Hi, and welcome to the post of today!
I have periods in my life where I’m really good at eating healthy, and periods where all that “healthy eating” moves down on my priority list. I usually don’t make a big deal out of the last situation, because I will notice the negative effects after a certain amount of time… so I find myself jumping right back eventually. But! Not with some effort. Sometimes I just lack the motivation, because eating unhealthy is easier… that’s what I tell myself though. Of course, that’s not the case (be on the lookout for a post about this!).
If I want to be back to eating healthy, most of the time I ask myself a very simple question. Here comes:
Why do I want to eat healthily?
And my answer to that is always:
“Because I want to feel good, be energetic, prevent/heal sickness and provide my body with the right fuel to perform at its best.”
And since I’m a mom, I add the part below for some extra
“I have to set an example for my kids and at the same time prepare or give them food that nourishes their little bodies and keeps them healthy, happy and energized.”
Every time I tell myself this (mantra much?), a feeling of guilt washes over me, and I’m ready to start eating healthy again. So it’s important to ask yourself this question in order to get your focus back.
Yes! The first move is made. Now onto the next steps:
Read about healthy eating
Knowledge is power, right? If you have knowledge about what you should and shouldn’t eat, you’ll most likely make the decision to eat healthily (again) a lot easier. And how wonderful is the fact that you’re never done learning? Every time I read something about nutrition, I always come across so many things I didn’t know, which helps me a ton in motivating myself to eat healthy again.
Surround yourself with it
I know that sounds a bit weird, but you have to surround yourself with factors that promote a healthy eating lifestyle. Pictures of unhealthy choices of food won’t motivate you to get loads of veggies in. Rather the opposite. Same goes for the people you are talking to on a daily basis. Try to interact with people who are in the same situation as you are, or join some groups on the net to get yourself the motivation you need. Even reading about other peoples struggles in healthy eating (and how they overcame them) will help you. You are definitely not alone in this!
Solve a problem with healthy eating
For me, it’s IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I can’t tolerate gluten and/or sugar very well, and I’ve noticed that if I’m on a healthy diet, I feel a lot better. Not only helps healthy eating with IBS, it helps with so many other things, and it doesn’t have to be an illness you’re dealing with. If you want:
- a clear(er) skin
- more energy/vitality
- to lose weight
- an active mind
- more happiness in your body
you’ll be on the right track if you take the (first) step in befriending healthy and delicious foods.
Make healthy eating exciting
That’s right! Don’t eat the same over and over… Search for new recipes, new ways to incorporate certain foods into your meals and draw inspiration from the millions of colorful pictures displaying healthy deliciousness. I mean, I don’t know about you, but… yes, one plate of that, please
Have mercy with yourself
Nobody goes from 0 to 10 in a day, a week or even a month. Eating healthy is a process and acknowledging that fact will help you stay motivated. If you expect yourself to eat completely healthy from day one on, you will be disappointed. Guaranteed.
You will slip sometimes and you will lose focus; you should expect that to happen. That sounds kinda harsh, but I just want to prepare you for reality. However, if you persist and get up every time you stumble and fall, you will get more and more stable on this path and you will beat the tendency to fall on your face (in a cupcake) like it’s no one’s bizniz.
Hold on a minute… even though I just told you that you should expect to make a slip at times, it’s VERY important to:
Have positive thoughts
Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it, especially if you find yourself off the track for the “gazillionth” time. You CAN eat healthily and you WILL eat healthily, but it just takes some time. Just hop on the train again (for the gazillionth time) if you’re ready. You have nothing to lose, rather, you have all kinds of positive results coming your way.
Now I really want to know what you do to stay motivated in maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. Let’s get some conversations going!