Even with your best intentions of eating healthy, you may be making diet mistakes without even knowing it.
What diet mistakes are you making with your “healthy” eating?
1. Skipping Breakfast
2. Not Eating Often Enough
Going too long in between meals. Similar to mistake #1, when you go too long in between meals you are likely to make an unhealthy choice or overeat at your next meal. Eating healthy snacks can help keep your energy levels up and help make more conscious decisions at mealtime.
It is important to eat balanced snacks throughout the day to avoid overeating later in the day due to feeling deprived or feeling overly hungry. Take a look at this roasted chickpeas recipe to try as a filling snack.
3. Defaulting to Salads on the Menu
Ideally, making your own salad is the best way to include a variety of lean protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fats. Take a look at our recipe database for a variety of healthy salads. We especially like mason jar salads like this Greek Mason Jar Salad recipe.
4. Not Staying Hydrated
One of our favorite tips is to make mocktails and drink them for a fun as a flavorful beverage option. Take a look at this mojito mocktail recipe.
5. Quitting Sugar and Cutting Out All Sweets.
6. Failing to Make Plans
Not being prepared. As with anything, planning ahead, having snacks and meals cooked is the key to being successful. We all have great intentions until you get busy at work, your child comes down with the flu, or you have financial stress. The more you are prepared for what could be a busy week, the more likely you are to stay on track.
Meal planning is one of the best things that you can do to improve your eating. We can help you with our mayhem to mealtime program and can even provide individualized, customized meal planning.
7. Boredom and Stress Eating
Here are some things to be aware of to help determine if you are bored or stress eating.
- Eating when you are not hungry.
- Being disconnected from your hunger and fullness signals, learn more about reconnecting your hunger and fullness cues by looking at the intuitive eating blogs below.
- Multi-tasking when you are eating and not paying attention to your eating. For instance, if you are watching a computer, phone, or TV screen while you are eating, you may be boreded or stress eating. Take a look at this popular blog Multi-tasking Mindful vs Mindless Eating
You may feel like you’re doing everything right and maybe you haven’t been making any of these diet mistakes, but you’re not making any progress toward your goals. You’ve changed your eating, you’re working out, but you’re exhausted and feel like a hamster on a wheel.
We want to offer you an alternative solution. To step away from the dieting hamster wheel and to pursue a healthy relationship with food through intuitive eating. Unlike dieting, intuitive eating can give you long-term success while avoiding the pitfalls of dieting.
We have so many blogs on learning how to eat more intuitively. Take a look at these to help you re-connect your hunger and fullness signals and to learn to trust your body and feel so much better!
- Intuitive Eating and Your Weight
- Exploring Diet Culture and a Society Obsessed with Weight
- Practice Intuitive Eating and Gentle Nutrition
- Hunger and Fullness Hormones: Ghrelin and Leptin
Watch this video on What is Intuitive Eating to help you break free from dieting and get off of the diet roller coaster.:
8. Not Asking for Help
Also take a look at our new nutrition book filled with expert nutrition tips from our team of Registered Dietitians: Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating
Blog reviewed and updated March 2020.
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.