No matter how hard we try to stick to a healthy lifestyle, sooner or later we all trip and start eating some junk food, or skip our exercise program for a few days. It happens, so don’t beat yourself up about it. At the same time you want to make sure you get back on track as soon as possible. After all, you don’t want to get too comfortable where you are. Hers are some tips to help you get back into a routine that includes healthy eating and daily exercise.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
The most important thing when you fall off the healthy eating wagon is to not beat yourself up about it. Sure, it wasn’t what you had planned, but we all give in to cravings sometimes. Forgive yourself for it and move on.
If you don’t you’ll get into a vicious cycle of feeling guilty, which gets you depressed, which makes you eat. Because you eat even more junk food to ease the pain from feeling guilty, you get yourself in even deeper. Before you know it, you’ll just give up yet again and slip back into your old eating habits. Don’t let this happen again, forgive yourself for slipping and then.
Get Started Again
Get right back into your healthy eating routine. Don’t allow yourself to give up. Fix a yummy salad, snack on some fruit or fix some grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner. If you are subscribed to the Healthy Menu Mailer, prepare the dinner on the menu tonight. The sooner you get back into your healthy eating habits after overindulging, the better. Your blood sugar will normalize, avoiding additional sugar spikes that could result in more cravings. It also helps to drink plenty of water if you feel like more of the foods that you really shouldn’t be eating. Distract yourself, if those bags of chips or the pie in the fridge are still calling you.
Keep a Log or Journal
You may also want to start a food and exercise log or journal. This doesn’t have to be anything complicated. A simple spiral-bound notebook will do. Write down what and how much you ate every day, how many glasses of water you drank and how much you exercised. A weight loss journal is great way to create accountability. Because you know you will have to write down that bowl of ice cream you’re thinking of eating, you will skip it and pick up some frozen grapes or some fresh berries instead. Your journal can also be a big motivator. When you feel like giving up, review it and look at how much progress you have made in the past weeks.
Take these tips to heart when you do slip and get back on track with your healthy eating habits and weight loss efforts as soon as possible. A healthy menu planner like Healthy Menu Mailer can help you stay on track with your healthy eating.