Have you ever started a diet? You may start off strong but before long are back to your old habits. Why does that happen? For many, the diet is often extreme or complicated. For others, we try to change too much all at once.
Ditch the diet mindset. Instead, try a balanced approach to food and eating. When we have a realistic approach, we can improve our health, supply our body the nutrients it needs, and be satisfied with what and how much we eat.
Start by adding one healthy habit at a time. A great place to begin is the MyPlate healthy eating food plan:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables—think variety and make it colorful.
- Make half your grains whole grains (e.g., whole wheat bread, oatmeal).
- Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy products.
- Vary your protein—poultry, seafood, meat, eggs, nuts, and beans.
Set realistic and achievable goals, and remember that if you slip up one day not to dwell on it; just move on with your health goals in mind.
For more information on Key Nutrients for health, download our Key Nutrients handout, store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/4184.