7 killer ways to stay motivated in eating healthy

Posted in Health
on June 6, 2017

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 fun motivation:

“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

(http://www.cookingclassy.com/sheet-pan-honey-mustard-salmon-rainbow-veggies/)

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!

Be happy,

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15 Comments

  • Nancy

    Great tips! It’s hard to keep the motivation! I’m trying to do an elimination diet and have failed twice now. Restarted yesterday and determined to do it! I’ve been gluten free and mostly dairy free for years. Now, if I can kick sugar!!!

    June 7, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply
    • Envelle

      Hi Nancy! Thank you! I think you’re doing a really great job! You got this! You will succeed with the sugar part just like you did with being gluten (and dairy) free (which is quite an achievement if you ask me!).

      June 7, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Jim

    Jim Phipps-Carter
    Very well written Nancy keep it going to inspire others.

    June 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm Reply
    • Envelle

      Thanks!

      June 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm Reply
  • daniella

    It is important to eat healthy! I personally feel 100% better when I stick to eating healthy.

    June 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply
    • Envelle

      Hi Daniella, same here! I think that’s one good motivation to keep eating healthy.

      June 10, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Delphine

    Great tips! Sometimes I feel that eating healthy is all about removing things from my diet, which isn’t much fun, so this is more positive! Thank you

    June 10, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply
    • Envelle

      Yes, I get that. It’s all about changing your mindset. Overall, eating healthy will have a huge positive effect on your (daily) life!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply
  • Echoesofhervoice

    Wonderful tips! I think eating healthy is the key. Thank you for sharing!

    June 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply
    • Envelle

      Thank you for your comment!

      June 12, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Annissa

    It’s sometimes difficult to stay on track, but I try to surround myself with people who support how I eat and eat healthy themselves and that seems to help.

    June 12, 2017 at 1:51 am Reply
    • Envelle

      Thanks Annissa! Yes, I notice the exact same thing.

      June 12, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
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    June 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply
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      June 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Great tips!! It’s always after not eating healthy for just even a day I realize how much it matters what we put in our bodies!

    June 15, 2017 at 2:36 am Reply
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