In theory, maintaining a healthy, wholesome diet on a regular basis is simple, but of course, doing so doesn't come without plenty of obstacles to conquer.
"We make over 200 food choices a day, which gives us many opportunities to make unwise or unintended decisions," says Lisa Rutledge, registered dietitian and author of The Debunking Dietitian.
This, on top of other challenges like time and cost, sometimes makes eating healthy seem almost unmanageable.
"Long commutes, long work days, busy schedules, kids, spouses, and other activities are all common challenges," says Lisa Hugh, a registered dietitian and creator of "Single Ingredient Groceries."
"Shopping and cooking are chores that can be pushed aside by eating out, eating on the run, skipping meals, eating fast food, and drinking too much caffeine."
Maybe you can't find a way around your long work day or an extra busy schedule, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo healthy eating entirely.
Rutledge says the most important thing to remember is that healthy eating doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" type of situation.
If you want to improve upon your habits, though, you do need to make sure that you're really ready to start making some changes.
"If you are looking to make changes to your eating habits it's important to have a source of motivation," Rutledge said. "Wanting to change something and being ready to make the change are two different things. Keep changes small and easy enough to carry out."
And when you are ready, you can use these tips to help make healthy eating easier than ever before.
- Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times
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