If you’ve resolved to overhaul your eating habits but you need a little push, peruse the following “diet detox” tips:
Break the Habit. Sometimes
eating junk food is a habitual thing. Figure out whether you’re
snacking because you really want it, or because that’s what you always
Stop Slowly. You
don’t have to go cold turkey. Instead of banning frozen burritos from
your life, reduce the number of times you opt for junk instead of a
Balance Out Your Day. Did
your coworker bring in doughnuts for breakfast? Don’t’ let one faux-pas
blow your entire day. If you do indulge, choose healthier options—such
as a salad, lean meat and fruit—for lunch and dinner so you don’t OD on
fat and calories.
Make Small Changes. If
you never go to the fresh produce section at the grocery store, try to
go once a week and buy something different. We could all stand to eat
more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Indulge Your Taste Buds.
Junk food is high on taste thanks to fat and sodium. If you’re craving
salt and your doctor hasn’t warned you off it, add some to your food
(in moderation). Same goes with sugar. A teaspoon—which only has 16
calories—on your cereal or in your iced tea may satisfy your sweet
tooth and help you bypass the candy machine later.
Fill in the Gaps.
If your diet still isn’t conforming to the food pyramid, consider
adding vitamin and mineral supplements to help cover all the bases. The
more balanced your food intake, the fewer cravings you’ll experience.