“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

~Buddha

There are many reasons why people try to change their eating habits and give up before they get very far.

Most people try to change too much all at once, they begin to miss their old diet, and they feel like they are sacrificing too much.

You can only sacrifice for so long.

If you change your habits gradually, you avoid many of those reasons.

You only change a little at a time, so you are going to feel less overwhelmed with your new diet, and thus you will not feel like you are sacrificing so much.

Let’s take a look on how we can get healthy, and most importantly, stay healthy:

1. Think in terms of your day. 

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Most people fail at getting healthy because they overwhelm themselves with strict guidelines that are no fun to follow.

Telling yourself that you are going to eat only vegetables and protein all day everyday is setting yourself up for failure if that is the kind of diet you are not used to.

Instead, plan your meals for the day and allocate your “indulgences” where you want them to be, and plan to eat better around those times.

For example, if you know you are going to want a piece of pizza for lunch, start your day with something lighter like yogurt or a cup of fruit. Then plan on a small snack, a light dinner like a salad or some veggies with quinoa, and you can even have a glass of wine with your dinner.

You’re not being perfect, but it’s a good start.

This way you will make healthier choices in your daily eating, and you will still get to enjoy some indulgences making it less likely for you to give it up.

2. Pick one healthy change a week.

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Once a week, pick something that you would like to change and stick to it as best as you can.

You can leave yourself little notes,  go grocery shopping ahead of time, hold yourself accountable.

If you don’t fully succeed with your goal that week, give it another try next week. If you do succeed, move onto another goal. But don’t forget about your old one.

Some examples of weekly goals can be:

  • Don’t eat after 8 pm
  • Dont eat junk food
  • Eat a vegetable with every dinner
  • Eat fruit for breakfast
  • Pick a healthy daily snack (fruit, healthy power bar, nuts, etc.)
  • Don’t add sugar or dairy to your coffee
  • Cut back on drinking alcohol
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
  • Eat at home more

One small change at a time means a dozen over a few months. That adds up to some amazing change over time, and it’s change that’s likely to last much longer.

3. Find healthy foods that you enjoy. 

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Sometimes it can be hard to stick to a diet because we genuinely hate what we are eating.

Don’t eat things that you truly dislike just because they are healthy.

Experiment and find what you like, there are so many healthy alternatives. Find the ones that work for you.

There is no rush to lock down a specific diet.

If  brown rice is too bland for you, replace it with a different grain. Try quinoa, couscous, or lentils.

The important thing is that you find a diet that you are happy with, but one that also makes you and your body feel good.

4. Record your progress. 

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This doesn’t mean just write down your weight.

Since you will be making changes gradually, chances are your weight won’t change as quickly on the scale.

Record your progress weekly. Write down things like:

  • Which goals you achieved
  • How they made your body feel
  • What you liked or didn’t like
  • What you want to try next

When you look over your progress, feel proud of what you have accomplished.

Use this as a way to challenge yourself. Being excited about achieving your goals with keep you motivated.

Switching your eating habit is not entirely about loosing weight, all though if done correctly, that is a pleasant side effect.

Changing your eating habit is about being good to your body. It is about giving it the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy so it can provide you with a long and happy life.

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