Making simple changes to your diet over time is the only way to create real and lasting habits that you can easily stick to, even in times of overwhelm, stress, feeling lazy or being time-poor.
My favourite strategy is the Upgrade method. It makes it so much simpler and easy to stick to eating healthy because you’re not giving anything up – you’re upgrading it!
It removes the feeling that you “can’t” have things, which just makes you end up obsessing about those things you can’t have. This is the reason diets don’t work! As soon as you tell yourself you can’t have something, you want it more than before.
So for example if your favourite food is nachos, upgrade it to better quality and healthier ingredients until it’s a healthy meal. Start by using organic corn chips. They try some different vegan mozzarella cheese recipes. Then try loading it up with veggies like red onion, green onion, red bell pepper/capsicum, diced tomato, olives and coriander/cilantro. Then try making your own salsa. They try making your own beans.
One small step at a time. And before you know it, you’ve got a delicious, healthy, veggie loaded nachos sitting in front of you. If you were to make all these changes as once, it would be way too overwhelming. And you need to give your taste buds time to adjust, making all those changes overnight would probably leave you missing your old unhealthy nachos. It takes time to love veggies.
All you have to do is keep adding good foods in, and eventually the good will crowd out the bad.
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