They say the hardest part about healthy eating isn’t starting out. It’s sticking to it!
OK, I don’t know if anyone actually says that, but I firmly believe in it.
When you first decide to change your family’s eating habits, you’re all excited to learn new things and figure it out. It’s new and shiny.
Then you go on… And it becomes… Boring? Regular? Hard?
Maybe you feel like you’re always cooking or shopping for food. Maybe you’re in a bit of a dinner rut.
Maybe you feel deprived because you think you can never have a piece of chocolate, ever again!
As moms and (usually) the primary hungry lion cub feeder of the family, the responsibility of switching to a healthy diet can weight hard on us sometimes.
We’re the prime example for our children to model their behavior after. Not only for good eating habits, but also for sticking to something! And that can feel like an unbearable burden at times.
So if you’re feeling down or like you don’t want to go on – let these 6 tips help you get out of the healthy eating slump and get you excited about your lifestyle again.
How To Stay Motivated To Eat Healthy:
1. listen to your body and respect it
If you learn to listen to your body, you will start knowing so much more about your wellness, your place to feel vibrant and what makes you feel terrible.
Because if you feel meh all of the time, it’s hard to differentiate between just meh and seriously meh.
Your body will tell you what works and what doesn’t.
But don’t confuse the initial green living detox with your body hating healthy foods! If you suddenly learn how to eat healthy, you might experience symptoms like mental fogginess, tiredness and headaches. It will pass quickly and make way for glowing goddess status.
But most importantly: Respecting your body also means staying motivated to feed it well – it deserves all the TLC in the world!
2. live in balance to let go of guilt
Nobody is perfect. I eat Ben and Jerry’s every once in a while, there I said it.
It’s OK to indulge from time to time, as long as you enjoy your treat. And as long as it IS a treat and not a nightly ice cream binge.
Never feel guilty for a one-off indulgence, especially not if the rest of your eating habits are in line with what your body needs. Guilt and self-inflicted punishment steal your goddess glow, just FYI.
It’s easy to just throw up your hands and declare yourself unable to make lasting changes if you feel guilty or like you messed up after a few slices of chocolate cake.
Do not use this as an excuse to face plant in an entire sheet cake every night, but don’t call yourself a failure if you treat yourself to something that’s not 100% unrefined hippie food.
The same goes for your kids. If they eat Smarties, gummy bears, ice cream, cupcakes… Whatever at a party, or with their grandparents, or whenever – don’t give up because you weren’t able to keep them on a perfect diet. Perfection is the enemy of the good!
3. make it a lifestyle, not a diet
If you think of changing your eating habits as a diet, you think of it as something that has a beginning and an end. But that’s not what we’re shooting for here!
We’re going all-in and calling it a lifestyle change. Because if you want to celebrate true wellness, you have to find a lifestyle that allows you to a) feel amazing, b) look as gorgeous as possible and c) CARRY ON WITH IT AS A FAMILY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Because feeling amazing and looking absolutely gorgeous are two things you’re not going to want to give up just because your diet is over.
And it’s important to have the whole family comfortably on board, else a lasting lifestyle change is going to be immensely difficult. Or do you feel like cooking two separate dinners every night? I definitely don’t.
4. organize and prep ahead
Sadly, organization is key to pretty much everything in life. I say sadly because I’m really not a naturally organized person.
It’s not particularly glamorous or exciting to organize yourself, but it’s incredibly necessary.
Spend a little time every week to plan out your family’s meals, stock your kitchen with fresh ingredients and prep a few things ahead.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be rigid freezer cooking for a month at a time! It can be a few batches of healthy muffins, pancakes and waffles in the freezer. Washed lettuce and a few cut up snacking veggies in the fridge, plus a plan on what lunches you’re going to pack for everyone this week.
If you have healthy meals and snacks planned out or even prepared, you’re less likely to feel too tired or unmotivated to cook and in turn less likely to give up your good intentions.
5. stay open to the unknown
Nobody ever got to glowing goddess status by turning up their nose at every new fruit and vegetable in front of them.
P.S. Instagram Story filters turn you into a glowing goddess, too (messy hair and all ?):
But all joking aside, if you get stuck in a food rut you’ll start to feel deprived, which in turn will make you give up all your good intentions.
It’s important to be open to try new things. Not only for yourself, but also as a good role model for your kids.
The upside of this is that it makes you curious, it makes your eating interesting and un-boring.
Yes, un-boring is a thing. And you should make it YOUR thing when it comes to living a vibrant lifestyle!
6. move that body, mama!
You know how they say 80% of your body is made in the kitchen and 20% at the gym?
Well, my friend, forget about that. 50% of your goddess glow is made in the kitchen and 50% of your goddess glow is made by getting a move on.
You don’t need to go to a gym. You can jump on a trampoline, do yoga on your living room floor or have wild dance parties with the kids.
Do some things just for yourself and your mom-sanity, do some things as a family to get the kids moving regularly as well – and to teach them that living an active lifestyle is part of a healthy everyday!
If you move your body often it will ask for plenty of nutrients. Also, who wants to undo all their hard earned efforts by giving up their wholesome eating habits? I definitely don’t!
I hope these tips help you to figure out how to stay motivated to eat healthy.
Do you have more strategies you can share with other moms like yourself? Add them in the comments below!