How to Diet, Find Consistency & Not Be Overwhelmed
Well, let’s face it..
Dieting is just one of those things that we all love to hate, yet deep down, we truly WANT to love..
Its that thing that few seem to do well, yet everyone (yes, everyone) has tried. (*most still trying in vain).
So, how do we even approach something so confusing and frustrating?
How do we begin to take actions that are more than just a stop on the never-ending “Nutritional Ferris-wheel”?
There are some major pillars of significance when it comes to “dieting right” and achieving sustainable results.
In this approach, we want to get far, far away from the efforts of old, where we’d make short term changes for short term results; instead move to the long game, where we’re looking for long term change that produces long term outcomes.
So, the first “pillar”
Relationship with Food:
Find out what food means to you, what it “is” to you and how you handle it. Sounds strange, I know, but consider how you use (possibly abuse) food in the times when you’re stressed, overwhelmed, sad, excited, celebrating and socializing. Most of the time, in these scenarios, we’re unaware of how we’re interacting with food. We eat mindlessly, excessively and occasionally even “rewardingly”. (is that a word?)
This must be where we start, because it’s so incredibly crucial to all steps that follow. This is our foundation, and it’s essential to achieving lasting success.
So, work to gain an understanding of your areas of struggle, find your areas of strength and begin to define what food is to you. (there’s no right or wrong answer, it just needs to be aligned with your goals)
Take the simplest action, and take it now.
Think of the areas from the first pillar that can be improved (how you treat & manage food). What of these seems to be the simplest? Start now!
*let’s say for example, you have a routine of eating “mindlessly'“ in the evening after a long and stressful day. You end most days this was, as it has become your mode of “relief” and “de-stressing”. It’s not uncommon for you to sit and eat an entire bag of popcorn while watching TV, or drink most (if not all) a bottle of wine. This is where you start. And the key is, start small, like really, really small. Think of that change, let’s say it’s eating “snacks” or dessert a few nights a week instead of every night. How easy is this on a scale of 1-10, 10 being so simple it almost feels like nothing, 1 being impossible. Now, if you say this step is 7 or below, make it easier! It really needs to be as simple as possible, that’s what allows consistency, and ultimately what will establish long term sustainability.
Slow down when you’re eating, I know this seems a bit remedial, but truly this simple step can make a MASSIVE difference.
This will allow you to truly provide time for satiety (feeling “full” and satisfied), also, you’re allowing time to be mindful about what you’re actually eating!
This coupled with the “80% full - rule”, where you eat only until you’re about 80% full, will drastically improve your ability to avoid overeating.
It’s simple changes like these, that are the ones you master, so that you never feel overwhelmed, you don’t get “burned out” and you can reduce the level of complexity to the core concepts for a greater understanding (of what actually matters).
*For those who have a tendency to jump into extremes, here’s a little visual of why you’re setting yourself up for discouragement with that cycle.
If you find yourself still struggling with nutrition, can’t seem to get a handle on how YOU can create lasting habits, I can help!!
I coach busy parents who struggle to find a balance between busy schedules/responsibilities and still finding time to prioritize their health and the health of their family.
If you want to learn how you can develop a process that LASTS and actually fits your busy lifestyle, one that compliments instead of competes, let’s chat!