When it comes to healthy eating, we’ve all fallen off the wagon at some point. Eating healthily all the time can be boring. It’s easy to give up, to be tempted by sweet treats and especially when you have a tough day.
In January we might have made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy. In the beginning, it might be easy.
It’s actually enjoyable to eat healthy after the festive indulgence, it makes a nice change, and at the start of any healthy eating plan, we usually see quick results.
We might see some changes in our body, the jeans get looser, we notice increased strength and stamina and even other benefits like improved digestion, mood, and sleep.
All these are great motivators and it all seems almost effortless.
But then, as the weeks pass, things get more difficult. What was easy in January can be a struggle in February.
The results aren’t coming as quickly as before, our bodies are getting used to things, and those healthy recipes are starting to get boring.
Suddenly, treats are more tempting, and you certainly won’t be alone if you have fallen off the healthy eating wagon.
Here’s what you should try to do next.
Think About Why You Fell
What went wrong?
If you just fancied a treat, that’s absolutely fine.
You’ve slipped off the wagon, and there’s nothing to stop you climbing straight back on.
We all fancy something nice occasionally, and these treats are a healthy part of a balanced diet.
But, if it’s more than that, and you’ve dived off the wagon with an almighty thud with a week of takeouts, treats and other indulgences, ask yourself why.
Are you bored?
Are you unhappy and using food as a comfort?
Are you limiting yourself too much?
Understanding why you have fallen can help you to make some changes to stop it happening again.
Consider Being Easier on Yourself
One of the reasons we start to struggle is that we are too hard on ourselves. We have rigorous meal plans and eating allowances that we force ourselves to stick to. Eat healthy is the only rule.
This is often a mistake. Allowing yourself the occasional treat can help you to stay on track long term. Sometimes more flexibility is crucial to long-term success.
Fill Your Home with Motivation
Filling your home with weight loss quotes and other inspirational messages can give you a quick boost, and remind you of what you are hoping to achieve and why. Stick some messages and pictures up around the house.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks can be a powerful tool when it comes to staying on the diet wagon.
If you crave sweet treats, prepare some fruit salads to stop yourself from reaching for the sweets.
Try Some New Healthy Recipes
If you are bored with the same healthy meals, try new things.
Look for some new healthy recipes and consider making some healthy swaps with your old favorites.
Forget It and Move On
A bad day is just that. Let it go, move on and don’t punish yourself.
Your turn: Did you experienced to fall off the healthy eating wagon? How did you get back on?
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Happy Healthy Living!
A big hug,
Claudia Canu is a former junk food and sugar addict transformed into a Health Motivator with a master’s degree in Nutrition. She has created this website not only to share her “Journey to her Healthy Forties” but also to help other busy women with basic knowledge about nutrition and who don’t love cooking, to live a healthier life, and achieve big goals.