Start Small: 7-Day Healthy Diet Meal Plan

New Year’s Resolutions – they’re easy to make, and can be hard to keep. Often, failed resolutions are a side effect of “all-or-nothing” thinking. You know what I’m talking about. January 1st rolls around and you’re determined to make this the magic day that’s going to undo the 20, 30, or 40+ years of old eating habits. No chocolate, gluten, caffeine, or red meat for you!

First of all, this sounds like a miserable way to live (to me, anyway). Healthy eating doesn’t equate to deprivation. Secondly, it took you this long to create your current eating habits, and it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to be a changed person overnight. The good news is, you don’t HAVE to change everything overnight! You can have your cake and eat it too!

Small Changes = Long-Lasting Results

The key to success doesn’t require a “complete overhaul” – rather, it comes with small changes, multiple times a month, year, and everything thereafter. Have you ever heard the expression – “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” – the same applies to long lasting results.

So make this year different. Make this the year that you take small steps toward a healthier tomorrow. Don’t get tripped up on mistakes. No success in history has been earned without mistakes. Instead, focus on the positive. Sure, you “accidentally” had cake for breakfast and a margarita for lunch in the same day (in this scenario, “you” may hypothetically mean “I”), but that doesn’t mean your whole day is ruined. So remember, balance is key, and below is a week-long diet plan that can help get you started. Don’t worry, folks. I’ve never written a diet that doesn’t include a little ice cream. Enjoy!



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Debbie spends her time at the Anytime Fitness corporate office writing and designing web content for the brand’s fabulous franchisees and staff. She has a B.S. in Dietetics, has been NASM certified in personal training, and specializes in weight loss. Her outlook on health and wellness is driven by her own 120-pound weight loss: she is a realist who doesn’t believe in diets, believes strongly in chocolate, and maintaining a healthy, sustainable balance in life. She takes a passionate interest in mental health, positive body image, and self-love. She’s an avid creator of music and mother of cats. She also can’t keep plants alive.