Changing life-long habits, especially diet, is not easy. Leslie Beck offers these tips for helping with a transition to brain-healthy eating:

Start with one or two changes a week.

Choose something that totally makes sense to you. For example, maybe you rarely have salmon but you really like it, so make a plan to include it in your diet regularly.

Set small goals and make them very specific.

Don’t just say I’m going to eat a healthier diet. List off exactly how you’re going to do it. And then build on your plan, gradually over time.

Focus on adding healthy foods to your diet

rather than setting a bunch of restrictions about what you shouldn’t eat. By the time you’ve eaten all the healthy new foods, you may find yourself with no appetite left for the less healthy options.