3 Easy Ways to Keep You On Track to a Healthy Diet


By Monique Zamir, BounceBack Editorial Staff

After a relationship breakup or divorce, it’s easy to turn to your comfort foods to help ease your mind from the emotional pain you’re going through; foods like chocolate, ice cream or fast food are easily obtainable and extraordinarily satisfying, but can make you feel regretful in the long-run, particularly when you realize you weigh slightly more than you thought you did. Well, it’s not as difficult as you think it is to maintain a healthier and just as satisfying diet.


Here are three tips to stay on track and maintain the perfect weight while you recover from heartbreak


Indulge in Your Own Snacks 
Unless you’re in an area filled with health-conscious individuals, it can be difficult to find healthy and tasty snacks when you’re craving a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Things like fruits and vegetables with any healthy dip, whether it be carrots and hummus or apples and peanut butter, are both tasty and nutritionally satisfying snacks. Likewise, getting some plain or strained yogurt and adding some honey (add granola and/or fresh berries for added satisfaction) is a delicious way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving without terrible added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Just be sure to pay attention to the kind of yogurt you get; many of the flavored ones have things like high fructose corn syrup in them, which is detrimental to a healthy diet.


Enjoy your Foods
If you force yourself to eat things you hate, but you know are good, you won’t get anywhere you want to be. Either you’ll give up and go back to bad foods that you love or you’ll be eating good foods that you hate and remain unhappy and unsatisfied. Instead, try different kinds of foods until you find things that are both healthy and delectable. Hate broccoli? Try cauliflower or spinach, or maybe just try preparing it differently. Maybe you hate it raw but you’ll like it steamed or in a stir fry.


Make Small Changes
It can be extraordinarily easy to make healthier changes in your diet. Instead of eating white bread, try whole wheat (again, check for added sugars before making your purchase). Don’t like whole wheat? You have a plethora of other options - try out sour dough, rye or twelve-grain. All give you more nutrients then white bread does. Also, try avoiding things like dairy products from animals with added hormones. Products from grass-fed cows are optimal, as are products without Genetically Modified Organisms (certified organic products never contain GMO’s).


A healthy diet is made by your ability to maintain it. It’s all about approachability. When you take it on in small, easy steps like these, keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle becomes easier, especially when under the emotional strain from a breakup or divorce.


Monique is a writer and recent college graduate transitioning to the working world. She currently resides in New York.