Sometimes, strict rules are meant to be broken. It’s time to ease up and redirect our food discipline into something more positive and fulfilling.
STRICT RULE #1
“Eat as few added sugars as possible.”
Replace this rule with: Eat as many fruits as possible to satisfy that sweet tooth! Consume a variety of whole foods and cook as many meals as possible from scratch instead of purchasing pre-packaged meals and snacks.
STRICT RULE #2
“Limit your number of daily calories.”
Replace this rule with: Eat as many nutrient-dense whole foods as you can, it will fill you up faster and, in the long run, becomes less damaging to occasionally indulge in a dessert or treat.
STRICT RULE #3
“You must work out 5-7 times a week.”
Replace this rule with: Exercise as often as possible, but give it your all when you do and find an activity that you love. Squeezing in an hour sweat session just 3 times a week can be more effective than a quick jog every day.
STRICT RULE #4
“The less carbs, the better.”
Replace this rule with: Consume a variety of whole grains and starchy vegetables like whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, beans, and potatoes. These complex carbohydrates are excellent sources of nutrients and will keep you feeling fuller for longer while keeping blood sugar levels stable.
STRICT RULE #5
“Don’t let them eat cake.”
Replace this rule with: All in moderation; no food should be restricted or labeled “off-limits”. When you consume a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, it will be less damaging when you treat yourself to that slice birthday cake or those Christmas cookies. Just remember portion sizes!
MODERATION, VARIETY, AND BALANCE ARE THE KEYS FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Remember: food is fuel. It is such a positive thing to be able to nourish our bodies with nutrients that give us energy, boost our mood, and allow us to live a healthy life.
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Kimberly Mugler, RDN, LDN is a Philadelphia-based dietitian who is on a mission to spread health and wellness to individuals of all ages and backgrounds through a health eating philosophy of balance, variety, and moderation along with an active lifestyle. By focusing on mindfulness, Kimberly helps others develop a positive relationship with food by understanding that healthy eating is about discovering foods that fuel their bodies, not eliminating certain foods to maintain a what they perceive to be a healthy lifestyle.