After a summer of meals out and a few big parties here or there, I’m on a health kick and to kick start my health kick I take these three tips into consideration.
Tip 1: Set a healthy mind-set
What is important to you about changing the way that you eat?
Take a moment to think about why you want to change the way you eat and get clear on your motivation. It can be too easy to push yourself to be healthy because you feel you should be rather than want to be.
I should be slimmer, I should eat better, I should only eat organic food are just some examples of what you might be saying to yourself.
When we set goals from this place it makes it much easier for us to either not fully commit or to become despondent because we are not being true to our own desires and vision. If you think you should do something then it suggests that it is someone else’s vision, not your own.
What is important might be that you want to improve your energy levels, feel happier and more confident in your body. For me it’s about feeling my best and I know that when I eat the right food there’s no stopping me.
Tip 2: Set yourself up for success
How might you sabotage your new healthy eating lifestyle and what do you need to do to prevent that?
You need to make sure that your environment is supporting your new healthy eating goals and your long term vision.
Start by getting rid of any processed or junk food from your kitchen cupboards so that you have a clean slate to work from. Then take some time to think about the type of food which inspires you. This could mean reading different food blogs or treating yourself to a new cookbook full of recipes you can’t wait to try.
Stock up on all the ingredients you need to create new dishes with. You may be using some new ingredients that are not familiar to you, really look into why these ingredients are beneficial for your health. This will spur you on when you look back at why you have started to create a new health eating lifestyle.
When life gets busy or we have had guests, the foods that don’t serve me best tend to creep into the house and I know that if it’s there I will eat it. What works for me is to just chuck it straight out and make sure I have the fridge stocked with healthy foods I love.
Tip 3: One step at a time
What one small change feels like an effortless first step?
Take one step at a time, there can be a pressure to make huge changes within your eating habits quickly. Start with one food swap and get used to it before you move onto something else. This could be changing white potatoes for sweet potatoes, regular cooking oil for coconut oil or cows milk for almond milk.
Find those changes which feel easy, work with them and don’t expect everything to change overnight. You need to see this as a journey and eventually you will look at your eating habits and realise that your diet and approach to eating is how you wanted it to be when you first set your original goal.
I know that I have a mindset that wants to go to the extreme, like I’m gonna go on a three day fast or exercise every single day, but I know that this isn’t sustainable for me and means I only end up binging, so I resist the urge to go crazy and just make a few adjustments that are sustainable.
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