If you ever read my food diaries, you know that I like to eat chocolate. Sometimes there is even a whole bar in one evening (recommended: dark chocolate from Fair Trade)! I often find it difficult to not do the same thing the next day. How do you stay on the ‘right path’ and go back to healthy eating once you have sinned? If this is a recognizable situation for you, read on.
1. Beware of products that have an addictive or stimulating effect.
I eat not only a whole bar of chocolate, because I like the taste, but also because cocoa has a stimulating effect on the brain. Endorins are released through the combination of cocoa, sugar and fat and they provide a good feeling. There are other products that create such a desire, so you keep on eating. For example, milk products contain the substance casein, which is a powerful by-product that can have an addictive effect. That is why the cheese plate is so on … So choose only one slice of brie or skip the product completely if you think you can not keep it.
2. Find out which healthy things you like and eat them regularly.
Do you like red peppers? Nice, then we eat that tonight. And tomorrow night and Tuesday afternoon and Sunday evening. Healthy things do not usually damage in multiple, so enjoy as much as possible. Buy your favorite fruit regularly and eat it whenever you feel like it. Not only does the sugar in the fruit perhaps make you less likely to grab other snacks, it is also super good for you.
3. Find inspiration and eat varied.
I notice that when I do not know what I want to cook or what I want, I grab a bag of chips faster. A weekly menu can help with this. Through a weekly menu you know every evening what you are going to eat. This way you eat snacks less quickly before dinner time. You can also regularly visit cooking websites or open cookbooks. Another idea is to bring along an unknown product every week during your round of shopping, for example a seasonal vegetable. So you are busy and challenge yourself to make a new recipe every week.
4. Do healthy shopping and avoid bad products.
This seems like a cliché, but it really works. If you do not have it at home, you can not get involved at a weak moment. Discard all products that you do not want to eat and replace them with a better variant. Eat before you go shopping and do not take unhealthy things with you. Avoid the courses with cookies, chips and other things that you do not want to eat anymore. If necessary, make a list of the things you do not want to buy and hang it on the fridge.
5. Come up with a strong motivation.
If you know why you want to eat healthy, it is easier to keep it going. Is it because you want to lose a few pounds? Do you want better skin? Do you regularly suffer from your bowels? Are you trying to improve your sports performance? Determine for yourself why you want to eat healthy and do it for yourself. Nobody is born with a strong motivation, but you can learn it. As long as you can see your goals well for you, it will be easier to reject that slice of cake or a Mars.
6. Listen to your body and your feelings.
When do you feel better after eating hastily in the McDonalds or after a healthy meal at home or in a restaurant? In the first case you may suffer from feelings of guilt, a heavy feeling in your stomach or unrest in the intestines. That is no surprise. You and your body are not happy with what you have just worked in. Try to remember this feeling. Why would you constantly give yourself a bad feeling for a snack that tastes just five minutes? Good food is an investment in your mental state and in your body and that is so much more important than a cheap burger.