How You Can Train Yourself To Eat Healthy, Mapped Out By A Nutritionist
Making healthy eating habits stick is hard.
That's why a lot of us get trapped in a yo-yo dieting cycle.
We go from chugging soda and stuffing Oreos in our faces one week to strictly living off of green juice and salad the next, expecting our bodies to feel better and the weight to fall off instantly.
Sticking to those healthy habits is never easy, but it can be done.
We talked to Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, celebrity chef and author of "Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan To Detox, Fight Inflammation & Reset Your Body" and voice behind The Healthy Apple about training yourself to eat healthy and making the habits stick.
First off, we asked if it's even possible to change our habits for the better, and Valpone told us about her 10-year struggle with cracking the code to being healthy.
She used to struggle with various health issues on top of having Lyme disease, and that made it difficult for her to feel physically comfortable in her own skin.
Valpone had to make major lifestyle changes just to feel good in her body.
It took a long time to train herself to eat in a way that kept her body healthy and happy, but she did it.
And she explained how we can do it, too:
Eating healthy isn't complicated. You have to start by looking at your current diet and seeing what needs to change.
It will never work if you make a major switch cold turkey.
Why? Because even just cutting back on your daily intake on sugar or coffee will make you feel irritable and weird, making a relapse more likely.
Training yourself to eat healthy is a matter of getting your brain on board, too.
Valpone explained that any method of getting rid of chemicals in the body is a form of detox, even if it's just cutting out sugar.
Eat more of the foods that are good for you and less of the ones that are full of chemicals and sugar.
It's one thing to know how to change, but making those changes stick can be more difficult.
Valpone offered some awesome advice to make healthy habits stick:
It's true. Why would you screw up weeks of hard work with one weekend of crap eating and drinking?
How your body feels after eating healthy is way better than the taste of pizza.
We also asked Valpone what people should avoid when they're trying to change their lifestyles for the better.
And her advice doesn't just apply to what we eat and how we treat our bodies. It can apply to any aspect of life.
The main takeaways? Start with small changes. Make the changes stick by appreciating the results enough to avoid relapses. And stop comparing the health habits of others to yours.
Do what feels best for you, and the rest will fall into place.