One of the comments I often get from people who are looking to eat healthier overall who check out my methods as shared in my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!--eating healthy while still enjoying all your favorite comfort foods made over to their healthiest forms--is how are you able to do that ongoing?
It's easy! As a flexitarian (someone who eats a primarily, but not completely meatless diet), I enjoy all my favorite comfort foods made over to their healthiest, and usually meatless forms--things like cheeseburgers, BLTs, meatballs, chicken tenders, chicken caesar salad and more (all made over either mealess or to at least made other healthier forms) all the time, so I am never lacking anything. I also eat fish, carefully taking into account the mercury content, as well as lots of whole grains, vegetables, nuts, fat free or low fat dairy and fruit.
I am a very down to earth eater trying to help myself and others eat the comfort foods you are actually going to eat every day in better ways, not with some fancy recipe that is time-consuming and that you don't like!
Since we just passed the Easter holiday and Lent, I recently told one of my readers, think of it like this. If you, or someone you know observes Lent, they never eat meat or poultry, although they can eat fish on Fridays throughout that time period. Usually, people do a pretty good job of sticking with that meatless Fridays rule because they are practicing their religious beliefs.
Now turn that to thinking about your health as being sacred. Wouldn't it make sense that if you strongly believe in doing what you can to stay healthy and give your body the best possible chance to do that by supporting it with a healthy diet and exercise ongoing, you should be able to eventually commit to that belief?
So all you are doing is essentially eating the diet one would during Lent all year long (and I even have built-in "cheat times" since we're all only human). So if you or someone you know made it through Lent (and obviously a healthy diet is not religion-specific), congratulations, you've taken the first step towards more of a flexitarian diet. Whether you are looking to improve your health overall by going meatless most of the time, or just from time to time, why not keep that meatless Fridays focus beyond Easter and build upon it?
Instinctively we all know what is healthy eating, but it's usually our beliefs, habits and personal relationships with food that make it so tough to make changes and stick with them. That's why I share in this blog, my book and coaching so much of my personal experiences, and ways of changing your mindset, as that's what I find is really the biggest challenge about healthy eating.
Food for thought :)
--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com
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