10 amazing women from the health and fitness industry share their tips on how to stay motivated to eat healthy (oh and I share mine too!)…
I mentioned in my October recap that my diet was not too flash last month! Instead of dwelling on what has been and gone, I’m focusing this month on getting back in line with my goals and eating a predominately whole food, plant based diet. I’m now 8 days in and I must admit my sweet tooth is continuously calling my name – it’s torturous. This got me thinking – How do you stay motivated to eat healthy? Even when the cookie jar is glaring at you from the work kitchen. Even when your partner is eating hot chips in front of you. Even when you are invited to eat out. How do you stay motivated?
For me, it’s all about the goals. I’m a very goal driven person, and if I set myself a goal, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to achieve it. My other trick is to make healthy food taste great! If you are eating delicious food that you are genuinely excited about, it’s easy to say no to the junk that makes you feel rubbish anyway! But if you’ve got a limp, boring salad sitting in the fridge for lunch, I’m going to guess you’ll be easily persuaded to ditch it and order a hamburger from UberEats. Am I right or am I right?
This is the whole reason I started Be Forever Healthier. To share healthy recipes that are delicious and simple! Meaning less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying tasty food that makes you feel great. If you are finding that you are feeling a little unenthused about your meals, why not try mixing it up this week and pick a new meal to cook? This Pumpkin, Haloumi and Avocado salad has got me counting down to lunch time every day for the past week!
Now I know I’m not the only person in the world who has struggled to find motivation at times. And there’s no one size fits all for motivation – it comes from all different places! Given this – I’ve called on a few amazing women from the health and fitness industry to share their tips for staying motivated to eat healthy. You might even recognise a few faces! I’m sure their answers will resonate with you!
How do you stay motivated to eat healthy?
Whenever I get lazy or feel uninspired I simply remind myself of the consequences of slipping back long term into eating too much junk and processed foods. For my members, I give them a simple technique called ‘pros and pros’ which can work for any habit. You make two lists: on one side, you list the pros of continuing with the habit and on the other, you list the pros of quitting and reverting to your old behaviour. Facts don’t lie and it’ll show you which is the better choice.
After being diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago my views on food have changed dramatically. Eating to me is now more than just for short-term pleasure, but also long-term health. I look at my family and tell myself that I have to live and eat healthy for them!
I stay motivated to eat healthy because I FEEL better when I eat healthier. For me, eating healthy is 6-8 servings of veggies per day, 1-2 fruits per day, nuts for a snack, and clean protein with every meal or snack. I cut down on starches and grains, with sweet potatoes or buckwheat soba noodles for my carbohydrates, and with this, I FEEL a lot better: I don’t get bloated, I sleep better (therefore I wake up easier), my tummy feels happier, my moods are more positive and happier, I don’t get an energy slump in the afternoons, and my clothes fit better. When I feel good, I want to keep feeling good!
A blood-test revealed that I’m highly sensitive to wheat, dairy, and eggs. I have found that when I’m exposed to these foods I have horrible tummy issues, body-aches and migraines. I physically feel miserable and don’t want to feel awful! Being intolerant of those foods essentially prevents me from eating processed food. Also, I’ve been in the process of healing my gut after discovering these intolerances, so incorporating raw foods and tons of vegetables and fruits into my diet is essential.
I stay motivated to eat healthy because I love the taste of healthy foods and have truly made it a lifestyle choice. I prefer eating fruits and vegetables over fried or processed foods because I make delicious recipes and think they taste better. By making healthy foods taste good it is not a battle for me to eat healthy, I really enjoy it. Of course, I still love sweets and let myself have them from time to time without feeling guilty because I treat them as a treat.
My motivation to eat healthy comes from knowing that I will feel way better than if I didn’t make healthy choices. I know that if I eat whole foods that contain all the nutrients that my body needs I will have more energy, better digestion, maintain a healthy weight, and just feel good. Of course, I also want to ensure that I stay healthy because being sick sucks! I also stay motivated to eat healthy by trying out new recipes using my fave ingredients. If I enjoy what I’m eating then it’s a no-brainer to make the healthy choice.
To stay motivated to eat healthy I remind myself how much better I feel when I eat healthy. I also try not to eliminate anything I love. As long as a majority of what I’m eating is healthy I’m happy. It’s easier to stay motivated when you don’t have an “all or nothing” attitude. I also keep a picture of my husband and I on vacation hanging up on the fridge to remind me of my goals.
One of my biggest motivations to eat healthy is my kids. Because they are always watching me, and picking up habits from the way I look after my health. My approach is to keep things simple and eat everything in moderation, even cakes and chocolate. Food isn’t just about fuelling us. It is also about friends, family and celebration. I teach my kids that we can have party food at parties but other times we eat whole fresh colourful food because that helps our body function at its best.
I stay motivated to eat healthy by being mindful of how I feel when I eat and how the food I eat affects my body. When I’m eating well, and I mindlessly eat one of my kids’ fishy crackers, my body immediately tells me that was a bad idea (stomach upset, discomfort, bloating), As long as I pay attention to my body, and eat foods that make me feel good, I’m happy with myself.
I stay motivated to eat healthy by blogging about it regularly. I need to practice what I preach so I’m always reminding myself by writing posts here and there!