I used to eat a lot of potato chips, pizza, macaroni and cheese, McDonald's and drink tons of soda. You'll notice that there weren't a lot of fruits or vegetables in my previous diet. Fast forward a few months, and now I try to eat several servings of fruit and veggies a day.
A typical day now is:
Breakfast: yogurt or applesauce (I sometimes add 10-15 almonds to my yogurt)
Snack: carrots and/or apple slices
Lunch: salad (with light or fat free dressing), a sandwich (with cheese, mustard and spinach - no mayo!), carrots and/or apple slices
Snack: light or fat free cottage cheese with tomatoes and salt and pepper, or a snack size bag of microwave popcorn
Dinner: chicken, brown rice, and vegetables, or stirfry, always a salad and sometimes more carrots and/or apple slices (can you tell what fruits and vegetables I do like?)
Desert: Weight Watchers or Skinny Cow ice cream snacks - so far every treat I've tried is delicious
I also drink a LOT of water. I decided when I changed my eating habits that I wanted to eat my calories, not drink them, and I happen to like water so this is not hard for me.
I know what you're thinking, and yes, I do eat a lot - and there are several things I could do even better in regards to my eating habits, but trust me when I tell you that I am eating so much better now than I was 4-5 months ago. Not only am I eating better, but I feel better as well. I still occassionally have a burger and fries from McDonald's, but that is an exception rather than the norm, and I can tell the difference when I do.
I have found that what is easiest for me is to have my snacks ready to at. So, yes, I spend more on pre-sliced apples than a person should - but if all I have to do is reach my hand in the bag and pull out an apple slice, that's just as easing as reaching in and pulling out a potato chip, but it's better and much more filling. I have tried to make healthy eating as convenient as possible for myself so that I'm more likely to stick with it.
What do you do to make healthy eating a habit for you?