Your fridge is full of vegetables and you have the best of intentions. April Thorimbert is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator and says we need to focus on our thinking. At the beginning of the year, most of us set some fine health goals, but what about the rest of the year carrying those through? She advises building your diet plan on a solid foundation.
When coming up with diet plan, she says get your information from reputable source like certified websites, your doctor or a registered dietitian. Then set small, sustainable, realistic and time-lined goals.
It doesn’t have to be a complex plan. It may be something like reducing the amount of processed foods. Maybe it’s reducing amount of foods we source outside of our own homes, making it easy to control what we are having, what our intake is. Maybe it’s simple as I am going to start with two extra veggie servings.
There is certainly room for an overhaul in most diets. Thorimbert says by relying heavily on processed foods and falling short on whole fruits and vegetables intake, whole grains, legumes and low-fat dairy, most people fail to meet the minimum goals for dietary fibre intake and eat far too much salt and saturated and trans fats.
When making changes, Thorimbert says you need to focus on your goals and not your weight which will improve success. That means setting healthy, evidence-based goals for your diet and physical activity.
We certainly want to not forget about the really important component of physical activity when we are considering a diet modification.
It’s also a good idea to buddy up. Involve someone else whether it is a family member or a friend in that health goal and you are more likely to accomplish it and to continue with it.
She says you also have to want the change. When motivated making small changes can have a huge impact over time.