We do many things in life without even thinking about
it. And many of these things we do while we're on "autopilot"
are habits. Because we have to eat every day, and because
we often don't put too much thought into our meals, eating
is a great place to work on habits.
Think about some of the things you do each day around
eating. While you can't change everything at once, small
changes can make a big difference in your overall health.
Use this list of dos and don'ts to create some new habits
for healthy nutrition.
- Don't skip meals; plan for three meals each day.
- Start reading food labels so you'll become more aware
of what you're putting into your body.
- Plan for healthier snack choices at work.
- Between lunch and dinner each day, aim forÂ five servings
of fruits and vegetables.
- Stop adding salt to foods.
- Eat nothing after 8 p.m.
- Try a new food each week, to help you introduce more
variety into your diet.
- Eat less meat to reduce your fat and cholesterol intake.
- Make sure that your breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers
are made with whole grains.
Pick just one item from this list or come up with your
own habit for healthier eating. Write it down, and try
it for at least 30 days. Don't try to change more than
one habit at a time.
In 30 days, your healthier choice may become a habit
that you'll continue doing. If it does, reward yourself
(not with food) and pick another eating habit to work
on. No matter what, you'll have had 30 days of healthier