For this reason, when it comes to building healthier eating habits, so many experts recommend approaching the process one small step at a time. Instead of clearing out your entire kitchen and declaring you’ll eat nothing but salad from this day forward, it’s more effective to progressively add nutritious foods into your meals, while at the same time, slowly phasing the less nutritious foods out. The former strategy usually leads to feelings of overwhelming frustration and deprivation, and ultimately a crash-and-burn type of failure, while the latter teaches us to embrace a balanced diet by reinforcing healthy eating habits that we can sustain over the long-term.
Billy Polson, a C.S.C.S. trainer and owner of DIAKADI Fitness Performance Facility in San Francisco, explains this idea in simple terms: “Making a few small changes in our daily diet can make a big difference in the long run,” he said.
Here, he shares some of his favorite “healthy food swaps,” providing suggestions for more nutritious and satisfying options for each meal of the day. In addition to maintaining a regular exercise routine, getting adequate amounts of sleep and effectively managing your stress, by including these healthier selections in your diet more regularly you’re sure to see more progress towards all your health and fitness goals. Just remember, plan to phase these swaps into your diet gradually, instead of trying to tackle all of them at once.