Anyone starting on a diet may already be at a disadvantage unknowingly. If you are surrounded by the “wrong” foods, you are making it harder for yourself. The point of a diet is to achieve a particular goal which helps to improve your health. If the food options you have available are not conducive to your goal, you will have unnecessary obstacles to navigate.
On the other hand, surrounding yourself with the “right” foods offers many potential benefits. Having only what you plan to include in your healthy eating plan with few exceptions, limits your options. It is hard to consume above your carb limit when all you have to choose from are sound sources. Junk food cravings are what derail many people, and if you have no unhealthy food around, you have just made your task a little easier.
Be very careful with the foods you surround yourself with. Stick to the 80/20 rule – make sure at least 80% of what you have available are healthy foods. Determine your staples, and build your meals around them…
- for carbs, this will be complex sources, like whole-grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- for proteins, this will include lean meats, eggs, and plain or Greek yogurt.
- as for fats, it can be tricky to consume the best sources strictly, but you will be fine as long as you control your portion sizes. You can’t go wrong with a handful of mixed nuts a couple of times a day to get your essential fats.
Also, make sure you always do your grocery shopping after having one of your regular meals. You are much more likely to purchase what you do not need to include in your “healthy” meal plan if you are shopping on an empty stomach. You have probably noticed this already.
Never allow a few poor choices to undermine your progress. If you are on a diet or trying to improve your health, it is as simple as surrounding yourself with the “right” foods.