Healthy eating is a challenge. Many of us do really great at making changes to our diet and then we get comfortable. You start to allow yourself to slip or give in to the excuses in your head – whether it’s to eat something you know you shouldn’t or to skip a workout.
Being healthy IS about balance. But it can be a very fine line. The key is to be aware of your choices. Bad habits sneak up on you and before you know it, you find yourself in the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting – which is NOT healthy.
Here are three bad habits to be super aware of so you can skip the pain of “falling off the wagon.”
1) Reaching for sugar for a “quick-fix.” It’s 3 p.m. and you’re dragging. You grab a candy bar, bagel, coffee, or soda for a pick-me-up. You rationalize that it’s “just this one time” because you “eat healthy all the time.” But reaching for that sugar bomb throws your entire system into a sugar rush and then a crash, which prompts another sugary/carb-tastic treat to get the high again. Solution: Reach for some protein. It will help keep your blood sugar level and make you FEEL satisfied.
2) Skipping meals because you don’t have time. This is a classic one. (One even I’m not immune to.) Sometimes you don’t even realize you haven’t eaten anything for hours because you’re so busy. Hey, it happens. But the trouble with that is when you DO eat, you’re famished and you eat way more than you should be eating. Solution: Keep some healthy snacks in your desk/car/purse. If you tend to get REALLY busy, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to eat a little something.
3) Drinking your calories. Whether it’s beer, wine, mixed drinks or just soda or juice, these calories add up QUICK. And you don’t even realize it. And what’s worse – many of us never factor in our beverages to our calorie count. So you may think you’re doing great – and you ARE – until you realize that the juice you had with breakfast, the soda at lunch and the beer with dinner totally put you over. Solution: Stick with water. It’s OK to treat yourself to a drink once a week; just don’t go overboard.
Stop giving in to the excuses your mind comes up with. YOU are worth more than the junk food you crave. Your health – both mentally and physically – with worth more than the momentary high of sugar.
Be aware of your body & your mindset and you will avoid slipping back into bad habits.
What bad habit do you find yourself falling back into?