Healthy Food

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What can be done?
Instead of assuming that people not eating healthy just lack the right nutritional information or lack willpower and motivation, better appreciation of their stressful and busy lifestyle might offer more effective solutions.

A healthy eating plan for busy people needs to be easy-to-start and easy-to-follow. If a fast-food eater's brain -- due to plasticity -- has been trained to crave unhealthy foods, re-training of the brain of the compulsive eater or unhealthy eater will have to be done. This seems complicated, but it is not. It requires some understanding of brain plasticity and implementation of smarter solutions to re-train the brain in order to break bad eating habits and develop healthier habits.

Once a healthy eating plan has been chosen, taking action and continued practice can make the new healthy eating habit permanent. This process may take more time, but the healthy-eating changes can be sustainable long-term.

These are healthy eating guidelines for busy people:

1. Make healthy eating changes easy-to-start. Instead of going 'cold turkey' and attempting to quit eating super-sized fast-food meals rapidly, one can make simple, sustainable changes to one's unhealthy diet slowly.

For example, people eating super-sized fast foods often can start by eating one less super-sized, fast-food meal. They can exchange it with one regular-sized fast food meal and one serving of healthy salad, fruit or vegetables. In a week or two -- as they re-train their brain and taste buds -- they can exchange one fast-food meal completely with a healthy meal. They can continue to increase the proportion of healthy food versus junk food -- one meal and one snack at a time -- until they are eating healthy food most of the time. This process can take some time, but the changes can be more sustainable.

Occasional cheating by eating an unhealthy food from time to time can happen, but healthy eating should always be resumed afterward. Healthy...
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