When you eat and drink clean and healthy, it has a positive effect on your entire life.
You function better and more efficiently, with more energy. You feel better both physically and mentally. Your mood improves in tandem with your overall health.
And you’re more readily able to make the most out of every day, no matter what it might have in store.
But it’s not always easy to live the healthiest of lifestyles.
Here are some tips to help you start and stick with a healthy diet.
Equip your kitchen with what you need.
Make sure you always have healthy options on hand. The easier they are for you to access and prepare, the more likely you are to make a healthier choice.
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Set realistic goals.
A change to diet and overall lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight—and the results don’t necessarily begin to show immediately either. So if you’re tying certain health or weight loss goals to your healthy eating regimen, make sure they’re realistic and actually achievable if you stick with your plan, whatever it may be. You’ll ultimately see results, but try to keep in mind that sometimes it takes time.
And once you reach your initial goals, you can always add to them or institute new ones, so you’re always working toward something that’s both beneficial and gratifying.
Document your progress.
Once you’ve set your goals, you’ll want to keep track of your progress. Doing so serves as an excellent motivator.
One way to do so is to keep a daily or weekly journal that takes into account what’s going on in your life, what you’re eating and drinking and how it might be affecting the pursuit of your goals. You’ll be able to look back to the journal to see what’s working, what might not be a fit for you and how far you’ve come during your journey.
Keep your motivation in mind.
When you’re cognizant and considerate of the reasons you’re eating clean and healthy, you’ll be less likely to falter. So do your best every day to remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing, and who you’re doing it for—even if it’s only yourself!
Find a friend or family member.
A great way to stick with your healthy eating regimen is to enlist others to embark on—and stay on—the journey with you. You can help keep each other accountable on a day-to-day basis, and can also institute friendly challenges that help you maintain your habits and push them to even higher levels.
Acknowledge your efforts.
If healthy eating was always extremely easy, everyone would do it. So it’s important to occasionally give yourself a pat on the back for sticking to your regimen, for putting the effort in and to celebrate any milestones you hit.
Pair healthy eating with exercise.
If you take a holistic approach to healthy eating, your results are going to be quicker and better. So whether it’s going outside for a walk to get your daily steps in, hitting the gym or anything active in between, adding exercise to your regimen will help you in your journey.
Figure out what works best for you—and your lifestyle.
We all have different lives, priorities and obligations. When you’re choosing a healthy eating regimen, make sure it’s right for you and what you’re going to be able to maintain and sustain.
Embrace the occasional cheat day.
Sometimes it’s important to treat yourself as a reward for a job well done!