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Healthy Eating Jump-Start Day 20: Treat yourself Add to ...

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DAY 20: Treat yourself

You’ve almost done it – conquered The Globe and Mail’s Healthy Eating Jump-Start and mastered some healthy habits along the way. Today, it’s time to indulge yourself. Plan for a splurge you enjoy – be it cookies, cake, ice cream, French fries or, better yet, dark chocolate. (Do this along with getting your whole grains, fruit, vegetables, water, vegetarian protein foods and watching your sodium, of course).

To maintain healthy eating habits, it’s important that you don’t feel deprived. As soon as you put a food on a forbidden list, it becomes more desirable. When you’re stressed or bored you're more likely to crave what’s taboo – a feeling that can lead to bingeing.

Make this weekly treat part of your ongoing eating plan. The occasional indulgence won’t hinder your ability to eat healthfully – or lose weight for that matter.

Missed earlier days? It's easy to get caught up.

DAY 19: Go for whole grains

DAY 18: Don't eat after 8 p.m.

DAY 17: Eat an afternoon snack

DAY 16: Track your calories

DAY 15: Ban sugary drinks

DAY 14: Eat an orange vegetable

DAY 13: Add ground flaxseed to your diet

DAY 12: Eat one vegetarian meal

DAY 11: Pass on the salt

DAY 10: Plan next week’s meals in advance

DAY 9: Eat a leafy green vegetable

DAY 8: Drink a cup of green tea

DAY 7: Snack on fruit

DAY 6: Use a smaller plate

DAY 5: Eat more veggies

DAY 4: Practise eating slowly

DAY 3: Boost fibre at breakfast

DAY 2: Drink a large glass of water before each meal

DAY 1: Keep a food diary for the next seven days

 

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