Ever feel like you have to do something dramatic to turn your diet around or get a grip on your eating habits? Like put a lock on your pantry or only drink green juice?
Well, let me tell you, the drama isn’t necessary. And the participants in my most recent 30 Day Nutrition Upgrade program are proof: eating healthy doesn’t mean restricting yourself or being anywhere close to “perfect.”
Here are 5 takeaways participants had (along with extra resources) to help you bring balance into your own diet:
1. Perfection isn’t the goal. Awareness is.
“I weighed myself for the first time since doing the 30-Day Nutrition Challenge and was down 8.5 lbs, all because I was more aware of the type of food I was eating.”
A little awareness can go a long way. A lot further than a set of arbitrary rules which, once you break them, ultimately lead to giving up. If mindful eating sounds like a drag or a bore, check out this article on How We Get Mindful Eating Wrong. Also, check out these Four Ways to Eat More Mindfully.
2. You can stay on track without logging everything you eat.
“This approach keeps me mindful of what I’m eating without all the logging.”
Keeping a record of everything you eatcan be a very effective tool for improving your eating habits. Most people start to drift away from the habit after a week or two–often, when they have a day they’d just as soon be “off the record.” And the benefits of that increased awareness and accountability gradually slip way.
The Nutrition GPA app was developed as a solution to this dilemma–a way to get the benefits of awareness and accountability without the burden of logging every bit of food every day.
3. Adding foods is more fun than subtracting.
“It hasn’t seemed like the ‘I can’t wait until this is over’ diet plan.”
Improving your nutrition isn’t just about eliminating unhealthy foods. It’s also about adding healthy ones!
4. Bad days don’t have to mean reaching for Ben and Jerry’s.
“I’m far less likely to succumb to bad choices in weak moments.”
Strict dieting rules often lead to an all-or-nothing attitude. One moment of weakness derails the entire project. Not so in the 30-Day Nutrition Upgrade. Although we use the Nutrition GPA app as a way to get feedback on our daily choices, perfection is not the goal. Cultivating consistent healthy habits means there’s room for a little indulgence too.
But if your sweet tooth is your weakness, here’s something that can help keep those sugar cravings from getting the better of you.
5. Remember: it’s a lifestyle, not a sprint.
“This is a lifestyle I intend to keep up.”
And when it comes to healthy habits, the ones we can sustain long term are the only ones that really make a difference. I’d rather see you cut your added sugar intake by 25% forever than to go 30 days without any added sugar at all…and then go back to your old habits. Remember: it’s not your best days or your worst days but your typical day that ultimately determines the quality of your diet and your results!
Congratulations to all the recent Upgraders. If you’d like to participate in the next one, sign up here and I’ll be sure to notify you when registration opens.