5 Tips on How to Eat Healthy in 2017
The start of the new year always means one thing: resolutions. So many people pick healthy eating as one of their resolutions every year, but not all follow through. Why? Because it gets too hard for them or they don’t know how to start!
Sticking to a plan to eat healthily is often easier than people think. The key is to never go cold turkey—think baby steps! If your current diet is full of processed junk foods, don’t shock your body by completely eliminating those foods overnight. Your cravings will hit you harder and when you’re faced with bad food, you’ll be much more tempted to break your healthy diet.
If you’re thinking of some tips to start eating healthy and don’t know where to start, here are a few of my tips:
- Do a kitchen cleanse. The first step to changing eating habits is to see how you eat right now. Open up your kitchen cabinets, your pantry, and your fridge. What kind of foods are you buying? Lots of processed food? Not enough food with healthy fats? Toss out all that junk food! If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted to binge eat.
- Eat more…frequently! This might sound counterproductive, but really, eat more! Increase the amount of times you eat throughout the day. Instead of having three heavy meals, eat 5-6 smaller-portioned meals. This way, you’re eating more frequently but you’re eating less overall!
- Eat your calories. Don’t drink them. Lots of drinks (even smoothies and juices!) are filled with calories that don’t really satiate your hunger. Think about the last time you had juice—did you think you could replace a full meal with that one glass? Definitely not! But that juice probably had the same amount of calories especially if you got it from a juice bar. Stick to non-sugary drinks like water, tea, tonics, and coffee so you can eat more nutritious foods.
- Know your trigger foods. When I’m on the road, it’s very hard to stick to a healthy diet. I can’t always cook for myself and because meals are often catered, I’d be eating whatever the local specialties are, which can have a lot of hidden calories! So I always make sure to have a small bite and, if I can, go to a grocery store to pick out some fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. I always make sure not to indulge too much in my trigger foods (I love cheese—yummy!) and since I know what they are, I can avoid them or even replace them with something better.
- Moderation, moderation, moderation! I love my treats. Don’t get me wrong—I love eating fruits and veggies too but once in a while, you have to treat yourself! The key is to balance your food lifestyle so you’re not eating junk food majority of the time. It’s all about portion control.
I know eating healthy can be hard, especially if that’s not your current lifestyle. Food is fuel for dancers so eating properly for us is just as important as training and rehearsing. I have to be very careful of what I eat but I want to find pleasure in my food too!
In the end, think of eating healthy as a new lifestyle. My 5678 Diet philosophy helped me a lot in making sure I eat well so that I can dance and train well. I know it can do the same for you! For more tips and recipes, don’t forget to check out my book, The 5678 Diet, to help you on your health and wellness journey!