Whether you’ve been riding the healthy eating wagon for a week or a decade, staying on can be difficult. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can hold on.
Keep reading to learn seven ways to protect yourself against the temptation to fall—or even jump off of the healthy eating wagon—on a daily basis.
1. Don’t Starve Yourself
Eating is a basic human need. Cut your calories in half over night or slash any specific food group out altogether for a prolonged period and you’ll land flat on your face in no time flat. When you’re eating for good health, you still need to eat. You’ll just need to go with healthy options and avoid eating more than your body needs to fuel itself through the day.
2. No Excuses
There are as many excuses to fall off the healthy wagon as there are days in a year. So if you’re going to stay on the wagon, you’re going to have to ignore the excuses and focus in on your goal: eating the right stuff. Which brings us to the next way to avoid falling off the wagon…
3. Stay Focused
Being mindful of your healthy eating ways is easy during the first few days. After all, you’ve spent years eating one way and now you’re changing everything up. In a week or so, however, it can be difficult to remember your desire to eat healthily and even harder to remember why you made that decision. Stay focused on your choices and why you made them to stay strapped tightly on the wagon.
4. Get on the Right Wagon
Every person’s health goals and expectations are different. If you hop on a healthy eating wagon for the first time in your life and expect to shred 30 pounds in a week, you’re going to be disappointed. Setting appropriate goals will help you stay on the wagon and help you make the next goal, as your wagon gets easier and easier to ride to the finish line.
5. Avoid Naysayers
Always struggled with your weight? Tried every diet plan known to man without success? Then you’re going to have a lot of folks who scoff at your desire to eat healthily. Let them scoff on their own and find new friends if you have to. Once your lifestyle changes start to pay off, strut by the folks who said they’ll believe you’re serious about healthy eating when they see results and watch their jaws drop.
6. Stay Away from Triggers
The reason healthy eating is difficult for so many is that unhealthy eating tastes so good! Understanding this and understanding when you most want unhealthy food options will help you stay on the healthy wagon. Have a hard time saying no to sweets when you are out? Plan your cheat meal ahead of time. Eat everything in sight when you’re lonely? Distract yourself with a good book, or with friends who support your healthy habits.
7. Know How to Get Back On
You should aim to stay on the healthy eating wagon all day every day. But you should also be ready when you fall off. While you can find any number of ways to get back on the wagon, the best is to just do it! Admit you goofed up, recommit yourself to healthy living, and start living the healthy life you deserve once again.
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Your Daily Habits
Last week we talked about establishing daily fitness habits…have you done this yet?
Your only focus, when it comes to shaping up your body, should be to make and keep a handful of healthy, daily habits. When these healthy habitsbecome your comfortable routine, then you’ve hit fitness gold.
Don’t delay – make the decision to install a few daily fitness habits in your life now, and watch how quickly and consistently your body transforms!
It’s zucchini season and I’ve got a fantastic, healthy recipe for zucchini cakes that I know you’ll love. Serve these guilt-free cakes with a side of lean protein for a well balanced, fitness meal.
*Always buy organic ingredients*
Here’s what you need:
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, grated
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 cups grated Zucchini
- ½ tsp sea or Himalayan salt
- 2 pastured eggs
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
- Sweet Paprika
- Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onion and garlic for 2 minutes, then set aside.
- Place grated zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with the salt and allow to sit in the sink for 10 minutes.
- Use a clean paper towel to squeeze excess water from the zucchini.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs. Add the coconut flour, flax and baking powder. Add the onions and zucchini.
- Place the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop the dough in heaping Tablespoons, press down with a fork. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!