Changing your eating habits is a process, it is not something that happens overnight. In the age of the Internet and apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and the Food Network, there is no reason why you can’t find healthy recipes that fit your tastes and dietary needs.
As a trainer, I recommend that you begin a new eating regimen by first understanding what types of foods you are currently consuming by creating a food journal, even if it just for a week or two. This article from Redbook Magazine offers a list of the best food journaling apps on the market 18 Best Food Tracker Apps of 2017
- What are you eating?
- Why are you eating?
- When are you eating?
- How much water are you drinking?
- How many of your calories are from drinks other than water? Coffee? Soda?
- How many calories are you consuming?
When you have a handle on what you are consuming, educate yourself on what you should be consuming. You can consult with a nutritionist, a healthcare professional, or a personal trainer like myself that is educated in the types of nutrition necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.
- What should you be eating? Carbs? Proteins?
- When should you be consuming your calories?
- How much water should you be drinking?
- How many calories are you burning?
- How many calories should you be consuming?
When you have a better idea of what you should be doing, start by making a few changes every week and ease yourself into a new lifestyle. BuzzFeed has a GREAT list of tricks to help you baby step your way into new eating habits. Remember, changing your eating habits is not about self-deprivation, it is about living healthier.