I remember when I used to think that a sandwich and chips were a good choice for lunch. I just finished my lunch with a friend at a local deli. And I feel full. Stuffed. And just Blah! From about the age of 16-21 a turkey sandwich was my favorite food in the world. I felt very “healthy.” It wasn’t fried, right? So it had to be healthy. As my nutrition knowledge has progressed, so have my food choices.
Of course, a turkey sandwich can be healthy-ish, but when you compare your bread and deli meat choices, there is a lot more processed than whole nutrition. Then you add the fillers. Mayo, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Mustard, Bacon, Salad Dressing, Avocado… you may end up with a high-fat, high-calorie, high-processed meal.
If you are at a point where nutrition feels daunting, this is my number one advice: Slow down. Take it one step at a time. Make this a long-term goal.
Follow these steps to Success in Nutrition:
- Change one thing at a time, gradually. For instance, if you love whole milk, try 2%, then 1%, then skim. Go as slow as you need. Mix them for even a more gradual change.
- Learn about whole, nutrient-dense foods like fiber and protein.
- Understand your Resting Metabolic Rate in order to determine your daily caloric intake.
- Listen to your body. Find a program that fits your body’s needs.
Slowly, you will learn more about nutrition and your body. You will begin to make healthier and healthier food choices. You will find success. Most of us are relearning many years of poor eating habits and nutrition. We cannot expect the changes to occur over night. However, if you stay committed, they will happen.