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Small changes lead to big results

Friday, November 16, 2012

I know that trying to implement an all out change to my eating habits and exercise routine immediately just won't work. In order for me to slowly modify my former habits and maintian a healthier lifestyle I'm going to have to make small changes that yield a big impact first.
What can I give up easily? Soda. No problem there, I've never been one to buy it that often for the household and there are just so many other things I enjoy drinking that I can easily give that up. Honestly, I should probably go the extra step and limit my children's intake of soda even more as well. I could encourage them to have juice with their meals if we eat out (even if it might cost me a bit more since soda is often the only drink you can get free refills).
I've done fairly well with incorporating a breakfast into my daily routine, particularly when I am at work. What I usually have is either oatmeal or Greek yogurt. I know that the instant oatmeal is not the very best choice, but it's better than nothing at all. What I can do is make it with soy milk instead of plain water. In addition, I need to have more fresh fruit on hand daily to go with my breakfast---I'm doing ok with that, but could be more consistent.
Another small change that I've put into place is substituting wheat bread for the white. I used to buy wheat bread for myself and white sandwich bread for the kids, but I've just gone ahead and eliminated the white bread all together. They've adjusted fine. I also don't use white sugar anymore for my tea or coffee, but have substituted that with honey or agave nectar. I need to do more research to see if any of these substitutes can be used in recipes that normally require sugar.
I'm pleased with these little changes and am continuing to evaluate my food shopping habits and meal planning to see what other adjustments I can make.
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    Yes, I feel less overwhelmed by using the 'one thing at a time' approach and I do agree, starting the day right with a heatlthy breakfast does help set the tone for the remainder of the day. For the first time in a long time, I'm finally seeing some results.
    1770 days ago
    One of the books I read when I first started was called Change One. It encouraged you to change one thing at a time. I started with exercise because that was easy for me to make a habit and then I went on to my meals. First I revamped breakfast and when that became habit I moved on to the next meal. The funny thing was I was starting my day out with a healthy breakfast & didn't want to ruin what I started and the other meals and snacks were a little easier to change. I know this doesn't work for everyone but I know it did wonders for me.
    1774 days ago
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