Dieting is cool for a little while, but what happens when you can't "diet" anymore? You need to learn to maintain your new routine of healthy eating and keep living a life of balance. When trying o find balance, sometimes you get stuck on the little details, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and farther away from your goals. During these times, it’s best to keep things as simple as possible while you explore what being healthy means for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help simplify your diet:
-Keep it SIMPLE ! I can't stress this enough. You do not need to re-invent the wheel! Don't try to be a gourmet chef. Build your relationship with food first. What are healthy choices that you can eat every day? What foods do you enjoy eating that will fill your body with nutrients ? If you can find 5 meals you enjoy eating you have your week set. Just rotate between them all or keep everything the same day to day. If you need ideas and want to look at my boring food entries : Saraburda7 on MyFitnessPal !!
-Don't stress ! No really, just stop stressing. Stress leads to increased cortisol levels.Over-stressing can change the way your body breaks down food due to the increase of cortisol, which in turn can produce more insulin than needed. That insulin can then cause excess fat storage in the body, so even the healthiest of meals have the potential to be harmful once consumed if stress levels go unregulated. Don't give yourself an excuse to let loose but also find balance in the food choices you are making.
-Food is REAL. If you don't eat real food it goes bad. Yupp like those bananas that you might try to salvage for banana bread! Start to eliminate the processed foods. Why? This is because toxic chemicals found in most processed junk can result in your body acting against its nature, which could have devastating effects on your health goals. Sticking to real fruits, veggies and meat even if they aren’t organic is better than backtracking to anything overly processed or artificial.
-Don't make it complicated. You don't need a special diet for you to eat healthy. Just start eating healthy. Classic recipes that focus on high quality, sustainable foods are always a better choice than possibly risking metabolic damage from a trendy diet. You are looking for LONG TERM sustainability. Focus on food quality and making your meals taste good with real food !