It has also occurred to me that I tend to do better with the idea of adding new foods to my diet rather than focusing on what to take out. After all, if I fill up on fruits and vegetables that doesn’t really leave much room for junk food. So with that in mind I have made two small changes to my diet. Everyday I have been making myself eat an apple as a snack and have a bowl of salad before dinner. Remember this is all about baby steps so while those two changes may not seem like much I feel like they are making a difference. Tonight I was tempted to skip out on my salad but then I realized that I was actually craving it. And that’s kind of the point. As my body gets used to eating healthy foods more often I will start to feel like I want to eat them rather than that I am supposed to eat them. So that’s what I’m working on right now. It’s all about making small changes, bit by bit, day after day.
If there’s one thing that I’ve always read about making changes that last it’s that it’s better to make very small changes over a long period of time. That makes sense to me. I have a hard time imagining myself suddenly giving up all sweets and fatty foods and exercising five times a week and doing it for the rest of my life. Actually, I don’t ever plan on giving up all sweets and fatty foods but I do want to cut back on them.