Once January hits we are all guilty of starting to think about our weight and all the desserts we indulged during the holidays. Instead of a quick diet, or committing yourself to a month of hitting the gym and then stop going, why not commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle all year around? This year is your chance to change your attitude towards diets and making nutrition your new bestie.
Here are my 4 tips how I am committing to a healthier lifestyle all year around.
Don’t Do it Alone
My biggest mistake when I first started thinking about a healthier lifestyle is that I tried to do it alone. You don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to a nutritionist and let them guide you with your approach to healthier eating. They will also help you define your eating habits and what you should eliminate from your diet and what you need to add.
Don’t be Scale Obsessed
When you start eating healthier you will also lose weight naturally because you are eliminating all the junk you used to eat from your meals. Don’t depend on your scale to determine if your healthy eating is going well. What to look for is how you are feeling overall. Are you more energetic, less bloated and feeling like your stress levels have minimized? Looking at the scale and how much you weigh each time will give you stress. Focus on eating better and not at losing weight. That will come with time.
Be More Self-Aware of What You Eat
In order to eat healthier, you have to be more aware about the food you are eating- what you are cooking at home and what you are ordering when eating out. Making small changes is key. For example, I used to buy unhealthy snacks all the time. Now, when I go to the grocery I opt for healthy snacks like edamame and fruits. You can also make your own healthy snacks by looking up recipes on Pinterest. When you start to change the way you order and prepare food at home, the rest will slowly fall into place.
The first couple of weeks will be really hard for you to maintain your clean eating habits, but do not give up. I struggled the first couple of weeks of eating healthier, and even to this day I still challenge myself when I come across desserts. With clean eating you are always going through waves and that is totally okay. It is not an easy thing to do. All that matters is that overall you are making healthier eating choices. No one expects you to change overnight. Have that donut once in a while.