time, and then have a plan that you can stick to.
6. Drum up Support: Ask for and use the help of others to assist you in reaching your healthy eating goals. (i.e. If you have decided to not drink any more soda, ask your family to not bring sodas into the house in order to help you stay on your plan)
7. Create Safe Havens: How can you change your home and your workplace to help you succeed? (i.e. remove unhealthy snacks from your desk area at work and replace with healthier choices).
This article is based on and adapted from the information in “Are you eating enough to lose weight?”, the workbook of the Full Plate Diet Weightloss Program, page 40. 2002