We all know how hard it can be to stick to healthy eating or diets when the weekend approaches, or when that sugar craving suddenly hits you…Starting a new healthy eating regime will always begin with the best intentions at heart, however its easy to fall off the wagon as the weekend approaches… or that bed time craving at 10pm suddenly appears.
Whether this is through an early rush of motivation loss, simply wanting to reward yourself with a cheat meal too early or the all famous saying of “just one wont hurt”. I am hear to help make your life a little bit easier when it comes to healthy eating, to make those bumps along the way a much smoother process!
#Tip 1 – Choose a diet or regime that you know you are going to enjoy and will work for you!
I cannot stress this enough! Too many diets fail too soon because they simply aren’t pleasant or maintainable. There’s no point choosing a diet that you know you won’t be able to stick to after the first week. Maybe you have been researching ‘diets to lose weight quick’, juice cleanses or vegetable diets that you KNOW will only lead you to hunger or feelings of fatigue mid-way through the day. However, you still choose it because of the alleged results. This will only take us back into that vicious circle of old bad habits…
So how do we avoid this? Find a diet or routine that is sustainable for you. It will vary for each individual, whether you are following a low carb diet, general clean eating or ‘more protein less carbs’ for example, as long as this suits your lifestyle, and you enjoy what you eat, it WILL work for you.
#Tip 2 – Keep track of what you are eating
Recording what you eat on a daily basis is highly motivating, while having the ability to keep you on track to meet your goals. This doesn’t have to be a tedious exercise, i.e. you don’t have to count calories, record the fat/carb/protein content of every mouthful… But by writing down what foods you have consumed at breakfast, lunch and dinner (and any snacks) allows you to compare each day, in which you can compare to your over all goal!
#Tip 3 – Motivate yourself everyday
Everyone has those mornings when the alarm goes off at 6:00am and all you want to do is bury yourself I your duvet, eat rubbish food and chill all day. Which sounds very appealing and the easier option… BUT you know you have set yourself the task of eating well. So how do we overcome this dilemma? All you have to do is go over WHY you want to eat healthy. This could be to lose weight, to become fitter, to feel healthier or even just to feel more confident…you name it. Write this list down and have it next to your bed or on the fridge to ensure you have the most productive day! Key tip – Read your list at vulnerable times of the day to keep you on track.
#Tip 4 – Educate yourself
Firstly, teaching yourself about the basic Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and how they work in your body is the first step in educating yourself on your nutrition. If you know what you are putting in your body, you will be more likely to eat more of the right foods because you know the benefits to your health.
Secondly, educate yourself on the difference between cravings (which you feel in your throat and mouth) and hunger (the empty feeling in your stomach). When you are actually hungry, you need food to satisfy these hunger feelings. Whereas cravings (or the desire to eat) are instinctive. To put a stop to these cravings….
- Drink water (1-2 glasses), as thirst can be confused with cravings
- Remover bad foods that you know you will crave from your house
- Eat more protein to ensure you feel fuller and satisfied for longer
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Hormones can be disrupted by a bad nights sleep, leading to strong cravings