By Helen Bradford, Contributing Author , beauty, health and style trends for women expert
With January and all the hype to keep ourselves to healthier habits this year gone, the temptation to just give up keeps growing. Motivation is not an easy thing to come by and when it comes to long-term goals such as changing your eating habits and lifestyle, there is no other way than to keep being consistent and not expect immediate results. However, this makes it really hard to actually stick to our resolutions. So, here are five tips to help you stay motivated through your journey!
5 Tips for Getting Yourself Motivated to Eat Healthy
1. Have specific aims
Just simply saying “I want to have better eating habits” is way too vague. Same with “I want to eat healthy.” You need to create more specific, shorter-term goals within your main goal, not only to make it more manageable for yourself to follow its principles but also to make it easier to track your progress. Whether it is weight loss that you’re after or you simply want to be a healthier person, make sure you have your goals pinned down and that you create your plan according to these short-term goals. It will be much easier to go forward in small steps and the sense of accomplishment after reaching your milestones will give you an extra dose of motivation to keep going.
2. Create a plan
As mentioned, creating a personalized plan is crucial. It will help you stay organized and track whether you are doing everything properly. This plan can include your daily meals and water intake, or it can even be a full-fledged journal where you keep all of your records. A proper plan that you create each time for the coming week will help you better organize your time, which can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to preparing meals. It is often exactly the lack of time that affects many people’s healthy eating ambitions. While it might be faster to walk to your nearest McDonald’s than to turn on your oven and prepare a proper meal, even if you don’t have time to cook, you shouldn’t turn to processed foods. Today, there are many healthy food delivery services out there to help you, some of which even offer meal planner options to fully customize your orders.
3. Reward yourself
Changing your habits is not an easy feat, so you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. And when you are in fact doing well, you should be aware that you deserve some real rewards. However, let these rewards work in your favor instead of hindering you in achieving your goal. So, no matter how much you like junk food, it is not the answer. Rather, catch up on your favorite TV show, have a relaxing bath and so on. External rewards will do fine until those internal ones start rolling in!
4. Get inspired
Just sitting and pondering about what you might achieve might be enough for some people, but for most of us, a little more inspiration can be helpful in order to motivate us. Thankfully, in the age of the internet, everything is at your fingertips and all you have to do is search up healthy eating blogs, websites, YouTube channels or even as little as search a hashtag on Instagram and you’ll get all the inspiration you might need. People are more than happy to share their success and tips to help out others. Moreover, reading up on topics can help you better understand how your body works and you might uncover why something has not been working for you that has worked for others. All in all, make use of the internet and keep in touch with those with similar goals!
5. Better together
Sometimes when our motivation wavers, a companion can make all the difference. Is any of your friends up for starting a healthy diet too? If yes, congratulations! Both of you are going to have a much easier time thanks to mutual support. But even if the answer is no, don’t despair. Firstly, by showing a positive example, you might actually inspire the people around you to follow in your footsteps and improve their lives. Secondly, those closest to you, meaning your family, will also be thankful in the long run if you implement some healthy practices into your daily lives. Getting whole wheat bread instead of white one looks like a small step but you will be preventing issues down the road with this.
It is true that taking up healthy eating is not easy; it takes a lot of dedication, knowledge and time, but with ample planning and by constantly motivating yourself in the said ways, you will be able to do it. And after a while, it will come naturally as a habit and you won’t have to constantly count the calories and nutrients. Good luck!
Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about beauty, health and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling.