Healthy eating has taken over our blog recently – so far we’ve shared some tasty recipes and yummy meal ideas that celebrate “Enjoy the taste of eating right,” the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month. Our hope at WellnessFX is that you continue to keep nutrition top-of-mind in the new year, and eat healthy all year long. Some healthy eating tips to set you up for success:
5 Tips for Successful Healthy Eating, All Year Long
1. Make it a habit
What will it take to keep new approaches to eating in your life and making them a part of your everyday life? Habit. To develop a habit means new behaviors become automatic – instinctual.
Stanford Persuasive Technology lab’s BJ Fogg, a renowned research psychologist studying human behavior, focuses on two main building blocks when it comes to habit creation, via his Tiny Habits work:
Find something you’re already doing and build on it to form a new habit. It’s a “When + after” approach.
- Why it works: The already established habit will trigger your new one and be easier to adopt because it’s hinged to something you’re already doing.
- Example: Your goal is to eat more fruit.
- In action: When you set your alarm clock at night for the next morning, after you’ve set your alarm clock, add some fruit (a banana, apple, orange) to where your bag or car keys are sitting. Then you can just take it with you when you leave the house in the morning.
Take baby steps. Set up small, attainable goals that you can reach, which move you toward the overall goal in increments. Once you reach the goal, create another.
- Why it works: Regularly achieving your goals is fulfilling and makes your (and future) goals seem more possible.
- Example: Your healthy goal is to “Eat 7-8 servings of vegetables a day.”
- In action: Set a goal of eating one leafy green at dinner for a week. Once you’ve attained that, add another vegetable to another meal in the day. And so on and so forth.
2. Keep it simple for you
As we know with health, having the data is only part of the solution, it has to be engaging and easy to understand. In the same way, regarding nutrition and being healthy, having the food is step one, but if you’re not engaged with it in a way that’s meaningful to you, all the kale in your fridge won’t make a difference.
“Don’t buy a bunch of food that requires cooking skills if you don’t have them. Don’t buy foods that spoil if you’ve never prepared a proper meal,” ~ Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Body
If meal prepping on Sundays is efficient for you, do that. If it’s easier to buy frozen vegetables, do that. Do what works for you, in your life.
3. Be imperfect
Expect bumps along the way and know that those are ok.
Be kind to yourself. That being said, when you do hit a rough patch…
4. Keep going
If you are driving and get a flat tire, do you pull over to the side of the road, take out a gun and shoot the other three tires? No, you fix the flat and merge back into traffic, continuing on toward your destination. If you deviate from your nutrition path, all hard work done so far is not lost – keep going.
5. Make it fun
Games are fun. Nutrition and healthy eating can be a fun game, too. When sitting down to a meal, rather than thinking about what you’re not supposed to eat, consider playing a game of “How many different vegetables can I work into this meal?”
How WellnessFX Can Help
Seeing actual results of your efforts can be an affirmation that you’re on the right path. As such, don’t forget to regularly blood test along the way – not only is having your health data a crucial part in improving overall health but seeing your hard work pay off in the form of reduced risk factors and improved health are real results that reward you for your hard work. Check out a WellnessFX diagnostics package today and track your health in a way that helps you actually improve.
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