If there is one word I absolutely hate to hear or read it is diet. What a horrible four letter word that just brings negativity into the mix in any conversation. If one person reading this post stops using that word, it will have been worth it to write it.
Trust me – I get it. I used to live my life going from diet to diet in an attempt to get to some magic number I thought I should weigh The result? Constant yo-yo dieting. As you may have read in my earlier posts, if it was on the market – I tried it. Unfortunately, it did not solve my problem and I was in a vicious cycle until I made the changes I needed to make.
If you are ready to stop using and hearing the word diet, here are four tips to get you moving toward a healthy lifestyle:
- Sit down and write a menu for the coming week that puts the focus on eating clean. If you are not sure what it means to eat clean, email me at email@example.com and I will send you a meal plan. Eating clean means to eat real food and eliminate processed foods. When planning for the coming week, think lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. If you think it will be expensive to purchase the groceries to eat clean, take a moment to write down how much money you’ve spent the past month eating your meals out, picking up fast food on the way home from work along with the junk you’ve purchased for your home. Eating clean and healthy is actually less expensive than what you might believe.
- Clean out your kitchen pantry. If it is processed in any way it’s loaded with chemicals that are not good for your health. If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce or are not sure what they are, put those in the get rid of pile. In addition get rid of anything that has “preservatives” in the ingredient list. When I write to put these items into the toss pile, that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Another option is to donate to a food bank or homeless shelter.
- Now that you have written out your menu, sit down and create your grocery list and head to the store. The absolute BEST advice I’ve been given? Stick to the perimeter of the store where the fresh, healthy foods are kept. If you do venture down any aisles, read the list of ingredients and try to opt for organic. Can’t pronounce the ingredient? Don’t buy it.
- When making changes to how you eat, you might want to start on the weekend if possible. Some folks may experience withdrawal like symptoms than can range from being overly tired to headaches. Your body is basically detoxifying from foods that are not beneficial to you. Drink a lot of water and be kind to yourself and push through.
What I’ve personally found with myself and working with others is it might take longer than a week or so for your body to fully adjust. Stick with it because the benefits will greatly outweigh the discomfort you may experience and you’ll feel better too.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.