So you’ve made the decision to improve your diet and eat better, but you’re not really sure where to begin? First, I say kudos, and second, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Trying to change your diet can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to change.
Often, when we decide we want to eat better, we go all in, and try to change every aspect of our diet and live off of what we imagine the “perfect” diet looks like. Here’s the thing… the “perfect diet” doesn’t exist! For one thing, each and every person has different needs and preferences, and secondly a complete overhaul of your diet, generally doesn’t promote sustainability.
If you read my post about New Year’s Resolutions, you’ll know that I am a believer in taking baby steps, and allowing yourself some room for “imperfections”. When it comes to the diet, I believe that the best way to create sustainable, and long term improvements, is to focus on changing one aspect at a time. You can start by taking a look at your current diet, and choosing one meal a day that you can improve. For instance, breakfast is a common issue. People in our society tend to skip breakfast or just have coffee, or grab something quick, convenient, and less than nutritious. So focus on improving your breakfast habits, and commit to eating a nutritious breakfast every day for a week. Once you’ve got that down, try changing another habit.
If you need a little breakfast inspiration, here is one of my favourite breakfast recipes, and it only takes a few minutes!
- ½ cup steel cut or rolled oats
- 1 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tbs dark chocolate chips (just for fun!)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Dash of maple syrup to taste
- ½ cup almond (or other) milk
Mix together in a mason jar or small container and leave in the fridge overnight.
Grab from the fridge in the morning and eat!
For even more goodness, you may also wish to add some fresh berries in the morning.