I follow a page called “eat local grown” on facebook and they usually have good advice on all things about healthy eating, etc. Today though, I read the question they posted and was so intrigued that I clicked through and started reading ALL of the answers. At that time it was over 240 comments. I never read that many comments of any FB post before, but they were all so great and positive that I even wrote down my favorite ones. The question they asked was
“What advice would you give someone that’s just starting to eat more healthy?”
The following are just a few of the hundreds of comments that readers posted. It reads like something that your good friend would tell you. I would recommend to keep this list handy not just for people who just started, but also for those that already made changes, but feel like they’re not successful with it for whatever reason.
I dare you to read through these and not feel motivated to start some small changes. Here we go:
Don’t overwhelm yourself with the advice of other people.
Don’t get discouraged. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change, and won’t happen overnight.
Think steady – not strict.
Add a piece of raw vegetable to every meal to help with digestion.
Start slow. Add new foods little by little, and remove old, unhealthy foods little by little. Make eating healthy a habit, not a chore.
Do what works for you.
It’s a marathon – not a sprint.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store – ignore the aisles of boxes.
It will keep getting better. Enjoy the journey of discovering your ideal diet.
Don’t focus on stopping the bad habits, instead focus on building new ones. And one day, instead of eating a bowl of ice cream, you’ll find yourself enjoying an apple without even thinking about it.
Get a decent knife you’ll be excited to use. Don’t be afraid (or too lazy) to cut your vegetables.
Stay on the course. Your taste buds will change to accommodate less sugar.
Add one fresh, raw food item a week that you enjoy. Soon enough you’ll be eating plates full of healthy, fresh food every day.
Don’t buy any food products that have a TV commercial.
Add – don’t subtract. Keep adding healthy options and eventually they will push out the unhealthy stuff.
Baby steps….. baby steps, or you’ll give up. Be kind to yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up over the cookie, but do hurray over the salad.
Give it time – your tastes will change.
If you keep healthy, fresh food in your house, you’ll eat healthy, fresh food.
and my favorite one:
Keep it up. You’re looking good!