Hello readers! I’ve been posting a lot of recipes lately, so I wanted to take a moment and switch gears. It’s time to talk about something else besides an awesome gluten free muffin or an amazing steak. I can give you the best recipes until they’re officially top-secret, but how are you going to implement them? How are you going to stay on track with your diet and exercise regiment? If you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, or don’t know where to begin, today’s post has your name written all over it. Today, I’m going to give you some of my top food tips for getting and staying in shape
Write It Out
I’m a writer
(duh). And for me, I need to write out my goals and how I will specifically achieve them. When I first started getting healthy, I kept a food journal at my office desk. After each meal, I would log what I ate and its caloric quality. Over time, I also started listing what type of food I was eating, as I realized that 1600 calories of complete carbohydrate affected my body very differently from 1600 calories of total protein.
Writing out what I ate really helped me put in perspective what I was eating on a daily basis. I also learned my trigger points, like that I had a weakness for sugar during the brief time between getting home from work and hitting the gym. I also learned how to better space out my meals, and create a more balanced and inclusive diet. Keeping a food log may seem weird or cumbersome at first, but once you start noticing changes in your eating habits and body you’ll be addicted. I still keep a log from time to time when I feel like I’m not making the best eating choices.
Try New Foods and Recipes
One of the reasons I think people get bored with healthy eating is they eat the same foods and meals over and over again. In the beginning, it’s important to establish patterns and habits, so it might be good to eat the same foods repeatedly. But once you start getting more comfortable with a healthy lifestyle, you may want some variety!
I recommend all my clients to constantly push the envelope when it comes to food. Scavenge the internet for new recipes and ingredients. Take a trip to a local international market and see what cool ingredients you find there. Try a new restaurant, and get inspired from the dishes there to recreate less fattening versions at home. The point is, get creative! I want you to truly enjoy the foods you’re eating. This way, it will feel less like a diet and more like a lifestyle.
Besides trying new foods, it’s important to also keep learning about food and nutrition. Reading up on the latest food trends and health discoveries is a fantastic way to stay engaged with your health journey. I personally have a collection of various texts, websites, and books that I like to revisit from time to time to keep me motivated and engaged about nutrition and health. Figure out which new trends you want to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle, and make them happen! This will definitely beat boredom, and absolutely keep you on your A game.
Realize That Relapse Happens
So you went a little overboard at that office party. Or a weekend beach trip with your girlfriends lead to some unhealthy food choices. It’s okay! These moments happen from time to time. Instead of beating yourself up about the bad food choices you made, use these moments as an opportunity to reset yourself. I always say that an occasional slip-up isn’t going to ruin your results. But habitual overeating and indulging will. Learning to balance social events and other tempting situations with your healthy lifestyle might be difficult at first, but remember that you have the rest of your life to get it right. Take things one day at a time and you’ll pull through.
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