As we soak up the warm summer season and enjoy those fruity drinks, I want to address three things that will help you eat cleaner and stay consistent. These make up the foundation of an overall healthier lifestyle:
1.) Shift your Focus. Whatever you focus on expands! The more you focus on the desires that you want whether it’s alcohol, chocolate, excessive food or video games, the more you’re going to want those things.
Instead, if you can shift your focus to becoming the best version of yourself, then things really start to change. Focus on making at least 80% of your meals healthy. Focus on exercising daily. Focus on the overall health aspect of fitness, not just the weight loss factor.
Shift your focus to today and try to avoid ruminating on the negative. That will just suck the life out of you causing mental fatigue. Mental fatigue leads to wrong food choices; like fatty, sweet snacks!
2.) Change your story. We all have the power to create incredible stories in our own minds. Some of them can be empowering, while others can be detrimental.
Your past is meant to guide you, not define you.
When we’re hungry, it’s easy to say, “Well, I’m stressed out and I don’t have time to go make anything healthy, I’ll just stop at the drive-thru so I can be more efficient with my time.”
Those words may be true, but if it’s repeated regularly, it can slowly shift you away from your core values and you may not even know it.
Stop trying to justify unhealthy behaviors in order to subdue negative emotions.
3.) Control your Environment. Sometimes willpower and logic alone can’t save us. The actions we take are often controlled by two powerful emotions; we do things seeking pleasure, or in order to avoid pain.
When you’re feeling weak, take a look at your environment.
In regards to healthy eating, a house full of junk food will only inspire unhealthy eating. Eliminating the junk food out of the house and replacing it with healthy food will exponentially change your behaviors, and also make it easier to make healthy decisions without fatiguing that willpower.
Plan your meals on a weekly basis and you're well on your way to optimum health.
If you suffer from lack of control when it comes to eating, then taking the time to learn nutrition and the affects of how certain foods can spike and drop blood sugar will also help you better plan out your daily eating habits. We'll be doing just that on the 21 Day Summer Slim Down.
This goes beyond the kitchen too. Learn to protect your environment in life. Try to keep screens out of the bedroom so you get better sleep, avoid toxic people as they can drain you, wake up earlier and develop some time for yourself where you can focus on self improvement in order to be more proactive as opposed to reacting to the day (via checking email, social media, news, etc).
I encourage you to try implementing those three things in your life. This simple shift in behavior may just bring to light a richer life that you didn’t know was within you.
Breathe and Go!