Hello, everyone! It is time for The Buzz again, and this week we are chatting about the motivation to eat healthy. Or, should I say, healthier. Because it is a whole lot easier to make small changes in the direction of healthy eating, versus going crazy and trying to do it 100%.
If you have been on restrictive diets before, you already know how hard that is. And let us be honest, even making small changes can be tough!
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I know you are already motivated. I mean, you are here watching this video, looking for tips to eat healthy! I know you want to live a long healthy life, lose weight, and get fit.
And those are great goals!
But, they are also very long-term goals. Losing weight is a little more immediate, but even that is a long process. And in the course of making daily decisions, it can really be a struggle to stay motivated for healthy eating when the payoff seems to take so long.
I mean, when faced with a bowl of Halloween candy right now versus wanting to see a certain number on the scale later this week…the Halloween candy is right there. And it might not even show up on the scale later!
So, what is a Killer B to do to get motivated to eat healthy for those long term goals?
Stop Worrying About Your Weight
The scale can be such a fickle mistress. Sometimes you eat healthy all week and it gives you no love. And sometimes you eat a bowl of Halloween candy and it tells you you have lost two pounds! So stop trying to beat that number into submission and let the scale do what it is going to do.
Find An Activity You Love
Instead, think about what you want to do with your healthy body. Having an activity that you love to do makes all the difference in the world! When you are eating for performance rather than pleasure, you are far more likely to make healthier choices.
Pay Attention To How You Feel
Rather than telling yourself that you can only eat a certain number of calories, or that you “have to” eat a salad, try eating anything you want to eat. Then “pay attention” to how you feel about it.
Do you feel guilty while you are eating it? Do you feel too full or bloated immediately afterward? How about the next day (or even the day after that)? Listen to all the clues your body is sending you, and you will start making much healthier decisions.
Give It Time
Forming new habits takes time. Paying attention and re-thinking your choices takes time. Finding the activity that really floats your boat takes time. And it might take a lot of time to really decide that you “want” to eat healthy.
Understand That You Might Not Ever Be 100%
Eating healthy is a sliding scale, not all or nothing. Every decision you make, every day, can be a step in the right direction. Understand that you might not ever be 100% healthy 100% of the time – and that is okay!