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All good diet plans require some forethought. Keep an eye out for healthy food recipes you would like to try and make a shopping list before you go to the store so you know exactly what you are buying. Having a solid meal plan will help cut down on impulse buys and high calorie choices you might make.
Do a little research into healthy food recipes. You can look on the Internet, buy a cookbook or ask friends for their favorite choices. Start building a core group of meals that you can make that are both healthy and enjoyable. You can add to them over time as you come across things that you like. Make sure to keep it varied and try to include plenty of fruits and vegetables.
When you decide on some recipes that you would like to try, take a look at your schedule for the week and plan your meals for each day. Once you have an idea of what ingredients you need, it is time to make a shopping list for the grocery store.
The shopping list is a wonderful tool for your diet plan. Try to break the list down into sections, such as dairy, meats, fruits and vegetables and snacks so you will save time. Avoid buying items that are not on the list, especially if they are things that might tempt you such as cookies or chips. If you do this each week, you will cut down on the amount of high calorie or high fat foods you are eating and replace them with healthier choices in a relatively short time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|