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How to Form Healthy Eating Habits

July 27, 2012

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Eating healthy can improve many aspects of your life, including your mood, sleeping habits, energy levels and, of course, your athletic performance. Plus, it reduces the risk of disease later in life. However, like most habits, changing the way you eat does not happen overnight.

Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally requires preparation and effort. The road to eating healthy is strewn with obstacles: time, money, parties and events. However with planning and determination, you can form healthy eating habits and easily stay on track.

Plan Ahead

Know your schedule for the week, including school, work, practice and other events. Make sure to have enough food for three meals and snacks throughout each day. Skipping meals can cause you to overeat later or lose focus.

Clean Out Your Fridge

Make it easier to find healthy, delicious options that you enjoy. Get rid of expired condiments, spoiled leftovers and foods that don't provide proper fuel for your body. Fill your fridge with fresh produce that is washed, chopped and ready to eat.

Stock Your Pantry

Make sure to have back-up, non-perishable items in your pantry, including beans, chick peas, tuna, wheat crackers, brown rice, protein bars and anything else that can come in handy. Organize it so you can clearly see what you have on hand.

Get Into a Nighttime Routine

Getting proper sleep is extremely important for maintaining healthy eating habits, because it establishes a schedule. Pick a bedtime and try to stick to it. Read a book, light some candles, journal or take part in other relaxing activities that help you fall asleep on time.

Journal Your Habits

When you are getting started, keep a journal and write down your meals and snacks; workouts and other exercise; and your thoughts and feelings. Journalling will help you identify obstacles that get in the way of your goals. Hold yourself accountable for your healthy decisions.

Form a Support System

Get other friends or family members on board to help motivate each other to stay on track. Create healthy challenges, and take time each week to check in with each other.

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Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
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