How many times have you pledged to eat healthier? And how soon after have you fallen off the healthy-eating wagon? For a lot of us, eating healthy is an evolving, imperfect process that will probably last our whole lives. We have our bouts of kale salads and green juices, and then we also have our pizza-and-burger moments. And hey, that's okay—we're not here to judge, and we hope you won't judge us either. You might not always be able to stick to your healthy eating plan, but at least you're making an effort.
But eating better is not just about grocery shopping and cooking. It involves your lifestyle and habits. That's why Erica Zellner, MS, a health coach at Parsley Health, recommends starting small. You don't have to feel like you have to do a complete 180 at the beginning. "Choose a starting point that’s so easy you can't fail! And then slowly challenge yourself," she says. "My most successful patients understand that change is a marathon, not a sprint. It's truly about changing your behavior patterns, rather than making individual changes. By slowly creating a lifestyle that supports health, you'll escape the need to rely on willpower (a finite resource) and be successful because your entire day is organized around the habits that make you the best version of yourself!"