Hi HiP friends!
For the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about how to turn unhealthy eating habits into healthy eating habits.
Since the holidays I’ve been having a hard time getting back into my usual routine.
I’ve been eating whatever I want.
I’ve been working out, but haven’t seen a lot of results from my workouts because of what I’m eating.
I’m now upset with myself for eating “whatever” I want because this year I had a goal of not gaining any weight during the holidays.
My plan was to indulge. But not too much.
I didn’t want this year to be a repeat of last year when I gained 7lbs. Unfortunately, I did gain. I gained 5lbs to be exact. Ugh!
Five pounds may not seem like a lot, but I could feel it in my energy levels, in the way my clothes fit, and I could even see it in pictures.
I just didn’t feel good.
What’s most discouraging is, it’s not so much the extra bit of weight that bothers me as it is not being able to accomplish the goal I had set for myself. (although I do get frustrated when my clothes don’t fit anymore or are too tight to breathe in)
Not achieving my goal started really getting me down on myself.
What a disappointment! Why was I so stupid? Why can’t I just not eat food that’s unhealthy? I know better!
I’m sure you’re all familiar with this vicious cycle and it’s just not productive. Negative self-talk doesn’t help a thing.
I just needed to turn things around, a fresh start.
Here are 3 super easy things I did to change my mindset and start back down the path of eating healthier again, they are surprisingly easy and I know you can do them too!
#1 Ask yourself why?
- Why am I eating this when I know it doesn’t make me feel good afterwards?
- Why am I not eating the foods that will give me more of the energy and nutrition that I need?
- Why am I not taking time to prepare foods for myself and/or my family that are healthier?
- Why is eating healthy not a priority for me when I know how important it is?
- Why would I not want to look and feel my best? Be the best me I can be?
You may be surprised by how motivating asking and answering these questions to yourself can be.
There really aren’t any good answers.
Asking yourself things like this helps you see the bigger picture, what’s most important and that whatever your excuse is, it’s not good enough.
I like the taste. (of donuts, chips, butter, bread, pasta, etc.) You think that tasting good is more important than being nutritious? It’s more important than getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients? It’s more important than eating food that helps maintain and repair your brain, muscles, hair, and skin? What is the food you’re eating actually doing for your body?
I don’t have time. So you’re saying you don’t have time to prepare/eat food that will give you MORE energy and nutrition? Yes, healthy eating can take more time to prepare, but what good is having extra time on your hands if you’re not healthy or don’t have energy?
It’s too expensive. The health and well-being of yourself and/or family are not worth the investment? (and BTW healthy eating can be affordable when you put a little effort into it)
My family is too picky about what they’ll eat. So you just let everyone eat whatever they want, healthy or not? Or worse, you’re encouraging unhealthy eating by the foods you bring into the home for your family? If you don’t train your family to develop healthy eating habits, who will?
I was telling myself things like this and it really did make me start thinking more about what I was putting into my body and bringing into the home for my family to eat.
I’m sure you have a million excuses as to why you aren’t eating healthier (I sure do), and of course some of them are completely legit, but those should be the exceptions, not the rule.
The majority of our food choices should be healthy choices.
I’m not one to say you can never indulge, because we all know that’s not good either. I just want you to think about why what you put into your mouth matters.
We may think we are enjoying that donut, when in fact, we are cheating ourselves out of some really fantastic healthy benefits that are far more valuable than the two minutes of satisfaction that come from eating that donut.
#2 Just do it!
Yes, just like Nike, Just Do it!
Don’t accept your excuses.
Figure out a way to bring healthier food options into the home and still enjoy eating. (cause if you don’t like it I can guarantee you won’t keep it up as a habit for long)
Farid and I went grocery shopping to stock up on fruits, veggies, snacks, etc., then I pulled out my Vitamix and made a Cucumber Celery green juice.
The recipe I made was from Vitamix.com and it was not only refreshing, it was really delicious too!
And the best part, it was super simple to make! If you don’t have a Vitamix (which I highly recommend) any blender will do, it just may be a bit chunkier.
Ingredients (full recipe on Vitamix.com)
- ½ cup (120 ml) water
- 1 cucumber, quartered
- 1½ stalks celery, diced
- 2 apples, seeded, cored, quartere
- 2 cups (60 g) kale, chopped
- 1 inch (3 cm) fresh ginger root (I didn’t have any ginger so I just skipped it this time)
I do love being able to walk into a place like Pressed Juicery and walk out with a drink in hand, no effort on my part required, however, that can get expensive and it is not always feasible to run out to a store.
Making your own at home is also a great alternative!
I plan on making some type of healthy green juice every day to ensure I’m getting enough of the nutrients my body needs.
My family hasn’t exactly embraced my juicing, but they aren’t complaining that I switched out the chips in their lunches with baked chips. (baby steps)
Putting a little extra effort into food preparation can make a huge difference in the quality of what you eat and are serving your family.
#3 Get inspired!
Research information on what foods you should be eating so you know what to buy when you go shopping.
I bought the Zero Belly Fat magazine. It’s jammed full of information and recipes! And I love the way the meal options are laid out. That’s the main reason I purchased it.
You can get recipes all over the place, but this plan is already laid out and does all the thinking for you. Just from reviewing what I have so far, I’m sure that if you just stick with their recommendations you will see results.
I’ve only been following it for 2 days and already feel better. It’s very filling and I have way more energy! (now we’ll see if the scale goes back down in the next couple of weeks)
This zero belly fat program has really inspired me and when I start feeling demotivated, I pull the magazine out and it gets me going again. Helps me stay on track!
Last but not least, don’t give up!
I had a great day today! I started off with my green juice.
I skipped the donuts, bagels and mini cinnamon rolls that were set out at work and just grabbed a banana from the snack cart to eat.
Ate low fat chicken salad lettuce wraps with a side of red pepper for my lunch.
I was feeling better than I had in a while and really had more energy!
I was so proud of myself for being so healthy all day.
But when I arrived home, I saw that a dear sweet friend had dropped off a box of my favorite Spinners cinnamon rolls.
I couldn’t resist! I ate half of one. (they’re huge so half was still quite a lot)
After I ate it I got upset at myself for not sticking with my healthy eating goals.
I felt as if I had ruined my efforts. I was feeling defeated.
I had to remind myself that slip ups will happen and that’s OK. At least I didn’t eat them at work AND at home right?!
Today was still a success.
Now that’s the power of positive self-talk!
Any effort you make, no matter how small, is totally worth it!
It’s a journey and if you don’t start on the journey, how will you ever get to your destination?
- Question your choices
- Take action
- Find something that inspires you!
These 3 simple tips can be life changing.
Little changes in your daily habits can lead to big results!
Maybe you have some simple tips that could also help lead us to permanent healthy habits? Please take a moment to share your ideas with us in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
Have a great week and stay happy because…
Happy is always Pretty