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Transition to Healthier Eating Without Dieting

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Getting the family on board to "eat healthier" may sound like NO fun to them.. BUT here are tips you can implement this week to help them slowly transition to a healthier path and feeling better. Start with these tips below and check back in a week for more tips!

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that all our recommended eating plans target a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there are no secrets to healthy eating. There are strategies that can lead to various performance benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk / processed foods and get your diet to consist of real food (you know, the stuff nature makes). Remember, if its not in the kitchen, pantry or refrig, they wont have the choice to grab those cheetos.. This is a simple guide that really takes the “dieting” and calorie counting out and one we recommend to our clients Just starting out eating healthier and moving.. Outside of a small list of what you can’t eat, you’re free to chow down on anything. How hard can that be? You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy. No junk.

Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just junk. Other than this, you can eat whatever and whenever you like. The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just stay out of the 7-Eleven, fast food places and plan/shop for and prepare your food at home. THIS is key. . For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits. Cheat Day: 1 Since no one’s perfect, you get a day to cheat. That’s right, a day where you can eat anything you want! A trick on cheat day is to listen to your body. At first, it’ll probably tell you it wants whatever you’ve been denying it. However, over time, it’ll start to crave nutrients you’re deficient in. Learn to read your body’s subtle signs. If you’re craving ice cream, you may be short on essential fatty acids. If you crave a hamburger, your diet may lack protein. By listening to your body and learning what it really needs in this way, you can make better food substitutions. It’s a way of getting in tune with yourself that will benefit you for your entire lifetime. Water " Most nutritionists say you should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, but feel free to have more . Shoot for a gallon (though don’t worry if you fall short). Yeah, that probably seems crazy but almost all of us walk around dehydrated for most of our lives, which not only hurts the way we function but also makes us hungry when we’re actually thirsty. A glass of water when you feel hunger pangs both staves them off and helps you fill up faster when you do eat. As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category....And alcohol should be kept to a minimum.

We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has calories. A lot of them: 7 calories per gram. Mixers can be even worse—not only can they add calories, but these sugary calories influence the way alcohol reacts with your body. Keep a bottle of water by the bathroom sink for everyone. When they brush their teeth, have them drink it as they get dressed for the day. Start the day hydrated! Good luck with week one! Keep us posted on how you are doing with week one by messaging me on my LiveWellFit facebook page.

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