This is a question I get asked all the time. And in my experience, many over complicate the basics until the point of overwhelm and then give up!
If you’re new to eating better, or been stuck in a rut and ready for a healthy change, where do you start?
The first step is to identify and remove deficiencies.
You don’t need a major overhaul on day one. You don’t need to “go Paleo”, “turn Vegetarian” or “eliminate sugar”. You just need to fix your major nutrient or vitamin deficiencies. Because, until these are adjusted, your body simply won’t function correctly. And certainly not at optimum level; which can leave you tired, moody and lacking quality sleep.
This means that for most of you, making sure you get a bit more protein, enough vitamins and minerals, added healthy fats, and more water will get your body working better in no time.
Of course, you don’t have to tackle all that at once. In fact, you probably shouldn’t. Instead, you should pick the biggest limiting factor you’re experiencing and start there. Add new practices one at a time as necessary and as you feel capable of dealing with them.
As a general rule, I like to review any changes I want to make, every Sunday. Sometimes it takes a week to make a simple change, sometimes weeks or even months. And at times I might slip back into old habits. But once I am confident I have integrated the new healthy practice, I move on to the next improvement I want to tackle. This is how true, sustainable lifestyle change happens.
Once nutritional deficiencies are addressed, you can start to focus on things like food quality (i.e. eat whole, minimally processed foods) and food amount (i.e. portions, calories, etc). But go slow. And be systematic.
Remember: one thing at a time.
I’d love you to share with me, what’s one thing you would like to change in your healthy eating plan right now?