Ever hear your inner voice say: “You should order a salad,” or “No fried food!” Chances are, these mental commands are hard to stick to, at least for the long term. And they take pleasure away from eating to stay fit.
Truth is, healthful is full of positives: a variety of flavorful, eye-appealing food combinations, the good feeling of eating enough without being overstuffed—and the interaction of eating with others.
Smart eaters do this. Do you?
- Focus on the positives. Choose grilled vegetables, quick-to-eat fruit, tangy yogurt, hearty whole-grain foods, or fresh, tender seafood. Ultimately that’s more motivating!
- Dump the negatives. Never say “never eat,” and avoid “avoid,” “cut out,” and “don’t.” Skip “shoulds” and “have tos,” also. These tactics leave you feeling guilty when you “break” the rules—an almost sure bet for failure!
- Stick to “small bite” advice. Unless you have an allergy or perhaps another health problem, you can eat a small amount of any food if your overall choices are healthful.