Small steps to big changes
Changing your eating habits for a month or two doesn’t help in the long run if you go right back to the routine that got you to diet in the first place. Lifestyle changes are persistent and you may need to take small steps one month at a time to develop healthy habits. Few people are good at going all in with drastic lasting changes.
You are the expert in your own life and the best person to identify where you can make the first change. Previous posts have discussed removing processed foods from your diet, but let’s focus on two changes that are a significant step towards better health.
Remove refined sugars from your diet. This one is non-negotiable if you are looking to improve your health. These include sodas, sweetened fruit juice, baked goods, candy, and fancy coffee drinks that have artificial syrups and toppings like whipped cream.
If you are eating boxed cereal in the morning, trade this for oatmeal or muesli. If breakfast is not part of your normal routine, start your day with a smoothie, oatmeal or muesli.
Link will take you to some great recipes for oatmeal to get you started. Organic muesli is easy to make, but also easy to find and I suggest adding organic plain kefir as an alternative to milk.
When you hunt for new recipes, make sure the sweeteners are natural sources (honey, maple syrup, or fruits like berries). Try making this change for 21 days. Make note of how you feel after each week and share your experience!