You find yourself disappointed in your food choice again. You want to eat healthier.
But you don’t know how you will make time to prepare and cook or possibly even where to start.
You can’t just keep eating the same things over and over, constantly feeling drained, unfulfilled and tired forever can you?
You want to make a change.
But where do you start?
You don’t just become a culinary expert overnight. Nor do you have the time or resources to become one.
The key to nutritional mastery, is to make very subtle changes slowly over time just like it is in all aspects of life.
Nutrition is very much a psychological game which, if changed too much too soon at once, becomes a frustrating circle of stop start frustration.
The usual and most common method of nutritional change, or undertaking a new diet goes generally something like this:
- Motivation to start is high
- Diet abided successfully for 1-7 days
- Novelty of starting new diet wears off
- ‘Just have one day off and start again tomorrow’
- Old habits creep back in
- Previous routine starts to take over and resumes
- Back to square one feeling disappointed and frustrated with self
Unless you have a plan which keeps you in check, your willpower and motivation to succeed is stronger than eating empty calories and you do not try to change too much too quickly, your chances of success are much greater.
Otherwise, creating new eating HABITS is the key.
Try and change one thing at a time.
Drink too many calorie filled sugary drinks?
Opt for a zero calorie drink. Better still, drink sparkling water with some added flavour so you still get your ‘fizz kick’.
Eating too many late night snacks?
Stop buying them, put a time on what time you will stop eating.
Not enough vegetables in your diet?
Commit to 2-3 meals a week where you have vegetables.
Just make one of those changes. Or any change. Keep everything else the same.
Form the new habit first, then make the next change.
This obviously takes some brutal honesty within yourself, and where you are coming up short.
It does also require commitment and willpower, but it becomes much more manageable psychologically.
This way of eating is an alternative method of a traditional ‘create a shopping list full of healthy foods’ and try to eat better.
It might take longer to see your desired results BUT you are making lifestyle changes that you can carry on into the rest of your life.
As opposed to going on a crash diet, feeling frustrated, going round in circles and never really being able to commit.
The most important part of any nutritional change is forming a habit.
Once the habit is engraved into your mind, you will automatically begin to make improved choices without even thinking about it.
Choose one change you’d like to make today.
Get to work on it for 30 days. Succeed. Choose another.
In 12 months you will be living a completely different lifestyle.