Healthy eating isn't only a choice, it's a lifestyle. When I say I know how tough it can be to commit and transform your life for the better, I mean it. You go grocery shopping and the bakery section is basically smacking you in the face saying "come over here, we have the goods!" Or the dessert table at the party you went to last night looks absolutely divine and it almost felt like a felony passing it up. I'm not saying to completely shut out all forms of sugars, but keep in mind healthy ones are way better and more beneficial than artificial ones. Furthermore, we all need a little secretive treat every now and then. I won't say anything if you don't say anything. My good friend from Balanced Habits partnered up with me to give you the best 9 habits to maintain healthy eating. Below you will get a sneak peak to habits I follow to ensure I live my healthiest, happiest lifestyle. Happy healthy living, my friend!
“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” – Author John Irving.
How fanatical are you about creating healthy eating habits? To assist you, we’ve put together 9 tips that will help you meet all your healthy eating goals…
#1 Write out a list of benefits – List the areas of your life that will be improved. Write down everything from how you look in pictures to the diseases you’ll be less likely to contract. Keep this list close by and refer to if often.
#2 Write out a list of your unbalanced habits formula that is balanced – What unbalanced habits do want to balance? Do you hide sweets around the house? Do you “stress eat”? Whatever habit you want to defeat, write it down.
#3 Remind yourself of what happens if you don’t succeed – What will your future look like? Where will your energy level and self-confidence be? Remind yourself what happens if you continue with the status quo.
#4 Visualize your success – Imagine how good you’ll feel when you accomplish your goals. Visualize yourself making healthy and smart choices every step of the way.
#5 Use “if” and “then” – Let’s say one of your unbalanced habits is you love sweets. You create an “if” and “then” statement like the following: “If I have a craving for chocolate, then I will have an orange or apple instead.
#6 Don’t give up the ship if you spring a leak – If you give into temptation, don’t let it affect your overall healthy eating goal. Forgive yourself and refocus on the task at hand.
#7 Don’t go it alone – Enlist the help of family and friends. Partner up with a like-minded buddy.
#8 Don’t break the chain – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s goal was to write a joke every day. Putting an “X” on a calendar every day he did, he challenged himself not to “break the chain.” Why not do the same thing when it comes to eating healthy? Every time you have a 100% successful day put an “X” on your calendar.
#9 Think up healthy ways to reward yourself – Reward yourself when you succeed. And if you reward yourself with food, make the reward a fruit smoothie, not a large pizza.