It is never too late to make some positive changes in your life. Scientific studies increasingly show that much of the damage from bad habits can be reversed if we develop new habits and stick with them. Here are some tips for improving your diet:
First, Feed Your Mind
Many of us grew up with a lot of rigid ideas about “good” foods and “bad” foods. New research is overturning many of the things we were taught growing up. Before you set about cleaning up your diet, first just start reading more about the latest research into diet and nutrition. It will both free you of common misconceptions and help you feel like this is more do-able than you might think now.
Shoot for Progress, Not Perfection
For many people, one obstacle to developing better habits is perfectionism. They decide to make everything they put in their mouth super healthy. Then, the first time they stumble, they feel like failures and simply give in and give up.
This will go much better if you just try to gradually improve your diet. It might help to think of it as if you are kicking a bad habit like smoking. Everyone knows that tapering off is much easier than going cold turkey. The same is true for dietary changes.
Track Your Progress
People are terrible at mentally keep track of real change. We lose five pounds and quickly feel our current weight is our “normal” weight and always was, even though this is not true. A food journal can help you figure out not only how far you still have to go, but exactly how far you have already come. On hard days, counting your forward progress can be a huge help for staying the course.
With people living longer than ever, middle age is absolutely not late to develop new eating habits that will stand you in good stead for decades to come. It can help to read up before you eat up, don’t let perfectionism get in your way and keep a written record.