Finding time and the motivation for eating healthy and delicious foods when our busy schedules seem to be even more packed these days is a challenge.
Regardless of your chosen food plan, here are three steps to help keep you on track for a healthy mind, body and spirit through nutritious, delicious eating.
Step one: Desire
Decide why eating well is important to you. This simple visualization will be your go-to memory when the challenges of the day are looming.
Close your eyes in a quiet space and think about what eating nutritious food on a regular schedule means to you. Here are just a few of the many benefits a healthy eating plan could provide:
- Better focus and job performance
- Better health check-up numbers (stable blood sugar, lower cholesterol, gain or lose weight as needed)
- More patience and feeling of balance
If you don’t find your most important motivation on this list, add your own. It’s critical that the reasons for placing a priority on eating well are yours and only yours. Otherwise your commitment will waiver with each obstacle encountered.
Step two: Plan
Develop a plan with measurable goals for success. Make the plan simple and livable for you and your family. It’s nearly impossible to have long term success if the plan doesn’t have some built in flexibility. There are tons of options, find what works for you and adjust as your needs change.
Whether you choose low carb, high fiber or anything in between, it’s always a good idea to check in with your family physician to make sure the plan you have chosen will fit with your current health needs.
Step three: Celebrate
Now this is the fun part. Celebrate progress, not perfection. I’ll say it again, celebrate progress!
Perfection is impossible, and the expectation will set you up for disappointment instead of joy.
Consider making the celebration something other than eating non-nutritious food. If you want to add to your healthy lifestyle, consider rewards that include physical activity you enjoy like sailing, hiking or golfing.
Cheers to your health!
Champion for Good