5 Tips to Change Your Diet Without Creating Restriction
Updated: Mar 19, 2021
So how has the start of 2020 been for you? Are you charging ahead? Or feeling overwhelmed by the whirlwind of the new year? Are you savoring your food, like I shared about last month?
To counter the idea of new years resolutions (which mostly never stick), I'm sharing 5 tips to get you going, wherever you're starting from right now:
1. Find your passion! What do you love to eat?
Do you enjoy cooking from recipes, or throwing a dish together from what's in your kitchen? Work with your body/brain, not against it: Like moving your body, if you like doing yoga, don't force yourself to go running.
If you love white potatoes, don't force yourself to eat sweet potatoes just because you heard they're "healthier".
At the same time, give yourself a few tries with a new food (or exercise!) before totally ruling it out as a new favorite.
2. Realistically plan your schedule Does the idea of meal prepping on Sunday light you up, or make you cringe? Is there a day of the week that would work for you to make leftovers for another meal? Do you have time to make yourself breakfast in the morning, or would a grab-n-go breakfast snack work better with your schedule?
3. Start small Do you want to eat more vegetables? Start by adding 1 additional serving into your day.
Do you want to drink more water? Drink a full glass first thing when you wake up in the morning.
How about creating an eating ritual? One small step you can take is just making sure your table is clear of non-eating items!
4. Choose moderation over deprivation
If you try to not have chocolate, what do you think about? Chocolate, right? And then at some point you wolf down an entire bar instead of avoiding it.
In the beginning, this may require you to think about how much you're eating/drinking that item now, how much feels good for you to have, and then create a plan that feels doable.
5. Get support
It's really challenging to make changes all by yourself!
Good news is there are plenty of people out there who are on the same journey - you just have to take that first step and reach out for support.
Not sure how to do this on your own?
Book an appointment now so we can make it happen!