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Healthy Nutrition Habits

Release Date: January 17, 2024

It is a new year, and many people are looking to make positive changes in their lives, especially with healthy eating. To achieve consistent healthy habits, it is important to create healthy nutrition habits that will stick with you in the long term. Here are some simple ways to help you stay on track with your healthy eating habits:

  • Create a plan. Set a goal and start with small changes that you can do daily. Journal to help you track progress and team up with a friend or colleague for support. Celebrate successes as you build positive habits and find additional ways to reach your goals.
  • Pack healthy snacks. If a healthy snack is convenient, you will be less likely to reach for sugary foods and beverages when you are hungry. Small healthy snacks like fruit, mixed nuts, and baby carrots will help throughout the day.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Hydration keeps your body working normally and helps reduce hunger cravings. Dehydration can cause you to believe you need to eat when you really need liquid intake. When you think you are hungry and start grabbing for snacks, opt for a glass of water first.
  • Be mindful. Be aware of mindless eating and consuming meals hurriedly or while multitasking. By eating mindfully, you can savor the flavors, textures, and aromas of your meals. This practice will help you become more attuned to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, which can prevent overeating and promote healthier food choices.
  • Plan for obstacles. You might experience setbacks along the way, but do not get discouraged. Try again the next day. Take the time to figure out how to overcome bad habits, which will give you confidence to make healthy changes the next time.

Always consult with your physician before starting any diet plan. If you have questions, please contact worklife@hq.dhs.gov. For additional resources, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s page on Improving Your Eating Habits.

Last Updated: 01/17/2024
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