Everybody knows that following a healthy diet is…well, basically it is about eating healthy foods. However, that can be easier said than done, otherwise we wouldn’t need advice and support to sometimes achieve nutritional balance. After all, eating well may make sense but knowing what is good for you does not always automatically translate into the reality of what your daily dietary intake is. What you need is a good serving of motivation!
The issue with plans, such as only eating healthy, nutritious foods, is that life has a habit of getting in the way. We get busy, our time is precious and mealtimes can sometimes be a quick bite to eat on the go; feeling our appetite rather than our nutritional needs. Not only that, but there is temptation all around us and it can be easy to stray from the path of dietary goodness when dietary badness is within such easy reach.
The answer lies in being motivated to keep healthy, and this is much more than feeling buoyed up, it is really about creating a feeling of wanting to eat well:
- Look at your reasons – Why do you want to eat healthier? Because you think you should? Staying motivated is about creating success and success comes from understanding your motivation to change your diet in the first place. If you’re not sure about what the reasons are try and and write them down.
- Focus on the results – Do you want to look and feel great because of some special occasion in the future, or to be able to achieve a certain lifestyle for a reason? Don’t just imagine your goals but actually experience what it will feel like once you see results. Keep this feeling of joy with you as you face the challenge of changing your diet for the better.
- Explore new foods – Healthy foods can be interesting, delicious, exciting, and exotic. If you see vegetables as a side to the main meal event then it is time to set off on a healthy food adventure, exploring different produce and ingredients from around the world.
- Discover a new way of eating – People often have a ritual when they eat, that’s why unhealthy eating patterns can so easily take hold. Where do you eat lunch for example? Do you sit down with a knife and fork and take your time? Eating slowly so you digest your food properly and enjoying the experience of eating is a great way to boost your motivation to make positive change.
- Re-invent mealtimes – As well as discovering new ways of eating, you can also transform mealtimes. You don’t have to be the odd-one-out, eating a bland, healthy meal while everyone else tucks into tasty treats. Instead, create shared meals that everyone can enjoy that are healthy and interesting; igniting what mealtimes are all about, a time of sitting down with others and sharing.
- Keep active – Exercise and a healthy diet go hand-in-hand. If you attempt one without the other your motivation will drop and you will struggle to succeed. It’s as simple as that.
- Meditate on the process – You know what point you are coming from, your reasons for wanting to change your diet, and you know where you want to go, but it is also important to be aware of the journey too. Spend time giving yourself the mental space to really digest what you are doing and integrate this new way of being into your whole personal and daily life. Motivation will naturally spring from this point.
- Simplify your diet – You don’t need to overcomplicate a healthy diet to overcompensate from the fact that you think you are ‘missing out’ somehow, which you are not. Nothing beats natural, fresh ingredients that work well together. The fact that you can create appetizing meals without too much effort really keeps you motivated too.
- Find inspiration – Seek and you shall find….inspiration and motivation that is. We all choose to see what we want to see to a certain extent and you can choose to see all those inspirational people who are leading fulfilling, healthy lives and those who have made a positive difference in their own dietary futures.
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