When eating healthy, it is important to have a plan of action.
Having a plan helps you stay accountable. There are many out there, – maybe even you (I know I was included when I began my journey to a healthier me) – who have the all or nothing mentality.
Either you eat 100% healthy or you fail. I’m going to tell you that this in NOT the case.
Eating healthy 80% of the time is perfect. This give you room to enjoy life, food, and friends without feeling guilty.
This is where your food list comes into play. Your list is individual to you.
When making your list put the best for you foods at the top and the worst at the bottom.
The top should include your lean meats, fruits, vegetables and high nutrient foods. As you get toward the bottom, your list should be including highly processed junk foods.
The upper middle to lower middle food will fluctuate based on your individual preferences.
These preferences may include things like how processed it is, if it’s low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat, or whether it’s a treat or main food.
An example from me is that I will put regular, cook to serve pudding on the upper middle part of my list and the instant, fat-free pudding on the lower part of my list because of the amount of processing. Yours may be the opposite of mine because of the number of calories.
Having this list will help you make healthier choices based on your preferences and where the food falls into your list. The foods at the top should be a definite yes and the foods toward the bottom should be eaten with caution. You still get to enjoy food and life while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.