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Healthy Eating Tip: Take a Three-Day Approach

I know we all strive to eat a balanced diet that's abundant with fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, but some days, that just doesn't happen. Maybe yesterday your co-worker brought in some homemade buttery scones topped with drizzles of icing. It's perfectly fine to enjoy foods like that, but just balance them out with other food choices you make later.

It doesn't have to be that day, but you can work on creating a balanced diet over three days. So if you missed a food group yesterday, be sure to include it today or tomorrow. If you eat a bunch of high fat foods one night, go for low fat foods the next. This approach is great so you don't feel pressured to eat healthy every minute of your life, and most importantly, you don't end up feeling deprived. It allows you to enjoy treats every so often, but encourages you to have a generally healthy diet.

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V-for-Victoria V-for-Victoria 8 years
It's exactly what I do, with both good foods and bad.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Its a good idea, and sensible. I don't eat junk but like..for instance, if we have something like pasta one night, for sure the next I am more likely to make tuna and veggies, etc. Its about balance. Food is not evil, its just a matter of being mindful of what you eat, and how your body responds to it. Being in Europe showed me how other cultures end up NOT overweight: by having what they want, but at appropriate times, at a slower pace, and in smaller portions.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
That's pretty much what I do, except it's usually for the next meal instead of the next day. I don't like to be the type to just decide to pig out on a bunch of junk just because I might eat something "bad" once. I think it makes more sense just to have better food the next meal or snack instead of seeing it as failure.
mymaria mymaria 8 years
Fit, I feel like you're reading my mind. I was going to ask you about this yesterday but ran out of time! I kind of went overboard on Tues night and had a lot to eat (it was glorious though) and then the next day skipped breakfast (not to starve myself, I was actually still full) and just tried to be extra healthy the next day and was wondering if that helped balance it out at all. Your post helps put it all in perspective. It's especially good for those times when you are running low on produce right before you go to the store, just eat up once you finally buy more fruit! Thanks again for a great post.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
This is a great idea! I've sort of tried to do this, but I've never seen it written out as an actual plan!
HipMom HipMom 8 years
This is a really great tip, Fit! I tend to kind of an "all or nothing" person and that can become quite unhealthy when it applies to food. This tip allows one to indulge every now and then and not obsess if the diet isn't 100% perfect every day.
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