What do you think of when you think of changing your life by finally taking control of your health?
For many people, getting healthy seems hard. They think of gross, tasteless health food. They think of not being able to eat some of their favorite foods. They can also see it as a chore, a struggle, or a hassle.
What would it take to start your road for healthier eating? What if I told you that you can be healthy without giving up everything you love? Would you be interested?
The feedback that I am getting from many of my readers is that you just don’t know where to begin. There is so much information out there, it is just so dang overwhelming.
I came up with 7 strategies to help jumpstart your road to healthier eating. These are the same steps I took during my personal transition to a lifestyle of health or what I like to call my healthstyle!
Everything always starts with mindset!
This applies to all areas of your life such as with business, friendships, work, personal development, and of course health! In order to get started effectively with healthier eating, it is imperative that you have a positive mindset.
You can be healthy! Thank about how great you will feel when you are filling your body with all the nutrients it needs! Imagine, all the energy you will have, not to mention being able to sleep better at night.
What is motivating you to eat healthier? If you believe you can be successful, you can achieve that success!
The key to any lifestyle change is to start small.
Think about a time in your life where you wanted to achieve something big, but got so overwhelmed that it all fell apart. Why do you think you failed?
Now, what if you wanted to achieve something, but instead of reaching for the ultimate goal, you decided to break it into small steps or changes? You would be more likely to be successful. The same goes for healthier eating. If you try to give up everything unhealthy that you absolutely love to eat, you are not going to stay motivated.
The key is to start with small goals and the motivation that comes with each small goal reached will keep you marching on and eventually leading you to the ultimate goal you set for yourself. It all starts small!
Plan a week’s worth of meals by putting together a menu.
How many times have you come home from a long day at work and had no clue what to make for dinner? That happened to me A LOT.
Before I began planning weekly menus, eating out was a regular occurrence. This is not healthy by any means (don’t give me the excuse that you went to a healthy fast food place like Subway because that doesn’t cut it!).
The key here is to plan ahead of time so you know exactly what to make and will be healthier because of it! Have fun and see what creative meals you can come up with!
Once you have your menu figured out for the week, make a shopping list!
The key here is to stick to it! This means no slipping in that chocolate bar just because you went down that aisle!
Creating a shopping list can also help you save money! Look for coupons for items on your list. A great way to do this is to go to the websites of the brands you usually purchase. Many of these websites have coupons you can print off. Double your savings for your healthy food by finding a corresponding coupon from the store!
Get healthy and save money by planning a week of meals, building a shopping list, and finding coupons!
Eat what you love!
Stick to healthier choices of food you love and don’t completely give up your favorites like pizza and ice cream right away! Maybe cut down these foods you love that are not healthy to one day a week only!
A boring or tasteless meal is not going to inspire you to continue on your journey to healthy eating! Plan your healthy eating menus so that you can enjoy your food and stay inspired.
Making healthy eating a mainstay of your lifestyle, you must make sure to have fun, party, and get creative!
When you are having fun, flexing your creative ability, throwing some parties, your motivation and inspiration level for sticking with your healthier eating plan will be 10x higher than making health food boring.
One lapse is not a relapse.
Okay, so your had a bad week. Get your butt back in gear and get next week’s menu planned and ready to go! Just because you did a bad week. This does not mean your healthy eating plan drop-out!
Your road to ultimate health may be a bumpy ride. However, you have the skills to keep picking yourself back up and get moving forward! Never QUIT!
Hope these 7 strategies help you on your road to healthier eating habits. These strategies may be cyclical and you may find yourself going back and starting over. It’s all a journey. As you keep moving you are getting closer to your ultimate goal. Pretty soon some habits will be formed and you may find yourself doing things you don’t think possible!
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of these 7 strategies? Do you have any other ideas you have found valuable that you can share with others who are currently struggling with improving their eating habits?
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