Motivating yourself to eat well can be a bit of a challenge. There are lots of food temptations out there, and not all of them are good for our health! To help you get in the zone and take control of your health, try these five easy steps.
1 . Decide Why
If you want to motivate yourself to eat healthier it can help to think about why you’d like to eat healthier in the first place. Perhaps you’re looking to lose weight, or improve your nutritional health? Maybe you’d like to boost your immune system or improve your energy levels? Whatever your reason is, figuring this out can be the perfect motivational tool.
2. Set Easy Goals
If you want to inspire yourself to eat healthier the trick is to start off with easy goals. Don’t promise yourself that you’re going to only ever eat salad, set goals that you actually stand a chance of achieving! Here are a few examples for some starting point ideas:
- Buy a new healthy recipe book and learn one recipe each week.
- Challenge yourself to join a healthy cooking class.
- Eat at least three different types of veggies per day.
- Choose vegetarian options at least three times a week.
3. Try Apps
There are lots of apps that have healthy recipes and healthy eating plans. Try the Green Kitchen App or SuperFood. The healthy recipes on these apps are helpful as you are looking to diversify your diet. Some of these apps also include meal planning features; meal planning can be useful to save money and focus on nutritious options. You’ll find plenty of healthy meal ideas on these apps.
If you’re interested in growing your own vegetables, try apps like My Veggie Garden Planner. Growing your own foods is a great way to motivate yourself to eat healthily. You’ll improve your garden and get some great exercise at the same time.
4. Get Inspired
To get excited about eating healthy, what you need is a little inspiration. There are lots of great podcasts out there which focus on healthy eating, here are a few that you might want to try:
I really enjoy this podcast and the science-based commentary Dr. Tim Crowe provides on trends in nutrition and many other topics.
Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RD, CDE provides credible information to help you make dietary choices and engages in conversation with other experts.
5. Don’t Be Too Strict
If you want to eat better, it’s important not to be too strict. Giving up the tasty foods you love isn’t necessary, as we all deserve a treat now and then. Whether it’s learning how to make profiteroles or ordering your favorite pizza, a few indulgences here and there won’t hurt! All foods can fit in a healthy diet.
Using these simple tips you’ll be able to create a healthy eating plan that works for you. Once you get into the swing of a health plan you’ll soon improve your well-being.
Have questions? Comments? I would love to hear what you think below!
Jinan Banna, PhD, RD is the founder of Jinan Banna LLC and an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Hawaii. Her research interest is in obesity prevention. Jinan helps working women to lose weight so that they can feel confident and energetic by offering free information on her blog, as well as nutrition coaching. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biology. She is also a registered dietitian.