How do I stop making bad food choices? Have you ever asked yourself this question? If so, you might have thought about everything from avoiding the food entirely to trying another fad diet.
As a Nutrition & Mindful Eating Coach and someone who personally struggled for years to make healthy food choices, restriction and dieting are often recipes for disaster:
- For one, willpower is finite and after a long day, that ice cream in the back of the freezer you've been avoiding starts looking real good.
- Secondly, that diet that you've been struggling to follow starts feeling like public enemy no. 1.
- Third, we're really good at rationalizing ANYTHING especially when we are hungry and fatigued.
I'm not going to lie and say that I've never:
- Devoured a tub of ice cream,
- Said to heck with the diet,
- Or rationalized that if I promise to run X amount of miles tomorrow then I can definitely order that pizza tonight.
The point is that making "bad" food choices really comes down to you not making it convenient for you to eat healthily.
So, what's the alternative to simply avoiding all our favorite "bad" foods or going on another diet? In this post, I'm sharing with you how to stop making bad food choices in three simple steps!
3 Simple Steps to Stop Making Bad Food Choices
1. Plan Your Meals Ahead
When you're just getting into the habit of making healthier food choices, one of the best things that you can do is to plan your meals ahead. Planning your meals ahead gives you the opportunity to make healthier food choices when your willpower is likely at its highest.
When you don't plan your meals ahead, you're risking making food choices when your willpower is likely at its lowest. This means those nuggets and french fries you can grab on your way home from work might sound a whole lot better than making them from scratch at home - even if doing so would be healthier.
Instead of leaving your meals to chance, plan ahead so that you're more motivated to make healthier food choices.
2. Practice Mindful Eating
Ensuring that you're eating mindfully throughout the day is going to be essential for staying full and satisfied. Being more mindful about the foods that you're eating is going to help you see which foods work for your body and which ones don't.
This is something really important to consider, as your start diversifying your diet. You may notice that certain foods give you energy while eating other foods at a certain time during the day might drain you. Those are the things you'll notice when you're eating mindfully that you don't notice when you're not.
Practice a little bit of mindfulness when you're creating your plate to make sure you're not only mindful of what you're eating, but how that particular food is affecting you.
3. Prioritize Well-Balanced Meals
Getting into the habit of consuming well-balanced means is going to be key for helping you fight those hunger cravings. One of the biggest misconceptions is that we're eating too much when we are in fact not nourishing our bodies enough.
Just because you are consuming food doesn't mean that you're eating the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive rather than just survive. When you're eating well-balanced meals you're able to consume a variety of different nutrients that your body needs. This enables you to not only feel more nourished, but it's a great way to boost your overall health.
The next time you're sitting down for a meal take a look at your plate to see if you're eating a well-balanced meal of veggies, lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats.
No matter where you are starting on your wellness journey, we all can benefit from meal planning, mindful eating, and well-balanced meals!
Just by making these simple and easy shifts to your routine, you'll start making healthier food choices that get you closer to rather than further away from your goals.
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