The temptation never seems to go away. From the delicious smell of baked treats at your local coffee shop to the unhealthy dinners out with friends, your will power is constantly put to the test as you try to make a healthier life for yourself. And even though you regret it the minute you finish consuming your indulgent snack or meal, you continue to give in time and time again.
Even when you plan to make a healthier life for yourself, constantly giving in to temptations can set you back day after day. But there is a hope for your diet, and you can reach your goals. Each day you wake up is a new day to start trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The number one way to do this is by setting some goals for yourself and focusing ahead instead of behind.
Here are a few tips to help you look back as a motivator and look forward to a healthier you!
- Create a plan for your day – To make sure you do not consume more than your fair share, you will want to create a plan for your day. This will help when you get a craving for food and will teach your body how to fill up on the good stuff so that you are not full on the bad stuff later on. Diets, such as the zone diet or other portion-control diets, offer easy plans to follow to allow you to manage your intake a bit easier.
- Think ahead about your meals for the week – When you head to the grocery store for the first time since planning your switch to a new lifestyle, there is a lot of excitement around what you will buy and what you need to avoid. To make sure you get everything you need, and only the items you need, create a meal plan for the week and a grocery list to support those plans. As you get better at your daily and weekly meals, you will not need a list; in the beginning, though, it is a good way to focus your new buying efforts.
- Allow yourself to cheat once in a while – It is unreasonable to think that you will never reach for a brownie or pasta dish again. Instead of focusing on what you cannot have, allow yourself specific times where you can cheat on your meal plan. Once your body gets more used to eating healthy, it will stop craving the bad stuff, and you may even forget about your cheat time. In the beginning, however, focusing on a time where you plan to cheat on your diet will help you to feel less restricted and ultimately keep you on a healthier course.
- Look back when faced with temptation – You will be faced with temptation. The desire to revert back to your old ways will not go away soon, and may come back to haunt you more frequently than you would like. But looking back and recognizing the progress you have made can help. Do this and focus on the negative feelings you had both physically and emotionally after you ate poorly. This will help you renew your mindset and keep you on track for success.
As you start on the path toward healthy eating, keep in mind your past behaviors and how they made you feel. Focusing on the negative aspects of eating poorly instead of how much you miss the taste of a treat can help you to steer clear of the calorie-packed and nutrition-free foods. Instead, as your body changes, you will appreciate the changes and become increasingly motivated to eat well.
About the Author:
Joyce Del Rosario is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Nutrition Courses and Personal Training Courses. When not working, Joyce blogs about health and fitness.