By Candice Chauncey
Here are a few simple ways to improve your eating habits and to bring about change:
Be specific. “I want to get fit” or “I will eat better” is too vague. Instead, set a goal such as “I will walk 30 minutes a day” or “I will prep my meals 3 x a week for work” or “I won’t buy any takeaways this week.” This is more realistic and more intentional so it becomes easier to achieve.
When you are able to tackle the easy ones first you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment which will motivate you to tackle the not so easy things. Small changes made consistently over time result in amazing results.
Don’t try to be too extreme. Focus on daily goals, don’t overwhelm yourself. If you make too many changes too quickly you most probably won’t stick to them in the long term.
If you know going to a social event/braai derails your healthy eating then plan accordingly. Have a healthy snack beforehand so that you don’t end up overindulging at the event. If you struggle to wake up early in the morning to workout, then put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get up and out of bed to turn it off.
If you have a bad habit of getting a takeaway coffee and muffin every morning before work, try full up on a good breakfast at home before you leave the house. If you get home and turn the tv and laze on the couch, get an accountability partner to meet you for a walk or some form of exercise 2-3 times a week. That type of accountability will help you stay on track with your goals.