10 Keys to a Healthy Diet 2

Making the transition to healthy eating isn’t always easy when you learn and incorporate new habits into your life. Because this is not a passing diet or a short-term goal: healthy eating is a lifelong commitment that directly affects your physical and mental health. That’s why it’s so important to do it right, slowly, and safely. We need to reprogram our brain, our habits, and our palate. Here are ten keys to making the switch to healthy eating. We guarantee that by eating better, you will change your life.

1. Find your reason answer the following question: “Why do I want to change the way I eat? What are the reasons why I want to change the way I eat now? To be healthier, to feel better, prevent disease, lose weight, and for my commitment to the environment or animals… Whatever your goals, know them. It would help if you found enough reasons for yourself because they will be the key to keeping you motivated over time.

2. Get informed and choose a good diet.

Once you are clear on the reasons for your choice, acquire a good knowledge of where to start and how to do it. To do this, it is essential to rely on reliable sources, with scientific criteria, from the hand of nutrition professionals. If you can’t get yourself in the hands of a dietetic and nutrition professional, try checking out books and portals written by experts in the field.

3. Understand that it is a process 

Some changes can be made overnight because they don’t have more implications than making them. But, when it comes to eating habits, to be successful, it is essential to have realistic expectations, to understand that this is a process that will be built step by step, arming yourself with patience and will.

4. Think about change, not prohibition

The transition to healthy eating is not about prohibition. Many people do this and, for this reason, find it so challenging to implement these changes that they end up getting tired and giving up. The right approach is to replace unhealthy foods with healthy foods. This process must be done organically. It’s about trying new ways of cooking and re-educating the palate. An example would be replacing industrial breakfast pastries with homemade oatmeal pancakes with dark chocolate.

5. May your kitchen be healthy.

After the previous point, it’s time to choose healthy foods. Little by little, get rid of all those foods that do not nourish you and do not add anything to your body. Replace processed, refined and precooked foods with fresh foods of different colors and textures. Fill your kitchen with vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, quality animal proteins, herbs, and seasonings. Everything is seasonal, fresh, and, if possible, organic.

6. Cook, taste, and experiment

The key to healthy eating is cooking your meals and avoiding precooked foods. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen; you can start with simple and tasty things to get used to it. You can also do batch cooking, which involves cooking once for the whole week. In that case, turn on some music or choose your favorite podcasts to make the dining experience more enjoyable if you find it hard to spend a few hours cooking. Dare to try new dishes, cook in different ways, and fall in love with healthy food.

7. Seek the support of those close to you

Some people will be able to make the change independently without needing to be accompanied. But doing this process with family or friends can be a vital encouragement, and they can even join you in changing your eating habits. By exchanging opinions, recipes and feelings, you will have a better time. You can build your network with members who are close to you daily or online.

8. Keep calm and be patient.

The spirit is treacherous and can often become our worst enemy. If you didn’t do as well as you expected one day, don’t put yourself down, blame yourself, or punish yourself. You have to be patient with yourself, as habit changes are a process, and there will be days when things go wrong. Your inner voice cannot send you negative messages because you will end up hurting yourself, getting frustrated, and giving up. Don’t be so rigid with yourself and treat yourself with respect and affection, as you would a friend.

9. Plan

Planning is an integral part of this process. To move forward in this dietary transition, planning your groceries and meals is the secret to success. This way, we will avoid the times when we have an appetite and, if we do not have anything healthy to eat, it will end with the purchase of a dish or snack that is not at all favorable to your goal. Weekly meal planning gives you time to put together nutrient-dense dishes without pacing. 

10. Listen to your body and enjoy it.

Connect with your body and observe the changes that occur as you transition to healthy eating. Identify how food makes you feel, analyze if you are hungry when you eat or if sometimes you do it to alleviate an emotional state. Also, observe if you go to the toilet correctly, if your digestion is better if you rest better… All the observations will help you assess how you are doing and thus adapt your diet week after week until you find the one. Optimal for you. Finally, enjoy all the positive aspects of the process of transitioning to healthy eating, eating consciously, and how the body thanks you by giving you more energy and making you feel better physically and mentally.

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