If you’ve seen my Healthy Living section, you know that I share health, food, and fitness tips here on my site. Healthy eating is very important to me; I always opt for fresh and try to understand my ingredients. However, like any habit to build, it isn’t always easy—you have to train your mind to know what to look for. There are many people who would like to make a healthy change, but don’t know where to start. Luckily, we always have the ability to change our lives for the better. :)
The problem isn’t your body, it’s your mind.
Once you see that you can change your thoughts about the food you consume, you start to realize just how much power you have. Of course, it can be tough at first. Everyone has a story—you have to consider why you haven’t adopted healthier ways before. The reasons are endless: you don’t know where to start; where to shop; you’re not the best at cooking; you weren’t raised in a household that had healthy meals on the table; fresh food is too expensive; or maybe, you’re just USED to a certain diet. Maybe what you thought was healthy growing up, actually wasn’t so good for you. With all those fad diets, it’s hard to tell! If you’ve always eaten processed meals and didn’t even know that certain veggies existed until a certain point—that’s a hurdle. But once you know that it’s your mind you have to convince—nothing more—you can start off eating right.
Consider these when you embark on a journey to healthier eating. If you take time to prepare mentally for a new lifestyle, it will come easier:
Consider your own past relationship with food.
This helps you discover if you could become healthier or kick a bad habit. Doing this with other areas of your life, like fitness, is helpful too.
Research every product & consider its history.
Over time, familiarize yourself with ingredients and what they mean; you’ll be able to make a decision on whether it’s the best option for you and your family. Find out where your food came from and how it was made—it will open your eyes.
Know your body.
Some people are used to consuming a certain diet simply out of habit. But once you make a change, your body knows it and is happy. If you find yourself falling back to old ways, your body will likely remind you with a stomachache, exhaustion, or just an “off” days—listen to it!
Remind yourself: it’s an evolving process.
Whether you’re worried about the cost of healthy food, how to prepare it, or how to educate yourself, just remember that it’s a process! There will be trial and error in finding how to get local produce or trying a new healthy recipe. But it’s also an opportunity to connect with your family and friends over it, too. It takes passion and research to change something as second nature as eating, but it’s worth it.
I’ll be talking more about my tips for balancing all the things above and more, along with health tips and recipes soon—be on the look out!
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