29 life-changing health habits you should adopt (that won't make you feel deprived):
I get it - 'Quitting sugar' is simpler than 'eat everything in moderation'.
You follow rules. You have a list of foods to avoid. You don't have to think. And it makes you feel trendy. But that's a diet. And diets don't work.
You know how I lost 20kg for good? Not by quitting sugar or 'eating clean'. But by adopting healthy habits.
Adopting healthy habits (not restriction) is the only proven way to lose weight - and not regain it.
So instead of jumping on yet another diet bandwagon (that will suck the joy out of eating and drive you to binge eat the pantry), why not adopt one of these incredibly simple, lifestyle habits.
29 healthy habits (that won't make you feel deprived):
1. Stop making crappy ice-berg lettuce, tomato and carrot salads. They suck.
2. Try tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Try rocket, pear, parmesan salad. Try mango, avocado, onion salad. Still three ingredients. But actually tastes good.
3. Don't put salad dressing on the side. It makes salads taste good. This is important. Because it makes healthy eating enjoyable.
4. Cook at home one more night each week. That's doable, right? Schedule it in your diary. Here are some delicious, healthy recipes.
5. When you cook, make twice as much for a healthy lunch the next day = less take away = more $$
6. Stop eating 'six small meals a day'. Eat when you are hungry - not by the clock. Because Pringles were right! Once you pop, you typically... can't stop. Less frequent meals = Less worry = More satiation = Winning at life.
7. Get 10,000 steps each day. Get a fitness tracker like a Fitbit. You'll sleep so much better.
8. Aim to eat 2-3 pieces of fruit every day. And no, fruit is not fattening.
9. Quit that gym membership you hate. Do exercise you actually like. Go for a weekly walk with a girlfriend so you can spend the whole time talking about the latest Bachelorette episode. See... Way more fun!
10. Stop scrolling on social media. It's make you anxious and sad and feel not good enough. This isn't motivating. It's depressing. Use Moment app to track your addiction.
11. Eat less meat. Aim to eat meat once a day or less.
12. Unfollow nut jobs on social media. Especially all the crazies in the wellness world who pretend superfoods cure cancer.
13. Stop weighing yourself.
14. No seriously. Stop weighing yourself. Your weight doesn't define you. What does the number actually mean if you're never satisfied with your body regardless of your weight?
15. Accept your body as it is. Accepting your body doesn't mean you 'give up' and go downhill. It means you become motivated by taking care of yourself, not fixing yourself. And that kinda willpower is WAY more powerful. Try it. Go on... It works.
16. Don't eat in front of the TV.
16. Make an appointment with a counsellor or psychologist. I proudly see one regularly. It's gym for your brain.
17. Swap soft drink (including diet) for water.
18. Obsess about eating enough vegetables. Not avoiding carbohydrates or sugar.
19. Eat carbohydrates - if it makes you feel good. Bread isn't fattening.
20. Buy one new veg each week that is outside of your comfort zone.
21. Say yes to junk food when you're at social occasions - and you'll be less likely to binge on them at home in private.
23. If someone else is beautiful, it doesn't mean you are not. Don't comment on other peoples weight. You never know if they have an eating disorder, an illness, grief or depression...
24. Charge your phone in another room. Put it on aeroplane mode.
24. Always order veggies when eating out.
25. Find excuses to walk. Walk to buy your groceries, to post a letter, attend a meeting.
26. Get to sleep 30 minutes earlier.
27. Prioritise a healthy grocery shop at least once a week. Or order online.
27. Learn to say "NO" when people ask too much of you. Do you really WANT to do it? Do you even have time? Saying "No, thank you" is like a exercise. The more you do it, the easier it gets.... and you always feel better afterwards.
28. Fill your shopping trolley with 50% veg and fruit (and you will eat 50% veg and fruit!)
29. Stop trying to lose the last few kilograms. Focus on being healthy. Your healthiest weight will follow and reflect your inner balance.
How to make healthy habits that stick
Simply pick a couple of healthy habits that resonate with you. Adopt them. But don't pick more than 1-3 at a time.
Once the habits feel easy and effortless, pick another and repeat the process. It could take a few days, weeks or months until it becomes a habit. Be patient. If the habit doesn't work out, ditch it and pick another. Simple.
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