Changing your diet is never easy – especially when it means giving up some of your favorite foods. Sure, it helps to know that your efforts will be rewarded as you begin to look and feel better, but temptations and old habits may still threaten to land you right back where you started. In order to successfully eliminate the toxic five from your diet, follow these three steps…
Step 1: Be Definitive
Nothing in life is accomplished without definitiveness of purpose, and this applies to fat loss and diet reform as much as it does for running a successful business or writing a novel. Define exactly what your ideal diet is and then live by this definition.
Step 2: Form New Habits
You don’t need will power to succeed. All you need is to tap into your inborn ability to create new habits. Put new daily habits in place that support your diet changes and be consistent until the new habits take hold. You know you’re capable of forming habits – you once utilized habits to establish an unhealthy diet—so now put those habit-forming skills to work in your favor.
Step 3: The 80% Rule
You’re not perfect, none of us are, so build some flexibility into your new diet. Rather than getting caught in a game of all-or-nothing, allow yourself some wiggle room. If you keep the toxic five out of your diet 80% of the time you’ll lose weight and will make great strides towards the goals that you’ve set for yourself.
This simple, Chicken, Fruit & Spinach Salad is the perfect, fast dinner recipe to keep you and your family on track with your healthy eating goals. It’s as quick as going through a drive thru and the taste will have you coming back for more. Enjoy nutritious spinach, protein-packed chicken and sweet, fiber-filled fruit tossed with a homemade, wholesome dressing. Yums!
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- Stevia to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- dash of salt and pepper
- 2 cups shredded roasted chicken
- 1 organic apple, chopped
- 2 organic celery stalks, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 cup organic, red grapes, halved
- 4 cups baby spinach
- In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, stevia, Dijon, salt and pepper.
- In a medium bowl combine the chicken, apple, celery, mint and grapes. Toss with the dressing.
- Prepare each plate with a pile of spinach. Top with the chicken salad mixture.