The idea of changing from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one can seem daunting, but healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to have an all-or-nothing mentality. By enjoying your favorite foods in moderation, you can work toward optimal health without giving up the things you love!
The idea of moderation is simple: eat a variety of healthy foods most of the time and enjoy less healthy treats every once in a while.
Free Days are a great way to make sure you eat in moderation because they allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without going overboard. If you wait until your Free Day to eat your favorite unhealthy snacks, it will be much easier to avoid overeating them.
When you have less healthy snacks on your Free Days, be sure to use moderation in serving size, as well. Smaller portions will still satisfy your cravings, so instead of giving up a food entirely, have just a little bit of it. For example, if your weakness is chocolate cake, have a few bites rather than a big slice. By eating unhealthy snacks in moderation, you’ll be able to improve your health without giving the things you love.
Moderation isn’t just for unhealthy foods! Even when it comes to healthy foods, it’s important to eat a variety to make sure you get the nutrients you need.
That’s why your meal schedule tells you to eat fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates on your Meal Days. Each nutrient is an important part of optimizing your health. You’ll get vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies that you wouldn’t get if you only ate lean protein, and complex carbohydrates are a great source of energy and nutrients.
Even your protein snacks should be eaten in moderation. For example, string cheese is a quick and easy protein snack, and it can be tempting to eat a lot of it. But eating string cheese for every meal is a recipe for disaster! Instead, try to eat it in moderation and mix in a lot of other lean protein sources. Your body will thank you!
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