Let’s face it. Sometimes we just get off track with healthy eating.
Maybe it was summertime. Or the holidays. Or vacation.
It may have been on purpose (gotta eat on a cruise to get your money’s worth!) or maybe life just got in the way.
Whatever the case may be, you clicked on this post because you’re off track with healthy eating and you need to steer the ship back on course.
It happens to the best of us. It’s no big deal.
And the faster you course correct after the event, the less damage there will be.
But no matter how long you’ve been eating “off track”, you can get back to healthy eating with these 6 tips.
6 Tips to Get Back On Track with Healthy Eating
1. Set a goal
Goal setting is huge. You should be mindful of what you are trying to accomplish when you focus back on healthy eating.
Here are a few ideas:
- Lose weight
- Eat less fast food
- Eat less processed food
- Quit snacking between meals
- Eat more different kinds of fruits and vegetables daily
Whatever your goal is, you should write it down and put it somewhere that you can see every day. This may be your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator or on the door of your pantry.
That may seem silly, but it works. It will help you quit mindlessly eating and help you focus on your end goal.
2. Set a reward for mini goals
Now that you have your main goal decided upon, let’s make some mini goals to get excited about.
If your big goal is weight loss, divide that big goal into small parts. Maybe 5 or 10 pounds, depending on the size of the big goal.
Then give yourself a small, non-food related reward when you accomplish that goal.
Here are some ideas:
- a pedicure
- a new dress
- a new pair of shoes
- a new swimsuit
- date night with your significant other
If your goal isn’t tied to weight, that’s ok. Maybe you can make a chart and reward yourself if you:
- Don’t eat fast food for a week
- Go all week without snacking in between meals
- Eat 5 different kinds of fruits/vegetables everyday for a week
- Be mindful of processed foods for a week and keep them out of your meals as much as possible
Small rewards help so much when you are trying to meet a big goal. Don’t make yourself wait months to do the happy dance! Do it this week!
3. Try something new
Every time I try something new, I get excited and motivated to do it, atleast for a little while.
That may be a new diet, learning how to use a new appliance or even just a new recipe.
The newness helps you move forward and explore.
Of course the newness wears off after awhile, but that’s ok. Then you can add something else new to move you further ahead.
So try a new diet. Try using an air fryer or Instant Pot if you haven’t used them before.
Try a new exercise class or piece of exercise equipment.
Try a new recipe or a new way of meal planning.
It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as it leads you to your main goal.
4. Make a plan
I am a planner. I love to plan things. Meal planning. Vacation planning. It doesn’t matter.
Planning helps you focus on your goals and how you’re going to get there.
So take what you’ve learned above and make a plan that will help you complete your healthy eating goal.
Write it down and try to stick to it for one full week. After the week is over, you can evaluate the plan and see what tweaks it needs to make it better.
Keep refining until you find the plan that you can stick with for the long haul. After all, healthy goals aren’t going to be reached overnight.
5. Get a partner
Goals are always easier to reach if you have someone reaching them with you.
Whether that is a spouse, sibling, parent or friend, getting a partner to help you and to be accountable to is key.
I always do better on a diet or exercise plan if my husband does it with me. Of course, he usually does it way better than me, but that’s ok. It just motivates me to do my best and get better.
6. Use a tracking tool
When you are trying to reach a goal, it is always good to track your progress.
If you are trying to lose weight, there are lots of apps you can put on your phone to keep track of your progress. One I love is Happy Scale.
Happy Scale is a free app that takes your big goal and breaks it up into mini goals (as suggested above), and lets you know when you meet each goal.
For other habits, I suggest the free app Strides. You can use it to track just about any habit or goal you want.
Strides has templates for most tracking goals and will send you reminders to keep you on track throughout the day.
Eating healthy is important. We all know that.
But sometimes life gets busy or big things happen to throw us off course.
I hope these 6 tips will help you get back on track with healthy eating right now.
Don’t wait! The sooner you get back on track the shorter time it will take to reach your goal.
You got this!
What is your healthy eating goal? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!