Day 3: Identify one negative eating habit and commit to cut back or cut it out.
The Blurb: A huge part of your overall health begins with clean eating. Today’s focus is pinpointing one thing you can do to bring yourself closer to that goal. Maybe you got a little lax during the holiday season and indulged in something that now resembles a habit. Maybe you have an unhealthy go-to treat that is driven by your emotions- feeling like you deserve a it because of the crazy day, or because you had to endure some ridiculous meetings etc. Sometimes its just portion size or having dessert with every meal. Take an honest look at yourself and what you’re putting into your body. It can help to keep a daily log of what you eat for a week – just to become aware of what you’re putting into your body. Many times we eat while we’re distracted – working through lunch, munching on something while we watch our favorite show or finishing our kid’s plates. Just be conscious of what you’re eating.
Suggestions: Limit your indulgences to the weekend. Try not to eat late at night. Only keep one treat available at home. Omit or limit caffeine. Assess your alcohol intake and decide on your personal limit. Work on portion size. Omit processed foods. Cut back on sugar.
Keeping it Real: There’s something in my personality that makes me crazy as soon as I’m FORBIDDEN from something. I simply must have it that second. So I’ve had much more success with allowing myself “cheat” days/meals when I’m really focusing on my food intake so that I’m still getting what I crave. I’ve had even more success with NOT dieting, but just eating healthy every day. This has been a gradual process that I’ve taught myself over the years. I try to do a lot of the recommended tips like drinking enough water, skipping the white bread or waiting until the weekend for a treat. I love to cook so that is really helpful in reducing the amount of processed foods. I only have one unhealthy thing in my house at a time, and I try to keep the portion size of it small (right now it’s the Golden Oreos YUM). This self-imposed rule works because I’ve found you can’t eat what you don’t have.
For today’s challenge, I’m committing to not eating late at night. This is one that’s a little harder for me simply because of my family’s busy schedule but I think it will be good for me to focus on. No more eating after 8 pm!
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I hope you’re enjoying these daily tips! I’m having fun thinking about them. Last night I got some much needed Me Time where I did a yoga and meditation session and then had a glass of wine while working on my book. I recognized and appreciate it more after putting together the post about Me Time. Let me know how the Love Yourself Project is working for you! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads and Tumblr.
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Catch ya tomorrow!