Before you try to go all healthy, organic or local with your grocery shopping take a few steps to expand your choices than limit them.
If you are one of those people who go all in are über vigilant with new goals and never waver in your conviction than please change all your eating habits at once and be the healthiest most envied person in the room. For the rest of us, there is an easier way.
Start in the kiddie pool
When you learned to swim you likely didn’t jump in the deep end and flail around until you figured it out. That would have likely lead to a lifeguard rescue. If you have tried changing all you eating habits at once and flailed around, let me be your lifeguard. For those of you reading this saying, “I never learned to swim” I am guessing you get the point. Learning new eating habits isn’t any different.
Changing your eating habits shouldn’t be painful or life threatening. Unfortunately, it has the possibility to be both. So before you go all fad diet let’s try another option. Let’s try adding more foods to our diets without cutting out the current favorites. Give ourselves time to develop new favorites and then slowly cut out the old ones.
5 Ways to expand what you eat
You can do all 5 of this ideas without drastically overhauling your eating habits from day one. As you expand what you like and will eat you can up your game. You may even find that your habits start to naturally change because you find new alternatives are better than what you had been eating and you never turn back.
don’t cut things out completely
Instead of going straight from the sugary fruit on the bottom yogurts to greek yogurt with berries and granola do both. Not in the same day, but in the same week. Opening up the variety can help you develop a taste for the less sugary yogurt.
try two new veggies or fruits a week
Just two. Get recommendations from friends of their favorite fruit or veggie and ideas on how to prepare them. If you have friends that love to cook, you have friends that love to share recipes. Use that resource to help broaden your horizons and make the produce section a little less intimidating.
try one snack replacement a week
If you are a twinkies and ho-ho person tossing those out and eating rice cakes probably sounds horrible. What about 1 day out of 7 you eat nuts and dried fruit instead? It is an attainable goal and as you find snacks you like you can eliminate the twinkies and ho-hos.
try two new recipes a month
The goal here should be to make sure they are healthier options than the recipe you are replacing. This isn’t where you troll Pinterest for the most mouth-watering thing you can find. Look for recipes with new ingredients or new skills. Most likely what you make will still be edible and two nights a month is a pretty low risk for the potential payoff.
shop at a farmers market or new grocery store once a month
Getting out of the same store you always shop at can help break impulse buys and change habits. Shopping at new places will naturally expand the items you buy.
Does this sound achievable? Let me know if you have great tips for changing your eating habits. I am far from perfect so always looking for new ideas.