As Nutrition Month comes to an end and we wrap up our #100MealJourney, take the time out to reflect on what healthy changes you have made that you want to keep making throughout the year. What are obstacles that come in the way for you and prevent you from making healthy choices? Lack of time, eating out, holidays, stress? We all have challenges that can sidetrack our healthy eating plans. Here are some strategies to help your small changes stick.
Planning how you’ll manage healthy-eating roadblocks before they happen is key to success. Setbacks on a journey to healthier habits are a normal part of making changes. Knowing what some of your challenges are can help you be ready to deal with them. Get ready with a plan to manage detours:
• Think about what might get in your way of healthy eating.
• Brainstorm solutions to get around roadblocks.
• Put supportive strategies in place. Recruit family and friends to help on your path to a healthy you.
A slip in healthy eating habits is a learning opportunity. When it happens, review your plan, adjust as needed and get back on track. For help staying motivated, get eaTracker at: www.eatracker.ca
Is your major obstacle to healthy eating a lack of time? Be prepared with nourishing grab ‘n’ go foods, like yogurt, nuts and fruit. Eating well doesn’t need to take a lot of time. A little planning helps you eat healthy, even on the run:
• Stock your kitchen with good-for-you snacks, like veggies, fruit, yogurt, cheese, hardboiled eggs, seeds and whole grain crackers.
• Cook big batches of soup, stew or chili on weekends, then take a welcome cooking break on busy weekdays.
• Cook once. Eat twice. Make more food than you need for one meal and reinvent it for another.
• Shop for healthier convenience foods, such as frozen or pre-cut vegetables, plain frozen fish fillets, shredded cheese and canned lentils.
Need to get back on your healthy-eating track? A dietitian can help! Dietitians can help you make daily food choices and plan healthy, delicious meals. They translate scientific research into practical, real-life solutions. Learn how to feel your best by asking a dietitian for:
• Tips and recipes to plan, shop for and cook healthy meals
• Information to help interpret food labels and the latest headlines, trends and diets
• Support to improve your relationship with food
• Customized meal plans, individual counselling and advice
As a dietitian, I can help you to get back on your healthy-eating track! For more information, contact me at email@example.com.
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Adapted from The Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at: www.nutritionmonth2016.ca