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Eating one healthy meal isn't hard. It's not even hard to eat three
healthy meals in a single day. The hard part is making changes in your daily
life so that you start eating healthy every day—and keep eating healthy every
If you're having problems staying with your plan, don't
worry. You're not alone. You'll be glad to hear that there are plenty of tips
and tricks you can use to get yourself back on track and stay there.
Let's begin with these key ideas:
If you haven't started a healthy eating plan yet, it may be helpful to
When you first started your
healthy eating plan, you probably had one or more big goals in mind, like
controlling your high blood pressure or lowering your cholesterol.
Are those goals the same today? Or do you need to change them?
Everyone has slip-ups. But there's a difference between slipping up and
giving up. Going back to your old eating habits for a while is a slip-up. It
doesn't mean that you're a failure.
When you slip up, don't get
mad at yourself or feel guilty. Think of it as a learning experience. Figure
out what happened. Why did you stop? Think of ways to get yourself going again.
Learn from your slip-ups so that you can keep on toward your goal of eating
For some common reasons for slip-ups, and suggested
Remember that healthy eating means eating a wide
variety of foods in the right amount:
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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