By Andrea Holwegner, Nutrition Expert & Professional Speaker
If you have felt in the past that healthy eating is about deprivation, realize that you don’t have to be perfect. In fact, I like to say that “imperfect is perfect.” Get over getting it right and move to a philosophy of eating just a little bit better. Challenge the stubborn voice in your head that tells you, “Go big, or go home,” because inevitably trying to make too much change will result in “Go big, and go home.” Instead, choose flexible nutrition goals that cause you to work a little bit on your food choices but are not absolute.
For example, if you drink lots of alcohol and are looking for strategies to help you reduce intake, you might consider setting a target number of drinks for a typical work week coupled with permission to take a vacation from this during the playoff hockey season and your summer holidays.
When you avoid “all or none” thinking, you can’t lose. You can still choose to get healthier without sacrificing social fun and the amazing taste of sugar, fat and salt (since even dietitians know these really do taste good).