5 Strategies To Develop Healthy Eating Habits

In January 2015, my husband and I took our first steps towards healthier eating when we decided to start having a smoothie a day, or at least most days, as a way of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet.

Then last May, I decided to get serious about eating healthier and began to make some real changes in the foods I ate. In the last year I have drastically reduced the amount of sugar and starchy carbs in my diet and am eating a much healthier diet overall.

Yes, I still get off track from time to time but that’s okay. I know when I’m messing up and have a plan to get back on track.

Simple Steps To Healthy Eating Habits

Changing your eating habits can be overwhelming. If you’re not careful, your enthusiasm to improve your health through healthy eating will get derailed by the planning and extra work involved.

Before you jump in determined to eat healthy 100% of the time, set aside a little time to think about what healthy eating looks like to you and develop a strategy to make the transition.

The key to successfully developing healthy eating habits is to keep it simple.

Start with one meal.

As you begin to eat healthier drop the all or nothing mentality. Focus on eating healthy just one meal a day. For example, plan some easy and healthy breakfasts for the week.  Spend that week focused on eating a healthy breakfast every day.

After a week or two, incorporate another meal. Choose whichever you would find easiest to plan and stick to. Focus on two healthy meals a day for a week or two before adding in your third meal or snack. Continue to do this until you build the habit of healthy eating. This strategy will help you gradually change the way you think about eating without being overwhelmed by it.

Make healthy swaps.

Think about the foods you already enjoy and how you can make them healthier. Instead of eating a burger and fries, have a burger salad. Instead of making yourself some instant oatmeal or eating a bowl of sugary cereal, make yourself some regular oatmeal sweetened with fruit and a little honey. Eat raw veggies instead of chips and crackers to satisfy your desire for a crunchy side. Eat a square of super dark chocolate instead of a regular chocolate bar.

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.