Millions of people start their year with a resolution like healthy eating. For instance, many want to eat better, and that’s a good option. However, it’s not so simple. When people focus on this, they seem to get caught up with extremes. The minute the new year hits, they are focused on throwing out everything in their fridge and cupboard, and want to make sure that they are doing everything in their power to chase a new path towards eating right. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel better, eat better, and enjoy greater options, but it’s difficult to maintain this enthusiasm. It’s why many fail.
If you want to approach healthy eating and don’t want to slip into old ways, consider the following steps for gradually changing for the better.
Focus On Setting Smaller Goals
Instead of defining your next step as, healthy eating, think about smaller goals. For instance, think about eating a better breakfast. This is the starting point for every day, and can be accomplished with relative ease. From there, work your way upwards to lunch, and then dinner. This shouldn’t be done all at once, but rather focus on a task for 1 week at a time, and then slowly introduce a secondary one as you feel comfortable. If you do this slowly, your body will adapt easier, your mind will balance out, and you will not associate healthy living with extremes.
Start Excluding Things
As you start to focus on smaller goals, start incorporating things that are healthy for you on a daily basis. For instance, eat an apple a day. Snack, but only eat a piece of fruit, or perhaps skip the morning latte. Curtail your drinking at night and instead, drink water. Write down a list of things that you want to avoid, and start checking them off as you avoid them. You can build a healthier lifestyle, and get really healthy if you exclude items and write down a checklist of things you want to do and avoid at the same time. The balance will help you maintain your momentum.
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Set New Goals As You Go
When you cross over into a new goal with your plan of eating healthier, make sure that you set up a new goal. For instance, if you have gone 3 weeks or so without eating sugary snack foods, set up a goal to avoid alcohol at night, or perhaps avoid soda. Find a new goal after you’ve done well with other things for some time. By adding more and more goals to your list as you cross previous goals out, you will have milestones that are going to keep you motivated, even when healthy eating becomes a bit stale or monotonous.
At the end of the day, the best way to ensure that you’re eating better, is to tell people. Tell the world, and you’ll find that you will have a lot of people that are willing to help you by keeping you accountable. They’ll constantly ask about how your progress is, and encourage you to keep things up. It all starts with baby steps, and slowly becomes a run, if you keep at it.
Remember: healthy eating can help us feel happier