12 tips on staying on track to the new healthier you! January 15, 2016 08:17

  1. Set small goals first - don't get overwhelmed by the big goal.  For Example:  only focus on  small items first...I will eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, incorporate leafy green veggies into 3 meals a day, drink at least 68 ounces of water daily, etc.

  2. Keep a food journal. This is really helpful.  It's good to go back and review each week.  It will help you see what changes need to be made.  Also, if you are writing it down or logging on your phone that takes time and you may just skip that dessert.  MyFitnessPal is a great resource for tracking on your phone.

  3. Remove all the processed junk food out of your house. Out of sight out of mind!

  4. Skip the pantry and head to the fridge. When looking for a snack, I tend to stick with something from the fridge (non-fat greek yogurt, fruit, veggies with hummus, edmamae, etc.)

  5. Try to incorporate the 6 taste senses in your food: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent, and Astringent. While the first four tastes are recognizable, the last two may not seem familiar. Pungent taste is hot and spicy as found in a chili pepper while the astringent taste is dry and light as found in popcorn. Studies have been found that by adding all 6 taste senses your body is satisfied and you don't don't have that urge to go looking for other food.  Use my website for ideas www.supperson.com each week I have a new menu each week and I always make sure all 6 senses are there.

  6. Enlist support from your friends and family. It's good to get friends to do this with you or at least let them know what you are doing so they give you the support you need.  

  7. Team up with a friend and hold each other accountable for eating healthy.  It's also fun to have someone there with you.

  8. Eat and drink water every 2-3 hours. This keeps your metabolism running and also makes sure you don’t get ravenous and end up eating whatever is in sight when you get home from work.

  9. Keep nutritious foods on hand and ready to eat. Preparation is the key to eating healthy! Having a bowl of carrots in water in the fridge as well as clean vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats and smart carbs each week is super helpful for staying on track. I like to make big batches of roasted veggies and brown rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week so I have healthy foods in the fridge ready to go for quick lunches.

  10. Always bring a healthy snack with you when you leave the house for more than a couple hours. Apples, bananas, fruit, bars, and carrots are super portable.

  11. When going out to eat, look the at the menu for the restaurant online.Deciding beforehand what healthy option you’re going to get can be helpful so you’re not tempted by unhealthy options once you’re there.

  12. Don’t let one set-back keep you from working toward your goal. Don’t get down on yourself if you slip-up -just make sure your next meal is a healthy one!