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Healthy Eating: Staying With Your Plan

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Eating one healthy meal isn't hard. It's not even hard to eat three healthy meals in a single day. The hard part is making changes in your daily life so that you start eating healthy every day—and keep eating healthy every day.

If you're having problems staying with your plan, don't worry. You're not alone. You'll be glad to hear that there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to get yourself back on track and stay there.

Let's begin with these key ideas:

If you haven't started a healthy eating plan yet, it may be helpful to read:

How do you stay with a healthy eating plan?

Update your goals

When you first started your healthy eating plan, you probably had one or more big goals in mind, like controlling your high blood pressure or lowering your cholesterol.

Are those goals the same today? Or do you need to change them?

Getting past slip-ups

Everyone has slip-ups. But there's a difference between slipping up and giving up. Going back to your old eating habits for a while is a slip-up. It doesn't mean that you're a failure.

When you slip up, don't get mad at yourself or feel guilty. Think of it as a learning experience. Figure out what happened. Why did you stop? Think of ways to get yourself going again. Learn from your slip-ups so that you can keep on toward your goal of eating healthy.

For some common reasons for slip-ups, and suggested solutions, see:

Tips for maintaining your healthy eating plan

Remember that healthy eating means eating a wide variety of foods in the right amount:

Credits for Healthy Eating: Staying With Your Plan

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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