You know you need to eat well, but does it mean cutting out so many foods that you’re left with a boring rotation of redundancy? Or does eating well mean denying yourself food that tastes good?
Simply put, no and no.
But we know it’s not really that simple. As you dive into a new way of eating, you not only need a road map (what, when, and how to eat), you need some directions to get you where you need to be:
See the possibilities. When starting on a new diet, dive into the possibilities. Instead of saying, “I can’t eat this, this, and this”, say “I can eat that, that, and that.” Sure, you may be eating things you’ve never even heard of before, but you may also find new favorites. Yes, you’re “eliminating” foods, but you’re also opening up a whole new world.
Explore a little. Think about when you go to the grocery store. How many products don’t you buy? You probably have found yourself in a rhythm where you purchase the same things every week and so when you’re at the grocery store, you zero in on those things and don’t notice the rest. Take a browsing trip to your regular grocery store — not one where you’re rushing to complete your list, but a visit where you can really take note of all the options that align with your new foods list. And scope out specialty stores and natural grocers in your area, too.
Plan it out. Once you have a lay of the (shopping) land, commit a plan to paper. Chart out every meal and snack for the week, and then make your grocery list. This may take a little extra time in the beginning, but you’ll become more efficient as you make it a habit.
Introduce the newbies. When making your grocery list and meal plan, start with a base of familiar foods, and choose 3-4 (or more!) new items to try every week. And then start Googling. There is a wealth of recipes, preparation methods, and ideas out there.
Abandon your preconceived notions. Maybe you hate Brussels sprouts because you only ever had them in school lunches. We’re here to tell you: they don’t have to be balls of unidentifiable mush a la cafeteria fare. As you make this journey, you may have to let go of some previously held notions, but you’re going to make plenty of new and exciting discoveries about foods you like and how to positively fuel your body.
Keep going. Eating is a habit. You’ve probably eaten the same way for a really long time. This is a new way to eat and you need time to develop a new set of habits. And this is only one window of time in your lifespan. It’s like the newborn stage — here you have this fresh tiny human being and it’s hard – the crying, the diapers, the fragility of an infant (and you, the parent), the lack of sleep. But you find your bearings, and one day, you hear yourself saying, “hey, I’m doing this parenting thing.”
When you begin a journey to eat better, you’ll have a breakthrough. You’ll find your rhythm. And you know what? You’ll feel good. What you eat affects how you and your body function. When you’re eating well, you’re living well.
What does eating well really look like? “Eat Well to Live Well” is our road map that outlines the steps you can take for a better diet, and in turn, better well being. Get the free ebook now.