HEALTHY DOESN’T MEAN MISERABLE
How many times have you set out on creating healthy habits… only to realize you’re terribly miserable?
Yeah, I’ve so been there….
At first, it seems so great! You’re on your way to reaching your goals, eating healthy, and working out, but at the end of the day, you’re left tormenting yourself in front of an open freezer, spoon in hand, reaching out for the carton of ice cream. If you give in to the sweets or pizza you feel relieved at first, but then ultimately so guilty and miserable over your “lack of willpower”.
But what the heck is that?! Why does it have to totally suck to be healthy? Well, it doesn’t 😉
You can absolutely be healthy AND happy!
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CREATE HEALTHY HABITS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
Just like one good habit doesn’t make you healthy, one mistake doesn’t make you unhealthy. In the nutrition community, we can get so caught up on being perfect, finding the right diet, and endlessly searching for the new greatest thing.
- But where do we draw the line?
- How do we know when we’re doing the best we can?
- And how can we make sure what we’re doing is working for us?
3 STEPS TO CREATE HEALTHY, HAPPY HABITS
1. FEEL GOOD ABOUT FOOD
Eating is a part of life, so it should be an amazing experience! I can’t think of many things that bring people closer together than good food. But if you a feel any kind of anxiety around food, you need to figure out where that stress is coming from. The stress can be caused by…
- Career or relationships stress
- A negative body image
- Forgetting to practice self-care
- Eating disorders
- Feeling lost on your purpose
Believe me, I’ve gone through my own struggles, so I know it can be a difficult challenge to conquer. But it is possible, so don’t be afraid to speak up, do your research, or spend some time evaluating yourself. (You can even connect with me for some support.)
Since we know that we need to eat every day, multiple times a day, being comfortable at the dinner table and in the kitchen is a necessity.
2. DON’T OVERSIMPLIFY YOUR NEEDS
It’s easy to say, “I’m good” and take what you get. But that’s not always fair to YOU. It’s 100% okay to need more than what you have! It’s not a bad thing to want…
- A better job
- Healthier relationships
- A stronger body
- More money
And the same thing applies to health. Just because this “simple” approach is good for someone, doesn’t mean it will work for you… and that’s normal! Simple is good, but remember it’s not the whole picture. Oversimplifying things can make you feel bad about needing something that you’re not getting.. and that could not be sillier! One size does not fit all, and you have to adjust your diet and lifestyle to your needs.
Just because you stray from one person’s idea of the best way to eat, does not mean you are in any way wrong or that you have failed.
We all have unique needs, which means we have to take many things into consideration when we try to create new habits. So let’s stop criticizing ourselves for not being able to stick to someone else’s diet rules and let’s make a plan that works for you.
3. CHOOSE WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
Self-sabotage is so unfair, yet it’s so easy to do. That’s why structuring your eating habits around the freedom to follow what you want is so important.
When you have principles that you believe in instead of just “rules”, the gratification you get from sticking to them is very different.
For many people, the minute they feel restricted is the minute that they fall into their old habits. I know that in the past if I really wanted something sweet and didn’t let myself have it, I binged on way too much chocolate later. Therefore, I know now that when I force myself to cut out all sugar completely, I ultimately sabotage myself by breaking the “rules” later on in a much bigger way.
That’s why I eat chocolate and dessert when I want it, because I know that 99% of the time I’m following my food philosophy and making healthy plates because that’s what makes me feel amazing. Ultimately, it’s perfectly healthy to indulge in all foods in a balance that works for YOU, and you should not feel guilty about it!
TAKEAWAY: YOU NEED TO BE HAPPY IN ORDER TO BE HEALTHY
Habits are not just things that allow you to reach your goals. Habits are things you do every day both consciously and subconsciously. That’s why healthy habits are the foundation of your healthy lifestyle… they relate to everything you do!
So what happens when you try to make habits that make you unhappy? They don’t stick.
You can’t make lasting changes from habits that make you miserable. Like if the gym is not your thing, don’t force yourself to go! Simply find a new way that actually fits your needs. The more we can make healthy habits from happy, positive changes, the easier we can transition into living healthier lifestyles.
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