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Think Your Way to Healthy Eating

A teen learns how to change her thinking about eating well and loses weight.

Step 6: Be Kind to Yourself continued...

"Don't try to do anything unhealthy," she says.

Favret says: Yes -- don't aim for perfection.

"Look at it as if you're trying to be the healthiest person you can be within your genetic frame rather than focus on a certain weight that you want to get to that may or may not be appropriate for your body type," she says.

It's also OK to be less than "perfect" when it comes to eating. Healthy eating doesn't mean banishing yourself to a life of only veggies and no cake. You don't have to think of it that way.

"There is certainly room to have some of your treat foods and to eat some things that are not 'healthy,'" Favret says. So have some cake at a birthday party, or go for pizza with friends. Just make your portions reasonable and don't have these foods every day.

You're looking to make these changes something you can live with, over the long haul, she says. It all goes back to having small, achievable goals to make changes you can keep up for a lifetime.

 

This article was changed after its initial publication.

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Reviewed on September 12, 2011