As doctors, we often prescribe great changes to our patients’ diet, but the gap between the reality of their present and the ideal diet we propose seems to vast and improbable. Some may start wholesale changes and get burnt out early. Others don’t make any change at all.
If you’d like to eat a healthier diet but are easily intimidated by big changes, test out one small change at a time.
If your goal is to eat a healthier diet, think about a small change that you could carry out every day for the next week. If you haven’t been eating enough fruit, pack three fresh fruits – maybe an apple, a banana or a ½ cup of grapes – in your bag for school or work.
If you’ve been buying fast food for lunch each day, plan your meals for the week and make the next day’s lunch each evening. Make your whole wheat sandwiches with lean white meat or fish, tomatoes, lettuce, low-fat cheese or whatever will make it tasty and interesting for you. You could also mix a fresh salad each morning.
If you’ve been drinking too much juice or pop, try a week of fresh clean water, skim milk or green tea.
If snacking is the Achilles heel of your diet, for one week, stock up on celery and carrot sticks with a low-fat dip or a variety of fresh fruit.
The increasing feelings of wellbeing, self-control and empowerment will motivate you to take further steps towards a healthier you. Positive change always begins with the first small steps.