Healthy Eating Tip No. 10
Keep it all in perspective. Realize that you're making a lifestyle change, NOT going on a diet - don't put yourself in food prison. According to registered dietitian Claire LeBrun, it's about balance and listening to yourself. Ask yourself, "How has your day balanced out? What's this snack going to do for you?" We all have different schedules, and we must find what works for us individually. The types of foods you choose are just that - choices. Your goal is to keep them as choices by making the right food decisions a majority of the time. When a doctor tells you that you have to make a lifestyle change, you are no longer making it a choice. Learning to eat healthy doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen, and you can do it!! One meal at a time.
Robert Alan Anderson is an AFAA certified personal trainer and martial arts instructor working out of the Washington, D.C. area. Claire M. LeBrun, M.P.H, R.D., L.D. is a registered dietitian specializing in weight management working out of the Washington, D.C. area.