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Eat happy: A boot-camp approach to cleaning up my eating habits

10 things I did to try to "eat very right"

by Gretchen Rubin  |  14209 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Speaking of Tasti D-Lite, it’s a good example of how something that’s allegedly healthier for you can actually lead you to make less healthy choices. I would never, in a million years, eat an ice-cream cone every day. But because Tasti D-Lite doesn’t “count” as ice cream, or a “real” dessert, I eat a ton of it.

In the same way, when I gave up fake food, I realized that although I’d never eat a candy bar every day, I was eating “health bars” every day, when I would have been better off eating real food, like soup or salad or a smoothie, instead.

Have you found any tips to help yourself to "Eat very right"?

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In her blog, The Happiness Project (, Gretchen Rubin recounts her daily adventures as she test-drives the wisdom of the ages and current scientific research about how to be happier.

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    Flag as inappropriate Posted by llzzmm9 on 3rd September 2011

  • I believe that cleaning up your diet is a great way to lose weight. I have always had a clean diet and worked out, my boyfriend is a personal trainer and he says this is key.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Pandora on 20th January 2011

  • Thanks, i thought I am one of those few strange women who find it tough to lose weight. I have also started a diet regime to keep off the high cal food...its been almost 10 -15 days now and my weighing scale only has shifted by 2 pounds!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by early_quick on 8th September 2009

  • Thanks for this. I am going back to Basic myself - I get up at 4am every morning and do PT (even don my Army PT uniform to do it) outside in the early morning darkness. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm nuts. That being said, my approach to a basic training diet was way more stringent than what you've outlined. Given that most hot, military food is inedible at best, I survived off of cereal (three bowls a day) and salad. Cereal for breakfast and then add a salad for lunch and dinner using the safest looking items on the salad bar.

    My reality is that, if I'm not marching everywhere from dusk til dawn on top of pretending that my cooking is as bad as the DFAC, my "Back to Basic" routine won't have the same yield that real military training and deployments do...but it will - and has - given results. Truly, it's about sustaining the mindset, not the austere lifestyle. If I could do it for months at a time in a military environment, then I can change my mindset at home and fall into a similar routine, right?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Phe on 19th May 2009