5 Simple Tips for Diet ConsistencyDec 24, 2021
When it comes to our health, we all know that consistency is key. But when it comes to our diets, achieving consistency can be a little tricky. Here are five ways to help make your diet more consistent:
Be realistic about what you can achieve
Don't try to overhaul your entire diet all at once, you’re likely to end up feeling frustrated and unsuccessful - been there, done that. Start small by adding in one or two new healthy habits each week until you have a well-rounded diet that works for you.
It might help to set yourself a weekly goal and then monitor how much you’re achieving each day. Create a diary or use an app to track your progress, which will make it easier for you to notice any trends or gaps in your routine.
Alternatively, if you know that you’re going to be busy during the week, it’s helpful to plan out your meals in advance so you don’t get tempted by takeaways or unhealthy snacks. Include a variety of different foods so you don’t get bored, and make sure there are plenty of healthy options available when you’re on the go.
Add in foods that you enjoy
Trying to force yourself to eat foods that you don’t like isn’t going to do anything but make eating frustrating – and you probably won’t be able to keep up with diet changes. So, focus on adding in foods that you enjoy eating to keep your diet fun and interesting.
The next time you're shopping for groceries, pick up some of your favorite fruit (or at least ones that look nice!), as well as other essentials like veggies, nuts and healthy snacks. Seek out healthier alternatives as well. If you’re someone who loves to indulge in a sweet treat every now and then (like me), try finding healthier alternatives to your favorite snacks. This could be anything from swapping out milk chocolate bars for dried fruit or nuts, to making your own healthy desserts at home.
There are plenty of recipes online that use natural ingredients and minimal sugar, so look them up and start experimenting! Not only will this help keep your diet on track, but it also means you can customize them to your own taste.
This way, you'll always have something that's healthy which you like, within reach for when you get hungry - or snacky.
Be flexible and adaptable
Your body is going to change over time, so it’s important that you stay open minded to new ideas about what works for your health needs. Maybe a food type or amount worked really well when you first started out but doesn’t work as well two years later – make an adjustment!
If you’re traveling, or have a busy week ahead, be prepared to adjust your diet accordingly. There’s no need to get upset if things don’t go perfectly – just do the best you can and move on.
Remember to ditch the guilt. If you make a mistake, whether it’s forgetting to pack your lunch or eating that slice of cake when nobody is looking, don’t punish yourself by berating yourself for not doing better. Instead, allow yourself some leeway in your diet and focus on moving forward with positivity instead of dwelling on past mistakes.
Keep in mind that everyone will be different though based upon their medical conditions, weight goals etc., meaning that not everything will be right for you specifically however making small, positive changes is a great place to start.
Get great rest
A good night’s sleep is crucial for our overall health and wellbeing, including when it comes to sticking to our diets. Perhaps try a relaxing evening ritual which can help you wind down and prepare for a good night’s sleep. Reading, stretching, or writing in a journal before bed, are some ways to start.
Avoid electronics before bed. This might be the biggest and most challenging one. We all know that blue light from electronic screens can be disruptive to our sleep patterns – so try to avoid using any electronic devices an hour before bedtime.
Finally, a regular routine makes everything feel more stable and manageable. Knowing what to expect each day helps reduce stress and make it easier to stick to healthy habits. Get rest to feel your best!
Following these five tips can help make achieving consistency in your diet a little bit easier – and who doesn’t want that? Implementing just a couple of these changes at a time can make a big difference over time, so start today! And remember, always speak to your doctor before making any major dietary changes. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
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