So now you may be asking,
"How do I start?"
Getting started can be the biggest roadblock you encounter. The first thing to do is to evaluate your lifestyle and eating habits to determine what exactly you'll need to change. A few important points in improving your health are:
Of course, you don't need to do everything at once. Beginning a healthy lifestyle is a gradual transition, and you should progress at a pace that you're comfortable with.
- Eat three solid meals a day. Don't just snack a lot or eat only when you're hungry. A static eating "schedule" will give you more energy and keep your body in good shape.
- Don't skip breakfast! Many teens will get up in the morning and race off to school without thinking about eating. Try to make breakfast part of your daily schedule. Eating breakfast wakes your body up and puts your mind in it's best form for the day ahead. You don't necesarily have to prepare anything difficult; a bowl of cold cereal, oatmeal, or scrambled eggs will do fine.
- Try to keep away from greasy, fatty foods. These foods are hard to digest, as well as being very fattening, and will clog up your system. An occasional "splurge" won't hurt you very much, but you should never rely on this type of food for nutrition.
- Use self-restraint when eating sweets, candy, ice cream, etc. Treats are best when saved for dessert, and even then in moderation.