More and more people are trying to become more and more educated about the right foods to eat. Most are also about to start trimming off some extra pounds gained over the holidays, or get beach-ready for a moment in the sun. Eating better is hard, and many people get frustrated, fall short or give up. Don’t let that be you this time.Here are some key ways to make your eat better stick and become a lifestyle change rather than a diet.
1. Set Goals. It starts by having clear and realistic goals for yourself. Write a list of things you want to change about your diet. Change your perspective and think of this as though your are adding healthier options rather than taking out unhealthy options. Also, incorporate goals that you may have regarding your body and plan your diet around those goals. I recommend setting present goals, short term, and long term goals. If you try and do everything all at once you can be overwhelmed and want to quit. You have to realize that all good things take time and its about taking it one day at a time because this isn’t a race. You may also want to write reasons why you want to make a change your eating habits. Im a firm believer in writing down my goals. This has been key to shifting my mindset and gaining confidence . You might share your goals with others who will help you meet them. You can put your goals where others can see them at places like the fridge or the wall to motivate you to work harder. This will also get others behind you and involved in your new routine. As you achieve your goals, check them off. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and add excitement leading to your next goal. Treat yourself to something nice once you hit one of your goals.
2. Set Realistic Expectations. You need to be realistic when setting up the parameters of your new diet. Your plan needs to work for you and your situation.We all have different schedules and different struggles. It needs to fit your schedule and your budget. If you don’t follow your budget, your cooking costs will get too high and you will have to withdraw from the routine you have set forth. If you don’t cook for your schedule and your eating times you will find yourself without food and scrambling to find a healthy choice. This will cause you to reach for anything ,everything , and in result, you will feel tired. So be realistic with time, and give yourself extra time to prepare food, or have food pre-packed. Make time for it. Also, know that obstacles that can and will come into your path from time to time to derail you and your progress. Consider that this will not be easy and will just happen not happen overnight. This takes work. It’s worth it.
3. Be Proactive. Make a list of healthy foods you enjoy and what you want to eat for the week. Decide what foods you can and will take with you to work, in the car, school, etc. You can create entire menus revolving around where you will be at what time of the day. Never give yourself an excuse to not have something available for you to eat, no matter where you are when you are supposed to have a meal. Always keep healthy foods on hand. If you don’t you will probably eat whatever is available at the time whether it be fast food, office treats, etc. This can throw off a diet plan and get you in the habit of making bad food choices and eat whatever is fast and convenient. Know where you will be at what time of the day, when you are open to cook, to eat, to shop for groceries, and plan accordingly. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
4. Consistency is key. Most people respond well to consistency. Some want to stop when things get tough and more busy. The key to your results will reflect on your daily actions. The moment you don’t let things that come up get in the way, you will feel transformation. Think of a personal mantra and say it to yourself when you find moments of weakness near. Call or message someone in your accountability group. Make a plan and stick to it. Try to eat at around the same times daily and keep to the same portion size and caloric intake and always aim for 5-7 meals a day. Your body will recognize this pattern and in turn keep your metabolism burning and your energy levels will stay high. You will feel better, and fall into a healthier routine. It is easy to sabotage yourself by grabbing nasty snacks to meet uncontrolled cravings. The time you spend on planning and consistency is a true investment that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
5. Be flexible. Of course, even the best plans fall short at times. Life can sometimes get the best of all of us. Sometimes your eating routines need to change, your plans change, or you end up missing your usual dinner. Where you can, try to plan ahead for these events and have items on hand you can take with you when you’re in a rush or are eating out. Example: Bag of almonds, protein bars and shakes, fresh fruit. Also, educate yourself on nutrition through the internet, books, and magazines. You can use this knowledge to help you improvise and find foods that are compatible with your diet, for example if you are out with friends or stuck with no time to cook. Find items that are less time consuming that you can take with you in a pinch. Or simply plan for a cheat treat and make up for it somewhere else during the week.
6. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect and we all share different struggles. If you mess up, miss a few meals, or even have a bad couple of days, just pick yourself up and get back on track. You’re doing this for you, and the added stress of not living up to your own expectations can lead to a total diet derailment. Being healthy and eating healthy does not mean you can’t enjoy foods not on your meal plan. So don’t be so hard on yourself. You can do this and be sure to tell yourself this enough.
There are many reasons as to why our self control starts from within. But applying these daily practices will not only change your life, but they will also get you into the habit of changing your mindset. To live a healthy lifestyle is never easy. In order to enjoy this lifestyle with all the ups and downs, we must enjoy the process and the journey on the way to our destination. Once we hit our destination we immediately look to the next mountain top and we either want more, or worst case scenario we think that we have accomplished all we need to and we relax on all of the things that got us there in the first place. Take pride in small victories along the way because they all matter.Now go out and make a difference in your life today!! Did you enjoy this article? Would you like to receive more support from me on a daily basis?! Comment or email me at Jaclyn@TheFitHairdresser.com