Dieting can be a fickle thing. For starters, what works for you may not work for someone else. How long it works for you depends on your physical fitness habits, lifestyle, and bodily response to said diet. Not to mention the word “diet” generally has a negative connotation. What is a diet, though? A diet usually refers to a food program/regimen that can be followed temporarily or indefinitely. For most Americans who do not require a special diet to survive…diets are usually only followed until specific goals are met, or until given up on. Mostly the latter.
So, I use the term diet loosely. And we can talk about that another time. The real question is, if you are on a diet or have reached a point of healthy eating, what are ways you can keep progressing when life gets busy? Or when you go on vacation, or when your depressed, or under sleeping, or overworking? I bet you can recall a time when you were doing great for a few months, lost weight, built up your stamina, and gained some muscle, but something came along threw everything off.
Most times the first thing to go is your eating habits i.e., Actually eating more than once a day, not eating ice cream for every meal, those sorts of things–and then everything crumbles from there. In a world where everything is at your finger tips, its no surprise–you don’t have to drive but 5 min to get a cheeseburger if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook. Or just call Pizza Hut and have them bring the pizza to you!
The key to any kind of success, no matter what your attempting, is a game plan. Something that you can say “alright, this is how we’re going to do this!”
I know you want to succeed, so lets come up with some practical ideas for keeping up on your healthy eating habits, or maybe starting new ones:
- KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS: If you’re like me, you have certain triggers that make you crave certain things. When I am under sleeping I crave coffee, and lots of it. Coffee is fantastic by itself, but you can’t JUST get a coffee from Starbucks when a blueberry muffin would go with it perfectly… see where I’m going with this? Know what your triggers are, such as: stress, anxiety, depression, tiredness, work, relationships etc. (There’s a life lesson in there for so many things, lol, but more on that later…NEXT POINT!)
- BE PREPARED: If you know your triggers you can set up safeguards to protect you from stumbling. It’s okay to fail sometimes, but try failing right! If you know you’re going to need a comfort food because you’re a stress eater and under stress, buy something in advance to fall back on–preferably a more healthy option, but something that will still satisfy your need for sugar, salt, or whatever it may be.
- DO WHAT YOU’LL DO: It’ll only work if you’re willing to make it work. You’re setting yourself up for failure if you go from drinking pop everyday for 5 years to a no sugar, no salt, no carb, 900 calories a day diet. It’s just not going to work. Find healthy foods that you like, find meal options that you are okay with eating for a while, and alternatives for when things get stale. Make subtle changes that result in habit forming behaviors. It’s a journey of discovery, and what works for you may not work for someone else.
As the new year rolls in, it is a perfect time to put together a game plan that will help you take back your health! For general questions on food and nutrition, hit up the comments section, for more in depth conversation–see what we have to offer for nutritional support by inquiry!
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