12 Ways To Better Eating: The Mental Approach

8 Aug

As I do, I was scouring the Internet last night looking for motivation.  I stumbled across the website www.cutandjacked.com and found some really interesting articles.  I think it’s pretty apparent that food is my downfall so of course I’m always looking for new recipes, healthy alternatives, and advice for clean eating.  There was an article called 12 Ways To Better Eating: The Mental Approach.  I found this article really informative and suggest anyone on the road to success check it out.  But, if you aren’t interested in reading the whole thing, here are a few highlights:

1.  Setting goals – set present, short term and long term goals.  Trying to do everything all at once can be overwhelming.  Especially if you are someone like me who has diet-commitment-issues.

2.  Have realistic expectations – you need to decide on a plan that is going to work with you, your current schedule, and your budget.  If you don’t, you will be unable to follow through with the diet and revert back to old habits.

3. Be proactive – make sure you don’t get yourself in a situation where you can make excuses.  Know where you are going to be throughout the day and plan your meals around that.  For example, if your job takes you on the road, make sure you pack healthy snacks like almonds or fruit.  Don’t allow yourself to have only the option of fast food.

4. Be consistent – people thrive when they have routines, so try to eat around the same time every day and create healthy habits.

5. Be flexible – yes I realize this sort of contradicts the previous statement, but lets face it, life happens.  Schedules change, emergencies occur and late night study sessions turn up.  Make sure if you find yourself in these situations you are prepared.  Expect the unexpected and make sure you carry healthy treats with you.  Protein bars, shakes, nuts and fruits are perfect for instances like these.

6. Don’t be hard on yourself – no one is perfect.  If you have a cheat meal or fall off track, just pick yourself off, dust yourself off and start again. 

7. Stick to your plan – you didn’t get overweight overnight, you will not lose weight or make changes overnight.  It takes time to develop healthy habits so just stick with it.

8. Have fun – find fun, various ways to keep yourself motivated like getting friends and family involved or joining a 5K or mud run.

9. Give yourself praise – reward yourself when you meet your goals, but avoid food as a reward.  Buy yourself something nice or get a mani/pedi and celebrate your accomplishments.

10. Don’t rush into this – people start with the best of intentions but try to do too much at once.  Again, you didn’t get overweight overnight, don’t expect to get instant results.  You won’t.  Be patient.

11. Focus on the journey and not the destination – enjoy the process of change and all the accomplishments along the way. 

12.  Measure success and make new goals – make yourself aware of accomplishments you make along your journey either by taking pics, measurements, body fat, weight (although not always the best measurement), speed, reps, weight-lifted, etc.  Once you’ve met a goal, make a new one and strive for success.

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