A Healthy Start
So, you've decided to start exercising and eating healthy – good for you! Deciding to do it is a huge step and puts you ahead of many others. However, if you're like most people, you're not sure where to start.
There isn't one right way to do it, so don't fret. Don't try to change everything at once because you just won't be able to stick to it. When people try to completely overhaul their eating or exercise routine they often feel defeated, but a complete overhaul is difficult for pretty much everyone. The great thing is that you can make gradual changes that fit into your life.
The successful route is to pick a few activities that you enjoy doing and continue to eat foods that you enjoy the taste of. You may need to adjust portion sizes or the frequency of certain choices, but healthy eating doesn't need to feel impossible. Take a look at what you're currently doing and identify the healthy choices you already make (good for you!). Then start to identify areas that you need to improve upon. In order to reach your long term goals, you need to set small goals to work on daily.
A few suggestions from Canada's Food Guide include:
- Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day
- Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice
- Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day
- Drink skim, 1%, or 2% milk each day
- Eat at least two food guide servings of fish each week
- Satisfy your thirst with water
Pick a few key things to work on. Then don't move on to the next change until you conquer your first one. Keep in mind that you're making changes for life, so think about what is realistic for you.
If you're still not sure where to start or want more specific guidance, contact a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Stephanie Wheler, RD
Something Nutrishus Counselling & Coaching