7 killer ways to stay motivated in eating healthy

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. Usually, I don’t make a big deal out of the last situation, because I will notice the negative effects of this way of eating after a certain amount of time… I always 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.

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 healthy?

This step is key for me if I want to get back to eating healthy. Just like you, I love to feel good in my skin, I love to feel energized and I love not being sick all the time. All of these outcomes go back to your diet. You are what you eat, they say. 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 have some amazing tools to keep you motivated.

Seriously though, 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 that I didn’t know before. This 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 internet 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 a healthy eating lifestyle.

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 on 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. So don’t feel too bad if you find yourself eating something that you think isn’t healthy (at all).

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 about your ability to reach your goal

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 healthy and you WILL eat healthiy, 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,

15 responses to “7 killer ways to stay motivated in eating healthy”

  1. Nancy says:

    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!!!

    • Envelle says:

      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!).

  2. Jim says:

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

  3. daniella says:

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

  4. Delphine says:

    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

    • Envelle says:

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

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

  6. Annissa says:

    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.

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  8. Nicole says:

    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!

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