3 Simple Steps To Eating Clean That Really Work!
01 July 2015
We all deserve to feel our best every day, and while "feeling our best" is different for everyone, some basic, practical ways to get there are simply:
- to eat more vegetables,
- drink more water
- eat less sugar
Applying these changes can seem overwhelming if you do them all at once, which is usually why change is not sustained. Enter these simple steps: by following these steps you can begin to eliminate any negative food habits that are making you feel unhealthy:
1. Decide what a healthy relationship with food looks like to you.
You know what habits you want to break, but what healthy habits do you want to start? Ask yourself:
What does my ideal relationship with food to look and feel like?
By defining what you want, it will be much easier to start taking steps toward that goal. For example, you might say, “I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fuel me, but still eat some treats when I’m craving them so I don’t feel deprived.”
While working on this, be sure to stay realistic about the habits you want to change. If you love pancakes then trying to get rid of these completely doesn’t make sense. You want to set yourself up for success by making sure your vision is sustainable for you. Remember there are many wonderful ways to swap up unhealthy favourites for smart alternatives that still hit the spot without directing you off your path. Pancakes for example, are traditionally high in refined carbs and smothered with loads of sugary syrup. By making simple ingredient swaps, you can enjoy your pancakes the healthy way. Try myhealthy low carb pancakesto see just what I mean!
2. Break your vision down into actionable steps.
Take what you defined in the first step, and break it down into smaller, actionable steps. Focus on one at a time. For example, start by adding in one serving of vegetables per day. This will give you momentum and keep you motivated. Trying to do everything all at once is very overwhelming, and often ends up in feelings of failure.
Once you’ve mastered the first healthy habit, you can move onto the next one with enthusiasm. Working on these simple changes one at a time can help you get rid of all your negative eating habits. Be patient and consistent with this and you will see how much easier it is to sustain your new eating habits.
3. Focus on adding in positive change instead of taking out the negative.
If you add new habits, it's much easier for your brain to handle than if you had to apply new restrictions. When you tell yourself to stop a habit, it can make you want to do it more. The more you think about it, the more likely you are to continue with it.
Ultimately, by getting a clear picture of what you want your relationship with food to be like, while keeping it realistic, breaking it down into simple steps, and focusing on adding in positive changes, you will be able to get rid of negative eating habits completely.
Yours in Health Always,