Setting yourself up for success can easily be done by slowly adding more and more health foods to your diet instead of doing it in one-fell-swoop. Try taking small steps such as adding a salad to your diet and then slowly add more healthy foods. Preparing your own meals is not only easier on your wallet, but you are also more able to keep track of what goes into your food. Replace bad foods with healthy alternatives such as replacing foods made with animal fats with ones made with vegetable fats. Read the labels and avoid foods with high amounts of salts and sugars. Drink plenty of water as well is it keeps you from being dehydrated and cleans your body of harmful toxins.
You should only eat enough food as your body needs. When you are finished with a meal you should feel satisfied, not bloated. Try to limit the portion size of your meals and if hungry at the end of a meal, fill up on healthy foods such as vegetables like celery or carrots or some other fruit or vegetables that you enjoy the taste of. Take your time eating because eating slower allows your brain to register that you have had enough to eat. Instead of eating a little bit at a time several times a day, eat scheduled meals. If you have others that live with you, try eating at the same time they do.
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients. They are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber which are all part of a balanced diet. Green vegetables are often very tasty if prepared correctly as well as the yellow vegetable such as corn, squash, onions, carrots, and beets. Fruits contain a lot of vitamin C and other beneficial vitamins and can even be a great addition to a morning whole grain cereal.
Whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and barley. When buying products that contain whole grains, make sure to read the package carefully as some products contain only partial whole grains and the rest is unhealthy carbs such as white flour.