Healthy eating isn’t always easy. If it was, we’d all be doing it all the time, wouldn’t we?
It’s no surprise, then, that 39.6 percent of all adults in the United States are obese.
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to eat healthier in your everyday life, know that you’re not alone. It may seem difficult at first, sure, but it doesn’t have to be.
Just use these 10 helpful strategies. You’ll find your motivation to eat healthy and be on the right track in no time.
1. Start a Food Journal
When you’re looking to find the motivation to eat healthier, starting a food journal is a great way to get started.
For a week, write down every single thing you eat. You can do this on paper, or use an app. The website/app MyFitnessPal has a “diary” function which is great for this.
When you can clearly see what you’re consuming, it’s a lot easier to figure out what you need to change or cut out – and finding healthy eating motivation is simple.
2. Set SMART Goals
If you want to learn how to stay motivated to eat healthy, it’s important to set goals. But, if you want to succeed in the long term, you need to set SMART goals.
For example, one of your goals might be to drink 1 liter of water every day. You have a specific goal in mind, you can measure how much you’re drinking, and you have a timeframe you want to drink that liter of water in.
If you set SMART goals, finding the healthy motivation you need is easy.
3. Have a Support System Around You
It could be your spouse or significant other, your best friend, someone in your family.
When you have someone to support you (and hold you accountable when you slip up), it’s a lot easier to find the motivation you need to eat healthy and stay the course. Your support system is there to support you, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help or advice (or a pep talk) when you need it.
Having trouble finding a person to support you? Make it part of your morning routine to check out healthy living quotes or search for motivational memes to keep you going strong.
4. Have Something to Eat Every 2-3 Hours
“Don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.” We’ve all heard it before.
It’s common knowledge that it’s much more difficult to make healthy decisions when you’re ravenous. If you have something small to eat every few hours, though, you won’t be ravenous – so you’ll be a lot less likely to make poor diet decisions during your day.
5. Pack Healthy Snacks
When you have healthy snacks on your person, it’s easy to resist the temptation to buy something unhealthy to eat when you’re hungry on the go.
Packing snacks like almonds, string cheese, granola bars, and organic beef or turkey jerky will prevent hunger and can help to keep you from making poor decisions you’ll regret later.
6. Get Rid of Tempting Foods
For you, this may be sugary cereal, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or potato chips.
No matter what it is, it’s important to discard any snacks you know you’re not capable of enjoying in moderation. If you keep them around, you’re going to eat them. Do yourself a favor, and just get rid of these unhealthy snacks.
When the temptation is out of sight, it’ll be out of your mind, too.
7. Give Meal Prep a Try
Meal prep isn’t for everyone, but, before you rule it out, you should give it an honest try.
Find a few healthy recipes online and dedicate one day of your week to cooking each of the meals you’ve decided on. Then, throw them in your fridge or freezer and have them for lunch and/or dinner the rest of the week.
You’ll be eating healthy with ease, and you won’t have to cook again for the rest of the week. How great is that?!
8. Food Should Taste Good
Whether it’s 100% clean, or only 80%, the food you eat should taste good and be enjoyable to eat.
Find some low-calorie sauces and seasonings and spice your food up. Try making buffalo cauliflower for dinner one night instead of ordering wings. When the food you’re eating tastes good, it’ll be that much easier to stay motivated and continue eating healthy.
9. Treat Yourself Once in a While
When you’re on a restrictive diet, the temptation to eat the ice cream you know you’re not allowed to have only increases. And then, when you do finally have ice cream, you’re more likely to overeat and overindulge.
Don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite treats once in a while. Allow yourself to enjoy ice cream every now and again. You may even find it easier to enjoy your healthy meals during the rest of the week because you feel you’re really earning the indulgences you do allow yourself.
10. Forgive Yourself
Everyone makes poor diet decisions from time to time.
The difference between a successful and unsuccessful healthy eating journey, though, lies in how you treat yourself when do slip up. Instead of barraging yourself with negative self-talk about how you’re a failure, simply forgive yourself for the mistake you made and move on.
Your next meal is a clean slate. Approach it as such, and you’ll find it easier to continuously move forward and make positive decisions.
A Final Word on Finding the Motivation to Eat Healthy
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to eat healthy, allow these 10 tips to be your starting point.
Pay attention to what you eat, have healthy snacks on hand, get rid of tempting foods, and rely on your support system when you need to. You’ll learn how to stay motivated to eat healthy and find success before you know it.
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