Your first step to healthy eating
If you are struggling with weight loss or prediabetes, chances are your Doctor told you to "eat healthy" and "be more active". So you might wonder: "What is my first step to healthy eating?".
We are just going to focus on the "eat healthy" part in this article and we will assume that you are clear on what "eating healthy" means to you. Which honestly is not necessarily the case, but we will come back to this topic in another article. Hint: eating healthy doesn't mean the same thing to you, your neighbor, your doctor, or me.
Now let's say you know what eating healthy looks like for you. If you want to stick to your healthy eating plan, the most important thing you have to do is to make sure that your environment is promoting the healthy habits you want to implement.
Otherwise, I can promise you, you will fail.
This is where most of us go wrong when trying to adopt healthy eating habits: we focus on ourselves and we try to change what we do and who we are, instead of focusing on what is around us and changing our environment.
Are you relying on Self-Control to be healthy?
One of the worst mistakes you can make, when trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle, is to think that you can rely on your self-control. Don’t get me wrong. I know you are strong, and I know you are dedicated. That’s not the question. I know that once you set up your mind to do something, you follow through, until… well... until it’s just unbearable and you can’t do it anymore! I know… I am the same. Most of us are!
Self-control is like a muscle.
Self-control can be trained and strengthened, but it also gets tired.
You might have noticed how usually in the morning, we don’t eat crap, we drink our water, we are patient with the kids... And as the day goes by, we start snacking, we get more easily frustrated, and we find excuses for all the things we don't want to do. We become tired, and so does our willpower. As the day goes by, it gets harder and harder to resist temptation. And in case you are wondering, no, that’s not being weak! That’s not giving up! It’s just being human, that’s how it works.
If we hike for 5 hours, do we expect to be full of energy at the end of the day? No, we don’t! At least, most of us don’t… So if we consciously make good choices all day long, why would our self-control remain strong and intact? It gets tired, just like our body does.
That’s why we have to rely as little as possible on self-control when trying to lose weight. We have to tweak our environment so that bad choices are not even an option.
Make sure your environment forces you to be healthy
What does that mean? Well, it means that if you are trying to eat healthier, you really have to look at all the opportunities lying around for poor eating. Are there places in your life that promote unhealthy snacking for instance? Thing about your car, your desk, the break-room at work, your game room, your pantry, even the night stand by your bed. What's in your workout bag? What's in your purse? Look around and question everything. And of course, don't forget your kitchen!
Your kitchen is full of traps
Our kitchen is often the most “dangerous” place when we embark on a weight loss journey. This is where food is stored, this is where food is prepared (or at least reheated). And for many of us, this is where food is eaten.
Find out in seconds what is your kitchen score on the "healthy scale"!
if you have decided to eat healthier, either because you want to prevent diabetes, to lose weight, or just because you realize that aging won't be as smooth if you keep eating the way you eat now, start by reorganizing you kitchen to make sure it's not constantly tempting you into eating the stuff you know you shouldn't eat too much of.
Not sure where to start?
You can start by reading my Step-by-Step Guide To Optimizing Your Kitchen for Health and Weight Loss. It's all backed by research and experience!
If you feel that you need some help to get started, apply for a FREE Healthy Lifestyle Kick-Off Session. If I feel that I can help you, I’ll be happy to chat with you for 30 minutes and see how you can stack all the odds in your favor. Allons-y! Let’s Go!
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