Let’s see… Today we are focusing on a new diet to keep you healthy, energized and radiant. How do you maintain it?
1. Ask yourself why you’re going off track
IF IT IS A PERSON who is tempting you, have an honest talk with him/her. Explain what you are trying to accomplish and ask him/her to make you accountable. Asking for help will allow the person some honor and he/she is more apt to help you from then on. Who knows if you’ll be the example for their benefit?
IF IT IS A TIME OF DAY, be prepared with a healthy snack an hour or so before. The way to know this is by logging what you eat and the time you do so. You might be surprised that between lunch and dinner too much time passes and you are sooooo hungry you’d eat a cow by then. Take 5 minutes in between and have a protein bar with a half bottle of water, for example. This will satisfy you a little and keep you from attacking the dinner table.
IF IT’S SOCIAL OCCASIONS, eating out or something of the sort, be aware that:
- you may find something healthier to eat on the menu
- you can carry your own appetizer, snack, side or meal replacement
- you can eat something healthy before going out so you won’t be hungry to try out the pastries on silver trays
2. Don’t worry about a slip, especially when learning something new
There is nothing positive about feeling guilt or shame because you slipped up. We are all human after all! Let’s not try to be perfect all the time.
Besides, there is research that resulted in that slip ups are more than just okay, they are great psychologically! It is said you can pick a day of the week for your “cheat day” and eat everything you want, in smaller quantity. Choose a day of the week to have a slice of pizza or a scoop of ice cream and you will feel like you can continue with the diet six more days until the next cheat day. (I love my CHEAT DAYS)
3. Don’t change too much at once
If you try to make a lot of changes at once, it can feel like you have to change your schedule and all details becomes difficult to remember. By not adhering to it, this can make you feel frustrated and incapable. Nothing is further from the truth. You are totally capable to achieve anything you set your mind to.
What you can do instead is, break down the process. Set smaller, more attainable goals with simpler steps.
Then move on to the next step.
Success in each step will leave you with an achieved feeling, which is what you need to propel you into the next small step. Eventually, you’ll get there.
Log what you eat and what you’re doing while you’re eating. It will help you to keep track. You may find that you eat unhealthy foods while watching television. If so, you can start keeping a healthier snack on hand.
A food journal is one of the tools I use for new clients. It helps us understand the client’s eating habits and identify the areas where they can make changes that can help them lose weight.
Keeping a food journal does not have to be hard. Here are some tips:
Write down what you eat on three weekdays and one weekend day, using the following guidelines:
- Record everything you eat and drink immediately.
- Note what you’re doing while you’re eating―driving, watching TV, etc.
- Describe how you felt while you ate: angry, sad, happy, nervous, starving, bored?
- Be honest. It’s a journal, not a newsletter, and no one has to see it but you.
- At the end of each day, examine how your emotions affected your eating.
Instead of eating out to celebrate accomplishments, try a night out at the movies, buy that thing you wanted, visit a place you like, get a massage, read a good book, or call an old friend!
Put yourself first for the day. You’ll be glad you did!