Keep the Good, Trash the Bad

Nobody’s perfect. And no one has the perfect diet. If you are looking for that then this post is not for you. However, if you are looking for a way to improve the way you eat this one IS for you. Especially, if you are scared of making any drastic changes.

When it comes to eating better you must follow one simple rule. “Keep the good and trash the bad”

What does that mean?

It refers to maintaining the healthy foods already in your diet and ditching the unhealthy ones. Sounds easy right? Wrong! The concept may appear easy enough but for most people the process is hard. That’s because you’re doing it incorrectly. Getting to better health isn’t as easy as just eating healthy and not eating unhealthy foods.

Our bodies do not respond to drastic changes. It often overreacts and replaces logic with survival instinct. When we get into survival instinct our bodies think we are in danger and it will do anything to convince us to do whatever we have to do to get out of the situation we’re in and get back to where we were where it was nice and comforting. Usually, that’s whatever situation we we’re in before the survival instinct kicked in.

Take it from me, survival instinct isn’t exactly the healthiest space you want to be in. Instead our body needs to transition to better eating and that takes time and patience. Believe it or not this is really good news because most people find it difficult to maintain drastic changes to their diet anyway. They often revert to their old habits and lose any progress they might’ve made very quickly.

Here’s what you can try:

Instead of starting out your new diet having a cheat day during the week, start by having a “health” day.

  • Starting with one day of the week, eat a variety of foods that meet the daily requirements of a well-balanced diet.
  • Each month, add an additional healthy day and maintain that for the month.
  • After 6 months, you will have maintained a well balanced diet for 6 days of the week and have one cheat day.
  • Use the health days to also research more about new healthy recipes, superfoods, and other things that have to do with wellness.
  • Combine this with a 6-month fitness program for maximal benefits.

Before you know it you’ll have a brand new lifestyle that makes you look and feel great!

Remember, keep the good and trash the bad!

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13 thoughts on “Keep the Good, Trash the Bad

  1. Great post! It reminds me of another piece of eating advice I love, which is to choose foods with the highest ratios of nutrients to energy. Foods like fish, legumes and green leafy vegetables fit this bill.

  2. Such crucial advice. Once people decide to make a change, they seem to go the drastic route and try to change everything overnight. If you are one that did that and is able to keep it up, I command you. But most people will resent it soon enough and cheat so much on their cheat day that they will nullify all the progress made. Plus, like you said, our body freaks out if there is a 360 degree change.

    1. Great way to put it! As someone who has tried so many things that were once so foreign to me, I’ve learned that if you learn to be patient you’ll see much more lasting results. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is great! I like the keep the good and trash the bad concelt. I recently did a 3 day sugar free meal plan and documented why, what and how I did it. Would love to hear your thoughts on those. I also love your health day idea. Going to use that for sure! Thanks:)

    1. I think short term diets are great to help you realize the benefits of how better you feel when you practice healthier habits. However, a long term plan should also be in effect or else we are prone to fall back into old habits. It’s just human nature! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I like your thoughts! Out of curiosity, what ways to choose health would you recommend for a person with very low income? “Trash” food is quite cheaper and sometimes most of the food a person or family can afford. What would you recommend?

    1. Generally, it is the bad habits that cause us to overspend that elude us into thinking we need the cheap stuff. More often than not we consume more of bad foods because of the addictive properties of it and the fact that we eat only for the sake of pleasure and not to fuel our bodies with the proper nutrition. When you start to eat better you begin to notice you don’t need “more” you just need a wider variety of nutrients that you’re body wasn’t getting. As a result, the signal to stop eating never really triggers correctly. Change the way you eat and you will learn the value of supplying your body with adequate nutrition and how it saves you money in the long run. Stay tuned, I will post an article on how to stay plant based on a budget if you’re interested in learning more. Thanks for your time!

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