Thinking of your eating habits as a ‘diet’ only makes matters worse. You are strict all week, then come the weekend and you ‘cheat’ on your ‘diet’. You then think to yourself ‘well I’ve already eaten a bag of chips, I might as well have a piece of cake too’. Then the next day you feel guilty for ‘cheating’ and you vow not to let it happen again, until next weekend…
Starting today, I want you to erase the word ‘diet’ from your vocabulary. Thinking of yourself as being on a diet, brings a sense of restriction and I don’t want you to feel restricted. The feeling of restriction is what often piles the weight back on. I want you to concentrate on making this a lifestyle change, something you can stick to for the rest of your life. How do you make it a lifestyle change? It all comes down to consistency and habit. Consistently eating healthy, nutritious foods with a 1-2 treat meals per week will eventually become a habit. How long will it take for healthy eating to becoming a habit? 21 days.
If you are someone that can jump right on into a healthy lifestyle change and stick to it, then go right ahead! Others, like myself, need to slowly transition into clean eating. Transitioning without restriction is all about planning your meals and setting small weekly nutrition goals – don’t try to change too much at once. Below I have included a meal planner sheet for you to download and print out and with it I want you to plan your meals and nutrition goals for the next week. Your weekly nutrition goals may be as simple as cutting back on soda or eating more fruits and vegetables.
Planning your meals is a crucial step to staying on track. Having your meals planned ahead of time prevents you from grabbing something quick, easy and unhealthy. You can either pre-make and freeze your meals, make them the night before or just have everything cut up in your fridge ready to go, but do what works best for YOU! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Don’t forget keep track of your weekly nutrition goals and water consumption too!
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