It’s not something I like to admit, but like anyone else I’m susceptible to falling off the track when it comes to healthy eating. Busy schedules, traveling, getting struck by a cold, feeling down… you name it, there are plenty of reasons why despite our best efforts we slip up. No matter how much we may beat ourselves up in the process, the fact of the matter is that we are really just human after all. Rather than stress out too much, I’ve come to trust the resiliency of the body and focus my energy more on getting back on track.
As you can imagine as I sit writing this blog post, I myself encountered a stretch of feeling off track with my health and diet. Here are a few ways I motivate myself to get back at it:
• Clean out my fridge: Ok, not the most fun way to kick off this list but maybe the most effective. I am definitely the kind of person that is affected by my environment and bizarre as it sounds, my fridge is certainly a part of this. Opening my fridge to see a big cluttery mess of old leftovers and general mess does nothing to inspire me. Fun fact, I grew up in a household where the fridge was cleaned out very regularly. It’s funny how we see parts of our parents come through in our own character as we get older! Being able to see fresh, beautiful food in a well laid out fridge inspires me to cook and leads to less food waste!
• Make use of those cookbooks: Am I the only one that has a bad habit of picking up a cookbook and barely touching it? To counteract this bad habit, I’ve made a point of once a week flipping through my books to find something that catches my eye that I have yet to try. It’s a good way to make use of your books and keep yourself inspired and growing in the kitchen.
• What I eat in a day videos: People logging what they eat in a day in video format has become a popular genre on youtube. Who knows why these types of videos are so entertaining, all i can say is that they certainly prove to be inspiring. Some of my favourites include Niomi Smart and Hot For Food
• Invite some friends over and cook up a storm: I love treating my friends and family to good, healthy home cooked and creative foods. It sounds so superficial but to have someone provide the appreciation and compliment your food inspires me to keep cooking and sharing my food. Maybe your not the biggest fan of cooking or your kitchen skills are slightly lacking, in that case one of my favourite things to do is to cook with a friend!
• Empower yourself with knowledge: Sometimes I need to bring it back to basics and remember why exactly its so damn important to treat our bodies with love and respect (aka good healthy food and a healthy lifestyle). Empowering yourself with knowledge comes in a variety in forms, be it picking up a book, watching a documentary, or attending workshops or classes online or in person are just a few of my go to options. Equipping yourself with knowledge helps you know how to make the right decision for yourself.
Of course at the end of the day we need to figure out how we can reinspire and motivate ourselves best. It’s inevitable that we can’t be perfect every day, but its all about how we persevere and stay consistent in the long run. After all, “We are what we repeatedly do”
Confused about where you should start? Shoot me a mesage! I’d love to help.