Making dietary changes is a goal of almost every person in our society today, however, when it comes down to it, it's just plain hard to stick to. Either we aren’t enjoying what we eat, we feel strapped for time to create a balanced and nutrient-rich meal, we don’t cook at all, we make too many changes at once and it gets overwhelming and unsustainable, or we simply don’t know what to do to actually feel better and maintain a healthy weight. One thing is for sure: you are what you eat!
You may have noticed that what you eat affects how you feel. Shortly after eating, or even long-term, we can make connections that what we are eating is either causing some issues or giving us a vibrant, energy-filled life. We may be able to make connections to our headaches, sleep disturbances, poor energy levels, and even mood if we just start to monitor what happens after we eat certain foods such as sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, processed foods high in fat, and sodium, and even for some people meat or fibrous vegetables.
Remember to make change slowly so that you can adjust and keep sustainable habits that will last your whole life. Making too many changes at once or taking uninspired action leads to burnout and eventually backsliding into previous habits. Sustainable habits are often years in the making, so be patient.