Maintain a Healthy Diet
To maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, you must first find a way of eating and exercising that you will find most beneficial – as well as manageable.
There is no one perfect method of eating that works for everyone. Read How to Find a Diet that Fits your Family.
The best diet for you and your family isn’t always the latest and greatest of the day. It is the one you can stick to in the long run.
Read more to find out the most important thing our family does to stick to our healthy diet. Most of the time.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure ADHD. This post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Set Yourself up to Win
When there are limited options available, you will find yourself eating whatever is quick and easy – which is usually processed junk.
To maintain a healthy diet, you have to set yourself up to win. And that takes Planning.
Purge: Get unhealthy foods out of the house
Do yourself a favour and get rid all of all the junk food. Don’t keep unhealthy choices in the house. This is hard but I promise it gets easier.
Or maybe it won’t. But you can’t just reach for it if it’s not there
Limit your sugar intake.
Sugar is addictive, causes us to confuse food cravings with hunger, and encourages unhealthy snacking.
If you are not convinced that sugar is the ultimate diet Devil, click HERE to listen to world-renowned nutrition and fitness expert J.J. Virgin discuss the hidden sources of sugar in our food, the misleading labeling on foods, and why artificial sweeteners are even worse than food sugars.
Instead, try to choose nutritious foods that will keep you full longer.
For most of us, #thestruggleisreal. I tend to make bad choices when the fresh fruits and vegetables run out.
Those real food predicaments are the nights when it is almost dinner and you haven’t yet figured out what to eat.
It’s somehow related to basic math: the effort it takes to eat healthy is far greater than my motivation at that given moment. Suddenly just jumping into the car to go to the store seems heroic in scale and more than I can muster.
To combat this negative equation, our family keeps our favourites readily available.
When we get a snack craving, there is always fruit on the counter. Hard boiled eggs, cheese, Greek yogurt, bags of veggies, and hummus are found in the fridge. Roasted chick peas and nuts are a healthy option we keep on hand in the pantry. And we always have gluten free pasta and a jar of our favourite sauce well stocked.
Just in case.
Prep Ahead of Time
Plan your meals. This will not only help you maintain a healthy diet, but it will help you stay on budget as well. By planning meals before you go to the store, you are more likely to only get necessary items.
Avoid shopping on an empty stomach. You will be more likely to impulse buy that way.
Our favourite prep ahead dish: Nourish Bowls. It’s so easy to prep bunches of our favourite healthy foods ahead that can be tossed together into something delicious and different every time. Quickly!
Pair it up
When trying to improve your health, it is generally thought that you shouldn’t change too many things at once. However, making changes to your diet and exercise plan simultaneously doesn’t really follow this rule. When you make both dietary and physical activity changes at the same time, the results tend to reinforce each other – making you better able to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Another pairing option to maintain your healthy diet is to find a buddy – or a tribe – with similar goals. In his book Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, Lifestyle and Fitness coach Dai Manuel believes “whole life awesomeness” is best achieved through human connection. He recommends finding an ‘Account-a-buddy’ – someone to hold you accountable – and brings together a tribe that strives to “encourage and support each other to be the happiest, healthiest versions of ourselves.”
Which certainly sounds like winning to me.
Read Fitness: Back to Basics to read more about Dai and Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Sticking to a healthy diet can be tough when you’re away from home for extended periods of time.
When you get too hungry, you may end up grabbing whatever is available. And that is most often processed food.
To avoid this common pitfall, bring a cooler and fill it with healthy, homemade food when travelling or away from home for some time.
So, bottom line on how to maintain a healthy diet? Plan Ahead.
Purge. Provide, Prep, and Pack your favourite healthy foods and recipes. Pair up with Your Tribe; the websites, authors, companies, or experts who share your health and wellness goals.
Of course, there are always those unexpected pitfalls that you can’t anticipate. Or can you?
Read Plan for the Unexpected for more tips that help make your healthy eating plan downright Bulletproof.
As we grow, we hope you find more and more of what you need to succeed – your tribe – right here at mADDworld.
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